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Google adds SQL Server to its cloudy database collection

Google's cloud has grown more database options. The big move for those in the former camp is the addition of Microsoft's SQL Server to Google Compute Engine, a decision the company says was made because “Our top enterprise customers emphasize the importance of continuity for their mission-critical applications.” It's not hard …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016

Asia’s top cloud security conference lands in London

PROMO Working in cyber-security? Come and join the experts at CLOUDSEC 2016 in London on September 6 and explore the key security issues du jour. CLOUDSEC is one of the largest internet security conferences held across Asia Pacific and Europe. These events are vendor-neutral and features presentations by industry experts who will …
David Gordon, 16 Aug 2016
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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

Citrix has had a big win in the cloud: Microsoft has decided to discontinue its own application publishing service in favour of a forthcoming Citrix product called “XenApp express.” Microsoft's app publishing product is called Azure RemoteApp and is essentially a cloudified version of its RemoteApp code that exposes Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016
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Amazon balances AWS application loads

Amazon has injected AWS with application-level load balancing, giving devs greater control over container-based apps and services. The giant has announced Application Load Balancing for AWS, a Layer 7 service that goes deeper than the existing Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), which is Layer 4. It is also cheaper than ELB – which …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2016
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Public cloud spend will rise by $100 BEEELION in five years

Spending on cloud computing will more than double by 2020, say abacus-shufflers IDC. The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says that in 2016 we'll all spend US$96.5bn on software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service (SaaS, IaaS and PaaS). By 2020 that figure …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2016
Price cuts

Your mission, should you accept it, is to use cheap VMs before they self-destruct

Google has taken another step in the never-ending cloud price-cutting dance, shimmying to make the cost of VMs as little as a cent an hour. That price only applies, however, to what the Alphabet subsidiary calls “Preemptible VMs”, cloudy virtual machines that can only run for 24 hours. And which Google can shut down at any …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2016

In 2014 Malcolm Turnbull said 'Nobody likes outages' in the cloud

In late 2014, Australia's then-communications-minister and now prime minister Malcolm Turnbull flicked the On switch for Dimension Data's dedicated government cloud. At a press event staged at Parliament House, Turnbull expressed great enthusiasm for cloud and railed against the box-huggers who refuse to adopt it. Turnbull …
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Rackspace CEO: Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz

Rackspace execs confirmed the sale of its Cloud Sites hosting sub to Liquid Web but ignored the white elephant in the room that Apollo Global is reportedly in talks to slurp the entire organisation. The private equity house might well end up taking Rackspace private again in a deal valued at up to $4bn, buying the company time …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2016
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The next time Salesforce goes down, you'll get six reasons why

Salesforce.com has slipped out a beta of a more granular status service. Salesforce endured a data loss incident earlier this year, when its NA14 instance went TITSUP after a storage array firmware bug. Information flowed regularly during that incident and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff personally apologised for the mess. But as …

Canadian govt to cloud providers: Want our business? Stay local, eh

The government of Canada has laid out a cloud computing strategy that could bring more data center facilities to the Great White North. The administration's Cloud Adoption Strategy calls for a provision that all sensitive government information be housed within the country. "Departments and agencies will follow a 'Right Cloud …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Aug 2016
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Azure courts DaaS with embiggened GPU-powered instances

Microsoft's taken the wraps of some new, GPU-infused, Azure compute instances that it's aiming at heavy compute users and the emerging desktop-as-a-service market. The NC series of instances is aimed at those who like to add a little GPU grunt to their computing, so puts the Tesla K80 in harness with either six, 12 or 18 Xeon …
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Google racks up its first contributions to Open Compute Project

Google has for the first time shared some of its data centre designs with the OpenCompute Project (OCP). Google joined OCP back in March 2016 and, at the time, talked up its 48v racks and promised a new spec that would allow them to work with OCP servers in its own bit barns … and yours, should you choose to use OCP standards …
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Microsoft boosts PKI, ISO certs to harden Azure cloud

Microsoft has bumped up security for its Azure cloud platform by adding support for X.509 certificates for device-level authentication, and bagging an ISO integrity ticket. Adding X.509 means Microsoft thinks its cloud will be better at handling internet-of-things traffic to the Azure IoT Hub, according to Azure partner …
Team Register, 4 Aug 2016
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Intel and pals toss coins at party in the cloud, business at the back startup

