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Azure Australia launches, complete with full-fibre diet

Microsoft has, as expected, pressed the Big Blue Button to enliven the Australian “geo” of its Azure cloud service. Scott Guthrie, veep of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group had one other snippet to announce, namely the availability of dedicated fibre links – dubbed ExpressRoute - from Equinix and Telstra to the two …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

Vid Ex-Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has attacked retail giant Amazon for failing to make a profit after more than two decades of trading its wares online. "They make no money, Charlie. In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make money at some point," Big …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014

'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage

Netflix was struck by what appeared to be a fairly significant 90-minute outage on its streaming service late on Friday night that affected folk across Europe. The company coughed to problems with its network at around 9:30pm UK time last night. We're aware of members in Europe having trouble streaming on some devices. We are …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014

We chat to CloudFlare about its 'EVERYBODY GETS SSL' venture

Interview CloudFlare boss Matthew Prince is hoping the firm's project to roll out SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service will inspire other internet firms to build out a fully encrypted web. The Universal SSL program from CloudFlare allows its customers to encrypt and secure web traffic between visitors …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2014
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Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?

Comment Three questions: is baby turning into a monster? Are we desktop/notebook/tablet/smartphone users becoming the near-as-dammit slaves of social media and retail monopolists? Are these monopolists destroying jobs and impoverishing people faster than networked smart device and software technologies are creating jobs and enriching …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2014

Rackspace launches big red rack eater

Rackspace has flicked the switch on the third version of its RackConnect hybrid cloud-maker. RackConnect is the company's tool to marry dedicated hosting and the public cloud. The idea is that you might have some of your own kit in a data centre or dedicated boxen in a public cloud, plus some public cloud instances running in a …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2014
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Upstart brags about cheaper-than-Amazon private cold data cloud

Storiant is an object storage startup which claims its customers can use its technology to store petabyte-scale data in a private cloud at a price below public cloud storage. How does it pull this trick off? It has a customer, Markley Cloud Services in New England, which it says stores 11PB of cold data in a Storiant silo – as …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014
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Amazon's AWS opens data center in Germany – just as we said

Amazon’s European mainland customers wary of US spies can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely on the Continent. The giant today announced the opening of a data centre in Frankfurt, Germany – just as we reported it would in July. The data centre – or "region" as Amazon calls them – is the company's second in the EU …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2014
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Web Developers: Autumnal webinars throw light on the Cloud

Promo Microsoft is running a raft of Azure training events throughout October to help you get onboard its cloud platform, whether you’re a neophyte or an experienced web developer. On October 28, its weekly webinar will also feature a 30 minute talk by guest speakers from Scaboodle on “Building a Cloud Business.” That’s on top of the …
David Gordon, 23 Oct 2014
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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

If backup is too often an afterthought, have you considered its even poorer relation, archive. You haven’t? What a surprise. The fact is, businesses and their infrastructure depend upon common services for general efficiency, management focus and cost control. All organisations do, and it would be a nightmare if they didn't. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2014

Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

IBM and Microsoft’s Azure cloud are blending after the two firms inked an enterprise partnership. Big Blue and Microsoft on Wednesday committed to host and integrate their enterprise software on their respective clouds. Also, they'll work together on deeper developer and VM support. Staples of enterprise IT spanning servers, …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2014

How much will it take to make OpenStack better? Well, stack dev Mirantis just bagged $100m ...

Three-year-old OpenStack startup Mirantis has scored $100m in venture-capital funding, we're told. The series-B cash injection came from Intel Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures) and other investors. Mirantis was founded in 2011, and (until now) had $20m in the bank from Valley sugar daddies. It …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2014
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Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre

Analysis Two words were missing from Microsoft’s cloudy event in San Francisco yesterday, where CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise VP Scott Guthrie presented an update to the company’s Azure and hybrid cloud strategy. Those two words were System Center. That was an odd omission considering that System Center is meant to be the …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again. “We see very little of ‘let’s move workloads to the cloud so it is cheaper’,” says Gartner analyst Gregor Petri. “Most of the workloads in the cloud are new ones. The promise of cloud computing for enterprises is that they can become …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014
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Most cloud apps flout EU data protection rules – study

Three in four cloud services do not conform to the current EU Data Protection Directive, according to a new study. Enterprise cloud visibility firm Skyhigh Networks found that nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of the cloud services used by European organisations do not meet the requirements of the current privacy regulations, …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2014
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CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz

