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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

Microsoft's joined the market for cold storage at a cent a gigabyte a month, with something called “Azure Cool Blobs”. “Blob storage” is Redmond's special term for object storage and Azure's offered it for a while now. Now the bright blue cloud that Bill built has added a “cool” tier to the service that offers the US$0.01/GB/ …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Amazon's AWS cash machine embiggens, breezes past $2bn-a-quarter mark

Amazon has reported bumper first quarter results, with profits of $513m and sales increasing 28 per cent. In its previous quarterly results Amazon's stock took a beating after the company reported a lower than expected sales. After Thursday's results, the company was back in favor and saw its stock price rise over 10 per cent …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016
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Quick, download your stuff! SurDoc shutters consumer-grade secure cloudy storage

Cloud-based secure storage outfit SurDoc has announced plans to discontinue its consumer service in order to concentrate exclusively on enterprise sales. In a statement, US-based SurDoc said that consumers have a month to download their data and make alternative arrangement before the service is zapped. Customers' …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Is the world (yet) ready for hybrid cloud?

On 26 May 2016 at 15:00 BST / 07:00 PDT we’ve got a studio packed full of experts and tasked with exploring the question: if hybrid is the answer, how well are organisations achieving it and what challenges are preventing them from progressing further? We'll be broadcasting live for an hour and if you bring us questions, you’ …
David Gordon, 28 Apr 2016

VMware cloud gros fromage packs his bags and takes a hike

At some point you have to say this is starting to look like a rout. VMware EVP Bill Fathers is taking a hike, no longer content to be general manager of the cloud services business unit. Father's responsibilities will be shared between two cloud co-general managers, Allwyn Sequeira and Laura Ortman, who will report to VMware …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

Cloud! IoT! APIs! Collect all the data! Samsung wins today's tech bingo

Samsung has launched a new cloud service, aimed at the internet of things (IoT), that lets companies collect, store and act on data from any device. The Artik Cloud service is named after the company's line of chips that it announced a year ago that are specifically designed to be small and work for wearables and other …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Analysts suddenly realise OpenStack exists

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Another week in tech, and another banter-packed episode of The Reg's one-and-only podcast. Join your your hosts, Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela for everything you need to know about tech and the business of IT. This week, the whole gang is together to talk …
Team Register, 27 Apr 2016
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Microsoft gifts free support to Azure big spenders

Whenever a big tech company offers something for free, you've got to ask what's in it for them. What, then, to make of Microsoft's announcement that some customers will be given a year of free support? To get the freebie you'll need to buy Azure Services under an Enterprise Agreement (EA), sometime between May 1, 2016, …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2016
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Alcatel-Lucent embarks on cloudy board shake-up

Networking biz Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is replacing its chief exec Jeff Ma with Jack Chen, as the outfit vows to make itself all about the cloud. Prior to joining Alcatel, Chen was the head of the Asia Pacific and China region at Alcatel and its China Wireless biz. The biz has also unveiled a new cloud strategy to provide …
Kat Hall, 26 Apr 2016

Google discovers you assume clouds just work

Google's proved to itself that when users take workloads to the cloud they just assume cloud operators will be takin' care of business. Last year, the cloud challenger announced it had introduced non-disruptive live migration of virtual machines, so that it could patch VMs without asking users to endure an interruption or …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2016
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Time to quadruple our cloud gateway capacity, CTERA etc etc

CTERA has upped the capacity of its storage appliance fourfold, stripped off the hardware to provide a bare-bones virtual edition, and re-engineered its central software to be more cloud-centric. CTERA launched its cloud storage gateway and NAS (network attached server) product in 2009, with the cloud part being back-end …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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Amazon tips spinning rust into its Elastic Block Store offering

Cloud king Amazon has added two disk-drive-based storage options to its EBS (Elastic Block Store). There is a Throughput-Optimised HDD (st1) volume and a Cost HDD (sc1) volume. The sc1 volume is for low access workloads, coldish data, with a price of $0.025/GB/month while the st1 volume is for frequent data access to Big Data …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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Cloud gear biz Outsourcery is running out of cash. Again

Misfiring AIM-listed cloud provider Outsourcery appears to be running out of runway. Sales still haven’t matched the predicted highs, cash flow is drying up again and a crash seems possible. The purveyor of infrastructure, software and unified comms clouds has pre-announced its calendar year 2015 results, with revenue up nine …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2016
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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016

Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

Microsoft's flicked the switch on its Azure physical data import service for Australia and Japan. The arrival of the service means that those using Azure's Australia East, Australia Southeast and Japan West locations can now ship 3.5 inch SATA drives to Microsoft, which will upload the contents to Azure storage. Redmond's …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2016
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Stalled cloud growth, software flatlining, hated Lumias unsold... It's all fine, says Microsoft CEO

Microsoft is putting a brave face on disappointing third-quarter earnings that saw profits fall 25 per cent year-on-year and cloud revenues failing to rise fast enough to offset losses in other areas. Earnings per share were $0.62 non-GAAP, down 23 per cent from 2015, compared to analysts' estimates of $0.64. "We had a solid …
Iain Thomson, 21 Apr 2016
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Google teams with Iron Mountain for LTO-to-cloud migration

Google and Iron Mountain are trying to hasten the never-quite-imminent death of tape as a storage medium with an LTO-to-cloud migration collaboration. LTO – linear tape open for those among you not enamoured of rusty ribbons – is a standard tape format that counts IBM, HP and Quantum among its backers. A single seventh- …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2016
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Stop laughing: Azure can analyse your mood in a crowd

Microsoft has taken the wraps off Azure Media Face Detector, a cloud service that can recognise people and determine their moods. Redmond says the new clouds service “can be used for people counting, movement tracking, and even gauging audience participation and reaction via facial expressions.” Microsoft's happy that the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2016
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Microsoft lures IT pros with breadcrumb trail of candy to its cloud

Microsoft has offered up a grab bag of goodies for IT administrators looking to add cloud skills to their resume, including free trials of Azure and Office 365, plus support and training credits, along with some career advice. "We are in the middle of the cloud technology transition, and IT professionals are not always leading …
Iain Thomson, 20 Apr 2016
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AWS updates: Larger snowballs, mobile Cognito and more

Amazon has announced numerous updates to its cloud platform at its AWS (Amazon Web Services) summit in Chicago on April 18 and 19. On the storage side, S3 Transfer Acceleration optimizes data transfer to and from Amazon's Simple Storage Service by routing connections to the lowest-latency AWS Edge Location, the same global …
Tim Anderson, 20 Apr 2016

Mesosphere flings Data Center OS code at open sourcers to fill in gaps

Software upstart Mesosphere has open-sourced its commercial Datacenter Operating System – DC/OS – with the backing of 60 big names in tech. Mesosphere says it is throwing open the doors on its code to “put its power in as many people’s hands as possible.” DC/OS has been deployed on massive scale at Apple, Airbnb, Yelp, Netflix …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016

Sail on SpectraLogic's BlackPearl, right up into the cloudy glory

SpectraLogic has added replication and a cloud gateway to its BlackPearl disk and tape storage combo. Where large-scale content providers need to store their relatively unstructured content (videos, etc) on a tiered disk and tape system for fast front-end disk access and low-cost long-term back-end tape, then BlackPearl …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

The EU is launching a €6.7bn (£5.3bn) mega “science cloud”, intended to better exploit the continent's academic research via big data. According to a press release from the European Commission, the EU is the "largest producer of scientific data in the world, but insufficient and fragmented infrastructure means this 'big data' …
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2016

Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

Oracle is preparing an on-premises version of its new Exadata cloud service. Big Red recently introduced a cloudy version of Exadata, its dedicated database appliance which itself scored a new release. The headline items in the seventh-generation appliance are the new Broadwell Xeons. Oracle's chosen the 22-core version to …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016
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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans. We've heard from Register readers who say they paid £50 for a year's worth of "unlimited" cloud-based storage for their files, only to be told on Thursday that they need to pay an extra £30 …
Chris Williams, 15 Apr 2016
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Microsoft explains which cloud security problems are your problem

Microsoft has issued guidelines about Azure security that spell out when a problem is your problem and when a problem is Microsoft's problem. Two documents explain Redmond's approach to problem-solving. The first is called Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing (PDF) and explains how Microsoft divides responsibility for …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016
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Open Container Initiative plans open container format

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) has started work on open container Image Format spec. The OCI's hope is to create a format that will “enable users to package and sign their application, then run it in any container runtime environment of their choice”. Combined with the group's Runtime Spec, the goal is to end up with a …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016
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Microsoft sues US DoJ for right to squeal when Feds slurp your data

Microsoft has sued the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over the software giant's right to alert users when their personal data has been accessed by cops and Feds. Redmond chief legal counsel Brad Smith announced on Tuesday that Microsoft will seek [PDF] a legal declaration confirming that it should not be silenced by …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2016

