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AWS looks to add 'bill collector' to its list of cloud offerings

Amazon Web Services has opened a store that will allow customers to purchase additional software-as-a-service products and pay with their monthly AWS bill. The cloud giant says that the AWS Marketplace Vendors program will let cloud customers buy the additional services as needed, paying for time or data used rather than as a …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2016

Admins aggro about Azure AM absence

Microsoft says it has recovered from the issues that left some Azure customers unable to access the cloud service in the US. The Azure status page now reads all clear, after earlier reporting that the issue has been solved. "Between 15:20 and 16:57 UTC on 16 Nov 2016, a subset of customers in East US may have experienced …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2016
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Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

Reader Survey We've put up with relentless marketing and promotion of cloud for over five years now, but how much has the world really moved on? Money is clearly changing hands for various hosted services and cloudy technologies, and some suppliers seem to be doing pretty well out of this. And yet when we survey you, Vulture readers, you …
Dale Vile, 16 Nov 2016
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Satya Nadella hits Sydney and channels Steve O'Ballmer from eight years ago

A little over eight years ago, then-Microsoft-CEO Steve Ballmer came to Australia, told developers that Microsoft loved them and predicted that within a decade average homes would have screens on just about every wall. Thanks to Microsoft and the earnest efforts of clever developers, he said, we'd always have information and …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016

DataStax slurps DataScale, burps out own managed cloud

NoSQL-business DataStax has today announced its acquisition of the similarly-named DataScale, as well as plans to launch its own managed cloud offering next year. DataStax'a Martin Van Ryswyk, EVP of Engineering, confirmed to The Register that the specific financial terms of the acquisition weren't going to be revealed, but …
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Hortonworks prescribes cloudy Hadoop for AWS

Hortonworks is launching a new cloud service on Amazon Web Services for customers who don't fancy working on Azure. Hortonworks Data Cloud is now available on AWS, offering users the ability to quickly spin up a Hadoop cluster in the cloud, using Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) through the flexible billing options of the AWS …
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Packet.net strong-ARMs cloud for $0.005 per core per hour

Packet.net, a bare-metal cloud aimed at developers, has flicked the switch on cloud-running servers powered by a pair of Cavium's 48-core ARMv8-A ThunderX processors. CEO Zachary Smith told The Register that the company's cooked up the cloud for a few reasons. Price is one: Packet will offer ARM cores at a tenth of the price …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2016

Microsoft reveals Neandercloud / Cloud Sapiens co-existence and cross-breeding plan

Microsoft's revealed that it will keep working on its first Azure-in-a-box product, Azure Pack, until 2022 and support it until 2027. Azure Pack offers a cloud-like experience thanks to its use of the first-generation Azure GUI, but under the hood is Windows Server and System Center. The Pack can run on just about any x86 and …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2016
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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

Amazon has rolled out yet another cut to prices for Amazon Web Services server instances. The cloud backbone and Bezos cash cow says the price drop will cover multiple regions and will include the pay-per-hour on-demand instances, the pre-paid reserved plans, and full-machine dedicated host instances in Elastic Compute Cloud ( …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2016
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GitLab to dump cloud for its own bare metal Ceph boxen

Git repository manager and developer playground GitLab has decided it is time to quit the cloud, joining Dropbox in concluding that at a certain scale the cloud just can't do the job. GitLab came to the decision after moving to the Ceph Filesystem, the new-ish filesystem that uses a cluster running the Ceph objects-and-blocks- …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2016

Google BigQuery TITSUP caused by failure to scale-yer workloads

A four-hour outage of Google's BigQuery streaming service has taught the cloud aspirant two harsh lessons: its cloud doesn't always scale as well as it would like, and; it needs to explain itself better during outages. The Alphabet subsidiary's trouble started last Tuesday when a surge in demand for the BigQuery authorization …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2016
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AWS: We're gonna make mobile apps great again with Lambda functions

Amazon Web Services is rolling out new Mobile Hub features aimed at simplifying the development of secure mobile apps. The cloud giant says that its Cloud Logic feature will now let developers create Lambda functions specifically for mobile apps and integrate them with AWS's API Gateways. This, Amazon claims, should allow for …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2016
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Red Hat rolls OpenStack Platform double with help

Red Hat is changing its OpenStack support plan to tap Agile with those craving long-term commitment following a shakeup in its engineering. The Linux flinger's OpenStack Platform 10, due shortly and based on Newton, will see Red Hat introduce one and three-year lifecycle support for two new planned editions. One-year support …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Nov 2016
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The big get bigger in cloud

If customer spending on cloudy infrastructure and platform services in Q3 was a tin of beans, then a full-bellied AWS might have used the resulting wind to power its bit barns. The global IaaS and PaaS markets grew to a little more than $10bn during the quarter, up 53 per cent year on year, and AWS accounted for almost one …
Paul Kunert, 9 Nov 2016
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Amazon pitches 'safe and responsible' AWS at suits

Sandwiched between its third-quarter results and re:Invent conference, Amazon's been pitching AWS as production-ready. Amazon wheeled out a host of corporate big names and government super-users to testify to AWS's suitability beyond pure dev and test at a London event on Tuesday. AWS chiefs sought to reassure the suits of …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Nov 2016

Will the roulette ball fall for WANdisco's spiel?

