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Stories by Brandon Butler

Volkswagen chooses OpenStack for private cloud

The second largest car manufacturer in the world, Volkswagen Group, will use the open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack to build a private cloud that will host websites for its brands VW, Audi and Porsche, and be a platform for innovating automotive technology, the company has announced.

Written by Brandon Butler07 April 16 00:48

Microsoft, Google make their pitches to unseat Amazon in the cloud

The past two weeks have been a bonanza of cloud conferences and they provide useful insight into the ongoing IaaS cloud wars between Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Despite a flurry of announcements, the consensus is that neither Microsoft nor Google did anything over the past two weeks to unseat AWS, but it’s clear the cloud wars are as hot as ever.

Written by Brandon Butler01 April 16 07:19

10 big announcements from Google’s Cloud Conference

At its big cloud user conference this week Google added some core features for enterprise customers and some fancy new machine learning tools too. Check out the top 10 announcements from Google Cloud Platform NEXT.

Written by Brandon Butler26 March 16 03:01

Why Dropbox dropped Amazon's Cloud

Dropbox has culminated a multi-year project to build a customised infrastructure environment that company officials say is finely tuned to their specific needs, allowing them to reap savings compared with how they used Amazon Web Services' cloud. Should you get out of the cloud too?

Written by Brandon Butler18 March 16 06:41

SD-WAN: What it is and why you’ll use it one day

Ease of deployment, central manageability and reduced costs. Sound too good to be true? It’s SD-WAN, a software-based approach to managing your Wide Area Network. Think of SDN, but for your branch. It’s early days for this technology, but it’s expected to grow fast in the coming years.

Written by Brandon Butler11 Feb. 16 10:11

Gartner: Vendors hype cloud revenue to impress Wall Street

A recent Gartner report finds that technology vendors are over-inflating the revenues they report for cloud sales by lumping in non-cloud technologies, making it confusing for users to judge the strength of a vendor’s financial health and difficult to make comparisons between vendors.

Written by Brandon Butler10 Feb. 16 04:42

Apple could be dumping Amazon’s Cloud, Morgan Stanley analyst predicts

An analyst at Morgan Stanley reading the tea leaves of recent financial disclosures from Apple predicts that the company could be transitioning away from using Amazon Web Service’s Cloud, which if true could represent blow to the leading IaaS Cloud vendor.

Written by Brandon Butler02 Feb. 16 08:13

The top 5 Hadoop distributions, according to Forrester

In a new report Forrester Research’s big data analysts say that adopting Hadoop is “mandatory” for any organization that wishes to do advanced analytics and get actionable insights on their data. But which vendor is best to use?

Written by Brandon Butler21 Jan. 16 07:55

Cisco’s new monitoring tool sniffs out shadow cloud use

Cisco today announced a new monitoring tool named Cloud Consumption as a Service that collects network traffic information and presents IT officials with a peek into any use of public-cloud based services within a company.

Written by Brandon Butler13 Jan. 16 19:16

Shakeup at Citrix continues: CloudStack products sold off

Months after bowing to investor pressure and spinning out its GoTo family of collaboration products, Citrix announced today that it is selling its two CloudStack infrastructure management products to Persistent Systems.

Written by Brandon Butler11 Jan. 16 18:40
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