Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity
Apple polished its reputation as a contrarian Tuesday when the news broke
because of an SEC filing that it had hired Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch to be VP
of technology and reportedly coordinate its hardware and software teams.
Adobe confirmed his departure effective Friday, March 22.
He will report to SVP Bob Mansfield, Apple's core hardware maven, who leads
Apple's Technologies Group, which includes its wireless and semiconductor
interests. Provocatively Mansfield is scheduled to retire from Apple for the
second time next year.
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A new API is supposed to integrate LinMin Bare Metal Provisioning 5.2 into
environments that haven’t been able to do bare metal provisioning of
Windows, Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora or Asianux on physical
systems or virtual machines before. The rev also features single-command
The start-up imagines web hosting and dedicated server hosting companies
using it so their customer signup and billing software automatically
provisions systems with the customer’s choice of operating system and
applications. It says corporate data centers need a way to enable thei... (more)
Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the
University of California, San Diego have gotten a two-year $450,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore new ways for academic
researchers to provision and manage extremely large data sets on clouds using
the Google-IBM CluE Cluster Exploratory Cluster and the open source Apache
Hadoop programming environment. Seems the ever-increasing volume of
scientific data is beginning to overwhelm current approaches to data
management. IBM and Google are picking up the tab for running CluE.
A source claiming to be in the know says that the SCO Group is going to sue
Google for not paying its Linux taxes.
Last week SCO threatened to make an example of a big-time Linux user that
hadn't paid SCO the license fees it's demanding and take it to court for
SCO has not disclosed the identity of its mark and SCO CEO Darl McBride
claimed Tuesday that a decision on what company to target wasn't final yet.
He said SCO and its lawyers were working with "a short list" of "seven or
McBride declined to say whether Google's name was on it, but ano... (more)