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Think Amazon is CHEAP? Just take a look at these cloudy graphs...

Amazon has slurped cloud cash for years, but a recent analysis by El Reg shows that the mega bit-seller charges a surprising premium for some of its services, and is facing stiff competition on price from rivals. Vulture West's floating cloud bureau was recently roused from a beer-soaked sleep by a phone call from the denizens …
Jack Clark, 04 Dec 2013
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Red Hat clutches OpenShift, takes platform cloud to second version

Open source junkie Red Hat has announced the second version of its locally deployable platform cloud in spite of muted market adoption of the tech. The second version of OpenShift brings with it a host of advances that tie the platform cloud further into open source infrastructure-as-a-service platform OpenStack, along with …
Jack Clark, 04 Dec 2013
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Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data

Microsoft plans to fork out $230m to add a fourth mega datahall to its Dublin bit-barn campus. The expansion was announced on Tuesday and will add a further 20 people to the 80 on-site staff, as well as create temporary employment for 380 building-related jobs. The expansion will add around 169,000 square feet of IT space to …
Jack Clark, 03 Dec 2013

Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle

If Amazon is an arms dealer, then Google is an army that happens to also sell guns. For this reason, Google's general-availability release of its IaaS cloud is a key moment in the evolution of as-a-service IT, as it represents the arrival of a truly competitive market for rentable compute and storage. With Monday's launch, …
Jack Clark, 03 Dec 2013
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HP dishes up FAIL-filled public cloud

HP's "general availability" version of its public cloud has more "known issues" than "features", which may provoke worries among admins mulling the value of the company's "enterprise-grade" OpenStack infrastructure cloud. The 13.5 release of the public cloud was announced on Monday, and brought with it "lots of great new …
Jack Clark, 02 Dec 2013
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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

Amazon's plan to use semi-autonomous drones to offer fast delivery of superfluous consumer items has garned the e-retailer a lot of press, but the scheme may be more fantasy fluff than feasible. In trying to ship products from distribution centers to consumers' homes via the just-announced "Prime Air" service, Amazon faces a …
Jack Clark, 02 Dec 2013

Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE

Major Apple customer Google says it has been forced to go it alone when supporting a large-scale deployment of Macs. The advertising giant claims it has to develop much of its own tools for managing Macs at scale due to Apple's neglect of enterprise management platforms. "We don't use any of Apple's tools to manage the Macs," …
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
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Amazon fires up worldwide Read Replicas for hosted MySQL

Developers that use the hulking Amazon Web Services infrastructure cloud can now shift Read Replicas of data into other global data center hubs. The new feature was announced at the web giant's re:Invent show earlier in November and has now been made available. Previously, Read Replicas could only be shifted about within …
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013
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Hey, boffins, Google wants you to train your AI on VIDEO GAMES

"Honestly, we never thought feeding our nascent artificial intelligence systems with hours and hours of simulated violence could lead to anything bad. It's really a huge surprise!" At least, that's what we imagine researchers will be saying years from now as they shelter from the orbiting cannons operated by their uncaring …
Jack Clark, 27 Nov 2013

Docker 0.7 has a lover in every port: Containerizer cozies up to Linux distros

Containerization tech Docker is now supported by all the major Linux distros, making it easier for developers to adopt the lightweight app packaging and shipping tool. The new capabilities were announced by the open-source project's eponymous parent in a blog post on Tuesday. Docker is a technology that mates the Linux kernel's …
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Is that you, HAL? No, it's NEIL: Google, US Navy pour money into 'associative' AI brain

NEIL hasn't slept or eaten in four months, it's just browsed the internet and tried to figure out connections between aircraft and aircraft carriers, or hot dogs and buns. The Never Ending Image Learner is a new approach to weak artificial intelligence systems that piggybacks on the immense tech fielded by companies like Google …
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013
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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

In the high desert of Oregon, Facebook will store in a cold low-power digital morgue the photos of you, me, and everyone else on its content farm. This tomb is not a typical one, but instead a "cold storage" addition to the company's sprawling data center complex in the state's city of Prineville. We first reported on the new …
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013

Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

Microsoft's major outage last week was caused by a policy rollout that derailed its own DNS servers – a blunder that also downed some of the tech giant's internal services. The outage hit on Thursday, during which key websites such as Xbox.com and Outlook.com were knocked over, connectivity to the Office 365 online software …
Jack Clark, 25 Nov 2013
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Cisco untroubled by mega-clouds fleeing its proprietary ASIC grip

