Report: IBM and EMC eye SoftLayer

Softlayer may be in the cross hairs of not one but two legacy IT giants, according to a Reuters report. Even the idea that EMC or IBM would consider a buyout is interesting.

Amazon outages — lessons learned

Two big Amazon outages over the past month certainly got everyone’s attention. Here are three tactical measures cloud users should take to minimize damage from future cloud computing snafus. Broadly, the outages also ratchet up pressure for companies to move to multiple clouds.

SoftLayer says its cloud beats Amazon in online gaming. Here’s why.

As great as shared cloud infrastructure can be, online game workloads often demand dedicated physical servers in addition to heavily virtualized, shared cloud servers. That’s where SoftLayer says it differentiates itself from other big cloud players including market leader Amazon Web Services.

SimpleCDN Takedown: A Cautionary Tale for Resellers?

SimpleCDN’s 5,000-plus customers have seen their service be disrupted after its data center provider changed its terms of service and began pulling its servers. But does the fault lie with SimpleCDN for not diversifying its network better to avoid such an outage?