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Google has a canary problem: One clocked off and crocked its cloud

Google's explained why new cloudy virtual machines in its cloud engine couldn't connect to the world for a couple of hours in January: a canary didn't fall off its perch, so the company was unaware of a problem. The incident wasn't major: for a tick over two hours on January 30th newly created Google Compute Engine instances, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2017
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Microsoft touts cheap-ish anti-patent troll protection shield for Azure-hosted devs

Patent trolls are a growing problem, and Microsoft thinks that it has the solution – an affordable-ish protection scheme for Azure customers. Under the newly announced Azure IP Advantage program, users of Microsoft's cloud compute service can sign up and get the backing of Redmond's arsenal of more than 10,000 technology …
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2017

Another day, another cloud price cut – from partly free to all free

IBM has revealed that the standard tier Bluemix Lift service is now free. Which sounds great save for one small problem: the service was just about free already. Bluemix lift is a database migration service that Big Blue says “makes it easy to quickly, securely and reliably migrate your database from on-premises data centers …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2017
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Centiq to in-memory SAP HANA users: Psst. Meet us in the public cloud

SAP HANA managed services biz Centiq is launching its cloud-readiness service to help users of the in-memory RDBMS figure out if they should move to the public cloud. According to Centiq, businesses using HANA often overlook the snapshotting, replication and availability requirements for non-standard cloud services. Its new …
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED

AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together. The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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Cloud price wars resume as Microsoft cuts by up to 51 per cent

Microsoft has made another round of cuts to its cloudy costs, for both virtual machines and storage. Microsoft's F-series VMs, which offer cores on a Xeon E5-2673 v3, are down by up to 23 per cent for Linux and 18 per cent for Windows machines. The A1 Basic VM, Microsoft's second-wimpiest cloud server, is down by up to 42 per …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017
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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

Adobe, the developer of overpriced software for creative types, is just about to get a whole lot more expensive in the UK with steep rises set to be introduced from next month. The flash monkey is the latest firm to blame a slump in the value of the Great British Pound for hikes on product, with the ranges understood to be …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2017
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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Another month, another problem with comedy outfit 123-Reg whose long-suffering customers are this time suffering from an email outage. The biz informed customers this morning that they may not be able to access mail. A spokesman said: "Due to problems with network connectivity this morning we are currently experiencing issues …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2017
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Amazon's cloudy desktops now tiptoe across hot sand

Amazon Web Services has found another way to make its “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering more attractive: as of today the cloudy Windows instances run on solid state disks instead of ye olde spinning rust hard disks. The change doesn't change AWS' price for the service. The new disks are AWS' general purpose SSDs, so …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2017
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Datto buys into a right Mesh. The good kind

Datto is getting in a right mesh. The backup service vendor is buying Open Mesh to improve its managed service provider offering. Datto was founded in 2007 by CEO Austin McChord, and received $25m in A-round funding in 2013, followed by a whacking $75m B-round in 2015. Open Mesh was set up in 2005 by Michael Burmeister-Brown …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017
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See you around, Larry: AWS is our new Oracle, says Microsoft's Nadella

Analysis Amazon's cloud service AWS has replaced Oracle and VMware as Microsoft's chief rivals, the Windows giant's CEO Satya Nadella has said. In a conference call with analysts to discuss its Q2 2017 financials, Microsoft executives said their margins were fat enough to fend off AWS and other cloud competitors. Nadella said: "Even …

Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

Oracle has changed the way it charges users to run its software in Amazon Web Services, effectively doubling the cost along the way. Big Red's previous licensing regime [PDF] recognised that AWS's virtual CPUs were a single thread of a core that runs two threads. Each virtual CPU therefore counted as half a core. That's …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

Microsoft's Cloud UI brings Windows full circle

Microsoft is said to be developing a cross-platform shell to bring the desktop Windows antiques to non-PC devices of different shapes and sizes. According to rumours whispered into the ear of Windows Central, the project is called the "Composable Shell", or CSHELL. Or if this is a mishearing – quite plausible – a Compostable …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2017
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So you want to roll your own cloud

Sysadmin Blog I have set myself a mission to create a cloud this year. Not a lab test version of something or other, but a real and usable cloud that I can sell to my clients. It's not built yet, but I intend to document my journey towards that end. The first question I get when discussing this project is always "why do you want to build a …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2017

