Stories by Brandon Butler

3 types of private clouds: Which one’s right for you?

As the private cloud market has matured, there are now a plethora of options for customers. Forrester Research breaks the market down into bite-size chunks and has some advice on how to choose which private cloud is right for you.

By Brandon Butler | 24 November, 2015 22:51

Tags: OpenStack, VMware

What’s going on at Citrix?

News of a major restructuring at Citrix – which will include spinning off its GoTo Meeting product family – is welcomed by those who closely track the company, but the cutting of 1,000 jobs over the next half year could be a painful experience for the company.

By Brandon Butler | 19 November, 2015 18:28

Tags: Citrix

Ex VMware, Microsoft and Citrix workers set up application container company

ContainerX is launching today and hopes to make a splash at the DockerCon EU conference next week in Spain – the semi-annual gathering of all things containers. ContainerX is a year old and has raised US$2.7 million, including from backers Steve Herrod of General Catalyst, who is the former VMware CTO, and Jerry Chen of Greylock Partners, also a former VMware exec.

11 top IaaS cloud computing certifications

The best way to stay on top of the fast-changing IaaS cloud market is through training and certification. Below are 10 of the top IaaS cloud computing certifications available.

By Brandon Butler | 11 November, 2015 17:04

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Google

University researchers get $5M grant to build ‘Aristotle Cloud’

Researchers from three universities have received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a federated cloud based on the open source Eucalpytus platform that academic scientists will have access to.

What’s behind the odd couple Microsoft-Red Hat partnership

In a collaboration that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, Microsoft – the purveyor of the mainstream and proprietary Windows OS – has partnered with Red Hat, the champion of an enterprise-class iteration of Linux.

By Brandon Butler | 04 November, 2015 23:51

Tags: Microsoft, Red Hat

Does Oracle have a shot in the IaaS cloud market versus Amazon and Microsoft?

At OpenWorld this week, Oracle has laid out an ambitious cloud strategy that ranges from SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, including a new public cloud offering meant to compete with Amazon Web Services. Analysts wonder if its too little too late though.

By Brandon Butler | 29 October, 2015 19:03

Tags: Oracle

HP just dropped out of the public cloud – now what?

While Hewlett-Packard’s announcement that it will shutter its HP Helion Public Cloud early next year didn’t surprise those who watch the market closely, the move does raise questions about what’s next for HP and other cloud vendors.

By Brandon Butler | 22 October, 2015 21:08

Tags: HP

Amazon’s case for running containers in its cloud

Amazon Web Services is evolving its platform in an effort to convince customers that its cloud is the best spot to run application containers. Some are buying in.

By Brandon Butler | 21 October, 2015 21:30

Tags: Amazon Web Services

EMC and VMware create Virtustream-based cloud business unit

EMC and VMware today announced a new cloud computing business unit that will operate under the Virtustream brand. The news comes on the heels of Dell announcing it would purchase EMC for $67 billion.

VMware to buy mobile email manager Boxer

VMware announced plans to purchase Boxer, a company that makes an email management application for mobile devices.

By Brandon Butler | 15 October, 2015 19:42

Tags: VMware

Amazon’s new BI tool may hurt more of its partners

At re:Invent Amazon Web Services launched QuickSight, a business.

By Brandon Butler | 14 October, 2015 20:00

Tags: Amazon Web Services

What Dell buying EMC means for VMware

News of the Dell acquisition of EMC is raising new questions about what the deal means for VMware and its customers.

By Brandon Butler | 13 October, 2015 08:00

Tags: public cloud, Dell, Enstratius, private cloud, cloud computing, VMware, emc

AWS re:Invent 2015: Three takeaways from the Cloud conference

After a busy week at AWS re:Invent, here’s a recap of the big takeaways

By Brandon Butler | 09 October, 2015 19:37

Tags: Amazon Web Services

AWS re:Invent and VMworld: A tale of two conferences

The chance to attend VMware and Amazon Web Service's users conferences was an education in the great divide that exists in how customers are solving their IT challenges

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