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Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

GoDaddy is killing its clouds. The company announced an OpenStack-powered public cloud in March 2016. Now it has emailed customers to let them know their servers won't be there after December 31st, 2017, while support of the Bitnami app provisioning service expires on November 15th. Early last week, GoDaddy announced it had …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017

They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

In its final quarter of its fiscal 2017, Microsoft more than doubled its profits, saw massive cloud growth, and managed to get a rebate from US taxpayers at the same time. For the three months to June 30, Microsoft's net income rose 109 per cent and earnings per share 112 per cent. All of its divisions, with the exception of …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jul 2017
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Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

+Comment Oracle is refocusing its FS1 storage array into its own public cloud away from on-premises sales. The FSI-2 was introduced in September 2014 as a sort of redesigned Pillar Axiom. It was a hybrid flash/disk array in a rack with dual active/active controllers, fans, power, and non-volatile mirrored cache. It scaled to 912TB of …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Head in the clouds? Apparently there's now space on Oracle's sales team

Oracle is continuing to head into the cloud, kicking off another recruitment drive for 1,000 fluffy white services sales people – but the news comes amid talk of reorganisation and layoffs elsewhere. The company is flying high on its latest quarterly results – released last month – that had much of Wall Street finally singing …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jul 2017

IBM signs up for EU Cloud Code of Conduct, opens four data centres

IBM has signed up to an EU Cloud Provider Code of Conduct initiative and is announcing four new data centres in the UK, Australia and Silicon Valley for the IBM Cloud. There are two in London, one in Sydney and the fourth in San Jose and they are open now. They take the IBM Cloud global data centre total to almost 60 in 19 …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017
Google Transfer Appliance

Google Cloud plays GTA in Snowball fight with AWS

Google's started a Snowball fight with Amazon Web Services by announcing a “Transfer Appliance” to get data out of your data centre and into its cloud. AWS already has just such a machine: its Snowball is a ruggedised storage appliance with 80TB capacity that the cloud colossus sends to your premises so you can load it up full …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2017
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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

Gagging orders in the FBI's National Security Letters are all above board and constitutional, a California court has ruled. These security letters are typically sent to internet giants demanding information on whoever is behind a username or email address. Crucially, these requests include clauses that prevent the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2017
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UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

Analysis Oracle recently launched its dedicated Government Cloud in the UK - duly wheeling out the Home Office as an example of an early adopter. But to what extent are its new services just vendor lock-in under a cloudwash veneer or a change for the better? The size of Oracle’s footprint has loomed large across government for many …
Kat Hall, 17 Jul 2017
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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

Border searches of US citizens' mobile devices do not extend to data stored solely on remote servers, according to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. McAleenan offered this clarification in a June 20, 2017 letter, obtained by NBC News this week, sent in response to an inquiry …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Jul 2017
Nested Virtualization in Azure

Microsoft adds nested virtualization to Azure

Microsoft’s added a new instance type to Azure and the ability to run nested virtualization. The new Dv3 VM instances run on either the Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3GHz processor or a Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3 and between eight and 64GB of RAM. Whatever the CPU you use, Windows Server 2016 is also under the hood along with Hyper-V …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017
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Amazon mumbles into its coffee when asked: Will you give app devs people's Alexa chats?

Amazon is apparently considering a plan to provide app developers with transcripts of people's conversations with their Alexa boxes. We're told the Bezos Bunch is mulling whether to change their developer policy to give the third-party coders who create Alexa "skills" app software the raw transcripts of what users say to Alexa …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2017

Google serves up cloudy services from London

Google today cut the ribbon on a bunch of cloud services for UK customers that will be served up by racks rented from a data centre provider in Blighty's capital. This is the ad giant’s second bit barn in Europe, albeit on a leased basis, adding to the existing facility in Belgium. Future openings are planned for Germany, the …
Andrew Silver, 13 Jul 2017
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Ex-GDS man to pluck tech strings at UKCloud

