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Bah! No NSA-proof Euro cloud gang. Cloud computing standards will 'aid data portability'

New cloud computing standards to be developed within the EU should facilitate users' ability to transfer data and services between cloud providers, MEPs have said.17 Dec 2013 Cloud computing TMT & Sourcing Outsourcing TMT Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Services The European Parliament has backed a new resolution on cloud …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Dec 2013

Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

Cisco is looking to wrap more of the Internet of Things in its warm embrace, announcing that it's going to create a Linux-plus-IOS mashup to run IoT apps at the network edge. Designated IOx, the “fog computing” (Cisco's term) operating system is being pitched as a way to deal with data coming from IoT devices. For example, an …

A potted history of cloud computing

1960s John McCarthy Many of the key concepts of Cloud Computing are rooted in the early 1960s and the trailblazer was John McCarthy (above), the celebrated computer scientist, who is best known as the father of Artificial Intelligence. He devised the notion of timesharing, enabling organisations to simultaneously use an …
David Gordon, 07 Mar 2014

Cisco belches forth mighty intergobblenator CLOUD OF DOLLARS

Cisco is planning to spend $1bn over the next two years on its very own cloud computing service for corporate customers. The networking firm wants to get into the cloud market with its very own "global Intercloud" and is going to spend the millions on building data centres to run the service. Unlike cloudy offerings from …

Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

Businesses are conducting more due diligence on cloud suppliers and demanding more localised storage of their data in the wake of reports about US surveillance activities, according to a new survey. One in six businesses are also either delaying or cancelling cloud computing contracts in light of revelations about the alleged …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Apr 2014
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Cloud, virtualisation and big data added to TAFE curriculum

A new curriculum for information technology courses taught at Australia's colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, Polytechnic for UK readers, community college in the USA) has been released. “ICA 11 2.0” emerged yesterday and describes dozens of different qualifications and hundreds of subjects taught at TAFE. The …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
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What Microsoft means by mobile first, cloud first: Build Android, iOS apps with Azure cloud

Microsoft has blurred the division between the desktop systems programmers use to develop software and remotely provisioned compute and storage gear so much that you have to squint to detect a difference. In a wide-ranging presentation at its Build 2014 conference in San Francisco on Thursday, multiple executives showed tools …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
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Amazon mints a BILLION BUCKS from its cannibal cloud

Amazon's cloud division has brushed off competition from Google and Microsoft to report record revenue of $1.234bn, and grew its business abroad to historic highs as well. Amazon took in $1.234bn in cash in its "other" revenue segment in the fourth quarter of 2013, the company announced on Thursday, up from $1.011bn in the …
Jack Clark, 30 Jan 2014
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SAP's on-site apps fumble for the gearstick as cloud stamps pedal

The decline in SAP’s software sales has accelerated while the company’s smaller cloud operation has continued to expand. For the tech giant's first quarter of 2014, revenue from sales of on-premises business applications fell five per cent, year on year, to €623m ($860m), under IFRS rules, according to its latest financial …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2014
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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Microsoft has devised a fresh strategy to distract customers from a raft of tempting offers by rivals – it's changing the name of its cloud computing service Windows Azure. Windows Azure will be renamed Microsoft Azure tomorrow, a contact confirmed to us today following a scoop by Mary Jo Foley. The paradigm shift name change …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014
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'Wait a minute!' puffs VMware as it trots after Amazon, Microsoft in US gov cloud grasp bid

It feels like every company is pushing cloud computing on the hoi polloi, but they all recognize the need to give the US government something special – and VMware is no different. The virtualization specialist announced today it is pursuing a crucial federal certification known as FedRAMP with help from managed hosting biz …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014
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Microsoft taps up Level 3, Equinix, AT&T for direct Azure Cloud lines

