SendGrid is one of the leading email delivery systems with over 82,000 paying customers around the world. Twilio is an email provider and allows software developers to programmatically make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and provide other communication functions. Earlier this month, the communications specialist Twilio bought SendGrid for $3bn. Before the deal closed, ZDNet spoke to SendGrid's VP of technical operations, Jamie Tischart, about email and its key requirements of throughput and reliability.ZDNet: You have just been acquired by Twilio. How are the two companies to merge?We are pretty excited about the convergence of these two companies, and they are really developer focused and there are a lot of great things we can do for our really large, combined, customer base.Tischart: How do you see yourselves? We envision ourselves as the world's most trusted communications channel and being able to serve all our customers with all of the channels … [Read more...] about How to build massive scale infrastructure, without slowing down
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Special Feature The Art Of The Hybrid Cloud Cloud computing is insatiably gobbling up more of the backend services that power businesses. But, some companies have apps with privacy, security, and regulatory demands that preclude the cloud. Here's how to find the right mix of public cloud and private cloud. Read More The top cloud providers for 2019 have maintained their positions, but the themes, strategies, and approaches to the market are all in flux. The infrastructure-as-a-service wars have been largely decided, with the spoils going to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, but new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have opened the field up to other players. Meanwhile, the cloud computing market in 2019 will have a decidedly multi-cloud spin, as the hybrid shift by players such as IBM, which is acquiring Red Hat, could change the landscape. This year's edition of the top cloud computing providers also features … [Read more...] about Top cloud providers 2019: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud; IBM makes hybrid move; Salesforce dominates SaaS
For the decades its been on the planet, Oracle has been known as a company providing enterprise-grade products -- databases and ERP systems -- that required a very particular set of skills to fully master. Lately, however, the vendor has been seeking to emphasize its ease of use to a more non-technical crowd, and not necessarily with the large organizations which form its core base. Can Oracle pull this off and become a platform of choice within the startup culture? I recently sat down with Steve Daheb, senior vice president of Oracle's Cloud Business Group, to discuss Oracle's intentions in the effervescent small business, startup and low-code space. The Oracle Cloud platform is the vehicle that the vendor is targeting at new, less IT-centric digital sectors. Essentially, Oracle positions its cloud stack at all three levels of delivery - Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. Oracle's IaaS offerings are directly competitive with those of … [Read more...] about What Oracle wants: more small companies, non-tech users for its enterprise technology
Sales can be a tough and unpredictable place to work; can artificial intelligence give sales reps a better way of managing their leads and give their bosses a better way of forecasting?Clari's predictive sales management system aims to help companies identify the right deals and risks in their sales pipeline and is used by companies including GE and Audi. ZDNet spoke to the company's CEO Andy Byrne to find out more.ZDNet: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your company?Byrne: Clari was born in 2013. Before we started Clari I had been involved in starting a company called Clearwall Systems back in 2005. That was doing machine learning on large volumes of enterprise data to allow you to respond to a securities investigation or a litigation issue.And we grew that company until it was doing $100m in revenue and Symantec acquired us. That was in June of 2011.I wanted to bring that up because we have been doing machine learning since '05. We called it predictive coding back then.My … [Read more...] about Can AI help improve your sales pipeline?
In this cloud-centric world, physical servers have settled into the background. Today, it's all about on-demand services where you contract with another company to manage your servers, usually in some form of virtual or shared environment. must read What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know from public and private cloud to software as a service An introduction to cloud computing from IaaS and PaaS to hybrid, public and private cloud. Read More While the incremental, scalable, metered nature of the cloud has a lot going for it, a cloud solution is not necessarily the only answer. Every business has different needs. There are quite a few good reasons you might want to own and run your own physical server out of your office (or even home).Also: Storage, servers and more: We found 24 cloud services for you to tryWhy not cloudPrice/performance: While low-end web hosting might cost $5/month, once you start renting servers with any serious capacity, the monthly cost gets … [Read more...] about Small business servers: Why and how you can say ‘no’ to the cloud