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Microsoft's top lawyer: I have a cunning plan ... to rescue sunk safe harbor agreement

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith has presented a new safe harbor pact to replace the agreement struck down earlier this month by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECJ ruled that transferring Europeans' private information in and out of America is no longer allowed because America's privacy laws …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2015
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Microsoft Azure now goes with Google's Go

Microsoft has added “experimental support” for the open-source Go programming language, developed by Google, on the Azure App Service, part of its cloud platform. Go, announced in 2009 and released in 2012, was designed for programming large software systems. In common with languages such as Java and C#, it was born out of the …
Tim Anderson, 20 Oct 2015
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Microsoft flicks switch for three Azure bit barns in India

Microsoft's Azure cloud services have a new region: India. The House That Gates Built now has functioning bit barns in the central Indian city of Pune, Chennai and Mumbai. As of today, the three bit barns are open for Azure business. Later in October Office 365 will start to operate from India and in the first half of 2016 …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2015

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

The BBC is trying to block access to iPlayer from UK VPNs, crushing the spirits of those overseas hoping to get a fix of Doctor Who and other British telly. Auntie said it instituted the blockade to deter pirates from ripping off its dramas, comedies, documentaries and other programs, which are funded by TV license-fee payers …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015
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Of OpenStack and Cloud Orchestrator

Tomorrow’s computing systems will extend from legacy hardware and applications inside the company, through to virtualized, API-friendly applications still on-premise in the data centre, and further out to cloud-based systems off-premise. These in turn will divide down still further into dedicated, single-tenant cloud-based …
Robin Birtstone, 19 Oct 2015
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HP Cloud 28+ guru: 1,000 users in 6 months? Piece of cake

Canalys Channels Forum HP is forecasting 1,000 mid-market and corporate enterprises in Europe will buy tech services under its Cloud28+ initiative in the six months after it goes live. A beta launch of the cloud catalogue and certification programme for punters in the EU – all 28 countries – came this month ahead of full blown commercial release in …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2015
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HMRC U-turns on VAT rules for cloud

HMRC has U-turned on its proposals to hand out VAT refunds just for large system integrators, while forcing public sector bodies purchasing off-the-shelf "cloud" services to pay the full whack. Last year the body published guidelines that would effectively penalise public sector organisations for buying cheap, standardised off …
Kat Hall, 16 Oct 2015
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All in the name of Liberty: OpenStack 12 set free!

The 12th version of OpenStack, Liberty, is on the streets. The OpenStack foundation reckons it's kicked some big goals this time around, especially in terms of security thanks to refined role-based controls and scalability thanks to a hotter Nova. Plenty of OpenStack users are service providers, so it makes sense that the new …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2015

Après le Dell-uge, VMware is still partnership material

One of the selling points of the Dell/EMC deal, aka “Le Dell-uge”, was that all the component companies controlled by Dell the man will be able to cross-sell each other's stuff and cash in. That sound? Alarms going off inside all the server and cloud vendors who work with VMware but now fear nourishing a rival. The Reg's …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2015

Walmart to open-source its cloud-hopping code

Retail colossus Walmart has open-sourced its own cloud operations code. Walmart is a big cloud user but says that come the year's fourth quarter its online retailing operations are too big for any one cloud to handle. Portability is therefore something it prizes, hence its 2013 investment in cloud automation startup OneOps, to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2015
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SAP's Orca leaps from the depths early, Needled by Amazon

SAP announced its brand new cloud analytics service under pressure from mighty Amazon. Europe's largest software maker pre-announced Project Orca, now officially named Cloud for Analytics, in response to Amazon's Space Needle BI-analytics-as-a-service, The Register has learned. Sources close to SAP told The Reg SAP hadn't …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2015

Speaking in Tech: Laugh it up, Dell/EMC cloud guys... while you can

Podcast It's another episode of our weekly techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it's a full house to talk about Dell and EMC, but there was also news from AWS re:Invent, Safe Harbor and Apple. Our special guests this week are Stu Miniman, senior analyst at Wikibon and Brian Gracely, Wikibon …
Team Register, 14 Oct 2015

Rapid7 inhales cloudy machine data search firm Logentries

Rapid7 has bought cloud-based machine data search and log company Logentries for $68m in cash and equity, allowing Rapid7 to add that functionality to its widely used penetration testing tool Metasploit. Adding disruptive log management and efficient, fast search will give corporate security teams the ability to deeply …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2015
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Hurd clings to Oracle’s cloud growth as overall revenue declines

