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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

Analysis VMware quitting the public cloud by selling vCloud Air to OVH looks like failure, but is the best possible sort of failure because the company still has excellent prospects to turn a quid from the cloud, without having to operate one. Which is not to say that VMware is out of the woods. It clearly thought it could run a public …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2017
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Adieu pour toujours! VMware flogs vCloud Air hosting biz to OVH

VMware is selling its core infrastructure-as-a-service hosting business vCloud Air to OVH, the French cloud computing company. Financial terms of the sale, which is due to close in the second calendar quarter, were not revealed. Announcing the deal on Tuesday, Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer, called its sale “ …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2017
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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud

Google has released another piece of its in-house software-defined networking (SDN) system for public use on the Google Cloud service. The Chocolate Factory said that Espresso functions as the edge-facing component of the Google network, linking its own machines up with the interconnect facilities of backbone providers and …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2017

Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

Updated Microsoft's revealed that virtual machines in its Azure cloud will soon be defined by virtual rather than physical cores. Microsoft says the change “is a key architectural change in our VMs that enables us to unlock the full potential of the latest processors.” The post then names Intel's Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3 as the …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2017

Rackspace launches cloud consultancy service while firing staff

Hot on the heels of a global haircut of its workforce, Rackspace is moving into the professional services space as it chases those "digital transformation" pennies. It's calling the new thing "Global Solutions and Services", or GSS, and will ostensibly be offering access to its architects and engineers to customers to "plan, …

Oracle uses own public cloud as back-end storage shed for ZFS boxen

+Comment Oracle is using its in-house public cloud to provide back-end storage for its on-premises ZFS appliances, adding functionality to its walled hybrid cloud garden. Sort of the opposite of bringing its Exadata cloud service on-premises, Oracle is taking its ZFS on-premises kit up into its public cloud. The latest ZFS Storage …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2017
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Is Jassy just jazzing on AWS database migration numbers? Smells fishy...

Analysis Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy doesn't often tweet, but when he does it's usually to applaud the popularity of AWS's database migration service. On New Year's Eve Jassy bragged that the service had captured more than 16,000 databases from its rivals since launch on 15 March, 2016. According to him, earlier this month, …
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BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You still won't catch AWS

Open source wasn’t supposed to matter in the cloud. After the Free Software Foundation’s failed attempt to rein in network-delivered software services, some wrung their hands and waited for the open source apocalypse. Instead of imploding, however, open source adoption has exploded, with ever more permissive licenses rising to …
Matt Asay, 30 Mar 2017
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Community vid reveals demos of vSphere-on-AWS cloud concoction

VMware's revealed some demos of its planned hybrid cloud service running inside Amazon Web Services. VMware announced its planned partnership with AWS last October, promising a cloudy, elastic version of vSphere. And in the video below, posted to the vBrown Bag community video channel, it looks to have delivered. VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2017
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Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity. Customers were informed that T2 micro instances were running short of rack space in the EU West 2a availability zone in the morning. The AWS zone is in London and opened in December …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2017
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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

Ever since Satya Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft, the Windows giant has been talking up how much it loves Linux – but it appears this hasn't trickled down to its OneDrive team. Plenty of Linux users are up in arms about the performance of the OneDrive web app. They say that when accessing Microsoft's cloudy storage …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2017
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Softcat purrs as customers buy early to dodge Microsoft hikes

Microsoft UK price rises that kicked in at the start of this year weren't bad news for everyone in the country – IT reseller Softcat saw software sales swell as customers purchased licences early to avoid the hefty hike. Back in October, Microsoft said the cost of on-premises and cloud services would rise by 13 and 22 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2017
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IBM wipes away tiers to join cloud storage price wars

IBM's decided to play the “our cloud storage is even cheaper than your cloud storage” game, but by a different set of rules. Big Blue's decided that tiered cloud storage assumes users make decisions based on unusually-potent-and-accurate insights into their long-term data use patterns, and therefore commit themselves to a tier …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2017
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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

Updated Microsoft cloud services have dived offline, taking down Outlook, Hotmail, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. The problems appear to have started on Tuesday morning Pacific Time, although systems could have started to wobble earlier: basically, people were and still are unable to log into their Microsoft-hosted services. Outlook …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2017
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IBM finds Wanda-ful new way to add China to its cloudy Bluemix

IBM”s found a new way to get its cloud into China – a new deal with the Wanda Internet Technology Group. Wanda what? Wanda Internet Technology Group is a limb of Wanda Group, aka Dalian Wanda, a Chinese conglomerate that brings in about US$40bn a year with property development, luxury hotels, cinemas and other businesses. The …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2017
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Citrix launches Windows 10 VDI from Azure