Startup Velostrata, which provides users with the ability to handle varying workloads on demand in the cloud while keeping data on premises in real time, has added data migration to the cloud, and gained additional funding cash from Xeon God Intel. With its software tech, full VMs can now be migrated to the cloud and yet still …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Thousands audition, millions vote.... One wins. It's Podcast Idol

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg returns to our weekly tech-cast just as one of the co-hosts has decided it is time to move on. This week we discuss private equity and HPE, Oracle and NetSuite, being “the man” and some tearful goodbyes. The details… (1:00) The bitch is back (6:35) …
Team Register, 3 Aug 2016

Microsoft adds PSTN business Skyping in Australia

Microsoft's added Australia to the footprint of its Skype for Business PSTN conferencing feature. The change is part of Redmond's Skype-moves-to-the-cloud that's had a mixed reception from users, and starts on September 1. From that date, “Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing will be available in Australia via Office 365”, …
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Intel builds cloud orchestrator as if it had the chance to start OpenStack from scratch

Interview According to Arjan van de Ven, one of the things that's pretty common at Intel is looking at a technology and asking “what would we change if we were doing it from scratch?” One result of just such a question is Project Ciao, Intel's open source take on what an cloud orchestrator should look like. Ciao – the Cloud Integrated …
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Outsourcery burned through more than £20 MEEEELLION in cash before it crashed

Defunct cloud infrastructure and apps provider Outsourcery Plc attracted interest from 12 bidders before it was offloaded to GCI Telecom for £4m, in a pre-pack administration handled by EY. The Statement of Affairs filed at Companies House revealed the final weeks of the failed Manchester-based, AIM-listed corporation that …
Paul Kunert, 2 Aug 2016
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HPE loses its cloud and storage heads: No Goel, Vrij packs up, Fink runs

What's going in HPE? It has lost a cloud boss, a storage boss and VP for Americas sales in one day, and set up a new cloud division in a focus-sharpening exercise. Manish Goel, SVP and GM for HPE's storage business has gone. Bill Hilf, SVP and GM of HPE Cloud has gone. Robert Vrij, sales managing director for the Americas has …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2016
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The bigger they get, the harder we fall: Thinking our way out of cloud crash

Cloud computing is wonderful, until it isn’t. A digital screw comes loose somewhere, and before you know it the whole engine has ground to a halt in a cascading cloud outage – or, as we like to call it, a cloutage. It has happened before, and Bryan Ford was very worried about it in 2012. Then a Yale Researcher, he published a …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jul 2016

Bezos bags bonkers bucks as almighty AWS astounds again

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is on a roll after closing a financial quarter in which its operating income more than doubled. Amazon as a whole posted a solid quarter, with net sales of $30.4bn, up from $23.1bn, and net income of $857m, up from $92m. Much of that was due to the success of the cloud computing business. For the Q2 …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2016
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Larry Ellison's Oracle swallows Larry Ellison's part owned Netsuite for $9.3bn

Database titan Larry Ellison’s Oracle is slurping NetSuite - a company he and his family already own a big slice of - for a cool $9.3bn (£7bn) to help him compete better with Salesforce, another firm he part owns. The buy will see Oracle splash $109 per share on the first ever purveyor of software clouds: NetSuite was set up …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2016

Salesforce's data-losing NA14 instance is still a bit naughty

Salesforce.com's troubled NA14 instance has had another brownout, by our count the third in recent weeks. You might remember the N14 instance because it lost data back in May, after an exotic series of failures that led to an eleven-hour outage. Now the instance is wobbling again: Salesforce reported that on Wednesday the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2016

Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

Humans have been forced to temporarily interact with their dogs or cats – perhaps both – after PetNet’s internet-controlled smart feeder system suffered a blackout. For $149, the company provides a web-enabled dog/cat feeder that is pre-programmed to dispense food stuffs at certain time and portion sizes. But PetNet warned …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2016
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EMC insiders say Salesforce has ordered $75m of its kit

EMC landed a punch on behalf of tech's old guard after it won a $75m deal to furnish Salesforce with shiny new on-premises storage hardware, sources have claimed. Salesforce last month took infrastructure services away from its cloud server staff and put them into the hands of AWS in a contract valued at $400m. But company …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jul 2016
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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register. The task of pushing Oracle cloud services, flagship database and middleware was handed exclusively to Oracle’s field sales operation. On-premise apps - eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel - have gone to the phone-based direct …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016
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Salesforce slurps uptime startup Coolan for global infrastructure scale-out

