Alibaba comes stateside
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a data center hub in Silicon Valley, adding yet another gigantic player to a growing, but already hotly-contested cloud…
Hussain is driving cloud
Andrew Higginbotham, the CenturyLink exec who helped bring that telco into the modern cloud computing era, is leaving the company after 14 years, Gigaom…
Cloudscaling furnishes API
Many news cycles have been burned on the debate over whether OpenStack-based cloud providers should or need to support the major Amazon Web Services APIs. Cloudscaling…
Category takes it on the chin
Pity your private cloud, if you have one. If cloud analysts are to be believed, private cloud is losing ground as public…
The week in cloud
The week in cloud The past few weeks were not great for IBM but they did not bring the bloodbath — 110,000 job cuts…
Does Fathesr know best?
Even though VMware initially called its Amazon competitor vCloud Hybrid Services, make no mistake, it’s the company’s public cloud (now renamed vCloud Air.)…
OpenStack cloud creep
Internap is now offering OpenStack-based public cloud services for the enterprise-rich New York metropolitan area from its Secaucus, New Jersey data center. Atlanta-based Internap paints…
Yup. More cloud M&A
It’s three weeks into 2015 and here’s the first cloud deal of the year: Managed service provider Datapipe is buying GoGrid, an infrastructure-as-a-service vendor that has been morphing into a…
The week in cloud
Despite the success of Amazon Web Services, and the resources Microsoft and Google have poured into Azure and Google Cloud Platform respectively to compete…
Not a huge shocker
Google and Microsoft now host public clouds meant to give Amazon Web Services a run for its money, but they still have…
More consolidation coming
So yes, 2014 was a big year for cloud. Now it’s time for some predictions for the year ahead. Based on gut…
Assist from Equinix
Remember that data center land grab we keep talking about? It’s not letting up. This week it’s IBM’s turn (again) to claim…
The first reveal of AWS Re:invent 2014. Aurora a MySQL-compatible relational database engine to take on Oracle et al. Also lots of goodies for developers including continuous integration and a managed code repository.
Dozens (hundreds?) of smaller software companies are at AWS Re:invent to preview products that can grease the skids to successful hybrid cloud deployments.
AWS Evangelist Jeff Barr hinted about Docker support to come at Re:invent, which is interesting. What may be more interesting is that AWS appears to be changing its behavior.
Google Cloud struts its corporate stuff, adding connections from carrier hotels and direct peering as well as virtual private networking access for risk-averse companies seeking hybrid cloud.
Amazon Web Services, which debuted in 2006, has a huge lead in public cloud. But it’s unclear how long that lead will last, as Microsoft and Google gear up their IaaS efforts.
The target audience is developers who want to build OpenStack applications and websites for small and mid-sized businesses.
Given their huge resources, it’s obvious who the Big Three companies are in public cloud. The question is, after them, who else can compete.
The week in cloud: Amazon Web Services and Rackspace both acknowledged that they needed to re-start a big chunk of their public cloud infrastructure due to a non-disclosed Xen issue.
About 10 percent of Amazon’s EC2 instances will need to be rebooted starting Friday, according to an AWS update.
Many Amazon Web Services customers will soon be subjected to a reboot of their EC2 instances — but no one outside of AWS knows why.
Google has used credits to bring startups to its cloud before, but now it’s upped the ante to $100,000.
Wow. Red Hat veteran Brian Stevens joins Google as VP of Google Cloud Platforms, perhaps to give that cloud more of an enterprise luster.
Several Microsoft Azure services — virtual machines, cloud services, StorSimple, backup and site recovery — were off line for hours Monday afternoon.
Rackspace execs point to record year-over-year revenue growth as a sign that their “managed cloud” push may resonate even in a cut-throat environment.
OpenNebula’s new “Lemon Slice” beta makes it possible to chuck VMs from OpenNebula infrastructure into more public clouds as needed.
Facing off against cloud giants AWS, Microsoft and Google, Rackspace regroups in a way it hopes will show off its service and support advantages.
Germany will break Dublin’s lock on Amazon Web Services deployment in Europe, according to a new report, but timing is unclear.
