Top Story

1.   Oracle Puts the Public Cloud Into Private Data Centers


2.   Verizon Hit By Data Breach, 1.5M Customers’ Data Stolen

3.   Mesosphere Raises $73.5M With Backing From HPE, Microsoft

4.   Intralinks Acquires Startup Verilume

5.   Israel’s Stratoscale Raises $27M With Backing From Cisco, Intel

Customer Wins

6.   Cosentry To Host SaaS Provider Applied Logic

Products and Partnerships

7.   HP Enterprise Unveils Persistent Memory To Speed Up Servers

8.   Arista Launches Switch With Routing, Claims Netflix as Customer

9.   Google Unveils Cloud Machine Learning

Growth and Expansion

10.   Irish Officials Delay Amazon’s Latest Dublin Data Center

Top Story

 1. Oracle Puts the Public Cloud Into Private Data Centers

Oracle Oracle Cloud at Customer, a service that allows customers to deploy Oracle cloud hardware and software on-premise within the customer’s data center. Oracle said it’s the first major public cloud vendor offering such a service, which enables customers to meet privacy and data sovereignty requirements, while also getting the benefits of full compatibility between an on-premise cloud and a public cloud in an Oracle data center.

Oracle said the Oracle Cloud supports 70 million users, more than 34 billion transactions daily, and runs in 19 data centers worldwide.


2. Verizon Hit By Data Breach, 1.5M Customers’ Data Stolen

(Verizon’s ) enterprise business unit was hit by a data breach that led to the theft of personal information for about 1.5 million customers, according to a report from security consultant Brian Krebs and confirmed by Verizon. A database including the contact information was posted on an underground forum for a selling price of $100,000. In an email to Krebs, Verizon confirmed the breach, saying “…an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers. No customer proprietary network information (CPNI) or other data was accessed or accessible.”

3. Mesosphere Raises $73.5M With Backing From HPE, Microsoft

Cloud software startup Mesosphere said it closed a Series C financing round for $73.5 million including strategic investors Microsoft Microsoft and HP Enterprise (HPE), as well as existing venture investors Andreesen Horowitz and Khosla Ventures. Total funding is now $126 million. The flagship product of Mesosphere is a data center operating system that runs containers, analytics, and cloud operations within a single “cluster.”

Mesosphere also released an updated version of its container orchestration system, Marathon, and a new service focused on helping developers move code into production, Velocity. Mesosphere cited enterprise customers including Apple, Verizon, Twitter, Samsung, and Netflix.

4. Intralinks Acquires Startup Verilume

Intralinks Holdings , a provider of software for storage and collaboration, acquired startup Verilume for an undisclosed sum. Verilume’s software automates the deployment of an OpenStack cloud or other clouds. The startup launched its product last June and has not announced any customers.

Verilume was founded by former Fidelity Investments CIO Dan Petrozzo, and two EMC veterans, Mike Feinberg and Rossen Dimitrox. Intralinks’ collaboration software is used by enterprises and firms engaged in financial transactions like mergers and acquisitions. In 2015, revenue from M&A customers grew 7% to $139.9 million. Total revenue was $276.1 million, up 8% from the previous year.

5. Israel’s Stratoscale Raises $27M With Backing From Cisco, Intel

Israeli startup Stratoscale closed a $27 million Series C funding round that featured investments from Qualcomm, Cisco, Intel, SanDisk, and other venture capital firms. Stratoscale’s product, Symphony, provides management of workloads and resources in a data center. Total funding for Stratoscale is now $70 million since it was founded in 2013.

Customer Wins

6. Cosentry To Host SaaS Provider Applied Logic

Midwest cloud provider Cosentry announced that Applied Logic, a software developer for hospital inventory tracking, has chosen Cosentry to host and manage its infrastructure and applications including its flagship software-as-a-service product. Applied Logic said it wasn’t cost-effective for it to operate its own infrastructure. Instead, Cosentry built and manages the infrastructure on a private cloud, meeting the stringent compliance requirements of the healthcare industry.

In January, Cosentry agreed to be acquired by TierPoint, a data center and cloud provider based in St. Louis.

Products and Partnerships

7. HP Enterprise Unveils Persistent Memory To Speed Up Servers

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled persistent memory, an innovation in server memory aimed at providing faster computing performance in servers and cloud infrastructure. The products based on HPE’s persistent memory were unveiled at a press launch described by the Wall Street Journal here.

HPE intends to sell persistent memory devices on their own, and also package them inside HPE servers. It’s working with Microsoft and Hortonworks to optimize software and applications to take advantage of the new hardware.

8. Arista Launches Switch With Routing, Claims Netflix as Customer

Networking switch maker Arista (ANET) launched a new switching platform, the 7500R, with routing capabilities, aimed at cloud service providers. Netflix VP of Global Networks Dave Temkin suggested in the press release that Netflix is deploying the switch in its nationwide content delivery network. Temkin is quoted saying the Arista 7500R delivers “10x more bandwidth at 1/10th the price of a traditional router.”

The switch offers ports from 1 Gigabit/second up to 100GbE and total capacity of 115 Terabits/second. Arista founder and chairman Andy Bechtolsheim said in the press release that the switch supports the supports the full Internet routing table, simplifying network architecture in cloud-scale networks.

9. Google Unveils Cloud Machine Learning

Google unveiled the alpha version of a cloud machine learning service powered by TensorFlow for customers to build machine learning models. TensorFlow is Google’s open-source machine learning system. The service will be fully managed by Google and is integrated with Google Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and other Google products and services. The machine learning models will be portable and can be exported out of a Google cloud and onto a customer’s own data center.

Growth and Expansion

10. Irish Officials Delay Amazon’s Latest Dublin Data Center

An Irish county government has delayed Amazon’s plans to build another data center in the Dublin area in Ireland, according to British trade magazine ComputerWeekly. Amazon failed to meet the requirement to post a public notice of the proposed project near the site and visible from the road, according to an Irish official quoted in the magazine.

Amazon plans to turn an old biscuit production facility outside Dublin into a data center. The delay could be about two months, according to the magazine. Amazon already operates a major data center facility in Dublin. Ireland has been a popular data center location for American companies, due in part to the low cost of land, tax incentives, and English as the local language.