Analysis How is replication software supplier WANdisco doing after the chairman fired the CEO and then the fired CEO came back and fired the chairman? WANdisco’s main technology is about replicating active data, such that, as potentially huge populations of large transaction files are migrated to the cloud, transactions can …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2016

Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

Microsoft has created Teams, an Office 365 chat app that is a direct competitor to Slack in the messaging sphere. Teams sits on top of Office 365 Business and Enterprise editions and allows users to create private or public online chat groups, communicate via Skype for videoconferencing, and link in Office apps and third-party …
Iain Thomson, 2 Nov 2016

Pixel perfect: Nexsan Unity arrays get smartphone and web browser access

Mobile phone users can access Nexsan's Unity storage array, and Nexsan has added web access apps for laptops and desktops. Unity users can access files on the array via iOS and Android mobile phone apps, and by using browser access on their notebook computers or a desktop one. They can do this anywhere there is internet access …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2016
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Bow to your Sensei! Adobe adds machine learning and design tool to Creative Cloud

Adobe MAX Adobe has announced a series of updates to its Creative Cloud offering at its MAX event under way in San Diego. What Adobe calls Creative Cloud has always in fact been a hybrid product, with large desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premier Pro forming the main part of its value. Now the company is …
Tim Anderson, 2 Nov 2016

NetApp gives Data Fabric a little nip, tuck and some filler

NetApp has added a few more capabilities and buffed up some products to make sure customers using its hybrid on-premises-public cloud facilities have a smoother ride. There's nothing dramatic here but rough edges have been sanded and partners can provide NetApp Private Storage as a service. Under the Data Fabric umbrella there …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2016
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HyperStore gets Coldline for tired old objects

Cloudian is integrating its HyperStore object storage with Google's Coldline archive in the cloud. Google's cloud archive becomes a place for low-access rate objects that can't be deleted, while higher access rate objects remain in Cloudian's on-premises object store. The resulting two-tier object store is managed as a single …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2016

Speaking in Tech: Worst OpenStack summit ever?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Ed Saipetch returns with Greg Knieriemen to discuss Dell EMC World and OpenStack conferences as well as news from CenturyLink, Microsoft and Apple. Melissa Gurney has a field report with game developer Greg Heath of Motiga Games to discuss Gigantic. The details …
Team Register, 2 Nov 2016
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Amazon guarantees bitterly contested Ohio wind farm project

Amazon has taken on a stalled wind farm project in Ohio to power its data centres because, as we all know, intermittent and flaky power supplies dependent entirely on the randomness of the weather are just what mission-critical data centres need. "We remain committed to achieving our long-term goal of powering the AWS Cloud …
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Use the source! OpenStack welcomes fresh tests for open-cloud unity

Openstack Summit Don't expect future implementations of OpenStack without vendors first having cleared a new battery of emerging conformity tests. That's the word from OpenStack Foundation chief operating officer Mark Collier, who reckons the appetite to prove interoperability is too strong for tech providers to resist. The impetus is coming …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2016
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Dynatrace promises heavyweight OpenStack guts probing

OpenStack Summit Dynatrace is taking on open-source cloud tools with a performance suite it claims is “enterprise grade.” The firm’s Digital Performance Platform that’s used on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure is now available for OpenStack. Supporting the platform are Mirantis and SUSE, through their OpenStack spins. Digital …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2016
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VMware do we go from here?

