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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 applications.... (more)

Sun To Launch 'Java Desktop System' Today

Last September as part of Project Mad Hatter Sun Microsystems said publicly that it was gonna go into the plain vanilla Linux desktop business. Then subsequently it said it wasn't. Now, on the threshold of its Sun Network confab tomorrow, it appears a Linux x86 desktop - reportedly dubbed the Java Desktop System - is back on the menu. However, it is widely believed the thing will be a typical Sun bait-and-switch for its latest darling, Solaris x86. ISVs that got a copy of the desktop code last week to certify their own software on it say it's practically a model of Franciscan sim... (more)

Kace Tears Down Barriers to App Virtualization

Kace claims it has torn down the barriers to application virtualization. Aside from price that largely means complexity, which in turn means it’s largely a boon to administrators. The systems management appliance house has run up this widgetry called Virtual Kontainers, not to be confused with Sun Containers, that it says “dramatically” simplifies application distribution and management. It derives from Kace’s acquisition of Computers in Motion and marks its entry into the application virtualization market. The five-year-old company claims Kontainers is easier, faster and cheaper... (more)

Oracle Reportedly Hiring

Oracle is reportedly recruiting executives to replace the ones it expects to leave or get fired when it takes over Sun, which will be integrated into Oracle, not run as a free standing subsidiary. Sun chairman Scott McNealy (pictured below) is expected to be offered a seat on the Oracle board. Oracle might sell off at least parts of Sun’s storage operation like, say, tape which reportedly holds little fascination for it although Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has said otherwise. The HP Xeon-based Exadata data warehouse machine, Oracle only adventure in hardware before Sun, and a report... (more)

Pertino Raises $20 Million

Pertino, the start-up that figures its software-defined WANs can reinvent cloud-era networking for the masses, has raised $20 million in B series funding led by new investor Jafco Ventures with existing investors Norwest Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners kicking in. The new round brings Pertino's total VC take to $28.85 million and may take it through to break-even. The company means to use the new money to execute against its SDN cloud platform vision and build out its go-to-market strategy. Pertino's widgetry has been in limited availability since its launch last ... (more)