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Euro SaaS Startups Would Be Idiots Not To Know Notion Capital After $150M Fund Raise

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Mike Butcher.

The scale of the opportunity in Cloud computing and SaaS was underlined today with the news that Notion Capital has closed its third fund with a first round of $120m, with a final close of $150m expected. Funds under management will therefore be over $300m. Partners and brothers Ben and Jos White formed Notion in 2008 after selling MessageLabs to Symantec for $700m, one of Europe’s largest B2B SaaS exits. But what is key to note here is the scale of opportunity for European enterprise startups.

For starters, the news makes Notion the biggest dedicated B2B SaaS fund in Europe with 33 investments including Tradeshift, NewVoiceMedia, CurrencyCloud, DueDil, AdBrain and Trustev. It’s already had European exits such as Shutl, to Ebay and Star, to Claranet. Its portfolio also includes many of hottest SaaS companies in Europe right now, including Adbrain, Brightpearl, Currency Cloud, Duedil, IOCS and MOVE Guides...

Cloud Computing: Google Launches Click-to-Deploy Video Streaming With Wowza

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Jaikumar Vijayan.

The full suite of Wowza Media Systems’ Streaming Engine functionality is now available to Google Compute Engine users. Google is aiming to make it easier for organizations to stream high quality, on demand video and audio content to users around the world using its cloud-computing platform.

The company on Wednesday announced the availability of Wowza Media Systems’ Streaming Engine software as a click-to-deploy option on Google Cloud Platform. All of Wowza’s functionality, including its technology for transcoding video to different formats to accommodate a variety of end user devices, is now available to Google Cloud Platform customers...

Cloud business optimism fails to lift Microsoft stock

Grazed from InvestorsBusinessDaily. Author: Patrick Seitz.

Microsoft played up its cloud computing transition, but its June-quarter earnings report went over like a lead balloon with investors on Wednesday. Microsoft shares fell 3.7% to 45.51 on Wednesday after the company late Tuesday posted its fiscal fourth-quarter results. Microsoft's sales fell 5% year over year to $22.2 billion in its fiscal Q4 ended June 30.

Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, Microsoft's revenue would have fallen 2%. It was just the second quarter in at least the last four years that Microsoft's sales have declined on a year-over-year basis. Microsoft earned 62 cents a share excluding items, up 11% from a year earlier...

Dell Adds To Its VDI, Cloud Offerings

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetsky.

Dell recently announced a number of things it is relating to enterprise VDI and Azure-based cloud computing. The announcement included the release of Wyse 7000 and 5000 series Windows 10-based thin clients, Wyse vWorkspace 8.6 and the Dell Unified Communications Command Suite (UCCS). Let's examine these one by one:

Wyse Windows 10-Based Thin Clients

Dell announced the Wyse 7490-Z90Q10 and 5490-D90Q10 thin clients. The devices will be available with the specialized "Windows 10 IoT Enterprise" operating system, starting July 29. The company says these thin client devices are "secure, highly scalable and provide a superb user experience." The devices are based on AMD G-Series quad-core microprocessors...

Altair to Offer HPC Cloud Solutions on Microsoft Azure

Grazed from NetComposites. Author: Editorial Staff.

Altair has formed a business collaboration with Microsoft to build and offer high-performance computing (HPC) solutions on the Azure cloud computing platform. This follows Microsoft's decision to name Altair's PBS Works suite as its preferred workload management solution for Azure manufacturing clients.

Altair says it will work closely with Microsoft to develop turnkey solutions allowing users to access cloud high-performance computing (HPC) resources in Azure from any web-enabled device. These solutions will leverage Altair's PBS Works platform in Azure to enable intuitive web portal access and secure workload management for rapid, scalable access to Azure HPC resources...

Alibaba Unveils Plans to Protect Cloud Data

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Gillian Wong.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. unveiled plans Wednesday to protect user data on its cloud computing platforms globally, highlighting the e-commerce giant’s ambitions to expand its services in markets like the U.S. where it has plans to build a second data center. The Chinese e-commerce giant’s cloud computing unit, known as Aliyun, issued a “Data Protection Pact” promising that customers of its cloud computing platform would have “absolute ownership” over all of their data and the rights to access, share, exchange, transfer or delete their data at any time.

The pact promises customers ranging from developers to government agencies and consumers that their data cannot be altered or transferred by Aliyun in any way. It states that Aliyun is responsible for establishing management and internal audit systems for improving capabilities to protect against threats and the recovery of data in disasters...

Univa Joins CNCF Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from InsideHPC. Author: Rich Brueckner.

Today Univa joins Google, IBM, and other world-class companies founding members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The new CNCF organization will accelerate the development of cloud native applications and services by advancing a technology stack for data center containerization and microservices.

"Univa is excited to participate as a founding member of the CNCF,” said Gary Tyreman, CEO of Univa Corporation. “Enterprises want to capture the power and benefits of containerization and we’re proud to be among the industry pioneers who are stepping up to the challenge. We look forward to sharing our expertise in optimizing diverse data center workloads gained from our experience with hundreds of different enterprise environments.”...

Cloud Giants Establish Container-Focused Industry Group

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Shirley Siluk.

Enterprises moving applications to container-based clouds will benefit from an industry-wide, open-source effort to coordinate tech development, according to founding members of the newly created Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Led by the Linux Foundation, the new group includes such companies as Google, CoreOS, Docker and VMware.

The goal of the new foundation is to "advance the state of the art for building cloud-native applications and services." Cloud native means those applications and services will support containers, dynamic scheduling and micro services. The creation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation comes at the same time that Google has released a production-ready version of its Kubernetes open-source container orchestration system...

Google announces Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Grazed from BusinessInsider. Author: Matt Weinberger.

Today, Google announced that it's turned over one of its key technologies to a new industry consortium — the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, an industry association dedicated to helping developers build web apps the way the big companies do. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, or CNCF, is housed under the Linux Foundation, with a membership roster that includes companies like Twitter, IBM, Intel, Cisco, and Goldman Sachs, among others.

The basic idea is that, over the years, big companies like Google have gotten really good at "achieving very efficient deployment, development, and scalability" of applications running on the modern web, says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. The industry term "cloud native" itself speaks to the mission of the foundation: It's the current favored buzzword for applications that are designed to run on a cloud computing infrastructure, like Amazon's giant cloud, or Google's own...

Dell CloudRunner Offers Marketplace of SMB Cloud Apps

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Charlene OHanlon.

Dell is hoping its new cloud marketplace offering will ease the transition for solution providers looking to enter the cloud fray. Through a partnership with IT-as-a-service provider CloudRunner—and with support from Microsoft (MSFT)—Dell has created the CloudRunner offering, which provides a platform of services accessible on all types of devices at any time.

Aimed mostly at the SMB space in the healthcare, financial services and legal verticals, CloudRunner aggregates all the necessary business apps along with enterprise-grade security and compliance in one monthly subscription pricing model. “The SMB market changed overnight, empowering SMBs to no longer have to worry about IT,” said Darrin Swan, director of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Dell Service Provider Program...