Citrix has taken the wraps off the “XenDesktop Essentials Service for Microsoft Azure”, a product that lets you run virtual Windows 10 desktops from Microsoft's cloud. But the XenApp Express product it and Microsoft said would replace Azure remoteapp remains hidden from view. XenDesktop Essentials is a cloud service that uses …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2017
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Azure storage browns out for eight hours, nobody notices

Users of Microsoft's Azure storage service “may have experienced difficulties provisioning new resources or accessing their existing resources “ for over eight hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Azure storage was also tough to provision for a short time on Wednesday night. The first brownout hit the service's East US region, and …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2017

Google borks its Drive Windows app – after pushing out unfinished buggy version to public

Updated The Google Drive app for Windows has crashed and burned – after the tech genius hub pushed out an unfinished and faulty software update. Reports of the cockup surfaced after hundreds of users posted their frustrations on social media, Reddit, and Google Product Forums. It basically means netizens can't access their cloud …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Mar 2017
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Microsoft fires up storage-optimised Azure instances

Microsoft's decided Azure needs virtual machines optimised for storage, so has given us all the new L-series to play with. They're all running Xeon E5 V3 CPUs and go from four cores, 32 GiB of RAM and 678 GB of local SSD up to 32 cores, 356 GiB RAM and “over 5.6 TB of local SSD.” Microsoft says the new instance type is for “ …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017

How the cloud can kickstart your business

So, you’re a developer with a great tech idea. You have a vision for a world-beating product, perhaps even one that defines a new category. But the journey from idea to execution is long, painful, and often expensive. The cloud can help developers realize their dreams while minimizing capital outlay. Here’s how. In the early …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Mar 2017
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Google Cloud to offer support as a service: Is accidental IT provider the new Microsoft?

“We don’t use Google,” the CIO of a fairly major enterprise with a very recognizable brand told me some time ago. He runs the cloud component of his corporate IT on AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. “If there’s a problem, I don’t want to be on the phone to California and told everybody’s in a meeting.” Google is not a new tech firm …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Mar 2017
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Transforming your infrastructure with cloud services

Promo Infrastructure as a Service can make your computing operations more scalable and agile. It may also be the first step to something larger. If you’re considering a move to cloud computing, then you’re not alone. An increasing number of organizations are taking advantage of its scalability and agility. The first step for many is …
David Gordon, 10 Mar 2017
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Google dangles bundle of cloud goodies to lure biz devs away from AWS

Google Next '17 Google has rolled out a slew of new additions to its Cloud platform, including public release of the Cloud Functions serverless code set. The real-life Hooli says that it hopes the new features and services strike a chord with developers and companies hoping to migrate from on-prem systems. Part of the news is the move of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2017
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Speaking in Tech: Blame Millennials

Podcast This week techcaster-in-chief Greg is down under in Melbourne, Australia, with guests Adrian DeLuca, head of solution architecture at Amazon Web Services; Michael Heffernan, director infrastructure technology HDS; David Merrill, chief economist HDS; and Matthew Greensmith, enterprise solutions director HDS. This week's …
Team Register, 08 Mar 2017
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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

Accounting-as-a-service firm Sage is hiking its cloudy payroll software prices by half, The Register has learned. The British Salesforce partner last week wrote to customers of Sage One warning them they will be charged £15 per month from April 1 – up from £10. In the letter seen by The Reg, the firm justified the price on …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Mar 2017
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Azure Stack to offer never-ending updates, for a bit less than Azure

Microsoft's revealed Technical Preview 3 of Azure Stack, its forthcoming on-premises Azure-in-a-box effort, adding some new features, promising a continuous stream of other additions before final release and hinting at the pricing scheme. On the latter matter, Microsoft says the four hardware companies set to make Azure Stack …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2017
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Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

Amazon has provided the postmortem for Tuesday's AWS S3 meltdown, shedding light on what caused one of its largest cloud facilities to bring a chunk of the web down. In a note today to customers, the tech giant said the storage system was knocked offline by a staffer trying to address a problem with its billing system. …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2017
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I can DB clearly now the clouds are gone: Oracle 12c on-premises for Linux, SPARC

Oracle DBAs who weren't so eager to trial 12cR2 in the cloud can now check it out on their own premises. Oracle had been piling the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated second release of Oracle Database 12 (12cR2) on a cloud-only basis. Now, arriving on-premises, is the …
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The day after 'S3izure', does anyone feel like moving to the cloud?