Former director of Common Technology Services at the Government Digital Service, Iain Patterson, has rocked up at UKCloud as chief digital officer. Notably, he's one of the few ex-GDS crew not to have left for the Co-op. In his role, Patterson will review UKCloud's technical platform and operations and product propositions as …
Kat Hall, 11 Jul 2017
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Azure stacks, Office packs – and VR flacks: Here's Microsoft's Inspire news dump

Microsoft did more than just mash up Office and Windows on Monday at its Inspire conference in the US. The Redmond colossus has also, after years of waiting, announced the first shipments of its on-premises Azure-in-a-box technology, plus a set of Office 365 services aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses, and a program …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2017
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie

Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

Exclusive Microsoft’s investment in cloud services is also improving its on-premises software, claims Azure and SQL Server boss Scott Guthrie. I first met Scott Guthrie in Las Vegas in September, 2000, where he was talking up a web development framework then called ASP+, which he had developed alongside Mark Anders. The framework was ASP …
Tim Anderson, 10 Jul 2017
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Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff

Microsoft today announced it is dumping 3,000 workers. Rumors of the layoffs have been swirling all week. On Thursday, the Windows giant confirmed that it is trimming its ranks. It's understood that the vast majority of the job losses will be in sales, and staff outside the US will be hardest hit. "Microsoft is implementing …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2017
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Approaches to building the enterprise cloud

Sysadmin blog Data center technologies are constantly evolving, displacing their predecessors. Data center storage, and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) in particular, make for a good example. HCI has been around for almost a decade. We're well along the hype cycle. We've seen outlandish marketing claims, watched vendors IPO and be …
Trevor Pott, 04 Jul 2017
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What does an enterprise cloud look like?

Sysadmin blog In late 2014 I wrote about Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI). I revisited this early last year. This year I expect the first mainstream SDI blocks to emerge, likely under the moniker "Enterprise Cloud". So what does the enterprise cloud of 2017 look like? A number of players are entering, or have already entered the …
Trevor Pott, 03 Jul 2017
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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

Java 9's Java Platform Modular System, that's caused Oracle so much trouble has passed the community vote and will ship in September. The final vote had all members of the community process voting “yes” for the platform, save Red Hat, which abstained. Explaining its abstention, Red Hat remains concerned about the “impact on …
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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

Updated Users of Microsoft's Office365 cloud productivity suite struggled to log in today. A handful of reports on downdetector.com identified login, server connection and Outlook errors in the past 24 hours. In a tweet, Office 365 Status admitted: We’re investigating reports of users unable to log in to the Office365 service. An …
Andrew Silver, 30 Jun 2017

What is the enterprise cloud?

Sysadmin blog The private clouds are coming. A few of them are already in place, lurking in the shadows, but in 2017 the Infrastructure Endgame Machines (IEMs) land and everyone starts being able to buy cloud-in-a-can. With private clouds moving along the hype cycle towards Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions, the race to rebrand the …
Trevor Pott, 28 Jun 2017
Queues outside AWS Summit 2017, held in London's Excel centre

AWS Summit London queues caused by security, not snafu

The AWS Summit in London has opened – and queues of several hundred people are already building around the venue as rumours of an IT failure on the ticket desks swirl. Sources trapped in the queue sent us pictures from outside East London’s Excel exhibition centre, where AWS Summit London 2017 is taking place. They also …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Jun 2017
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Amadeus airline booking system TITSUP and it's not ransomware

The Amadeus airline booking platform is suffering another outage, so far mostly seen in a follow-on TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) hitting Australian airline Qantas. The Australian carrier is telling customers its booking systems are unavailable, and says it's not the only airline worldwide to be hit. …
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Wanna write a Cloudflare app? No? Would $100m change your mind?

