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. ...

Networking Without Limits: SDN

After nearly 40 years of creating enterprise software, there are few companies who have come to appreciate the importance of infrastructure in the quite the way we have at Microsoft. We recognize that to host great software and great apps, you need an equally great infrastructure for your datacenter. At Microsoft, we create and deliver ...

EMC finally gets into the all-flash game with first XtremIO units

  SUMMARY:Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, EMC on Thursday is launching solid-state storage arrays resulting from its purchase of XtremIO a year and a ...

Heroku gussies up Postgres with database roll-back and proactive alerts

  SUMMARY:New Heroku Postgres database service features should free up DBAs to do more meaningful work, said product lead Craig Kerstiens. Heroku’s new Postgres 2.0 database service brings perks — including proactive database monitoring and alerts, and a rollback feature that is more forgiving if there’s a database snafu. The new “unlimited undo” feature, roughly analogous to Apple’s ...

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 ...

Cisco-threatening open switch coming from Facebook, Intel, and Broadcom

Facebook and friends try to replace proprietary network hardware. Cisco Nexus switches. pchow98 Six months ago, Facebook announced that its Open Compute Project (OCP) would develop a top-of-rack switch that could boot nearly any type of networking software. With the help of Intel, Broadcom, and others, the consortium devoted to open hardware specifications would develop a rival ...