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
Wal-Mart, which practically invented Big Data analysis to unseemly good
advantage, is reportedly consolidating its disparate data analytics systems
into one global system and bringing in OpenStack and its mentor Rackspace
Hosting to help develop the platform.
At least that's what investment house William Blair's analyst Jim Breen said
Wednesday, tickling Rackspace's stock.
He thinks Rackpace will get more business from the retail giant as the
WalmartLabs, Wal-Mart's Big Data division, builds out the new platform.
Maybe Rackspace will say something about when it reports its Q3 resu... (more)
After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to
Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s
offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the
stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the
special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist
investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders
characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major
corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a
mockery of what lit... (more)
SCO's two latest filings with the Utah district court hearing its $5 billion
suit against IBM claim that SCO's Unix Executable and Linking Format (ELF)
codes are in Linux illegally.
The charge was made by SCO VP of engineering Sandeep Gupta in a declaration
that is currently under seal, but is quoted, albeit tersely, in the new
If the ELF charge stands, SCO believes it would topple the whole Linux
ELF is like mortar to the operating system. Stripped out, all its
applications would break. And, according to SCO spokesman Blake Stowell, it
would not be something... (more)
RIA Sessions at Cloud Expo
[UPDATE: Since this story was published at 12:45AM on January 15, the source
quoted by the author - iDefense - has in fact retracted its initial
assessment by providing the following statement: "In iDefense's press
announcement regarding the recently discovered Silicon Valley compromises, we
stated that the attack vector was likely "malicious PDF file attachments
delivered via email" and suggested that a vulnerability in Adobe Reader
appeared to have been exploited in these attacks. Upon further review, we are
retracting our initial assessment regarding... (more)