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Amazon Web Services has lost a nice piece of glory business to SoftLayer, the public cloud company IBM just paid an estimated $2 billion to buy reportedly for the pleasure of poking AWS in the eye. Big Blue just got that distinct pleasure, heightened by the fact that it’s making a ni...
Let’s see, where were we? Oh, yes, Dell’s special committee had rejected a sweetened offer of $13.75 a share because it didn’t want to throw out the shares sitting on the fence that didn’t vote “yes” or “no” on the buy-out offer to take the company private, leaving it looking likely ...
The Dell board’s special committee has rejected Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners offer to pay $13.75 a share for the company in exchange for not counting shares that don’t vote one way or the other on the buy-out as being against it. In a letter to Michael Dell and Silver Lake m...
Gary Kovacs, who said in April he was stepping down as CEO of Mozilla to find something “more commercial,” has turned up as CEO of publicly held Internet and mobile security software house AVG Technologies NV, based in Amsterdam and San Francisco. AVG has upwards of 150 million...
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 – telli...
Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management sent Dell’s special board committee an open letter first thing Monday morning urging its members, who are supposed to be watching out for the interests of Dell shareholders, not to change the rules governing the upcoming shareholder vote on ...
Three-year-old DataStax, born to commercialize Cassandra, the cloud-oriented, open source NoSQL Big Data database initially developed by Facebook for its own search purposes, and now considering an IPO, has raised a $45 million D round led by Scale Venture Partners. The new money bri...
Dell CEO Michael Dell told the Wall Street Journal in an e-mail exchange over the weekend that he intends to stay with the company if his multibillion-dollar offer to buy the joint and take it private isn’t approved by the stockholders. He also said that he won’t support Carl I...
SolidFire, the Colorado-based all-SSD purveyor, has gotten a $31 million C round led by strategic investor Samsung, which is supplying the 960GB flash drives in its latest storage system. The round brings SolidFire’s total outside investment to $68 million. The widgetry, called the...
Apple only has 10 more days before an International Trade Commission’s import ban on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and earlier takes effect on Monday, August 5. That is unless the White House vetoes it, something that hasn’t happened since President Reagan over 25 years ago, or, i...
Ben Golub, the former CEO of Gluster, the storage venture gone to Red Hat for $136 million, is now CEO of another promising venture-backed open source start-up, two-year-old dotCloud. DotCloud first came to market toting a multi-language Platform-as-a-Service that proved revenue-pro...
Amazon has gone to the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, to get the CIA to follow through on the four-year $600 million cloud contract it was awarded earlier this year. IBM, which also bid for the contract, objected to Amazon getting it claiming price discrimination becaus...
Prolexic Technologies, the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation company, has gotten a $30 million Series C round led by new investors Trident Capital and Intel Capital. That makes $51.9 million altogether. Its existing shareholders include Kennet Partners, Camden Partners ...
Intel wants to re-architect the data center to rapidly deliver new services efficiently and at scale through the cloud in an age of massively growing network connections and scads of real-time unstructured data, not to mention its need to ensure its own continued relevance and growth. ...
The shareholder vote on whether to sell Dell to its founder Michael Dell and private equity house Silver Lake Partners, postponed last week to July 24 when the initial count wasn’t breaking Michael’s way, has been delayed again until Friday August 2. The Dell-Silver Lake consortium ha...
Cisco, in a diversification move, is buying Maryland-based cyber-security house Sourcefire for $76 a share in cash and retention bonuses, paying roughly a 29% premium to Monday’s closing price of $59.08. The pair means to combine their widgetry to protect users everywhere – from any ...
Juniper Networks’ CEO Kevin Johnson, recruited from Microsoft in 2008, is supposed to step down once the company finds a replacement. The move surprised the market, which concluded it was unplanned and comes before any real money was made Juniper’s board has formed a se...
Jim Hagemann Snabe, whose contract was supposed to run through 2017, has apparently tired of his half of SAP’s CEO job and will be stepping down next May leaving the post solely to Bill McDermott, a 51-year-old American. The plan then is for the 47-year-old Dane, who’s been responsib...
ARM has cut a multi-year deal with Oracle to optimize the Java Platform Standard Edition for its 32-bit chips further and to add Java SE support to its v8 64-bit platforms expected to be used in servers. The company said the pact will focus on delivering throughput and efficient scal...
Ping Identity, the 11-year-old Denver company that provides secure cloud-ified single sign-on to half of the Fortune 100 and reportedly has its eye on going public next year, has raised a $44 million F round led by private equity house W Capital Partners, brought in to help with the IP...
