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Cisco, Google, sitting in a tree, C-L-O-U-D-I-N-G

Cisco and Google have struck a partnership to stretch Kubernetes from on-prem to the cloud and back again. The partnership will see the Chocolate Factory's Kubernetes container orchestrator and Istio microservices manger integrated with Switchzilla's hyperconverged HyperFlex platform. Kubernetes has all-but become the de …
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Bright Sparks: Databricks emits system to sort out ‘data mess’

Apache Spark-wrangling biz Databricks has added a third pillar to its Unified Analytics Platform aimed at unifying data management. The unified data management system, Delta, aims to simplify enterprises’ complex data architecture, which sees data spread across multiple data lakes and data warehouses. CEO and co-founder Ali …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Oct 2017
The big split

How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

Analysis Remember The Big Switch – the book by Nicholas Carr which said that IT would become a utility-like service delivered through a socket in the office wall? We know it's only patchily working for business users, as public cloud adoption is going up but is still not a serious threat to on-premises giants. Both camps, the public …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2017

AWS will be the last big cloud to add Skylake as Azure turns 'em on

Microsoft has announced its first Azure instances running Intel's Skylake silicon, a move that means Amazon Web Services will be the last of the big four clouds to run Intel's latest silicon. Amazon announced it would use Skylake last November 2016 at its re:Invent gabfest. Google offered Skylake in June 2017, IBM switched it …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017

No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to Azure Data Factory

In a move that will delight factory workers developers everywhere, Microsoft has added more graphical user interface features to Azure Data Factory V2. Azure Data Factory is Redmond's data pipeline management and integration service, kind of like Google Cloud Dataflow or AWS Data Pipeline. The unrelenting factory service …
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source projects

Rackspace has ended a program under which it offered “generous discounts on hosting for more than 150 OSS projects and communities”, but flubbed the announcement. The closure of the program came to our attention after Reg operatives noticed the Tweet below from Eric Holscher, who posted an image in which it appears the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

Back in September, IBM was left red-faced when its global load balancer and reverse DNS services fell over for 21 hours. At the time, IBM blamed the outage on a third-party domain name registrar that was transferring some domains to another registrar. The sending registrar, IBM said, accidentally put the domains in a “hold …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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SAP reassures market: Cloud is sustainable, just don't look at our wheezing bookings

Enterprise giant SAP has reported an increase in both revenues and operating profits for the latest quarter – but execs were forced to explain a slowdown in cloud bookings. The results for the quarter ended September 30, released today (PDF), showed total revenues of €5.59bn – up 4 per cent year-on-year – and an operating …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Oct 2017
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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government. Redmond said on Wednesday the Azure Government wing of its cloud compute service has been cleared to host secret-level data and code for Uncle Sam's agencies and contractors. The service, creatively dubbed Azure Government …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
REID on fire

Symantec's guzzled the Azure Kool-Aid, tells all its customers: Drink up!

Analysis Security software supplier Symantec is moving 105 Norton data centre applications to Microsoft's Azure cloud. The apps include reputation scoring, security telemetry and advanced threat protection. It will bring its e-commerce system to Azure, which it plans to use for some internal IT services including containers, machine …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2017

AWS to Windows devs: Come out of the dark, into the Lightsail

Amazon Web Services is trying to lure more Windows developers by rolling out Windows private servers via its Lightsail service. Introduced in 2016, Lightsail offers old-school virtual private servers (VPS) lathered with SSD storage, DNS management and a static IP address. It is supposed to pitch AWS against hosting providers …
Andrew Silver, 17 Oct 2017

SendGrid services are DOWN and OUT of action

Anyone wanting to log in or sign up to cloud-based email marketing service SendGrid is out of luck as an unspecificed glitch has taken its services offline. At 0051 PDT (0851 BST), the firm said in a status update, "We are currently investigating reports of intermittent availability of our login and sign up pages. We apologise …
Andrew Silver, 16 Oct 2017
European Union cloud

