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SQL Azure Q4 2011 service release
Microsoft has announced the latest SQL Azure service release. Stated feature improvements are:
- maximum database size increases to 150 GB from 50 GB
- SQL Azure Federation to simplify scaling
- a new management portal
Existing applications should be unaffected by the upgrade.
Also announced is a forthcoming preview of Microsoft SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux.
Google App Engine SDK 1.5.5 released
AMQP working group publishes final 1.0 specification
The Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) working group has published its final 1.0 specification for AMQP, the open standard for business messaging.
EU survey on guidelines for public procurement of ICT goods and services
The European Commission is carrying out a survey to help determine guidelines for the public procurement of ICT goods and services. There are two separate surveys, one for public procurers and the other for ICT suppliers.
IBM launch PaaS offering
All the big industry players are jostling for position with their latest cloud computing offerings. Following on from Oracle, IBM has announced its PaaS offering with the easily forgettable name IBM SmartCloud Application Services.
Google announces new web programming language
Wave Accounting raises new funding
Accounting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider Wave Accounting has secured Canadian $5 million in funding. Focusing primarily at the small business user, the free service claims almost 75,000 customers since launching less than a year ago. Revenue is raised via targeted advertising and a group-buying scheme.
Six Degrees Group raises £60 million
UK-based Six Degrees Group has raised £60 million to bring its managed data services offering to the UK’s medium-sized companies. Six Degrees Group was founded by entrepreneur Alastair Mills who recently sold SpiriTel Plc for £37m.
Spree Commerce raised $1.5 million
Open-source eCommerce solution Spree has raised $1.5 million. Written in Ruby on Rails, Spree allows for easy customisation and integration into existing Ruby on Rails projects. The Spree code is hosted on Github.
ShareFile acquired by Citrix
Business cloud document sharing service ShareFile has been acquired by Citrix Systems. ShareFile sells its services to businesses rather than consumers and eschews the freemium model of more well-known rivals such as Box.net and Dropbox.