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Top 8 Reasons Why Enterprises Are Passing On PaaS

The number one benefit of cloud computing is agility. The value of bringing new features or products to market far outweigh the other benefits such as cost reduction. PaaS takes agility to another level by abstracting away the underlying infrastructure and application stack so that developers can focus more on business requirements and less on technical requirements. If agility is king and PaaS is the king of agility, then why are enterprises so slow to embrace it?… The big names like Pivotal and Open Shift are making progress but neither of them is clearly winning this space (although they will tell you they are). The most impressive large-scale implementations are coming from Apprenda and WSO2 at this time…” Via Mike Kavis, Forbes




An Alliance of Major Players to Guide Open-Source Software
The combined force of cloud computing and mobile devices is changing our world, putting nearly infinite amounts of machine intelligence into billions of hands and millions of businesses. Now this force is also changing the way the entire infrastructure is built, including the devices themselves. Representatives of Facebook on Monday announced the formation of a group, the TODO Project, intended to streamline the way open-source software projects, a big part of cloud and mobile computing, are executed. This may include such things as best practices for updating open-source software, ways of securing legal compliance, or tools and habits for making software that is freely available to anyone…” Via Quentin Hardy, The NY Times

New York’s Number One VC Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry
Another venture capitalist is warning that startups are burning too much money. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures says burn rates are “sky high all over the US startup sector right now.” The burn rate is the amount of money the company is losing…For now, startups are having relatively little trouble raising new money, so they just keep burning through cash. They know there is more coming in the next round. But, at some point the money is going to dry up. We’re going to hit a wall, and then the companies will have to figure out how to take down their burn rate, or they will go out of business…” Via Jay Yarow, Business Insider

Other Peoples’ Software: Five Good Business Reasons To Adopt APIs
“…Application programming interfaces, or more specifically, web APIs, are gateways to other peoples’ software — they are employed to invoke a third-party software component over the Internet…The bottom line is that APIs have benefits that extend well beyond IT departments or data centers. It’s important that business leaders understand the ways in which APIs can open up their enterprises and expend their business horizons…What can APIs do for your business? Here are five benefits…” Via Joe McKendrick, Forbes


Why Microsoft is basically stealing Minecraft by buying it for only $2.5 billion

So the much-rumored acquisition of Minecraft has finally come to pass, with Microsoft buying the game’s parent company Mojang for $2.5 billion, and no doubt many people unfamiliar with the game are wondering whether the software giant has lost its collective mind…those who have seen the effect the game has on kids from nine to nineteen figure that Microsoft has effectively stolen Minecraft by paying only $2.5 billion for it…that’s where the value of Minecraft lies — in the openness of the game platform (which Microsoft will hopefully allow to continue). Games like Halo and Call of Duty are extremely addictive, and the virtual worlds they take place in are vast, but only in Minecraft can any player modify that world to an almost unprecedented extent. And the creativity that allows for is the addictive part, not the gee-whiz graphics or the shooting or the back-story…” Via Mathew Ingram, GigaOM

Minecraft Creator Explains Controversial $2.5 Billion Sale to Microsoft
Markus “Notch” Persson has a message for Minecraft fans. “It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.” On Monday morning, tech giant Microsoft announced that it has acquired Persson’s indie gaming company, Mojang, maker of Minecraft, the hit game that lets you build your own virtual worlds, and Persson took to his blog to explain his part in this highly contentious move. Basically, Persson is tired. Since it launched in 2009, Persson said on his blog, Minecraft’s explosive growth and the public spotlight that came with it had become overwhelming. So, he explains, as soon as the deal with Microsoft is finalized, he plans to leave the company to work on “small web experiments…” Via Issie Lapowsky, WIRED

Why Minecraft is now Microsoft-owned but not Microsoft-exclusive
“…for the first time in its long history of game publishing, Microsoft is going to begin making games directly for competing hardware platforms. As the company said in its press release today: “Microsoft plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox, and PlayStation.” This is a pretty unprecedented move for a major gaming platform holder (i.e. a console/OS maker), as unexpected and momentous as if Nintendo started to make games for the iPhone… why not make Minecraft the Microsoft exclusive to end all exclusives? The first reason might be the game’s legacy… On a purely financial level, it might be in Microsoft’s best interests to allow Minecraft to continue to exist outside of the Microsoft ecosystem…” Via Kyle Orland, ARS Technica


