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Portworx raises $27M Series C for its cloud-native data management platform

As enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies like containers to build their applications, the next question they often have to ask themselves is how they adapt their data storage and management practices to this new reality, too. One of the companies in this business is the four-year-old Portworx, which has managed to attract customers like Lufthansa Systems, GE Digital and HPE with its cloud-native storage and data-management platform for the Kubernetes container orchestration platform. Portw...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Storage, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Tech, Mysql, Abu Dhabi, GE Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, Mayfield Fund, Portworx, Mubadala Investment Company, Recent Funding


Salesforce finally embedding Quip into platform, starting with Sales and Service Cloud

When Salesforce bought Quip in 2016 for $750 million, it was fair to wonder what it planned to do with it. While company founder Bret Taylor has moved up the ladder to Chief Product Officer, Quip remained a stand-alone product. Today that changed when the company announced it was embedding Quip directly into its sales and customer service clouds. Quip is a collaboration tool with built-in office suite functionality including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. As a stand-a...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Collaboration, Salesforce, Alan Lepofsky, Quip, Bret Taylor, Lepofsky, Salesforce Quip, TechCrunch Quip, Microsoft Dropbox Google Slack


Here’s all the news from the Google Stadia GDC presentation

Google announced its new game streaming service Stadia during GDC 2019. Here is all the news from the event, including news on YouTube streaming and quickly accessing your favorite new games. The post Here’s all the news from the Google Stadia GDC presentation appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Gaming, Cloud, News, Youtube, Trends, Game Streaming, Stadia, Google Stadia GDC


AI has become table stakes in sales, customer service and marketing software

Artificial intelligence and machine learning has become essential if you are selling sales, customer service and marketing software, especially in large enterprises. The biggest vendors from Adobe to Salesforce to Microsoft to Oracle are jockeying for position to bring automation and intelligence to these areas. Just today, Oracle announced several new AI features in its sales tools suite and Salesforce did the same in its customer service cloud. Both companies are building on artificial i...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Adobe, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Salesforce, Oracle, CRM, Greenberg, Chatbot, Paul Greenberg, Oracle Microsoft, Abhay Parasnis


Salesforce update brings AI and Quip to customer service chat experience

When Salesforce introduced Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform in 2016, it was laying the ground work for artificial intelligence underpinnings across the platform. Since then the company has introduced a variety of AI enhancements to the Salesforce product family. Today, customer service got some AI updates. The goal of any customer service interaction is to get the customer answers as quickly as possible. Many users opt to use chat over phone, and Salesforce has added some AI fea...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Customer Service, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Salesforce, Chat, Einstein, Quip, Salesforce Service Cloud, Martha Walchuk


Vonage brings number programmability to its business service

Chances are you still mostly think of Vonage as a consumer VOIP player, but in recent years, the company also launched its Vonage Business Cloud (VBC) platform and acquired Nexmo, an API-based communications service that competes directly with many of Twilio’s core services. Today, Vonage is bringing its VBC service and Nexmo a bit closer with the launch of number programmability for its business customers. What this means is that enterprises can now take any VBC number and extend it with the...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Voip, Developer, Tech, Broadband, Telecommunications, Api, Nexmo, Twilio, Patel, Vonage, Jay Patel, Vonage Business Cloud VBC


Nvidia announces its next-gen RTX pods with up to 1,280 GPUs

Nvidia wants to be a cloud powerhouse. While its history may be in graphics cards for gaming enthusiasts, its recent focus has been on its data center GPUs for AI, machine learning inference, inference and visualization. Today, at its GTC conference, the company announced its latest RTX server configuration for Hollywood studios and others who need to quickly generate visual content. A full RTX server pod can support up to 1,280 Turing GPUs on 32 RTX blade servers. That’s 40 GPUs per server, ...
Tags: Cloud, Hollywood, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Arkansas, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Electricity, Dell, Turing, Lenovo, Gpu, Video Cards, Mellanox, GTC


ClimaCell bets on IoT for better weather forecasts

To accurately forecast the weather, you first need lots of data — not just to train your forecasting models but also to generate more precise and granular forecasts. Typically, this has been the domain of government agencies, thanks to their access to this data and the compute power to run the extremely complex models. Anybody can now buy compute power in the cloud, though, and as the Boston and Tel Aviv-based startup ClimaCell is setting out to prove, there are now also plenty of other ways to ...
Tags: Energy, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Boston, Tel Aviv, Tech, Nature, Cell Phones, New England Patriots, United, Microwave, Weather Forecasting, Forecasting, Elkabetz


WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency

Factory software tools are often out of reach of small manufacturers, forcing them to operate with inefficient manual systems. WorkClout, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, wants to change that by offering a more affordable SaaS alternative to traditional manufacturing software solutions. Company co-founder and CEO Arjun Patel grew up helping out in his Dad’s factory and he saw first-hand how difficult it is for small factory owners to automate. He says that traditional floor manage...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Manufacturing, Dad, Cto, Patel, WorkClout, Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, Arjun Patel, Bryan Trang, Richard Girges


Slack hands over control of encryption keys to regulated customers

Slack announced today that it is launching Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for Slack, a new tool that enables customers to control their encryption keys in the enterprise version of the communications app. The keys are managed in the AWS KMS key management tool. Geoff Belknap, chief security officer (CSO) at Slack, says that the new tool should appeal to customers in regulated industries, who might need tighter control over security. “Markets like financial services, health care and governmen...
Tags: Security, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Encryption, Slack, CSO, Geoff Belknap, Belknap, Encryption Key Management, TechCrunch Slack, Slack Belknap


Apple’s iCloud is having an outage, too

Facebook has only just recovered from one of its worst outages to date, and Gmail and Google Drive also experienced a worldwide outage this week. Now, apparently, it’s Apple’s turn. According to the company’s System Status dashboard, a number of iCloud services are experiencing issues, including iCloud Drive, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Keychain, Reminders, iWork, Photos, News and others. According the System Status page, the issues began today at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT. The page doesn’t offer much in term...
Tags: Apple, Google Drive, Cloud, Facebook, Tech, Icloud, Outage, Facebook Instagram


Apple’s iCloud recovers after a four-hour outage

Facebook has only just recovered from one of its worst outages to date, and Gmail and Google Drive also experienced a worldwide outage this week. Now, apparently, it was Apple’s turn. The company’s system status dashboard was blanketed in yellow warning notes for more than four hours Thursday, indicating mass outages of its iCloud service. iCloud Drive, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Keychain, Reminders, iWork, Photos, News and others all experienced downtime. The issues lasted from 11:00 am to 3:28 pm ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google Drive, Cloud, Facebook, Icloud, Outage, Facebook Instagram


Microsoft open sources its data compression algorithm and hardware for the cloud

The amount of data that the big cloud computing providers now store is staggering, so it’s no surprise that most store all of this information as compressed data in some form or another — just like you used to zip your files back in the days of floppy disks, CD-ROMs and low-bandwidth connections. Typically, those systems are closely guarded secrets, but today, Microsoft open sourced the algorithm, hardware specification and Verilog source code for how it compresses data in its Azure cloud. Th...
Tags: Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Open Compute Project, OCP, Compression, Kushagra Vaid, Intel AMD Ampere Arm Marvell SiFive Broadcom


Microsoft launches Game Stack, brings Xbox Live to Android and iOS

Microsoft today announced a new initiative that combines all of the company’s gaming-related products for developers like Xbox Live, Azure PlayFab, Direct X, Mixer, Virtual Studio, Simplygon and Azure under a single umbrella. That umbrella, Microsoft Game Stack, is meant to give game developers, no matter whether they are at a AAA studio or working solo, all the tools they need to develop and then operate their games across devices and platforms. “Game Stack brings together our game development ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gaming, Cloud, Microsoft, Developer, Azure, Tech, Xbox, Nintendo, Sdk, Xbox Live, Mixer, Kareem Choudhry, PlayFab, Simplygon


F5’s $670M Deal for Nginx Expands Firms’ Control of Web Servers, Apps

Internet users are celebrating the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday this week by reminiscing about early Web technologies like America Online and dial-up modems. But users’ Web experiences—from the 1990s to today’s social media-dominated digital landscape—are only possible with behind-the-scenes Internet infrastructure in place. The value of that infrastructure was highlighted in F5 Networks’ recent announcement that it has agreed to acquire Nginx for $670 million in cash.F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Ng...
Tags: Deals, Security, Cloud, Internet, Cloud Computing, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Www, Cybersecurity, M&a, Data Centers, Api, Seattle, Nginx, World Wide Web


Asigra and Secret Double Octopus Partner to Provide Top-flight Authentication for Cloud-based Data Backups Susceptible to Ransomware Attacks