Tableau Software Thursday made its first product announcement since going public in May, wheeling out new cloud-based business intelligence widgetry called Tableau Online, a hosted version of its conventionally distributed Tableau Server. The company, which trades under the coveted t...
Five-year-old Big Data start-up Ayasdi, out only six months, has gotten B round funding worth $30.6 million led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) with newcomers GE Ventures and Citi Ventures kicking in as well as existing investors Khosla Ventures and Floodgate participating. T...
Microsoft Sunday slashed the price of its poorly selling ARM-based Windows-incompatible Surface RT by $150 to $349 for the 32GB model. That’s without the cover that also functions as a touch-sensitive keyboard. With the magnet cover the price is $449. The bigger 64GB model has been c...
After circulating Google’s concessions among its rivals, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust unit Joaquin Almunia says that its proposal won’t cut the mustard and that it’ll have to do better to quiet complaints that it’s unfairly blocking competitors’ search results. If ...
Microsoft’s little adventure into tablet land has cost it a $900 million charge to cover its slashing prices on its hard-to-move ARM-based Surface RT widgets earlier this week by as much as 30%. But that was only part of its fiscal Q4 story of missed revenue and profit expectations T...
Dell early Thursday morning put off the stockholders’ vote on whether it should be bought for $13.65 a share by founder Michael Dell and private equity house Silver Lake Partners after the yes votes reportedly proved narrowly short of approval. No results were officially disclosed. Th...
IT automation house Puppet Labs has bought fellow traveler Cloudsmith and the two concerns are reportedly already functioning as single company. It’s the first time Puppet has swallowed a whole company even if Cloudsmith and its seven people are more like just a...
EMC is buying ScaleIO and its scalable server-based Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) software. It said it’s paying cash but not how much although the chatty Israeli business press put the price at between $200 million and $300 million. The start-up is supposed to strength EMC’s Flas...
The stock market and its pundits spent Tuesday adjusting to reports that there may not be a shareholders vote on the future of Dell after all and that come Thursday morning the special committee of the Dell board in charge of sorting out offers for the company m...
With 72 hours to go before shareholders vote on Dell’s fate Thursday, T. Rowe Price, whose mutual fund controls a little over 4% of the stock, reiterated its intention to vote against the $24.4 billion privatization plan claiming it undervalues the company. It didn’t say it would v...
HyTrust, the cloud automation security company, has gotten a new funding and strategic pal in In-Q-Tel (IQT), the venture arm of the CIA and other American black ops. HyTrust said the undisclosed investment, which is supposed to tickle its technology at scale, was a direct result of ...
VMware has sold off its partially open source Zimbra messaging and collaboration assets to Telligent, which means to merge with Zimbra to form a new software company offering what it called “the first unified social collaboration suite built for the post-PC era.” Terms were not disclos...
In the throes of its lengthy turnaround, HP has enlarged its famous board from nine to 12 members, adding Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s one-time replacement for Bill Gates, as well as former McDonald’s CEO James Skinner, now the chairman of the Walgreens drugstore chain, and former Liberty Me...
On Wednesday Amazon Web Services cut prices on its EC2 Dedicated Instances pushing back the effective date to July 1. By its count it’s the 37th price reduction on AWS services since the infrastructure cloud’s initial launch in 2006. Dedicated Instances have only been around since ...
Folks at MapR Technologies have made MapR M7, their Big Data platform for NoSQL and Apache Hadoop applications, available at Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). M7 is supposed to offer ease of use, dependability and greater performance for NoSQL and Hadoop. Amazon EMR is said to make i...
Paris-based open source cloud computing company eNovance, the world’s seventh-largest contributor to the OpenStack initiative, has gotten a $7.78 million investment from Entrepreneur Venture, BNP Paribas, Oséo and its long-time backer Odyssée Venture. The money is earmarked to suppor...
Asigra, the Toronto backup and recovery house that set the industry standard for capacity pricing back in 1992, aims to do it again but this time make it harder for rivals like Symantec, HP, EMC and CA to follow its example without paying it a tax since it’s got a patent pending on its...
AT&T late Friday said it had agreed to buy the pre-paid cellphone carrier Leap Wireless International whose widgets are sold under the Cricket brand. It’s supposed to pay $15 a share or roughly $1.19 billion, an 88% premium compared to Leap’s closing price of $7.98. However, Leap’s...
After three shareholder advisors backed Dell’s privatization plan, Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist shareholder who’s trying to squeeze more money out of his recently acquired ~9% position in the company, now second only to Michael Dell’s 16% holding, posted an open letter to Dell ...
CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics famous for chasing after the so-called God Particle these days, has tapped Rackspace to help it build a hybrid cloud computing system so capacity can be brought to bear on big workloads as needed.