Mark Hurd, joint chief exec at Oracle, has come out as predictably bullish on the company's cloud prospects, stating in an interview that customers can't get enough of its fluffy white stuff. Speaking to The Telegraph, Hurd said compared with 12 or 15 months ago "the customer is more excited about and open to the cloud". He …
Kat Hall, 14 Oct 2015

On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

Analysis This really wasn’t in the script. All conquering, “disruptive” Silicon Valley companies were more powerful than any nation state, we were told, and governments and nations would submit to their norms. But now the dam that Max Schrems cracked last week has burst open as European companies seek to nail down local alternatives to …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2015
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Is streaming pirate video legal? Europe's highest court will take a look

Fresh from tearing up the safe harbor framework, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will take a look at the complex issue of online video streaming. A Dutch court has asked the ECJ to review a number of questions over the legality of streaming content in a case in which an anti-piracy group is suing an online store for its …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2015

Salesforce slaps down $100m fund for cloudy European upstarts

Profitless software-as-a-service pusher Salesforce has opened a $100m (£66m) investment fund for European startups under its Salesforce Ventures vehicle. It said the fund is intended to "fuel cloud innovation" in the region. The investment vehicle has been going since 2009 but its 150 investments have mainly been US companies …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015
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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

Twitter has confirmed that it will cut loose more than 300 employees as the profitless company attempts to claw back costs and push for user growth on the struggling site. The firm, whose old CEO Jack Dorsey returned to run Twitter last week, said in a US Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing that – as a result …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2015
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New cloud bookings are a thing for SAP in Q3

It's all about the cloud for SAP in its Q3, 2015 results announcement today, with the company posting cloud subscription and support revenues of €600m, up 116 per cent on last year - and a slightly less heady 90 per cent at constant currencies. Even less heady, new acquisition Concur delivered €149m of the growth. New cloud …
Drew Cullen, 13 Oct 2015
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Chinese dragon Alibaba ramps up cloud war with second US data center

Chinese cloud purveyor Aliyun, a division of the Middle Kingdom's Amazon equivalent Alibaba, has opened its second US data center in Silicon Valley. The move is part of its international expansion plans, with the company having earlier this year signed up a raft of international partners to flog its services globally. Alibaba …
Kat Hall, 9 Oct 2015

What's not up, Docs? Google Docs goes titsup in time for Friday beers

Updated It's not you – it's Google. The web giant's Docs cloud has fallen off the internet, leaving US office workers eyeing up the boozer early. The in-browser word processor is offline around the world, and returns a 502 error when accessing it. Google Drive is also struggling to stay up, it seems. The alleged productivity suite …
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AWS throws the lever on monster 2TB X1 for in-memory databases

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unleashed a handful of new service options on the second day of its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. Among the announcements are additions to both the high and low ends of the EC2 cloud compute service. For companies looking to run in-memory databases on AWS, EC2 will now offer the X1 instance …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Oct 2015
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AWS jabs at rivals, proclaims cloud the 'new normal'

AWS Reinvent "This is not intended to be a sales and marketing conference, it’s really intended to be an education and training conference," said Amazon Web Services (AWS) Senior VP Andy Jassy at the keynote for Reinvent under way in Las Vegas. Yet marketing dominated his keynote as he jabbed at competitors. The truth is, AWS does have an …
Tim Anderson, 8 Oct 2015
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Microsoft starts backup of on-prem workloads and desktops to Azure

Microsoft has announced it will now offer backups of on-premises SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and windows clients to Azure. To use Azure as your backup target you'll need the Azure Backup agent or Microsoft Recovery Services Agent on your servers or PCs. That code will take care …
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Disk boxes, security tools, etc: What Amazon announced at its AWS shindig on Wednesday

Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked off its annual re:Invent conference on Wednesday with the introduction of a handful of new additions to its cloud computing service. The rollout includes a tool to test apps for security flaws, plus a business intelligence (BI) service, and a new way to physically toss data into Amazon's cloud …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Oct 2015
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Like a wedding cake: Avere unveils three-tier AWS cloud NAS

Avere is punting a three tier filer in the AWS cloud using its virtual FXT filer accelerator software. The general idea is that you have compute instances running in the AWS cloud and they use file data, so you need a NAS in the cloud. You have choices about where to put the file data: EC2 RAM for the fastest access; EBS …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2015

Now it's the security industry's turn to be burned by cloud

Amazon has launched web application firewall to help customers guard against common web exploits. The web attic touts the service as a means to ink custom rules to block attack patterns like SQL injection and cross-site scripting and offering the ability to quickly deploy application rules. Rules can be set based on IP …
Team Register, 7 Oct 2015

