GT Nexus Launches Cloud Tools

Cloud supply chain platform provider GT Nexus on Thursday announced the general market availability of Cloud Tools, a multi-enterprise trade network administration solution. Cloud Tools allows authorized participants to independently manage their interactions with other companies on the GT Nexus cloud platform.
For years, companies have struggled to support global supply chains with scalable information systems. The traditional approach of bilateral electronic data interchange (EDI) between ERP systems has fallen short of delivering a global supply chain monitoring system capable of giving companies the information they need to run their trade networks. GT Nexus provides a shared, multi-tenant, multi-enterprise platform as well as collaborative inter-enterprise applications on which thousands of companies operate using harmonized processes and standards. These applications are synchronized with customers’ ERP and other back-office systems.

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Insight Recognized as an HP Cloud Center of Excellence

Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT), atechnology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, today announced its U.S. operating division has unveiled its HP Cloud Center of Excellence in its Bloomingdale, Ill., facility. Insight is a Premier HP Partner, and its HP Cloud Center of Excellence provides clients convenient access and an interactive learning environment with live demonstrations and briefings for HP Cloud Solutions.
The Insight HP Cloud Center of Excellence includes systems with complete and integrated solutions for building and managing services across private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. The center is fully equipped with HP software, servers, storage, and networking products allowing clients to see how HP cloud solutions seamlessly work together.

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Who Is Using OpenStack?

Two years ago, Rackspace joined a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists to create an open source cloud computing platform that can be used with both private and public cloud formats. Now the code for the program, OpenStack, is freely available and is being used by a number of corporations, service providers, researchers, data centers, and others.
Based on the growing numbers of companies turning to OpenStack, the original developers were obviously onto an idea proven popular. But why have companies turned to it?
“We chose OpenStack because we want to help enterprise IT deploy and manage applications on OpenStack clouds. Scalr builds enterprise open source Cloud Management software designed to allow IT administrators to set quotas, budget alerts, and access control to their users, and introduce automation and agility tooling,” said Sebastian Stadil, CEO of Scalr, a cloud management company. “We have customers building massive hybrid clouds that want to be able to extend into OpenStack data centers.”

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Smarter Computing and IT Consolidation with IBM’s Enterprise Linux Server

Data centers today are stretched to the limits with fast-paced business demands. On top of that, integrating and managing IT infrastructures can pose major challenges. Organizations need a new solution that consolidates servers and workloads without breaking the bank—and Linux, together with IBM Enterprise Linux Server offers exactly that.
In this informative webcast you’ll gain Jean’s perspective on how you can overcome your IT challenges by optimizing workloads and lowering costs with an enterprise-wide Linux strategy, and gain “the flexibility of many and the efficiency of one.”

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Cloud Expo New York: How Secure Are You?

Nearly every enterprise is evaluating cloud computing solutions either today or in the near term. Many have already made the leap, and many more are getting close to putting that first toe in the water. But there are key considerations that should be made, questions to be asked, and designs to consider before you can feel secure with your provider.
In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, David Gulick, Product Manager, Hosting Product Management at Savvis, will help give you food for thought when having these conversations both internally and externally with service providers.

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Cloud Computing Growing on the Businesses Priority Front

A survey of small and mid-size businesses found an interest in harnessing technology to improve business efficiency.
Midsize businesses are turning to IT investments to grow their businesses and the larger the organization, the more likely it is to cite technology as having the greatest potential to increase productivity, according to a new survey of midmarket companies by Deloitte.
The study shows cloud computing emerging as an investment priority. When asked what types of investments companies were likely to make in technology, 40 of the respondents cited cloud computing. That’s close to automation of business processes (46 percent) and data analytics (41 percent), according to eWEEK.
“Interestingly, there seems to be a greater recognition of the benefits of cloud computing,” the report stated. “In our September 2011 survey, it was recognized as a distant fourth as a means to increase productivity. In this survey, it nearly equaled data analytics and business intelligence in terms of likely investments.”

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Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Bart Copeland – ActiveState

With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) now under four weeks away, what better time to introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference…

We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT?

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Supermicro to Exhibit at Cloud Expo 2012 New York

SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and green computing, will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 10th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 11–14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York.
Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions for Embedded Systems, Enterprise IT, Data Center, HPC, and Cloud Computing worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally friendly solutions available on the market.

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Mind the Gap – Three Gaps to High Velocity Pipeline and How to Cross Them

When I used to go to London often and ride the Underground, the constant refrain seen was “Mind The Gap”. Mind the Gap or you could suffer some unmentionable and clearly gruesome fate. As Online software service providers of all flavors try to create high velocity sales and marketing businesses, they would do well to mind these three gaps:
The “It’s Not Your Time” gap
The “It’s Not My Job” gap
The “Window Shopping” gap
1) The “It’s Not Your Time” gap
2) The “It’s Not My Job” gap
3) The “Window Shopping” gap

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Keating Capital Invests $5 Million in SilkRoad Technology

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Keating Capital, Inc. announced that it has made a $5 million investment in the Series C Convertible Preferred Stock round of SilkRoad Technology Holdings, Inc. (“SilkRoad”). Keating joined new investor, NTT Finance, and existing investors, including Azure Capital, Crosslink Capital, Foundation Capital and Tenaya Capital, in the Series C financing round which raised a total of $35 million.

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, SilkRoad is a global provider of cloud-based social talent management software, including tools for human resource management systems, recruiting, onboarding, learning, and performance management. SilkRoad’s comprehensive suite of human resource management solutions, the SilkRoad® Life Suite® product line, assists companies with managing the entire employee life cycle from pre-hire to retire.

SilkRoad was founded by technology entrepreneur Flip Filipowski, who previously started Platinum Technology, a database management company that completed an IPO and was subsequently sold to Computer Associates in 1999.

SilkRoad has recently been recognized with a bronze medal in the 2012 Stevie® Awards for the Innovation in Customer Service category and was named as a finalist in the 2012 CODiE™ Awards for excellence in its software solutions. The Stevie® Awards were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. The CODiE™ Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content and education technology industries.

“We believe software as a Service (or “SaaS”) businesses with growing streams of recurring revenue are valuable assets; SilkRoad is one such company operating in the human resources space,” stated Timothy J. Keating, CEO of Keating Capital. “Flip and his team understand from past experience what it takes to transform an idea into a growing private company and beyond. We are delighted to become a direct investor in SilkRoad as they progress the company to the next level,” added Mr. Keating.

SilkRoad is Keating Capital’s third new portfolio company investment in 2012. With this investment, Keating Capital has now made investments of $49.5 million in 17 portfolio companies, including $13.6 million invested year-to-date.