For the big games, NBC Sports will use Windows Azure to encode reams of video data that will be viewed on TV or your device of choice. Read more »
Google officially launched its cloud in December after a long preview. But even before it was broadly available, many pegged Google as the number 2 public cloud behind Amazon Web Services. Read more »
Apple, which to date has relied on third-party content delivery networks (CDNs) to deliver rich media and software to consumers, is now building out its own CDN capability, according to Dan Rayburn, a long-time CDN expert and EVP of Streaming Media. Apple has used its own CDN capabilities internally, but if this report is true, at least some iTunes video content and OS X updates will start flowing through Apple’s own infrastructure. That could ding CDN providers like Akamai and Level3.
PaaS player Heroku launches bigger, faster — but still lightweight — Performance XL Dynos for web-scale applications. Read more »
It looks like the world will see a more diverse set of executives running Microsoft going forward. Hurray to that. Read more »
If you throw in SaaS applications and private cloud along with public cloud into one big bucket, IBM has a claim. But in public cloud, it’s still mostly all-AWS-all-the-time. Read more »
Of course. The better question is whether the company will do better without its co-founder leading the board as a new CEO sets up shop. Read more »
The AWS machine just keeps roll, roll, rolling along as evidenced by Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings report. Read more »
Blockbuster news if true: the Microsoft co-founder could end up stepping down as chairman and Nadella gets nod for CEO. Read more »
With Hans Robertson and Ben Matheson, Stackdriver gets expertise in SaaS and public cloud, according to co-founder Izzy Azeri. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show we hash out why Microsoft, a software company, needs to weigh in on server design and Mailchimp’s data scientist on why we should watch what DisneyWorld is doing with your data. Read more »
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg has shot down talk that he might be Microsoft’s next CEO, Bloomberg reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Vestberg is just the latest in a series of high-profile execs — including but not limited to Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Qualcomm ‘s former president (and now CEO) Steve Mollenkopf — mentioned as possible successors to Steve Ballmer. Microsoft internal candidates reportedly include Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, and Stephen Elop.
Amazon Web Services has launched two new interactive usage reports to help customers get a better grip on their use of EC2 resources and assess their costs. The reports can be accessed from the AWS Management Console. This will be good news for AWS customers but not so great for a handful of third-party companies with their own usage assessment tools, although most of them, like Rightscale, offer multi-cloud monitoring. It’s probably no coincidence that Cloudyn, which had focused on AWS, just added Google Compute Engine to the clouds it watches.
Amazon Web Services? Check. Cloud Foundry? Check. Windows Azure? Check on that now, too. Cloudmunch has added another target platform for its integrated devops suite. Read more »
Employees understand the need to protect corporate data, but they also want IT to keep its nose out of their personal business. Bitglass says it strikes that balance. Read more »
CloudLock focuses on layering security atop popular SaaS applications in an age of BYOD — no small feat. Read more »
Lots of startups get going by offering free services to win eyeballs and hope that wallets will follow. Small problem: It’s hard to support free forever. Read more »
New service promises to help companies weigh which of the two giganti public clouds is most cost-efficient for a given workload. Read more »
Apprenda tailors its private PaaS for IT shops where adherence to corporate policies — and support of Java as well as .Net — are key concerns Read more »
By publicizing the server specs for its data center workloads, Microsoft could reap some rewards in its own supply chain, and be assured that it has a hand in the data center designs of the future. Read more »
Chris Wolf, a respected analyst at Gartner, is now VMware’s CTO for the Americas. Since Wolf was very well versed in the ways of VMware at Gartner, the move makes sense. VMware promoted Ben Fathi from SVP of R&D to global CTO on January 14. Wolf noted VMware’s transition from server virtualization kingpin to a broader cloud- and data-center play, with a focus on end user computing as evidenced by last week’s $1.5 billion acquisition of AirWatch. Wolf reports to Jeff Casale SVP of Americas.
If your devops team is sick and tired of clicking from cloud status page to cloud status page, they might want to check out Server Density’s Ops Dashboard. Read more »
Relentless attempts to access critical corporate or personal data won’t let up. What could change is who companies will rely on as their last line of defense: You and me. Read more »
The week in cloud was busy, busy what with VMware snapping up AirWatch and IBM dumping servers. But, what, exactly, is EMC’s public cloud deal? Read more »
Get a grip people. The same folks who say email is dead are the first to scream when email goes down. Am I right? Read more »
With AirWatch in the fold, VMware will have its eye not just on phones and tablets, but connected cars, smart watches, Google Glass and more. Read more »
Company said seats of its SaaS-based Office 365 and Dynamics CRM along with WIndows Azure were up 100 percent year over year. Read more »
Amazon Web Services has dealt IBM blows in a couple important ways. Now Big Blue has to get down to fighting weight. Read more »
For $2.3 billion in cash and stock, Lenovo will get System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches and more. Read more »
On this week’s Structure Show: MemSQL’s ability to rake in the dough and IBM’s continuing hardware heartache. Read more »
The latest rumored would-be buyer is Fujitsu, but Dell and Lenovo are or were also reportedly in the mix. Read more »
SuccessFactors’ founder and former CEO brings lots of human resources know-how to upstart Zenefits, which has a new $15M in Series A funding under its belt. Read more »
Whoa, VMware proves it’s serious about enterprise mobility with its intended buyout of Airwatch. Read more »
The company, once known as dotCloud, will use its new money to build out managed services around the popular Docker open-source project and staff up sales and support. Read more »
As cloud rivals ramp up their efforts, Amazon Web Services keeps churning out price cuts and new instances. Read more »
Github Co-founder Tom Preston-Werner is taking on a new position as president of the popular project hosting and code repository while Co-founder Chris Wanstrath is now CEO. Wanstrath will lead execution of current key initiatives while Preston-Warner will take on R&D and scout out new opportunities, according to a blog post.
The problem with most heads-up displays now is if you move your head, the display goes poof. MIT researchers may have a solution. Read more »
LogMeIn, citing a “mature” market, is moving users of its free remote access service over to a paid model; following similar moves by Sugarsync, Droplr, and Mailstrom. Read more »
Boston-based startup wants to bring analysis of billions of data points to non-techies and now adds an alerting service and an AWS S3 archiving option to the mix. Read more »
When do perimeter security defenses not work? When your data is outside your perimeter. Read more »