Cisco Pays $2.7 Billion for Security Player Sourcefire

Networking giant Cisco Systems said today that it will pay $2.7 billion for Sourcefire, a security equipment company based in Columbia, Md. The deal was announced in a corporate blog post. Sourcefire specializes in intrusion-detection appliances. Its products are based on open-source intrusion-detection software called Snort, which it created. It was started in 2001, has … Continue reading

Intel Launches Hadoop Distribution And Project Rhino, An Effort To Bring Better Security To Big Data

Intel has launched its own Hadoop distribution, entering an already crowded market of major players all looking to get a piece of the big data pie. The company also announced an open-source effort to enhance security in Hadoop. Earlier this week, EMC and HP each announced its own Hadoop distribution. But for Intel, the challenge … Continue reading

New Relic Banks Its Billion Dollar Quest On Portland, The Crafty Land Of Big Beards, Beer And Bikes

New Relic has some pretty sweet digs in my hometown of Portland, high above the city on the 28th floor of the US Bank Tower. Couches are in the corners for engineers to chat and share ideas. Lacquered, clear stained tree stumps are set up in another corner, looking over the Willamette River. The office … Continue reading

Intel Capital Joins Big Switch Funding Round

Big Switch Networks, the software-defined networking startup that came out of stealth mode last year, has a new investor in its Series B round of venture capital funding: Intel Capital. The venture arm of the world’s biggest chip company joins other investors — including Goldman Sachs, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Redpoint Ventures — and … Continue reading

Microsoft Teams Up With Parature to Enhance Customer Service in Dynamics

Yuri Arcurs / Shutterstock.com It’s pretty much a given that any business function that exists these days is moving to the cloud. Tracking sales contacts and leads? Salesforce.com. Marketing? Marketo. Human resources? Workday. Running your business? Netsuite. Even customer service has started a shift to the cloud, and a company that specializes in precisely that … Continue reading

Wercker Makes Code Delivery Easy, Gets Seed Funding From Shamrock Ventures, Greylock Venture Partners And A-List Technologists

Cloud continual delivery service Wercker has received a seed investment from an A-list group of investors. The round was led by Shamrock Ventures with additional support from Greylock Venture Partners, and Amsterdam-based micro VC Vitulum Ventures. Vitulum provides seed capital for Internet and mobile startups. Company executives did not reveal the amount of funding they … Continue reading

Four Perspectives On Augmented Reality And Its Future

Augmented reality (AR) — the term does not exactly jump off the tongue. But the concepts behind the technology are beginning to change what we think of ourselves, objects and the people in the world that surround us. I am no expert on AR but over the past few months I have seen enough examples … Continue reading