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Oracle promises 'next-gen' Texas cloud campus

Oracle has unveiled plans for what looks like the first-of-its kind “next-generation technology” campus inside the US. The database giant has selected Austin, Texas, for a development that will comprise offices plus “affordable” staff accommodation. Austin is home to StackEngine, the Docker container-management startup Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Dec 2015
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Microsoft reveals Azure Stack hardware specs

Microsoft has revealed the hardware required to run the preview of Azure Stack, its on-premises and ever-so-hybrid version of the cloud Azure operating environment. Azure Stack was announced in May at Microsoft's Ignite conference, but hasn't said much about it since other than to re-iterate it's all about bringing the elastic …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2015

Google's SHA-1 snuff plan is catching up with Microsoft, Mozilla

Google has outlined its approach to deprecating the compromised SHA-1 hash in its Chrome browser. Like the rest of the security world, Google believes the SHA-1 cipher just isn't safe any more. That's a reasonable position, because it's been cracked without enormous effort. Mozilla, Microsoft and Facebook have all therefore …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2015
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Private cloud: Strategy and tactics from the big boys

Comment A few weeks ago I attended the Italian VMUG user conference. One of the most interesting sessions at the event was “Strategic Private Cloud”, presented by Alan Civita of Sky UK, who confirmed what is now a common trend in very large IT organisations: a strategy based on two different private clouds. Cloud is a synonym for …
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UK government names Cloud Foundry Her Majesty's preferred PaaS

The UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) has named Cloud Foundry as its preferred platform-as-a-service. Cloud Foundry saw off Deis and Tsuru, the latter providing the most robust competition on the grounds of simplicity, modularity and responsiveness from the development community. “The maturity of Cloud Foundry, as well as …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2015
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Cloud Foundry interop scheme leaves PaaS players certifiable

The Cloud Foundry Foundation has created what amounts to a good cloudkeeping seal of approval. The new Cloud Foundry Certification is “designed to establish reliable portability across PaaS products in a multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment.” Or in other words, if a platform-as-a-service provider can wave around the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015

Bungled storage upgrade led to Google cloud brownout

Google's 'fessed up to another bungle that browned-out its cloud. The incident in question meant Google App Engine applications “ received errors when issuing authenticated calls to Google APIs over a period of 17 hours and 3 minutes.” The cause, Google says was that its “... engineers have recently carried out a migration of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015
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Carbonite acquires Seagate's EVault backup cloud for US$14m

Cloud backup outfit Carbonite has acquired Seagate's EVault cloud backup service. Carbonite offers personal backup, plus backup and disaster-recovery-as-a-service for small businesses. The latter market can choose to acquire a Carbonite appliance to create a hybrid backup rig. Bare-metal backup of servers is another option. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015
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Red Hat launches dedicated enterprise cloud platform

Red Hat has launched a dedicated cloud platform for companies that want their developers to focus on coding. For $48,000 a year, the Linux distro provides a high-availability cluster with five nodes, four application nodes, 48TB of bandwidth, premium support, and 100GB of data. You can buy additional nodes for $12,000 a piece …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2015
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Walking away from VirtuStream is the right thing for VMware to do

News that VMware has bailed from VirtuStream, the hybrid cloud joint venture it struck with EMC, should come as a relief to VMware users and those contemplating its cloudy offerings. VMware knows it won't ever reach the scale of Amazon Web Services, Azure or Google's cloud. It instead positioned itself as hybrid cloud provider …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2015
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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

Reassuringly expensive software maker Adobe is laughing all the way to the bank after shunting more of its customers into the cloud - like they had any choice in the matter. The company closed off fiscal ’15 ended 27 November with Q4 revenue of $1.31bn, up 22 per cent year-on-year, driven by a 44 per cent hike in subscriptions …
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2015

Amazon Web Services clears fog with public cloud fee price list API

Cloud pusher AWS has released a price list API, in a bid to add a bit more transparency to the foggy pricing model of public cloud services. The company reckons customers and partners have been asking for a "programmatic way to access prices for AWS services" to evaluate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of moving their on …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2015
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Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error

Microsoft's decided it needs to offer a Linux certification. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure teaches you how to do Linux on Azure by making you do an Azure course and a Linux course. Redmond's bit is the five-day Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions course and …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015

Typo in case-sensitive variable name cooked Google's cloud

Google has admitted that incorrectly typing the name of a case-sensitive variable cooked its cloud. Users of the Alphabet subsidiary's Google Container Engine customers “could not create external load balancers for their services for a duration of 21 hours and 38 min” on December 8th and 9th. The mess started when Google …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015

