Five features Amazon Web Services must fix

Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers frequently wake up to a shiny new feature or service announced by Amazon evangelist Jeff Barr on the AWS blog. Some of these features are significant, and a few go unnoticed. Yet while Amazon is appreciated for the pace at which new features are added to the stack, longtime AWS customers ...

Cloud and data third-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook

Slower and less-hyped growth occurred in the cloud-computing marketplace in the third quarter, including noticeably less news coming from cloud-computing providers. The normal summer slowdown accounts for part of this trend, but it seems most enterprises are just starting to work with cloud computing rather than following the technical drama of the past several years. ...

OpenStack Havana goes live, but here’s what’s important: new users!

  SUMMARY:Next month’s OpenStack Summit will feature some new big-name users — Workday, Concur, Shutterstock — of the open-source cloud infrastructure. The OpenStack Havana release is available as of Thursday — but the delivery of semi-annual code updates is table stakes. What will be more telling is how many actual user companies — as opposed to OpenStack-affiliated vendors — ...

Amazon Web Services: should you stay or should you go?

  SUMMARY:Startups love the flexibility and pricing of AWS. But then again, no one cloud is right for everyone. Here are a few startups who decided to move at least some of their workloads off AWS. Amazon Web Services is the default, go-to IT infrastructure of choice for startups, right? Right. Er, well not always. No ...

Canonical wants to make OpenStack less of a pain to deploy with Ubuntu Server 13.10

  SUMMARY:OpenStack may be on the rise, but its competitors often point to the complexity of setting it up. Ubuntu Server 13.10, due out next week, aims to eliminate that concern through the introduction of so-called charm bundles. Canonical will release version 13.10 of Ubuntu Server in a week’s time, not coincidentally in sync with ...

IBM says it’s tapping SoftLayer for more of its cloud biz

SUMMARY:Big Blue is moving more of its SaaS applications and SmartCloud workloads over to Softlayer, the cloud player it bought for $2 billion. But skeptics still aren’t sure that IBM “gets” cloud. IBM is starting to consolidate more of its diverse cloud offerings, including itsbusiness role-specific SaaS products, around SoftLayer, the company it bought this summer ...

Microsoft breaks Telstra Office 365 monopoly

news Technology giant Microsoft has revealed plans to break the monopoly which its partner Telstra has on selling its Office 365 software as a service productivity suite in Australia, in a move which will widen the software’s ecosystem substantially. Office 365 has been on sale in Australia exclusively through Telstra for the past two years, after ...

A Tale of Three OpenStack Clouds : 50,000 Cores in Production at CERN

  Tim Bell is CERN’s infrastructure manager, and the recent recipient of an InfoWorld Technology Leadership Award. He spoke about his work with Puppet at CERN at PuppetConf 2012. This post was republished with his permission I had several questions at the recent GigaOm conference in London regarding the OpenStack environments at CERN. This blog entry explains the different instances and ...

Windows Azure Connections Enabled at Equinix Data Centers

  Today Equinix announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft that enables cloud connectivity to Windows Azure in key markets globally through our data centers. Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables customers to quickly build, deploy and manage applications. By leveraging Azure, enterprises can flexibly build applications using any language, tool ...

The cloud under one roof key factors for hosting providers when choosing a data center

SUMMARY: Every hosting provider wants a slice of the cloud pie. But without a data centre that can perform, the ability to grab the opportunity can be challenging. As a result, the connectivity, proximity and scalability of a data centre can make or break a business’ success. The data centre is the backbone of any ...