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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

Microsoft is blaming bad weather for the massive outage that knocked a number of Azure cloud and Visual Studio Teams services offline Tuesday. The Windows giant revealed its South Central US facility in Texas was crippled after severe storms and lightning strikes overloaded its cooling equipment, forcing its servers and other …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Sep 2018

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

Updated Microsoft has warned that a "subset of customers in South Central US" may experience Azure problems today after cooling issues sent the servers scurrying for the shutdown button. The warning was first raised by Microsoft at 09:29 UTC as pretty much everything in the South Central US region went offline thanks to a temperature …
Richard Speed, 04 Sep 2018
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Microsoft Germany emerging from behind Deutsche Telekom cloud

Microsoft's Frankfurt and Berlin data centres will start shipping bits from the fourth quarter of 2019. Azure will be the first service to go live in the new regions, with Office 365 following in Q1 of 2020 and Dynamics later that year. The launch will bring Redmond and its customers into line with Germany's Cloud Computing …
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Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade

Plusnet has admitted that some customer accounts showed other people's names and addresses during a planned upgrade to its billing systems. This was one of a few technical hitches the broadband pusher faced over the weekend, as both current and former customers reported being sent incorrect payment notifications, while a …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Sep 2018
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Who wants to read 34 pages about getting VMware Private Cloud to run on NetApp HCI?

NetApp has produced a verified architecture for VMware on its Element hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), promising deployment in under 30 minutes if its rules are obeyed. VMware Private Cloud (VPC) is basically VMware installed on-premises. NetApp's Element HCI is, as we understand it, a converged system, with separate …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2018

Oracle trying hard to make sure Pentagon knows Amazon ain't the only cloud around

The Pentagon is no longer taking questions on its controversial cloud contract after making last-minute amendments to the deal – and has received another complaint from disgruntled prospective bidder Oracle. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract has a massive scope, covering different levels of secrecy …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Aug 2018
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Let's get ethical, says Salesforce as revenues rocket 27% – thanks in part to US Border Patrol

Salesforce is launching an office for "ethical and humane" tech less than a week after it was heavily criticised for supplying software to the US Border Patrol, which is itself overseeing an abusive immigration policy. The cloudy CRM goliath revealed the move yesterday as it published results (PDF) for the three months ended …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Aug 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

Cloudera stirs its data warehouse-as-a-service into hybrid cloud with dollop of analytics

Cloudera's hybrid cloud data warehouse-as-a-service – Cloudera Altus Data Warehouse – will be available from tomorrow, a week ahead of the firm's latest financial results. The loss-making business is among a number of former Hadoop-flingers edging away from the classic open-source online databases into analytics, data …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Aug 2018
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Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

The City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) – more used to channeling waste away from civilisation – has squeezed out some fluff for Oracle by claiming its migration to Big Red's cloud saved it $1m. The shift to various flavours of Oracle clouds, which happened in May last year, is estimated to have saved the US …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Aug 2018
50 of your British pounds. Photo by Shutterstock's love-in with big biz for digital services continues, as does claim of boosting small firms

The UK government handed about twice as much cash to large firms for 'digital services' than small ones over the past four months – but still brags about helping SMEs "flourish". According to Digital Marketplace data, in the four months to 31 July 2018 just 15 £1 million-plus deals went to small, medium or micro firms. Some £ …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Aug 2018
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Outsourcerer Tata sidles up to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, kisses IaaS

SUSE today confirmed that Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services has opted for its OpenStack Cloud as the standard for its Enterprise Cloud Platform (ECP). Tata launched ECP last November, using Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to give customers a path to a cloudy future via private and hybrid services. …
Richard Speed, 22 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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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

Brits have found themselves facing long delays in acquiring Railcards following a week of mysterious technical problems at Doubtless seeking to recreate the daily joy of actually travelling on the British rail network, the discount card outfit, owned by the UK's Rail Delivery Group, has left users twiddling …
Richard Speed, 21 Aug 2018

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

Longtime Linux slinger SUSE has emitted a kernel optimised for the cloudy world of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft's embrace of Linux is well-documented, with even its client OS seeing some penguin-based love in ways that would have been unthinkable a few short years ago. Redmond sees its future in the cloud, and so is keen to …
Richard Speed, 20 Aug 2018
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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

Updated London Gatwick Airport’s shiny new cloud-based flight information display system had a hard landing this morning as its vision of the future was brought down to earth with a bump. While collecting the Cloud Project of the Year award at the Real IT awards in May, the airport proclaimed its new screens were "an innovative, cost …
Richard Speed, 20 Aug 2018
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Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

The Home Office wants to dump all of Britain’s national-level police IT onto Amazon Web Services' public cloud. A contract note on’s Digital Marketplace revealed that the Home Office wants a "partner" to migrate coppers' computing "from a traditional on-premise data centre to Amazon Web Services". “The software and …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Aug 2018
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Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time. “With the expanded footprint, customers outside China will now have access to the real-time search, ingestion, analytical capabilities and …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Aug 2018
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Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government

Microsoft has kicked out a build of its Azure Stack on-premise cloud for US government use. The release extends Microsoft's Azure program for the government into the on-prem market, and gives Redmond one more selling point in its battle with AWS to land the lucrative IT service contracts Uncle Sam regularly hands out. By …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2018
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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

Exclusive The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today confirmed the resignation of Liam Maxwell, though the UK government’s top tech advisor will work his notice period and not leave until October. As exclusively revealed by The Register earlier this week, Maxwell is set to swap life in the public sector for a …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2018
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DXC will be damned if it lets cloud cannibalise the IT outsourcing biz before DXC does

