Stories by Brandon Butler

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.

What is Metacloud and why did Cisco buy it?

In one of the biggest acquisitions in the OpenStack community, Cisco has announced its intentions to acquire Metacloud, a three-year-old company that helps organisations build OpenStack clouds.

How network virtualization is used as a security tool

When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security.

Container party: VMware, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat all get in on app hoopla

When a sports team makes the finals a sense of excitement builds in their home city and people who didn't follow the team all season long come out of the woodwork to jump on the bandwagon and cheer on their local squad.

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

VMWorld 2014 was a whirlwind. The conference last week attracted 22,000 attendees, more than 250 exhibitors and spread across all three buildings of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco over a five-day period.

VMworld 2014: VMware calls new "hyper-converged" system a building block for software-defined datacentres

VMware this week unveiled at its VMworld event the first in a family of "hyper-converged" systems, a product called EVO:RAIL that it says will help customers build software-defined datacentres.

VMworld 2014: VMware takes its best shot at Cloud market

VMware this week at its annual US VMworld conference has focused intently on Cloud computing, trying to prove that it is uniquely positioned as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider to deliver a consistent management platform across public, private and hybrid Clouds. This builds on VMware's recent vow to become a Top 3 Cloud provider.

In Pictures: Hot products at VMworld 2014

Click through all the products being released at VMworld this week

Citrix software aims to solve storage/virtual desktop performance problem

Citrix has updated its virtual desktop and appliance software with a goal of alleviating one of the biggest problems that come with a VDI deployment: Storage.