Articles about Cloud Services

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Amazon Web Services customers love hybrid clouds (true)

The public cloud is the only cloud and anything else is a pale imitation, according to Amazon. But customers appear seem unconvinced, with most running or intending to run a mixture of private and public clouds sourced from multiple vendors. That's what a survey of IT professionals who attended AWS summits in San Francisco and …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2015
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Rackspace sees future in cloud mgmt services – even on others' setups

Rackspace Solve London Speaking at the Rackspace Solve event in London, the company's CTO John Engates said an increased focus on cloud management services rather than just infrastructure might extend to running applications on third-party clouds. Rackspace is already rolling out what it calls Cloud Office: Microsoft Office 365, or Google Apps for …
Tim Anderson, 04 Jun 2015
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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has said the database giant plans to make substantially all of its software products available as cloud services, and that it will be ready to start signing up subscriptions come this October. Hurd made his comments in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday, saying that 95 per cent of Oracle's products …
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015
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Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015
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Chinese dragon Alibaba ramps up cloud war with second US data center

Chinese cloud purveyor Aliyun, a division of the Middle Kingdom's Amazon equivalent Alibaba, has opened its second US data center in Silicon Valley. The move is part of its international expansion plans, with the company having earlier this year signed up a raft of international partners to flog its services globally. Alibaba …
Kat Hall, 09 Oct 2015
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HP to shutter webOS cloud services

HP has announced it will shut down webOS cloud services on January 15th, 2015. The company says it's given the few owners of webOS devices three years of service since canning the software, but that “The user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running.” Devices running webOS will …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014
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Cloud boffins build cheap content delivery network in the cloud

Take a bit of cloud, add a bit of money, and stir in a bit of boffinry, and you could build your very own content distribution network (CDN). That's the conclusion of a Canadian/Chinese/American research project, who've put together what they call a “generic framework” for crowd-sourced live-streaming using AWS and Microsoft …
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VMware buddies with Bitnami to hybridise cloud app templates

One of public cloud's selling points is that vendors make it super-easy to spin up common applications: Amazon Web Services, Azure and Rackspace all operate a “marketplace” in which one can find ready-to-deploy virtual machines for just about whatever takes your fancy. Google calls its version “click-to-deploy”. VMware's vCloud …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2015

Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

New changes to tax law in the city of Chicago have effectively raised the prices of online streaming and cloud services in the Windy City, beginning on Wednesday. The Chicago Tribune reports that an update to the city's "amusement tax" adds a 9 per cent tax to Chicagoans' subscriptions to streaming services like Netflix and …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
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Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest

Acquisition-hungry European managed services provider Claranet has drummed up £107m in a refinancing deal. Charles Nasser, Claranet Group founder and CEO, said: “Our financing now extends to 2020 and achieves greater flexibility for us as we plan for further growth and the development of our products and services." He added: " …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2015
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Oracle bins virtual compute appliance, reveals identical private cloud appliance

Oracle has decided that nobody wants to buy a virtualisation appliance, but reckons you're all ready to stampede in the direction of a private cloud appliance. Big Red's marketers have therefore enriched some printers by changing the name of the “Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance” (VCA) to the “Oracle Private Cloud Appliance” ( …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2015

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

Oracle technology chief Larry Ellison is embarking on a journey Microsoft couldn’t complete: beating Amazon’s cloud services on price. Oracle’s former CEO is reported to have kicked off a price war by committing his database firm to undercutting AWS on storage. “We are prepared to compete with on price,” Ellison said …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015
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Japan's NTT whips out OpenStack cannon at cloud Godzilla AWS

Tokyo-headquartered NTT Communications has ruled out a head-to-head public-cloud fight with Amazon Web Services – despite NTT expanding its cloud systems globally. NTT execs said Thursday in London that the $112bn telecom and data giant would compete by offering public and private cloud, management, and data center services. …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jul 2015
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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

European governments haven’t got a clue how to implement cloud services. So say the EU's own cybersecurity experts. ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) has released a report on the adoption of something it calls “Gov Cloud”, defined as “a deployment model to build and deliver services to state agencies ( …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Feb 2015

