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Big Mickey Dell is wrong: Cloud ain't going to eat all of IT

Storage architect Public cloud will not consume all of IT. At least that’s what Michael Dell is claiming. In his opinion, cloud will become just another form of computing and a choice will be made by users to do cloud on-premises or rent from a cloud provider. Bearing in mind Dell is in the hardware business, we can hardly expect a comment …
Chris Evans, 12 Oct 2016
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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Analysis All eyes were on Microsoft's cloud business today as it published its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results. Amid the numbers, Redmond boasted that its Azure revenues from the quarter were up 102 per cent year-on-year – we estimate the cloud service's revenue to be about $800m in total for the period. Meanwhile, …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016

Arrow ECS top dog parades $200m (run rate) cloudy biz

Cloud computing is on track to be a $200m plus annual business for Arrow ECS, the enterprise IT distie's big boss has claimed. The reliably boring firm - in a good way if you are an investor - notched up its umpteenth straight quarter of expanding sales, jumping nine per cent to $1.8bn for Q1 of fiscal ’17 ended 2 April. …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2016
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Audit Office pours cold water on UK.gov's SME spending target claims

Claims the government beat its target to pump more than 25 per cent of its largesse through SMEs in the last Parliament have today been critiqued by the National Audit Office, which says "it cannot be certain" spending increased at all over that period. In February 2015, the government reported that it had met its 2010 SME …
Kat Hall, 09 Mar 2016

Microsoft unbuttons shirt, teases glimpse of Azure-in-a-box Stack

It's a bit late, but Microsoft will be releasing the first technical preview of Azure Stack – its cloud-in-a-box for those who prefer their data on-premises. Azure Stack was announced at the Ignite conference in May. Now, Mike Neil, Microsoft's veep of enterprise cloud, has promised the first preview will be available for …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jan 2016
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You want to migrate how much data?

Sooner or later, you’re going to have to move some of your data. Perhaps you’re moving to a hybrid cloud model, and need to move some offsite. Maybe it’s already out there in a third-party’s infrastructure, and the contract isn’t working out as you’d planned. Or perchance you’re being smart and replicating between two …
Danny Bradbury, 06 Jan 2016
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You've tested the cloud – now get ready and take a bigger step

The move to cloud computing in enterprises has until recently largely been confined to new greenfield applications, test and development solutions or software-as-a-service solutions from companies such as Salesforce. The one factor that these applications share is that they are not on the whole critical to the business. But …
Marcus Austin, 17 Jul 2015

Can you recover your data if disaster strikes? Sure?

Disaster recovery is complicated and usually expensive. It comes in many forms, and many companies mandate a minimum of off-site backups for various reasons, from regulatory compliance to risk aversion. Disaster recovery planning is considered to be part of standard IT best practices today, but which solutions are appropriate …
Trevor Pott, 07 Apr 2015
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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

Comment Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015

NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas. What it’s doing is this: Adding three SteelStore cloud-native backup products as Amazon Machine Images (AMI) to backup cloud-based workloads, taking on EMC'S newly acquired cloud app firm Spanning. On-premises SteelStore physical …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015
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Google? Microsoft? What the heck do they do in cloud?

Amazon Web Services has slashed the prices of 46* services since its launch in 2006, but not one was in retaliation to rivals (no way, not one), insists UK boss Iain Gavin. Under the deflationary cloud model, the main protagonists, which also include Google and Microsoft, are continually dropping their pants to undercut each …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2014

Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes

Interview Rackspace president and CEO Taylor Rhodes ascended to the latter role just last month, so when our Sydney bureau was offered the chance for a chat, we jumped at it. Here's what Rhodes had to say about Rackspace's decision to stand alone, what it's like watching AWS and Google fight giants fight and more. The Register: …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2014
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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

Storagebod Has EMC started an unwelcome trend? I had a discussion about roadmaps with a vendor this week, and its reps talked about substantial upcoming changes to their architecture. My questioning, "but surely that’s not just a disruptive upgrade but destructive?" was met with an affirmative. Of course, like EMC's XtremIO upgrades, the …
StorageBod, 30 Sep 2014
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IBM to drop SoftLayer pod in Melbourne

