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Do data centers dream of electric sheep? Microsoft announces machine learning cloud

Microsoft is flinging some of its internal machine learning tech up into the cloud, putting its Azure service ahead of rival products from Google and Amazon. The company's new "Azure ML" service was announced on Monday and means developers can access machine learning systems hosted in the Azure cloud and even link their …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014

Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

Microsoft has found a way to massively increase the compute capabilities of its data centers, despite the fact that Moore's Law is wheezing towards its inevitable demise. In a paper to be presented this week at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), titled A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large- …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014
Anchorman street fight

VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD

VMware says Amazon's new total cost of ownership calculator uses "biased and inaccurate assumptions" when comparing the cost of VMware's software with Amazon's. The virtualization company, which competes with Amazon's AWS cloud via its own recently-launched vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) tech, released a blog post on Friday …
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2014
Broke - empty pockets

When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

Updated Microsoft's Azure cloud service has run out of occasionally runs out of US-based IPv4 addresses. Redmond 'fessed up to the issue in a blog post in which it says users have been asking it why, when they use Azure-hosted VMs, they find themselves redirected to websites localised for other nations. The post offers a screen shot of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
GoogleProjectShield

Google discovers it must expose itself to compete with AWS

Google is giving away some of its internal technologies in an attempt to beat Amazon in one area where Bezos may be loathe to compete: transparency. The company announced this week that it was creating an open source project named "Kubernetes" based on its super-secret Omega cloud technology, and another project named cAdvisor …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014
Cloud security

Let cloud apps manage your systems – if you have nothing to hide

There are a growing number of cloud-based security and systems management (CSSM) applications available to consumers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and I am ambivalent about their use. On the one hand, I am not fan of things cloudy, especially where they involves trusting US-based companies*. On the other hand, …
Trevor Pott, 12 Jun 2014
Verizon

Verizon: Only a CROWD of storage tech firms can hold up our hefty cloud

While Verizon has adopted Amplidata’s Himalaya object technology for its Cloud Storage service, it told The Register that this does not mean it has given up on HDS’s Content Platform (HCP) – which is also object-based. We suggested this might be the case yesterday, but Kevin King, Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ corporate comms …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014
HP cloud

HP cloudy bigwig: the Helion train is steaming ahead

A "full blown" commercial release of HP's Helion enterprise edition should hit the market in the dead of summer - a little later than expected - priced at $1,400 a year per server. The free Open Stack community edition was launched on 7 May and Kerry Bailey, senior veep for HP Cloud, said it has had over 1,000 downloads allowing …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2014

IBM slashes SoftLayer prices and plugs it into more data centers

The great homogenizing force of cloud economics rolls on, this time pushing prices for IBM's SoftLayer cloud close to those of rivals Amazon and Microsoft. In yesterday's case of Adam Smith's invisible hand gently forcing a corporation to cut prices below rivals and grab some business along the way, IBM announced that it was …
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014
Everest

US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014

Speaking in Tech: LIVE from San Francisco's Cloud Foundry Summit

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Eddie Saipetch hosts the weekly techcast this week, where he and his guests discuss bro culture, public cloud's hidden costs and the eternal Cloud Foundry vs Openstack debate. Joining him are special guests Jesse Proudman, CTO and founder of Bluebox; Caroline McCrory, senior …
Team Register, 11 Jun 2014
Kindle Big Brother

Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

Snowden Anniversary Few will forget learning the truth about Santa Claus. Many also felt deep shock on realising that a hitherto ultra-secret NSA/GCHQ programme, revealed in documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, was constantly rating everyone on a naughty-nice metric based on indiscriminate covert surveillance all their online activity …
SA Mathieson, 11 Jun 2014
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AWS breaks silence over Truecrypt's role in data import/export

Update Amazon Web Services (AWS) has issued some advice on how it uses the kept mum on whether it will dump the troubled TrueCrypt platform used to encrypt data imported and exported to its Simple Storage Service, Amazon EBS snapshots and Glacier cold storage offerings. . The popular crypto platform recently became a pariah after its …
Darren Pauli, 11 Jun 2014
HP cloud

HP plots Amazon assault with bellicose Helion channel army

HP is building a clone army to take on Amazon's mammoth cloud. The enterprise IT company announced on Tuesday that it will make its OpenStack-based Helion cloud technology available to partners and resellers around the world to let them create their own services to compete with Amazon, via the newly-announced Helion Network. It …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
Marc Benioff

Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door. With Salesforce Wear, a developer software scheme to link Salesforce's customer relationship management systems to data generated from wearable technologies, Benioff may finally be …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

DockerCon Docker has spun off a key open source component of its Linux Containerization tech, making it possible for Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Parallels to collaborate on its development and make Linux Containerization the successor to traditional hypervisor-based virtualization. The company announcement on Tuesday at Dockercon in San …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Could you make a Google-grade data center OS? For $10.5m?

