In a legal filing, AWS lays out its argument why its bid to build the CIA’s private cloud should stand. The contract is worth an estimated $600 million. Read more »
OpenStack player Morphlabs will use some of its new money to train prospective users in Jakarta, Singapore, and Hong Kong in the niceties of the cloud technology. Read more »
Security-as-a-Service player agrees to sell to Welch, Carson, Anderson & Stowe with an eye on growth (and paying off current investors.) Read more »
Hitachi Data Systems, which has already contributed code to OpenStack, is now officially a corporate sponsor of the open source cloud effort. Read more »
Fenway Park is many things. Charming. Convenient. Cramped. Ancient. A true challenge for IT pros needing to inject modern-day tech into a century-old building. Read more »
Amazon outranks the field in Gartner IaaS rankings, but there were lots of other winners including CSC, Microsoft, Tier 3, Joyent and Rackspace. Read more »
NewSQL player will use funding to pursue opportunities in e-commerce, gaming and advertising, says CEO Robin Purohit. Read more »
Just in time for Puppet Conf, configuration management rival Opscode rebrands Private Chef and Hosted Chef as Enterprise Chef and launches network configuration push. Read more »
The Department of Interior named 10 vendors which can compete for what could be a $10 billion contract. Amazon was not among them, but you can bet it’s in the mix anyway. Read more »
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy published new guidelines and FAQs to ease adoption of President Obama’s open data policy. In May, the president signed an order mandating that agencies use machine-readable and open data formats when they collect or create information so it can be re-used efficiently.
It looks like the scheduled September 12 shareholder vote on Michael Dell’s proposal will take place after all. Read more »
Exclusive: Ambitious startup wants to be your one-stop-shop for operating and monitoring your cloud workloads wherever they run. Read more »
This account pokes holes in IBM’s cloud computing revenue story. About half of IBM’s current cloud revenue is tied to hardware — often hardware used to run a customer or partner cloud — according to InformationWeek, which cites IBM documents provided by a former employee. The SEC is looking into how IBM calculates cloud revenue.
PRISM disclosures have prompted demand for more data encryption in the cloud. Google has apparently heard the call. Read more »
Reuven Cohen, who founded Enomaly an early IaaS player, is now aboard at Citrix, where he will push that company’s cloud agenda. Read more »
This week’s topics: Can VMware make a dent in cloud? What’s all this we keep hearing about Yarn? Plus, a chat with Paul Santinelli. Read more »
An earlier ITIF estimate that NSA-gate could cost U.S. cloud companies $35B over three years is far too limited an assessment, says Forrester Research analyst James Staten. Read more »
Facebook is building an online payment system to take on industry giant PayPal, according to AllThingsD. Facebook’s service would let online shoppers pay for their purchases using their Facebook ID and log-in, provided they have already linked their credit card information with their Facebook account. Other competitors in this market include Google and Stripe.
Ten vendors: Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic Resources, CGI, GTRI, Lockheed Martin, Smartronix, Unisys, Verizon and IBM all got the nod to be part of massive cloud transformation. Read more »
Everyone loves Dropbox — which claims more than 100 million users — except for CIOs, CISOs or whoever’s in charge of compliance and security. nCrypted Cloud says it can help Dropbox win them over too. Read more »
It’s well and good for a cloud to offer tons of compute, storage and networking services, but tying them together in a way that non-techies can use them, is value in and of itself, says Tier 3. Read more »
Comments from VMware’s Raghu Raghuram seem to indicate that the virtualization leader is more open to assuring AWS interop than previous VMware statements led us to believe. Read more »
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says Google “copied” Oracle’s stuff and pinned the blame on Google CEO Larry Page.
“I think what he did was absolutely evil,” Ellison told CBS’s Charlie Rose. “I 100 percent blame Larry Page … When you write a program for Android, you use Oracle Java code for everything and at the very end you push a button ‘convert this to Android format.”
Updated: New AWS Simple Notification Service lets devs automate push notifications to iOS, Google and — oh yes — Amazon devices using one API. Read more »
Developers and admins can now update their CloudFormation stack in parallel rather than sequentially, thanks to two updates. Read more »
The startup says it applies Google-like analytics to ensure that dynamic VMware deployments run smoothly. Read more »
Ansible performs both configuration and deployment management across platforms and now has funding to expand its already impressive toehold. Read more »
Two new arrays use 1X-nanometer MLC Flash technology in a way that Nimbus Data says can compete effectively with hybrid arrays on price. Read more »
Apple CEO Tim Cook, internet visionary Vint Cerf and others met with President Obama behind closed doors Thursday. No one’s talking, but we can bet one topic was PRISM and its negative impact on U.S. cloud businesses. Read more »
Bill Henningsgaard a former Microsoft sales and marketing exec, his 17-year-old son, and two others, were killed in a plane crash outside of New Haven, Conn. on Friday. The private plane crashed into houses near the Tweed-New Haven Municipal Airport. Henningsgaard, a 14-year Microsoft veteran, was executive director of Eastside Pathways
Matt Eccleston, who helped drive VMware’s end-user computing push, is moving over to Dropbox to help it sell into the enterprise. Read more »
Home Depot? Check. Registry of Motor Vehicles? Check. Restaurants? Check. Startup incubator? Coming soon to the Arsenal Mall. Read more »
One of the mysteries of the Prism data collection controversy is how Edward Snowden, an IT guy and not an agent after all, had access to all the stuff he leaked. But, the National Security Agency will be cutting 90 percent of its systems administrators and automating many of their tasks, according to Reuters. NSA Director Keith Alexander disclosed the plan — without mentioning Snowden by name — Thursday at a cybersecurity conference in New York. Alexander was, in essence, restating plans that others at the agency have already laid out.
Sun Microsystems’ co-founder sounds off on clueless CIOs and manages to get in a few digs in at CA and (gasp) Apple. But not Oracle or Sparc. Read more »
If Microsoft is serious about being taken seriously in a SaaS world, it better get a lot more transparent a hell of a lot faster. Read more »
In our second cloud-and-data podcast, we hear from Facebook’s top analytics guy about how the company deals with all that data; we discuss the drama at Hortonworks and IBM oh, and why Infochimps and CSC may be a match made in heaven. Read more »
When we last talked a year ago, the online petition platform claimed 20 million users and no internal servers. Now it’s at 40 million users and is holding the line on internal IT. Read more »
Cracking open the “black box” — IBM and now CenturyLink will advise the Cloud Foundry PaaS effort Read more »
Cloudscaling CTO Randy Bias made waves recently with an open letter calling for the OpenStack faithful to embrace Amazon Web Services APIs in their clouds. His letter, which took issue with Rackspace’s refusal to adopt these APIs, spawned another open letter from Rackspace’s Robert Scoble. Now, in a take-two post, Bias concedes he should have called for a community focus on the issue but sticks to his guns on most of his key points.
Credit Suisse downgrades IBM stock to underperform and describes it as a “company in decline” as Big Blue furloughs hardware workers. Ouch. Read more »