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IBM wipes away tiers to join cloud storage price wars

IBM's decided to play the “our cloud storage is even cheaper than your cloud storage” game, but by a different set of rules. Big Blue's decided that tiered cloud storage assumes users make decisions based on unusually-potent-and-accurate insights into their long-term data use patterns, and therefore commit themselves to a tier …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2017
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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

Updated Microsoft cloud services have dived offline, taking down Outlook, Hotmail, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. The problems appear to have started on Tuesday morning Pacific Time, although systems could have started to wobble earlier: basically, people were and still are unable to log into their Microsoft-hosted services. Outlook …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2017
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IBM finds Wanda-ful new way to add China to its cloudy Bluemix

IBM”s found a new way to get its cloud into China – a new deal with the Wanda Internet Technology Group. Wanda what? Wanda Internet Technology Group is a limb of Wanda Group, aka Dalian Wanda, a Chinese conglomerate that brings in about US$40bn a year with property development, luxury hotels, cinemas and other businesses. The …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2017
Cloud desktop

Citrix launches Windows 10 VDI from Azure

Citrix has taken the wraps off the “XenDesktop Essentials Service for Microsoft Azure”, a product that lets you run virtual Windows 10 desktops from Microsoft's cloud. But the XenApp Express product it and Microsoft said would replace Azure remoteapp remains hidden from view. XenDesktop Essentials is a cloud service that uses …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2017
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Azure storage browns out for eight hours, nobody notices

Users of Microsoft's Azure storage service “may have experienced difficulties provisioning new resources or accessing their existing resources “ for over eight hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Azure storage was also tough to provision for a short time on Wednesday night. The first brownout hit the service's East US region, and …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2017

Google borks its Drive Windows app – after pushing out unfinished buggy version to public

Updated The Google Drive app for Windows has crashed and burned – after the tech genius hub pushed out an unfinished and faulty software update. Reports of the cockup surfaced after hundreds of users posted their frustrations on social media, Reddit, and Google Product Forums. It basically means netizens can't access their cloud …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Mar 2017
Cloud storage

Microsoft fires up storage-optimised Azure instances

Microsoft's decided Azure needs virtual machines optimised for storage, so has given us all the new L-series to play with. They're all running Xeon E5 V3 CPUs and go from four cores, 32 GiB of RAM and 678 GB of local SSD up to 32 cores, 356 GiB RAM and “over 5.6 TB of local SSD.” Microsoft says the new instance type is for “ …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017

How the cloud can kickstart your business

So, you’re a developer with a great tech idea. You have a vision for a world-beating product, perhaps even one that defines a new category. But the journey from idea to execution is long, painful, and often expensive. The cloud can help developers realize their dreams while minimizing capital outlay. Here’s how. In the early …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Mar 2017
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Google Cloud to offer support as a service: Is accidental IT provider the new Microsoft?

“We don’t use Google,” the CIO of a fairly major enterprise with a very recognizable brand told me some time ago. He runs the cloud component of his corporate IT on AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. “If there’s a problem, I don’t want to be on the phone to California and told everybody’s in a meeting.” Google is not a new tech firm …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Mar 2017
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Transforming your infrastructure with cloud services

Promo Infrastructure as a Service can make your computing operations more scalable and agile. It may also be the first step to something larger. If you’re considering a move to cloud computing, then you’re not alone. An increasing number of organizations are taking advantage of its scalability and agility. The first step for many is …
David Gordon, 10 Mar 2017
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Google dangles bundle of cloud goodies to lure biz devs away from AWS

Google Next '17 Google has rolled out a slew of new additions to its Cloud platform, including public release of the Cloud Functions serverless code set. The real-life Hooli says that it hopes the new features and services strike a chord with developers and companies hoping to migrate from on-prem systems. Part of the news is the move of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2017
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Speaking in Tech: Blame Millennials

Podcast This week techcaster-in-chief Greg is down under in Melbourne, Australia, with guests Adrian DeLuca, head of solution architecture at Amazon Web Services; Michael Heffernan, director infrastructure technology HDS; David Merrill, chief economist HDS; and Matthew Greensmith, enterprise solutions director HDS. This week's …
Team Register, 08 Mar 2017
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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

Accounting-as-a-service firm Sage is hiking its cloudy payroll software prices by half, The Register has learned. The British Salesforce partner last week wrote to customers of Sage One warning them they will be charged £15 per month from April 1 – up from £10. In the letter seen by The Reg, the firm justified the price on …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Mar 2017
Pancakes

Azure Stack to offer never-ending updates, for a bit less than Azure

Microsoft's revealed Technical Preview 3 of Azure Stack, its forthcoming on-premises Azure-in-a-box effort, adding some new features, promising a continuous stream of other additions before final release and hinting at the pricing scheme. On the latter matter, Microsoft says the four hardware companies set to make Azure Stack …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2017
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Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