IBM will bring a "pod" of its SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service offering to Melbourne. Big Blue revealed the new bit barn in a "momentum statement" outlining just how well SoftLayer is going. That announcement is as self-congratulatory as you would expect, claiming that "100 strategic outsourcing clients who are among the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2014

Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

+Analysis Cloud provider Rackspace will stand on the sidelines as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft slash prices in an attempt to destroy each other's profit margins. The web hoster's chief technology officer, John Engates, told El Reg's cloud bureau by email that "Rackspace is not a commodity cloud provider," when we asked if it would …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014
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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

Amazon has soothed developers miffed at the notorious variability of its rentable servers with a new expensive class of reliable instances. The "I2" instances were officially launched by Amazon on Friday after being previewed at its AWS re:invent show in November, and see the company bring SSD-backed servers with fast …
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013
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Distie: Build the cloud and resellers will come... so WHERE ARE THEY?

Disties have built cloudy aggregation platforms for channel types under the assumption they would come… but they are still waiting for mass adoption. It would seem that reseller solutions provider reseller demand for brokerage services, such as the one that Arrow ECS launched 18 months ago has been a little underwhelming. …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013

Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad

A company launched to defend Linux on PCs and servers is turning its attention to venture-backed cloud startups and mobile. The Open Invention Network (OIN) has revealed Dropbox is its latest licensee, potentially shielding the cloud document-sharing service from patent attackers. OIN owns an artillery of patents covering …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Nov 2013
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Storage upstart Coho Data decloaks from stealth, slurps $25m

Ex-stealthy startup Coho Data, developer of a “flash-tuned scale-out storage architecture designed for the private cloud that delivers unparalleled performance at public cloud capacity pricing,” has collared $25m in B-round funding. The round was led by Ignition Partners with original investor Andreesen Horowitz contributing …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013

Hybrid heaven: Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure

Hands-on On 14 November at 11.00 GMT we will be broadcasting a live training session on the Microsoft network virtualization technologies of Windows Hyper-V, Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVM) and Windows Azure – all working together in Hybrid data centre solution. For you, dear reader, it’s free to watch from the comfort of …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013

SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

Column “SMBs are now turning to the cloud to meet their IT needs”. If you have anything to do with the technology industry then the claim will sound very familiar. The implication is that cloud computing is now universally accepted among small and medium businesses, and that a huge shift has taken place in terms of buying behaviour. …
Dale Vile, 02 Aug 2013
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Shrinking iPads, Ultrabooks will lead to disk boost: WD boss

WD showed a slide at its annual summit earlier this month that described the current computing market as "very chaotic". That would be a highly relative description, given the storage giant had booked the summit into Istanbul just as a sit-in at a park in the Turkish city had escalated into a three-day battle between protesters …
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2013

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

When Oracle announced disappointing third-quarter results in March 2013, executives at the company were quick to blame poor sales execution for a two per cent decline in new software licences and cloud software subscriptions. It wasn't a symptom, they insisted, of underlying problems with the company’s product portfolio - or …

Oracle, SAP under attack: How cloud upstarts steal their lunch

Analysis After more than 20 years coining it, the Goliaths of the lucrative enterprise software world are about to meet their Davids: nimble rivals touting technology at a sensible price. And as we shall see, with customers jumping on cheaper services, ultimately the giants could be destroyed by their reliance on expensive support …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2013
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Comixology cloud fails to Make Mine Marvel

Comment Digital comic fans are a fairly honest lot, generally prefering to buy their sequential art reading matter than pinch it. But that doesn’t mean they ignore the regular weekly batches of new issues shared online. An apology from Dave Steinberger, head of Comixology, the largest digital comics retailer, reveals one reason why. …
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2013
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Prepare to greet the data centre of 2023

