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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 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.

Would Amazon Web Services ever build an on-premise private cloud?

By Brandon Butler | 25 November, 2014 07:35

Like some of its major competitors, would Amazon Web ever offer an on-premises private cloud management software?

Gartner's Cloud showdown: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure

By Brandon Butler | 20 November, 2014 22:05

Gartner IaaS research director, Kyle Hilgendorf, says one of the most common questions he gets from enterprise customers looking to go to the Cloud is: AWS or Azure?

re:Cap of AWS re:Invent: 10 cool new Amazon Cloud features

By Brandon Butler | 18 November, 2014 05:17

At Amazon Web Services' third annual re:Invent cloud computing conference the market's leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public provider revealed a variety of new cloud service features. Here's a recap of AWS's announcements from re:Invent 2014.

How Amazon's cloud solved the "perfect storm" in networking

By Brandon Butler | 14 November, 2014 04:14

LAS VEGAS - Amazon Web Services operates at huge scale - in Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant the research firm estimated AWS's capacity at five times larger than the company's next 14 competitors combined.

Amazon gingerly embraces the hybrid cloud

By Brandon Butler | 14 November, 2014 02:09

For the past two years AWS's re:Invent conferences have primarily been about Amazon's public cloud. In 2014, no doubt the focus is still on public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). But Amazon is starting to embrace hybrid clouds now too, at least in its own way.

In Pictures: Hot products from AWS re:Invent

By Brandon Butler | 13 November, 2014 09:53

As the show gets rolling this week, here are some of the products on display

5 things to watch for at Amazon's re:Invent cloud conference

By Brandon Butler | 11 November, 2014 07:56

Amazon Web Services is in a unique position in the cloud computing market. It has been anointed the market leader in IaaS, with a scale and spectrum of services offered from its cloud that is unmatched by any other company. Researchers have recently estimated that AWS's Iaas cloud revenue is 30x that of Microsoft Azure's.

Google's cloud courts enterprises with new networking features

By Brandon Butler | 05 November, 2014 08:46

Google today released a variety of new features for its public cloud in an effort to take on its two biggest rivals in the industry - Amazon Web Services and Microsoft - and perhaps even more importantly, to position its offering as a viable destination for enterprise workloads.

NoSQL takes the database market by storm

By Brandon Butler | 28 October, 2014 05:50

CARFAX, the online vehicle tracking and valuation website, built its first database in 1984 based on technology named OpenVMS. At the time, it was cutting edge for its ability to handle millions of records.

Amazon launches German cloud region in nod to privacy concerns

By Brandon Butler | 24 October, 2014 03:59

Amazon Web Services launched a new region of its cloud in Germany Thursday, in part to serve customers who want to keep data within their country's borders.