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Stories by Brandon Butler

Startup wants to make cloud attractive for security-sensitive businesses

By Brandon Butler | 23 October, 2014 05:14

After three years in stealth, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup named Bracket Computing launched a new computing system today that aims to make the public cloud more palatable for security-sensitive enterprises.

Microsoft goes all-in on hybrid Cloud with Azure-in-a-box

By Brandon Butler | 21 October, 2014 08:35

Microsoft Monday doubled down on hybrid Clouds by unveiling an on-premises system that syncs up with Azure public cloud services.

Is there a point where a private Cloud is cheaper than the public Cloud?

By Brandon Butler | 14 October, 2014 23:33

A group of companies that sell products to build private Clouds has determined a price at which it claims it is less expensive to operate a private Cloud compared to using Amazon Web Service's IaaS public Cloud.

Computer engineering degrees pay off big time

By Brandon Butler | 09 October, 2014 07:23

Computer engineering majors are some of the highest paid workers in the country, according to new data analyzed by the Brookings Institution.

Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks

By Brandon Butler | 08 October, 2014 21:06

When evaluating the marketplaces of the big three public IaaS cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft - AWS stands out in terms of the maturity of its platform for partners to offer products and services on top of its cloud. But Microsoft, too, has a formidable partner program that could rival Amazon's in the future, analysts predict.

How the cloud is changing the security game

By Brandon Butler | 03 October, 2014 23:05

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but with those benefits come a new range of security concerns.

In Pictures: America’s richest techies

By Brandon Butler | 01 October, 2014 09:20

Forbes’ annual list of the 400 Wealthiest Americans is out and techies make a strong showing yet again.

How one user (successfully) managed the Amazon cloud reboot

By Brandon Butler | 01 October, 2014 07:56

Kevin Felichko didn't get as much sleep as he wanted to on Monday night.

Rackspace rebooting its cloud servers too

By Brandon Butler | 30 September, 2014 05:42

Rackspace is in the process of rebooting a substantial portion of its cloud servers before Oct. 1, most likely to patch a security vulnerability in the Xen open source hypervisor.

AWS readies for major reboot

By Brandon Butler | 26 September, 2014 01:57

Amazon Web Services will be updating a substantial number of its Cloud servers, and has asked customers to re-launch their instances in the coming days, according to AWS consultants

HP leapfrogs Red Hat to become top contributor to OpenStack

By Brandon Butler | 20 September, 2014 02:44

OpenStack has a new top contributor: HP.

Citrix touts new ‘software-defined workplace' focus

By Brandon Butler | 19 September, 2014 01:19

Citrix is laying out a new strategy to position itself as a "software-defined workplaces" company that enables its customers to have a mobile workforce that can access everything they need to be productive from anywhere and on any device.

What is Metacloud and why did Cisco buy it?

By Brandon Butler | 18 September, 2014 05:04

In one of the biggest acquisitions in the OpenStack community, Cisco has announced its intentions to acquire Metacloud, a three-year-old company that helps organisations build OpenStack clouds.

How network virtualization is used as a security tool

By Brandon Butler | 15 September, 2014 23:24

When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security.

Container party: VMware, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat all get in on app hoopla

By Brandon Butler | 04 September, 2014 06:30

When a sports team makes the finals a sense of excitement builds in their home city and people who didn't follow the team all season long come out of the woodwork to jump on the bandwagon and cheer on their local squad.