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  • Cloud BI vendor Birst bags $38 million in venture funding

    Birst, a San Francisco company that offers cloud-based business intelligence services, has scored a US$38 million venture investment led by existing backer Sequoia Capital and including newcomer Northgate Capital. Birst has raised $84 million to date, including $26 million last year in a round also led by Sequoia.

    20 Aug. 13 22:58 Written by Bob Brown
  • VMware, Citrix and Microsoft virtual desktops get encryption security

    AFORE Solutions today announced encryption software aimed at securing data in virtualized environments where Microsoft Windows applications are used, including virtualized desktop infrastructure deployments based on VMware, Citrix or Microsoft VDI.

    20 Aug. 13 21:00 Written by Ellen Messmer
  • Gartner: Amazon still public cloud leader by a long shot

    Amazon Web Services remains the top IaaS public cloud computing provider, offering the widest breath of services of any vendor in the market, Gartner concluded in its annual Magic Quadrant report.

    20 Aug. 13 15:58 Written by Brandon Butler
  • Dell Foglight vanquishes zombie VMs

    With an update to its Foglight for Virtualization software package, Dell can now help organizations rid their systems of resource-sucking zombie virtual machines.

    20 Aug. 13 12:02 Written by Joab Jackson
  • SIP trunks aren't just for PSTN access

    IT managers often think of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunks as a lower cost alternative to the T1/PRI trunks they use to access the PSTN. But SIP trunks provide flexible access to many more communications services than just the PSTN. These services can increase business agility, improve productivity and reduce costs.

    20 Aug. 13 06:04 Written by Carl Blume, Oracle Communications
  • Five issues to examine when considering cloud-based UC

    If you're considering cloud-based unified communications (UC) services, sooner or later you're going to have to weigh the difference between multi-tenant vs. multi-instance architectures. At first glance you may wonder, "If it works, why should I care?" But this design question cuts to the core of fundamentally different approaches to delivering UC in the cloud, and has very important implications about the scalability of the platform and services it is supporting.

    19 Aug. 13 20:14 Written by Derek Yoo, CTO, Thinking Phone Networks
  • Empire state ends IT empire building

    New York, the nation's third most populous state, has over 120,000 state employees spread across more than three dozen agencies. These agencies all run their own IT operations, but that is all going to change and for good reason.

    16 Aug. 13 18:57 Written by Patrick Thibodeau
  • Druva relies on OpenStack for new endpoint data protection platform

    Druva chose to build the new private cloud edition of its inSync endpoint data protection using OpenStack because of its object storage functionality, but the increasingly popular cloud platform still needs to improve in some key areas, according to CEO Jaspreet Singh.

    15 Aug. 13 14:20 Written by Mikael Ricknäs
  • Microsoft virtual networking upgrades keep pressure on VMware

    As part of the R2 series of updates to Windows Systems Center and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is taking a stepping up its virtual networking support, just as other cloud providers are doing the same.

    14 Aug. 13 19:29 Written by Brandon Butler
  • VMware CEO: OpenStack is not for the enterprise

    VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says he doesn't expect open source cloud project OpenStack to catch on significantly in the enterprise market, instead he says it's more of a platform for service providers to build public clouds.

    14 Aug. 13 22:15 Written by Brandon Butler

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