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
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)
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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
The place is in North America and will be joined in a couple of months by
facilities in Europe and Asia-Pac.
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Adobe expects users to deploy business web sites such as online stores and
Users of its Dreamweaver software can acc... (more)
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
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 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)