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DRaaS-tic action: Trust the cloud to save your data from disaster

In modern computing, disaster recovery can be thought of in the same way as insurance: nobody really wants to pay for it, the options are complicated and seemingly designed to swindle you, but it is irrational (and often illegal) to operate without it. All the big IT players are getting into disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS …
Trevor Pott, 19 Nov 2014
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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

Shop Direct is a £1.7bn group that owns some of the best-known brands in retail - firms that pioneered what the cutting edge of shopping. Among the names it holds are Kays and Littlewoods, household brands that actually first pushed the idea of shopping without leaving your home to the UK using paper catalogues, home delivery …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2014
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VMware testing servers-by-the-minute cloud

Journalists who cover cloud have a recurring nightmare: leaving the “l” out of “public cloud” and copping a caning in the comments for their somewhat Freudian slip. But one vendor that operates a cloud that isn't entirely public is VMware: Virtzilla's vCloud Air has hitherto been sold as a by-the-month affair. The company has, …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2014

How to keep everything fluffy in your hybrid cloud world

Cloud computing is a big deal these days. Old farts like me can debate ad nauseam whether cloud is just a new word for what we use to call managed or hosted services and whether it is barking to call an on-premise virtualised infrastructure a private cloud. The fact remains that whatever you call it there is a vast amount of it …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Nov 2014

Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

Facebook has warned marketing types who use the free-content ad network to tout brands through so-called "promotional Page posts" that they will soon be extirpated. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company put admen on notice yesterday in a blog post that made it clear that Facebook will only allow brands to promote their own gear if …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2014

EXPOSED: Amazon's cloudy Docker-friendly EC2 Container Service

Analysis Amazon stoked the fires of Linux container fever on Thursday with the introduction of its new EC2 Container Service for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. But what's the real benefit of ECS and how does it work? There's no need to ask who ECS's intended audience is. At the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2014
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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

Apple, Microsoft, HP and other cloud giants are begging Europe for help to stop US feds seizing customers’ data from servers on the Continent. A policy paper [PDF] published on Friday by DigitalEurope – which represents the above goliaths – urged the European Commission to wade into an ongoing legal fight between Uncle Sam and …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Nov 2014
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NetApp to put Amazon’s cloud ONTAP for thirsty customers

NetApp is continuing its strategy of trying to get ONTAP more integrated with Amazon's storage cloud by having it manage data in Cumulo Amazonius, and back up data to said cloud with the recently acquired SteelStore product. Cloud ONTAP is the latest ONTAP iteration, and is a software-only storage appliance built on the NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2014
Cloud & Heat

Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

A startup in Germany reckons it's found a, how can we put this, courageous way to merge cloud computing with staying warm at home this winter. Rather than throw another log on the fire, you can install one of its toasty server cabinets in your basement. Assuming you have a spare ten grand and a 50Mbps pipe to the internet. …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
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Amazon, Docker hop in bed: What happens in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas

Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels today revealed a Container Service for AWS's EC2 cloud. Speaking at the web bazaar's Reinvent conference in Las Vegas, Vogels was joined on stage by Ben Golub, CEO of Docker – which is supported by the new container service. “Developers are largely stuck in the dark ages,” said Golub, arguing that …
Tim Anderson, 13 Nov 2014
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The Lambda that ROARED: Amazon unveils event-driven AWS compute service

Amazon upped the ante for application development on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Thursday, with the launch of a new service that lets developers write event-driven code without having to manage any infrastructure. Dubbed AWS Lambda, the new offering allows developers to compose applications by writing functions that are …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2014

Amazon cloud apps LIVE! Bezos' boys spin up 'lifecycle management' services

Amazon thinks it knows a thing or two about deploying applications in the cloud, and to prove it, it's rolling out a collection of new tools to help developers improve the build and deployment lifecycles of their cloudy apps. The first of the three tools unveiled on Wednesday at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas is …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2014
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Alcatel-Lucent buries EDGE routers in x86 server fleet

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest firm to announce that it's turning its entire routing code base into a virtual router to run on x86 server platforms. The VSR (Virtualized Service Router) is described by the company as a “suite of software applications” based on the company's non-stop routing code, and the company's planning a …
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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

Amazon fired a volley at Oracle and other relational database vendors on Wednesday, with the launch of a new, cloud-hosted database service that it says can deliver better performance than on-premises installations at a fraction of the cost. Amazon Web Services senior VP Andy Jassy unveiled the new service, dubbed Amazon Aurora …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2014

Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

A Google lawyer says Europeans spied on by the NSA should get the same rights as Americans – such as the right to sue the US government for privacy invasions. David Drummond, chief legal officer for the information-harvesting monster (Google), published a blog post on Wednesday titled "It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014

Rackspace joins Microsoft's Windows Azure Pack partner army

Cloud-flinger Rackspace has joined Microsoft’s new army of cloud service providers. Rackspace is now running Microsoft’s Cloud Platform at all of its US data centres. That platform is a marketing wrapper that contains Hyper-V, System Center and Windows Server with the more recent Azure Pack to spin up and run VM-based clouds. …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2014
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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

Bookseller-turned-bazaar Amazon has beaten off competition from eight other companies, including Google and publisher Bowker, to win the right to sell domains ending in .book. It's not known how much Amazon paid since the gTLD was bought at private auction, although it is believed to have been between $5m and $10m – Amazon just …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2014
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Loss of Wales PSN gig? No worries, says Logicalis UK boss

Services-based reseller Logicalis is looking to fill the void left by losing the Wales Public Sector Network (PSN) gig to BT with more bite-sized projects. Well, that's the plan at least. The Slough-based firm is to be ousted by the Brit telco monopoly on a contract that could be worth up to £420m over the next seven years, …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2014

Red Hat goes nuclear in Linux container wars with Atomic Host beta

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7 has entered beta, giving Red Hat customers a lean, lightweight OS host for container-oriented cloudy IT. The enterprise Linux giant first announced "Project Atomic" at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco in April, with the goal of paring down Shadowman's enterprise Linux OS to give it a …
Neil McAllister, 11 Nov 2014
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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

Big data analytics firm Hortonworks filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announcing its intent to go public, making it the first of the Hadoop startups to float an initial public offering. The filing didn't say how many shares Hortonworks plans to offer or at what price, but it estimated the …
Neil McAllister, 10 Nov 2014
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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

The worldview of elastic compute, or mine at least, has historically had very little Microsoft involved in it. Recently however, I have attended several job interviews and one question that has invariably been asked is: “We are planning on moving from Windows to Linux. Have you done it before?” This situation usually arrives …
Stuart Burns, 10 Nov 2014

Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

Mark Zuckerberg has once again trashed David Fincher's candid portrayal of the Facebook co-founder's life in his 2010 film The Social Network. The 30-year-old, free content ad network boydroid accused the filmmakers of embellishing his time at Harvard University, when quizzed about the movie during the company's first, heavily …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Nov 2014
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Avere: Cloud storage needs caching too. Why? Because latency...

Comment Avere has a software-only cloud storage gateway that runs in Amazon's compute cloud (ECC) and feeds its compute instances faster with data from storage clouds or on-premises storage arrays. At first glance, this seems decidedly odd. Why would you need a cloud storage gateway, a thing that relies on data caching locally to avoid …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2014

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Somewhat out the blue, Amazon is flogging a new gadget called Echo – which is a cross between ice maiden Siri and wireless speaker system Sonos, and will save you having to using your fingers ever again. The Echo is a voice-activated 9-inch-high cylinder that connects to your Wi-Fi and will answer spoken questions, play music, …
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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

Web Summit Top tech investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel has said there’s no bubble in tech, despite the billion-dollar valuations floating around for firms that haven’t seen a penny in profits. “I don’t really think that there’s a bubble ... Bubbles only happen when the public is involved, they’re a psychosocial event,” Thiel told the …

Microsoft improves Azure SQL Server cloud service, simultaneously makes it worse

Microsoft has announced improvements to its Azure SQL Database service, which offers a managed SQL Server database with patching and operating system maintenance handled automatically by the cloud service. At the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) summit currently under way in Seattle, Microsoft Data Platform VP T.K …
Tim Anderson, 6 Nov 2014
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OpenStack's success depends on IBM and HP's tech queens

+Comment OpenStack is the IT industry, sans Amazon, Google and Microsoft, coming together to craft an open-source cloud OS alternative to ... wait for it ... Amazon, Google and Microsoft. It is because the terrible trio's public clouds threaten to eat the enterprise data centre – supplying the IT industry's lunch, and dinner, and tea and …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2014
Cloud security

