Microsoft cloud service Office 365 hit with outage

We’ve been hearing reports today that Microsoft’s Office 365 service — which includes new online versions of Exchange, SharePoint and other Office products – has been down for about two hours. Several readers have told us that they are unable to send email because of the outage. A Twitter message posted about an hour ago by… Read More


Amazon launches U.S. ‘GovCloud’ with plug from NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Amazon Web Services is aiming to land more business from the U.S. government and its contractors with the rollout of “GovCloud,” a new cloud computing service that complies with U.S. government rules requiring defense-related information and other sensitive data to be accessible only by people from inside the country. The company announced the new service… Read More


Ignition leads $10 million round in New York’s Apprenda

We’ve been writing a lot lately about how Ignition Partners is transforming itself into a national firm, doing deals wherever they find them. And here’s the latest example of that. The Bellevue venture capital firm just led a $10 million round in Apprenda, a Clifton Park, New York startup that helps businesses manage cloud-based applications…. Read More


Amazon Web Services suffers another outage: Company says issue now resolved’s EC2 service suffered another outage this evening, taking out several high-trafficked Web sites and adding another black eye to the reliability of online services. The outage, which Amazon first reported on its service health dashboard at 7:39 p.m., was resolved as of 8:03 p.m., according to the company. That’s a relatively short outage. But,… Read More


Citrix buys, challenges Amazon and Microsoft’s Azure

Citrix Systems announced today that it is acquiring, raising the competitive bar on other cloud infrastructure services such as those from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it does signal that the market for cloud computing services is starting to heat up. With its CloudStack product,… Read More


Technology Law: The Dropbox Doth Protest Too Much

Dropbox updated its terms of service last week and a firestorm of controversy ensued. Many thought Dropbox was setting itself up to take license rights in user content that went beyond what a storage service should need — as though Dropbox might be planning to monetize user content in some fashion. Dropbox responded by changing its… Read More


Looking to mine data, Amazon backs analytics startup ParAccel is investing an undisclosed amount of money into ParAccel, a Campbell, California maker of business analytics software that helps executives and analysts “predict the future.” “From “great leap” conceptual thinkers to “step-by-step” problem solvers, only ParAccel has the performance to both rocket through a chain of incremental questions and answer the intricately-modeled queries imagined… Read More


Q&A: Meet the 15-year-old who just sold his tech startup

Our guest on the latest GeekWire Podcast was Daniil Kulchenko, the 15-year-old sophomore from Kenmore, north of Seattle, who last week announced the sale of his cloud-computing startup, Phenona, to Vancouver, B.C.-based ActiveState. We had a great time talking with him and hearing his story — including how he got into Perl programming at the age of… Read More


Ignition, Accel pump $11M into cloud startup ScaleXtreme

Ignition Partners and Accel Partners have invested $11 million in ScaleXtreme, a Palo Alto, California-based cloud computing startup. As a result of the investment, Ignition’s Frank Artale — a former Microsoft general manager and ex-CEO of Consera Software — will join the startup’s board. ScaleXtreme’s product allows IT administrators to manage Amazon EC2 and VMware… Read More


GeekWire Podcast: How this 15-year-old built and sold a cloud-computing startup

This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we get to talk with Daniil Kulchenko, the 15-year-old sophomore from Kenmore’s Inglemoor High School, north of Seattle, who this week announced the sale of his cloud-computing startup, Phenona, to Vancouver, B.C.-based ActiveState for an undisclosed sum. It’s a pretty incredible story, and we had a great time talking… Read More


Comcast shows next-gen Xfinity TV interface, gets help from your Facebook friends

The rise of free online alternatives to traditional cable television means the big cable operators will need to roll out user-experience innovations to keep those users in the fold. Cable giant Comcast is showing where it’s headed — demonstrating a next-generation Xfinity TV interface that incorporates and tries to improve upon approaches from the traditional… Read More


Don’t tell the IT guy: Rogue cloud services on the rise

Avanade, the Seattle-based technology consulting company, this week released the results of its third global survey on cloud computing — finding that more and more companies are replacing on-site servers and internal tech operations with cloud-based services. In fact, some of these services are becoming so popular that people inside companies are purchasing them without the… Read More


Job tips: Expert advice in mobile development, cloud computing, business intelligence

What can people do to better position themselves for emerging jobs in technology? That was a core question earlier this week when I moderated a panel of experts in cloud computing, business intelligence, and mobile app development during an event held by the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program. Continue reading for a… Read More


Concur posts $84.6M in revenue, swings to loss on TripIt buy

Concur Technologies swung to a net loss during its second quarter largely due to its acquisition of TripIt. The Redmond maker of travel and entertainment expense management software reported a $2.6 million loss, which compared to net income of $6.7 million for same period last year. It posted revenue of $84.6 million for the quarter, a 16… Read More


Jeff Bezos to shareholders: ‘Invention is in our DNA’

It’s been a tough few days for The Seattle online retailer took a PR beating after a massive outage at Amazon Web Services, then on Tuesday the company’s stock plunged after posting weaker profits than projections. But, in an annual letter to shareowners released this morning (full text below), Chief Executive Jeff Bezos laid… Read More