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Ravi Vadugu

Ravi Vadugu

An IT professional with over 12 years of experience. Project management is what i do. Curious/Interested in upcoming technologies, trends, software methodologies(e.g. Agile) and software tools. Love sharing knowledge with rest of the community.

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collabnetMost of the enterprises are adopting lean methods as never before to not just achieve maximum value but cut software development wastes along with equipping themselves to react to change quick enough. Project management tools to that effect also had to scale up to address such a change of delivery framework. Scrum and Kanban have become the go to framework as we speak and this is where CollabNet has focussed its new release of its agile software. The new ScrumworksPro 6.0 comes with complete support for managing “Kanban,” a continuous process method rooted in Lean software development, and the ability to manage both Scrum and Kanban teams from a single tool to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve visibility.

TwinStrata's New In-Cloud Storage GatewayTwinStrata, Inc., provider of cloud-based data storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, announced recently that TwinStrata CloudArray is now available as an in-cloud gateway to support progressive organizations with cloud-based infrastructures. By enabling CloudArray to run on a growing number of cloud compute environments – IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, Rackspace, Amazon EC2 and Google (availability late Q3) – TwinStrata delivers a solution ideal for both enhancing storage infrastructures already deployed in the cloud, as well as sophisticated disaster recovery efforts.

Kaazing private PaaSKaazing has launched a new private PaaS (platform as a service) offering of its high-performance web communications platform that is optimized for rapid development and easy deployment. Kaazing’s platform makes it possible for Web applications to deliver any data in real-time with enterprise security, high-availability, reliability, and the ability to serve as many users as needed at any time.

BMC SoftwareBMC Software announced it has acquired VaraLogix, a proven application release automation provider. With this acquisition, BMC is expanding its DevOps portfolio to make it easier for IT to more quickly and efficiently deliver cutting-edge applications with fewer outages, lower risk and higher return on investment. BMC Software did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

Infosys Launches Cloud EcosystemInfosys, a global leader in consulting and technology, launched the Infosys Cloud Ecosystem Hub. This comprehensive solution enables enterprises to create, adopt and govern Cloud services across the ecosystem. Infosys claims that businesses can now accelerate time-to-market of Cloud services by up to 40 percent, improve productivity by up to 20 percent and achieve cost-savings of up to 30 percent. Infosys provides business consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing services to help clients in over 30 countries build tomorrow’s enterprise.

Kognition teams up with XtremeinsightsKognitio, driving the convergence of Big Data and Cloud Computing, today announced a strategic relationship with Xtremeinsights, a solution provider focused on solving the challenges of Big Data by leveraging Hadoop with existing data management systems. Together, the companies said they will jointly offer their software and integration capabilities to companies seeking to gain greater insights from Big Data, especially at firms seeking to exploit the capabilities of the Hadoop platform.

Cloudera - HPCloudera, a leading provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop software and services, and HP today announced an agreement that will enable clients to deploy, manage and scale Hadoop systems quickly to gain more effective insight from their business data. They will deliver open-standards-based reference architectures that simplify management and accelerate deployment of Hadoop Cluster environments. Clients can purchase the Cloudera Enterprise platform and future Cloudera products either directly from HP or bundled in HP AppSystem for Apache Hadoop.

Oracle XsigoOracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xsigo Systems (an eight year old company), a leading provider of network virtualization technology. The financial structure of the deal is not disclosed to the public. Recently VMWare acquired Xsigo's competitor Nicira for approximately $1.05 billion in cash plus approximately $210 million of assumed unvested equity awards. The latest acquisition shows the importance given by companies for the SDN Technology and their investment strategy to capture the cloud market. This Acquisition could be summed up as increased performance, simplicity, agility and ROI.

Apple AuthenTecApple Inc. has agreed to purchase mobile security firm AuthenTec for $356 million as reported by Reuters. The report also says the Apple has shelled out $8.00 per share, about 58 percent premium. AuthenTec, a 15 year old company, is well known for its fingerprint sensors and identity management software. It would be interesting to see if Apple incorporates fingerprint authentication technology into its devices.

uhuruappcloudUhuru Software, Inc., a software start-up that gives developers the simplicity and flexibility they need for deploying applications on the internet, delivered the Uhuru AppCloud beta. This is one of the truly multi-platform Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings which allows software engineers to not only publish both applications written on Microsoft’s .NET technology as well as well popular Open Source technologies like Java, Ruby, PHP and Node.js but to mix and match the best of Open Source and .NET.

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