Stories by Brandon Butler

Microsoft and IBM keep the pressure on Amazon's cloud

Until further notice, Amazon Web Services is the reigning public IaaS cloud leader. But deep-pocketed companies Microsoft and IBM are keeping the pressure on AWS with a flurry of announcements beefing up their clouds to close out the year.

By Brandon Butler | 18 December, 2014 08:05

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Constellation Research, Google, AWS, Microsoft, IBM, equinix, internet, cloud computing, public cloud

12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

While the three largest venture capital deals of the year in the technology industry went to consumer-focused startups, most of the other top investments went to companies building products that could reshape the enterprise IT landscape.

By Brandon Butler | 16 December, 2014 05:58

Tags: applications, Networking, wireless, big data, PwC, software, data mining, VC funding, mobile apps, Uber

Cloud upstarts: Too cheap to trust?

Hosting provider launched a $0.99 per month cloud server this fall, which is significantly less expensive than the $0.013 per hour starting price for market-leader Amazon Web Services' on-demand Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machines.

By Brandon Butler | 05 December, 2014 00:18

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Atlantic, internet, intel, cloud computing

Amazon Web Services tweaks cloud pricing structure

Amazon Web Services is providing more payment options for its cloud-based virtual machines, allowing users to lock in a price and pay either entirely upfront, or throughout the life of a one- or three-year contract.

By Brandon Butler | 03 December, 2014 10:07

Tags: Amazon Web Services, internet, cloud computing

How to get more out of your virtualized and cloud environments

After Dammions Darden arrived as the new senior systems administrator for the city of Garland, Texas, he knew that the 50 to 60 physical hosts for this 234,000-person city outside of Dallas were not running nearly as efficiently as they could be. Some had excess capacity, others were running way too hot.

By Brandon Butler | 01 December, 2014 23:05

Tags: virtualization, IDC, internet, cloud computing

Would Amazon Web Services ever build an on-premise private cloud?

Like some of its major competitors, would Amazon Web ever offer an on-premises private cloud management software?

By Brandon Butler | 25 November, 2014 07:35

Tags: Amazon Web Services, public cloud, Gartner, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

Gartner's Cloud showdown: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure

Gartner IaaS research director, Kyle Hilgendorf, says one of the most common questions he gets from enterprise customers looking to go to the Cloud is: AWS or Azure?

By Brandon Butler | 20 November, 2014 22:05

Tags: Amazon Web Services, amazon, Gartner, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

re:Cap of AWS re:Invent: 10 cool new Amazon Cloud features

At Amazon Web Services' third annual re:Invent cloud computing conference the market's leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public provider revealed a variety of new cloud service features. Here's a recap of AWS's announcements from re:Invent 2014.

By Brandon Butler | 18 November, 2014 05:17

Tags: Amazon Web Services, public cloud, AWS ReInvent, mysql, internet, cloud computing

How Amazon's cloud solved the "perfect storm" in networking

LAS VEGAS - Amazon Web Services operates at huge scale - in Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant the research firm estimated AWS's capacity at five times larger than the company's next 14 competitors combined.

By Brandon Butler | 14 November, 2014 04:14

Tags: Amazon Web Services, public cloud, Gartner, AWS ReInvent,, AWS, internet, cloud computing

Amazon gingerly embraces the hybrid cloud

For the past two years AWS's re:Invent conferences have primarily been about Amazon's public cloud. In 2014, no doubt the focus is still on public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). But Amazon is starting to embrace hybrid clouds now too, at least in its own way.

By Brandon Butler | 14 November, 2014 02:09

Tags: AWS ReInvent, hybrid cloud computing, internet, cloud computing

In Pictures: Hot products from AWS re:Invent

As the show gets rolling this week, here are some of the products on display

By Brandon Butler | 13 November, 2014 09:53

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Cloud, slideshow, AWS re:Invent, cloud computing

5 things to watch for at Amazon's re:Invent cloud conference

Amazon Web Services is in a unique position in the cloud computing market. It has been anointed the market leader in IaaS, with a scale and spectrum of services offered from its cloud that is unmatched by any other company. Researchers have recently estimated that AWS's Iaas cloud revenue is 30x that of Microsoft Azure's.

By Brandon Butler | 11 November, 2014 07:56

Tags: Amazon Web Services, AWS ReInvent, Google, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing, VMware

Google's cloud courts enterprises with new networking features

Google today released a variety of new features for its public cloud in an effort to take on its two biggest rivals in the industry - Amazon Web Services and Microsoft - and perhaps even more importantly, to position its offering as a viable destination for enterprise workloads.

By Brandon Butler | 05 November, 2014 08:46

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

NoSQL takes the database market by storm

CARFAX, the online vehicle tracking and valuation website, built its first database in 1984 based on technology named OpenVMS. At the time, it was cutting edge for its ability to handle millions of records.

By Brandon Butler | 28 October, 2014 05:50

Tags: public cloud, Microsoft, SAP, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

Amazon launches German cloud region in nod to privacy concerns

Amazon Web Services launched a new region of its cloud in Germany Thursday, in part to serve customers who want to keep data within their country's borders.

By Brandon Butler | 24 October, 2014 03:59

Tags: Amazon Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

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