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Cloudflare reportedly gearing up for a $3.5 billion IPO next year

Cloudflare is reportedly preparing for an initial public offering with a potential valuation of more than $3.5 billion. According to Reuters, the IPO would take place in the first half of 2019 and be led by Goldman Sachs. This year is expected to be a strong one for cybersecurity stock debuts, thanks in part to increasing awareness of, and demand for, security and privacy services. Another cybersecurity startup said to be prepping for an IPO is CrowdStrike, which raised $200 million earlier this year on a valuation of $3 billion.…

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Google and Cisco announce hybrid cloud partnership

Google and Cisco today announced a new partnership around helping their customers build more efficient hybrid cloud solutions. Unsurprisingly, given Google’s recent focus, this partnership centers around the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool, as well as the Istio service mesh for connecting and securing microservices across clouds. “Google Cloud and Cisco are committed to meeting customers wherever they are in their journey to the cloud,” said Diane Greene, the CEO of Google Cloud, in today’s announcement. “This partnership enables developers and IT departments to seamlessly take advantage of the most open,…

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Cloud Foundry makes its mark on the enterprise

Today, more than ever, its open source projects that are leading the charge in how modern software is developed, deployed and managed. Theres Kubernetes for containers and OpenStack for running enterprise-grade infrastructure, for example. But over the course of the last few years, another platform Cloud Foundry has changed the way enterprises are developing their internal and external services. Cloud Foundry falls under the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) umbrella, which essentially makes it the PaaS counterpart to OpenStacks infrastructure-as-a-service. The promise of Cloud Foundry is that it abstracts all of the grunt…

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Dropbox updates its admin panel for Business users

Dropbox might have gotten its start in the consumer market, but over the past several years its made huge steps toward getting enterprise users comfortable with using its products. Its managed to sign up more than 200,000 Dropbox Business users, who need more advanced controls over how their employees can access and share sensitive files and information on the cloud storage service. Today the company is adding more features to its admin dashboard, which is part of its larger AdminX initiative. With the new AdminX, Dropbox hopes to provide a…

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