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The cloud's between your ears, not in your data centre

Hyperscale data centres are wondrous. Gartner's Sydney IT Operations and Data Centre summit this week heard that the likes of Google and Facebook have a sysdamin:server ratio of around 1:24,000, compared to the 1:500 common in the most efficient and virtualised enterprise bit barns. Hyperscale data centres can run at a power …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2014
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Huawei sprinkles more SDN dust on enterprise kit

Huawei has expanded its software-defined networking support with the launch of the snappily-named Huawei Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution, which El Reg is reluctantly going to have to shorten to ADCCCS to stay within its keystroke budget. The solution is based on two main components, the vendor says: its CloudEngine data …
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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition. The workers of the analyst firm announced Amazon's dominance in a new "Magic Quadrant for Cloud …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Did our podcast lift Red Hat shares? Stranger things have happened

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together again to wreck more tech – and after last week's episode apparently inflated Red Hat's share price by 40 cents, we wonder what, er, earthquakes are about to hit today. From scotch …
Team Register, 28 May 2014
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What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

Facebook has asked the competition wing of the European Commission to probe its $19bn buyout of WhatsApp in a move to apparently nullify a host of investigations being sparked in multiple EU nations. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, Facebook appears to be keen to swerve antitrust …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Sysadmin blog In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

Updated Cloud operator Joyent went through a major failure on Tuesday when a fat-fingered admin brought down an entire data center's compute assets. The cloud provider began reporting "transient availability issues" for its US-East-1 data center at around six-thirty in the evening, East Coast time. "Due to an operator error, all …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014

French IT giant Atos is officially full of Bull.... and €620m lighter

IT services firm Atos is to purchase its French colleague Bull, which offers cloud, cybersecurity and big data to enterprise customers, for €620m (£503m, $845m). The two firms currently sit at number five and 10 respectively in the top 10 cloud computing firms in Europe, but they reckon that together they could “create the …

Watch this! Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Video Youtube Video In this presentation, QA's Philip Stirpe introduces Amazon Web Services - AWS and describe the infrastructure and services that they provide. He also explores some best practices for cloud computing. ® The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration …
David Gordon, 27 May 2014

Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

Fans of new Linux operating system "CoreOS" can now run the lightweight tech on Google's main cloud service. This means developers who want a Linux OS that takes up just 168MB of RAM, runs all of its applications within containers, and is designed for marshaling mammoth clusters of computers, can now do so on top of Google's …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

Google is now running "everything" in its mammoth cloud on top of a potential open source successor to virtualization, paving the way for other companies to do the same. Should VMware be worried? Probably not, but the tech pioneered by Google is making inroads into a certain class of technically sophisticated companies. That …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014
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Learn how to simplify your IT setup with cloud apps

Regcast alert What: Simplifying your IT setup with cloud apps When: Regcast, 5 June 2014, 11am London time Register here. Can't make it? Sign up and we'll ping you when the on-demand version is ready. Do you need some help in making the switch to cloud apps? Then watch this webinar. Annrai O’Toole of Workday, perhaps the leading exponent …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
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HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

Analysis Hewlett-Packard has committed $1bn to OpenStack, a Linux for the cloud, over the next two years. The cash is going on R&D, products, engineering and services, HP said. The company will iron out the kinks in the OpenStack code and make it work and try to sniff out OpenStack clouds on HP hardware out of the box. To grease up the …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2014
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Oracle emerges from bureaucratic sludge clutching crucial cloud certificate

Oracle has gained a crucial federal certification that will make it easier for US government agencies to buy cloud services from the database giant. The company announced it had gained a provisional authority to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) on Thursday, almost a year after cloud …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
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European Grid Infrastructure project condenses shared cloud

After a three-year project, the European Grid Infrastructure project has pulled the big red switch on its federated cloud, which it says pools the resources of academic iron in 19 EU countries. Drawing on the “academic private clouds and virtualised resources” of its members, the EGI Federated Cloud hosts a variety of OS images …
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Microsoft started herding IT pros to Azure at TechEd 2014

TechEd North America has wrapped up for 2014, and many IT pros have been left with the impression that Microsoft's cloud solution Azure has gone from optional to mandatory. With that in mind, the word 'Azure' is going to appear many times in this article. Right from the keynote, corporate veep Brad Anderson hammered home to …
Adam Fowler, 22 May 2014
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Microsoft: Pssst, small resellers, want to sling our cloud?

