Metacloud snags $10M to build its private OpenStack cloud

OpenStack distributions are becoming plentiful! Choice is good. I think the trajectory here will be parallel to Linux – eventually being a few players in broad verticals providing their flavour of OpenStack.


Metacloud, a Southern California startup, just netted $10 million in Series A funding to speed up its build out private clouds for corporate use. The round was led by Canaan Partners with contributions from existing backers Storm Ventures and  Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures.

Based in Pasadena, Calif., Metacloud says its OpenStack-based Carbon|OS will run on existing hardware to enable what it calls on-premise cloud-as-a-service for companies that want to provide self-service applications to their employees. Carbon|OS comes with a round-the-clock support option for that internal cloud infrastructure.

The company was founded two years ago by Sean Lynch, former VP of operations of Ticketmaster and Steve Curry, who once ran Yahoo’s (s yhoo) global storage operations and started talking up its private cloud vision at the OpenStack Summit a few months ago.

The cash infusion will help the team build out its private cloud vision faster. Lynch said via email…

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‘Other’ server vendors keep gaining momentum, while HP, Oracle slide

The “other” server category is becoming very interesting.


New sales figures out from Gartner (s IT) Tuesday show that server shipments from no-name vendors other than Hewlett-Packard, (s hpq), IBM, (s ibm) Fujitsu gained marketshare in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the year-ago period. The decrease of server business at big vendors such as IBM is not the takeaway — remember that IBM reportedly considered selling its server division — so much as the rise of little-known vendors such as Quanta and Wistron that customize their gear for big customers. The pattern isn’t new, but it’s becoming more evident.

In the first quarter of 2011, “other” vendors claimed 32.1 percent of marketshare in terms of unit shipments. HP had almost 30 percent, and Dell(s dell) had 22 percent. Now the “other” guys in aggregate have moved forward and hold 37.5 percent of the market in terms of units shipped; HP has dropped to 24.9…

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Gesture based control done differently

Gesture based control done differently

The folks at Thalmic labs are doing gesture based controls their own way. This is much different from Leap, but very, very interesting. I like the concept better than some of the alternatives for a couple of reasons:

  1. You can see when someone is actually controlling something. The armband is a great visual cue that someone is interacting with something.
  2. Measuring electrical impulses or muscle response seems to be a much easier problem to solve than tracking appendages and interpreting movement.

Take a look at the video for MYO on the main page, and the behind the scenes if you’re interested in seeing more. Very cool.