Networking giant Cisco is facing the same onrush of terrifying low-cost competitors that server vendors and chipmakers are dealing with, and is now trying to convince the world that its tech is more open and interoperable than people think. The new marketing approach has come about as the networking company prepares to sell its …
Jack Clark, 25 Nov 2013
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Microsoft pulls its crowd-control tech from out of the shadows

Microsoft pushed its Windows Azure load balancing technology into general availability amid a widespread DNS disruption. The rollout of "Traffic Manager" was announced on Thursday, and the tech lets admins apply a policy engine to DNS queries to domain names hosted on Azure. The tech works by redirecting user queries to a …
Jack Clark, 23 Nov 2013
Carmack Oculus

Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

Doom coder and notoriously clever graphics programmer John Carmack has left id Software to focus on a virtual reality gaming startup Oculus Rift. The departure was announced on Friday and will see Carmack focus full time on his role as chief technology officer at Oculus Rift. Carmack joined the company in August, but at the …
Jack Clark, 22 Nov 2013
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Stewardess first to book $250k Virgin Galactic 'space trip' with BITCOINS

Brit entrepreneur Richard Branson's space-faring venture Virgin Galactic will now accept Bitcoins. In a grainy Skype call from his idyllic Necker Island paradise, the multi-platform mogul told CNBC today that his high-altitude zoom-zoom firm would let people pay for their lifts in bitcoin. "Why not?" he said. "It's a new …
Jack Clark, 22 Nov 2013
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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

Intel and Microsoft no longer dominate the personal computing industry as the once fearsome Wintel alliance, Intel has acknowledged. Now the chip giant has announced a broad push to get its silicon into devices running Windows' rival operating systems. Intel's PC chief Kirk Skaugen admitted the demise of the ages-old alliance at …
Jack Clark, 22 Nov 2013

Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

Last time Microsoft's Azure cloud went down, it was a sub-component that flaked out globally, and the time before that it was a certificate problem – now the service is inaccessible again, along with its status page. And the wobble has taken down the Xbox.com website on the Xbox One worldwide launch day. Other services having …
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013
The Valley - code

Facebook helps coders get their Rocks off with flash-wringing DB lib

Facebook has developed an open-source database library that wrings more performance out of server-side flash storage than ever before, while building on previous technology published by Google. The RocksDB embeddable persistent key-value store was announced by Facebook on Thursday, and gives developers a C++ library based on …
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013
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Huge horde of droids whacks code box GitHub in password-guess attack

Miscreants have fired up a large army of remote-controlled computers to get around GitHub's login rate-limiting policies, designed to thwart attempts to brute-force guess the passwords for its users' accounts. The bots, most likely unwitting PCs compromised by malware, have attacked the online source-code repository from "nearly …
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013
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Rackspace catches up to Amazon... four years later: Say hi again to auto-scale

Rackspace has announced the general availability of "Auto Scaling" technology for its public cloud, catching up with Amazon which implemented the tech in 2009. Auto Scaling is a crucial component of any cloud, as it allows new resources to be allocated to live virtualized servers in real-time in response to demand, and without …
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013

Gaming co ESEA hit by $1 MILLION fine for HIDDEN Bitcoin mining enslaver

US regulators have smacked games biz ESEA with a $1m fine for surreptitiously installing a Bitcoin miner in its software. The settlement was announced on Tuesday and means ESEA gaming will pay the state of New Jersey $325,000 of its $1m fine upfront, and the rest will be scrubbed if the company has a clean record for the next …
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
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Cloud upstart Apprenda plots Euro invasion with sugar daddies' $16m pot

Platform-as-a-service minnow Apprenda has raised $16m in filthy valley lucre – to help it expand overseas and compete with rivals Pivotal and Red Hat. The funding was announced on Wednesday at a time when competition in the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market is growing, as companies blow millions of dollars on what they reckon …
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
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Gartner: OpenStack in the enterprise? Ha ha ha, you must be joking

The OpenStack world has come in for criticism from a Gartner analyst because the claims made by companies backing the open-source project frequently don't line up with reality. In a forthright post published on Tuesday Gartner analyst and research director Alessandro Perilli chided the OpenStack community for a lack of clarity, …
Jack Clark, 20 Nov 2013
Marc Benioff

