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Start-up founded by ex-Amazon developers raises big money to bring their private-cloud software to market.
By arguing that programming interfaces called APIs can be copyrighted, Oracle could trigger new legal burdens for technology companies -- such as those building cloud-computing platforms.
Red Hat is expanding its open-source roots into the cloud with the acquisition of platform provider Makara.
Chris Pinkham and Willem van Biljon worked on Amazon.com's public cloud-computing technology. Their start-up, Nimbula, takes an in-house approach.
Some people consider Amazon's APIs to be the de facto cloud computing API standard. I don't agree for several reasons--not the least of which is that it's too early for cloud standards in the first place.