Maureen O'Gara

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... (more)
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 li... (more)
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 L... (more)
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 ... (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 –... (more)
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 vo... (more)
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 mone... (more)
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... (more)
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 t... (more)
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, ... (more)
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... (more)
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 ... (more)
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 Part... (more)
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 gr... (more)
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 consort... (more)
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 ... (more)
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 search comm... (more)
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 respon... (more)
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 ... (more)
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 ... (more)
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