Author: Ron Miller

Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs

TECHCRUNCH Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today. For starters, the company is making Nvidia K80 GPUs generally available. At the same time, it’s launching support for Nvidia P100 GPUs in Beta along with a new sustained pricing model. For companies working with machine learning workloads, having access to GPUs in the cloud provides them with flexibility to pay for what they use with by the minute pricing, and the sustained pricing model means if they end up running the GPUs for a sustained period of time, they get up to...

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Apttus is putting artificial intelligence to work on contract management

TECHCRUNCH It seems AI and machine learning are quickly becoming a must-have for today’s software. Apttus, the quote-to-cash service is putting AI to work in contract processing in an effort to speed up a highly inefficient system and close sales faster. Contracts have traditionally been a bottleneck in the sales process. As Apttus CEO and company founder Kirk Krappe explains it, there are a series of decision points in the contract workflow and companies can use AI to help decide which way to go and which of these to prioritize. “Organizations that combine contract management with artificial intelligence gain...

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Kubernetes gains momentum as big-name vendors flock to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

TECHCRUNCH Like a train gaining speed as it leaves the station, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quickly gathering momentum, attracting some of the biggest names in tech. In the last month and a half alone AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal have all joined. It’s not every day you see this group of companies agree on anything, but as Kubernetes has developed into an essential industry tool, each of these companies sees it as a necessity to join the CNCF and support its mission. This is partly driven by customer demand and partly by the desire to simply...

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Minio scores $20 million Series A to build a neutral object storage layer

TECHCRUNCH Minio has a plan to become the neutral object storage layer, while still maintaining Amazon S3 object storage compatibility. That may seem like an odd strategy, but as CEO Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio points out, there is a clear market need. By building a solution that enables customers to store data across a variety of solutions including S3, he believes he is giving customers working across multiple environments a viable solution they lack today. Apparently investors agree because they handed him a check for $20 million, a pretty hefty amount for a Series A...

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Salesforce Einstein celebrates its first birthday with a couple of new features

TECHCRUNCH Salesforce launched Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform just one year ago this week. As it celebrates its first birthday, it’s worth taking a look back at the first year and looking at a couple of enhancements they’re adding as a birthday surprise. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Einstein isn’t actually a product at all, even though Salesforce markets it like one. Instead it’s a set of artificial intelligence technologies that underlie the entire Salesforce platform and attempt to add a smart layer wherever possible. As I wrote last year at the launch: The company...

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Salesforce Ventures launches $50 m fund to encourage AI development on Salesforce platform

TECHCRUNCH Salesforce Einstein, the AI toolset for Salesforce.com, turned one today and to celebrate Salesforce Ventures announced a $50 million fund to encourage startups to build AI-fueled applications on top of Salesforce. Over the years many successful companies have been built on top of Salesforce including FinancialForce.com, Apttus and Veeva. The purpose of this fund is to coax a new generation of companies to build their own applications while taking advantage of the intelligence that Einstein APIs can give them. “The goal of the Salesforce AI Fund is to accelerate the development of transformative AI solutions on Salesforce,” Matt Garratt, VP at Salesforce...

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Threat Stack snares $45 million investment as spotlight shines brightly on security

TECHCRUNCH Threat Stack, the Boston-based security startup that helps companies stay protected in the cloud, reeled in a $45 million investment today. It seems that they are in the right place in the right time as news of the Equifax breach swirls on mainstream media. The round includes a big institutional backer, as fellow Boston firm Fidelity Investments participated through their investment arm, F-Prime Capital Partners. In fact, F-Prime led the round with participation from Eight Roads Ventures and existing investors Scale Venture Partners, .406 Ventures, and Accomplice. Today’s investment brings the total raised to over $72 million, according...

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Acquia Javascript support lets developers build web apps that combine content, data

TECHCRUNCH Acquia, the commercial arm of the open-source Drupal web content management tool, has long offered a cloud-based user interface designed to make it easier for customers to build web sites. Today, the company announced a new way of interacting with Drupal where it will be exposing the different parts of the platform as a set of services, while supporting node.js for scripting. This will enable developers to build web applications in Javascript that combine content and data in a single interface without explicitly accessing Drupal to do it. This offers several distinct benefits. First of all, it means...

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