TORONTO and TEL AVIV, Israel, March 13, 2019 — Asigra Inc., a leading cloud backup, recovery and restore software provider and Secret Double Octopus, the pioneer of Password-Free Enterprise Authentication, announced today their partnership to provide a critical layer of Read more… The post Asigra and Secret Double Octopus Partner to Provide Top-flight Authentication for Cloud-based Data Backups Susceptible to Ransomware Attacks appeared first on TechRecur: Latest Telecom Media & Technology News...
Tags: Cloud, Technology, Toronto, Seo, It, Network, Service Providers, Asigra Inc, Data Backups Susceptible, Password Free Enterprise Authentication


Vtrus Gets $2.9M For Drones That Inspect Indoor Industrial Equipment

Vtrus, a Seattle-based startup developing drones designed to autonomously inspect equipment in factories and other indoor settings, has raised more than $2.9 million to support its commercialization efforts, according to a regulatory filing.Nine investors participated in the equity funding round, the filing shows.Reached by phone on Thursday, a spokesperson for Vtrus declined to comment on the startup’s technology, timeline for reaching the market, or plans with the new cash.Many people first l...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cloud, Facebook, Photography, Video, Maps, Cloud Computing, Wi-fi, Trends, Tech, Vc, Cameras, Drones, Vr, Oculus


Attom Data Solutions launches cutting edge, cloud-based service

Attom Data Solutions has unveiled a cloud-based system it believes could save clients money and ultimately do for data what Netflix did for streaming video.
Tags: Cloud, Technology, Cloud Computing, Data, Netflix, Radio, Database, Lovell Minnick Partners, ATTOM Data Solutions, Todd Teta


Salesforce at 20 offers lessons for startup success

Salesforce is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The company that was once a tiny irritant going after giants in the 1990s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) market, such as Oracle and Siebel Systems, has grown into full-fledged SaaS powerhouse. With an annual run rate exceeding $14 billion, it is by far the most successful pure cloud application ever created. Twenty years ago, it was just another startup with an idea, hoping to get a product out the door. By now, a legend has built up ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Okta, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Larry Ellison, Sun, Silicon Valley, Dell, Party, Salesforce, Cleveland, George W Bush


Okta to acquire workflow automation startup Azuqua for $52.5M

During its earnings report yesterday afternoon, Okta announced it intends to acquire Azuqua, a Bellevue, Washington workflow automation startup for $52.5 million. In a blog post announcing the news, Okta co-founder and COO Frederic Kerrest saw the combining of the two companies as a way to move smoothly between applications in a complex workflow without having to constantly present your credentials. “With Okta and Azuqua, IT teams will be able to use pre-built connectors and logic to create s...
Tags: Security, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Okta, Identity Management, San Francisco, Tech, Bellevue, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Northwest, Vmware, Exit, Bellevue Washington


Salesforce releases myTrailhead, a customizable training platform

Salesforce has been using the notion of trailblazers as a learning metaphor for several years, since it created a platform to teach customers Salesforce skills called Trailhead. Today, the company announced the availability of myTrailhead, a similar platform that enables company to create branded, fully-customizable training materials based on the Trailhead approach. It’s worth noting that the company originally announced this idea at Dreamforce in November, 2017, and after testing it on 1...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Education, Training, Tech, Salesforce, Online Learning, Dreamforce, Trailhead, myTrailhead


SurveyMonkey acquires web survey company Usabilla for $80M

SurveyMonkey announced today that it has acquired Usabilla, an Amsterdam-based website and app survey company, for $80 million in cash and stock. Zander Lurie, CEO at SurveyMonkey, said Usabilla filled in a missing piece in its survey toolkit. “A key product that we identified that we really wanted to add to the portfolio, which is really adjacent to our VOC (voice of the customer) solution is a website feedback collector helping people on the web or on mobile apps really understand what user...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Eu, Amsterdam, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Sap, Surveymonkey, Lurie, Zander Lurie, Adobe Salesforce, Survey Software, Usabilla


Scytale grabs $5M Series A for application-to-application identity management

Scytale, a startup that wants to bring identity and access management to application-to-application activities, announced a $5 million Series A round today. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, a return investor which led the company’s previous $3 million round in 2018. Bain Capital Ventures, TechOperators and Work-Bench are also participating in this round. The company wants to bring the same kind of authentication that individuals are used to having with a tool like Okta to appli...
Tags: Travel, Google, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Okta, Funding, Netflix, Salem, Bain Capital Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Bain Capital Venture, Bay Area, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, CNCF, Enrique Salem


