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


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


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


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


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

Box.net co-founder Aaron Levie

‘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


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


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


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


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


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