VMware finds back door for US military mega-deal, but Nutanix, Citrix protest again

VMware's foes have again protested its attempts to strike a new deal with much of the US military. VMware spent much of 2014 chasing the US$1.6bn, five-year deal, which was to cover the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency. That deal was controversial because it was done under “A Justification For …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015
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HP Euro Cloud28 app store open for biz, 'get yer infra-as-service ere'

HP Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise has cut the ribbons on its EU-wide tech-as-a-service market stall Cloud28 - let’s hope the UK doesn’t vote to pull itself out of the union, necessitating a name change. The beta version of the catalogue or enterprise app store was tested in October ahead of today’s full blown commercial …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 2015
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IBM has visions of a cloudy future ... so buys Clearleap

IBM has slurped up video services company Clearleap for an undisclosed pile of cash, part of Big Blue's ongoing moves to reinvent itself as a cloudy player. Clearleap will be integrated into the IBM Cloud platform, said the tech giant. According to IBM, Clearleap's video platform allows customers to support millions of …
Kat Hall, 9 Dec 2015
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CTERA Networks offers up in-cloud server backup

Cloud storage gateway startup CTERA Networks now has an enterprise file services platform to protect server data across any cloud infrastructure, presented as part of a cloud server data protection offering. This makes us think of EMC's Spanning and Datto's Backupify products, also part of in-cloud data protection engines. …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2015

Snapchat TITSUP on heels of Google App Engine outage

Google's App Engine suffered a long overnight outage that may have also sent high-profile customer Snapchat into a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) state. Google explains here that the 11-plus-hour outage has now been resolved, but the flow through to Snapchat (if that's what it is) is still ongoing. The …
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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

Dropbox is going to be nixing the Mailbox and Carousel services early next year. The file-sharing specialist said that it will be killing off its Mailbox email system on February 26, and the Carousel picture sharing service will have its last go-round on March 31. Dropbox said the decision to kill both products so quickly …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Dec 2015
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Most businesses collecting data they never use, survey finds

Most companies in the UK, France and Germany collect data they never use, according to a new survey. Data storage providers Pure Storage said a survey of 308 IT decision makers across the three countries in July that it commissioned found that 72% of organisations "have gathered data that was not used later on". The survey …
OUT-LAW.COM, 7 Dec 2015

Google in 24-hour cloud brownout

Google is suffering a cloud cockup, and hasn't been able to fix it for more than 24 hours. At 14:28 PST on December 2nd, the web giant reported an incident that meant “task queue processing for Google App Engine applications is slower than expected.” At the time of that incident report, Google said “current data indicates …
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Microsoft's full-fat E5 Office 365 plan with phone extras goes live

Microsoft's new high-end Office 365 plan, E5, has gone live with pricing around 50 per cent higher than the existing E3 plan, which remains available. E3 costs $20 (£14.70) per user per month, whereas E5 is $35.00 (£21.80), a bigger price differential for US users. What's the difference? E5 is a superset of E3, so both plans …
Tim Anderson, 3 Dec 2015

CloudFlare intros HTTP/2, so we can ‘spend holiday time with our family’

CloudFlare is introducing HTTP/2 support for all of its users, to be available on all SSL/TLS connections – while still supporting SPDY – so netizens can spend more time with their families instead of waiting for pages to load this Christmas. Talking to The Register on Tuesday night, CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince explained the …
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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

Alas, poor Redmond has acknowledged the Azure Active Directory is "having issues" alongside the disappearance of its Office 365 service in the UK and Europe. Microsoft's Office 365 service went down earlier this morning, and Microsoft has now copped to an issue affecting Azure Active Directory. Azure's status page reveals: …

Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

Updated Microsoft's Office 365 service has gone offline for many users in the UK and Europe, though the cause and extent of the outage is not yet known. Neither the Office 365 portal, nor the Azure management portal is available at the time of writing, though Microsoft's status page says everything is fine. Everthing is fine says …
Tim Anderson, 3 Dec 2015
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And on Thor's Day, Ingram confirmed Odin's absorption

You read it here first, folks, Ingram Micro has indeed acquired service-provider-centric virtualiser Odin from Parallels. Odin was spun out of Parallels in March 2015, as the father of the father of the Gods decided things would be more orderly if its business was split into discrete service provider and desktop virtualisation …
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HPE: If we don't give Deutsche Bank right contracted outcome, we'll lose money