Storage Architect VMWorld Europe was held last week in Barcelona. We saw the release of vSphere 6.5, plus a suite of other products and enhancements to the core platform. There was also the announcement of a partnership with AWS, which had many (including myself) scratching their heads as to exactly what it meant. So where is …
Chris Evans, 27 Oct 2016
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He ain't heavy: OpenStack 16 cloud bros share LAMP interoperability load

Openstack Summit OpenStackers have sought to alleviate concerns that applications on rival clouds are locked in and not portable. Sixteen companies have demonstrated a model LAMP enterprise application running uniformly and without a hitch across OpenStack distributions and public clouds. It was deployed using Ansible and Shade with a second …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2016
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Huawei to OpenStackers: Don't try to chase Amazon, Microsoft and Google

OpenStack Summit First came AWS, then Microsoft’s Azure – now Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP). Microsoft’s been playing feature catch-up to AWS since 2008 with the baton passing now to Google under Diane Greene. OpenStackers, though, be warned: do NOT join this race and try to catch public cloud market number-one AWS. So says Anna Lai, vice …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2016
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HPE buffs OpenStack cloud to woo public-shy types

OpenStack Summit Hewlett Packard Enterprise has polished its open-source cloud bundle ready for those returning from public cloud or perturbed by off-premises services. At the OpenStack Summit on Monday, HPE unveiled HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0, running the latest Mitaka edition of OpenStack and targeting enterprises and telcos keen on …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2016

Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed a new on-prem-VM-to-cloud teleporter that aims to help organisations take virtualised workloads to its cloud. The “AWS Server Migration Service will replicate your server’s volumes to the cloud, creating a new Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for each one.” There's no expectation cutover will …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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IBM kills off SoftLayer brand, puts it in the Bluemix

IBM has started sublimating the SoftLayer brand and will henceforth put its own Bluemix brand front and centre. Or as Big Blue puts it “the Bluemix moniker now encompasses Bluemix services and SoftLayer offerings like bare metal servers.” If you're a SoftLayer customer, nothing changes. Indeed, IBM says SoftLayer “will remain …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2016
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NetSuite's pre-Oracle curtain call: Growth and costs increase

NetSuite closed in typical fashion what promised to be the final quarter before it is subsumed by Oracle - growth in turnover continued, as did operating overheads and losses. The cloudy ERP firm reported Q3 results for the period ended September, while reiterating it will not give guidance for the fourth quarter and has …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016
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Stung by Azure and AWS cost shock? Penny-pinchers love them some OpenStack

The cost and expense of AWS and Azure is helping drive cloud hopefuls to OpenStack, the organisation has said. Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack executive director, told El Reg ahead of this week's conference in Barcelona: "The number-one business driver for open-source cloud is cost." According to Bryce, organisations are using …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016
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HPE to offer hybrid cloud hypermarket to world+dog

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is taking Cloud 28+ - aka Worldwide Indirect Digital Services - to a global audience, leaked internal documents have revealed. The cloud marketplace that lets customers peruse a catalogue of stuff from cloud service providers, integrators, ISVs, resellers and other customers that have published their …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016
Price rises

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Life is to get a lot more expensive for Microsoft customers from the start of next year with currency linked, double-digit price hikes looming for cloud and on-premise software. Software resellers, integrators and cloud service providers were warned about the price rises late on Friday afternoon and told us they expected a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016
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AWS budget tool update gives suits the control they crave

Amazon Web Services' (AWS') ongoing efforts to help users control costs have resulted in an upgrade to its Budgets tool? Cloudy blogger in chief Jeff Barr says the tool is aimed at “Finance Managers, Project Managers, and VP-level DevOps folks” and the upgrade offers “automated notifications that provide you with detailed …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2016
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OpenStack-flinger Mirantis signs landmark NTT deal

Cloud-flinger Mirantis has signed up global telco giant NTT as its first data centre service provider partner. NTT has announced Private OpenStack "as a service" on its NTT Enterprise Cloud, a fully managed service running in its data centres. The service will be offered from 140 NTT data centres, be fully managed and deliver …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2016
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Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent year-on-year fall in profit and 10 per cent dive in operating income. Just before the quarterly results were announced, Microsoft's stock was down about half a per cent to $57.25 a share. Then when the figures landed, and despite the fall in …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2016

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

Comment As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America by …
Frank Jennings, 20 Oct 2016
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Data Domain explodes into floods of cloud tiers

Dell EMC has extended its data protection products with more scalable Data Domain software, Azure support by Networker and extended cloud tiering. We're told Data Domain's deduplicating backup software is now available on Dell's PowerEdge servers. But it was before. What's different? It is now qualified in reference …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Is OpenStack really a threat to VMware?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's tech-cast, and this week Greg and Ed dig into the pros and cons of the VMware Cloud announcement with AWS with Greg Ferro of Packet Pushers. Podcast Idol Peter Smallbone wraps up the podcast with a field report from IT Expo with VMware CTO …
Team Register, 19 Oct 2016
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Google's crash canaries' muted chirping led to load balancer brownout

Google has revealed that it broke its own cloud again, this time because of two failures: a software error and alerts that proved too hard to interpret. The problem hit Google's cloudy load balancers on Thursday, October 13, causing them to produce HTTP 502 (Bad Gateway) responses. At first, two per cent reported the problem. …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016