Big Blue brandishes Big Brother bundle, bars big biz byte blab blunders

IBM has been buying up a load of computer security firms over the past three years to strengthen its chops in the area – and now it has decided to take that gobbled tech to the cloud, and dubbed it Dynamic Cloud Security (DCS). During the past year, more than 200 IBM engineers have been working on glueing together the bought-up …
Iain Thomson, 6 Nov 2014
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Google gives Microsoft office an awkward hug with new plugin

Google's given Microsoft Office an awkward hug by refreshing Drive so it plays nice with desktop applications. Drive is Google's share 'n' sync offering and integrates tightly with its apps: drop a document into Drive and you can read or edit it in the Docs in-browser word processor. That tool's not to everyone's tastes and …
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Microsoft releases free anti-malware for Azure VMs

Free anti-malware software is not hard to find: even reputable vendors offer product at the low, low, price of $0.00 for client devices/ Microsoft is now doing the same for servers – or at least for virtual machines in its Azure cloud with a new offering called (deep breath now) Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and …
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Speaking in Tech: Biz bods chat LIVE from OpenStack Summit

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of Speaking In Tech, all ready to download to your phone or tablet to make your commute home that much more informative and funny. Join your host, Greg Knieriemen, as he hosts an all-star panel at the OpenStack Summit in Paris to debate the pros and cons …
Team Register, 5 Nov 2014

Google offers cheap and easy network hookups with Cloud Interconnect

Google has unveiled Google Cloud Interconnect, a new set of networking options designed to make cloud customers' connections to Google's data centers more reliable and secure. At the Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco, Google cloud product director Greg DeMichille said the Chocolate Factory will offer three …

Google revs up Container Engine to drive Docker in its cloud

Google has gone public with its love for containers and Docker in recent months, and to help its cloud customers get in on the action, on Tuesday it announced a hosted version of its Kubernetes container orchestration software for use with Google Compute Engine (GCE). Speaking at the Google Cloud Platform Live event in San …
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HP links arms with Wind River in NFV tie-up

HP has anointed Wind River as its partner of choice to help it break into the next virtualisation battleground, telecommunication carriers. The two companies announced a partnership to put Wind River's Titanium server into HP's Helion OpenStack implementation. NFV – network function virtualisation – aims to put operations that …
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Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

Microsoft and Dropbox have inked a deal to integrate their cloud-hosted stuff: mobile users of Office 365 will be able to automatically save files to their Dropbox account from within Redmond's software. And Dropbox users will also be able to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files within the Dropbox and share them within the …
Iain Thomson, 4 Nov 2014
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VMware announces vCloud Air for Australia

VMware has announced it will launch its vCloud Air hybrid offering in Australia in the first half of 2015. Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, scored the hosting gig and will stand up VMware's kit in a Melbourne bit barn. VMware's schtick for vCloud Air is that it is designed from the ground up to hook into its vSphere control …
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Cloud-tailored Swift, RING jobs... Give it a REST, Scality. Oh good

Object storage startup Scality has added OpenStack Swift and block storage access to its RING storage software through a REST interface. Swift, for the uninitiated, is OpenStack's object storage interface. "Scality is serious about OpenStack. We have realised that it's more than open-source software, it is an interoperable …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2014

Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

Microsoft has unveiled a new tool to allow web developers to test their apps against the very latest version of Internet Explorer – even if they don't have any Windows clients running in-house. Web devs use a variety of tools to get their work done, and it should come as no surprise that a great many prefer OS X to Windows. But …

Watch out, cloud-happy business units, chargeback is back

When server virtualisation took off, one of the many benefits was said to be more granular reporting of just who uses servers, in order to enable internal charging schemes that made business units pay for what they used. Chargeback, as the practice became known, has faded from view a bit. But Israeli outfit Cloudyn is trying to …
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What you need to know about keeping your cloud data safe

The first reaction many corporate users – even those who are quite technically aware – have when considering a migration to cloud computing is to worry about data security. It is a fairly natural emotional response of course; you are effectively surrendering a kind of ownership of your data over to a third party. So what if a …
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Oz gov lets slip: telco metadata might be available to civil courts

Comment A series of slips by the nation's top cop followed by communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has made Australia's data retention bill even more of a potential horror than it seemed when it was introduced last week. It started with the Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin saying that stored telecommunications …
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Marc Benioff tethers Salesforce cloud to Blighty

Salesforce has opened its first European data centre in the UK. The CRM-as-a-service provider today announced the new facility in Slough, west of London, had gone live build by NTT. It’s the first of three planned European facilities. Marc Benioff’s firm plans data centres in France and Germany next year, too. The UK, along …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2014