Stories by Brandon Butler

Open Networking User Group looks to reign in ‘Wild West’ of hybrid cloud

A working group made up of 10 Fortune 500 customers is urging for easier interoperability between public and private clouds.

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.

AWS pumps up Amazon earnings

Amazon's stock dropped in after hours trading after analysts were disappointed by the company's earnings; but the strong performance of the company's Amazon Web Services cloud unit actually boosted profits. If Amazon didn't have AWS, the earnings report would have been much more ugly for the company.

Despite layoffs, VMware has a big bet on this one Cloud innovation

VMware is in the midst of turbulent times: It announced 800 layoffs this week and the departure of its CFO; the merger of its parent company EMC with Dell is hanging over its head; its vCloud Air public Cloud has had fits and starts. But CEO Pat Gelsinger is banking on this one network virtualisation feature to help turn the company’s fortunes around.

5 tips for securing your AWS Cloud

Despite public cloud being as popular as ever, questions like, ‘is it more secure than my data center?’ still remain. Here are five tips from Amazon’s own best security practices.

Why Google hasn't taken off in the Cloud yet

Google Cloud Platform is in the unique position of being considered one of the big three IaaS vendors, but at the same time almost always seen as being the third-best option behind AWS and Microsoft. As the new head of Google’s cloud, VMware co-founder Diange Greene is now charged with doing what she did at VMware: Take a ground breaking niche technology and turning it into the must-have enterprise product. But it will not be easy.

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.

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.

And the cloud provider with the best uptime in 2015 is…

An analysis of downtime at IaaS public cloud providers in 2015 by tracking firm CloudHarmony reveals that despite having the largest cloud offering on the market, Amazon Web Services had the least amount of outages compared to Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and most of its other competitors. But take the data with a grain of salt, because even its backers say it’s not a holistic view of cloud availability.

Amazon to sell WiFi, IoT chips

Annapurna Labs Inc., a company quietly bought by Amazon last year, announced this week that it will expand its efforts to sell chips for use in next-generation WiFi and Internet of Things devices.

The pretty penny Google paid to recruit Diane Greene

Google's parent company Alphabet paid $380 million worth of stock to purchase VMware co-founder Diane Greene's startup company named Bebop, which led to Greene assuming a role heading up Google's cloud efforts.

2016’s biggest cloud computing conferences

Some predict 2016 will be the year of the cloud. While that may be up for debate, what’s not is that there are a whole slew of cloud computing-related conferences on tap for the year.

Startup runs its app without servers or virtual machines is on the cutting edge of application development. It’s embraced an API-driven, micro-services based, serverless approach to building its latest app.

IBM will manage AT&T’s hosted and Cloud services as part of partnership

After the deal is closed, IBM will deliver the managed applications and managed hosting services that AT&T provides today.

VMware backs out of planned Virtustream cloud business

Just months after announcing plans to merge its cloud business with EMC’s Virtustream, VMware said today that it is backing out of the deal.