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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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Azure running out of internets in UK South, starts rationing VMs

There are rumblings that Azure is having capacity issues once again, with customers in the UK South region reporting problems getting new VMs provisioned. One Register reader got in touch after attempting to add a new VM in the UK South region and receiving this message from Microsoft's Capacity Management Team: "Unfortunately …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
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Azure promises to keep your backups safe and snug for up to 10 years

Microsoft continued its drive to encourage SQL Server customers to move their precious data to its cloudy towers with the announcement that long-term retention and automatic failover had finally hit the big time. Long Term Retention The preview, announced back in October 2016, was designed to extend the retention period of …
Richard Speed, 19 Jul 2018
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Google Cloud Platform reins in its trigger-happy account-axing AI cops

With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. "With GCP Marketplace, you can now easily find prepackaged apps and deploy them onto the cluster of your choice," said Anil Dhawan, product manager …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jul 2018
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AWS launches on-premises EC2 instances for reverse hybrid cloud

In a major departure from its usual cloud-only stance, Amazon Web Services has announced it’s now possible to run EC2 instances with on-premises hardware – but only its own Snowball Edge devices. The Snowball Edge is sold as a data transfer appliance that improves on the base Snowball by adding the ability to use it as local …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2018
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Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones

Microsoft has admitted that the certifications it created for Azure admins aren’t very good. A post by Microsoft’s Liberty Munson* offers two reasons for this, the first of which is that “we have gotten consistent feedback that our current Azure exams are too broad, covering a range of skills that very few individuals, even …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2018

Salesforce slurps up cloudy Israeli AI marketing biz for 'around $800m'

Salesforce has slurped up Israeli cloudy artificial intelligence biz Datorama for a reported $800m. The CRM firm today announced that it will acquire the firm, which offers a cloud-based marketing intelligence and analytics platform. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reuters said estimates in Israeli media were in …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Jul 2018

Vid services and big AI appear in Microsoft's government cloud

Azure Government users rejoice! Azure Media Services and Azure Batch AI have made the leap from the public sector to the not-at-all-ominous halls of the US government. Microsoft was chuffed to announce this week that yet more functionality had been deemed fit to make the move into the highly controlled and regulated world of …
Richard Speed, 13 Jul 2018
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Data Box Disks, Azure Firewalls and WANs... Microsoft REALLY wants you in its cloud

Microsoft is continuing to extend the tentacles of Azure into the enterprise with a new Data Box Disk, WAN and Firewall functionality and a speed bump for its SQL data warehouse. Oh, and asks would people please stop using the 2008 editions of Windows Server and SQL Server? Petite Data Box Disk arrives with Europe in mind …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
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New Pentagon CIO's JEDI mind-change trick: Controversial cloud deal paused

Controversial plans to award a massive Pentagon cloud project to a single supplier are said to be on hold as the department's newly minted CIO reviews the programme. Dana Deasy, who joined the Department of Defense from JPMorgan in May, was assigned management of the cloud project at the end of June and is reported to have …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2018
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'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud

Though Citrix may see its future in the cloud, some users of the service have complained that its promises may be a little too vapoury for comfort. Folk have taken to social media to vent their frustration with the platform, which Citrix markets as being fast, adaptable, secure and good for clients with hybrid or cloud-first …
Richard Speed, 11 Jul 2018
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We shall call him Mini-U – Ubuntu reveals tiny cloudy server

Canonical has released a new cut of Ubuntu it recommends for use in the cloud and containers. “Minimal Ubuntu” is based on either Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or 18.04 LTS. A Docker image of the latter weighs in at positively paltry 29MB, making it a highly efficient starting point for developers needing to rapidly shovel out …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2018
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Oracle? A strategic priority for CIOs? Nope, says Goldman Sachs

Oracle is among the legacy tech losers in a Goldman Sachs spending report that quizzed chief information officers on the procurement areas they consider to be top priorities over the next six months. The research arm of the bank's half-yearly IT Spending Survey looked at the top 10 things that CIOs said they were intending to …
Gareth Corfield, 10 Jul 2018
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Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore

