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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

Microsoft claims it really does care about privacy and securing the cloud and Windows 10, promising to build cybersecurity teams and investing in the area. A new Cyber Defense Operations Center will bring together security response experts from across the technology giant in a new “state-of-the-art” facility. The unit will be …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2015

Fujitsu: We started the cloud party, honest

Fujitsu Forum 2015 Fujitsu has outlined a timetable for its hybrid IT digital platform after inking a deal to acquire French-based fluffy white services outfit UShareSoft. Some components of the digital business platform MetaArc are already available, including an Internet of Things, big data, mobility solutions and app dev. Head of Fujitsu’s …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015

FCA paves way for cloud computing in UK financial services

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has paved the way for banks, insurers and other financial services companies to take advantage of cloud computing services, so long as "appropriate safeguards" are in place, said one commentator. In proposed new guidance on cloud and other IT outsourcing (PDF), the regulator said there is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Nov 2015
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Netflix and skill: Web vid giant open sources Spinnaker cloud tool

Netflix has released Spinnaker, an open-source tool for testing and rolling out software updates in the cloud. The Apache 2.0-licensed code provides continuous delivery of applications, including managing and monitoring their deployment. Netflix said Spinnaker will replace its Asgard project. The streaming video giant said …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2015
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Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

At Oracle’s recent OpenWorld conference, Larry Ellison asserted: “We never, ever see IBM” or SAP in the cloud. Perhaps because, according to a senior Oracle insider, Oracle still isn’t doing much in the cloud. How much is “not much?” As InfoWorld reported in an interview with this unnamed source, in 90 per cent of Oracle’s …
Matt Asay, 16 Nov 2015
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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Call it “safe harbour” in action: Microsoft has announced it's going to go along with Germany's data privacy concerns and start hosting Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online in that country. The decision comes hard on the heels of the company's decision to spin up some rust in the UK, with the Ministry of Defence as an …
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EMC Isilon extends its software out to ROBO edge and cloud

EMC has announced Gen 8 of its Isilon operating system, providing it in software-only form for small offices, and adding the ability to send less active data to the cloud with the Cloud Pool construct. Isilon is EMC’s scale-out filer offering and it runs the OneFS software. It’s an unstructured data storage system support file …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015

Anything AWS can do: Microsoft announces UK data centre region for Azure cloud

Microsoft's CEO has announced it will build a UK data centre for its Azure cloud - just days after a similar announcement from AWS CTO Werner Vogels. It seems the race is on. Azure will have cloud services based in the UK "beginning in 2016" said Nadella's slide, whereas Vogels stated that the AWS installation will be online " …
Tim Anderson, 10 Nov 2015
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Rackspace beats The Street with strong Q3

Rackspace topped analyst expectations for Q3, pulling in $509m revenue, up 10.7 on same time last year and net income of $37m or 26c a share. Consensus analyst forecasts were 20c a share. Net margin was 7.2 per cent, up from 5.6 per cent in Q3, 2014. Shares climbed 8.3 per cent in after hours trading. For the full year …
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015
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Cloud will kill tech sales jobs

Comment On-premises IT brings tech sales jobs in its wake. Cloud IT kills them. That's the thinking of a territory account manager in a storage IT startup. The thought process starts: "There is probably some statistic where, for every IT deal that goes to the cloud, there are 20 traditional tech sales jobs that are eliminated." How …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2015

Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to build a UK region, alongside existing regions in Dublin and Frankfurt. A region is a high-level concept which is formed from multiple "availability zones," requiring several physical data centers. This represents a substantial commitment from Amazon. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new …
Tim Anderson, 6 Nov 2015
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He's a Seoul Man: Jeff Bezos' Amazon AWS in Korea-defining move

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will create a (South) Korean region in 2016. AWS blogger-in-chief Jeff Barr says local customers have been asking for a local presence, so the company will oblige “in early 2016.” The company won't yet reveal which services and EC2 instance types it will bring to the new region, so …
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux lands on Microsoft Azure cloud – no, we're not pulling your leg

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Red Hat to support Red Hat Linux in the Azure cloud. "While today’s news does not mark our first collaboration with Microsoft, it is by far our deepest," says Red Hat's Paul Cormier, Products and Technologies president. There are four parts to the partnership. First, Microsoft Azure …
Tim Anderson, 4 Nov 2015
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Companies need answer to Safe Harbour worries, says minister

The move to strike down Safe Harbour has created worrying uncertainty for companies, the Conservative minister for intellectual property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, has said. Responding to a Parliamentary question on the European Court of Justice’s judgement last month on the Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case, Neville- …
Kat Hall, 4 Nov 2015
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Former Dragon lures reseller exec into cloud cave