The starting gun has been fired on the race to build the fundamental software for modern cloud data centers, and Mesosphere is running ahead with an armful of dollar bills. The company announced on Monday that venture capitalists had thrown $10.5m at it to help it share the inner secrets of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook's …
Jack Clark, 9 Jun 2014
Irista

Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

Japanese camera and printer behemoth Canon has started up a cloud photo storage service called irista. We wrote about the service's pre-beta instantiation here. You can upload any size photo file, within the limits of your capacity entitlement obviously. You don’t get any editing tools and only stills are supported, not videos, …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jun 2014
CloudONTAP

Snooping on a NetApp event: New cloudy OS on its way

Social media can deliver multiple micro-glimpses of previously closed events, like a NetApp analysts event in San Francisco yesterday which revealed a new OS - Cloud ONTAP - and a coming Connect product for mobile access. Here’s what we discovered by mining a blizzard of tweets from attendees with the hashtag; #NetAppIAS14. It’s …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jun 2014
Oracle frankenstein

If you squint, Oracle is starting to look like a cloud company

Oracle is waking up to the money-spinning possibilities of the cloud and has injected some powerful new capabilities into its "Oracle Enterprise Manager" software. The latest version of the management software was announced by Oracle on Tuesday. It, like the rest of Oracle's modern products, is representative of the reinvention …
Jack Clark, 3 Jun 2014
VMware's monster VM

VMware hits back at Amazon cloud Trojan Horse with ... a blog post

VMware has responded to a Trojan Horse bit of tech from Amazon with a blog post disparaging the rival's approach. Last Friday, Bezos & Co. announced the "AWS Connector for vCenter" plug-in, which lets admins buy, manage, and migrate Amazon Web Services cloud VMs from within the familiar vCenter admin environment. This free bit …
Jack Clark, 2 Jun 2014
Hadoop in the enterprise

Concurrent crams venture capitalist cash into its big Hadoop port

Hadoop startup Concurrent has slurped $10m in Series B filthy valley lucre as a new sense of enthusiasm breathes life into the "big data" community. Concurrent announced its round on Monday. The company stewards Cascading, a free bit of software that helps devs do application development on top of Hadoop. The company ran into …
Jack Clark, 2 Jun 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

'SURPRISE!' Amazon teleports cloud tech into VMware data centers, slurps cash

Amazon has teleported its cloud business into the management software of a rival that is used in thousands of data centers across the world. One of the great things about superficially boring tech plug-in announcements is that they usually conceal a nefarious and well thought-out strategic attack on another company's business. …
Jack Clark, 30 May 2014

NICTA offshoot snags $AU10M in sale

NICTA has dropped another slab of cash into its kitty with the sale of AWS backup spinoff Yuruware to US-based disaster recovery specialist Unitrends. While the official release didn't put a value to the transaction, The Australian believes it's at least $AU10 million (mind you, The Oz also believes there are 100,000 engineering …

Cloud Foundry Foundation swells to thirty-three members

More companies have knocked at the door of Pivotal's floating cloud fortress and, after proffering almost $100,000 each, have been welcomed into the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Pivotal announced on Thursday it had signed up 16 new "silver" members to the Cloud Foundry Foundation, bringing its total roster of members to 33. Cloud …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014

Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

Salesforce is teaming up with Microsoft, a company Salesforce chief Marc Benioff used to call the "evil empire". Putting to rest rumors from earlier today, the two companies have announced they are burying the hatchet – and will team up so that Windows users can more easily access Salesforce's tech from within Microsoft's …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
Marc Benioff