To some, the idea of enterprise data centres still being around in ten years’ time is anathema. By then, they assert, all enterprise IT will be running in public clouds. The only people who can’t see this are insecure box-huggers frightened for their jobs and IT dinosaurs with no imagination. We, however, are going to assume …
Dale Vile, 19 Dec 2012
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Owning a cloud means learning to love the business

One of the problems with trying to improve things is that not everyone appreciates it. Deploying a private cloud is tantamount to saying that the IT department needs to become a service provider, at least in part. But it also means that the business needs to start acting more like a service consumer. In principle, there is a …
Nathan Coates, 24 Jun 2012
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Study shows SMB cloud security fears largely overstated

Research into small businesses in the US and Asian markets has shown that there's an increasing mismatch between the theory and practice of cloud security. When questioned in a blind test conducted by comScore and funded by Microsoft, a third of SMBs said they didn’t use cloud security because of fears over the cost of …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2012
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Everything you ever wanted to know about private cloud

The idea of cloud computing usually suggests vast server and storage resources delivered by external providers. The benefits, we are told, are legion: you pay only for what you use, you scale up to what you need, procurement costs are minimal, operational overhead reduced, and so on. But many organisations remain concerned about …
Jon Collins, 08 Mar 2012
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Bring-your-own server: TeamDrive flashes cloudy sync 'n share

TeamDrive 3.0 provides file sync, storage and sharing for enterprise – in the cloud or on a business's own servers – with encryption keeping the data safe. But it is quick to point out that it's not just DropBox for business. Dropbox and Box.net both offer file synchronisation and sharing services in the cloud: Dropbox for …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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Business Cloud Summit preps for launch

It’s called the Business Cloud Summit and it’s about how Cloud Computing changes the way we all do business. But what about the technology behind the Cloud that enables us to realise the potential of the Cloud model – and the people who deploy and develop that technology? This year’s Business Cloud Summit in London on December …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Nov 2011

Implementing, serving, and using cloud storage

Deep dive Introduction Organizations of all types are trying to control costs and satisfy increasing demands at the same time—demands created by explosive data growth and ever-changing requirements. To address these challenges, storage industry professionals are turning to cloud computing and cloud storage solutions. It’s important to …
Alex McDonald, 17 Nov 2011
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Microsoft dismisses reseller critics of Office 365

Resellers need to re-engineer their business model for the cloud services era rather than trying to turn back time, Microsoft has warned. Office 365 hit the market this week but a cross section of the US software vendor's channel remain concerned about the client engagement model: Microsoft hosts the service and bills the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2011
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El Reg guide to the Private Cloud

Anyone researching private cloud runs up against a wall of definition and counter-definition. “Private cloud isn’t real cloud computing,” according to one vendor, in phrasing redolent of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. This debate will run and run, but much of the discussion about private cloud computing to date concerns the more …
Nathan Coates, 12 Jun 2011
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'Backward' resellers impede cloud progress. Yeah, right

Comment Dale Vile headshot I have conducted a lot of interviews recently with vendors, resellers and systems integrators about why it is proving so hard to motivate the traditional IT channel to get on board with cloud. There are some examples of success, but scaling up action beyond a minority of niche partners or risk takers seems …
Dale Vile, 08 Jun 2011
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Cloud in 2011: A bright new dawn...

An awful lot has been written about cloud computing in recent months. Big vendors are climbing over each other to claim an understanding of cloud and 2011 is the year it is supposed to go mainstream. Cloud computing will save us money, it will simplify our IT systems, it will transform the way we interact with government, it …
Lucy Sherriff, 28 May 2011
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The next Microsoft in the cloud computing era is ...

Analysis Cloud computing lacks both cross-compatibility and standards. Added to vendor lock-in is the possibility of outages, breaches of security or privacy, providers suspending your account, losing data or even going out of business altogether. A variety of vendor strategies are in play. Apple and Oracle exemplify the proprietary …
Trevor Pott, 08 May 2011

After the mad rush to virtualise, what then?