Internet traffic wrangler Cloudflare is opening up its massive global network to third-party developers. The network capacity and services provider says that its Cloudflare Apps Platform will let developers write code for web apps that Cloudflare customers can then purchase and embed on their sites. Globally, Cloudflare said …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2017

We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

The US Department of Justice has formally asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal in Microsoft's Ireland warrant legal row. Prosecutors want the country's top court to reconsider a 2016 ruling that government agents could not use a search warrant, granted in New York, to demand Microsoft hand over people's personal emails …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2017
Boy slapping another boy on the head

Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

The fight between Bezos' poster child and Walmart just got real – Amazon has officially called out the groceries juggernaut for petty schoolyard tactics. Earlier this week, Walmart made waves by advising its tech vendors to use anything except Amazon Web Services. In a statement, Walmart admitted its call for boycotts was …
Andrew Silver, 23 Jun 2017
Cloud storage

Amazon adds Hyper-V file support to its storage gateway

Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, but its hybrid cloud story is currently weak. Microsoft, by contrast, is gaining strength in the cloud by the day and its Azure Stack looks like re-defining hybrid cloud by making the on-premises portion indistinguishable from Azure. Azure Stack's preview releases suggest that …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017
Oracle acrobatics in the cloud

What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000

Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year. The database giant said that its cloud and SaaS units now account for more than 10 per cent of its total revenue haul and will take on an even larger share of the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017
BSOD in Walmart

Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

Retail giant Walmart says it doesn't want its developer partners using Amazon Web Services to host their cloud apps. Following reports that it was asking technology partners who develop for or sell products at its stores not to patronize the Amazon-owned cloud service, Walmart issued a statement explaining its stance. "Our …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017

Avere: You're going to see tighter integration between us and Google

Analysis NAS acceleration and cloud on-ramp supplier Avere is facing a surging cloud on-ramp business, now at parity with its data centre business, and growing much faster, with a Google relationship looking key. Avere makes FXT filers which are a multi-tiered (RAM-to-flash-to-disk, etc) products featuring fine-grained IO type …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017
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It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering

Adobe has locked customers into its cloud services, and the fluffy white stuff has continued to, well, fluff up both its top and bottom lines. Total revenue for Adobe's second quarter of fiscal '17 ended 2 June was $1,77bn, up 26.7 per cent year-on-year - beating analyst forecasts - and rising 33.1 per cent for the six month …
Andrew Silver, 21 Jun 2017

Cloud may be the future, but it ain't all sunshine and rainbows

Yes, cloud might be the future but what truths lie hidden beneath this rock of certainty? You've heard the hype, pros and cons, but there's plenty the average cloud user may not have considered in the clamour to get up there. Our company recently heeded the cloud's call, and this is what we discovered. Where cloud excels is …
Stuart Burns, 21 Jun 2017
His master's voice

Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Microsoft's launched “Stream”, a cloud service perhaps best understood as a private YouTube, with extras. Stream was announced last year and has taken over a year to debut formally. In its final form the service lets you upload videos, whereupon Microsoft will automatically transcribe them and figure out who is speaking when …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

Google switches on Sydney cloud region, with a subset of services

Google Cloud Platform's Sydney region is now open for business … but missing lots of services the company's cloud offers elsewhere. The company flicked the switch earlier this morning, and revealed the fact a few minutes ago (at the time of writing). The new region has the following services ... … but readers may notice …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017

IBM appears to have excess cloud servers to shift at low, low, prices

Cloud computing prices come down regularly, but IBM's just offered a price cut of a sort The Register hasn't seen before – a temporary discount on bare metal servers running just one CPU family. That CPU family is the Xeon E5-26XX v3 range, which Intel introduced from Q3 2014 through to mid-2015. In other words, old-ish, slow- …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
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We grill high-end backup kid on its cloudy data protection stake

Interview Datos IO has a unique approach to data protection that is at odds with legacy media-server-based data protection and the use of purpose-built backup appliances. It says its emphasis on how applications store and manage their data makes it different from newer data protection vendors such as Cohesity, Rubrik and Veeam. We …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017

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