DXC Technology, fed up with the cloud brigade eating into its own IT outsourcing (ITO) business, has set up an "integrated practice" with AWS to get in on the action itself. The unit will "deliver IT migration, application transformation and business innovation to global enterprise clients", DXC CEO Mike Lawrie promised …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2018
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Salesforce takes leaf out of Oracle's book to forge little co-CEO bromance

Salesforce chief operating officer Keith Block is to become co-CEO with Mark Benioff, in a move echoing their former employer Oracle's setup. Benioff founded the CRM giant in 1999, having spent the previous 13 years under Larry Ellison's wing at Big Red, and has been sole CEO since then. However, last night the firm revealed …
Rebecca Hill, 08 Aug 2018

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

Oracle has filed an official complaint with US government over plans to award the Pentagon’s lucrative cloud contract to a single vendor. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which has a massive scope, covering different levels of secrecy and classification across all branches of the military, will run …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Aug 2018

Google's cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports

Google is pondering a cloudy move to China and a hookup with local operators Tencent and Inspur, according to reports. China, long coveted by the Western technology industry for its massive, tech-hungry markets, is a ripe target for the usual big firms on two fronts: as a market to sell into and as a contract producer of goods …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Aug 2018
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Salesforce cloud glitch blurted customer data at unauthorised users

Customer data stored on Salesforce's marketing cloud might have been shared with unauthorised parties, cloud slinger has warned. Users of the software firm's Marketing Cloud Email Studio or Predictive Intelligence products may have been affected by a glitch that meant their data was either copied to the systems of other users …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2018
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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

The Irish Supreme Court has made the unprecedented decision to hear Facebook’s appeal in its long-running legal battle with privacy activist Max Schrems – and to do so with urgency. The unanimous decision from the five judges considering the case will be a surprise to observers, as it appears to go against existing case law …
Rebecca Hill, 01 Aug 2018

Beam me up, 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud bods have been stripped of access to services for the emerging non-terrestrial standard XTML, beamed in by little grey vendors A51 Technologies, following an El Reg probe. The "extra-terrestrial markup language" implementation and support service was listed on the Digital Marketplace by A51 Technologies, as part of the …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jul 2018
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SoftNAS no longer a soft touch for hackers (for now)... Remote-hijacking vulnerability patched

SoftNAS has plugged a serious vulnerability in its cloud storage management tool that can be exploited to execute malicious code on a victim's server. Core Security's Fernando Díaz and Fernando Catoira discovered the command-injection security flaw in the StorageCenter component of SoftNAS Cloud version pre-4.0.3. The …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2018
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Brit web host biz UKFast gears up to IPO on London Stock Exchange

UKFast, a British web hosting provider and bringer of clouds, is planning to float on the London Stock Exchange with the aim of raising a £350m war chest, The Register can exclusively reveal. The Manchester-based business, which employs 350 staff and operates five data centres – with two dedicated to the British public sector …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2018

Is it OK if we call $53bn-a-quarter Amazon the Bit Barns and Ignoble?

Amazon, a cloud computing monster with a gift shop tacked on the side, watched its sales surpass $52bn during its latest quarter. Despite big retail sales, much of the giant's profits in the second quarter of the year came from its Amazon Web Services division. The figures for Q2 2018, ending June 30, were revealed on Thursday …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2018

Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next '18

It's day two of Google's Cloud Next 2018 conference in San Francisco – and the Chocolate Factory has been unveiling its defenses to thwart hackers and malware. Top of the list is the Titan two-factor authentication widgets Google is going to start shipping later in the year, consisting of a pair of USB and Bluetooth key fobs. …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jul 2018
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In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server

Microsoft threw a commercial preview bone to cloud-phobes* this week in the form of on-premises versions of its Server and Office applications. While the software giant really, really wants its customers snugly ensconced in the loving embrace of Office 365, realists within Redmond Towers accept that a large portion of their …
Richard Speed, 25 Jul 2018
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♫ Reans can come true. Look at me, babe, I'm with you – Hitachi V

Hitachi Vantara is gobbling up Rean Cloud – a public cloud systems integrator, managed service provider, and AWS pusher that comes with a $65m five-year US military contract in its back pocket. Here's a potted history of the upstart: Rean Cloud, based in the US, was founded by Sekhar Puli and Sri Vasireddy in 2013. It had a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2018
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Google answers 'Why Google Cloud?' with services and spectacle

Amid ongoing renovations at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, Google Cloud Next '18 opened on Tuesday, the scent of new carpeting and paint still lingering in the air. Rebranded in 2016, what was previously a modest, unassuming tech gathering has been stuffed with cash and transformed into a top tier show, one that …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Jul 2018
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Google's Alphabet hit by Europe's other GDPR: Global Domination = Profit Reduction

Dusting off a $5bn European monopoly abuse fine over Google's Android business, parent company Alphabet delivered better than expected Q2 2018 earnings – lifting its shares in after-hours trading. Alphabet today reported $32.7bn in revenues in the three months to June 30, up 26 per cent compared to Q2 2017, and 23 per cent in …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Jul 2018
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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

Microsoft has closed out a massive fiscal 2018 that saw the Redmond giant lay claim to more than $110bn in total revenue. Azure and its cloud compute operation was singled out in Redmond's financial figures – released on Thursday – as one of Microsoft's top performers both in the full year and the past three months. Here's a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2018

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