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Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions

Dell EMC will release a four-node Azure stack. This potentially places Microsoft's cloud-in-a-can within reach of the SMB. The subscription model thing could get in the way. Microsoft recently released pricing information for Azure Stack, loudly and proudly championing the subscription model. This is different from what many …
Trevor Pott, 15 May 2017

Phil Collins and supergroup exposed as cloud investors

Against all odds, middle-of-the-road rocker Phil Collins – along with ex-Genesis pals – are some of the unlikely backers behind UKCloud. World number one misery guts – and tennis star – Andy Murray and retired player Timmy the tiger Henman have also decided to crash into the net and have invested in the firm. Serving UKCloud' …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2017
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Misery loves company so ServiceNow's built anonymous chat-rooms for the recently p0wned

Cloud wrangling giant ServiceNow has announced the new stuff that will land in its next release. Code-named “Jakarta” and expected in June, the new release includes an intriguing new feature called “Trusted Security Circles,” which lets ServiceNow users share news of recent security incidents. The idea here is that when …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2017
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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

Build Microsoft scrambled to get its Office 365 service back online after the cloud productivity suite was hit with a mid-day outage. Loads of people reported that, at around 1245 PT, access to the service went out. Microsoft confirmed shortly after it was having problems, and said it was looking into the matter. Subscribers in New …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2017
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Microsoft is on the edge: Windows, Office? Naah. Let's talk about cloud, AI

Build At the Build 2017 developer conference today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella marked a Windows milestone – 500 million monthly active users – and proceeded to say very little about Windows or Office. Instead he, along with Scott Guthrie, EVP of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, and Harry Shum, EVP of Microsoft's Artificial …
Thomas Claburn, 10 May 2017
Cosmos DB lets you replicate data to multiple regions for added performance

Microsoft's Cosmos DB adds Graph support to cloud database manager

BUILD Microsoft has announced Cosmos DB, an evolution of its existing DocumentDB NoSQL database service, with new support for graph and key-value database types. Microsoft calls Cosmos DB a "multi-model" database service because it lets you choose from several different APIs. These are DocumentDB, which uses SQL, MongoDB emulating a …
Tim Anderson, 10 May 2017
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ServiceNow's new CEO thinks IT can spare us from corporate re-orgs

ServiceNow's new CEO John Donahoe has introduced himself to the company's community at its Knowledge17 conference in Orlando, Florida. Along the way he introduced some new machine learning-fueled automation tech and offered his opinion that IT departments can put a stop to future corporate re-organization efforts. Donahoe came …
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2017
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Of mice and migrations: How a rodent's DNA maps to architectural complexity

Managers of enterprise systems are being bombarded by messages touting the supposed benefits of cloud for cost reductions and greater IT “flexibility.” Bosses are pressured to, for instance, develop a hybrid solution of off- and on-premises systems: the difficult stuff is left in the company’s private cloud, and the rest …
Chris Tofts, 08 May 2017

Hybrid cloud: The 'new' but not-new IT service platform

Today, the term hybrid IT is typically used when talking about bridging IT on multiple premises. But this is an oversimplification. Buried deep within any hybrid IT discussion will be a need to talk about standards, compliance and some difficult decisions about how we even conceptualize our approach to IT. As a marketing term …
Trevor Pott, 04 May 2017

Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

Exclusive Microsoft's public cloud business is experiencing growing pains – fresh deployments are being held up by insufficient rack space in the UK data centres that host Azure. According to company insiders, Microsoft rents data centre space in London and Cardiff from third-party providers, and owns a facility in Durham, but these …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2017
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Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS

Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period. Management beat the cloud drum for Wall Street on Thursday, talking across-the-board growth. Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 commercial saw the biggest revenue growth, according to Microsoft – 93 per …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2017
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Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing

Amazon Web Services growth slowed down a bit, but still brought Amazon cash at a record clip in the first three months of 2017. On Thursday, the Jeff-Bezos-led retail and cloud empire talked up another strong quarterly performance in its first financial report of the 2017 fiscal year: Revenues of $35.7bn were up 23 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2017
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Huawei to build global cloud with bit barns run by different operators

Huawei's going to stitch together a global cloud based on its cut of OpenStack. It will consist of a patchwork of Huawei-built clouds that the firm itself runs, and Huawei clouds that are run by telcos. The company announced its cloudy ambitions a couple of weeks ago when rotating CEO Eric Xu* told its annual analysts …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017
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IBM SoftLayer plays hardball in object storage price cuts