Cloud busting: Alibaba pumps $1bn into Aliyun, hopes it will rain cash

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba is pumping $1bn (£637m) into its cloudy arm Aliyun, thereby injecting cold, hard cash into its global domination plans. The investment is intended to further its international presence, as the firm intends to cosy up with more local partners. Part of the investment pot will be used to set up …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015
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Verizon brings half its cloud to Australia

Verizon enterprise has opened its cloud in Australia, or least half of its cloud. Verizon's cloud is an oddity inasmuch as it comprises two distinct platforms. One is the kit it acquired along with Terremark and has since indicated it will rebuild on Xen and CloudStack. That cloud's used to dleiver the reserved performance bits …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2015
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You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data. The new Department of Defense (DoD) rules [PDF] include requirements on how contractors who handle government information should deal with computer network breaches and attacks, and how …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015
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Oracle: Over here, look over here! At the cloud! No, not at our glum licensing numbers

Enterprise IT giant Oracle is once again pointing to a growing cloud business to gloss over lackluster financial numbers in other parts of its business. Big Red on Wednesday said that its $8.4bn in first-quarter [PDF] revenues (ending August 31) were down 2 per cent over the same period in 2014, when it logged $8.5bn. Earnings …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2015
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IBM: Get yer cloud services! Analytics, mobile, ten a penny

With all bets placed behind software and services, IBM needs to quickly re-tune its route to customers to get the right suppliers on board and the revenue dial moving in the right direction again. The grand lady of tech is challenged on multiple fronts; the System x volume hardware business is transferring to Lenovo along with …
Paul Kunert, 16 Dec 2014
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Average enterprise 'using 71 services vulnerable to LogJam'

As many as 575 cloud-based services have been left at risk to the newly discovered LogJam crypto vulnerability, according to cloud security specialists Skyhigh Networks. LogJam creates a means for hackers to weaken encrypted connections between a user and a web or email server. The vulnerability was discovered as part of …
John Leyden, 20 May 2015

External vs internal: Why hybrid cloud is the way to go

A never-ending stream of cloud providers tells us that they can do a better job than our internal IT departments. And occasionally we come across surveys claiming the same thing. Is it all marketing puff or is there some substance in claims that external is better than internal? They look after the servers for you … but ... …
Dave Cartwright, 12 Oct 2015
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How big a problem is Cloud security?

To help readers help each other, we have put together a short, sharp temperature check survey on the topic of cloud security. We're asking a bit about you and your organisation for context and then 5 simple questions that we think nail the key issues and possible solutions. We finish off by getting you to tell us the scariest or …
Dale Vile, 13 Apr 2015
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Capita shuns its own £2.5bn framework and touts G-Cloud IT

Not content with its prime spot on a controversial deal to manage £2.5bn in public sector contractors, Capita is also touting its IT services via the G-Cloud, admitting its mega framework is not "always best for niche skills." In an unsolicted email sent to one government department, Capita appeared to admit the controversial …
Kat Hall, 25 Mar 2015
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Do you pay your Office 365 cloud rent in Euros, or Aus/Can/NZ bucks? It's going UP

Microsoft has confirmed that Office 365 customers in Britain will again dodge a cloudy price hike bullet that customers in parts of mainland Europe and further afield are facing from next month. Businesses in the Euro zone and those in Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Canada will see local prices bumped up by between ten per …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2015
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EMC coughs up the readies for cloud management software supplier

EMC is buying Virtustream in a seemingly billion-dollar-level transaction, as part of an effort to build a managed cloud services business. Virtustream sells xStream cloud management software for public, private and hybrid clouds, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and managed services to its customers. It says its xStream …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2015

Fujitsu's cloud settles over latest Singapore data centre

Fujitsu has opened a new data centre location in Western Singapore to feed the appetite for cloud services in Asia. Operators have flicked the power switch already and cloud services are available as of now. As distinct divisions, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Asia now operate three data centres in Singapore. The Fujitsu Group already …
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Dell cooks up cloud recipes with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack

