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Is your cloud server in the same bit barn as your DR site?

Microsoft is about to launch a “Geo” for Azure in Australia and has decided that the way to do so down under is by co-locating its kit in an as-yet-unidentified third-party bit barn. There's nothing new about that: Rackspace and VMware definitely do it for their cloud services. Amazon Web Services is reputed to do so but will …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2014

eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

eBay went titsup earlier today, and the company is now attempting to bring its site back to life. The online tat bazaar coughed to an unexplained technical blunder preventing an unknown number of its subscribers from accessing the site, which many buyers and sellers of used goods enjoy using in their spare time on the weekends …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014
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Google to startup kids: Pssst, try our CLOUD ... the first $100K is FREE

Google is offering startups a cool $100,000 in credit if they're willing to power their apps using the Chocolate Factory's cloud services, rather than the competition's. The online advertising giant launched the new program, dubbed Google Cloud Platform for Startups, at its Google for Entrepreneurs Partner Summit in Mountain …
Neil McAllister, 12 Sep 2014

Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

A plan to rename a London skyscraper Salesforce Tower has been abandoned after the building's owners decided to give it more sensible name. The Heron Tower in London's financial district will now be known simply as 110 Bishopsgate, reflecting its actual address. Other tenants of the building raised concerns when the plan was …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Sep 2014
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HP gulps cloud upstart Eucalyptus, says Helion is all-in for ... OpenStack

HP has acquired open-source hybrid cloud software maker Eucalyptus, in a surprise move to bolster its Helion cloud offerings – but what that means for the Eucalyptus software is anyone's guess. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Reuters report cited an unnamed source who claimed it went down for less than $100m. …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014
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Citrix rips up and rebuilds CloudStack business

Citrix has shaken up its cloud division with at least one senior executive checking out. The company has combined its Cloud Platforms and Cloud Networking groups to create the Networking, Cloud and Service Provider Group (NCSP). Group vice president and general manager for the Cloud Platforms Group, Sameer Dholakia, has left …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2014
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Concerning VMware’s vCloud Air: It's all about choice

Sysadmin blog Cloud computing comes in many flavours, but the victor of the next few years will be the company that successfully sells its vision of the "hybrid cloud". If public cloud computing is putting your workloads in someone else's datacenter and private cloud computing is running them in your own, hybrid cloud computing is supposed to …
Trevor Pott, 11 Sep 2014
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Microsoft introduces text search … for videos!

Microsoft's Azure has switched on a range of media services, including one that makes it possible to conduct text searches of audio and video content. The new Azure Media Services offer encoding and streaming services backed by a content distribution network that should make it possible to deliver video around the world without …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2014
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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

At Microsoft's own request, a judge has held the software giant in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to give US authorities access to customer emails housed in a data center in Dublin, Ireland. Redmond's request was made jointly with government prosecutors, with the aim of expediting its appeal of the July 31 …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2014
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CloudMask dons cape and sets foot on the mean streets of Blighty

Cloud-based security services firm CloudMask, whose technology offers to protect sensitive information in the cloud, even in the case of a network breach, launched in the UK on Tuesday. CloudMask's technology works on the premise that no one can be trusted with data - including cloud administrators, governments, employees, and …
John Leyden, 9 Sep 2014
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SoftLayer hardens up its hybrid cloud with TXT

IBM's SoftLayer public cloud branch has flicked the switch on Intel's Trusted Execution (TXT) Technology, allowing users of its service to guarantee their code runs on identifiable servers. TXT allows users to validate a machine's BIOS and hardware state, handy tricks because it means software can be tuned so it will only run on …

Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

Microsoft on Monday began rolling out its promised social-networking features for Office 365, in the form of a product it has freshly dubbed Office Delve. The tech, which was first unveiled at Redmond's SharePoint conference in March under the codename "Project Oslo," aims to present Office 365 users with the information that's …

Salesforce: Oh no! Dyre RATs are thirsty for our customers' logins

Salesforce has warned that miscreants are trying to infect its customers with a remote access trojan (RAT) dubbed Dyre that siphons off Salesforce.com login data. "On September 3, 2014, one of our security partners identified that the Dyre malware (also known as Dyreza), which typically targets customers of large, well-known …
Iain Thomson, 8 Sep 2014

CenturyLink said to have pondered Rackspace buy

US telco CenturyLink is said to be considering an attempt to acquire Rackspace, according to Bloomberg. The newswire's report is sparse: nobody is saying anything concrete and folks familiar with the situation are the source. Let's try to guess what's afoot here. CenturyLink already operates a 57-strong global bit barn network …

Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it

Reddit has finally yanked a page abuzz with private celebrity nude pics that were leaked via anarchic message board 4chan late last Sunday. The subreddit, dubbed TheFappening, disappeared on Saturday - six whole days after the photos of stars including Jennifer Lawrence provocatively posing naked appeared online. But, privacy- …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Sep 2014
DigitalOcean + CoreOS

DigitalOcean floats alpha images of Docker-happy CoreOS

Fast-growing hosting biz DigitalOcean on Friday released virtual machine images for CoreOS, the slimmed-down Linux distribution designed for running massive deployments of clustered servers. The company says it built the new images in partnership with the CoreOS development team, which will also be providing its CoreOS Managed …
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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

Comment The New York Times has profiled the wearables market and there's an intriguing little hint that, as a designer, Apple's Jony Ive is in fact a great marketing guru. For he seems to be thinking that the iWatch is going to be so cool that it'll entirely screw over the Swiss watch industry. This isn't, needless to say, quite what is …
Tim Worstall, 5 Sep 2014
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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

Customers dependent on Salesforce were kicked offline on Friday morning as Marc Benioff’s cloud went titsup. Sales and marketing teams were left looking at an early start to the weekend as their CRM-as-a-service checked out. The blank screens seemed to be the result of a problem in two of the company’s instances serving EMEA …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Sep 2014
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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

Apple’s two-factor authentication doesn't actually protect iCloud backups or photo streams, contrary to what many iPhone and iPad fondlers might wish to believe. Scores of (mostly female) celebrities, including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, had their iCloud hacked before miscreants siphoned off private nude snaps which …
John Leyden, 3 Sep 2014
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Parallels to line up with Linux containers

Parallels is working to bring its automation, security and management wares to the burgeoning world of Linux containerisation. The junior virtualiser finds itself in an interesting position vis a vis Linux containers and Docker, because it has long described its own Virtuozzo product as offering containers. But Virtuozzo is …
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IT Infrastructure Challenges? IBM has an event just for you

Promo Here is your invite to IBM’s premier Infrastructure Matters event at Prince Philip House in central London on Wednesday 10 September. You can check out the full agenda and register here, but here is a taster of what to expect. This free, all-day event explores the key considerations for implementing secure IT Infrastructures …
David Gordon, 2 Sep 2014
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Azure Australia is ALIVE, but not for the likes of you, just yet

Microsoft has announced that its two Australian Azure bit barns are up and running, in a “private preview”. Microsoft Australia managing director Pip Marlow writes that “a number of customers and partners are using the service today” but adds that “I still can’t give you the final date for general availability but I can share …
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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

OneDrive users are complaining that Microsoft's sync 'n' share service corrupts Office 2013 files when they attempt to open them. Answers.microsoft.com threads like this one explain that it is impossible to open some files stored in OneDrive – Excel files seem especially susceptible – from machines other than the one that …

Tim Cook: 'I'd call what's going on in fondleslabs a speed bump'

QuoTW Time Warner Cable did not have a good week this week. A number of folks came out over the week to tell the Federal Communications Commission that they don’t like the idea of the company merging with Comcast. And in the middle of all that, the firm suffered a massive outage that downed a number of big cities on both the East and …
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AWS Zocalo squares up to box Box, Dropbox, sync 'n' share flocks

Enterprise sync 'n' share appears an unlikely battleground for a rolling brawl between startups and enterprise titans, but that's what's happening out there today. We've already seen some action today in the form of Dropbox matching Google and Microsoft's storage prices. Not to be outdone, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has also …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
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Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

Dropbox has become the latest company to slash its cloud storage costs as the price war in the sector heats up, leaving consumers to reap the cost benefits. "We don’t want you to worry about choosing the right plan or having enough space," the company wrote in a blog post. "So today, we’re simplifying Dropbox Pro to a single …
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2014
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Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

Google has confirmed its gobble of Zync, a cloud-based special effects rendering service. "Creating amazing special effects requires a skilled team of visual artists and designers, backed by a highly powerful infrastructure to render scenes. Many studios, however, don’t have the resources or desire to create an in-house …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014
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Docker's VMware tryst is about giving sysadmins the whip hand

VMworld 2014 Docker's often been cast as an enfant terrible so talented that it makes mature predecessors suddenly look a bit old, slow and irrelevant. What, then, to make of today's VMWorld news that it is now a VMware partner and will work with Virtzilla, Google and Pivotal to make Linux containers behave under vSphere and Cloud Foundry? …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014
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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

