Opstera co-founder Paddy Srinivasan

Avanade buys cloud management startup Opstera

Avanade is making another buy in the Seattle startup community, gobbling up cloud software startup Opstera in a deal of undisclosed size. The acquisition comes just 13 months after former Microsofties Paddy Srinivasan and Ranjith Ramakrishnan founded the cloud management upstart — a hot area in which Seattle’s Opscode and Portland’s Puppet Labs have each raised big investment… Read More

Matthew Schiltz

After Symform stint, Matthew Schiltz takes charge at cloud startup Tier 3

Seattle technology executive Matthew Schiltz has landed a new startup gig — just a week after he left cloud storage startup Symform. Schiltz’s new employer is Tier 3, an enterprise cloud management platform startup backed by Madrona Venture Group, Ignition, Intel Capital and others. Bellevue-based Tier 3, which raised $10 million last September, touted 100… Read More


Startup Spotlight: BuildersCloud makes construction document sharing a breeze

We first encountered BuildersCloud at GeekWire’s Startup Day last fall when 28-year-old co-founder Andrey Nokhrin took the first place prize in the Elevator Pitch competition. Well, the Bellevue startup continues to make headway, landing an investment from construction services giant McKinstry and attracting interest from other investors. Nokhrin actually knows the challenge of sharing building plans… Read More


National Association of Realtors invests $3M in cloud storage startup Symform

The venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors today announced that it is investing $3 million in Symform, the Seattle cloud storage and data recovery startup founded by former Microsoft engineers Praerit Garg and Bassam Tabarra. Total funding now stands at $20 million, including the recent investment from Second Century Ventures as well… Read More


Why did Amazon Instant Video keep going, while Netflix sputtered?

Last month, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings separately took the stage at the Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and touted the significance of Netflix as a proud customer of Amazon Web Services. Both suggested that the alliance symbolized the importance of how two companies — which compete head-to-head in streaming of… Read More


Seattle cloud services startup 2nd Watch raises $4.2 million

Madrona Venture Group is finishing the year with a bang, bankrolling a series of startup companies.  The latest is 2nd Watch, an Amazon Web Services premier partner and cloud services startup that just pulled in $4.2 million in funding. The 2nd Watch technology allows companies to operate more efficiently in the cloud, helping customers like… Read More


The Monday blues: Gmail starts week with a big outage

About 20 minutes ago, I started encountering problems trying to connect to Google’s Gmail. And I’m not alone. A number of folks are reporting problems, with the Tweet stream lighting up with complaints. I thought the problem was fixed, since I was able to get back into Gmail a few moments ago, but then just… Read More


Amazon Web Services’ Andy Jassy: The ‘economics of what we’re doing is extremely disruptive’ to the old-guard

Why is Amazon.com going to kick the butt of Microsoft, IBM and everyone else in cloud computing for a long time to come? Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy essentially laid out the case today at the company’s Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, telling some 20,000 attendees that the company’s focus on high-volume, low-margin businesses… Read More

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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $1.1 million

SkyKick, a Seattle startup designed to help businesses easily move to Office 365, confirmed with GeekWire that it has raised $1.1 million. The company will continue investing in research and development, build out its cloud technology platform and serve its small business customer base. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. The company… Read More

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Amazon Web Services outage takes down sites, Virginia data center to blame (again)

Another problem at Amazon.com’s data center in Virginia has knocked several sites offline, the latest problem for the company’s cloud computing efforts. For whatever reason, it always seems to be the company’s data center in Virginia which causes problems. (Previously on GeekWire from April 2011: Massive failure at Amazon Web Services causes havoc for Quora, Foursquare… Read More


Ignition backs cloud messaging startup Message Bus

Ignition Partners has invested in yet another cloud computing startup, backing 2-year-old Corte Madera, California startup Message Bus. North Bridge Venture Partners led the $11 million deal, with True Ventures and a number of angels also participating. With customers such as Qualaroo, SmartWaiver and AffordableTours.com, Message Bus has developed a service that increases the deliverability rates… Read More

Opscode founder Jesse Robbins, left, handed the CEO reins to tech veteran Mitch Hill, right in 2011.

Cloud infrastructure startup Opscode nearly doubles staff, expands in Europe and Asia

Cloud infrastructure automation startup Opscode continues to grow at a rapid pace, announcing today that it is expanding operations in Europe and Asia. The Seattle startup has been on an accelerated growth path in recent months, nearly doubling its staff since closing its $19.5 million venture capital round from Ignition Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and… Read More


Cloud startup Tier 3 raises $10 million

Tier 3, a Bellevue upstart that helps businesses manage IT infrastructure in the cloud, has raised $10 million in new financing. Backers of the 50-person company include Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group, two of Seattle’s most prominent venture capital firms. Intel Capital, the venture arm of the semiconductor giant, led the round. “We are big… Read More

Ignition's Frank Artale has been leading the charge on many of the firm's new cloud and infrastructure deals.

Ignition snaps up stake in San Mateo’s SnapLogic

Ignition Partners’ investment pace hasn’t been quite as robust as last year, likely due to the fact that the Bellevue venture capital firm is trying to raise a new early-stage fund. But the firm has uncovered yet another new deal in California, joining Triangle Peak Partners and Andreessen Horowitz in a $20 million round for San… Read More

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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

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Amazon unveils Reserved Instant Marketplace, an exchange for cloud services

Amazon Web Services today introduced a new offering called Reserved Instance Marketplace, an online exchange of sorts where customers can sell their excess Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Reserved Instances to other businesses and organizations. Amazon explains in a press release: The Reserved Instance Marketplace gives customers the flexibility to sell the remainder of their Reserved Instances as… Read More


Ignition bankrolls Ratify to help corporations view network data in one spot

Ratify, a Bellevue startup that’s developing technologies to allow corporations to view network data in one place, has landed $2 million in venture funding from Ignition Partners and Jafco Ventures, according to a SEC filing. The company is led by former Microsoft Vice President Kurt Kolb, who previously led the software giant’s worldwide OEM licensing, anti-piracy… Read More


Seattle cloud startup Hubspan acquired by Liason Technologies

In a deal of undisclosed size, Seattle-based Hubspan has been acquired by Liaison Technologies. Atlanta-based Liason is a provider of cloud integration and data management services. “This is an outstanding opportunity for customers, partners and our collective teams,” said Hubspan CEO Trisha Gross. “Hubspan’s technologies, services and expertise will strengthen and extend Liaison solutions, creating significant leadership… Read More


Cloud telephony startup Infratel lands $3M, adds ‘click-to-call’ to Facebook pages

Infratel, a Seattle startup that provides cloud-based telephony services to small businesses, has raised $3 million in startup financing. Investors in the round include Prostor Capital and Runa Capital. Among other things, Infratel’s Facebook app allows users of the social networking service to add a “call-me-now” button to the page. That, the company say, can more… Read More

Box CEO Aaron Levie

Fast-growing storage upstart Box unpacks $125 million in funding

Box, the file sharing and data storage startup founded seven years ago by Mercer Island High School grads Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, has reeled in a whopping $125 million venture round led by General Atlantic. The financing follows an $81 million deal that the Los Altos, California company raised last fall, building a substantial arsenal… Read More


Down goes Twitter: The pulse of the planet not beating this morning

Normally, for these sorts of service outages, the first place we consult is Twitter. After all, the site is the “pulse of the planet” right? Well, the pulse was lost this morning. Twitter is experiencing a serious outage that’s impacting users of the popular social networking service throughout the world. The Associated Press reports that… 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