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Just one Corretto, give it to me... AWS brews its own blend of Java with free long-term support

Amazon may be working to rid itself of Oracle database software, but the box-and-bit shifting biz can't get enough of Oracle's coffee-themed programming technology, Java. To be fair, Java belongs to everyone. Not the name. Oracle still owns the Java trademark. Use it at your peril. But the open source implementation of the …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Nov 2018
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In the cloud, Mumbai is a long way from Asia

Sending packets from Singapore to Mumbai over AWS? Fetch a coffee, the latency is horrible – according to cloud performance data released yesterday. Metrics outfit ThousandEyes ran tests from network probes deployed into 27 data centres globally, collecting connection data from 55 AWS, Azure, and Google cloud regions. The …
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Hybrid cloud’s growing pains – and how to beat them: A guide to raising a good platform, so you can raise a glass later

Backgrounder Where once it was public, now hybrid cloud is the future – and by hybrid, we mean a mix of public and private. Virtualised, elastic, and on-demand resources hosted by someone else combined with on-premises infrastructure. While uptake of cloud continues to grow as a whole, Gartner has predicted in particular that by 2020 90 …
Dan Robinson, 9 Nov 2018
Skull and Crossbones in the cloud

McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse

The average business has around 14 improperly configured IaaS instances running at any given time and roughly one in every 20 AWS S3 buckets are left wide open to the public internet. These are among the grim figures rolled out Monday by researchers with McAfee, who say that security practice has not kept up with the rapid …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2018
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Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

Serious security flaws in FreeRTOS – an operating system kernel used in countless internet-connected devices and embedded electronics – can be potentially exploited over the network to commandeer kit. Simply sending specially crafted malicious data to a vulnerable gadget, over the internet or network, can be enough to crash or …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2018
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Twilio tweaks twicky twalkative bot toows to dewight devewopers: It's Autopilot for chat apps

At its Signal show in San Francisco, California, today, cloud comms biz Twilio intends to debut a chatbot platform called Autopilot for creating chatty software agents suitable for integration with a variety of services, including interactive voice response (IVR) systems, SMS, chat, Alexa, Slack, and Google Assistant. Informed …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2018
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Battling a multi-cloud deployment? Get our expert IT advice in this handy catch-up video

Webcast For those of you who missed out on our live online broadcast on the seven deadly sins of multi-cloud last week, fear not, a catch-up video is available now. We had the incredibly knowledgable Kris Saxton from specialist DevOps consultancy Automation Logic in El Reg's studio with our own Jon Collins. The pair of them explored …
David Gordon, 17 Oct 2018
IBM's new mainframe

IBM talks 'emerging, high value segments' – so you know the Q3 numbers aren't great

IBM saw its stock price take a hit Tuesday afternoon after the enterprise tech giant saw quarterly revenues miss the mark. For the Q3 2018 period, ending September 30: Revenues of $18.8bn were down 2 per cent from the year-ago total of $19.2bn and well short of analyst estimates of $19.2bn. Net income of $2.7bn was down 1 …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2018
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US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD

The Pentagon's JEDI system, a cutting-edge cloud platform designed to take the US Department of Defense well into the next decade of technology, will require companies to utilize a delivery system straight out of the era of dial-up modems and pagers. An updated request for proposals (RFP) guideline issued this week demands …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2018
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Sick of bandwidth gouging? Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft, IBM have some good news

Updated The Cloudflare content delivery network (CDN) has teamed up with Microsoft, Google, IBM Cloud, and others to form the Bandwidth Alliance, a group of companies committed to trimming fees for data passing through the CDN. The initiative follows from Cloudflare's experience with Google's CDN Interconnect program, which has led to …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Sep 2018

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

London will remain the most important European market for data, according to a report from data centre giant Equinix – even with Brexit looming and Frankfurt catching up. The firm yesterday published its second annual Global Interconnection Index, which measures global traffic exchange, interconnection, or direct and private …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
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No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

Oracle's stock price took a hit on Monday after the enterprise giant saw revenue growth come to a virtual crawl, crucial cloud segments stagnated, and overall performance fell short of forecasts. Here's a summary of Big Red's first quarter of its fiscal 2019, the three months to August 31, as released on Monday: Revenues of …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018
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Danube diss: Cloud spending to outstrip Slovakia's GDP this year

What sector of tech is forecast to grow fatter than the Slovakian economy or Elon Musk’s ego in 2018? The cloud. Global spending on the fluffy white stuff is predicted by mystics at Gartner to reach $175.8bn this year. If the House of Crystal Ball Strokers are right - they’ve been wrong before - then that will equate to a rise …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2018
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Plex plucks media cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit

Streaming biz Plex has dumped its cloud-based media wrangling service, prompting users to dump its subscription service. "We've made the difficult decision to shut down the Plex Cloud service on November 30th, 2018," the company said on Tuesday – six weeks before the deadline. "We've been actively working on ways to address …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018
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So what's Microsoft's counter-AWS cloud strategy? Don't be evil

A Microsoft VP has optimistically opined that Amazon's expansion will help Microsoft nibble a little harder at the ankles of the world’s top public cloud firm. Judson Althoff, exec veep of all things "worldwide commercial business", told a tech investors' conference call that Microsoft feels "very, very good" about the …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Sep 2018

AIM-listed iomart inhales third cloud biz in 4 months

Exclusive AIM-listed iomart has carved out the umpteenth notch on its bedpost, so to speak, buying UK managed hosting and cloud minnow Bytemark. North Yorkshire-based Bytemark is the third slurp in four months for iomart following deals with cloud services outfits Dediserve, Tier 9 Ltd, which trades as Simply Servers. The latest …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2018
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HPE ekes out teeny-tiny sales bump as top beancounter hits eject

HPE's chief financial officer is quitting the corp, which just revealed its edge compute business is faring better than other more ho-hum divisions. The enterprise giant was able to keep its revenues growing, though barely, in Q3 FY2018, according to figures released on Thursday: Revenues of $7.8bn during the three months to …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2018
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What's holding you back from Google Cloud? Oh, OK... it was hoping you'd say 'lack of hardware security modules'

Google Cloud Platform has armored its cloud in metal by offering customers beta access to hardware security modules (HSM) to handle encryption keys. With a cloud-hosted HSM, GCP users can execute cryptographic operations on FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified kit, which is one level short of the most stringent standard. Google isn't …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Aug 2018

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