Citrix switches on nuage fran?ais, deutsche wolke, nube espa?ola

Citrix has opened a new cloud region somewhere inside the European Union. The company's justification for the new region is “to meet the business requirements of enterprises based or operating in Europe.” The company's clearly doing so by adding French, German, and Spanish to the user interface. Storing data locally and …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2017
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Workday says it's got a PaaS in its pocket and is ready to party

Workday says it's got APIs in its pocket and is ready to join the PaaS party HR-centric enterprise SaaS concern Workday will enter the platform-as-a-service business. Workday founder CEO and founder Aneel Bhusri teased a PaaS play in July 2017, but in a Wednesday keynote at the company's “Rising” conference revealed that the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2017

Consistency is key to Oracle and Microsoft's hybrid cloud clout

Analysis Run the Azure Stack on-premises and you can move data and apps to the Azure public cloud with ease. It's the same software environment. Run the Oracle Cloud at Customer on-premises and move apps and data to the Oracle public cloud with ease. It's the same software and billing environment. The perfect hybrid cloud has to have …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017
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Et tu Accenture? Then fall S3er: Consultancy giant leaks private keys, emails and more online

Updated Yet another organization has been caught exposing sensitive data to the public internet: this time it is Accenture – consultants to the great and the good – with a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket leaking access keys and other private documents. On September 17, veteran cloud watchdog Chris Vickery at security shop Upguard found …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2017

Before you head into Office 365, pull on this cosy Cloud Archive

Email archiver Mimecast has promised a subscription drug to cut through GDPR pain. The idea with Cloud Archive is to provide a secure and reliable stash for email data that acts as a safe and secure central resource supporting GDPR requirements, e-discovery, compliance, end-user access, recovery and search. Mimecast says …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2017
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Amazon beams: We're best cloud buds with General Electric

Amazon boasts that it is the "preferred" cloud provider for General Electric, but it's a multi-cloud world after all. GE began moving its applications to the cloud in 2014, with AWS taking the bulk of the dollars. The company has migrated "more than 2,000 applications", we're told. The thing Amazon won't have mentioned in its …
Andrew Silver, 06 Oct 2017

Amazon, Azure, Google will eat all the IT. Google, let us be your cake fork, pleads Nutanix

Analysis An IT trio of giants will soon dominate the market - and there appears to be one on-premises/hybrid stack partner opening, Nutanix told us. A conversation with Sudheesh Nair, Nutanix's president, revealed the firm's mindset: it envisages three great beasts in the IT jungle – Amazon, Azure and Google – each with their public …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2017
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Microsoft tries to Spark relationship with cluster lusters: Promises 5-min big data bang on Azure

First apps on Windows, then Linuxes in Hyper-V and on Azure, now big data via Spark. In another effort to win over the open source crowd, Microsoft has made the speedy big data engine Apache Spark easier to set up and use on Azure, giving devs a dedicated tool to help provision clusters. The open-source "Azure Distributed Data …
Andrew Silver, 05 Oct 2017

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Microsoft has explained how a cascading series of cockups left some of its Northern European Azure customers without access to services for nearly seven hours. On September 29, the sounds of "Sacré bleu!" "Scheisse!" and "What are the bastards up to now?" were, we're guessing, heard from Redmond's Euro clients after key …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017

Nailing a cloud project without killing Bob boils down to not being a tool

Don't be like Bob. You remember Bob, right? Tasked with building the company's cloud. Sinking in a quicksand of managerial buzzword bingo and ever-changing requirements, burdened by a lack of resources. Bob was under pressure, which produced tension at home, and Bob quit the job resulting in the company's cloud project …
Lone Wolf, 03 Oct 2017
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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reads 'mean tweets' about his 2025 vision

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd appears incapable of shrugging off criticism of his predictions for the state of cloud computing in the year 2025. During Monday's Oracle OpenWorld keynote, he decided to hit back at his critics with something a little more adversarial than expected. In a moment reminiscent of celebrities reading less- …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Oct 2017

Mainframes are hip now! Compuware fires its dev environment into cloud

In an attempt to entice new blood to those dinosaur systems of record known as mainframes, Detroit software firm Compuware has moved its development environment to the cloud. The company's flagship mainframe Agile/DevOps product Topaz is now available on Amazon Web Services. As Compuware and competitors such as IBM and Micro …
Andrew Silver, 02 Oct 2017

