Stories by Brandon Butler

Box CEO Aaron Levie's top 10 snarkiest Tweets

It's rare to find a CEO of a high-profile company who is more outspoken on social media than Aaron Levie, founder and "chief magician" (as he calls himself) of Box, which today is launching its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday Jan. 23.

By Brandon Butler | 23 January, 2015 07:53

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, New York Stock Exchange, cloud computing, Box, internet

Despite new public cloud offerings, VMware still playing catch-up

The newest feature added to VMware's vCloud Air public cloud is the ability to spin virtual machines up and down with just a few clicks and pay for them by the hour.

By Brandon Butler | 21 January, 2015 07:39

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

EMC shoots down break-up talk: 'We're better together'

Would EMC ever split up its federation of EMC, VMware, RSA, Pivotal and now VCE? According to Jeremy Burton, president of products and marketing at EMC, no.

By Brandon Butler | 16 January, 2015 07:40

Tags: Pivotal, cloud computing, internet, emc, VMware

Cloud price wars give way to feature battles among Amazon, Microsoft and Google

Two years ago the biggest battles in the IaaS cloud computing industry were over price. Amazon Web Services would drop prices one day, and Google or Microsoft would cut the price tag on virtual machines or storage weeks, days, or even hours afterwards.

By Brandon Butler | 15 January, 2015 06:54

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

Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year?

Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform recorded impressive statistics for how reliable their public IaaS clouds were in 2014, with both providers approaching what some consider the Holy Grail of availability: five nines.

By Brandon Butler | 12 January, 2015 22:16

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, reddit, microsoft azure, Google, netflix, cloud computing, internet

In Pictures: CES 2015’s best business gadgets

CES is a consumer show, but there are plenty of nifty tools for businesses too.

By Brandon Butler | 12 January, 2015 10:50

Tags: CES, PC, storage, security, mobility, USB, router, Components, notebook

NOAA is beefing up its forecasting computers to 5 petaflops

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will increase its computing power by ten-fold this year to a total of 5 petaflops worth of computing power, creating one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the agency announced this week.

By Brandon Butler | 07 January, 2015 07:08

Tags: IBM, National Weather Service, Cray, cloud computing, internet

Re-examining Cisco's Intercloud strategy

About a year ago a group of executives at a Cisco offsite meeting huddled to discuss a very serious issue: What was the company going to do about the cloud?

By Brandon Butler | 06 January, 2015 07:06

Tags: Google, Microsoft, cisco, iaas, cloud computing, internet

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, IBM, Microsoft, AWS, equinix, cloud computing, internet, 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, data mining, software, PwC, big data, 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, cloud computing, intel, internet

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, cloud computing, internet

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, cloud computing, internet

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

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, Amazon Web Services, Gartner, Microsoft, cloud computing, internet

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