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SaaS data protection provider Druva nabs $130M, now at a $1B+ valuation, acquiring CloudLanes
As businesses continue to move more of their computing and data to the cloud, one of the startups that has made a name for itself as a provider of cloud-based solutions to protect and manage those IT assets has raised a big round of funding to build its business. Druva, which provides software-as-a-service-based data protection, backup and management solutions, has raised $130 million in a round of funding that Ceo and founder Jaspreet Singh says takes the company “well past the $1 billion mark” in terms of its valuation.
Alongside this news, it’s making an acquisition to continue building out the storage part of its business (one of several product areas that it’s developing): it’s acquiring CloudLanes, a startup that was backed by Microsoft and others, for an undisclosed sum, in a deal that will likely be formally announced in early July. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Waymo takes its self-driving car ambitions global in partnership with Renault-Nissan
Waymo  has locked in an exclusive partnership with Renault and Nissan to research how commercial autonomous vehicles might work for passengers and packages in France and Japan. The public announcement says it will last for “an initial period,” which seems to imply that the exclusive partnership has an expiration date. However, the companies also described this announcement as a “first step,” a suggestion that a potentially longer term and more substantial partnership is coming. Waymo  nor the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance provided more details on the timeframe. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Il Cern dice addio a Windows: i software di Microsoft troppo costosi
Non è per una adesione ideologica all’open source come filosofia di software aperto e collaborativo. Ma per ragioni di costi. Per le sue apparecchiature informatiche il Cern di Ginevra ha abbandonato Microsoft e contestualmente ha deciso di passare all’open source. Il Centro di ricerche europeo, che ha dato i natali al World Wide Web, avrebbe preso la decisione per ragioni economiche. Il colosso di Redmond, infatti, ha deciso di revocare lo status di istituzione accademica che consentiva uno sconto sui costi delle licenze. (Fonte: Il Sole 24 Ore)

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