+Comment Research house 451 says the cloud price struggle has moved away from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage, and fingers IBM for initiating the round of price cutting. This cloud object storage price decrease was started by Big Blue with SoftLayer object storage (Cleversafe) price cuts in the third 2016 quarter. Its three …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
Getting _out_of_the_cloud

Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership. Spanning backs up data from in-cloud applications to other locations in public clouds, such as Amazon and Google's, and, it says, provides far more comprehensive data protection than the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
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Cloud students, pay attention! Exam plans promise fresh skills

Anyone looking to deploy cloud in any meaningful way will struggle to find skilled practitioners. It's a situation faced by so many enterprises, no matter what cloud system is being deployed. Microsoft recently bewailed the lack of cloud skills and it's been an issue long highlighted by the Cloud Industry Forum, which is why …
Maxwell Cooter, 21 Apr 2017
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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

Amazon's AWS infrastructure boss has slapped down Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd after the latter boasted that Big Red needs fewer data centers because its systems are, apparently, twice as good. Writing on his personal blog this week, James Hamilton, an Amazon distinguished engineer, said the suggestion that Oracle can compete with …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017
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Sending data to the cloud is our business and business is GOOD

Helping organisations send and access stored data in the public cloud is good business for gateway supplier Nasuni, which is expanding its corporate waistline. As are competitors Avere and Panzura. Having received additional funding late last year and record results in 2016, Nasuni has decided to go more strongly for growth. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017

Barracuda looks more like a flatfish in face of renewal period volatility

Renewal period volatility is giving Barracuda a headache as the cloud-focussed protection and security outfit follows its customers away from box sales towards annual subscriptions. Growth has been, well, moderate. It made $89.3m in revenues in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, 6.7 per cent up on the year before but just an 0.6 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2017
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OpenStack: Pleeeeease stop panicking, Intel and Rackspace still love us

Intel has walked out of a major OpenStack collaboration with Rackspace – but both companies and the OpenStack Foundation insist everything's fine. There's nothing to worry about. We're all good. Allegedly. It emerged just before the Easter weekend that Intel has turned off the money tap to the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2017

Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

Microsoft has started offering substantial Windows Server licence discounts as an incentive to embrace its cloud. Redmond has rolled out its Azure Hybrid Use Benefits scheme, which it says can cut up to 40 per cent off the price of Windows Server virtual instances on Azure. Azure Hybrid Use Benefit covers two-processor and 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2017
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Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

Research To some, cloud computing is synonymous with so-called ‘public cloud’ services such as AWS and Azure, but this isn’t the view of Reg readers. When 668 of you provided feedback during a recent survey on meeting infrastructure-level needs, the adoption of ‘private cloud’ (defined as ‘cloudy architecture running in your own data …
Dale Vile, 13 Apr 2017
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Microsoft opens Azure India to the world, not just Indian users

Microsoft's opened its three Indian Azure data centres to the world. Azure India kicked off in September 2015 but at the time Microsoft noted that “The India regions are currently available to volume licensing customers and partners with a local enrollment in India”, adding that “The India regions will open to direct online …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017
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AWS squares up to Microsoft in chase for MongoDB cloud budgets

Amazon Web Services has joined the chase for MongoDB developers' cloud budgets, announcing new support for NoSQL databases being added to its prize-pony Database Migration Service. In announcing its new support for MongoDB databases as a migration source—and its own DynamoDB as a migration target—the cloudy crew are joining an …

Can sync-n-sharer Egnyte's foray into datagov fuel growth?

Analysis File sync and sharer Egnyte expanded into content governance midway through last year as the collaborative file access market's maturity came into view. But the now-profitable company is not looking to make a debt-fuelled dash for growth. CEO Vineet Jain reckons Egnyte revenues can grow at 30-35 per cent without more venture …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017
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Open source Elastic analytics snaps into Google's Cloud Platform

Open-source search analytics are coming to Google's Cloud Platform courtesty of Elastic. GCP will host Elastic's open-source search and analytics platform under a partnership deal, as managed Elastic Cloud. The managed service is due later this year. The Elastic stack – including Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash – …
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Pivotal imbues Cloud Foundry with Windows-wrangling powers