Cloud computing is all well and good but it's hopeless if the network connection between the customer and the data center is useless, so Microsoft has followed in Amazon's footsteps by fixing this weakness. Redmond's new ExpressRoute service, announced in a blog post on Thursday, will offer dedicated connections to the Windows …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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'Sons of Solaris' Joyent welcome Ubuntu into their cloud

Sun refugee camp and cloud operator Joyent has partnered with Canonical to bring tailored Ubuntu images into its technically sophisticated cloud. The deal was announced on Thursday and means that developers who want to run Ubuntu on Joyent's advanced SmartOS-based infrastructure can now do with greater confidence in getting …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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Amazon 'not interested in price matching everybody' in the cloud

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are battling each other on cloud computing prices, but Amazon has said it will not match Google's new low, low prices. This is significant because on Tuesday Google dramatically dropped the prices of its mainstay storage and compute services to far below those of Amazon. Then on Wednesday Amazon …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2014
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Cloud is a key-management pain: NIST

The ISA's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – recently accused of collaborating with the NSA to weaken security standards – has put together a paper highlighting the key-management challenge posed by cloud computing platforms. As readers will know, key multiplication (and therefore management) can be headache …

I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

The days of the desktop computer look to be numbered. According to IDC, worldwide shipments of desktop systems fell 10 per cent in 2013, the biggest decline in the platform's history. IDC also predicts that for the first time tablets will outsell laptops and in fact the entire PC market by 2015. To borrow IDC’s terminology, …
Philippe Fossé, 24 Jan 2014
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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that's the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a "definitive agreement" to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Splunk plunks seductive AaaS on Amazon cloud

Splunk has launched a free analytics-as-a-service product based on the Amazon Web Services cloud. The company, whose name may or may not have been generated by a desperate Scrabble player, announced on Tuesday that its paid-for Splunk Enterprise product is now available as a service based on the AWS cloud. Splunk's technology …
Jack Clark, 01 Oct 2013

Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

It's more likely that the NSA has devoted its efforts to key capture and side-channel attacks rather than brute-forcing its way through ciphertext en masse - but it's also true that our crypto maths won't last forever. Which draws attention to projects like this one (PDF), which is looking at protection of multi-party …
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Australian government launches cloud strategy

Australia's minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched the country's first national cloud computing strategy – and has hooked the success of cloud computing in this country to the success and continued rollout of the government's fibre-based National Broadband Network. Announcing the National …
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Boffins warn LIMPWARE takes the pleasure out of cloud

Computer science boffins from the USA have come up with a lovely term to describe under-performing hardware: “Limpware”. The term's not just for fun, but actually has some pretty serious implications for cloud computing because the boffins have run tests suggesting just one limp node in a cloudy cluster can lower performance of …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2013

Is it a bird? A plane? No – it's a CLOUD BRAIN

Netflix has created a blueprint for how companies might use neural networks to analyze information in – you guessed it – the cloud. The video-streaming company and long-time Amazon Web Services customer announced on Monday that it had figured out how to apply a technique pioneered by Google AI chief and Stanford Professor Andrew …
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2014
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Big Blue slaps patent curtain in front of green cloud

IBM has gone public with a patent granted on October 1 that it says will help the world create greener cloud computing. In what looks to The Register something like yet another patent covering the normal operation of a database, IBM's US Patent 8,549,125 says it covers: “Receiving a request from a node in the network to perform …
Steve Bennett

Symantec BACKS OUT of Backup Exec.cloud

Symantec's resellers have reportedly been given notice to stop providing annual subscriptions to Backup Exec.cloud by 6 January. Backup Exec.cloud lets small and medium businesses store backups in a Symantec remote vault (the cloud) or on-site and in the cloud. Customers have been told they can use the service until one year …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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There's more to cloud computing than just hosting

There’s a trick we use at Freeform Dynamics when trying to figure out the true significance, if any, of the latest Big Thing being promoted by IT vendors and pundits. We ask ourselves what will be left when the marketers get bored with the current buzz words and move on to the next Big Thing, as they inevitably will. As an …
Dale Vile, 11 Apr 2013