Amazon has provided the postmortem for Tuesday's AWS S3 meltdown, shedding light on what caused one of its largest cloud facilities to bring a chunk of the web down. In a note today to customers, the tech giant said the storage system was knocked offline by a staffer trying to address a problem with its billing system. …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2017
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I can DB clearly now the clouds are gone: Oracle 12c on-premises for Linux, SPARC

Oracle DBAs who weren't so eager to trial 12cR2 in the cloud can now check it out on their own premises. Oracle had been piling the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated second release of Oracle Database 12 (12cR2) on a cloud-only basis. Now, arriving on-premises, is the …
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The day after 'S3izure', does anyone feel like moving to the cloud?

Today might not be the best day to contemplate migrating to the cloud, given that yesterday's epic Amazon Web Services outage. But that hasn't stopped Google and Microsoft from issuing new offers to help you take on-premises workloads into their clouds. Google first: it's done a deal with an outfit called Cloud Endure that …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2017
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Controversial opinion alert: Privacy and the public cloud – not just possible, but easy

Like it or not, collaboration and file-sharing services like Dropbox have become embedded in corporate IT. What started as personal technology has increasingly become the alternative to everything from moving files using USB to sharing docs via email or an internal wiki. But we live in an age of hackers and hacking, spies and …
Trevor Pott, 01 Mar 2017
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Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed

The baffling mass logout of Google accounts last week was the result of accidental OAuth token invalidation, a cause Google acknowledged, but only to a subset of those affected. On February 24, an unknown number of people who had been logged into their Google accounts found they had been logged out and had to re-authenticate …
Thomas Claburn, 01 Mar 2017
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Nimble: Just as well our cloud storage runs in our own cloud, eh, eh?

Explainer Nimble’s Cloud Volumes (NCV) store block data for use by Amazon or Azure compute instances, but the NCVs themselves are not stored in either Amazon’s Elastic Block Store or in the Azure cloud. With remarkable timing – Nimble made these claims just hours before the S3 outages, which had knock-on effects for EBS and other …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017
God of Cloud

AIX-on-Power-as-a-service is a thing? Yup, a cloud just went there

The cloud's great for x86 CPUs, Windows and Linux. Other architectures? Not so much. IBM has a Power-powered cloud, but delivered it almost a year late. We've also spotted the occasional ARM-powered clouds and know of niche hosting companies that will put anything in a cloud-like environment, even anAS/400 tricked out to Tweet …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2017
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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

Tuesday's Amazon Web Services mega-outage knocked offline not only websites big and small, by yanking away their backend storage, but also knackered apps and Internet of Things gadgets relying on the technology. In fact, the five-hour breakdown was so bad, Amazon couldn't even update its own AWS status dashboard: its red …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Mar 2017
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Oracle boils Exadata Cloud into an on-premises package

Oracle's added a new piece of hardware to its “Oracle Cloud at Customer” offering, in the form of the new Exadata Cloud Machine that runs Oracle databases on-premises with the very same interface as offered in the Exadata Cloud Service. The Cloud at Customer caper sees Oracle boil down its public cloud experience into hardware …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Mar 2017
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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

Amazon Web Services is scrambling to recover from a cockup at its facility in Virginia, US, that is causing its S3 cloud storage to fail. The internet giant has yet to reveal the cause of the breakdown, which is plaguing storage buckets hosted in the US-East-1 region. The malady kicked off around 0944 Pacific Time (1744 UTC) …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2017
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Fiscal '17 was a record year for us, says Workday CEO

It was a record-breaking year for finance and HR cloud purveyor Workday for all the right and the wrong reasons: sales reached a new high aided by Oracle’s disruptive buy of NetSuite, but losses soared too. Revenues for the firm's fiscal 2017 ended 31 January were $1.569bn, up 35 per cent year-on-year, including subscription …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2017
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Google trumpets cloudy Skylake silicon nobody else is running

Remember when PC or server-makers would breathlessly announce they'd just become the first, the very first, to get their hands on some new silicon and that doing so made them Terribly Clever? And represented enormous advantage to you, because you could buy that silicon right now instead of waiting, well, weeks for someone else …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2017
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Microsoft offers Dynamics 365 data-sucking stoppage

A version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP with cloud turned off is coming in the second quarter. Dynamics 365 for operations “local business data” is for deployment on premises with synchronization to Microsoft’s cloud turned off and data stored locally rather than on Microsoft's own servers. The system targets large Microsoft …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2017
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How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

Storage Architect I've been messing about with databases for a long time. I say "messing about" because I've never been a DBA, but as a systems programmer and storage administrator, I've been on the periphery of the application layer and of course I've deployed many personal databases. I was intrigued to read about the new global distributed …
Chris Evans, 22 Feb 2017
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OpenStack Ocata announced – then briefly withheld

