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IBM killing off its first go at cloud object storage – 20 months after launch

We all know cloud is evolving fast, but IBM's just given us the downside of that speed: a service it switched on in December 2015 will be switched off in August 2017. That service is Bluemix's Object Store v1 service, launched in December 2015 and updated not once but twice since its debut. IBM's now on version 3 of the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2017
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G Suite admins have just one button to secure their sites, but don't

G Suite business users: go and check your configuration, and make sure you're not publishing enterprise information to the whole world. That's the warning coming from security outfit Redlock, which says it found “hundreds” of organisations leaking both organisational data and employees' personal data. As the company's …
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I want to break free! Kubernetes has a life beyond containers

The move to containerisation has been built on a simple formula: containers mean Docker and container management means Kubernetes. Let's disregard the first part of that formula and concentrate on the second half – the rise of Kubernetes as the container management software of choice, running on servers. But although this is …
Maxwell Cooter, 24 Jul 2017
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Head in the clouds? Apparently there's now space on Oracle's sales team

Oracle is continuing to head into the cloud, kicking off another recruitment drive for 1,000 fluffy white services sales people – but the news comes amid talk of reorganisation and layoffs elsewhere. The company is flying high on its latest quarterly results – released last month – that had much of Wall Street finally singing …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jul 2017
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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

Analysis If there's one thing you can give IBM credit for, it's Big Blue's ability to put on a brave face. Not only has its Watson offering been skewered by Wall Street analysts, it's also just reported its 21st straight quarter of revenue decline. Its CEO Ginni Rometty, whose annual pay package is a whopping $33m (£25m), hasn't …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017
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UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

Analysis Oracle recently launched its dedicated Government Cloud in the UK - duly wheeling out the Home Office as an example of an early adopter. But to what extent are its new services just vendor lock-in under a cloudwash veneer or a change for the better? The size of Oracle’s footprint has loomed large across government for many …
Kat Hall, 17 Jul 2017

1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

The maker of password manager 1Password says it will not force its users to stop using private password vaults – as it sweeps this local storage functionality under the rug. There was growing alarm in the computer security community this week that 1Password local vaults were going to be a thing of the past. Basically, if you …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2017
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New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

Microsoft may have said ARM servers provide the most value for its cloud services back in March, but today it's given Intel's new Xeons a big ARM-less hug by revealing the hyperscale servers it uses in Azure are ready to roll with Chipzilla's latest silicon and will all use Chipzilla's field programmable gate arrays. Those …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2017
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Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

Exclusive Microsoft’s investment in cloud services is also improving its on-premises software, claims Azure and SQL Server boss Scott Guthrie. I first met Scott Guthrie in Las Vegas in September, 2000, where he was talking up a web development framework then called ASP+, which he had developed alongside Mark Anders. The framework was ASP …
Tim Anderson, 10 Jul 2017
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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

Microsoft today announced it is dumping 3,000 workers. Rumors of the layoffs have been swirling all week. On Thursday, the Windows giant confirmed that it is trimming its ranks. It's understood that the vast majority of the job losses will be in sales, and staff outside the US will be hardest hit. "Microsoft is implementing …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2017
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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

Sysadmin blog Next year will see the 20th anniversary of IEEE 802.1Q, the standard that defines the tagged VLAN for Ethernet networks. Despite it being two decades since modern VLANs started being used in anger a significant number of systems administrators remain afraid of them. Unfortunately, the time is upon us where VLANs are becoming a …
Trevor Pott, 30 Jun 2017
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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

Analysis Microsoft for decades not only defined personal productivity and team collaboration using Office, Outlook and Exchange – it kept the competition at arm’s length. Today, however, there’s a large community of businesses that don’t look to Microsoft for collaboration or productivity solutions at all. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t …
Sonia Cuff, 28 Jun 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000

Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year. The database giant said that its cloud and SaaS units now account for more than 10 per cent of its total revenue haul and will take on an even larger share of the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017

Cloud may be the future, but it ain't all sunshine and rainbows

Yes, cloud might be the future but what truths lie hidden beneath this rock of certainty? You've heard the hype, pros and cons, but there's plenty the average cloud user may not have considered in the clamour to get up there. Our company recently heeded the cloud's call, and this is what we discovered. Where cloud excels is …
Stuart Burns, 21 Jun 2017

Cloud bigger than ever, biz suddenly keen to fork out for security. Put 'em together...

Growth cloud-based security services will remain strong, with the market reaching $5.9bn in 2017, up 21 per cent from 2016, analyst house Gartner predicts. Growth in the cloud-based security services market will outpace the overall information security market. Email security, web security and identity and access management ( …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2017
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HPE: You're rubbish at hybrid cloud – so we'll cook a NüStack to fix it

HPE Discover 2017 HPE is looking to win customers for its Gen10 suite of hybrid cloud enterprise IT platform by first offering them some tough love. The servers and storage half of the broken-up HP says most enterprises simply aren't doing hybrid cloud infrastructure right. "If you look at the state of most private clouds, they are just VM …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jun 2017
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Azure Backup cuddles up real close to Windows Server

Microsoft keeps getting closer and closer to being a decent backup vendor. Last week the company switched on a test of a feature allowing Windows Server Backup to send Windows Server System State data to Azure, then allow restoration of Windows Server from the Redmondian cloud. Windows Server System State data describes the …
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Google cloud switches on Intel's Skylake Xeons and cloud CPU picker

A member of Intel's new “Xeon Scalable Family” has appeared in Google's cloud. The Alphabet subsidiary says that Skylake Xeons are now generally available and that it is “the first and only public cloud to deliver Intel’s next-generation Xeon server processor”. That's the kind of thing server-makers used to trumpet in the …

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