Salesforce boss Benioff foretells grim, unrelenting hyper-capitalist future

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff seems perpetually surprised that the world doesn't recognize him. He is furious that bookstores fail to remember him when he buys a new book. He is angry that his former university doesn't blast his phone with a jingle when he walks on campus. He is perplexed that companies the world over are not …
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013

Telco CenturyLink is moved to tiers: Biz gobbles Tier 3 cloud shop

Cloud provider Tier 3 has been snapped up by CenturyLink, fleshing out the telco's cloud portfolio and marking another sign of confidence in the Cloud Foundry platform technology. The acquisition was announced on Tuesday and gives CenturyLink a sturdy .NET implementation of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service in the form of …
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013

Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data

Memory specialist Micron has announced a new accelerator processor that it claims outperforms Intel's chips when it comes to dealing with streaming data. The "Automata Processor" was announced by the company on Monday and billed as a device that uses the inherent parallelism of memory architectures to speed the ingestion and …
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013
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Salesforce slaps Amazon, Google with glove: 'I'm THE FIRST $1bn-quarter enterprise cloud biz'

Salesforce shares stumbled down 1.5 percent on Monday after the customer relationship management company reported third quarter revenues that narrowly beat analyst expectations. The company booked sales of $1.072bn, with a billion coming from its core businesses, and $72m from other assets such as platform-as-a-service cloud …
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013

Salesforce gobbles cloud database upstart Cloudconnect

Cloud integration service Cloudconnect has been acquired by Salesforce to help the company lash databases together with cloud services. The acquisition was announced on Monday with a message posted to the company's website. "Cloudconnect.com provides a simple and seamless way to integrate and sync salesforce.com with MySql, …
Jack Clark, 18 Nov 2013
Ciscoblood

Amazon, Facebook, Google give Cisco's switches the COLD shoulder

Networking giant Cisco lost around $10bn in market value last week as investors sold out in response to weak earnings and poor growth projections. Worse yet, some of its biggest customers – from Amazon and Google to social network giant Facebook – are implementing technologies that will allow them to reduce their dependence on …
Jack Clark, 18 Nov 2013
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Sony's new PlayStation 4 and open source FreeBSD: The TRUTH

Sony has confirmed that its newgasmic game console the PlayStation 4 - on sale today in the US - uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system. In a license page on Sony's Japanese site the company lists the software used by the PEW-PEW-PEW machine, and Unix-derivative FreeBSD features prominently. The PS4' …
Jack Clark, 16 Nov 2013
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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

Google no longer understands how its "deep learning" decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos. This means the internet giant may need fewer experts in future as it can instead rely on its semi-autonomous, semi-smart machines to solve problems all on their own. The claims were …
Jack Clark, 15 Nov 2013
PostgreSQL 9.2 elephant

Make room, guys. Here comes the Postgres with the mostess on AWS

Amazon has started serving up hot clusters of PostgreSQL on its managed database service, but at a large price. The arrival of PostgreSQL comes after Amazon was peppered with requests by developers for the database, the company said on Thursday, and takes the total number of databases supported by the company's Relational …
Jack Clark, 15 Nov 2013

Amazon opens doors to Kinesis: The Hotel California of the cloud

The more data you put in a cloud, the harder it is to migrate away. And so Amazon's new "Kinesis" data ingester is a neat piece of technology, and at the same time a canny way to turn Amazon Web Services into the Hotel California of the cloud. Kinesis was announced by the web bazaar's chief technology officer Werner Vogels in a …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
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Om-nom-nom-nom! Google's Cookie Monster DEVOURS MORE DRIVES

Google is exporting its data import service beyond US borders, giving sysadmins an easier way to upload large amounts of information into the company's infrastructure cloud. Announced today, the hard-disk-slurping service will now operate out of centers in Switzerland, Japan, and India. With the launch, Google has taken a lead …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
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Amazon forms THE VIRTY DOZEN to assassinate rival flash cloud servers

A week after Rackspace launched its own range of flash-stuffed cloud servers, Amazon has come along and, as usual, ruined the market by pushing out a dozen instances that are bigger, faster, and cheaper than what its competitor offers. The new instances were announced by the web bazaar's chief technology officer Werner Vogels in …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
Speed gun cop