Woz: Cloud computing trend is 'horrendous'

The risks of cloud computing will be "horrendous", Steve Wozniak said last night, in a statement that will set eyeballs rolling at Apple - the company he co-founded with Steve Jobs. The bearded designer of the Apple II is prone to off-message statements, but the latest one takes a dig at an area Apple has just invested a lot of …
Anna Leach, 06 Aug 2012
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Cloud computers are like bananas, says Deutsche Börse

You can agree on the price of bananas even if they don't all look the same, so why not cloud computing services? That's an argument put by the newly-launched Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange – a trading platform for cycles and storage. Due to launch in 2014, the exchange promises “neutral, secure and transparent trading venue for …

ACMA mulls cloud regulation

Dropping into the cloud privacy and security debate without even the slightest clang of irony, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has listed security, privacy and access to data as issues that might need regulation in the Australian environment. It's discussion paper, The cloud – services, computing and digital …
CenturyLink takes a stand at Cloud Expo Europe

If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

At the colo shows of DCW and CEE at the Excel Centre in London last week, it was evident that the body of the data centre is trying to keep fit with efficiency improvements, yet the mind of the cloud is given to wander. It has become quite a problem as users take the initiative and resort to shadow IT solutions as company cloud …
Bob Dormon, 05 Mar 2014

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

Cloud buyers: Why it makes sense to think local

Cloud computing holds the promise of someone else taking care of automating your IT, but just because that gives you a fleet of power tools doesn't mean you should throw out your hammer, wrench set and screwdrivers. An Anonymous Coward comment about a recent article of mine:What you need to know about moving to the Azure public …
Trevor Pott, 04 Mar 2014

Amazon's public cloud fingered as US's biggest MALWARE LAIR

Amazon's public cloud is the largest haven of malware spreaders in the US, according to security company Solutionary. The claims are in the outfit's "Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report" [PDF], which uses data from Solutionary's ActiveGuard Security and Compliance Platform. It was published on Wednesday. "Malware and, more …
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014
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Dutch banks get nod to inhale Amazon cloud

Dutch regulators have cleared Amazon's cloud for consumption by financial institutions within the country, validating the Amazon Web Services infrastructure for use even in tightly regulated industries. Though many technologists are skeptical of the use of cloud computing within industries such as the finance sector, especially …
Jack Clark, 30 Jul 2013
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Intel uncorks marketing syrup, pours over 16 cloud providers

Cloud computing has wrecked the carefully tended brands of tech infrastructure providers by smothering their dodgy logos in layers and layers of opaque software, and Intel is not content to let all that expensive marketing go to waste. Instead, the world's largest chip design company announced on Wednesday that it is slipping …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014

Microsoft slices Azure prices just days after Amazon's cloud shave

The infrastructure-as-a-service industry behaves like a topsy-turvy oligopoly, where far from keeping prices high, the major corporations are grinding prices into the dirt. Now Microsoft has just announced a price cut to its Azure cloud's block, blob and disk storage services. Microsoft declared last year that it would price …
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
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NTT Comms snaps up US cloud players in £540 MILLION swoop

Enterprise ICT business NTT Communications has taken a big step towards expanding its global cloud computing footprint with the $US525 million (£326m) acquisition of US provider Virtela and a $350m (£217m) swoop for 80 per cent of datacentre firm RagingWire. The Japanese firm said its deal with RagingWire would more than double …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013
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Amazon HALVES cloud storage prices after Google's shock slash

Amazon has cut its cloud prices – but not far enough to bring the cost of using its online services entirely below that of rival Google. Prices for Amazon Web Services' mainstay S3 storage will fall by about 51 per cent, said the company's senior vice president Andy Jassy at the Amazon Web Services summit in San Francisco on …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2014
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Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

Stan Shih, the man who founded Acer and returned late last year to stem the losses and rebuild the organisation has elevated his eldest son to overlord of slabs and cloudy wares. A company spokesman confirmed that as part of a wider management re-shuffle, Maverick Shih (for it is he) is now president of the Build Your Own Cloud …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2014

