VMware has its eye on the U.S. federal government space. The company known for its virtualization technologies announced the upcoming launch of VMware vCloud Government Service for the U.S. public sector. VMware is working with cloud operator Carpathia to bring the service to market.
Cloud startup DigitalOcean has succeeded in raising $37.2 million in a financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has been investing in several smaller cloud startup companies, including cloud security specialist CipherCloud.
CollabNet has launched its CloudForge development platform on the Pivotal Cloud Foundry marketplace. CloudForge is now available as an add-on service to Pivotal's on-demand platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering.
The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) has published 2.0 version of its cloud deployment usage models regarding service orchestration and compute infrastructure-as-a-service (CIaaS). The documents are meant to further the ODCA's vision of a simpler, more secure and more efficient path to the cloud.
A BetterCloud survey about Google Apps adoption shows that the cloud services are gaining a lot of followers and customers, but what's driving that adoption are the channel partners touting it to customers.
The times, they are a-changin'. And those deadlines you keep hearing about regarding the federal cloud? They are a-loomin'. If you haven't yet met the requirements for FedRAMP and other federal cloud services security requirements, you don't have a lot of time.
Masergy is expanding channel initiatives for its unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) offerings with a new leasing program. The company has worked with channel partners for some time through an official partner program, and the new leasing program is intended to help partners accelerate enterprise adoption of UCaaS.
Cloud has pretty much hit the mainstream at this point, but it looks as though corporate policies around the use of cloud applications are still a little ambiguous—or non-existent. And even when there are policies in place, it doesn't mean senior management is doing a good job of communicating them, even to the IT security folks who really should know them.