Manchester-based cloud-slinger Outsourcery has confirmed that outgoing Insight Enterprises UK boss Emma de Sousa will land as managing director in April. Sources told us last week that de Sousa was quitting Insight - it was confirmed by the company yesterday - and that one option on the table was the offer from Outsourcery. …
Paul Kunert, 4 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Comment Microsoft's changes to its OneDrive personal cloud storage prices reflect badly on the company, and have left users angry and bewildered. Most people have at least 30GB of free OneDrive storage: 15GB as standard, and an additional 15GB bonus easily obtained by setting the camera roll on a mobile device to use OneDrive for …
Tim Anderson, 3 Nov 2015
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IBM bets on cloud broker with Gravitant buyout

IBM has bought an 11-year-old firm promising cloud brokerage services to sustain the move to hybrid IT. The giant has snapped up Gravitant for an undisclosed sum, it said on Tuesday. Gravitant will be folded into IBM’s mighty Global Services unit and integrated the firm’s capabilities with Software-as-a-Service offerings. …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Nov 2015
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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

A year ago, it probably looked like a brilliant idea: bait products like Office 365 with unlimited cloud storage: documents and PowerPoints and Excel don't take up that much space, do they? Users, given a shot at a disk that was never full, took a different view, with some punters using it as a backup for small networks or DVD …
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Ninefold gives up race against richer rivals

Australian cloud outfit Ninefold has declared it has a total inability to support unlimited payments – TITSUP – and announced it is “sunsetting” itself. That's not payment processing in our acronym by the way. It's payments for kit. Ninefold's death notice says “Significantly more investment is required if we are to make what …

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer. Founded by David Packard and William Hewlett, number one in PCs and in servers, one the granddaddies of Silicon Valley, the massive corporation has undergone a massive change. Personal computers and printers have now been set adrift onto …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Nov 2015
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Endpoint protectors spread wings, Druva flies into Microsoft cloud

Endpoint data protector Druva is adding Microsoft's Azure to its public cloud target list, adding security and sharing features to its backup capabilities and trying to appeal more to enterprises – a link with Microsoft is good news in that department. "Druva has quickly grown to become the de facto standard for data …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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G-Cloud sellers hit out against cap on scaling services

G-Cloud suppliers have hit out against new rules to be introduced in the next iteration of the cloudy framework this month. The new guidelines will slap a 20 per cap on how much buyers can scale their services. Trade association EuroCloud said the changes are incompatible with the pay-as-you-go cloud subscription model. The …
Kat Hall, 2 Nov 2015
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When DevOps met hybrid-cloud: The key to successful IT delivery

Regcast Some of the most important developments in IT are taking place around DevOps and hybrid-cloud. So what do these two topics have to do with each other? The answer is that they both involve bringing together historically separate aspects of IT. The solution to joining these ideas together successfully will be at the heart of our …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2015
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Empires of the mind: Oracle digs deep on cloud

Larry Ellison laughed off the cloud seven years ago. If anything, cloud meant nothing more than taking out a new full-page ad on the back of The Economist. Nothing would change for Oracle, he laughed. Nothing. Well, it’s changing now, with Oracle’s people digging fast to extract their firm from the hole their captain's hubris …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2015
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IBM splashing $2bn on Weather Company – reports

Big Blue is reported to be further beefing up its Watson division by splashing $2bn (£1.3bn) snapping up the digital arm of the Weather Company, a US-based organisation that runs the Weather Channel and a digital company providing mobile apps. Both the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times reported that people familiar …
Kat Hall, 28 Oct 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Podcasting from a Pub Down Under

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's a special episode of El Reg's techcast this week, with your host Greg Knieriemen, recorded live in Gold Coast Australia with an all-star panel who talk about Dell, data retention, "cloud washing" and Virtuestream. Special guests include Sam Johnston, CTO, CSC ANZ; Ben …
Team Register, 28 Oct 2015
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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

Mark Hurd reckons Oracle and one “other” will own all the cloud pies in 10 years. Hurd seems to have based this statement on his belief that by 2025, 80 per cent of “production apps” will be on the cloud. Oracle is big on production apps, ergo Oracle will be big on the cloud. Oracle is a member of the old guard and it’s the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2015
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Oracle cloud billows into six Equinix bit barns

Oracle and Equinix have thrown the switch on the latter's Cloud Exchange in six new cities: Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, D.C. Cloud Exchange is Equinix's connectivity offering. The bit barn baron is happy to rent any comers a rack in which to stack their kit, but these days also hopes you'll …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015
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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

China's has issued strong advice to local cloud storage operators that they need to stop hosting copyrighted material. The National Copyright Administration has told local companies they must not just follow copyright laws, but implement technological and human-operated processes to identify and remove copyrighted works and …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015

On Planet Oracle, Big Red wasn't a decade late to cloud ... Amazon was just years too early

OpenWorld Earlier this month, Amazon tweaked Oracle's nose at its re:Invent conference. On Tuesday this week, Oracle fired back with a raft of cloud announcements. During the morning's keynote presentation, Thomas Kurian, Oracle's president of product, outlined the new offerings in cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, including an Elastic …
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2015
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OpenStack bandwagon rolls into Japan. We cross live to our Tokyo correspondent – Chris?

