Amazon Web Services experienced minor outage on Sunday

  SUMMARY:Amazon Web Services experienced a brief outage on Sunday afternoon. It only last about 60 minutes, but appears to have taken down popular sites such as Instagram, Flipboard and Vine for short periods. Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest and most well-known cloud computing provider, once again had some availability problems in its US-EAST ...

Windows Azure and new Oracle DB up in a tree

  photo: Flickr / Carlos Gutiérrez G. SUMMARY:Microsoft Windows Azure relies heaviily on SQL Azure, but it looks like another surprising database (from a rival) is about to enter the big Azure tent. Sometimes it helps just to look at the obvious when you’re trying to sort out a news story.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has ...

Why VMware isn’t flinching as Amazon’s cloud keeps growing

  photo: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com SUMMARY:While VMware just revealed the specifics on its shared-infrastructure play and has to play catch-up with Amazon Web Services, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger can think of a few advantages of its own. tweet this VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger is comfortable with the fact that Amazon got a major head ...

New from Netflix: Open-sourced gatekeeper to improve the delivery of web services

SUMMARY:Netflix calls Zuul a robust edge services gatekeeper that can help other companies deploy web services faster and more flexibly. Netflix is open sourcing yet another tool to augment the Amazon Web Services infrastructure it relies on to deliver streaming media to myriad devices. The latest is called Zuul, a nod to the gatekeeper in Ghostbusters and, like ...

Why IBM desperately needed to buy SoftLayer

  SUMMARY:Can IBM use SoftLayer as a way to fend off Amazon Web Service incursions? Or is it already too late? IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer is a bid to make the IT giant relevant in a world where Amazon Web Services has come in from left field to snarf up workloads that IBM would very much ...

VMware’s Amazon-style compute cloud will go live in four US data centers

VMware finds a way to wring more cash out of virtualization customers. Virtual reality is sorta like virtualization, right? Plus, this picture has clouds. No, we couldn’t come up with a better image for virtualization and cloud computing. Sorry about that. Ruslan Rugoals VMware today unveiled its first public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud product, putting the virtualization ...

SAP to world: We’re a cloud company, no really!

  photo: Shutterstock user Rechitan Sorin SUMMARY:To the surprise of very few, SAP plans to put make its HANA analytical database available as a cloud service. SAP, the enterprise software giant, has been beating the cloud drum for years. Last year it put its All-in-One ERP application on Amazon Web Services.  Five months later it did the same ...

The week in cloud: So much for a million clouds; AWS chief takes on private clouds

  photo: Shutterstock user Rechitan Sorin SUMMARY:Shhhhh, it looks like cloud computing is not immune from industry consolidation and Amazon Web Services gets testy about private cloud adoption. Too many clouds chasing too little business? There’s a paradox in the cloud vendor community. All the players agree there is tons of demand for cloud and cloud ...

API-crazy Amazon adds a new tool to boost support for enterprise AWS customers

  photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:Amazon says its new API will help businesses on support contracts automate how their support calls are set up and handled. Continuing its quest to make its public cloud services more attractive to enterprise users, API-enamored Amazon has added another interface to the mix. Businesses that pay for AWS support can use the new ...

Amazon offers cloud certifications; more proof that AWS is all grown up

  photo: Mega Pixel SUMMARY:Amazon is following the lead of its IT elders by rolling out technology certifications for developers, solution architects and admins. Over the past year, we’ve seen more and more evidence that Amazon sees Amazon Web Services as a real business — not a sideline or distraction. And, as AWS tries to build credibility ...