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Amazon issues statement following last weekend’s outage

Amazon Web Services offered a few more details on the outage that struck its Northern Virginia data center over the weekend, an outage that knocked popular services such as Netflix and Instagram offline. Here’s the statement that Amazon issued Monday: Severe thunderstorms caused us to lose primary and backup generator power to a portion of… Read More

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Twilio partners with Microsoft’s Windows Azure

Twillio, the cloud-based communications upstart led by former Amazon.com employee Jeff Lawson, has inked a partnership that could bring its communications technologies to thousands of developers building technologies through Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure. Developers who participate in the program will receive a credit of 1,000 free text messages or inbound voice minutes. The Twilio API… Read More

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Stat of the day: A third of all Internet users visit a site that uses Amazon’s infrastructure

Amazon.com’s lead in the cloud computing arena is well known, but just how far ahead is the company in providing the core backend infrastructure to make companies’ Web sites run? Consider this report by Wired magazine: According to research by DeepField Networks, one-third of Internet users in visited a Web site that used Amazon’s services… Read More

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HP takes aim at Amazon.com with new cloud services

Hewlett-Packard is the latest technology giant looking to chip away at Amazon.com’s lead in cloud computing services, with the computer giant expected to unveil a new offering today dubbed the HP Converged Cloud. The New York Times reports that  it marks the company’s first real foray into offering public cloud services to large and small companies…. Read More

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‘Mooning’ Microsoft: Box skips software giant in release of new mobile cloud service

Was there something traumatic about Aaron Levie’s childhood that caused an intense dislike of Microsoft? The founder of the Silicon Valley online storage service Box attended Mercer Island High School, just a few miles from Microsoft’s sprawling Redmond campus. But there’s no hometown pride when it comes to Microsoft, a company that Levie has routinely… Read More

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Database startup Drawn to Scale inks new financing deal

Drawn to Scale, a two-year-old Seattle startup developing a new database called Spire, has raised a round of funding from RTP Ventures, IA Ventures, and SK Ventures. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in a blog post from co-founder Bradford Stephens, a former engineer at Visible Technologies and Microsoft. “Spire is, for me, the culmination of years of… Read More

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UC4 Software buys Ventum

UC4 Software, a Bellevue company that specializes in IT process automation software, has acquired Ventum Solutions for an undisclosed price. The company said that the deal will bolster its capabilities in helping organizations struggling with “DevOps, IT as a Service, Cloud and Big Data initiatives.” “With the acquisition of Ventum, UC4 now has an end-to-end solution… Read More

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Amazon.com announces price cuts on S3 storage service

Amazon Web Services is cutting prices … again. The company just announced a series of price reductions related to its S3 storage service, with Jeff Barr of AWS explaining the rationale in a blog post. S3, which stands for Simple Storage Service, is used by companies to store everything from Web applications to digital content…. Read More

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TechStars perk: Free cloud services from Microsoft’s Windows Azure

Hook ‘em while they’re young. That could very well be the code-name of a partnership announced today between Microsoft and TechStars, the high-tech incubator which operates programs in Seattle, Boulder, Boston, New York and Texas. As part of an alliance today, Microsoft said that it will offer both graduates and current enrollees of the three-month… Read More

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Mozy rolls out Stash, another place to access files on the go

There’s no shortage of online storage and synchronization services on the market, from Box.net to Dropbox to Apple’s iCloud to Seattle’s very own TappIn (acquired last month by GlobalScape). Now, here comes another player, and boy does it have deep pockets. Seattle-based Mozy, the unit of storage giant EMC, today is announcing the public availability of… Read More

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Cloud storage startup Symform scores $2 million

Symform has raised an additional $2 million in funding from WestRiver Capital, OVP Venture Partners and Longworth Venture Partners, bringing total cash raised in the Seattle cloud storage startup to $9 million. The money will be used for business development, marketing and sales. The company said that its user base grew by more than 800 percent over the… Read More

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Flotype raises cash from Ignition, Salesforce and others to help coders build applications faster

Flotype, a cloud startup led by former Amazon.com and University of California Berkeley employees and researchers, has raised $1.4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners, Yuri Milner, Salesforce.com and Y Combinator. Based in Berkeley, the seven-person company is led by Darshan Shankar, Eric Zhang and Sridatta Thatipamala. The company’s first product, known as Bridge, allows… Read More

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Cloud battle in Berkeley: Here’s why Cal chose Google Apps over Microsoft Office 365

Organizations everywhere are debating the best way to migrate systems to the cloud. And one of the biggest decisions that they face is the best cloud provider for their needs. The University of California-Berkeley just went through an exhaustive process to choose a new cloud-based email and calendar provider, weighing options from both Google Apps… Read More

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New Zealand cloud computing company sets up shop in Seattle

GreenButton, a New Zealand company that helps businesses more easily move information to the cloud, has established new offices in Silicon Valley and Seattle. “Our presence in Silicon Valley and Seattle is critical to our success – both are large, diverse and highly literate technology communities,” said GreenButton CEO Scott Houston in a statement. “This… Read More

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Amazon Web Services opens new West Coast hub in Oregon

Companies utilizing Amazon Web Services now have a new option. The Seattle company today opened a new U.S. West regional hub in Oregon, one that the company said will offer lower-cost pricing. “Since the launch of AWS over five years ago, we’ve lowered our prices over a dozen times,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President… Read More