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Report claims AWS will make switches to go after Cisco

Rumours emerged late last week that AWS plans to make and sell white box switches for you to use on-premises. Citing a couple of folk familiar with the plan, The Information framed a story as AWS using white box switches to go after Cisco by undercutting it on price. Causation hasn’t been proven, but Cisco’s share price shed …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2018
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Who're you callin' Snowflake? Data warehouse startup drops into Azure

The Snowflake cloud data warehouse now has dual cloud passports, and will run in both AWS and Azure public clouds. lava lamp Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure READ MORE Snowflake Computing's data warehouse-as-a-service is available as a preview on Azure, and will be ready for customers who have …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2018

Oracle? A strategic priority for CIOs? Nope, says Goldman Sachs

Oracle is among the legacy tech losers in a Goldman Sachs spending report that quizzed chief information officers on the procurement areas they consider to be top priorities over the next six months. The research arm of the bank's half-yearly IT Spending Survey looked at the top 10 things that CIOs said they were intending to …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jul 2018
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New AWS auto-scaler started life as private show for Netflix

AWS has announced that “Application Auto Scaling can be used to add scaling to any services that you build on AWS”, and Netflix has revealed the new feature started life as a custom job for the vid-streaming company. As explained here, Netflix's home-brew “Titus” container management platform had no auto-scaling features and …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2018
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Roll up the cloud blanket, stash the flash fireworks, time for a storage picnic

You'd be forgiven for feeling a bit like a runner-up at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest this morning; there was not that much storage tech news to digest last week. However, there's also a lot more to expect over the coming week, as the industry – mostly based Stateside – recovers from its extended 4th of July …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2018
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Azure storage adds static HTML website hosting

Microsoft’s Azure Storage service has added an option to host static websites comprised of not much more than HTML, JavaScript and other client-side goodies. AWS has had this since February 2011. The new Azure service is also very similar to AWS’ effort: both ask you to pop some files in the cloud, tell the bucket they’re in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2018
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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

IBM and Google have each announced a competitor for Amazon Web Services’s “Snowball”. Amazon’s Snowball is a rugged box full of disk that it ships to users so they can fill it with tens of terabytes of data. Once full, the Snowball rolls all the way to an AWS bit barn where its contents are transferred into Amazon’s cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2018
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Press 1 for automagic K8s cluster. Press 2 or 3 for complex Kubernetes

VMware’s announced a new container play called “VMware Kubernetes Engine” (VKE) that will be offered as SaaS on AWS and soon on Azure too. The product offers vanilla Kubernetes, but automates provisioning, management and maintenance. It does that because VMware’s concluded that many developers want to adopt Kubernetes, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2018

Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

Amazon workers have reportedly called on their bosses to stop selling facial recognition kit to cops and spies, and slammed its links to data analytics biz Palantir. Amid the tech industry's intense efforts to prove to the public that they are not corporate monsters, Washington DC publication The Hill has reported that Amazon …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jun 2018

Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

Earlier this week we reported that Amazon Web Services appears to be planning the launch of a new end-user computing service that we speculated could be a competitor for Office 365. And today Amazon has given a hint we might just have been right with news of an update to its US$5/month-with-a-terabyte-of-storage WorkDocs …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2018
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VMware set to reveal blockchain, better app store, new AWS client

VMware’s published the content catalogues for its VMworld gabfests in Las Vegas (August) and Barcelona (November) and as usual has leaked a few insights into what it’s working on. Attendees at VMworld USA will have a chance to attend a session titled “VMware enterprise blockchain – getting started” and a workshop of the same …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2018
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Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure

Microsoft emitted a preview of immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs yesterday in an effort to win the hearts and minds of industries weighed down by regulation. The feature, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Amazon's Glacier Vault Lock, is the latest move in a series of tit-for-tat feature updates as …
Richard Speed, 20 Jun 2018
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Adobe’s e-signature service to go bi-cloud: Adds Azure to AWS

Adobe is taking its “Sign” electronic signature service into Microsoft’s Azure cloud, in addition to its current arrangement that sees the service run in Amazon’s cloud. Sign is an electronic signature service that allows users to sign documents by scrawling their sign on a screen or with a mouse, then using that signature in …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2018
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AWS seeks ‘startup launch’ experience for end-user services

AWS looks to be up to something in the end-user computing market. The company’s already made waves with its Workspaces desktop-as-a-service offering and its AppStream application publishing tools. Now it looks to have something else up its sleeve, an assertion we based on a tip from a reader with a background in end-user …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2018
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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

Analyst firm Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has again found that Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the most mature clouds, but has omitted more than half of the vendors it covered last year on grounds that customers now demand more than just rented servers and storage. “Customers …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2018
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No root for you, or how to stop worrying and love AWS China

If you open an AWS account in China, you don't get a root account; instead, one of Amazon's Chinese operating partners, Sinnet or NWCD, has root access and creates an IAM admin user for you. Nikki Bailey, senior devops engineer at Illumina, a company that builds gear to sequence genetic data, explained as much at the DevOps- …
Thomas Claburn, 18 May 2018
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Verizon commits to AWS after buying and selling its own cloud

Amazon Web Services has announced a new and significant marquee customer: Verizon. The US telco is significant because it once tried to get into the cloud caper itself. Way back in 2011 Verizon acquired Terremark for US$1.1bn because it felt it had no chance of making a go of cloud with organic growth alone. It was wrong: …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2018
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Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor)

The Pentagon has doubled down on its plan to hand a megabucks cloud contract to a single vendor in the face of opposition from corners of the tech industry and military experts. In a letter released just as the Department of Defense was due to issue the final call for proposals for the lucrative Joint Enterprise Defense …
Rebecca Hill, 15 May 2018

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