Who's hogging Amazon's cloud CPUs? I'll kill 'em ... oh, look, it was me

No one trusts the cloud, not even people who have built their businesses entirely on it – or so Amazon has indicated with a new tool that reveals how individual Amazon Web Services systems are being accessed. For organizations that have sat themselves in Bezos & Co's cloud, the web bazaar announced a new security utility called …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
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Google grants cloud servers IMMORTALITY (during maintenance)

Google has taken a lead on cloud rivals by granting its virtual machines immortality via a new live migration feature. This means that when Google shuts down cloud data centers for scheduled maintenance in the future, client VMs will stay up while being migrated to another online bit barn. The announcement was made in a post to …
Jack Clark, 14 Nov 2013
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BIG trouble in BIG China: Cisco shares fall off a cliff as CEO warns of slump

Cisco's shares slumped ten per cent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the networking kingpin copped to terrible performance in emerging markets. The hardware giant squeezed $2.9bn in net income (up 11.6 per cent year on year) out of revenues of $12.1bn (up 1.8 per cent) in the third quarter of 2013. The company beat Wall …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013
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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

Amazon is bringing its margin-destroying, no-fun business model to the thrilling world of virtual desktop infrastructure – and could upset the balance sheets of traditional VDI providers along the way. The Amazon Workspaces technology was announced today during the inaugural keynote speech for the web bazaar's second-ever re: …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

What runs faster than the majority of the world's supercomputers, costs less, and was used to research organic solar-power cells? The answer is Megarun, a 1.21-petaflop super that was spun up by Cycle Computing in the AMAZON CLOUD. Cycle Computing revealed its Megarun beast on Tuesday before the kickoff of Amazon Web Services's …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Host Minecraft on Shard Gaming? Grab your data RIGHT NOW before it goes completely titsup

Game-server hosting biz Shard Gaming has abruptly shut down, irritating punters who depended on the service and highlighting the risks of off-premises systems. The company specialized in dedicated kit for gamers eager to run multiplayer servers for Minecraft, Day of Defeat, Garry's Mod, and others. It was formerly known as " …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013
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Swish PaaS Bosh: Sons of VMware spin up Pivotal One cloud platform

VMware spin-off Pivotal has released a platform-as-a-service along with a suite of analysis applications, bringing greater competition to a quiet corner of the market. The Pivotal One platform was announced on Tuesday, and sees the year-old upstart push out a product based on VMware's open-source Cloud Foundry, along with …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

Facebook is leading a charge to displace traditional proprietary networking hardware and software in all of its data centers – potentially threatening the livelihood of large incumbents such as Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade in the wider market. The Open Compute Project Networking scheme was announced by the social network at …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Rackspace claws fistful of bucks from Amazon-ruled cutthroat cloud bearpit

Rackspace is making less money than before on higher revenues as a vicious cloud market takes a cleaver to what was previously a steady business. The Texan web-hoster-turned-cloud-provider reported a net income of $16m on revenues of $389m on Monday for its third quarter of 2013, missing analyst expectations on profit but just …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013

Google brazenly strokes its mobile cloud tools just before Amazon shindig

Google has released two mobile development tools to coax app writers into storing data in the ad giant's cloud services. The unveiling comes a day before the kickoff of cloud-rival Amazon's AWS:Reinvent, a love-in held in Las Vegas. Google's utilities give developers two ways to tie applications into cloud storage and compute …
Jack Clark, 11 Nov 2013
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Red Hat halves prices, blackens European skies with OpenShift PaaS

Red Hat has halved the cost of IT on its OpenShift platform cloud engine and expanded commercial support to cover 14 Eurozone countries. The upgrades to OpenShift were announced by the company on Monday to coincide with Amazon Web Services's "re:Invent" cloud show in Las Vegas. It sees the company slather the commercial "silver …
Jack Clark, 11 Nov 2013

Oracle's nemesis MariaDB releases sleekest seal yet to beta

MariaDB has capped off a dazzling year with the release of a beta of Version 10 of the free MySQL replacement. The beta of the database was announced on Thursday and sees the technology gain some features that can't be found in the MySQL database upon which it is based, further driving a wedge between it and the Oracle-backed …
Jack Clark, 11 Nov 2013

The TRUTH behind Microsoft Azure's global cloud mega-cock-up

Windows Azure suffered a global meltdown at the end of October that caused us to question whether Microsoft had effectively partitioned off bits of the cloud from one another. Now we have some answers. After a bit of prodding, Redmond sat us down with Windows Azure general manager Mike Neil, who explained to us why a sub- …
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013