IBM's SoftLayer is having a meltdown – and customers aren't happy

Updated An extended outage over at IBM's Bluemix SoftLayer portal has customers fuming – and they say there is no way for them to tell Big Blue about it. A Reg reader whose biz runs more than three dozen servers within the SoftLayer cloud told us the platform has been out all day and the management portal website has been inaccessible …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2017
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Speaking in Tech: It is the year of VDI. It is always the year of VDI

Podcast This week Greg and Amy drive our weekly tech roundup podcast with guest Brian Gracely of Red Hat. The trio discuss alternative tech facts, moves at Google Cloud, Western Digital and Oracle as well as global reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration. The details… (0:00) Brian Gracely: king of all podcasters (1:54) Dutch …
Team Register, 25 Jan 2017
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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

Dropbox says it was responsible for an attempted bug fix that instead caused old, deleted data to reappear on the site. A worker said last week that while trying to address a bug that had caused some old files to reappear, someone at Dropbox instead set a huge archive of old information to visible, causing even more deleted …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2017
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GDS chap: UK.gov is better off on public cloud than its own purpose-built network

The Cabinet Office wants government departments to buy public cloud rather than services from the Public Services Network (PSN). In a blog post on Friday, James Stewart, director of technical architecture and head of technology at the Government Digital Service, indicated that the PSN would be wound down. He said the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2017
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Bane of Silicon Valley patents sets its sights on Rackspace and NetApp

Cloud host Rackspace and storage vendor NetApp are fighting a patent holder who's targeted some of tech's biggest names in the notorious Eastern District of Texas. The duo are standing up to Realtime Data over the firm's claim they violated seven patents it owns, spanning compression and deduplication. Realtime has filed six …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017
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Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

An alliance that dominated the PC industry is entering the world of fluffy white stuff and open source: Microsoft Azure is the first public cloud to include an Intel initiated and container-oriented Clear Linux OS. The Wintel union loosened with the rise of Linux - runing on x86 - and the fall of the PC as peoples' primary …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2017
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Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

Google is once again facing allegations that its cloud for education may be harvesting and selling information on school kids. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing [PDF] for full disclosure of how the Chocolate Factory handles and markets any information it collects through the G Suite for Education service it …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017

Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party

Oracle will open a cloud region in the UK that's based in London and plans to have three data centres serving the region by mid-2017. The region will accompany others in Virginia and Turkey in a plan Oracle stated will double "the regional presence of its cloud platform in the last 24 months, with 29 regions available globally …

Sage signs X3 trio to cloud 'big business' ERP combo

Salesforce partner Sage Group has signed a trio of firms to its emerging X3 business ERP platform. CLOUT, Atlas Cloud, and BrightBridge are being held up as examples of Sage's ability to handle larger customers' needs with X3. David Watts, Sage's vice president for enterprise in UK and Ireland, said in a statement: "Over the …
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Cloud hardware spend hits US$8.4bn/quarter, as traditional kit sinks

Abacus-shuffling outfit IDC has updated its Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker with sales data for Q3 2016 and predictions for spend in 2017. In 2016's third quarter the firm says “vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017

IBM: Hm, medical record security... security... Got it – we need blockchains

IBM says it will partner with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a study of whether blockchain technology could be used to securely transfer medical information. Big Blue says that its Watson Health unit will work with the FDA on a study aimed at pitching a framework for the use of blockchain technologies to make the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2017
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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

Two former Microsoft employees have sued the Windows giant seeking compensation for the mental trauma of screening child sex abuse photos, murder videos, and other extreme content flowing through the company's online services. Henry Soto and Greg Blauert were assigned to Microsoft's Online Safety Team, formed in 2008 following …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Jan 2017
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Panzura picks up $32 million growth funding

Cloud storage gateway supplier Panzura has raked in a $32 million E-round of funding as incoming CEO Patrick Harr proves his worth on the growth front. We're told by happy Panzura that it had record growth in 2016, with over 100 new enterprise customers and expanding its channel and alliance presence with AWS, Google, IBM and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2017

UKCloud: We ARE cheaper than Microsoft or AWS online storage

British-based infrastructure services-slinger UKCloud says it is “fighting back” against the giants of industry by slashing the price of online storage. Customers looking for cheap online storage with data volumes above 1,000 TB will pay 1.46 pence per GB per month, down 66 per cent, and importantly there are no additional …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jan 2017
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Google's big Spanner in the works for price war against AWS

