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Microsoft Works on Hyper-V Support for OpenStack--Again

Back in February, we reported on the removal of Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor from the OpenStack cloud platform. The hypervisor was originally included in releases of the OpenStack platform, and there was lots of speculation about whether Microsoft itself aggressively opposed OpenStack, which is an open source cloud platform that competes with offerings like Microsoft Azure. Now, Microsoft is moving full steam ahead with Hyper-V support for OpenStack, which, along with Microsoft's other cloud moves this week, shows that the company recognizes that there will be many cloud platforms that succeed. 

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Canonical Touts Its New Microsoft Partnership

Canonical is promoting today its new partnership with Microsoft that allows Ubuntu Linux to run on Windows Azure...

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VMware's Database Play: "Disk Is the New Tape"

Virtualization technology made it feasible for databases of gigabyte or even terabyte size to be managed entirely in memory. This accomplishment has breathed new life into a space that hadn't seen a lot of action in the last decade. Venerable players like SAP (parent company of Sybase) are finding new ways not only to compete with Oracle but potentially exceed it. It has also opened the door for VMware to break into the database space with SQLFire. This technology, paired with a big-data storage system like Hadoop, is making customers wonder what the advantage of Oracle or SQL Server is supposed to be. 

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Microsoft Welcomes Linux to the Azure Cloud

Microsoft has announced a bumper set of updates to its Azure cloud platform. The most significant of these is a new virtual machine role, allowing customers to deploy their own virtual machine images onto Microsoft's servers—and do so whether they run Windows or Linux. The new features are now being...

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More Cloud Investment: Sonian Picks Up $13.6M For Cloud Archiving And Search

As more businesses and consumers sign up to services that operate in the cloud, so more companies working in this space continue to get attention from investors. The latest is Sonian, a specialist in cloud-based archiving and search services, which has picked up a C-round of $13.6 million. With the funding, OpenView Venture Partners becomes a strategic partner of Sonian. OpenView — you may recall — in March announced a new $200 million fund specifically for cloud and big data investments. Existing investors Summerhill Venture Prtners and Prism VentureWorks also participated, and this brings the total invested in Sonian to-date is now at $27 million. Worth pointing out, too, that one of Sonian’s other investors is Amazon, which participated in the company’s last round where it raised $9 million.

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