Rackspace announces it has laid off 200 workers

Rackspace, the hosted private cloud vendor, let go around 200 workers or 3 percent of its worldwide workforce of 6600 employees this week. The company says that it’s part of a recalibration where it is trying to find workers who are better suited to their current business approach. A Rackspace spokesperson told TechCrunch that it is “a stable and profitable company.” In fact, it hired 1500 employees in 2018 and currently has 200 job openings. “We continue to invest in our business based on ma...
Tags: Travel, Google, Cloud, Layoffs, Enterprise, Ibm, Rackspace, Amazon Microsoft, Hybrid Cloud, Synergy Research, Cloud Marketshare


Box fourth quarter revenue up 20 percent, but stock down 22 percent after hours

By most common sense measurements, Box had a pretty good earnings report today, reporting revenue up 20 percent year over year to $163.7 million. That doesn’t sound bad, yet Wall Street was not happy with the stock getting whacked, down more than 22 percent after hours as we went to press. It appears investors were unhappy with the company’s guidance. Part of the problem, says Alan Pelz-Sharpe, principal analyst at Deep Analysis, a firm that watches the content management space, is that the com...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Earnings, Box, Aaron Levie, GAAP, Levie, Alan Pelz Sharpe, Deep Analysis, Cloud Content Management, Pelz Sharpe


New VMware Kubernetes product comes courtesy of Heptio acquisition

VMware announced a new Kubernetes product today called VMware Essential PKS, which has been created from its acquisition of Heptio for $550 million at the end of last year. VMware already had two flavors of Kubernetes, a fully managed cloud product and an enterprise version with all of the components such as registry and network pre-selected by VMware. What this new version does is provide a completely open version of Kubernetes where the customer can choose all of the components, giving a fl...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Dell, Vmware, Kubernetes, Buchanan, Heptio, Craig McLuckie, Joe Beda, Scott Buchanan, VMware Pivotal, VMware Essential PKS, Google Heptio


Climate change kills off clouds over the ocean in new simulation

We all know climate change is affecting weather systems and ecosystems around the world, but exactly how and in what way is still a topic of intense study. New simulations made possible by higher-powered computers suggest that cloud cover over oceans may die off altogether once a certain level of CO2 has been reached, accelerating warming and contributing to a vicious cycle. A paper published in Nature details the new, far more detailed simulation of cloud formation and the effects of solar radi...
Tags: Cloud, Weather, Science, Climate Change, Climate, US, Tech, Global Warming, Earth, Noaa, Gpu, GreenTech, Simulations, Quanta, California Institute of Technology


Scaleworks Adds $80M for Second “Venture Equity” Investment Fund

San Antonio—[Updated 12:32 p.m. See below.] Scaleworks has raised $80 million to acquire more startups, three years after Lew Moorman and Ed Byrne founded the business as a “venture equity” investment shop.Scaleworks branded its investment style as a mix of private equity and venture capital because it buys its targets outright like a private equity shop and will invest additional capital if needed to help a business grow, like a VC firm. The San Antonio company has been buying software-as-a-se...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Google Drive, Cloud, Facebook, Texas, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Disney, Sale, Trends, Investing, Development, It, Vc


Qlik to Acquire Data Integration Software Firm Attunity for $560M

Qlik Technologies, a Pennsylvania-based data analytics company, is acquiring Burlington, MA-based Attunity (NASDAQ: ATTU) in a $560 million deal to boost its offerings to help businesses manage and analyze data across on-site data centers and cloud storage services.Attunity’s data integration and management software optimizes data across different storage sites to be accessible for the growing number of machine learning- and AI-powered data analytics tools that businesses are employing.Qlik say...
Tags: Google, Deals, Cloud, Storage, Big Data, Boston, Trends, Tech, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Pennsylvania, Ai, Salesforce, Data Management, Tableau, Burlington


Freshworks launches a load balancer for handling customer inquiries

Customer engagement service Freshworks, which was valued at about $1.5 billion in its last funding round, today launched Omniroute, the latest product in its portfolio of tools for customer service agents. Omniroute is essentially a load-balancer for routing multi-channel customer inquiries. Freshworks argues that earlier customer support solutions made it hard for agents to switch between inquiry types and for managers to efficiently route traffic. “Modern consumers are able to reach out to ...
Tags: Cloud, Marketing, Tech, CRM, Zendesk, Customer Relationship Management, Customer Support, Omnichannel, David Thompson, Freshdesk, Girish Mathrubootham, FreshWorks, Base Crm, Freshwork



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