The OpenStack Foundation has announced Ocata, its fifteenth edition. And then tried to un-announce it again. The minor mess came about after the Foundation sent an email to reveal the update, complete with a download link to the new release. About 30 minutes later came an email apologising “for the inconvenience” because “In …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2017
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Cancel your cloud panic: At $122bn it's just 5% of all IT spend

For all the hype about cloud it's a bit of a revenue wimp: the abacus-shufflers of IDC have just told the world that it will account for about five per cent of the world's tech spend in 2017. The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says “worldwide spending on public cloud services and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2017
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Brit watchdog spanks Microsoft, Amazon, Apple into promising fairer cloud contracts

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts after a crackdown by the UK's Competition Markets Authority (CMA). The companies are the latest cloud storage providers to improve their terms and conditions following the CMA's review of compliance with consumer law in the sector …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2017

'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

An IT contractor is facing criminal charges after turning off the Microsoft Office 365 service of a customer he said owed him money. Jim Kubicek, 48, of Cumming, Georgia, US, was arrested and charged with theft by extortion, computer theft, and computer trespass. He denies any wrongdoing, and told The Register: "I am innocent …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2017
Australian cloud

Dell EMC's 'Spanning' SaaS backup outfit expands into Australia

Dell EMC's software-as-a-service backup outfit, “Spanning”, has expanded into Australia. If the very premise of SaaS backup sounds a bit odd, given the universal promise that SaaS runs from super-redundant bit barns so you don't have to worry about things like backup, know that Spanning's schtick is not primary backup. …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017
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Speaking in Tech: There must be 50 ways to leave your cloud provider

Podcast This week the whole crew is together for a rare conclave of banter and tech news including remote workers, nerd dress codes, cloudy status reports and fake news. The details… (0:00) Sleeping on a plane (4:25) Blowing glass (6:50) The Lego Batman Movie review (10:20) IBM roping in remote workers (14:10) Our leaders wear …
Team Register, 15 Feb 2017
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A spanner in the works: Google's cloud database hits beta, gets prices

Google's close to plugging a long-standing gap in its public cloud, with its Cloud Spanner distributed relational database hitting public beta. In January, we noted that Cloud Spanner, first detailed in a 2012 white paper, had landed as alpha in 2014 but was yet to become a commercial offering. The beta announced February 14 …
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Oracle reveals more rounded Australian *aas

Oracle has flicked the switch on everything-as-a-service in Australia. Big Red has offered software-as-a-service in Australia since 2012. Yesterday it turned on infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service (IaaS and PaaS) too, splashing down its servers in a third-party bit barn rather than build its own. HPE adopted …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
Two dollars

Nifty website claims to make comparing cloud costs simple. Good luck with that

CostStorage.com is a free public cloud cost calculator covering the Amazon, Azure, Google, IBM, BackBlaze and Oracle clouds and their US regions. It returns a single-dollar amount, taking into account storage needed, data transfer out, number of read and write requests, region, 'temperature' (hot, warm, cool, cold) and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

Oracle is red, violets are blue, we hope you'll integrate biz analytics in our cloud soon

At Oracle, the future is cloud. If a product is not in the cloud, it's toast. It's that simple. The command has come down from on high to Oraclers. Be in the cloud or be finding a new job. Here's a great example of that diktat in full effect. Oracle has a thing called the Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition. Well now you …
Fast Cloud

Clouds can compete with HPC, say boffins

The best clouds are genuinely competitive with do-it-yourself high performance computing – and Microsoft's top-tier Azure is the best of the lot. That's the conclusion from research conducted by Mohammad Mohammadi and Timur Bazhirov of Exabyte and offered as a pre-print at Arxiv. The two boffins took a simple approach to …
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Sales 'smasher' Simon Niesler lands role as SAP UK cloud supremo

SAP has moved the UK corporate brass in a move that could propel cloud sales, The Reg has learned. The giant, which in January adjusted its existing 2020 full-year cloud sales target, has appointed an internal rising star to lead all UK cloud sales. Simon Niesler has become vice president of UK cloud, a role spanning HANA …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Feb 2017

Oracle settles court spat with fired cloud 'sales inflation whistleblower'

Oracle has reached a settlement with a former finance manager who alleged she had been fired for refusing to follow what she believed to be unlawful accounting practices that bumped up the IT giant's cloud numbers. In a filing [PDF] on Wednesday, the District Court of Northern California was told the dispute between Oracle and …

Instapaper in 31-hour outage, says it needs a week to restore all data

Web scrapbook Instapaper has suffered a 30-plus hour outage and is warning of a week-long restore time. Instapaper allows users to save "all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you come across while browsing” and then makes those clippings available on any device on which you …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2017

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