Cloud darling Docker gets $40M in funding to push its container technology

Docker, the company that backs the open source Docker container platform, announced on Tuesday that it has raised a $40 million Series C funding round, bringing the company’s total funding to $66 million. Sequoia Capital led the investment along with existing investors Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, Trinity Ventures and Jerry Yang. This current round of funding highlights just how important Docker’s take on container technology is perceived to be among investors and the tech community; in early August, two sources familiar with the funding round described Docker’s valuation at around $400 million. Docker has not disclosed its current valuation…” Via Jonathan Vanlan, GigaOM

EMC will “wipe user data” with XtremIO firmware 3.0 upgrade
EMC has apparently made a bit of a balls up with its XtremIO firmware. There’s a rumor going around that upgrading to XtremIO v3.0 will delete all of the data from the flash array, and that users will therefore need to back everything up first. The rumor came from Andrew Dauncey on The Odd Angry Shot blog. XtremIO firmware v3.0 is supposed to add speed performance and inline compression, but for reasons unknown it will also cause all data to be lost…” Via Mike Wheatley, SiliconAngle


Salesforce CEO Benioff Leaves Cisco Board

Ending what was a rather short appointment, Cisco Systems said Marc Benioff, the CEO of, will be leaving its board of directors after November 20, according to a regulatory filing. Benioff first joined Cisco’s board in the summer of 2012, at a time when Cisco’s CEO John Chambers was fond of saying the word “cloud” a lot on earnings calls…The filing says that it was Benioff’s decision to leave the board and stipulates he chose not to stand for re-election at the next annual meeting…” Via Arik Hesseldahl, Re/Code

Marc Benioff Teased What Could Be A New $1 Billion Opportunity For CEO Marc Benioff leaked on Twitter last Friday what could be a huge game changer for the business intelligence community. Benioff simply tweeted a photo of what appears to be the agenda for next month’s Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual conference. But if you look closely, the first green box on Oct. 15 says, “Analytics Cloud Keynote.” Salesforce currently does not offer an “Analytics Cloud” solution, so this could be an indication that Salesforce is close to revealing its first business intelligence and analytics software at the Dreamforce conference…” Via Eugene Kim, Business Insider


IBM ruffles feathers in push to re-educate veteran employees for cloud, data, mobile

It’s a glass-half-full type of thing: some IBM Global Technology Services people have been told they have to retrain for the new era of cloud, big data and mobile. A Gigaom reader posted the IBM email detailing the plan in the comments to this story and an IBM spokeswoman verified the authenticity of the email. The spokeswoman said a small percentage of total U.S. IBM GTS employees were affected; she would not provide hard numbers. Those affected will be paid 90 percent of their salaries to go through the retraining. The optimists among them might say: “I still have my job and I’m learning new things.” The pessimists likely see this as a 10 percent pay cut, plain and simple…” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

HP’s Eucalyptus deal raises more questions than it answers
Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of open source private cloud startup Eucalyptus is being hailed in the channel as a bold move to give customers hybrid cloud capability, but the deal also raises questions about the future direction of the Eucalyptus technology. Eucalyptus, founded in 2009, sells software for building private clouds that work seamlessly with the Amazon Web Services public cloud, allowing workloads to be moved back and forth. Eucalyptus bills itself as the only private cloud vendor with a formal business relationship with AWS. AWS partnered with Eucalyptus in March 2012 to develop a common set of APIs that would enable this hybrid cloud capability. But now that HP has acquired Eucalyptus, it’s unclear whether AWS will continue supporting a vendor that belongs to a competitor. An AWS spokesperson declined comment…” Via Kevin McLaughlin, CRN

Cloud talent wars move to the executive suite
Brian Stevens, the former CTO for Red Hat, is now managing Google Cloud. This move will provide more cloud leadership at Google, but it also leaves questions about what’s happening at Red Hat. Stevens’ move is part of a larger trend: We’re going to see more executives jump from cloud provider to cloud provider as the market heats up and everyone looks for an edge. The search for cloud computing talent is in full swing at the technologist levels, and it makes sense that the hunt for executives will lead to the same kind of talent churn. I bet we’ll see these kinds of moves almost weekly before the year is out…” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld



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