The cloud wars won't be won on price – but customers are waking up to the costs, according to Google. "It's not a zero-sum game," Brian Stevens, Google's vice president for Cloud Platform and former Red Hat chief technology officer, told The Reg in a recent interview. "We don't think you just win on cost alone, but we do …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2017
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AWS chief: Tens of thousands flocking from database rivals

AWS's database migration service (DMS) is storming along according to its head Andy Jassy, who offered a rare data point on the company's development last week. Jassy took to Twitter to boast that Amazon Web Services had facilitated 16,000 database migrations last year, since launching on 15 March. 2,000 of those migrations …

Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills

Rutgers University is struggling to pay its bills on time amid a prolonged outage of its Oracle-powered management systems. It is claimed this IT failure led to power outages within its campus after supplies were cut off due to non-payment. The hedgerow-league college, in New Jersey, US, has publicly admitted its Cornerstone …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jan 2017
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This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

The waistline of Azure's storage service continues to expand, with Microsoft upping the size of the Binary Large Objects it can define. Redmond's cloud can now support BLOBs of 4.77 terabytes, up from the previous 195 gigabytes. Block sizes are also up, from four megabytes to 100. And you can commit 50,000 blocks to a single …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2016
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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

Move to the cloud, they said, everything will be better, they said. Security, reliability, scale. We take the work and the worry off your hands. Except nothing is that simple or straight forward – and that includes cloud. When your IT ran the tin and it crashed, they weren’t running your entire business. If a server flamed out …
Danny Bradbury, 21 Dec 2016

Cloud-happy Oracle dodges rumors it is axing its traditional hardware ... as sales of traditional hardware fall

Oracle is once more waving around its cloud revenue figures in response to another quarter of falling hardware sales. This ongoing drop in traditional hardware revenue comes as Oracle tries to shake off rumors that it will be winding down its on-premises system divisions from January. Speculation is rife on anonymous internet …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Dec 2016
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Microsoft offers UK cloud customers private pipes

Microsoft is offering private connections to its UK data centres as a means of wooing government customers to its sometimes less-than- resilient cloud. The private connection means faster pipes, less latency and therefore less failover or loss of service. Also, supposedly, greater protection. Until now, Microsoft relied upon …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2016
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AWS' UK cloud hitched to British-based iron

Amazon has opened its long-awaited AWS jumping off point for UK cloud customers by renting racks in two separate third party-run British-based bit barns. Up to now, AWS customers in Britain were served by company-owned server farms in Dublin, Frankfurt and one on the east coast of the US, but the business acknowledged demand …
How the Veeam Linux backup agent does its funky thang

Riddle me this: What's green and freezes cloudy penguins?

Veeam has given the world a Linux Backup Agent. It's a backup tool so you know what it does, namely give you the ability to create copies of files, volumes or whole computers and put them in a safe place where you can get your hands on them should things go awry. The agent integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication, so you …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
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Fancy an AWS region in your own data centre? Stratoscale can do it

Israeli outfit Stratoscale has updated its Symphony suite so it can effectively become an on-premises Amazon Web Services (AWS) region. Symphony is a software overlay that does the “turn your pile of x86 into a cloud” thing and Stratoscale isn't averse to describing the results as “hyperconverged” to cover all the buzzword …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
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AWS launches managed-services-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it's getting in to the managed services business. The cloud colossus has operated a substantial consulting practice for some time, the better to help cloud migrants clamber aboard. But until now it's left the mucky bits of managing a cloud – patch management, backup, monitoring, …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016

VMware starts beta for Cloud Foundation on vCloud Air

VMware's quietly started asking for beta testers for its Cloud Foundation running on its own cloud, vCloud Air. Virtzilla's cloud is a boutique service these days: the company downgraded its ambitions to become a world-girdling cloud operator in its FY 2015 earnings call . The company's alternative plan was to partner with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
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Cisco to kill its Intercloud public cloud on March 31, 2017

Cisco will turn off its Intercloud Services (CIS) public cloud next year, The Register understands. We have sighted a message from veep for Cloud Platform and Services Kip Compton, which CCs a number of Cisco marketing and communications people, announcing the service's termination. Compton says: “Today we are taking an …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016

IBM has an on-prem cloud it thinks can go big in Asia

IBM has found a new way to spread its Bluemix cloud around the world: have partners blaze a trail with its on-premises cloud. "Bluemix Local" is that on-prem cloud and is a collection of software that, when thrown at a pool of x86 that conforms to a reference architecture, turns out a cloud with most of the features of Bluemix …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016

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