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Microsoft sparks up Ignite with fresh Azure, Office 365 features

Microsoft has kicked off its annual Ignite conference with a fresh crop of products and services for the enterprise. Redmond is making Azure, Office, and Microsoft 365 the focal points of the rollout, talking up each product's benefits for business customers. Azure stacks up and ships out Among the big announcements this is …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2017

Data-wranglers Trifacta go public with Google Cloud collaboration

California-based self-service data biz Trifacta has today launched its Google-friendly data preparation service into public beta. The startup's focus is data wrangling – cleaning up raw, complex data into structured formats for analysis – and the collaborative platform is based on its Photon Compute Framework. That framework …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Sep 2017
Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle's cloud pricing announcement

Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

Oracle chair and chief technology officer has pledged to undercut Amazon Web Services pricing by 50 per cent for infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, in part by increasing use of automation. Big Red staged a Cloud event on Tuesday, at which Ellison said that the primary cost of running platform-as-a-service ( …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017
IBM's Cloud Mass Data Migration

IBM packs 120TB into a carry-on bag, for snow-balling cloud uploads

IBM has decided to join AWS and Google in the appliances-to-haul-data-into-the-cloud market, by launching an appliance called “IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration”. Readers familiar with AWS' Snowball or the Google Transfer Appliance already know what this box is all about: there's 120TB of disk inside, a couple of Ethernet ports, …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017
Salvador Dali Persistence of Memory pastiche

AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

Amazon Web Services has switched on per-second billing for EC2 Instances and elastic block store volumes. The new offer applies to On-Demand, Reserved, and Spot instances running Linux. With the average person reading about 200 words per minute, if The Register ran a general purpose M4 large EC2 instance for each user, at list …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017

Outlook.com looking more like an outage outbreak for Europe

Microsoft's email services got hit with not one but two bugs today: in addition to an earlier blip with Exchange Online, Microsoft confirmed it is now probing "issues" with "some" Outlook.com users in Europe. According to downdetector.com, more than a thousand users have reported problems such as trouble receiving messages and …
Andrew Silver, 18 Sep 2017
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AWS users felt a great disturbance in the cloud, as S3 cried out in terror

The world received an unpleasant reminder of what it's like to live without the cloud on Thursday, after Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service fluttered for an hour or so. The incident invoked memories of the S3 outage in March 2017 that caused interruptions to plenty of web services and apps, sparking much rending of …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
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AWS: Don't be a SAP, get one of our massive HANA boxes

Amazon Web Services has released a new line of server options aimed at companies looking to run in-memory databases like SAP HANA in its cloud. The Bezos-backed hosting house said the EC2 instances will each offer 4TB of dedicated DDR4 memory. The instances, given the catchy name x1e.32xlarge, are available in the US East ( …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2017
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Microsoft pitches encrypted Azure to keep cloud data secret

Microsoft has a unveiled a set of services it hopes will alleviate security concerns with its public cloud service. Known as Azure Confidential Computing, the service is currently in an early access test and aims to provide security for cloud data while it is in use by cloud applications. The idea, says Microsoft, is to keep …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2017
Radiant heater

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

French cloud concern Qarnot wants to use AMD processors to heat water. No, this isn't a cruel joke at the expense of thermally inefficient silicon. Instead it's a deliberate plan to use CPUs' heat-producing powers for good. Qarnot makes a device called the “ Q.rad” that uses three CPUs to provide heat and serve as a node in a …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2017

Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

Sure, the future is cloud. But it’s not that simple. The days where you could "just swipe a credit card and go" never existed – not at enterprise scale. Legacy applications and data need to be lifted and shifted, new services instantiated, virtual infrastructures architected, networks bolstered, and security scrutinised, adapted …
Lone Wolf, 12 Sep 2017
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Rackspace sucks up Datapipe, swallows 29 data centres

Private equity-backed Rackspace is planning to use some of its owner’s cash to hoover up managed services, hosting and colo outfit Datapipe. The buy, which is expected to close in fourth quarter 2017 and is subject to pending regulatory approvals, will swell Rackspace’s data centre footprint by 29 server farms and give it …
Andrew Silver, 11 Sep 2017
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UK Home Office finds £20m to throw at Oracle cloudy ERP

