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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Microsoft has announced it will offer “the full VMware stack on Azure hardware”. Redmond's announcement stated that the company has commenced a preview of “a bare-metal solution … co-located with other Azure services” and “in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners.” Microsoft has not named those partners, …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

A US navy pilot in an EA-18G GROWLER is facing stiff action – after crafting a novel flight pattern that left much of central Washington state staring up at an anatomy lesson. The offending artist flew out of the Whidbey Island air station Thursday morning and deliberately painted the sky over the city of Okanogan with the ol …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation leaks passwords, video from AWS S3 bucket

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the long list of organisations to leak sensitive data from a poorly secured public-facing Amazon Web Services S3 bucket. Security outfit Kromtech's chief communications officer Bob Diachenko on Thursday revealed today that the company “identified a trove of data that is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2017

Take Kubernetes, and bish bash BOSH, you've got Container Runtime

Announcing its updated and renamed Kubernetes and BOSH (Kubo) project as Container Runtime (CFCR) last month, Cloud Foundry said the project would give users greater "choice". CFCR became Cloud Foundry's preferred method for deploying containers using Kubo, donated to the Cloud Foundry Foundation by Pivotal Software and Google …
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Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well

The cloud is a highly competitive arena, where cloud providers jostle for market share. We know of Microsoft's long haul against Amazon’s AWS, but of late Oracle has cranked up the noise against Jeff Bezos' market leader while trying to break past Google and IBM. And yet, what we imagine to be bitter rivals team up – as when …

No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

Even using the most conservative estimates, the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans. Machines are communicating more with other machines than they are with humans. It's therefore reasonable to assume that, eventually, data centres will exist specifically to cater to machine communication, and those …
Trevor Pott, 6 Nov 2017
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How to secure a software-driven technology stack in a cloud of moving parts

Another day, another cloud security mishap. Some company exposes recordings of your kids to the Internet and then comes under Senatorial scrutiny. A security firm managing security clearance information turns out to be insecure. Well, this cloud business is hard, isn’t it? There are lots of moving parts and they’re all buried …
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Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Microsoft has let the world in on one of its key Azure management tools: a simulator designed to help prevent nearly 70 per cent of the bugs that cause network downtime. The simulator, called CrystalNet, is a design tool Microsoft Research created for its admins to help avoid downtime during routine maintenance and upgrades. …
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What just counted $24bn in receipts, and rhymes with psycho loft?

Microsoft is crediting its Azure and Office cloud operations with helping to drive a better-than-expected start to its fiscal year. The Redmond giant highlighted on Thursday the growth of its cloud services, both enterprise and consumer, as it topped $24bn in the first quarter of its fiscal 2018. For the three-month period, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2017
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Cisco, Google, sitting in a tree, C-L-O-U-D-I-N-G

Cisco and Google have struck a partnership to stretch Kubernetes from on-prem to the cloud and back again. The partnership will see the Chocolate Factory's Kubernetes container orchestrator and Istio microservices manger integrated with Switchzilla's hyperconverged HyperFlex platform. Kubernetes has all-but become the de …

AWS will be the last big cloud to add Skylake as Azure turns 'em on

Microsoft has announced its first Azure instances running Intel's Skylake silicon, a move that means Amazon Web Services will be the last of the big four clouds to run Intel's latest silicon. Amazon announced it would use Skylake last November 2016 at its re:Invent gabfest. Google offered Skylake in June 2017, IBM switched it …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017

HPE quits cloud servers, two weeks after telling El Reg it wouldn't do that

HPE has quit the business of providing custom servers to big cloud operators. Which may come as a surprise to readers who recall our story from October 5th. In that piece, HPE's Carlo Giorgi told us the cloud server business “... is being re-engineered or engineered to be more fit for purpose. It will still be a tailored …
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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Google and the American government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines if it loses its war against a search warrant for email held overseas. The Mountain View giant is refusing to comply with the warrant, issued in the US, requiring it to cough up Gmail messages held on a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2017
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SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

Enterprise giant SAP has reported an increase in both revenues and operating profits for the latest quarter – but execs were forced to explain a slowdown in cloud bookings. The results for the quarter ended September 30, released today (PDF), showed total revenues of €5.59bn – up 4 per cent year-on-year – and an operating …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government. Redmond said on Wednesday the Azure Government wing of its cloud compute service has been cleared to host secret-level data and code for Uncle Sam's agencies and contractors. The service, creatively dubbed Azure Government …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

IBM topped analyst expectations in its third quarter of the year, but still couldn't shake a run of falling revenue that now stands at 5 and a half years long. Big Blue credited strong returns from its cloud and cognitive businesses along with a boost from its recent mainframe refresh in helping it top $19bn of total revenues …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017

Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute over whether Microsoft should release personal emails stored in Ireland to America's federal government. In 2014, the US Department of Justice took Microsoft to court because the software giant refused to give up emails stored on its data centres in Ireland, which would …
Andrew Silver, 16 Oct 2017
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With microservices Java can at last join us in our cloudy, DevOpsy world

Microservices aren't a new concept to Java – their forerunner was Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), which could be constructed, among other means, with the assistance of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs). The fundamental concept behind microservices is applications should be broken down into small services that can be …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2017

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