Updated A UK bank's website and mobile app have flatlined this morning – and there are no prizes for guessing which embattled financial firm is struggling. That's right, TSB is once again in the firing line as users took to social media to complain that they couldn't access their accounts via the mobile app or the website. The bank …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Jul 2018
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New AWS auto-scaler started life as private show for Netflix

AWS has announced that “Application Auto Scaling can be used to add scaling to any services that you build on AWS”, and Netflix has revealed the new feature started life as a custom job for the vid-streaming company. As explained here, Netflix's home-brew “Titus” container management platform had no auto-scaling features and …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2018
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I think I'm a clone now: Chinese AMD Epyc-like server chips appear in China. What gives?

Watercooler  Hey El Reg, over the past few days I've seen news that Chinese chip biz Hygon is producing server-grade processors virtually identical to AMD Epyc processors. I'm kinda getting deja vu – you, too? You're not the only one. We reported back in April 2016 that... AMD and THATIC – Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment …
Chris Williams, 10 Jul 2018
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Like an everflowing stream: New tech promises remote S3 nearline disk performance

Analysis You can't store files in Amazon's public cloud, access them on-premises, and expect local disk access performance. You can store them in a sync-and-share facility like Box and Dropbox but then they have to be downloaded completely. It's not so good for large files, large data sets and production environments. You could also …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2018
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IBM Cloud’s elasticity stretches and stretches (Big Blue's credibility?)

IBM’s cloud is having a bad day. An incident that kicked off at 19:48 UTC on Thursday, July 5th, saw “long provisioning times [for virtual servers] … observed through monitoring systems,” leading to a warning to the effect that “At this time, customers may experience longer than normal times for provisioning new services.” …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jul 2018
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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

The Privacy Shield agreement – which governs the flow of personal data between America and Europe – should be suspended if the US doesn't comply by 1 September, the European Parliament has said. At the plenary session of the European Parliament today, MEPs voted 303 to 223 in favour of a resolution that criticises the US and …
Rebecca Hill, 05 Jul 2018
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IBM Cloud TITSUP: Techies investigate troubling storage underperformance

Updated Storage systems in several of IBM's European data centres have been down since the small hours, with engineers battling to fix an unspecified "network-related" problem they identified six hours after the outage began. The IBM Cloud Storage wobble struck this morning at 0525 UTC, a disgruntled customer told El Reg, adding that …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Jul 2018
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Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

An EU financial regulator has warned that banks moving to the cloud are at risk of vendor lock-in as well as transferring IT jobs to "subcontractors from high-risk areas". The EU Banking Authority, which regulates the financial regulators of member states, has issued a report looking at the risks of "fintech", the fashionable …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Jul 2018
Google's new Endpoint Verification Chrome extension

Google releases lite PC-snooper, 'cos full mobile management is hard

Google’s released a Chrome extension that lets admins snoop on the state of PCs accessing its cloudy productivity and infrastructure products. The “Endpoint Verification” extension works on Chrome OS, MacOS or Windows devices. The latter two platforms need a “native helper” too. Once installed, the software lets admins create …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2018
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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

A laid-off IBM cloud sales ace is suing the IT giant for age discrimination, alleging he was forced out for being too old. Jonathan Langley joined Big Blue in 1993, and worked his way up the ranks over the next 24 years. Then, in 2017, as worldwide program director and sales lead of the Bluemix software-as-a-service, he was …
Chris Williams, 03 Jul 2018
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We just love small firms, screams UK.gov after palming AWS UK £4.1m

UK.gov has trumpeted the addition of almost 650 new small businesses to its G-Cloud marketplace – but SMEs might want to put the Champagne on ice as sales figures reveal that AWS UK is classed in that group. The cloudy supplier framework is part of the government's continued battle to spend less with corporate giants; this is …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Jul 2018

