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Stories by Brandon Butler

Google gives VMware huge public Cloud boost

By Brandon Butler | 30 January, 2015 03:16

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

AWS launches WorkMail for the enterprise

By Brandon Butler | 29 January, 2015 08:02

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

Box CEO Aaron Levie's top 10 snarkiest Tweets

By Brandon Butler | 23 January, 2015 07:53

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.

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

By Brandon Butler | 21 January, 2015 07:39

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.

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

By Brandon Butler | 16 January, 2015 07:40

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.

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

By Brandon Butler | 15 January, 2015 06:54

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.

Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year?

By Brandon Butler | 12 January, 2015 22:16

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.

In Pictures: CES 2015’s best business gadgets

By Brandon Butler | 12 January, 2015 10:50

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

NOAA is beefing up its forecasting computers to 5 petaflops

By Brandon Butler | 07 January, 2015 07:08

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.

Re-examining Cisco's Intercloud strategy

By Brandon Butler | 06 January, 2015 07:06

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?

Microsoft and IBM keep the pressure on Amazon's cloud

By Brandon Butler | 18 December, 2014 08:05

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.

12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

By Brandon Butler | 16 December, 2014 05:58

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.

Cloud upstarts: Too cheap to trust?

By Brandon Butler | 05 December, 2014 00:18

Hosting provider Atlantic.net 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.

Amazon Web Services tweaks cloud pricing structure

By Brandon Butler | 03 December, 2014 10:07

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.

How to get more out of your virtualized and cloud environments

By Brandon Butler | 01 December, 2014 23:05

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.