Consolidation in the cloud as OpenText buys Hightail and Carbonite grabs Mozy from Dell

 Back in the early 2000s before Dropbox was gleam in Drew Houston’s eye, sharing large files was a huge challenge. Email services limited attachment size because bandwidth and storage were both expensive and FTP required a certain level of technical acumen. YouSendIt tried to resolve that problem by providing a way to share large files in the days before the cloud became a thing. The… Read More

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Another short-lived, overfunded startup is shutting down: Primary Data

 A startup that’s operating in stealth mode raises an almost stunning amount of money before it releases a product. Investors write outsize checks to the outfit anyway because of the people involved in it, but before you know it, poof, the company is imploding, and the capital is gone. It’s a story that industry watchers know well at this point. Clinkle — the payments… Read More

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Storage startup Closetbox raises $7.3 million Series A round

 Startup Closetbox recently raised a $7.3 million Series A round, bringing its total amount of funding to $19.8 million. Closetbox, of course, has competitors like fellow startups Makespace and Omni, as well as larger companies like Pods and Public Storage. Closetbox offers “full-service storage,” which means it has professional movers come to your house to do any heavy lifting and… Read More

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Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to further hybrid computing mission

 In a world shifting to the cloud, Microsoft has carved out a place trying to help companies caught between two worlds — on-prem legacy solutions and the public and private cloud. To help further that hybrid mission, the company announced it was acquiring Avere Systems today for an undisclosed amount. Microsoft describes Avere as “a leading provider of high-performance NFS and… Read More

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AWS makes it easier and faster to query data stored in its S3 and Glacier storage services

 At its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS today announced a small but significant update to its S3 cloud storage and Glacier cold storage service — and how developers can access data in them. As AWS CEO Andy Jassy noted in his keynote, the company’s customers tend to store much of their data in its S3 storage service, despite the fact that AWS also offers plenty of database… Read More

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HPE adds recommendations to AI tech from Nimble acquisition

 When HPE acquired Nimble Storage in March for a cool billion dollars, it knew it was getting some nifty flash storage technology. But it also got Nimble’s InfoSight artificial intelligence capabilities that not only monitored the underlying storage arrays, but all of the adjacent datacenter technology. Today, the company announced it has enhanced that technology to provide… Read More

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Dropbox partners with Autodesk to help users collaborate on large design files

 Dropbox announced a couple of products today to make it easier for Autodesk users to access and share large design files. The products include an integrated desktop app for opening and saving Autodesk files stored in Dropbox and an app for viewing design files without the need for owning Autodesk. These products are long overdue given that Dropbox’s Ross Piper, who is head of ecosystem… Read More

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Quip raises $10 million for electric toothbrushes

 There are venture-backed shoes, razors, and glasses. So why not, toothbrushes? Quip has raised a $10 million round for its dental care business. Sherpa Capital and other unnamed fashion and entertainment investors participated. The New York-based startup is “a lot more than just an electric toothbrush,” said Simon Enever, founder and CEO. Quip is “looking to help fix or… Read More

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Omni storage now earns you money by renting out your stuff

 “We want to change behavior around ownership on the planet”, says Omni co-founder Thomas McLeod. First, it built an on-demand storage business where you can get things picked up from your place in as little as two hours, pay a monthly fee to store them depending on their size, and get them temporarily returned to you for free whenever you need them. Now it wants to help you earn… Read More

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Dropbox Professional delivers new account option for freelancers and creatives

 Dropbox has a Plus account for those people who want extra storage and it has a business account for those who want extra features, but what it’s lacked until now was a product for sole proprietors and very small businesses who wanted some advanced features, but couldn’t justify upgrading to Business. Today, the company announced a new account level called Dropbox Professional… Read More

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