Stories by Brandon Butler

NoSQL takes the database market by storm

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

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.

Startup wants to make cloud attractive for security-sensitive businesses

After three years in stealth, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup named Bracket Computing launched a new computing system today that aims to make the public cloud more palatable for security-sensitive enterprises.

Microsoft goes all-in on hybrid Cloud with Azure-in-a-box

Microsoft Monday doubled down on hybrid Clouds by unveiling an on-premises system that syncs up with Azure public cloud services.

Is there a point where a private Cloud is cheaper than the public Cloud?

A group of companies that sell products to build private Clouds has determined a price at which it claims it is less expensive to operate a private Cloud compared to using Amazon Web Service's IaaS public Cloud.

Computer engineering degrees pay off big time

Computer engineering majors are some of the highest paid workers in the country, according to new data analyzed by the Brookings Institution.

Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks

When evaluating the marketplaces of the big three public IaaS cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft - AWS stands out in terms of the maturity of its platform for partners to offer products and services on top of its cloud. But Microsoft, too, has a formidable partner program that could rival Amazon's in the future, analysts predict.

How the cloud is changing the security game

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but with those benefits come a new range of security concerns.

In Pictures: America’s richest techies

Forbes’ annual list of the 400 Wealthiest Americans is out and techies make a strong showing yet again.

How one user (successfully) managed the Amazon cloud reboot

Kevin Felichko didn't get as much sleep as he wanted to on Monday night.

Rackspace rebooting its cloud servers too

Rackspace is in the process of rebooting a substantial portion of its cloud servers before Oct. 1, most likely to patch a security vulnerability in the Xen open source hypervisor.

AWS readies for major reboot

Amazon Web Services will be updating a substantial number of its Cloud servers, and has asked customers to re-launch their instances in the coming days, according to AWS consultants

Pertino adds management, tracking apps to its service

Pertino - a 3-year-old California startup -- rolled out AppScape, a portal to access apps that run on that network, including a location-monitoring application and another one that tracks usage of a customer's devices on the networks.

HP leapfrogs Red Hat to become top contributor to OpenStack

OpenStack has a new top contributor: HP.

Citrix touts new ‘software-defined workplace' focus

Citrix is laying out a new strategy to position itself as a "software-defined workplaces" company that enables its customers to have a mobile workforce that can access everything they need to be productive from anywhere and on any device.