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a risk and reward element hard wired into the 10-year cloudy infrastructure deal with Deutsche Bank and will lose money if things don’t go as planned, an exec has confirmed. This is HPE putting its money where its mouth is in the multi-billion dollar deal it penned with the German financial …
Paul Kunert, 2 Dec 2015
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Mobile bank upstart Tandem scores regulatory thumbs-up

Banking startup Tandem has been cleared to offer digital financial services in the UK. Tandem’s founders are pitching their bank as something that’s digital and mobile, and will challenge the high-street banking status quo. It joins a growing list of startups with a small number of staff and who are promising traditional bank …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Dec 2015
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Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

Price hikes and last-minute service tweaks to cloud storage offerings have caught unwanted attention from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority. The regulator confirmed on Tuesday morning that it planned to carry out a review of the market, following concerns expressed by consumers. It will consider whether practices and …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Dec 2015
PowerApps - as easy as Excel, says Microsoft

Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

Microsoft has announced PowerApps, a new way to create and host applications for its Azure cloud service. PowerApps is an "enterprise service for innovators everywhere to connect, create and share business apps," says Application Platform VP Bill Staples. Sure, but what is this really? Microsoft, it turns out, is still …
Tim Anderson, 30 Nov 2015
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Google cloud outage caused by failure that saw admins run it manually ... and fail

A mistaken peering advertisement from a European network took Google Cloud's europe-west1 region offline last week for around 70 minutes. The slip-up happened when an unnamed network owner connected a new peering link to Google, and in the process, it advertised reachability for far more traffic than it could handle. As a …

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed. On a conference call with financial analysts, the exec said Microsoft Azure will become the "preferred public cloud partner" and in turn HPE will be the primary supplier of infrastructure and services for Redmond' …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015

Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

Adobe's announced it will close Revel, its Flickr-like cloudy photo storage service. The company's announced that the service will close its doors on February 23rd, 2016. Users are being herded towards encouraged to instead adopt Adobe's US$9.99/£8.57 a month Creative Cloud Photography offering. Adobe's telling Revel users …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2015
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Amazon now renting physical servers you can cuddle and love

This is different from hosting how exactly? Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on “EC2 Dedicated Hosts” - a new cloud service that offers “physical servers fully dedicated for your use.” The new service applies to over 30 variations of the instance types in the M4, C3, C4, G2, R3, D2, and I2 instance types and can run …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015

VMware cofounder and CEO Diane Greene to run Google's cloud

VMware cofounder and CEO Diane Greene is to head all of Google's cloud efforts. Alphabet's ads-and-cloud subsidiary announced Greene's new gig today, anointing her leader of “... a new team combining all our cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps.” She's already on Google's Board, and has …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2015
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Amazon: Just to let you know, Oracle's cloud is so 2011. That's all

Amazon has pressed the AWS new-service release stream to persuade enterprises against being tempted by tasty deals from cloud weakling Oracle. Andy Jassy, AWS senior veep, didn’t name names at the AWS enterprise summit in London on Tuesday, but he didn’t have to. It was clear who he was referring to, and boasted AWS had “more …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015
Google's custom cloud server configurator

Custom virtual machines come to Google's Compute Engine

Google's just done something interesting with its cloud by adding a configurator that lets you roll your own servers. The Alphabet subsidiary reckons that other clouds repeat some of IT's past sins by making you buy more server than you need. By offering an online configurator that lets you determine a server's core count and …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2015

EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff

Cumulo Hopkintus is forming new product shapes as cloud winds strengthen in the data centre. There’s no bending with these gales, and EMC is having to go with the flow, enabling data movement off its arrays and into the public cloud. But it’s also providing better data protection in the cloud than Amazon, Google or their like …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
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Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity

Comment Cloud computing has elements of a fool’s paradise. We’re told it’s elastic, infinitely elastic even, with thousands of virtual servers spun up in minutes. But there's just one problem ... this is palpable nonsense, short-term excess capacity being mopped up by early entrants to a large resource. Virtual servers are not magic. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015

CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support

Matthew Prince, CloudFlare's cofounder and CEO, has hit back at Anonymous, which claimed his firm backs ISIS by keeping terror websites up and running. CloudFlare is a content-distribution network: it acts like a huge sponge, soaking up deluges of internet traffic that would otherwise overwhelm small to medium-sized websites, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015
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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

Microsoft claims it really does care about privacy and securing the cloud and Windows 10, promising to build cybersecurity teams and investing in the area. A new Cyber Defense Operations Center will bring together security response experts from across the technology giant in a new “state-of-the-art” facility. The unit will be …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2015