Thrice, in a trice, IBM cloud cuts prices

IBM has cut the price of cloud services three times in a week. It's far from unusual for clouds to cut prices: AWS and Azure often trade price cuts and say they're duty bound to pass them on as their economies of scale improve. IBM, however, enjoys a lowly position on Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant for infrastructure as …
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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

A sysadmin given just three days to respond to the threatened deletion of a mission-critical system has prompted a vigorous debate about the quality of cloud support. Writing on Medium, the user describes how the Google Cloud-hosted asset monitoring system for his firm's wind and solar energy plants was suspended on the …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jul 2018
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Go forth and break it: Google pushes NASty Cloud Filestore to beta

Google has opened a beta programme offering managed file storage for apps running in its cloud platform. Instead of users provisioning their own storage and providing/obtaining file interface software for their apps, they can now directly mount Cloud Filestore volumes on GCP Compute Engine VMs. The Filestore is also integrated …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2018
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Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

Updated Hipster darling and reskinned IRC client Slack went dark today, with users having to resort to actually speaking to each other instead. The topple began at 10:25 UK time, with Slack's status drone tweeting that the service was having some problems. Things appeared to get back to normal 10 minutes later (the time it takes a …
Richard Speed, 27 Jun 2018
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Press 1 for automagic K8s cluster. Press 2 or 3 for complex Kubernetes

VMware’s announced a new container play called “VMware Kubernetes Engine” (VKE) that will be offered as SaaS on AWS and soon on Azure too. The product offers vanilla Kubernetes, but automates provisioning, management and maintenance. It does that because VMware’s concluded that many developers want to adopt Kubernetes, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2018
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Amazon adds cloudy Linux desktops to encourage developers to code for EC2

Amazon Web Services has added a Linux option to its “WorkSpaces” desktop-as-a-service and pitched the offering as a fine way to develop apps for its own EC2 infrastructure-as-a-service. The new desktops run Amazon Linux 2 and includes Firefox, the Evolution email and calendar app, Pidgin for chat and Libre Office for getting …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2018
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Who wants to cram some BOFH skills into their brains? How about from, er, Google?

Google is bringing its IT Support Professional Certificate program to more than two dozen US community colleges this fall in an effort to prime the sysadmin supply pump. The Chocolate Factory introduced the online course in partnership with web educator Coursera in January. Since then, we're told, almost 40,000 people have …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jun 2018
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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

From the department of "yeah, right" comes news that GitLab is shifting its platform from Azure to Google in order to take advantage of the ad giant's Kubernetes technology. It is, of course, absolutely nothing to do with cosying up to developers still anguished following Microsoft's purchase of GitHub. Nope, absolutely not. …
Richard Speed, 26 Jun 2018
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Azure North Europe downed by the curse of the Irish – sunshine

Amid forecasts of heat and fears of water shortage in Ireland on Monday, Microsoft was about to confront a drought of a different kind: an Azure service outage. The disruption, which lasted from 1744 UTC on Tuesday, June 19 to 0430 UTC on Wednesday, June 20, downed a slew of services, as we previously reported. What was not …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Jun 2018
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Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

Amazon workers have reportedly called on their bosses to stop selling facial recognition kit to cops and spies, and slammed its links to data analytics biz Palantir. Amid the tech industry's intense efforts to prove to the public that they are not corporate monsters, Washington DC publication The Hill has reported that Amazon …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Jun 2018
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Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

Earlier this week we reported that Amazon Web Services appears to be planning the launch of a new end-user computing service that we speculated could be a competitor for Office 365. And today Amazon has given a hint we might just have been right with news of an update to its US$5/month-with-a-terabyte-of-storage WorkDocs …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2018
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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

Updated Microsoft's continued efforts to distance itself from a clumsily worded blog post continued today with the publishing of an email from CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage READ MORE The email follows an open letter published in The New York Times and …
Richard Speed, 20 Jun 2018

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