HP cloud gets crucial fed security certification

HP's virtual private cloud technology is now FedRAMP compliant, making it easier for US government agencies to consume the company's cloud computing services. The announcement of FedRAMP compliance was made by HP on Friday, and follows the Amazon Web Services cloud gaining FedRAMP in mid-May. With FedRAMP compliance, HP's …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2013
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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud was hit by a worldwide partial compute outage today, calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service. The problems emerged at 2.35AM UTC, and were still ongoing as of 10.20PM UTC the same day, according to the company's service dashboard. "Manual actions to perform Swap …
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013
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Judge smites IBM's anti-Amazon cloud campaign

Amazon's attempt to muscle in on IBM's territory and grab a slice of oh-so-lucrative government cloud workloads took a step forward on Monday after a Federal Judge ruled in favor of Bezos & Co. The ruling by Judge Thomas Wheeler was published on Pacer on Monday, and could torpedo IBM's attempt to knock the Amazon Web Services …
Jack Clark, 08 Oct 2013

Official: Cloud computing invented by two technophobic old geezers

Not a day goes by without a dozen press releases on the topic of cloud computing thrusting their way into my inbox (ooh, matron). I think I’ve made my opinions of the cloud con clear enough in previous columns but for the benefit of newer readers, let’s just say that I think it’s cock. Well, that is, cloud computing itself isn’t …
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Feb 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

Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

Sustained violations of civil liberties at home and abroad? Yawn. The manifestation of Orwell's nightmares? Snooze. The potential loss of scads and scads of money? Egad, we should really do something about this! That's the gist of a report published on Monday assessing the likely commercial fallout for the US cloud computing …
Jack Clark, 06 Aug 2013
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Brussels opens ears on cloud computing

The European Commission has opened a consultation on cloud computing ahead of the creation of a Europe-wide strategy. Neelie Kroes, Digital Agenda Commissioner, said she wanted to hear from cloud developers as well as users. Of particular interest is feedback on cross-border data protection and liability, standards and …
John Oates, 16 May 2011
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Amazon adds free Oracle analytics tool to cloud

Just two days after Microsoft made Oracle's technology available on its Windows Azure cloud, Amazon has added a sophisticated diagnostic tech to its own Oracle database service. Amazon announced the addition of the Statspack performance diagnostic tool for all Oracle editions and engine versions offered by its Relational …
Jack Clark, 27 Sep 2013

Chicago Mercantile Exchange floats Wall Street cloud

Cloud computing promises the easy migration from one supplier to the next, but we all know that isn't the case because there isn't any market punters can access to buy and sell their resources. But on Monday that changed when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) announced it had signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with cloud …
Jack Clark, 01 Oct 2013
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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

NASA's cloud strategy has been panned by its own auditors, proving that even technically competent oganizations can sputter when trying to soar into the tech stratosphere. In a lengthy report released on Monday by NASA's Office of Audits, investigators slammed the agency's cloud governance, risk management, and security policies …
Jack Clark, 02 Aug 2013

Cloud Foundry laps up attention in EMC, IBM, HP, Rackspace, SAP, VMware love-in

The Cloud Foundry open-source project looks set to become a standard piece of technology in the thriving distributed systems ecosystem: its main backer, Pivotal, has persuaded IBM, HP, SAP and Rackspace to join a new foundation dedicated to the tech. Today's announcement of the launch of a formal open governance model and …
Jack Clark, 24 Feb 2014
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IBM follows Microsoft, Amazon into China with new cloud doodad

IBM is launching a cloud service hosted in a Chinese data center as Big Blue tries to pursue what it reckons could be a huge market – despite NSA revelations causing paranoia among some non-US data services punters. To do business in the Middle Kingdom, companies must partner with a Chinese firm, which may assuage concerns, …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013