Salesforce.com has acquired a startup called Coolan that builds tools “to track and analyze infrastructure reliability for increased uptime and optimized efficiency.” Coolan co-founder Amir Micahel revealed the deal, saying it was done so that his company can “help Salesforce optimize its infrastructure as it scales to support …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2016

DDoS, the cloud and you

Private cloud computing can be a useful way to offload some computing overhead and manage your costs effectively. The switch to operating expenses from capital expenses, the elasticity, the business continuity benefits – they're all real. But so are the dangers of DDoS disaster. There's a problem with moving your servers and …
Danny Bradbury, 21 Jul 2016

The cloud ain't making it rain for Intel right now: Tech giants pause server chip sales

Analysis Intel's stock price fell on Wednesday after it became clear the processor maker is not selling quite as many server processor chips as investors had hoped. The Silicon Valley giant reckons its CPU sales into data centers will hit double-digit growth by the end of the year. So far, with half the year gone, we're staring at mid- …
Chris Williams, 21 Jul 2016
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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful. Except when we're not, as Microsoft has just found out with two cloud service upgrades it has had to delay …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016
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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

A raft of BT customers in the UK were knocked offline this morning due to a power problem at one of its web peering partners’ sites in London. According to outage monitoring website Down Detector, customers reported a spike in problems at around 9am today. One customer got in touch to report that all their BT Infinity …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 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
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Docker Cloud under fire after DDoS attacks slam DNS, knacker websites

Updated Websites running on the Docker Cloud hosted container management and deployment service were taken down by an apparent DNS outage on Monday. Reg readers and Docker Cloud support forum members complained today that their services were down or suffering intermittent outages with little explanation from Docker. One angry user …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2016
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Scalr hosting hit with outage

Cloud management biz Scalr.com was yesterday hit by an outage which knocked customer websites offline. In a post, the company said the problem had been due to an update that included flawed logic, causing server records to be removed but not AWS servers or other cloud servers. One customer got in touch this morning to …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016
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Intel's SGX tiptoes towards Linux

Intel has fulfilled a promise made in April to open-source a Linux driver for its SGX technology. SGX – Software Guard Extensions – first landed in 2013, and allows programmers to lock up code and data inside containers enforced by the CPU. The idea is to create an environment to assure people "clouding" their enterprise …
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Cloud giants demand overhaul of America's privacy rules on overseas servers

Technology trade organizations have urged the US Congress to replace the country's antique privacy protection laws – after a New York court stopped American prosectors from seizing emails from servers offshore in Ireland. A Second Circuit Court in the so-called "Irish Warrant" case, brought by Microsoft against the US …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2016

IaaS revenue to triple by 2020, to $43.6bn

Infrastructure as a service sold by public clouds will become a US$43.6 billion market by 2020, according to abacus-rattling firm IDC's new Worldwide Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Forecast, 2016-2020. In 2016 the firm expects infrastructure as a service (IaaS) hauled $12.6 billion through the door in 2015, meaning …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Microsoft open sources Azure bill analysis tool

One of the problems users run into in the cloud is that the cost of using servers-for-rent can sometimes be surprising. You might think that Microsoft doesn't mind if that happens: your carelessness ends up in its coffers. Redmond under Satya Nadella is, however, often rather less cynical and that attitude’s reflected in the …
Team Register, 15 Jul 2016
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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Microsoft is cutting its free 15GB OneDrive cloud storage space down to 5GB, and eliminating the 15GB free camera roll for many users. Files will be deleted by Redmond until your account is under the free limit. Back in November, Microsoft announced it would no longer provide free unlimited storage for Office 365 users, …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jul 2016

Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

Nest has launched its first new product in several years: an outdoor surveillance camera. The Nest Cam Outdoor is effectively a rebuild of its existing Nest Cam designed for the outside. We had an early peek at it and came away with the sense that the company once famed for reinventing the thermostat has found at least some of …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2016

Google broke its own cloud again

Google has 'fessed up to breaking its own cloud. Again. The most recent mess occurred on June 28 when Google Compute Engine SSD Persistent Disks in us-central1-a “experienced elevated write latency and errors in one zone for a duration of 211 minutes.” The mess meant that disks probably stopped accepting writes and instances …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2016
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4-day Fasthosts outage: Customers' sites go TITSUP

Hosting provider Fasthosts has been hit with an outage lasting four days, which has knocked some customers' sites offline due a number of its cloudy services being out of action. According to the Gloucester-based provider's service update page: "Over the weekend one of our platform specialists, in conjunction with Dell and …
Kat Hall, 11 Jul 2016