US telco Verizon announced Friday that the company has appointed former CSC cloud head Siki Giunta to lead Verizon’s global cloud business. The appointment arrives just months after the company completely re-architected its cloud platform, and eyes consolidating multiple PaaSs on its platform.
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DigitalOcean, a public cloud startup founded in 2011 by five tech veterans announced Friday that the company has raised $37.2m in a round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, following a $3.2m investment the company received last summer.The company said that it is looking to reinvest that money in its growing platform, which has seen its base swing from 2,000 customers two years ago to just over 100,000 – a massive jump, which helps explain why the DigitalOcean was so successful with this latest round.
Following months of speculation internet giant Google announced its revamped cloud channel partner programme, complete with – as suspected – tiers to help stratify service capabilities. Google’s head of global partner programmes Mark Hodgson said the company intends to redouble its efforts to get more service providers on-board.
The majority of operators have not yet made the call on whether to migrate their BSS environment to the cloud, according to the 2014 Telecoms.com Intelligence Global Industry Survey. More than a third have decided against the movement and less than 20 per cent have actually put initiatives in place to accomplish such a shift. The findings of the Telecoms.com Industry Survey 2014 sought to establish which elements of the BSS environment are being addressed with the most urgency along with how and where operators are looking to the cloud to enhance their performance.
The thing people often forget about IT in local government is that budgets are always competing for other important infrastructure projects – roads, hospitals, fire stations, and the like. But what if local governments put in cloud-based systems and big data platforms that made themselves leaner and more flexible, but genuinely improved the lives of citizens without having to raise an extra cent from them? That, says Chris Moore, chief information officer of the City of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, is what the new economy is all about.
In what might be considered an unexpected but smart move, Red Hat announced Thursday that its open source platform as a service project OpenShift can now support .NET and SQL server capabilities.
Coming off the heels of a successful hackathon last week that didn’t see its Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) network breached, the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) executive director Jim Reavis told Business Cloud News that the organisation is on track to release an open source version of the framework “sometime this year.”
GoDaddy has officially joined the OpenStack Foundation as a sponsor, following rumours that swirled in January after the hosting and domain name manager posted an engineer job spec on LinkedIn. The move is intended to accelerate GoDaddy’s push into the cloud services sector.
German software company SAP announced Thursday that it is offering cloud subscription pricing models for its in-memory computing platform, SAP HANA, and will start offering an application ecosystem built atop the platform. SAP executive board member and innovation head Vishal Sikka said the move was a response to the changing ways even the most persistent databases and high-capacity computing services are consumed today.
Beligum-based Java platform as a service provider CloudBees announced Wednesday that the company secured $11.2m in series C funding following a round led by Verizon Ventures, the investment arm of US telco Verizon. CloudBees chief executive officer Sacha Labourey told Business Cloud News that the funds will be used to extend its feature set as it looks to differentiate itself within the burgeoning PaaS ecosystem.