Cloud Those of us who have set up local clouds had to go through a transition period; some systems dedicated, some systems virtualised. For many, running a mix of dedicated and virtual systems proved advantageous. The mad rush to virtualise everything slowed. Low hanging fruit was virtualised yielding beneficial returns. Difficult …
Trevor Pott, 21 Mar 2011

Easier to secure the cloud than your data center - IBMer

Security is probably the biggest factor keeping enterprises from moving more applications and data to public clouds. I argue that security is just one (albeit a hugely important one) of the reasons why public clouds will exist as a tool for data centers – rather than the default usage model – for the foreseeable future. …
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Surviving the cloud computing boom

Part 1 Cloud computing launches in Australia are coming thick and fast. Already, more than 30 companies position themselves as offering hosted cloud services, and the number is rising quickly. The rapid acceleration in the cloud provider market looks very much like at least one other boom in the Australian Internet market: the VoIP …
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Microsoft dives into cloud as resellers ask: 'What's in it for me?'

Analysis “We're rebooting, re-pivoting, re-transitioning the whole company around betting big on cloud services,” said Microsoft CFO Kevin Turner at the company’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year. Turner was talking about hosted services – based mainly on Exchange and SharePoint – along with the Azure application and …
Tim Anderson, 10 Dec 2010
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Salesforce's Benioff: 'Ellison flunks vision test'

Dreamforce 2010 Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, has fired back at Larry Ellison and his beloved Exadata for cloud computing, saying that the server fails the cloud test and that Oracle lacks a genuine vision. Working — and walking — a crowd of 14,000 at his annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Benioff championed a …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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Nokia’s new CEO needs to change the message

Nokia held its annual Nokia World event in London this week, with the usual series of handset launches, developer love-ins and promises to address its weaknesses in high end smartphones and north America. But all this was overshadowed by the ousting, just the week before, of CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, quickly followed by his …
Wireless Watch, 19 Sep 2010

HPC Advisory Council unveils Cloud HPC initiative

Webcast Our pals at the HPC Advisory Council have been busy in the past few months and it seemed time to tap them for an update, in our September HPC Community webcast. For the uninitiated, the council consists of 150 HPC hardware vendors, ISVs and users who have banded together to provide a guiding hand. Their main goal is to ‘bridge …
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HPC in the cloud? Not so much

Here’s a great blog (“Elite HPC and the Cloud Culture Clash”) discussing how much – well, actually, how little – the current hype behind cloud computing is swaying folks at large supercomputing sites. In the article, Nicole Hemsoth correctly identifies cloud computing as more of a business model than radical new technology. …
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The cloud's impact on security?

Workshop We tried to get through this workshop without using the five letter C-word, but we could not quite make it to the end. There are good reasons for considering whether cloud will have an impact on security - not least because it is being discussed so much that you need to know if there is any substance behind the hype. What's …
Tony Lock, 01 Jul 2010
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Virtualisation and the private cloud

Lab IT, like every industry, is from time to time compelled by those with PR budgets to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous marketing. Over the course of the last two years we have witnessed one of the most over-hyped marketing terms being pushed with such vigour that it is today almost impossible to speak with any vendor …
Tony Lock, 09 Mar 2010

The DoD's very cloudy thinking over Gmail

In the wake of the Google vs. China dustup, we’re starting to see some discussion of the greater implications for computing, both in general and the cloudy Google way. The fact that some Gmail accounts were accessed by hackers looking for dissidents raises some questions about the security of Gmail specifically and the entire …
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The cloud virtualization black hole

Reader Workshop Last week was an interesting one for the virtualization workshop, as we turned our attention to cloud computing and the reaction has been, well, nothing. Well, that's not quite fair – the comment on Virtualization and the cloud was, "Good article. Please, I implore you to add case studies," and on Unravelling the cloud confusion …
Jon Collins, 01 Sep 2009
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Will cloud put traditional hosters out of business?

It sometimes seems as if the whole world has gone cloud crazy - well at least most of the vendors, pundits and many in the media. If we listen to the evangelists, the days of the enterprise data centre are numbered and players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft will inherit the earth. Even David Cameron, the illustrious leader of …
Dale Vile, 04 Aug 2009