Microsoft has let slip one of its least-well-guarded secrets: two new Azure bit barns will go live in Australia next week, as predicted by Vulture South. The opening will coincide with TechEd Sydney, and was revealed in one of Redmond's “Cloud Day” announcements (spotted by Lifehacker AU). In that emission, Redmond promised “ …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2014
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Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

“We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently. It’s a big target to set yourself. There’s plenty of competition from incumbents such as Microsoft (now changing its game), and new entrants such as Amazon (breaking down the doors). One thing both have to help …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2014
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Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

Yahoo! has finally developed a Flickr app for Apple's iPad – but the move has upset Microsoft Windows' fans who have accused the Purple Palace of having "selective hearing" about its userbase. The Marissa Mayer-run company, which bought photo-sharing site Flickr in 2005, said on Friday that it had cooked up an app for Cupertino' …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2014

Make life easy for yourself when you move to the cloud

So the boss has decided that the company needs a “highly scalable elastic cloud infrastructure” and in true Dilbert style, the rank-and-file IT people have to build said cloud yesterday. The most important first step is: don't do anything... Yet. An organisation’s, or at least the IT department’s, staff need to understand not …
Stuart Burns, 17 Oct 2014
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Juno what's just been released? OpenStack 10, that's what

The tenth version of OpenStack is upon us, and thanks to 1,419 contributors from 133 companies offers 342 new features and 3,219 bug fixes. Juno, as the new release is known, is the latest emission in the project's planned six-monthly release cycle. The headline feature this time around is a new automated service for …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014

Giant advertising, sorry, 'Search' firm Google makes BILLIONS - but not enough for Wall St

Google did manage to shrink its dependency on advertising in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 – albeit slightly – but lest you doubt what the online giant's actual business is, ads run mainly beside other people's content still accounted for 89 per cent of its sales. And as has been the case for many consecutive quarters, sales …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2014

Keep a beady eye on your business's cloud service shopping

If you believe the hype, it is only a question of time before every Tom, Dick and Harriet in your organisation becomes a tech decision maker who can spend your company's money, with the power to do so a mere click away. “Shadow IT”, the term emerging to describe the buying of IT and technology services without any central …
Stuart Burns, 16 Oct 2014

Ericsson slurps up unified data centre software shop

Ericsson has bought an 11-year-old data-centre cloud specialist. The telecomms infrastructure player has bought Sentilla, used to manage data-centre “assets” – physical, virtual and private and public clouds. Sentilla claims to use model-driven analysis and intelligent capacity forecasting to deliver a “unified view of data- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014
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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

As IT recruiters collectively bemoan the dearth of cloud professionals, the doom-and-gloom predictions that cloud services would result in the death of the IT department now seem nothing short of laughable. The most recent research from industry body the Cloud Industry Forum suggests that cloud computing has achieved mainstream …
Rachel Willcox, 16 Oct 2014
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AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC

Amazon Web Services has made a significant enhancement to its Workspaces desktop-as-a-service service, by allowing support for Teradici's PC-over-IP protocol and “zero clients” that run it. Workspaces is a US$35 a month service that offers Windows Server 2008 re-skinned with the Windows 7 UI. Until today, consuming the service …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014
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SAP, IBM snuggle up for HANA-as-a-service

IBM will host SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud on its global data centers, it was announced today. Big Blue reckons this means customers can run managed SAP workloads in the cloud from testing to production on a single, consistent architecture partly powered by IBM-owned SoftLayer. HANA is SAP’s in-memory database that sits beneath …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2014
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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

Sysadmin Blog Controversy has erupted around Microsoft's Windows 10 preview. More specifically, questions are being raised about the amount of tracking – and the depth of tracking – that was built into the preview. The Windows 10 technical preview goes so far as to monitor your typing, potentially crossing the line from instrumentation of …
Trevor Pott, 14 Oct 2014

Salesforce and Microsoft to unleash integrations ... next year

SaaS superpower Salesforce has revealed the details of its cloudy collaboration with Microsoft, and the main detail is that the fruits of the relationship won't be delivered until deep into 2015. Redmond's corporate veep for Windows marketing Tony Prophe appeared alongside Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff at the latter company's …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2014
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Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push