Updated The BBC's web servers fell over today, taking down its online news and iPlayer services – but it's unclear whether the outage relates to the significant Distributed Denial of Service attack hitting Sony's gaming network right now. Sony's Entertainment Online chief confirmed earlier today that the media giant was suffering a " …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
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Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Sony is suffering a major Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network, the company's Online Entertainment boss confirmed today. It comes after The Register reported gripes about service wobbles on the PlayStation Network (PSN) earlier on Sunday. SOE's chief John Smedley coughed to being DDoSed in a series of tweets, …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014

Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

Updated An unknown number of gamers have been kicked off of Sony's PlayStation Network, but the company is continuing to insist that its service is stable. Anecdotal reports posted on social media appear to tell a different story, however. Some customers are currently saying that they are being greeted with a message that reads: "the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014

AWS levels up in game of government security – and now one step below classified access

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has leveled up its US government security certification, winning the right to handle more sensitive work from the Department of Defense (DoD). The company has, of course, blogged the news that it has won provisional authorization to operate levels three to five of the DoD's cloud security model. Level …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2014
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Come up with some 'novel cloud' boffinry, grab $20m from US govt

The US government's National Science Foundation has handed out $20m in funding for two big new cloud computing research projects. The funding has been allocated because the foundation feels commercial clouds are built with a particular purpose in mind, leaving them rather good at particular jobs but not the best possible …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2014
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VMware vaporises vCHS hybrid cloud service

VMworld 2014 A little secret: The Reg's stalwart team of sub-editors are no fans of VMware – because its practice of using two capitals for VMware but one capital for products like vSphere is the kind of thing that does their pedantic heads in. We're therefore not entirely sure how they'll react to news that VMware has changed the name of …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2014
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Go on, inhale our G-Cloud via 'Digital Marketplace' – UK.gov

Public sector organisations in the UK will be able to buy cloud-based IT products and services from suppliers from a new online platform from the end of the month. The Government Digital Service, which is part of the Cabinet Office, said all "G-Cloud" purchases are likely to be made via the "Digital Marketplace" before the end …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Meet the man who SURRENDERED to Facebook

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in Speaking in Tech, your hosts Eddie Saipetch and Greg Knieriemen are flying solo while Sarah Vela is on holiday. Their special guest is Jeramiah Dooley, cloud architect at at SolidFire. They chat about HDS's Sepaton acquistion, mastering PR speak, Faecbook and …
Team Register, 20 Aug 2014
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Xennet wants YOUR machines for tradable supercomputer cloud

A group called Xennet wants to create a blockchain-managed market in which users rent out their spare processor cycles for a closed-shop crypto-currency. The idea is a combination of two streams of thought: SETI@home and Bitcoin. From SETI@home and other similar setups that have followed in its footsteps, Xennet wants to create …

'Fangless' activist investor chomps up chunk of Rackspace

A so-called "fangless" activist investor has increased its grip on OpenStack cloud cheerleader Rackspace, with a view to a possible sale. Blue Harbour Group has revealed it now holds a 6.4 per cent stake in the aspiring cloud provider, or 9.1 million shares. The company is reported to have started gobbling up Rackspace shares …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2014
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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

Microsoft's Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team has detailed its scheme to modernise the company's own data centres and says that the result will be lots of – but not all – workloads in the cloud. The easy-to-understand graph below tells the story of Redmond's future plans. Microsoft's data centre strategy Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2014
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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

Updated Microsoft is struggling to sort out an Azure cloud outage that has today left users around the world unable to access various services. According to a message posted to the Azure service status page, the outage spans "Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile …
Neil McAllister, 18 Aug 2014
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BizTalk-as-a-Service dog wags Microsoft's on-premises tail

Microsoft has signalled it will harmonise the feature set of the cloudy and on-premises versions of its BizTalk Server. Redmond's blogged announcement of the intention to have BizTalk Server and BizTalk Service may not look remarkable at first glance: hardly anyone jumps out of bed in the morning excited about their day working …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2014

Apple slings fanbois' data at Chinese servers in China Telecom deal

In an effort to woo buyers in China, Apple has inked a deal to store Chinese customer data in Chinese servers for the first time. Plenty of technology firms are leery about storing sensitive information in China (although given the NSA's reach, US servers aren't exactly private) but Apple has hired China Telecom to use the telco …
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2014