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This Valentine's day Oracle's given you 12 big red data centres

Oracle has announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres. The company's not said if it plans to break ground by itself or co-locate in existing data centres, or how it plans to pay for the expansion. Investors don't seem to object to the likely multi-billion-dollar spend, as Oracle's shares ticked up just under half …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2018
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From Amazon to Ama-gone: Bezos swings the axe on hundreds at HQ

Amazon has confirmed a round of job cuts are taking place at its headquarters in Seattle, USA. The internet monster on Monday said it was cutting roles, although hopes to reassign sacked people to different positions where possible. "As part of our annual planning process, we are making headcount adjustments across the …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2018
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Oracle: We've stuffed automation in 'pretty much' all our services

Oracle has announced plans to roll out its self-described autonomous technology to all of its Platform-as-a-Service products. The company launched its self-driving database, available in the latest version, 18c, at the OpenWorld conference last year. At the time, execs promised customers "a freedom from drudgery", as the …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Feb 2018
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Hyperscale oligarchs to rule the cloud as the big get bigger, and the small ... you won't care

The latest iteration of Cisco's Global Cloud Index has painted a picture of an even more massively oligarchic future cloud. Switchzilla predicts rough seas ahead for all but the biggest cloud operators, if the index [PDF] is any guide: the company reckons the mere 24 operators that count as “hyperscale” will dominate cloud …
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CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

Tech giants including Microsoft, Google and Apple have given a proposed US law on overseas data sharing the thumbs-up. The bipartisan Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (PDF), introduced to the Senate yesterday, aims to iron out confusion around which laws apply when governments want access to data stored in the cloud …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Feb 2018
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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

Once upon a time, you’d go into the office, do your work during the day at your desk, then leave everything behind and go home. Well, end users would - IT workers have been lugging home the on-call laptop since the dial-up modem was invented. Back then, securing the information and the IT assets of a desk-based workforce …
Sonia Cuff, 05 Feb 2018
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Google prints money for Alphabet to stuff into Uncle Sam's pockets: $10bn blow from Donald Trump's tax shakeup

Google-parent Alphabet suffered a $3bn loss of the final quarter of 2017 after handing over $9.9bn to Uncle Sam due changes in the US tax system. Despite that hit, Alphabet is still very profitable [PDF] as you'd expect for a biz with near monopolies in ads, search and mobile phone operating systems: it would have banked $6. …
Iain Thomson, 02 Feb 2018
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Amazon manages to find a mere sliver of profit – just $2bn – out of $61bn in end-of-year sales

Amazon.com said its Q4 2017 net sales reached $60.5bn, an increase of 38 per cent from the $43.7bn reported by the tech giant during the same period a year earlier. Analysts had been expecting somewhat less, $59.83bn, according to Thomson Reuters. The earnings were revealed on Thursday, and lifted the book-selling, server- …
Thomas Claburn, 02 Feb 2018
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Cisco throws everything it has at containers, hybrid cloud

Cisco has decided to throw everything it has at containers by releasing its very own “Container Platform”. At first blush the Platform isn’t much more than Kubernetes, and Cisco doesn’t claim that it can do much more than anyone else’s packaging of the Google-derived container-manager. The important bit is the integration …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jan 2018

Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model

Microsoft's Azure Event Grid, a service launched as preview last August, has attracted enough fans for Redmond to push it into general availability. The model for Event Grid will look familiar to old-timers: it's a publish-subscribe model for the cloud. The Event Grid service is the chunk that sits between event publishers ( …

Kaminario flings pay-as-you-go storage software suite at cloudy providers

Kaminario is selling its composable flash array storage software to cloud service providers. It's calling the software Cloud Fabric and this includes the K2 array's VisionOS and Clarity analytics suite. Cloud service providers would buy hardware on which to run Cloud Fabric from Tech Data, with whom Kaminario has recently …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2018
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Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

Opinion The cloud has not been kind to legacy tech vendors like IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. With their enterprise software and hardware businesses ravaged by cloud alternatives, and their efforts to get into cloud stumbling, it's not surprising that these erstwhile bellwethers would shed employees as they seek out profitable …
Matt Asay, 30 Jan 2018
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White box, anyone? Big Switch pumps Big Cloud Fabric updates as pretty Big Deal

Big Switch Networks has updated its Big Cloud Fabric to support hyperconverged (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS) products so they don't need to use shonky old proprietary networking hardware. Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) v4 came out a year ago with enhanced VMware support, multi-container networking, and scaling up to 128 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
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Multi-cloud Cloudian controllers now run in AWS, Azure and Google

Cloudian's latest version of its object storage software can run native inside AWS, Google and Azure clouds, enabling a single object store namespace across the on-premises and major public cloud worlds. In its HyperStore 7 release, controllers in these four environments form clusters which can route data between the on- …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

