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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

Amazon's AWS infrastructure boss has slapped down Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd after the latter boasted that Big Red needs fewer data centers because its systems are, apparently, twice as good. Writing on his personal blog this week, James Hamilton, an Amazon distinguished engineer, said the suggestion that Oracle can compete with …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017
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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud

Google has released another piece of its in-house software-defined networking (SDN) system for public use on the Google Cloud service. The Chocolate Factory said that Espresso functions as the edge-facing component of the Google network, linking its own machines up with the interconnect facilities of backbone providers and …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2017
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AWS plants fresh roots in green-leaning Sweden

Amazon will expand the data centre footprint of AWS with the opening of a region in Sweden next year. The giant announced on Tuesday plans for an AWS EU Stockholm region comprised of three availability zones. The Stockholm region will be AWS's fourth EU region, following London, which opened at the end of 2016, Frankfurt and …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Apr 2017
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Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project

A group of open networking companies have dispatched a fleet of X-Wing fighters in the direction of the biggest target in networking: Cisco. Under the auspices of the Linux Foundation, Cumulus Networks, Orange, 6WIND, Architecture Technology, LabN Consulting, NetDEF (OpenSourceRouting), and Volta Networks have launched the …
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Researchers steal data from CPU cache shared by two VMs

A group of researchers say they can extract information from an Amazon Web Services virtual machine by probing the cache of a CPU it shares with other cloudy VMs. A paper titled Hello from the Other Side: SSH over Robust Cache Covert Channels in the Cloud (PDF) explains the challenges of extracting data from CPU cache, a very …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2017
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Is Jassy just jazzing on AWS database migration numbers? Smells fishy...

Analysis Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy doesn't often tweet, but when he does it's usually to applaud the popularity of AWS's database migration service. On New Year's Eve Jassy bragged that the service had captured more than 16,000 databases from its rivals since launch on 15 March, 2016. According to him, earlier this month, …
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UKFast opens trapdoor under prices, thumbs nose at AWS

Cloudy British hosting biz UKFast has dropped its prices for cloudy Openstack hosting, it says, taking a pop at AWS as it does so. The price drop is for UKFast’s eCloud Flex platform, and the company says it has cut its prices by up to 44 per cent. A variety of discounts are available for bulk purchases, including 30 per cent …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Mar 2017
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Press 1 for bill shock, 2 for outages... AWS touts call-center management-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services on Tuesday introduced Amazon Connect, a hosted contact center service that allows any business to consign customers to voice jail with minimal effort. Based on the contact center technology used by Amazon customer service personnel, Amazon Connect presents companies with a comparatively painless alternative …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2017
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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business. One-third of what Red Hat called its largest deals in the three months to February 28 contained an OpenStack private cloud component. More than a third involved Red Hat’s Ansible …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2017
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Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity. Customers were informed that T2 micro instances were running short of rack space in the EU West 2a availability zone in the morning. The AWS zone is in London and opened in December …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2017
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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

Updated Microsoft cloud services have dived offline, taking down Outlook, Hotmail, OneDrive, Skype, and Xbox Live. The problems appear to have started on Tuesday morning Pacific Time, although systems could have started to wobble earlier: basically, people were and still are unable to log into their Microsoft-hosted services. Outlook …
Iain Thomson, 21 Mar 2017
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Sage loses 'trail-blazing' executive after less than six months

British software giant Sage has lost a “trail-blazing” executive brought in to help oversee the transition to cloud from on-prem after less than six months. Operations veteran Jacqueline de Rojas was named executive vice president for Northern Europe in September 2016, in a newly extended role. Sage chief executive Stephen …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2017
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Citrix reveals full Xen combo will be cheaper than Xen lite for Azure

Citrix has revealed a little more about XenApp Essentials, its replacement for the Azure Remoteapp application publishing service that Microsoft killed off last year. We wrote about this product just yesterday, because its sibling XenDesktop essentials appeared unheralded. XenApp Essentials had been promised for delivery in …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2017
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Like a BaaS: IBM offers Blockchain as a Service

IBM's fortunes are set to change, we're sure of it. After 20 straight quarters of sales decline, the business has launched Blockchain-as-a-Service. IBM Blockchain is a public cloud service for the building of "tailor-made blockchain solutions" on the IBM Cloud. According to Big Blue, customers could even trade paper using its …
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IBM finds Wanda-ful new way to add China to its cloudy Bluemix

IBM”s found a new way to get its cloud into China – a new deal with the Wanda Internet Technology Group. Wanda what? Wanda Internet Technology Group is a limb of Wanda Group, aka Dalian Wanda, a Chinese conglomerate that brings in about US$40bn a year with property development, luxury hotels, cinemas and other businesses. The …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2017
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NetSuite-nourished Oracle: SaaS margins will go up to 80%

Oracle thinks it's done the hard work as it transitions to become a cloud company and is now poised to convert swathes of its customers from software licences to SaaS and infrastructure-as-a-service subscriptions. So said Co-CEO Safra Catz on the company's third quarter earnings on Wednesday, during which she said “Our pivot …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017
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Cisco wireless, cloud management on this week's must-patch list

If you've implemented Mobility Express on a Cisco 1800 access point, it needs patching against a critical authentication bypass. Reported by Bijay Limbu Senihang of Rigo Information Technology, it's in the Web-based GUI: an attacker can send a crafted HTTP request to bypass authentication, and “perform unauthorised …
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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

Canonical is extending the deadline for security updates for paying users of its five-year-old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – a first. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will become the first Long Term Support release of Canonical’s Linux to get Extended Security Maintenance (ESM). There are six LTS editions. All others have been end-of-lifed – and given …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2017

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