The OpenStack roadshow landed in Tokyo this week, hoping to show that it too is bathed in the rays of a rising sun. Enough vendors queued up to announce that their software now supports the latest OpenStack something to keep the bandwagon moving forwards at a fast lick. Here are a few of the announcements: Falconstor – …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2015
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Alibaba’s bet on the fluffy white stuff paying off, revenue up 138%

Alibaba's cloud ambitions and investments began to pay off during the Chinese tat purveyor's third quarter, with revenue attributed to the fluffy white stuff up 138 per cent, to $102m (£67m). However, that was still a mere drop in the ocean, compared with its consumer sales. Overall sales increased 32 per cent to $3.5bn (£2. …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2015
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Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025

Two companies will own 80 per cent of the software-as-a-service market by 2025 and one of them will be Oracle, the firm's co-CEO Mark Hurd has predicted. Speaking at his keynote on the second day of Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Hurd said that Oracle has spent the last five years rewriting its code base with the cloud in …
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2015
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IBM stamps its pedal to the metal: Spark flies onto Big Blue's Bluemix

IBM has made its planned Apache Spark service available on its Bluemix cloud platform. The service was announced in June, when IBM pledged 3,500 staffers to Apache's analytics project, with Spark also becoming the basis of IBM's analytics and commerce platforms and its Watson Health Cloud. Spark-as-a-service will be available …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2015
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Sucking primary data into the cloud: The dawn of a new age

We usually think about primary storage as something close to compute resources (no matter if they're on-premises or on the cloud) while cloud storage is something that we can access, more or less, from everywhere ... but things are becoming a little fuzzy. Primary as we know it What do you really look for in primary storage? …

Google cloud brownout fix forgets some servers

Containers are so hot right now. So hot that they've just copped their very own cloud outage. And not just an outage but an imperfectly fixed outage. The SNAFU in question befell Google's Container Engine, which on Friday afternoon West Coast time had trouble “ connecting to the metadata server”. The trouble continued for …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2015
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Intel Security sunsets SaaS email security products

Intel Security is decommissioning bits of its software-as-a-service armoury. The newly-re-named outfit (We have nothing – NOTHING! to do with that oddball John McAfee) has emailed customers of its McAfee SaaS Endpoint Products and SaaS Email Protection and Archiving to let them know that as of January 11th next year it will …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2015
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Jeff Bezos' AWS cash machine finally catches up with Amazon's US, Canada e-shop

Dictionary editors are crossing out their definitions for "cloud" and "money" and replacing it with "n. Amazon." In the past three months, Amazon Web Services (AWS) had made about as much money – $521m (£338m) – as its online shop did in the US and Canada. The public cloud has more than one million active customers in 190 …
Chris Williams, 23 Oct 2015

Microsoft re-writes the cloud service playbook

Microsoft has extended the time it will support some of Azure's early cloud storage APIs. Explained here by Azure principal program manager Dinesh Murthy, Redmond seems to have a couple of motivations for the changes. One is to give users more time to switch to newer APIs, suggesting users feel they're being rushed. But some …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2015

Defeated HP will put Helion cloud out of its misery in January 2016

Both of HP Helion public cloud customers have until January 31, 2016 to find another home for their off-site software and data. The Helion service was put on death row in April, when HP exec Bill Hilf said public cloud "made no sense" for his company. That same month, within days of signing Helion's death warrant, Hilf …

Dell traps Microsoft cloud in smaller box

Dell is putting Microsoft’s cloud in a smaller box for everybody outside the web-tier super league. On Wednesday, the companies are expected to unveil Dell Hybrid Cloud System, with bridges into Microsoft’s Azure and packed in a PowerEdge R730 rack server. Wrapped in the hardware will be Microsoft’s Azure Pack, System Center …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2015
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BT swarms into the global cloud world with Caringo

British Telecom is setting up a cloud storage service using Caringo's Swarm object storage technology. Caringo's product is the object-based storage component of BT's Compute Storage offerings, which include storage, data protection and sharing for BT customers around the globe. With a nod to current Safe Harbour difficulties …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015