On this week’s Structure Show we talk about Platform as a Service which depending, on who you believe, is a dying breed or a boom town. Read more »
Rackspace just made auto scaling generally available for its public cloud. Auto scale, as the name implies, ramps cloud capacity up and down as needed. Some might be surprised that this is the first time Rackspace made this important feature generally available — Amazon Web Services has had it for a few years.
Hundreds of Amazon partners came to the desert to bask in the reflected glow of the cloud giant. Publicly, they love AWS; privately they worry that it’ll end up eating their lunch. Read more »
It looks like Tier 3 and its investors got a pretty rich payday when they sold the company to CenturyLink. A Bloomberg report puts the purchase price at $200 million for the 7-year-old, 60-person company. Tier 3 would not comment on the report. Tier 3 investors include Intel Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Ignition Capital.
Private PaaS pioneer Apprenda will use its new funding to expand into Europe and build strategic partnerships with other vendors. Read more »
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates got a little emotional discussing the contributions of out-going CEO Steve Ballmer at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting. Read more »
Salesforce.com runs on top of Oracle databases and middleware and (maybe) some Oracle hardware. Now it’s bringing Oracle archrival into the tent. Read more »
Since buying Heroku three years ago, Salesforce.com has been balancing it with Force.com. Now it’s betting a Salesforce-focused edition of Heroku will help sort things out. Read more »
Tier 3 brings enterprise-friendly management, a well-regarded IaaS and a PaaS with it to become the new CenturyLink Cloud. Read more »
The CRM kingpin’s acquisition binge continues with the buyout of cloudconnect, a startup founded by Adam Gross, a respected former Salesforce.com exec. Read more »
Postgres and MySQL are both open source databases, but MySQL is owned by Oracle. So why is it cheaper than Postgres on Amazon’s RDS? Read more »
Company plans to use new-found money to boost the sales of its OmniCube multi-purpose data center appliance five-fold in 2014. Read more »
CRM software giant wants more third-party applications to be sold and delivered by its own development and distribution platform. This could get interesting. Read more »
It was pretty much all Amazon all the time last week, although Pivotal, IBM, and Apcera shoehorned some news in as well. Read more »
Derek Collison, who left VMware’s Cloud Foundry effort to start Apcera, has been mum on details on his startup. Until now. The goal is a policy-aware platform that even IT pros can love. Oh, and it will compete with Cloud Foundry. Read more »
Automattic resets WordPress VIP user passwords that were caught up in the Adobe security breach. Read more »
It looks like privately-held Dell is still backing Project Sputnik, a set of developer-oriented laptops configured with Ubuntu Linux. These laptops are Dell’s attempt to win back open-source oriented web developers that drifted from PCs to Macs but probably hate the whole iOS walled garden. Dell also said it is working with Docker to improve the Project Sputnik offerings.
Amazon Web Services revenues may hit $30 billion within the decade, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt. Read more »
Amazon Web Services desktop virtualization, real-time data streaming, and RDB Postgres support news stole the show, but there was a lot else going on at AWS re:Invent. Here are my highlights. Read more »
Now Rackspace is positioning itself based on performance, not support. Which is a big shift for a company that’s touted fanatical support since it’s birth. Read more »
DynamoDB and other NoSQL databases could make very good use of new mega I2 EC2 instances, says Amazon’s Werner Vogels. Read more »
AWS is building a special cloud for the CIA’s sole use. That sounds pretty private to most of the world. But Amazon the public cloud builder doesn’t see it that way Read more »
In this week’s Structure Show, we talk through all the AWS Re:Invent news; the looming era of open-source switches, and how Cycle Computing helps a scientist build the solar panels of the future. Read more »
Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. Read more »
So just who is making all those API calls to your Amazon Web Services and what are those calls doing? Amazon’s new CloudTrail aims to corral that for you. Read more »
Postgres will take its position alongside MySQL, SQL Server and Oracle as a top tier database in AWS’ Relational Database Service, sources said. Read more »
A raft of AWS partners used day one of the AWS re:Invent show to blast out new products and services. Read more »
And they said it couldn’t happen: Microsoft is nixing the stack ranking system by which it has promoted and fired employees for years. Read more »
In a bid to bridge the NoSQL-SQL gap, FoundationDB bought Akiban earlier this year. Now it’s got fresh funding to backstop its current users and seek new customers. Read more »
“MegaRun” cluster shatters the record for high-performance computing on Amazon Web Services, said Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe. Read more »
The Pivotal CF PaaS, to be commercially available this week, aims to make PaaS a go-to option for companies wanting to run workloads in-house and across cloud infrastructures. Read more »
Facebook is watching the Adobe Systems data breach situation carefully and flagging its own users who may be affected. The social networking giant is warning its users who used the same email and password combos for its site and various Adobe products to change their password and answer more security questions, according to KrebsOnSecurity. Adobe disclosed the breach last month and notified users to change their passwords.
New Heroku Postgres database service features should free up DBAs to do more meaningful work, said product lead Craig Kerstiens. Read more »
What to expect: Keynotes by Amazon Web Services bigwigs (minus Jeff Bezos); Netflix, NASA; a scrum of partner announcements; and lots of counter programming from cloud rivals. Read more »
Ruedigar Baumann is leaving Zimory to pursue other opportunities. Read more »
Believe it or not there are IaaS options beyond the AWS, Rackspace, Microsoft, HP world. Here are some smaller, more focused, and perhaps better choices depending on what you need to do. Read more »
AnsibleWorks is gunning to entrench its open-source configuration management tool at the expense of Opscode and Puppet. Read more »
There’s long been talk about if and when Microsoft would put its cash-cow Office applications on non-Windows devices. Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported on Friday that Stephen Elop, a front-runner to be the next Microsoft CEO, is open to that move. Sales of non Windows devices — particularly Android and iOS phones and tablets — are booming compared to sales of Windows PCs. Should the next Microsoft CEO break up the Windows-and-Office tandem, it would be a truly massive change.
Couldn’t get to Hong Kong this week? No worries. Here are the top stories out of OpenStack Summit 2013. Read more »
Password management company LastPass says data of 152 million Adobe customers– a far higher number than thought — was accessed by hackers earlier this year. Read more »