Dell is doubling down on its policy of selling infrastructure, after retreating from its public cloud service provider plan. The firm, which has carved out a big niche in web-scale server centres, will release plans in the next six months to guide others building their own clouds. Blueprints will be for Microsoft’s Cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015
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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

Umpty-squillion surveys come out every week, and they generally disagree with each other. Personally I tend to take notice of the ones that tell me that red wine is good for weight loss and long life. I read one recently, though, in which no fewer than 51 per cent of managers said they're not presently investing in cloud …
Dave Cartwright, 10 Aug 2015

ISC2 launches security cert training for cloud-defending cherubs

ISC2 has announced the dates of its training courses for its new cloud security certification, created alongside Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), beginning with exam availability in PearsonVUE testing centres from 21 July. The pitch for the ISC2- and CSA-developed Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification …
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Public cloud? Two vendors float on high, says Gartner

Gartner’s latest report on Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) places just two vendors in the coveted top right “Leaders” segment of its “Magic Quadrant” chart. The research and analyst firm presented the report at its Infrastructure, Operations and Data Center Summit in Sydney yesterday. Those two are Amazon Web Services …
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2015
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Whoops, there goes my cloud: What to do when AWS foresakes you

Comment It's been an interesting period for cloud services, with both Amazon and Skype suffering major outages. In Amazon's case it was a good old-fashioned network interruption that caused significant knock-on effects (it released a very frank explanation that is well worth a read). As for Skype it was a configuration change that broke …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Sep 2015
Parliament in the clouds Just one in three G Cloud suppliers have won ANY business

The majority of tech suppliers on G Cloud haven’t seen a penny of taxpayers cash – not a bean – according to official figures on government spending. The sixth iteration of G Cloud is now live on the Digital Marketplace, introduced at the start of this month with 1,453 companies touting for business, up 15 per cent on the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2015
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Telefonica seals deal with HP's 'carrier grade' OpenStack phone cloud

MWC 2015 Telefonica will roll out software-defined network and cloud services using an x86 system from Hewlett-Packard. The companies are expected to announce HP’s OpenNFV today. The array was first trailed a year ago and has been selected to underpin the Spanish multinational’s new service rollouts. Financial terms of the agreement …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2015
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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

Australia's Department of Finance has updated its Cloud Policy to say “... agencies now must adopt cloud”. Those italics are the Department's, and it also has some qualifications for the edict, namely that cloud should only be adopted “where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2014

PATCH FREAK NOW: Cloud providers faulted for slow response

Hundreds of cloud providers are still vulnerable to the serious FREAK cryptographic vulnerability. Skyhigh Networks found that 766 cloud services are still at risk 24 hours after FREAK was made public, based on an analysis of more than 10,000 different services. The average company is using 122 potentially vulnerable services. …
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2015
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NTT adds two bit barns to gathering global cloud

NTT is continuing to expand its global cloud footprint, last week announcing plans for major new data centres in America and India. In Sacramento, according to Data Center Knowledge, subsidiary RagingWire is the expansion vehicle, with a third campus that added 180,000 square feet (with 14 MW of power capacity) to its existing …

Outsourcery wins first G-Cloud deal, justifies spot on SME panel

It only took almost 20 months to win any business via G-Cloud’s online services catalogue but Outsourcery has finally signed a deal. It was getting a little embarrassing for the cloudy outfit, whose co-CEO Piers Linney sits on a SME panel set up to advise fellow small biz owners on how to snare contracts. The deal …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015

Microsoft wades into cloud with new services, takes the fight to Amazon

Microsoft has tried to close the distance between Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services by confronting the threat posed by Bezos & Co's cloud. The company announced a range of new cloud services on Monday, and server chief Satya Nadella gave a briefing in San Francisco in which he sought to bolster Redmond's cloud credibility. …
Jack Clark, 08 Oct 2013
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COME BACK – I never said we were quitting public cloud, says HP bigwig Bill Hilf

