Stories by Brandon Butler

Deep dive on AWS vs. Azure vs. Google cloud storage options

In reality, the world of cloud storage has many facets to consider. Each of the three major public IaaS cloud vendors – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform – have a variety of storage options and in some cases complicated schemes for how much it costs.

Inside look at Hewlett Packard’s next-generation infrastructure

Since the split with its sister consumer business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has made a lot of moves to refine its strategy with a goal of helping customers adopt next-generation infrastructure, including its hyperconverged and composable infrastructure products.

Serverless explainer: The next generation of cloud infrastructure

Serverless computing has burst onto the cloud computing scene in the past two years as a way to process event-driven computing tasks at a potentially lower cost compared to virtual machines. But this market is so nascent that best practices for using this technology are still emerging.

Amazon Connect brings contact centers to the cloud

Although cloud-based contact center software is still an emerging market, Amazon today introduced Connect, its take on this industry, hosted in the AWS cloud. The move represents AWS’s continued march into the enterprise communications market.

How IBM wants to bring blockchain from Bitcoin to your data center

At its InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM is announcing new features for its blockchain service in an attempt to bring this distributed database technology from its initial use of powering Bitcoin to a broader market, including the financial services industry.

Google Cloud exec talks courting enterprises, competing with Amazon and Microsoft

Google is seen as a runner-up to Amazon and Microsoft in the IaaS public cloud computing market and one thing analysts say the company needs to do is better attract enterprise clients. Last year Google hired a new VP of Customers to head up that effort. We asked Tariq Shaukat how he plans to court enterprises to Google’s cloud.

How Cisco wants to become the Switzerland of the cloud

After years of juggling with different strategies of how to pursue the cloud computing market, Cisco now has what it believes will be a winning one: Become a so-called Switzerland of the cloud. A range of offerings will help customers manage multiple types of clouds – public or private, and the apps that run on them.

Google cloud debuts Intel’s latest Skylake processors

Google today announced that it is the first IaaS public cloud provider to run the newest version of Intel’s chips, named Skylake, representing new functionality that will be available in Google’s cloud before rivals Amazon and Microsoft.

How Philips is turning toothbrushes and MRI machines into IoT devices

It’s a new era of IoT-enabled machines – from toothbrushes to high-end medical imaging equipment - and Philips wants to be on the cutting edge of offering its consumer and business customers access to more data. The company hopes this will help keep patients more healthy and machines running more smoothly.

Amazon releases Chime, a new cloud-based UCaaS

Taking on incumbents like Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft and Google, Amazon today announced Chime, a cloud-based unified communications as a service application that the company says brings a fresh approach to online conference calls and meetings.

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