The Home Office has tossed a paltry £20m of taxpayers' cash at Accenture and Oracle implementation outfit Certus Solutions to deploy a cloudy ERP system that hopefully works overhauls the way back-office services are provided. The aim of two-year contract, tendered on the UK.gov’s G-Cloud supplier framework, is to update …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2017
Google Drive

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Google is killing its “Drive” sync 'n' share file locker in two ways. For users of Google's G Suite customers, death will come in the form of a new desktop application called “Drive File Stream” that does pretty much everything Drive does now, but which Google says “allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2017
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Look! We have direct fibre connection too, wails Google Cloud

In a bid to attract large enterprise clientele shackled to Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure, Google Cloud has announced a direct connection offering. On Thursday, Google added a private fibre network customers can use to interface directly from a co-location facility to its cloud services, eliminating any reliance on a …
Andrew Silver, 08 Sep 2017

Huawei claims shooting mission-critical apps to its cloud will be a cinch

Huawei is delivering an enterprise storage service in its public cloud to which enterprises can transfer mission-critical apps from on-premises without changing their applications or processes at all. It argues that existing public cloud storage services are bare bones in style and don't provide enterprise-class storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017
Skull and Crossbones in the cloud

IBM's global load balancer and reverse DNS degraded by domain transfer mess

IBM's cloudy global load balancer and reverse DNS services have been impacted by a DNS mess inflicted on Big Blue by a domain name registrar. In an email to customers, IBM says that on September 6th “During a bulk transfer of domain names between two domain registrar services, two domains (global-datacenter.com and global- …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Sep 2017
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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

Updated Many users are experiencing disruption with Google Drive cloud storage and file backup today. According to Down Detector, more than 7,000 users have reported issues including the app not loading, inability to access files and broken synching. It's not the first time Drive has gone wonky. The last major outage back in January …
Andrew Silver, 07 Sep 2017

Huawei's many-headed beast of a cloud wants a serious bite of the action

Analysis More details have emerged about Huawei's public cloud. It is like a hydra, a creature with many heads. The company will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds and those it has built with partners. Outside China Huawei is partnering with companies such as Deutsche Telecom, Orange and Telefónica. They will …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

Oracle looks like it's going to suggest Solaris users move to its SPARC-powered cloud. Ever since Oracle quietly announced it would not deliver any more point-zero upgrades to its Solaris operating system and instead move to continuous delivery, The Register has wondered exactly what Big Red plans to deliver, and when. Our …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2017

Google Cloud rolls back changes after 18-hour load balancer brownout

Google Cloud's load balancers have suffered a lengthy connectivity problem. First reported at 00:52 Pacific time on August 30th, the incident is still unresolved as of 19:18. Google's struggled with this one. At 06:00 the company said it had “determined the infrastructure component responsible for the issue and mitigation …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2017
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Veeam follows Virtzilla's cloud up the Amazon

Veeam now backs up VMware Cloud data on Amazon Web Services (AWS). VMware has an arrangement with Amazon whereby it supplies AWS incarnations of servers running the VMware Cloud Foundation product bundle of vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vCenter. Cloud Foundation can run on premises or in AWS. As Veeam prides itself on backing up …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

Whatchu doin' Upthere? Western Digital moves on cloud storage space

Western Digital Corporation has bought Upthere, a consumer data storage startup with its own public cloud. Upthere was founded in 2011 by director Bertrand Sarlet, VP for business development Alex Kushnir, and Roger Bodamer. CEO Chris Bourdon joined Upthere as VP products in August 2012 after being Apple's senior product line …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017
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Fujitsu Australia cloud outage leaves lifeguards' members exposed

Fujitsu's Australian limb is saying nothing of substance about the outage that last week saw users advised of likely data loss. A company spokesperson today sent The Register the following comment: “Our first priority has been to ensure the restoration of services. We are conducting a thorough review of the cause of the issue …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2017
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Oracle’s cloudy cash dash could fall flat, insiders warn