Rackspace turns into a fanatical AWS cloud-flinger

Managed cloud computing company Rackspace will now sell and support Amazon’s mighty AWS, echoing a similar partnership with Microsoft. The company Tuesday unveiled Fanatical Support for AWS, initially for US customers with support for those outside the US in beta mode. Rackspace will also now sell and consult on Jeff Bezos' …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Oct 2015
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By the numbers: The virtualisation options for private cloud hopefuls

VMware, Hyper-V ... XenServer? When it comes to virtualisation, these are the three most frequently cited options. And this would have been OK in the days before cloud, when virtualisation was “just” something for the boys and girls down in the sysadmin branch of the IT department cared about. Now we do have cloud, and private …
Tom Baines, 5 Oct 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Oct 2015
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Microsoft pitches Azure at HPC, visualisation loads

Microsoft is lobbing a bunch of GPUs into its Azure cloud to try and attract HPC-type workloads. The GPU-enabled VM option was one of two additions to the Azure lineup at its AzureCon conference – the other is Azure DV2, based on Intel's Haswell processor. The GPU option, Azure N, targets remote visualisation and “compute …

Building a hybrid cloud? Then check out these Microsoft webinars

Promo IT is moving at a furious pace. Are you trying to figure out how to manage hybrid clouds, deploy converged infrastructure and run open source workloads in the cloud? This Autumn Microsoft is running a series of webinars explaining just how all these building blocks fit together, whether you’re a megacorp, an SME or an up and …
David Gordon, 30 Sep 2015
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Rackspace: Amazon? Sure, you can buy their cloud ... from us

Rackspace has reportedly formed a partnership with Amazon Web Services to help customers move their data centers to the online retail giant's public cloud. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, an American financial newspaper, the two companies plan to announce their new relationship at Amazon's AWS:reinvent …
Neil McAllister, 30 Sep 2015
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Intralinks tags HP Helion for its Oz-hosted cloud

Questions about data sovereignty have brought another cloud provider to Australia, with Intralinks moving into an HP data centre down under. The collaboration software-as-a-service outfit will launch early in 2016, with Intralinks specifically tagging Australian data sovereignty regulations as behind the move. Its concern …
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Microsoft says Mesos support is coming with Azure Container Service

Building on its existing support for containerized applications on its Azure cloud, Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Azure Container Service, a new environment for running cloudy container workloads based on Docker and Apache Mesos. "After speaking with many enterprise customers who have turned to Mesos to address challenges …
Neil McAllister, 29 Sep 2015

Microsoft stamps its bootprints harder into India

Just days after promising to connect a ton of people in India to the world of cat GIFs and online ads, Microsoft has opened a load of data centers in the nation to flog its cloud. The move was first mentioned last year by CEO Satya Nadella, who described the Indian cloud services market as a "two trillion dollar market …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2015

Put all your eggs in one basket – and by eggs we mean GPU-heavy apps and by basket, Azure

Microsoft will add a new N-series of virtual machines to its Azure cloud that are boosted by Nvidia's graphics accelerators. It's going to be announced today that people spinning up Windows or Linux in the N-series VMs will be able to access virtualized GPUs in Azure using Nvidia's GRID technology. These virtual machines will …
Chris Williams, 29 Sep 2015
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Managing DevOps in the hybrid cloud

Here’s the big challenge for companies wanting to excel at software delivery: how can you foster fast development and rollouts of software tools, while supporting new deployment platforms, such as hybrid cloud environments? There’s a lot to juggle, and it won’t be easy. DevOps can help. DevWhat? DevOps isn’t so much a product …
Robin Birtstone, 28 Sep 2015

Did you bet the farm on Amazon's cloud? Time to wean yourself off

Comment Oracle is making hay over last weekend's mega six-hour Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud outage. "You get what you pay for," tweeted Oracle's Phil Dunn, with the caveat that all views are his and don't necessarily reflect those of Oracle. But you get the point. Yes, Amazon's been left with egg on its face and rivals will be …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Sep 2015

Controversial: The future is data integrity, not confidentiality

The key to the digital future is about data integrity, not data confidentiality. So says Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, who flew into San Francisco Thursday morning to address an internet summit hosted by CloudFlare. "I have AB blood," he said by way of example. "I don't particularly care that people know that. …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Sep 2015

Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

A letter sent to the US Congress by over 50 members of the European Parliament has hit back at claims of "digital protectionism" emanating from the United States. Sent on Wednesday, the letter [PDF] takes issue with criticisms from President Obama and Congress over how the EU is devising new laws for the digital era. "We are …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2015

Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and other big names were crippled or thrown offline for millions of people when Amazon suffered what's now revealed to be a cascade of cock-ups. On Sunday, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which powers a good chunk of the internet, broke down and cut off websites from people eager to stream TV, or hookup with …
Chris Williams, 23 Sep 2015