Rackspace blazed the trail for OpenStack and offers an array of deployment options from bare metal to private and public OpenStack clouds; but will it find a buyer?
Joyent believes that hybrid clouds are the way of the future and a way in which the company can compete against big cloud service providers like Amazon.
The two companies have been working together since last year, and the takeover should help Red Hat pitch its OpenStack distribution as being easy to deploy.
The week in cloud: Amazon and VMware (and HP and Microsoft and Red Hat and Rackspace) square off to win more cloud workloads.
Common sense: IBM’s cloud chief Lance Crosby thinks companies should focus on securing their data from everyone, not just nosy intelligence agencies.
On this week’s Structure Show, the exec in charge of IBM’s massive cloud effort updates us on how that’s going and why you’d be silly to underestimate Big Blue when it comes to cloud.
FortyCloud’s security platform functions like a modern-day version of the firewall, built for the public cloud. The company is going after potential clients in the advertising technology sector, bioinformatics industry, and healthcare and financial services providers.
On this week’s Structure Show, OpenStack Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce and COO Mark Collier make their case for enterprise OpenStack adoption.
Kim Weins, vice president of marketing at RightScale, sees a lot about where its customers are deploying cloud workloads and how they intend to expand them across multiple platforms. She came on the Structure Show to talk about what’s hot, including — surprisingly — VMware.
Rightscale keeps a sharp eye on business cloud usage. Kim Weins talks about some surprising findings from the company’s 2014 State of the Cloud Survey.
Not a shocker that Amazon Web Services dominated public cloud use, but RightScale’s latest State of the Cloud Report found other nuances worth a look.
Game developers can now use hefty AWS graphical processing and fast streaming to put the grunt work in Amazon’s cloud and the result on users’ devices.
Google is drawing distinctions between different tiers of cloud partners, ripping a page out of the playbooks of Microsoft, Novell, and enterprise software companies that came before.
DigitalOcean offers an affordable IaaS for normals (non-techies) and is growing fast. Andreessen Horowitz noticed and is funding that effort.
Snapchat hired away a top Google engineer, then there was a story about it, and that’s where the trouble began.
There are clouds and then there are clouds, but Taylor Rhodes would argue that cloud is just one of several deployment models that will be around for a long time.
Rackspace shares took a beating in Monday after-hours trading on the news that Lanham Napier is retiring as CEO, but the company isn’t rushing to name a replacement.
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.
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.
IO, which is known for its modular data center designs and specialized data center management software, is getting into the cloud provider space with a new service called IO.Cloud. It’s very open at the foundational level, at least, running OpenStack software on Open Compute hardware.
As some cloud giants consider custom processors, Intel is banking that users do (or will) care about what sort of chip is running their clouds — and so a logo program is born.
OpenStack cloud purveyor has been down a president since July when Lew Moorman stepped back from that position.
Bosh, the toolchain that promises to propagate Cloud Foundry everywhere, gains another adherent in CenturyLink cloud.
Christmas week was pretty slow — except for major cloud announcements out of China, oh and Edward “the gift that keeps on giving” Snowden issues his Christmas warning, er message.
Amazon Web Services remains king of cloud but from all appearances, Google Compute Platform plans to dispute that title.
The week in cloud: The software-as-a-service vendors now look an awful lot like the enterprise software players of yesteryear that they were born to displace
The answer will surprise you. Colocation can be a much better option than cloud for certain types of applications. Read on to see why.
On this week’s Structure Show a look at Google’s cloud prospects; how Netflix is engineering a way around last year’s Chrismas Eve snafu, and why startups should use Amazon’s cloud services — but stick with the basics.
Brace yourself. For established workloads, dedicated hardware is often a better and cheaper option than straight-up cloud deployment.
In the wake of CenturyLink’s buyout of Tier 3 and IBM’s SoftLayer buy — inquiring minds want to know what the future holds for Joyent.
Why is it that IBM, Paypal and other tech powers turn to a video streaming company for help with technology? There’s a very good reason.
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
“MegaRun” cluster shatters the record for high-performance computing on Amazon Web Services, said Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe.
Rackspace revenue continued to rise during the third quarter, but growth was slow and profits were down year over year. The company chalks up the latter to increased forward-looking investments, but the elephant in the room is Amazon.
