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Stories by Brandon Butler

What happens inside Amazon when there's a Xen vulnerability

By Brandon Butler | 04 March, 2015 05:25

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.

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

By Brandon Butler | 03 March, 2015 05:01

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.

How Google avoids downtime

By Brandon Butler | 27 February, 2015 07:07

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

'Everyone's going container crazy'

By Brandon Butler | 25 February, 2015 05:08

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.

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

By Brandon Butler | 19 February, 2015 23:07

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.

Box gets customer-managed key encryption

By Brandon Butler | 12 February, 2015 08:25

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.

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

By Brandon Butler | 05 February, 2015 08:48

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.

An inside look into VMware's new hybrid Cloud strategy

By Brandon Butler | 04 February, 2015 06:59

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).

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.