Oracle has bagged itself a global head to manage the cloudy portfolio just a week after chief techie and erstwhile CEO Larry Ellison talked up the bets the company is placing behind the as-a-service model. The database titan has hired SAP’s former president of global cloud and line of business Shawn Price, after the German …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2014
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Intel, Cisco and co reveal PLANS to keep tabs on WORLD'S MACHINES

RoTM GE, Intel, Cisco, and Verizon have announced a big data deal to connect Predix — GE’s software platform — to machines, systems, and edge devices regardless of manufacturer. “By connecting more assets and equipment (to each other and people) at the edge to the cloud, industrial operators gain more insight into the performance of …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Oct 2014
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AWS 'won' Xen-mess-inspired cloud reboot says Rightscale

The Xen bug that forced AWS, Rackspace and SoftLayer, among others, to reboot many of their servers appears to have gone off without a hitch, although Amazon customers report less downtime than other cloud users. So says cloud groomer Rightscale, which asked 449 folks how the cloud reboot went for them. Here's the headline …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2014
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Cisco to sink $16m in cloudy Chinese joint venture with TCL Corp

Cisco is planning to set up a new $80m commercial cloud joint venture with Chinese electronics firm TCL Corp, according to a company filing. TCL told Shenzhen Stock Exchange (translated by Google) that Cisco would invest $16m in the new firm and hold a 20 per cent stake, while TCL takes care of the rest of the investment for the …

Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes

Interview Rackspace president and CEO Taylor Rhodes ascended to the latter role just last month, so when our Sydney bureau was offered the chance for a chat, we jumped at it. Here's what Rhodes had to say about Rackspace's decision to stand alone, what it's like watching AWS and Google fight giants fight and more. The Register: Rackspace …
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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

Australia's Department of Finance has updated its Cloud Policy to say “... agencies now must adopt cloud”. Those italics are the Department's, and it also has some qualifications for the edict, namely that cloud should only be adopted “where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money …

Three UK fined £250,000 for customer complaints COCKUP

Three UK has been fined £250,000 by Ofcom after the mobe carrier was caught giving up on moaning customers' complaints without resolving their problems with the service. The communications watchdog said that Three UK failed to handle some subscriber gripes in a "fair and timely manner". Ofcom added that, during the regulator's …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Oct 2014

Docker acqui-slurps Koality

Containerisation darling Docker has made an acquisition, slurping Koality for an undisclosed sum. Koality offers a continuous integration product, which Docker wants because CEO Ben Golub sees his company's eponymous product being used during the software development lifecycle. Docker's not a continuous integration company and …
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Redmond flicks switch on Dropbox for VMs

Microsoft has formally launched Azure Site Recovery, its service that allows one to fail over from an on-premises bit barn to an Azure facility. Microsoft previewed the service back in June. Since then the company has also slurped disaster recovery expert InMage. Redmond says that acquisition's technology has been thrown into …
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Azure Australia certified good enough for government work

Microsoft's Australian outpost still won't say when its pair of local Azure bit barns will go live for folks beyond the current cloud test dummies, but is waving around a newly-acquired letter that proves it “has appropriate and effective security controls in place for the processing, storage and transmission of Unclassified …

Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

The public has less than two weeks to respond to one of the vaguest European Commission consultations ever… but one that will decide where the Commish spends its money. The deadline for submissions to the public consultation on Cloud Computing and Software has been extended by a week to 17 October. But unlike many consultations …
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Mind-blowing! You'll totally believe what Google is now calling its Cloud Platform previews

Google is changing what it calls preview versions of its Cloud Platform products, a move it says is designed to add "transparency, speed, and simplicity" to its release process. "Going forward, all products will be pre-released in Alpha format for testing by a select group of customers, and after passing this phase, will be …

Another day, another cloud computing price cut

Another day, another cloud computing price cut, and this time it's Google's turn to wield the razor. As a result, those at the pointy end will find their bills for Chocolate Factory Compute Engine instances are ten per cent lower than was previously the case. Here's Google's handy chart for the mathematically-challenged: New …

EVIL patent TROLLS poised to attack OpenStack, says Linux protection squad

A group established to shield Linux from patent trolls has warned OpenStack will be the next big target for intellectual property hoarders. The Open Invention Network (OIN) reckons the open-source cloud is ripe for the plucking by trolls, who would easily be able to box off and claim core technologies as their own. That would …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Oct 2014