Analysis HP doesn't plan to abandon its public cloud business after all, a top company exec has said, but that still doesn't mean it intends to go head to head with the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft. Last week, HP cloud honcho Bill Hilf put his foot in it when he said in an interview with The New York Times that …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015

Insight cloud guru snubs global job, walks over to Brit upstart

Ash Patel, the man who helped Insight Enterprises shape and lead its cloud strategy in Europe, has not only turned down a global services role at the firm but is now hot-footing it to rival Microsoft house Cobweb Solutions. Patel led UK cloud biz development from 2011 and was made EMEA head of the fluffy white stuff two years …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2015
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The West's cloud giants toss escape rope over Great Firewall – and China's not happy

The Chinese government is clamping down on cloud services provided by some of the world's biggest tech companies because they are being used to evade the Great Firewall. Activists outside China have admitted that they use US cloud providers like Microsoft and Amazon to hide encrypted packets in seemingly innocuous accounts in …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
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NetApp to put Amazon’s cloud ONTAP for thirsty customers

NetApp is continuing its strategy of trying to get ONTAP more integrated with Amazon's storage cloud by having it manage data in Cumulo Amazonius, and back up data to said cloud with the recently acquired SteelStore product. Cloud ONTAP is the latest ONTAP iteration, and is a software-only storage appliance built on the NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2014

Cloud provider goes TITSUP? Will someone think of the data!

You’ve entrusted your data to a cloud. This has allowed you to sell off (or scrap) your legacy hardware. You’ve got some new, up-to-date software applications. Maybe you have also outsourced all or part of your IT team. You no longer have to manage and maintain the bulk of your hardware, software and data. You are now enjoying …
Frank Jennings, 06 Jul 2015
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Pivotal fluffs up *sigh* Cloud Foundry *sigh* cloud for battle in the *sigh* cloud

What is old is new again, as yet another company makes a bet that platform-as-a-services clouds are the future and Amazon Web Services's infrastructure-as-a-service tech is the past. This time its VMware-spinoff Pivotal, which has launched a "Pivotal Web Services" cloud based on its own Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service to …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2014
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You need one cloud computing provider - and this is why

Around the turn of the new century some of the larger businesses started to look at the IT systems they had in place, and started to consider if they were strictly core to the business. Did they really need a data centre? While a brave few started to outsource some of their equipment, most decided that yes they did need a data …
Marcus Austin, 12 Jun 2015
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Cloud Security Temperature Check

Survey Results It is increasingly common for users and business groups to drive their own adoption of cloud services. But even where IT is involved, as organisations ramp up their use of cloud, activity is often uncoordinated. Pulling the threads together across service silos to manage risks effectively can be a challenge. The right strategy …
Dale Vile, 20 May 2015
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Private cloud has a serious image problem

As domination goes, it’s hard to surpass Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to recent Gartner data, AWS now offers 10X the utilised cloud capacity of the next 14 IaaS and PaaS providers... combined. For those paying attention, that’s double the dominance AWS established last year. And while public cloud spending remains a …
Matt Asay, 26 May 2015

Forrester says Australia, not China, is next boom market for cloud

Cloud vendors that have done alright in Europe and North American should head to Australia to find their next growth market, according to analyst outfit Forrester. Veep and principal analyst serving infrastructure and operations professionals James Staten says Australia may lack China's or India's size, and is an expensive place …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014

You've just woken from a 3-year coma. Cloud is everywhere. So how are you gonna make your millions and retire?

Collision 2015 It wasn't that long ago that when you wanted decent software you went to a retail store like Staples and bought a cardboard box with a CD inside. Then slowly we moved to downloading software and now it's hard to imagine anyone carrying a box to a counter when they can sit in their office or at home with a computer and a …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 May 2015

Microsoft touts free cloud skills workshop for web and mobile devs

Promo You can join Microsoft for a free Cloud Camp workshop on May 23rd to learn how to build and deploy web apps and mobile services in the cloud. Developers of any platform are invited to bring their laptops and get started building with free Microsoft Azure services. The camp runs from 8:30 to 5:00 UK time (BST), during which …
David Gordon, 14 May 2014