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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)

HP Wants To Be a Cloud Builder

HP’s latest answer to scale-out, which it interprets as clouds, grids, compute farms, Web 2.0 and HPC, is the BL2x220c G5, which it says is the world’s first two-in-one server, offering the highest compute density in the industry or more than three times the density of traditional 1U rack-mounts. HP doesn’t want to rent out its cloud; it wants to be the equipment under other people’s clouds. The gismo puts two independent servers in a single blade enclosure to double performance and reduce real estate requirements. That means 32 server nodes per enclosure... (more)

Adobe Turns Host

RIA Track at Cloud Expo Adobe has opened the first of three new geographically diverse data centers for its bought-in Business Catalyst service, a hosted services platform for professional web designers that's supposed to save them the trouble of back-end coding. The place is in North America and will be joined in a couple of months by facilities in Europe and Asia-Pac. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Adobe expects users to deploy business web sites such as online stores and lead-generation mini-sites. Users of its Dreamweaver software can acc... (more)

Transmeta's Midori OS Heads to China

Transmeta has inked an agreement with a company called Chinese 2000 Holdings to develop and sell Transmeta's Midori Linux OS in China and the Asia-Pacific region. Midori Linux is a version of Linux targeted at mobile and embedded devices. Besides China, the two companies plan to focus their Midori efforts on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. The deal provides Transmeta with an undisclosed equity stake in Chinese 2000 Holdings and a multi-year profit-sharing arrangement related to the sale of Midori Linux services and support. Transmeta debuted Midori Linux in March 2001 for devices req... (more)

Sanjay's Got Separation Anxiety; CA Makes Board Member Interim CEO

Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates’ erstwhile chairman and CEO, is not going gently into that good night. Ask yourself now, why is he still at CA? Answer: Weak board. Heaven knows why Sanjay wants to stick around tricked out as chief architect - fear he’ll lose control of his life probably - but it’s transparent that he controls the board. As a matter of fact, it’s transparent he still controls the company. Late Thursday night word got out that Sanjay had installed a puppet CEO at CA in the person of Ken Cron, who was plucked from the CA board to warm his throne while Sanjay figur... (more)