Linode cloud users in Europe hit as Frankfurt DC falls to its knees

Problems at Linode's data centre in Germany have led to connectivity issues with its cloud services over the weekend, and we understand the vendor is currently trying to solve a packet loss problem. At 14:14 UTC yesterday, the New Jersey-headquartered cloud provider said on its status page that it had become "aware of …
Andrew Silver, 02 Oct 2017
Microsoft Azure on show at Ignite in Orlando

From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

Ignite What’s new for Azure at Microsoft Ignite? The key point is not so much the list of new features, but the direction the company is taking with its cloud platform, which is to make it pervasive even for customers working mainly on premises. Azure Security Center began as a dashboard for monitoring the security of Azure virtual …
Tim Anderson, 29 Sep 2017

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

Updated In its effort to attract a more diverse workforce, Amazon is sending mixed messages. An email shared online earlier today was sent by an Amazon Web Services recruiter to a woman encouraging her to apply for a software engineering position. The message kicked off with the subject line: "Diversity HIRE :: JOB :: Software …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2017
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Scale slaps hybrid cloud in hyperconverged kit

Scale Computing has replicated its HC3 hyperconverged platform in Google's cloud and provided app and data interchange between the on-premises and public cloud worlds in its very own data fabric. The company sells its HC3 clusters of hyperconverged systems. They host apps in KVM virtual machines running under the HyperCore OS …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017

Cloudera serves up 'secret sauce' for unified data management

Cloudera has become the latest company to offer up a set of tools to unify data management, with its SDX framework, which it describes as the platform's "secret sauce". Businesses are increasingly looking to ensure portability of data across a range of environments and flexibility in the ways they use that data. The demand is …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

Final update A network failure affecting the Amadeus online booking platform is continuing to delay check-ins for passengers around the world, although the firm won't disclose the cause. Multiple airlines using the Amadeus reservation system told The Register that passenger check-in and/or airline booking systems went offline around 10.30 …
Andrew Silver, 28 Sep 2017
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Alibaba beats Google for IaaS market share, with IBM out of sight

Google is the world's number four infrastructure-as-a-service vendor, according to analyst outfit Gartner's first ever attempt at calculating market share in the field. The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market is growing like a weed: it hauled US$22.1 billion through the door in calendar 2016, up from $16.8 billion in …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2017
Pennywise the clown

Google Cloud says it's first-to per-second cloud server billing, twice

Google's decided to join AWS in the per-second billing club, point out that it's actually had this constant cloudy ka-ching thing under control since 2013 and offer advice that recommends not using its new billing scheme as your number one cost-cutting tactic. Google Cloud started charging by the second for all of its cloudy …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2017
Hyperconverged hybrid cloud infrastructure

Accelerite re-floats Citrix CloudPlatform as 'Rovius Cloud'

Accelerite has finally revealed what it's done with Citrix's CloudPlatform, which it acquired in January 2016. CloudPlatform gave its users the chance to orchestrate their server and storage fleets into a private cloud and had some success with end-user organisations and service providers. Citrix offloaded it after deciding …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2017

Arabian, sorry, Amazon Web Services to land in Bahrain and UAE

Amazon Web Services has announced it will open bit barns in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company says it's done so to give its customers and partners a new place to run code and store data. The Gulf of Arabia, home to both Bahrain and the UAE, is well-served by submarine cables that could offer overland …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2017

Google slurps cloudy single-sign-on concern Bitium

Google's acquired cloudy single-sign-on outfit Bitium for the usual undisclosed sum. Five-year-old Bitium offers products covering SSO, credential and application management, directory integration, secure access, user management, reporting and compliance. Its aim is to make sure that a company's users are the same individual …
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Slap your apps on this Dell-flavoured testing server before tossing them on Azure Stack

Dell and cloud managed services provider NTT Communications have launched a specialised server that lets IT departments test apps for Microsoft's Azure Stack. As an on-premises version of Azure, Redmond's new platform is designed to reduce cloud-native app latency while better addressing sovereignty and security, à la VMware's …
Andrew Silver, 26 Sep 2017

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