Zoltan Szabadi

Amazon and Google wrestle over corporate secrets in cloud employment dispute

Google is seeking to formally intervene in a lawsuit filed by Amazon against a former Amazon Web Services employee who left the Seattle company and took a job with Google’s cloud computing division. The move by Google is revealed in a new filing in King County Superior Court in Seattle. By intervening in the case, Google says it wants to limit what it describes… Read More


Oracle to hire 100+ engineers in Seattle for new cloud infrastructure center

Seattle’s status as a cloud engineering hub just went up another notch with Oracle’s announcement that it’s opening a new Cloud Infrastructure Development Center — aiming to hire more than 100 engineers for the new office in the heart of Seattle’s downtown core. The new Oracle office, which totals more than 17,000 square feet of space, will be led by… Read More

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New York Times profiles Seattle as ‘the new center of a tech boom’

Seattle’s reputation as a leader in cloud computing is getting serious national attention. The New York Times today ran a profile on Seattle’s fast-growing cloud computing sector, noting that the city is “the new center of a tech boom.” From heavy-hitters like Microsoft, Amazon and HP, to startups like Blue Box, Chef, and 2nd Watch, Seattle has certainly established itself… Read More


Ingram Micro invests in Parallels, in new alliance

Technology distributor Ingram Micro, one of the quiet giants of the industry, is making an equity investment in virtualization and cloud technology company Parallels as part of a broader strategic alliance between the companies. The size of the investment and equity stake weren’t disclosed by the companies. The news was announced this morning at the Ingram Micro… Read More

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Titanfall or Titanfail? Will Microsoft’s cloud technology hold under pressure?

Microsoft will be center stage tonight as Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall begins to roll out at midnight across the globe. Not only is the Redmond giant counting on tomorrow’s launch of Titanfall to spur sales of the Xbox One, but it will also be a huge test for Microsoft’s cloud technology. That’s because the game, published by Electronic… Read More


Portland’s CPUsage raises $925K for high performance cloud computing platform

There’s no doubt that cloud computing has made life easier for thousands of businesses around the world. But sometimes setting up the infrastructure for Amazon Web Servers or Windows Azure can be complicated and time-consuming, especially for those running computations on a massive scale. That’s where CPUsage thinks it can help. The Portland-based startup officially… Read More


50% of Fortune 500 uses Windows Azure, Microsoft says

Microsoft’s cloud is gathering steam, according to new data released by the company today. Like Amazon and Google, Microsoft is trying to snag a piece of the cloud computing pie with Windows Azure. Microsoft has tried to make inroads with startups, which are traditionally Amazon’s turf, while Amazon has tried to pick up accounts with… Read More


Parallels opens Johannesburg office, partners with African cloud service providers

Parallels, a privately-held company based in Renton, Wash., today announced an expansion into South Africa to help African service providers deliver applications and cloud services to small and medium enterprises. The company, founded in 1999 and employing more than 900 worldwide, will open an office in Johannesburg. Parallels has also partnered with African companies Business Connexion,… Read More


Parallels nabs cash from Cisco to bolster cloud efforts

Parallels announced today that it has received an investment of undisclosed size from Cisco, money that the Renton-based company will use to bolster its cloud services efforts. As part of the deal, Cisco and Parallels also agreed to expand their joint marketing efforts. More than 9,000 service providers already rely on Parallels to deliver applications… Read More


Netflix nightmare explained: Amazon apologizes for outage

What happened at Amazon Web Services to take down the Netflix streaming service for hours on Christmas Eve? It was a combination of human error and flawed access controls: An AWS developer was able to accidentally delete a key data set in the AWS Elastic Load Balancing Service, causing the disruption. That’s the word from AWS in… Read More

Amazon Web Services

Amazon’s new cloud services may blow your mind

At Tuesday’s Structure:Europe event, Amazon.com’s CTO Werner Vogels hinted that “there are things coming down the pipe you wouldn’t believe,” when asked about what’s in store for Amazon’s Web Services. GigaOM did a little speculating this morning into what Vogels could have been talking about, and some of the possibilities are pretty interesting. A few predictions:… Read More


Microsoft and TechStars tap 10 startups for new Windows Azure Accelerator

After receiving 600 applications, Microsoft this morning named 10 startups to participate in its Windows Azure Accelerator, a three-month program focused on creating new business apps and building new companies on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and related technologies. The accelerator is a partnership with TechStars, and a follow-up to the similar Kinect Accelerator program that… Read More

Clouds over Seattle. Flickr photo via Dan Hershman.

Nebulous ‘cloud computing’ term baffles most Americans

Geeks like us hear the words “cloud computing” almost every day, using it ourselves to explain a host of different online-based services. But how do folks in the heartland or other less tech-savvy places feel about cloud computing? Well, there’s still a ways to go in terms of grasping the concept, if a new survey… Read More


Big data startup SpaceCurve lands $3.5 million

Seattle big data startup SpaceCurve has pulled in $3.5 million in new financing, including investments by Reed Elsevier Ventures and new investor Triage Ventures. Total funding in the 12-person startup, which moved to Seattle from Silicon Valley, now stands at just over $6 million. SpaceCurve has yet to start rolling out its service to customers, but… Read More

Paul Maritz

Confirmed: Paul Maritz steps down as CEO of VMware

It’s official. Paul Maritz has resigned as CEO of VMware, the giant virtualization company that he’s run for the past four years. He’ll be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer of EMC Infrastructure Products. Maritz will become a technology strategist for EMC, which owns 80 percent of VMware. A former Microsoft executive and… Read More


Cloudability raises $8.7M to ID spikes in cloud spending

The Foundry Group has led an $8.7 million series A financing round in Cloudability, a Portland upstart that helps companies get a better handle on how much they are spending across various cloud computing services. Launched last November, the free service is now used by over 3,000 people, including customers such as OpenSesame, Slideshare and… Read More


Amazon Web Services blames power loss for outage that’s knocking some sites offline

Amazon Web Services is once again experiencing hiccups, suffering service interruptions that are knocking some sites offline. The problems are occurring at the company’s facilities in Northern Virginia, the same location that was impacted by a massive failure last year that gave the Seattle company’s cloud computing services a black eye. “We can confirm a… Read More

Alexander Gounares

Ex-AOL tech chief lands cash for stealthy cloud computing startup Concurix

Concurix, a Kirkland cloud computing startup led by former AOL Chief Technology Officer Alexander Gounares, has raised a fresh round of cash from newly-formed Seattle venture capital firm GSharp Ventures. Gounares, who previously worked as CTO of Microsoft’s online division, didn’t want to spill too many beans about what they are building. “We have just started and… Read More