Microsoft is preparing to give its channel partners another way of selling Azure to their customers. The new "Open Licensing" option gives resellers and other channel partner types a way to sell a small amount of Microsoft's Azure public cloud to a customer without having to enter into an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Redmond …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
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Forget phones, BlackBerry's new Project Ion is all about THINGS

Solid With its smartphone sales circling the drain, beleaguered BlackBerry has announced Project Ion, a set of initiatives aimed at delivering services and infrastructure for everyone's favorite hot-button buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT). The project was unveiled in a brief presentation at the O'Reilly Solid conference on …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2014
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Couchbase lashes Lite database to cloud with Sync service

If there is one thing that irritates a mobile device user above all else it's the way some apps will chug along perfectly happily for several hours then suddenly enter the lifeless purgatory known as "syncing" as they try to pull some data from a remote cloud server over a rubbish mobile network. Now, database startup Couchbase …
Jack Clark, 21 May 2014
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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Video Online retail monolith Amazon is recruiting for Prime Air - the much-hyped future delivery paradigm whose modest aim is to "get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles". Jobs up for grabs include a software development engineer who'll need "superb technical, research and analytical …
Lester Haines, 21 May 2014

VMware reveals plan for pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud and hybrid NSX

VMware has let some senior folks from its vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) off the leash and into the wilds of a Reddit Ask Me anything (AMA) session, and they've spilled a few nuggets about future directions for the hybrid cloud offering. Answers in the AMA came from Mathew Lodge, the second person hired to work on vCHS, plus …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014
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'I run my business from my phone' says Benioff as Salesforce shovels $93m into the furnace

Salesforce is in the fortunate business where it can simply raise its cloud-coated hand in the air and a fraction of the trillions of dollar bills being blown around the global economy will stick to it. At least, that was the message on the enterprise software-as-a-service company's first quarter earnings call for its fiscal …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014
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Siri, what do you make of IBM's Cognea gobble? Oh, we can't print THAT

IBM's Watson supercomputer team has acquired virtual-assistant maker Cognea. We're told the upstart developer will slot into the “Watson Platform” to help sharpen the Jeopardy!-winning machine's chitchat with humanity. Now that the celebrity super has won a gameshow, thanks to its banks of POWER7 processors and a copy of …
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EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

Updated A major transatlantic cable linking the EU and the US appears to have been cut, causing major problems for cloud operators. Global frontend security service Cloudflare and huge hoster DigitalOcean both reported significant connectivity problems on Monday as a consequence of a fault in the Telia transatlantic cable. Most large …
Jack Clark, 19 May 2014
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Microsoft: Take a seat over there, SAP, on the AZURE CLOUD

SAP’s business applications have landed on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud infrastructure service. The German software giant and the Redmond IT juggernaut said on Monday that a number of SAP’s business applications will be certified on Microsoft’s cloud by the end of June. Among this software will be SAP's Business Suite, All- …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014
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PEAK ARRAY: Cold fingers of Death stroke Big Biz disk boxes

Comment IT depts are spending less on enterprise storage arrays, and instead considering shifting to the cloud – and away from arrays in their data centres. Or so we're told. These two changes were pointed out by Aaron Rakers, managing director of equity research outfit Stifel Nicolaus. He’s plotted the combined EMC, Hitachi, and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

Analysis What do all ailing enterprise IT companies have in common? Trouble in their core businesses due to the rise of cloud computing. The repercussions that the technology is having on the IT business are all around us, and its effects on the industry are as inevitable as gravity on a dropped bowling ball. Cloud computing's rise …
Jack Clark, 17 May 2014
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Fujitsu chief disses Amazon’s ‘threatening’ enterprise attack

Amazon is a threat to enterprise tech firms like Fujitsu not because of its tech nous but because of its willingness to operate at zero cost to expand its business, the Japanese giant’s president has told The Reg. Masami Yamamoto also said keeping a strong hardware business was essential to the "smartphone to mainframe" vendor’s …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2014
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Event: How to build an open cloud

Reg Live TV It’s a hybrid world. But proprietary clouds are hard to integrate and less flexible. On the other hand, you’re already using them... To coordinate your internal and external clouds, migration, administration, data protection, compliance, service levels and support need to be coordinated too. The answer might lie in the open …
David Gordon, 16 May 2014

Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Adobe’s spectacular FAIL over the last 48 hours confirmed, rather than revealed, cloud computing to be so unreliable as to be positively dangerous. Cloud computing is shite. It takes over everything you’ve got, then farts in your face and runs away giggling. For those readers blissfully ignorant of what us media production types …
Alistair Dabbs, 16 May 2014

Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

Adobe has blamed a maintenance failure for the 27-hour outage in its Creative Cloud suite that left video and photo editors unable to log into online services. “The failure happened during database maintenance activity and affected services that require users to log in with an Adobe ID,” Adobe said in a blog post apologising for …

AWS brings Workspaces to Australia at a premium price

Amazon Web Services has flicked the switch on its 'Workspaces' desktop-a-as-service offering in its Sydney region. There's nothing new about the service, which as we've previously noted isn't at its best when consumed over high-latency links. AWS tells us Australian users can expect about 90 milliseconds less latency than was …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014

OpenStack kingpin Rackspace hires bankers to help it mull 'inbound strategic proposals'

Updated Rackspace has retained Morgan Stanley to help it evaluate "inbound strategic proposals". In other words, a partnership or acquisition is something that may lie in Rackspace's future, according to Bloomberg, which broke the news on Thursday. "Our board decided to hire Morgan Stanley to evaluate the inbound strategic proposals, …
Jack Clark, 15 May 2014

Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

Updated Adobe is struggling to correct a global outage that has already locked customers out of its Creative Cloud online services for nearly 24 hours. The Photoshop maker first tweeted that users were unable to login to their Adobe accounts at 2:22pm Pacific time on Wednesday, and the service was still offline as of 1pm on Thursday. …
Neil McAllister, 15 May 2014

Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

Google's chairman Eric Schmidt has attacked judges in the European Union's top court, who ruled earlier this week that the ad giant can be held responsible for the type of personal data that appears on its results pages. The multinational was shocked by the decision, which - in effect - ordered Google to respect existing privacy …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2014
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Japan weather bods rain on using cloud for tsunami warning data-crunching

The agency which predicts tsunamis and earthquakes in Japan has poured cold water on the idea of using the cloud to underpin its supercomputing operations. While cloud vendors have been touting supercomputing on tap for a few years now, Tatsuya Kimura, head of the office of international affairs at the Japan Meteorological …
Joe Fay, 15 May 2014

SAP tightlipped on job cuts in cloud rejig bid

SAP is swinging the axe and cutting a number of staff as it re-shapes itself as a provider of cloud services. The software biz would not say how many of its 66,750 employees will be laid off as part of its latest restructuring exercise, nor when the jobs would go – but called the losses “unavoidable”. Yet the company claimed it …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2014
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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's grand scheme to make NHS England paperless by 2018 has suffered a significant spending blow after a £60m slice of a tech fund allocated for the system appeared to disappear. Details about the cash shortfall, first spotted by the Health Service Journal (subscription needed), were buried in an NHS …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Battle of the OpenStack boffins – LIVE from the summit

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week we have a special episode of our weekly Speaking in Tech techcast recorded live at The OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. If you're in the storage biz, you'll definitely want to plug in for this. Podcaster Greg Knieriemen hosted a lively panel discussion titled "Ask the …
Team Register, 14 May 2014

Microsoft touts free cloud skills workshop for web and mobile devs

Promo You can join Microsoft for a free Cloud Camp workshop on May 23rd to learn how to build and deploy web apps and mobile services in the cloud. Developers of any platform are invited to bring their laptops and get started building with free Microsoft Azure services. The camp runs from 8:30 to 5:00 UK time (BST), during which …
David Gordon, 14 May 2014

Salesforce.com connects Heroku and Force.com

Salesforce.com's decision to acquire Heroku has looked an oddity for a while: why does a SaaS juggernaut with its own perfectly good Force.com development platform need a PaaS play like Heroku? The eternally-enthusiastic company has just spelled out why, and how, it thinks the two will work together. The scheme is simple: …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2014

HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

OpenStack Summit HP has admitted that the networking component of OpenStack sucks, and that the community needs to have a serious think about how to develop it in the future. The enterprise IT company's chief operating officer for cloud, Saar Gillai, told El Reg on Tuesday that the reason why OpenStack's "Neutron" system has had so many problems …
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014