Microsoft, Salesforce thump table in cloud tie-up talks – report

Salesforce is in talks over a cloud tie-up with Microsoft, a company its chief once branded the "evil empire". The two enterprise staples are reportedly in the closing stages of talks about a deal that would let users of the Windows Azure cloud use Salesforce’s apps: Bloomberg reports Salesforce’s CRM-as-a-service will be made …
Gavin Clarke, 29 May 2014
Dell Humidor Inside Two

The cloud's between your ears, not in your data centre

Hyperscale data centres are wondrous. Gartner's Sydney IT Operations and Data Centre summit this week heard that the likes of Google and Facebook have a sysdamin:server ratio of around 1:24,000, compared to the 1:500 common in the most efficient and virtualised enterprise bit barns. Hyperscale data centres can run at a power …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2014
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Huawei sprinkles more SDN dust on enterprise kit

Huawei has expanded its software-defined networking support with the launch of the snappily-named Huawei Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution, which El Reg is reluctantly going to have to shorten to ADCCCS to stay within its keystroke budget. The solution is based on two main components, the vendor says: its CloudEngine data …
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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition. The workers of the analyst firm announced Amazon's dominance in a new "Magic Quadrant for Cloud …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
Pebble Steel

Speaking in Tech: Did our podcast lift Red Hat shares? Stranger things have happened

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together again to wreck more tech – and after last week's episode apparently inflated Red Hat's share price by 40 cents, we wonder what, er, earthquakes are about to hit today. From scotch …
Team Register, 28 May 2014
Facebook

What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

Facebook has asked the competition wing of the European Commission to probe its $19bn buyout of WhatsApp in a move to apparently nullify a host of investigations being sparked in multiple EU nations. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, Facebook appears to be keen to swerve antitrust …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Sysadmin blog In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

Updated Cloud operator Joyent went through a major failure on Tuesday when a fat-fingered admin brought down an entire data center's compute assets. The cloud provider began reporting "transient availability issues" for its US-East-1 data center at around six-thirty in the evening, East Coast time. "Due to an operator error, all …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014

French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull.... and €620m lighter

IT services firm Atos is to purchase its French colleague Bull, which offers cloud, cybersecurity and big data to enterprise customers, for €620m (£503m, $845m). The two firms currently sit at number five and 10 respectively in the top 10 cloud computing firms in Europe, but they reckon that together they could “create the …

Watch this! Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Video Youtube Video In this presentation, QA's Philip Stirpe introduces Amazon Web Services - AWS and describe the infrastructure and services that they provide. He also explores some best practices for cloud computing. ® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration …
David Gordon, 27 May 2014

Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

Fans of new Linux operating system "CoreOS" can now run the lightweight tech on Google's main cloud service. This means developers who want a Linux OS that takes up just 168MB of RAM, runs all of its applications within containers, and is designed for marshaling mammoth clusters of computers, can now do so on top of Google's …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

Google is now running "everything" in its mammoth cloud on top of a potential open source successor to virtualization, paving the way for other companies to do the same. Should VMware be worried? Probably not, but the tech pioneered by Google is making inroads into a certain class of technically sophisticated companies. That …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014
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Learn how to simplify your IT setup with cloud apps

Regcast alert What: Simplifying your IT setup with cloud apps When: Regcast, 5 June 2014, 11am London time Register here. Can't make it? Sign up and we'll ping you when the on-demand version is ready. Do you need some help in making the switch to cloud apps? Then watch this webinar. Annrai O’Toole of Workday, perhaps the leading exponent …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
Kirk and Spock contemplate castles built in the air

HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

Analysis Hewlett-Packard has committed $1bn to OpenStack, a Linux for the cloud, over the next two years. The cash is going on R&D, products, engineering and services, HP said. The company will iron out the kinks in the OpenStack code and make it work and try to sniff out OpenStack clouds on HP hardware out of the box. To grease up the …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2014
Parliament in the clouds

Oracle emerges from bureaucratic sludge clutching crucial cloud certificate

Oracle has gained a crucial federal certification that will make it easier for US government agencies to buy cloud services from the database giant. The company announced it had gained a provisional authority to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) on Thursday, almost a year after cloud …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
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European Grid Infrastructure project condenses shared cloud

After a three-year project, the European Grid Infrastructure project has pulled the big red switch on its federated cloud, which it says pools the resources of academic iron in 19 EU countries. Drawing on the “academic private clouds and virtualised resources” of its members, the EGI Federated Cloud hosts a variety of OS images …