Pivotal has popped out its quarterly Cloud Foundry update, and this time there's something notable: the ability to manage fleets of Windows Servers. PCF, as Pivotal calls its cut of Cloud Foundry, has long offered the chance to define a gold image of Linux and deploy it widely. If the gold image needs to be changed to add …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2017
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OVH-VMware deal skips Australia, will snuff vCloud Air's public bits

French cloud computing giant OVH will operate recently inhaled vCloud Air solely as a private and hybrid cloud, a change from VMware's practice of offering a roll-up-roll-up-bring-your-credit-card cloud. So said OVH vice-chair Laurent Allard today on a conference call shared with VMware's Hervé Basso, head of cloud and service …
Mark Pesce, 05 Apr 2017
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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

Analysis VMware quitting the public cloud by selling vCloud Air to OVH looks like failure, but is the best possible sort of failure because the company still has excellent prospects to turn a quid from the cloud, without having to operate one. Which is not to say that VMware is out of the woods. It clearly thought it could run a public …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2017
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Adieu pour toujours! VMware flogs vCloud Air hosting biz to OVH

VMware is selling its core infrastructure-as-a-service hosting business vCloud Air to OVH, the French cloud computing company. Financial terms of the sale, which is due to close in the second calendar quarter, were not revealed. Announcing the deal on Tuesday, Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer, called its sale “ …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2017
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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud

Google has released another piece of its in-house software-defined networking (SDN) system for public use on the Google Cloud service. The Chocolate Factory said that Espresso functions as the edge-facing component of the Google network, linking its own machines up with the interconnect facilities of backbone providers and …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2017

Core Blimey! Azure moving from physical to virtual cores

Updated Microsoft's revealed that virtual machines in its Azure cloud will soon be defined by virtual rather than physical cores. Microsoft says the change “is a key architectural change in our VMs that enables us to unlock the full potential of the latest processors.” The post then names Intel's Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3 as the …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2017

Rackspace launches cloud consultancy service while firing staff

Hot on the heels of a global haircut of its workforce, Rackspace is moving into the professional services space as it chases those "digital transformation" pennies. It's calling the new thing "Global Solutions and Services", or GSS, and will ostensibly be offering access to its architects and engineers to customers to "plan, …

Oracle uses own public cloud as back-end storage shed for ZFS boxen

+Comment Oracle is using its in-house public cloud to provide back-end storage for its on-premises ZFS appliances, adding functionality to its walled hybrid cloud garden. Sort of the opposite of bringing its Exadata cloud service on-premises, Oracle is taking its ZFS on-premises kit up into its public cloud. The latest ZFS Storage …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2017
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Is Jassy just jazzing on AWS database migration numbers? Smells fishy...

Analysis Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy doesn't often tweet, but when he does it's usually to applaud the popularity of AWS's database migration service. On New Year's Eve Jassy bragged that the service had captured more than 16,000 databases from its rivals since launch on 15 March, 2016. According to him, earlier this month, …
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BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You still won't catch AWS

Open source wasn’t supposed to matter in the cloud. After the Free Software Foundation’s failed attempt to rein in network-delivered software services, some wrung their hands and waited for the open source apocalypse. Instead of imploding, however, open source adoption has exploded, with ever more permissive licenses rising to …
Matt Asay, 30 Mar 2017
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Community vid reveals demos of vSphere-on-AWS cloud concoction

VMware's revealed some demos of its planned hybrid cloud service running inside Amazon Web Services. VMware announced its planned partnership with AWS last October, promising a cloudy, elastic version of vSphere. And in the video below, posted to the vBrown Bag community video channel, it looks to have delivered. VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2017
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Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity. Customers were informed that T2 micro instances were running short of rack space in the EU West 2a availability zone in the morning. The AWS zone is in London and opened in December …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2017
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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

Ever since Satya Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft, the Windows giant has been talking up how much it loves Linux – but it appears this hasn't trickled down to its OneDrive team. Plenty of Linux users are up in arms about the performance of the OneDrive web app. They say that when accessing Microsoft's cloudy storage …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2017
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Softcat purrs as customers buy early to dodge Microsoft hikes

Microsoft UK price rises that kicked in at the start of this year weren't bad news for everyone in the country – IT reseller Softcat saw software sales swell as customers purchased licences early to avoid the hefty hike. Back in October, Microsoft said the cost of on-premises and cloud services would rise by 13 and 22 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 22 Mar 2017
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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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