The UK's National Health Service has said that Brits' patient data can be stored in the cloud – and has given US data centres party to Privacy Shield the thumbs-up. In a major policy shift, NHS Digital has given care providers the go-ahead to store patient information outside Blighty in a bid to hurry them into the cloud to …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jan 2018
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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster. The standout finding was that 60 per cent of the surveyed enterprises say they will run the majority of their IT outside the confines of enterprise data centres by the end of 2019. Their IT is moving off premises to SaaS …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it. Brad Anderson is said hotshot, a NetApp outsider, coming in from being President and COO of Gravitant, a cloud services brokerage company, which IBM bought in November 2015. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada. "Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2018
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Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, an IaaS startup, whose board includes Veeam co-founder and President Ratmir Timashev, for $42.5mn cash. It said N2WS was the main provider of cloud-native enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which makes it the main public cloud backup and DR IaaS …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2018

Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology, by applying it to the Azure Stack hybrid-cloud-in-a-box systems. Microsoft launched Azure IP Advantage in February 2017. The service sees Microsoft indemnify Azure users who spend more than US$1,000 a month against IP …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018
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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home. And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday. The lkml.org archive was therefore unavailable for much of the weekend, although Linux developers could still use …
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Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate. George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, USA, pleaded guilty this week to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. The FBI reckons Garofano …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018
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Shared services plan: UK.gov hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering

Another year, another government shared services strategy. This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture. No estimated cost savings or timelines were included in the strategy (PDF), naturally. The Cabinet …
Kat Hall, 11 Jan 2018
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Microsoft offloads networking to FPGA-powered NICs

Microsoft has switched on new network interface cards packing field-programmable gate arrays and announced that doing so has let it hit 30Gbps of throughput for servers in Azure. Redmond’s talked up these “SmartNICs” since late 2016 and even detailed (PDF) their workings to the Open Compute project. It has now revealed the …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2018
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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

Amazon AWS customers have complained of noticeable slowdowns on their cloud server instances – following the deployment of a security patch to counter the Intel processor design flaw dubbed Meltdown. Punters said that, since AWS shored up its infrastructure, and began rolling out its Meltdown-patched Linux in December, they …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jan 2018
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Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

Microsoft Azure customers are reporting problems with their virtual machines, which are struggling to come back online after being updated with the Meltdown processor patch. The firm told one customer in a direct message on Twitter: "We are currently investigating alerts affecting Virtual Machines in West Europe. You should be …
Kat Hall, 04 Jan 2018
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ALPHABET TOTALLY LOSES ITS SCHMIDT: Exec chairman Eric quits

Eric Schmidt has quit as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's post-restructuring parent. Schmidt – who served as Google's adult supervision and CEO from 2001 through 2011 before stepping back to enjoy time as exec chairman of the board and billionaire – will remain a board member. After officially stepping down from the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Dec 2017
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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

Yet another misconfigured Amazon-hosted cloud storage bucket has been discovered – this one flashing the personal information of roughly 123 million American households to anyone passing by on the internet. The public-facing database belonged to analytics biz Alteryx, and its bungled security was discovered and reported by …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Dec 2017
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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

Microsoft should not be able to “shield evidence” held on Irish servers from US prosecutors, a group of 35 US state attorneys general has argued. The group – which represents Vermont, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida among other states – submitted an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court backing the US Department of Justice’s …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Dec 2017

Kubernetes 1.9 version bump is near – with APIs to extend the system

Assuming a handful of lingering issues can be resolved, the open-source Kubernetes project will introduce version 1.9 on Friday. In a phone interview with The Register, Aparna Sinha, special interest group (SIG) product management lead for Kubernetes and product manager at Google, singled out the general availability …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Dec 2017

Oracle swallows sales spurt from one of its niche categories: Cloud

Oracle topped analyst expectations and continued its push into the cloud computing space with another strong quarter. Execs, talking to analysts on Thursday, were optimistic in the database and middleware titan's ability to continue to move from its massive on-prem empire to more cloud and service offerings. Just don't talk …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2017
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Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

People wanted for tedious work. Low wages, variable hours, location flexible. Career growth doubtful. Not much in the way of recognition or thanks. That doesn't quite have the heroic ring of explorer Ernest Shackleton's famous ad seeking companions for his expedition to Antarctica. But it's a fair approximation of the pitch …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Dec 2017
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Nasuni straps APIs and encryption to nippier Edge Appliances

Cloud storage and gateway supplier Nasuni has released software making its Edge Appliances faster, safer, and easily integrated. RESTful management API access is being added to provide information about volumes, Edge Appliances, and notifications for workflow automation, business unit chargeback, and data analysis. The next …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2017
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Cisco acquires Cmpute.io to find low-cost cloud deals

Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Cisco's just made an acquisition. The Borg's latest prey is called Cmpute.io and runs a SaaS platform that lets users save money by figuring out when it makes sense to place workloads in AWS spot instances, Amazon's short-term server rental offering. The SaaS service can automate …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2017
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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

The European Commission has stepped into the ongoing battle between Microsoft and the US government to make sure European laws are “correctly understood”. The case, which kicked off in 2014, saw the US Department of Justice take Microsoft to court over the firm’s refusal to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland. The …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Dec 2017
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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

Google seems powerless to stop its Google Drive file sharing service being exploited by a spammer who has linked other users to their stash of pirated movies, among other dubious files, users have complained. Team Drives is part of Google’s G Suite offering, aimed at businesses, education and other professional organisations. …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2017

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