Today might not be the best day to contemplate migrating to the cloud, given that yesterday's epic Amazon Web Services outage. But that hasn't stopped Google and Microsoft from issuing new offers to help you take on-premises workloads into their clouds. Google first: it's done a deal with an outfit called Cloud Endure that …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2017
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Controversial opinion alert: Privacy and the public cloud – not just possible, but easy

Like it or not, collaboration and file-sharing services like Dropbox have become embedded in corporate IT. What started as personal technology has increasingly become the alternative to everything from moving files using USB to sharing docs via email or an internal wiki. But we live in an age of hackers and hacking, spies and …
Trevor Pott, 01 Mar 2017
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Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed

The baffling mass logout of Google accounts last week was the result of accidental OAuth token invalidation, a cause Google acknowledged, but only to a subset of those affected. On February 24, an unknown number of people who had been logged into their Google accounts found they had been logged out and had to re-authenticate …
Thomas Claburn, 01 Mar 2017
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Nimble: Just as well our cloud storage runs in our own cloud, eh, eh?

Explainer Nimble’s Cloud Volumes (NCV) store block data for use by Amazon or Azure compute instances, but the NCVs themselves are not stored in either Amazon’s Elastic Block Store or in the Azure cloud. With remarkable timing – Nimble made these claims just hours before the S3 outages, which had knock-on effects for EBS and other …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017
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AIX-on-Power-as-a-service is a thing? Yup, a cloud just went there

The cloud's great for x86 CPUs, Windows and Linux. Other architectures? Not so much. IBM has a Power-powered cloud, but delivered it almost a year late. We've also spotted the occasional ARM-powered clouds and know of niche hosting companies that will put anything in a cloud-like environment, even anAS/400 tricked out to Tweet …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2017
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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

Tuesday's Amazon Web Services mega-outage knocked offline not only websites big and small, by yanking away their backend storage, but also knackered apps and Internet of Things gadgets relying on the technology. In fact, the five-hour breakdown was so bad, Amazon couldn't even update its own AWS status dashboard: its red …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Mar 2017
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Oracle boils Exadata Cloud into an on-premises package

Oracle's added a new piece of hardware to its “Oracle Cloud at Customer” offering, in the form of the new Exadata Cloud Machine that runs Oracle databases on-premises with the very same interface as offered in the Exadata Cloud Service. The Cloud at Customer caper sees Oracle boil down its public cloud experience into hardware …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2017
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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

Amazon Web Services is scrambling to recover from a cockup at its facility in Virginia, US, that is causing its S3 cloud storage to fail. The internet giant has yet to reveal the cause of the breakdown, which is plaguing storage buckets hosted in the US-East-1 region. The malady kicked off around 0944 Pacific Time (1744 UTC) …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2017
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Fiscal '17 was a record year for us, says Workday CEO

It was a record-breaking year for finance and HR cloud purveyor Workday for all the right and the wrong reasons: sales reached a new high aided by Oracle’s disruptive buy of NetSuite, but losses soared too. Revenues for the firm's fiscal 2017 ended 31 January were $1.569bn, up 35 per cent year-on-year, including subscription …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2017
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Google trumpets cloudy Skylake silicon nobody else is running

Remember when PC or server-makers would breathlessly announce they'd just become the first, the very first, to get their hands on some new silicon and that doing so made them Terribly Clever? And represented enormous advantage to you, because you could buy that silicon right now instead of waiting, well, weeks for someone else …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2017
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Microsoft offers Dynamics 365 data-sucking stoppage

A version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP with cloud turned off is coming in the second quarter. Dynamics 365 for operations “local business data” is for deployment on premises with synchronization to Microsoft’s cloud turned off and data stored locally rather than on Microsoft's own servers. The system targets large Microsoft …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2017
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How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

Storage Architect I've been messing about with databases for a long time. I say "messing about" because I've never been a DBA, but as a systems programmer and storage administrator, I've been on the periphery of the application layer and of course I've deployed many personal databases. I was intrigued to read about the new global distributed …
Chris Evans, 22 Feb 2017
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OpenStack Ocata announced – then briefly withheld

The OpenStack Foundation has announced Ocata, its fifteenth edition. And then tried to un-announce it again. The minor mess came about after the Foundation sent an email to reveal the update, complete with a download link to the new release. About 30 minutes later came an email apologising “for the inconvenience” because “In …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2017
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Cancel your cloud panic: At $122bn it's just 5% of all IT spend

For all the hype about cloud it's a bit of a revenue wimp: the abacus-shufflers of IDC have just told the world that it will account for about five per cent of the world's tech spend in 2017. The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says “worldwide spending on public cloud services and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2017

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