Google Compute Engine is “generally available” and it’s still not Amazon Web Services

  SUMMARY:Google probably does need to become feature-competitive with AWS sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to match AWS tit for tat. Maybe being Google will actually pay off in the end. Google finally designated its Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service offering as generally available on Monday, about 18 months after announcing the service ...

Google compute cloud load balances 1 million requests per second for $10

Google boasts of giant Compute Engine demo, boosts uptime with live migration. We hold Google ransom for… one million Web requests. New Line Cinema Google Compute Engine, the company’s infrastructure-as-a-service cloud that competes against Amazon Web Services, is trying to take reliability and scale to the extreme. Last week, the company said it was able ...

Microsoft takes development into the cloud with Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio 2013 lands alongside a cloud-hosted IDE. Though it has been available on MSDN for a few weeks now, today marks the official launch of Microsoft’s flagship development environment, Visual Studio 2013. In addition to supporting Microsoft’s latest platforms—in particular, Windows 8.1—Visual Studio 2013 includes some pretty neat productivity features. Revision history and work ...

Amazon’s big reveal at re:Invent: Desktops as a service

  photo: Amazon Web Services SUMMARY:Amazon Web Services announced a new service called Amazon WorkSpaces during its re:invent conference on Wednesday. If it can deliver VDI and gain traction where others have not, it could be a big boon for the company. Amazon Web Services has been courting enterprise IT users pretty heavily for the ...

Amazon says CloudTrail will track all those API calls for risk-averse enterprises

  photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY: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. That companies will move even their mission critical applications to the cloud is not a question of if but when, according to ...

Amazon cloud delivers virtual Windows desktops to PCs and tablets

Windows and Microsoft Office delivered to iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire. Deploying an Amazon virtual desktop. Amazon Amazon has been a cloud computing giant for years, delivering infrastructure-as-a-service that lets businesses and developers build and host applications in Amazon data centers. Now, the company is using its cloud to deliver virtual desktops to any Windows ...

Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!

The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. On Wednesday at Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York, I joined Cisco CEO John Chambers to announce an expanded partnership between our two companies. Microsoft and Cisco have a long history of collaborating to help customers address business and technology challenges. ...

OnApp offers one UI to manage virtual, bare-metal and “smart” servers

  photo: Anna Gordon/GigaOM SUMMARY:OnApp CEO Ditlev Bredahl claims OnApp version 3.1, which provides on-demand access to pretty much everything in the data center, is the platform he wishes he’d had when he was running hosting businesses. London-based OnApp has finally released version 3.1 of its software, which aims to help hosts and telcos get ...

A quick reminder of why cloud computing really matters — the applications

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:Amazon Web Services’ second-annual user conference is around the corner, but its scale is as much about AWS’s platform as it is about the ecosystem of developers and applications it has enabled. Amazon Web Services’ second-annual re:Invent user conference kicks off on Tuesday, and the scale of the thing speaks volumes of ...

RightScale rolls up multi-cloud management and cost analytics in one suite package

SUMMARY: The early mover in multi-cloud management is melding cloud cost and usage analytics with its management services in a new suite. Dealing with multiple clouds is all the rage, at least if you scan the headlines —  recently systems integration giant CSC bought ServiceMesh to deal with these issues. So RightScale, which staked its claim in ...