Google broke its own cloud AGAIN, with TWO software bugs

A couple of days ago Google's cloud went offline, just about everywhere, for 18 minutes. Now the Alphabet subsidiary has explained why and issued a personal apology penned by “Veep for 24x7” Benjamin Treynor Sloss. And yes, that is Sloss' real title. Sloss says the problem started when “engineers removed an unused Google …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2016
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Intel bins ESXi in in-house private cloud revamp

Intel's decided it can do without VMware's ESXi hypervisor as part of a big upgrade of its private cloud. Chipzilla's a Platinum Member of the OpenStack Foundation and therefore has a seat on the project's board. The company's also been building an OpenStack private cloud since around 2011, but built a customised …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2016
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Redmond turns to Linux AGAIN for Azure data science primer

Microsoft has taken a data science bundle it crafted last November and put it onto an Azure-hosted Linux VM. The combo, announced at Microsoft's Cortana blog, takes CentOS 7.2, runs it up as an Azure virtual machine image, and packages it with a slew of data science tools. Microsoft had already run up a Windows Server 2012- …
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VMware and SoftLayer teleport workloads across oceans

The Register's virtualisation desk has sometimes heard talk of a concept called “follow-the-moon” computing that aims to reduce the cost of running apps by placing them in spots where electricity is cheap. Follow-the-moon assumes that once the sun sets and people go to sleep prudent cloud users will shut down some of their …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2016

Rackspace invites itself into your data centre

Rackspace will bring its cloud to you: the company has revealed a new offering whereby it will pour OpenStack into a box and run it from its own data centres, a third party's bit barn or your own premises. On-premises clouds are all the rage at present: Microsoft's AzureStack is in preview and is winning support from the likes …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2016
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OpenStack 'Mitaka' materialises

The next version of OpenStack, Mitaka, has materialised. The OpenStack-Announce list went into overdrive on Thursday to deliver news of .0 versions of projects galore. This time around the OpenStack's made ease of use and scalability its watchwords. As ever, it's a sprawling effort: the release notes for Nova 13.0 admit that …
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China drinks Uber, IoT and e-health Kool Aid

China's State Council has signed off on a plan to place the internet of things at the heart of new efforts to upgrade the nation's manufacturing capabilities. The “Made in China 2025” strategy aims to get China out of low-value manufacturing and into more impressive stuff. The State Council, China's equivalent of a …
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AWS to crack $10bn annual sales this year says Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has penned a new letter to shareholders in which he points out that Amazon Web Services is bigger, and growing faster, than its parent company did at the same age. “This year, Amazon became the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in annual sales,” Bezos writes. “Also this year, Amazon Web …
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VMware dumps vCloud Air from user group and home lab code bundle

UPDATE VMware's written to members of its user group (VMUG) and subscribers to its EVALExperience program to advise they're being booted out of its cloud. VMUGs offer a program called VMUG Advantage, a US$200/year affair that offers discounted licences and certification exams. EVALExperience offers trial software licences for nine of …
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Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

Larry Ellison will be throwing his boats out of the bathtub on the news that Wim Coekaerts, possibly Oracle's top Linux guy, has jumped ship to Microsoft. "Wim Coekaerts has joined Microsoft as Corp VP of Open Source in our Enterprise Cloud Group," Mike Neil, VP for enterprise cloud at Microsoft, told El Reg. "As we continue …
Iain Thomson, 1 Apr 2016
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Bring on the goats! Apple's cloud failure demands further sacrifice

Apple at 40 In four decades, Apple has done more than most companies to seamlessly blend software and hardware, creating beautifully functional products. However, software (and hardware) no longer live exclusively on our devices, and the one thing that continues to frustrate Apple is the cloud. Way back in 2011, Apple chief executive Tim …
Matt Asay, 1 Apr 2016
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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released WorkSpaces, Windows desktop-as-a-service, towards the end of March 2014. We took an early look, but encountered several niggling problems. "Don't dive in: it will get better," was my conclusion. It is time for another hands-on, but first a quick recap. WorkSpaces provides a Windows desktop …
Tim Anderson, 28 Mar 2016
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Ad giant Google thinks its cloud biz could be bigger than its adverts

GCP Next Google's third cloud developer conference is winding down, and two things are clear – that Google is willing to spend what it takes to become a major cloud player, and that it has a long way to go. "We wouldn't be scaling up in this way if we lost money every time we deployed and if we didn't think this is a real business," …
Iain Thomson, 24 Mar 2016
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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box. The database giant has announced Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available, but relatively unwanted cloud software - in its reciprocally related servers. The stone has a name: …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016