Big Blue joins Microsoft, Amazon, AT&T, HP, and others that have this critical accreditation for government cloud work.
HighCloud Security brings its encryption and key management expertise — hot commodities in the age of PRISM — to the table.
Amazon keeps selling tons and tons of compute, storage and networking services and touted traction in government and education accounts.
There is concern about government data surveillance but companies are still moving to public cloud, according to recent research — some of it underwritten by, you got it, a public cloud vendor.
North Bridge Venture Partners’ Paul Santinelli offered up all sorts of opinions — many outspoken — on this week’s Structure Show podcast. Here are some of his thoughts on who can succeed in the cloud computing market.
Executive defections: Check. Core business under fire, Check. Entering new cut-throat arena: Check. VMware’s got its work cut out for it.
Some cloud executives believe PRISM threatens the growth of the public cloud, and proposed legislation could tamper with the privacy of private clouds.
Company tells users of its cloud-based MySQL database service to move their instances by May 8 or else. (May 15 for paying customers.)
VMware is banking that its brand and customer base will make it a power in public cloud infrastructure. Others bet that VMware’s “hybrid public” cloud plan is too little too late.
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger sketches plans to take on Amazon Web Services in public cloud. Hint: The strategy keys on existing vCloud private cloud customers and the channel supporting them.
New Gartner predictions hold that the U.S. will remain number 1 in overall public cloud services deployment — by a wide margin — into 2016.
For big service providers that feel “disrupted” by Amazon’s prodigious cloud, Morphlabs is pitching mCloud Osmium as a way to get up to snuff.
Entrepreneurs spoke about the value of Amazon Web Services, took home prizes and destroyed servers at AWS’ sixth annual Global Start-Up Challenge event on Thursday.
Most financial services companies officially forbid the use of public cloud (aka Amazon Web Services) completely. But the forward thinkers among them — like State Street — keep their options — and minds — open about such deployment in the future.
Zorawar Biri Singh, who leads HP’s cloud effort, says the company’s vision aligns nicely with what enterprises want. HP will fill in check marks to its OpenStack-based game plan next month but the big question is whether HP’s brand still carries weight.
At just a few months old, Google Compute Engine is seen as a threat to public cloud leader Amazon Web Services. At least that appears to be what Amazon thinks given its lawsuit against a former exec who is joining Google.
Twitter has been awash (again) with banter about the myth or reality of private clouds. The conversations revolve around the technology, rehashing the “what makes a cloud a cloud” argument. Yet, all of us are right, and many of us are wrong.
Optimists hope that the EU’s expected cloud computing recommendations will resolve concerns around diverse data protection laws that slow cloud adoption. Realists hope for the best, but prepare for less. The reality is Europe remains a collection of countries, not a unified whole.
When it comes to the debate on public versus private clouds or commodity versus legacy IT, there seems no room for nuance. So, while cloud and commodity IT are the way of the future, private cloud and legacy IT are here to stay.
At this stage, most companies know some of the benefits of cloud computing. But many still aren’t sure what applications and data should make the trip first. That’s why Rackspace and other cloud providers are providing more consultative services and lining up systems integrators.
Amazon Web Services is making available a new US West region located in Oregon, which it is positioning as a lower-cost alternative to the company’s existing Northern California region. AWS says services in the Oregon region costs about 10 percent less than in Northern California.
The next big leap in both technology and business models around sharing elastic compute resources will be bidding for those resources at auction or acquiring them through a broker, according to Forrester. But this broker business just adds more abstraction to an already abstract business.
In addition to enhancing privacy, dedicated circuits will generally result in more predictable data transfer performance and will also increase bandwidth between…
Cloud services have a rosy future, but a long build-out industry cycle is expected as businesses are slow to adopt and accept virtual datacenters. Instead of determining to use a public or a private cloud, enterprises should consider a hybrid, best-of-both-worlds approach.
The current public cloud computing providers have done an excellent job in bringing innovation and cloud computing technology to the masses. Cloud computing, however, is not yet a fully evolved technology and may take another decade to grow up and deliver on its full potential.