Boardroom high-fives at Oracle over bumper cloud sales haven’t spread across the entire business, with staff lower down the food chain telling The Register that their bonuses have tanked. Customer success managers (CSMs) have claimed aggressive commercial tactics used to drag customers onto the cloud have resulted in fewer …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Aug 2017
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Google will let cloud customers use plain-old-Internet links

It would be mischievous, perhaps, to suggest Google needs some network back for its own purposes – but the Chocolate Factory wants at least some of its cloud customers to shift their data around on the Internet instead of its private network. Announcing its offer-too-good-to-refuse here, Mountain View says its two-tier cloud …
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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

Code42 Software, operator of the Crashplan cloud backup service, has decided it's had enough of providing its services to consumers. The company, based in Minnesota, US, has not said why other than it's reached a decision to “focus all our efforts on the business and organisation market” and to “shift our business strategy to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

IBM likely to close Australian data centre

IBM's Australian tentacle is considering the closure of a data centre in 2019, The Register has learned. The data centre is an oldie but a goodie, located at the company's Cumberland Forest facility in Western Sydney. Vulture South hack Richard Chirgwin recalls touring it in the mid-1980s. Documents seen by The Register say …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017

Microsoft, Red Hat in cross-platform container and .Net cuddle

Red Hat and Microsoft have extended their partnership with a containerised cross-cloud cuddle. The deal will see: Red Hat allow Windows Server containers to run on its Kubernetes-powered OpenShift container platform Microsoft’s Azure cloud run OpenShift Dedicated, The two team to get SQL Server running on Red Hat …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017
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Codename Brainwave: Microsoft reveals tricks and tips for whipping cloud FPGAs into shape

Hot Chips Microsoft today teased chip designers with Brainwave, its cloud-hosted pool of FPGAs designed to perform AI stuff in real time. The Windows giant has previously spoken of bunging FPGAs in its Azure cloud. It's been using the programmable logic gate arrays in its data centers for a few years now. The chips are typically used …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2017
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Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business

Google is making a push for its Chrome OS in the business space with a new Enterprise edition of the cloud-centric operating system. The paid service will allow companies to manage multiple devices running Chrome, and includes support for Microsoft Active Directory and VMware Workspace One, as well as managed or custom …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Aug 2017

Qualcomm moved its Snapdragon designers to its ARM server chip. We peek at the results

Hot Chips Qualcomm moved engineers from its flagship Snapdragon chips, used in millions of smartphones and tablets, to its fledgling data center processor family Centriq. This shift in focus, from building the brains of handheld devices to concentrating on servers, will be apparent on Tuesday evening, when the internal design of Centriq …
Chris Williams, 20 Aug 2017
Microsoft's view of the cloud workforce

Azure Stack will need special sysadmins, says Microsoft

Microsoft reckons its forthcoming Azure Stack on-premises cloud needs a special breed of sysadmin to keep it humming. The company describes that worthy as a “ Azure Stack Operator” and says they will be “Responsible for operating Azure Stack infrastructure end-to-end – planning, deployment and integration, packaging and …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017

Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

Updated Microsoft's Bing fell over on Tuesday morning, Pacific Time, causing a ripple effect that crippled other search engines. Visitors to Bing were hit with HTTP 503 error messages. We note that, while Bing appears to be working again as we write this, it's feeling a little slow. (Reg readers also dropped us tips that status.bing. …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2017

Macie slay: AWS touts S3 patrol bots to kill data-slurping hackers

AWS kicked off its New York City summit with a handful of announcements on Monday. Among the new stuff available from Amazon's cloud is a tool that tries to stop leaks of sensitive information – such as people's personal records – along with a file migration and indexing utility, and a configuration and key management system. …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2017
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Microsoft does something unusual in Australia: Names the bit barn hosting Azure

Microsoft's cooking up a government-grade cloud in the Canberra, Australia's capital city. The two planned “Australia Central” Azure data centres will come online some time in 2018. True to form, Microsoft's not saying anything about capacity or the instance types it will offer at launch. Nor will it confirm what services it …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017

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