After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

Financial services companies as popular targets of cybercriminals for the obvious reason — they’re where the money’s at. And health care companies have medical records, which are very valuable on the black market since the information there can be abused in so many ways, and doesn’t expire. HealthExpense, which provides health care payment services to […] Read more »

Foursquare founder @dens given Special Project by VCs. Huge haircut after down round

Dennis Crowley, Foursquare’s remaining co-founder gets kicked up to the boardroom, “of his own volition.” In news that may or may not be connected, 4sq gets yet another honking chunk of change to burn through—but the price is said to value Foursquare at way less than it was worth previously. This will be the Series-E round, worth $ […] Read more »

Salesforce users: Early contracts might get you discounts, but after that watch out

Volume discounts are nothing unusual in the world of enterprise software, but over the last year or so Salesforce reportedly has been approaching customers early about upcoming renewals and wooing them with considerable extra discounts if they sign on ahead of time for the CRM vendor’s full software suite. That’s according to a report Thursday […] Read more »

Okta hits $1.2B valuation after new funding

As businesses are increasing turning to the cloud for enterprise-level software and services, login management startup Okta announced today it has raised a fresh $ 75 million in funding. Okta helps companies manage the various logins, passwords, and access to a plethora of cloud-based services they may have need of on a consistent basis. Employees […] Read more »

After fumbling public clouds, VMware focuses on hybrid clouds

From what company officials said this week at EMC VMware’s annual VMworld conference held in San Francisco, you’d think that its public cloud vCloud Air was in the same market tier as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. It’s not. vCloud Air simply doesn’t come up in my conversations with organizations looking to move some, […] Read more »

This is what's left of a trampoline after Sunday's high winds and funnel clouds

This is what's left of a trampoline after Sunday's high winds and funnel clouds After issuing a funnel cloud advisory, Environment Canada received reports of airborne trampolines, and numerous reports of the long, skinny, sinister-looking clouds in the Calgary and Cochrane area on Sunday afternoon. “We had some reports of a … Read more on Calgary […] Read more »