Stories by Brandon Butler

What happens inside Amazon when there's a Xen vulnerability

Amazon Web Services last year was estimated by Gartner to be five times bigger than its next 14 competitors combined. That's a lot of virtual machines. And they all run on a customized version of the open source Xen hypervisor, so when the Xen code has a security vulnerability, that's a big deal for AWS.

By Brandon Butler | 04 March, 2015 05:25

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

The myth about how Amazon's Web service started just won't die

There's a rumor that goes around cloud circles about how Amazon.com created what is now the multi-billion dollar infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing industry in the early 2000s.

By Brandon Butler | 03 March, 2015 05:01

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, amazon.com, Microsoft, Pivotal, cloud computing, internet, emc

How Google avoids downtime

Google offers lots of services and it has pretty good reliability. How does the company do it?

By Brandon Butler | 27 February, 2015 07:07

Tags: Google, Microsoft, cloud computing, internet

'Everyone's going container crazy'

It's a busy time for container technology in the cloud computing market: IBM this week at its InterConnect conference in Las Vegas announced broad support for containers in its hybrid cloud computing software, while Google partnered with OpenStack distributor Mirantis to enable container technology capabilities in the open source cloud platform.

By Brandon Butler | 25 February, 2015 05:08

Tags: Google, IBM, Microsoft, containers, cloud computing, internet, OpenStack

10 tips of what to watch for in Microsoft and other cloud SLAs

On Nov. 19, 2014 the IT department of a Texas contracting company started getting reports that the Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based email system was unavailable to its employees. Users couldn't get email on their phones or via Outlook. As the day rolled on some users' email came back, others didn't. When US workers signed off, international employees started reporting similar issues. For some users, email was out for 24 hours.

By Brandon Butler | 19 February, 2015 23:07

Tags: Microsoft, cloud computing, internet

Box gets customer-managed key encryption

Fresh off its initial public offering, cloud file synch share and storage company Box has a new Enterprise Key Management (EKM) offering out this week that analysts say could ease customer concerns with using a cloud-based service.

By Brandon Butler | 12 February, 2015 08:25

Tags: Amazon Web Services, cloud security, cloud computing, internet

Dell, EMC, VMware and others get giddy over converged infrastructure

IT can be complicated, so during the past few years the idea of an easy to deploy, all-in-one compute network and storage appliance has taken hold and been dubbed converged infrastructure. What started as a niche market a few years ago has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar business with many of technology's biggest players involved.

By Brandon Butler | 05 February, 2015 08:48

Tags: Dell, Gartner, Microsoft, cisco, cloud computing, internet, emc, VMware

An inside look into VMware's new hybrid Cloud strategy

During the past week VMware has been making power play moves in the Cloud computing market to position its offering as the premier enterprise hybrid Cloud computing platform. As it does so, however, analysts question how well the grand plan VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has put together stacks up with heavyweights of the cloud computing market, most specifically Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

By Brandon Butler | 04 February, 2015 06:59

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

Google gives VMware huge public Cloud boost

VMware has announced a partnership with Google that could go a long way toward making VMware more competitive in the public Cloud market.

By Brandon Butler | 30 January, 2015 03:16

Tags: Google, Microsoft, cloud computing, internet, VMware

AWS launches WorkMail for the enterprise

Amazon Web Services has launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the Cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises.

By Brandon Butler | 29 January, 2015 08:02

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

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

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