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  • Tech groups call on Congress to battle patent trolls

    So-called patent trolls force tech companies to spend money on lawyers instead of innovation, and the U.S. Congress needs to discourage infringement lawsuits from patent-collecting companies, a group of tech and business representatives said.

    Written by Grant Gross28 Feb. 13 21:22
  • It's an unstructured world and Rackspace wants to play in it

    Databases and the information in them used to be simple, but not any more. Not all data fits into neat spreadsheets and SQL databases. Hence, the rise of NoSQL databases to handle this mass of unstructured data.

    Written by Brandon Butler27 Feb. 13 17:35
  • DIY Cloud: Choosing your own virtual machine image sizes

    Amazon Web Services, seen by many as the market-leading infrastructure cloud computing provider, has a pretty full shelf of virtual machine (VM) image sizes for customers to spin up in its Cloud -- 17 separate instance VM sizes are listed on the company's website, in fact.

    Written by Brandon Butler15 Feb. 13 17:13
  • Rackspace plans to hire 1,000

    Rackspace plans to add 1,000 people to its staff of about 5,000 over the next two years. It is doing so under an agreement with the state of Texas, which will help train its workers.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau08 Feb. 13 20:04
  • Startup takes aim at multi-hypervisor management

    An updated version of software from startup HotLink aims to ease the management of multi-hypervisor environments, as well as provision off-premises resources, like VMs from Amazon's cloud, all from VMware's vCenter management console.

    Written by Brandon Butler22 Jan. 13 18:15
  • Rackspace follows in Facebook's footsteps, plans to build own servers

    At the Open Compute Foundation summit held this week, Rackspace announced that it is following in the footsteps of founding OCF member Facebook and will build its own compute and storage servers based on the open standards the foundation has lobbied for.

    Written by Brandon Butler18 Jan. 13 23:10
  • Cloud service partnerships could boom in 2013

    Cloud service providers will seek out partnerships to offer a wider breadth of services that customers are increasingly demanding, a new report from research firm Current Analysis predicts.

    Written by Brandon Butler11 Jan. 13 18:01
  • Amazon's cloud hiccups, again

    Less than a month after a 12-hour-plus outage on Christmas Eve, Amazon Web Service's Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service in its US-East availability zone experienced elevated error rates for about 45 minutes today.

    Written by Brandon Butler09 Jan. 13 21:57
  • Dell may wait until end of year to join public cloud market

    Dell may wait until the end of this year to launch its anticipated public cloud, a vice president with the company told Network World sister site ITWorld, a move that puts the company behind other big-name vendors that are already executing on their cloud strategies.

    Written by Brandon Butler03 Jan. 13 17:14
  • Technologies to watch 2013: OpenStack cloud backers hope 2013 is the year of user adoption

    In the cloud computing market, there are a handful of major vendors. Most agree Amazon Web Services is a market leader on the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) side, but Microsoft, Google and younger companies like Joyent are looking to dethrone AWS. And then there's OpenStack, which is for almost everyone else.

    Written by Brandon Butler02 Jan. 13 12:04
  • The year in tech: It's all about the cloud and SDNs

    2012 has been a year of re-invention among the tech industry’s biggest players, with Microsoft overhauling many of its key product lines, most notably Windows, while also boldly entering the hardware market with Surface tablets. HP slashed its workforce as CEO Meg Whitman reshaped an industry icon that has gone through many shifts in recent years. The transformation to the cloud continued practically unabated (save for those pesky outages!) and suddenly every company seemed to be a software defined something or other, or was snapping up an SDN company.

    Written by Network World staff26 Dec. 12 17:16