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Now SwiftStack rides the OpenStack wave, raising $16M

SwiftStack, a startup that has built object-storage software based on the Swift object-storage portion of OpenStack’s open-source cloud software, is announcing today a $16 million funding round, following on months of renewed interest in OpenStack.

Mirantis

Mirantis raises $100M, cashing in on OpenStack madness

Mirantis, one of the startups that sell distributions of OpenStack open-source cloud software, has capped off a seriously big Series B funding round totaling $100 million. The news from the startup, announced today in a statement, provides more proof that OpenStack could play a significant role in IT.

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Your hybrid cloud: Not if, but when, and how

Multi-cloud environments spanning private clouds and public clouds make more sense every day. So supporting OpenStack in cloud cost optimization software seems natural, too.

How France’s SFR used a ‘chocolate factory’ to launch a European cloud

France’s second largest carrier, SFR, came to VentureBeat’s CloudBeat last year, and went away with a clear strategy on how to launch an Amazon.com competitor in France. SFR’s Benjamin Revcolevschi explains here how his team arrived back in France, and executed the strategy through an extraordinary change in corporate culture, i.e., by building a “Chocolate Factory” within a $12 billion revenue behemoth….