Stories by Brandon Butler

Why VMware spent $1.5B on AirWatch

VMware's purchase of AirWatch shows just how important the mobile device management market is for not only end users, but big technology companies too. The move - which at US$1.5 billion is the largest acquisition in company history – also sets VMware on a path to further diversity from its core virtualization and cloud computing markets and almost instantly become a major player in the mobile market.

Microsoft Hyper-V bangs away at VMware's popularity

Cloud management platforms have recently been expanding support for Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform, representing Microsoft's continued efforts to chip away at VMware's dominance in the hypervisor market.

Is the PaaS market as we know it dying?

Cloud's platform as a service (PaaS) market hasn't even grown up yet, but already some people are saying it's doomed.

Verizon signs-up Oracle to tackle Amazon in the cloud

Verizon is building up its cloud service to take on the heavyweight of the industry - Amazon Web Services - and says it took a big step toward that direction by partnering with Oracle this week.

Cloud's worst-case scenario: What to do if your provider goes belly up

Last September customers of storage provider Nirvanix got what could be worst-case scenario news for a cloud user: The company was going out of business and they had to get data out, fast.

VMware taps its R&D chief for vacant CTO role

VMware has named Ben Fathi as its CTO, filling a prominent executive position that has been vacant for more than a year.

These are cloud users' top 2 concerns

As a consultant advising clients about how to prepare a cloud adoption strategy, Ahmar Abbas hears lots of positive and negative thoughts.

Hybrid cloud: The year of adoption is upon us

2013 was the year vendors got their hybrid cloud strategies out in the open, and 2014 will be the year when customers start using them.

IBM follows Amazon's move into China's cloud computing market

Pack your bags and bring your passport: The cloud is off to China.

Cisco teams with VMware, Citrix to counter Amazon's new cloud-based desktop

The trio of Cisco, VMware and Citrix are teaming up to provide a new cloud-based desktop as a service (DaaS) offering aimed mostly at service providers. The move comes just weeks after Amazon Web Services announced its foray into the DaaS market, and could signal a wave of new DaaS offerings in the market early next year.

Report: Salesforce.com joining OpenStack

Salesforce.com, the preeminent software as a service (SaaS) company, is reportedly joining the open source OpenStack project.

Box has been thinking outside of the cloud

Many people think of Box as a cloud company. But really, it's a collaboration company, says Vikrant Karnik, senior vice president of enterprise cloud consulting services for systems integrator Capgemini, a newly minted Box partner.

Cloud pricing: It's (really) complicated

In theory, cloud computing offers a fairly straightforward model for consuming compute and storage resources. Customers request capacity, it is provided by a vendor and it is paid for. Customers should be able to spin up and down resources as they need to and only pay for what they use.

Veeam: Backup, but for virtual machines

The rise of virtualization has ushered in dramatic shifts in the computing landscape: Servers are more efficient and users can be more agile. But it's also created new challenges for backup and recovery.

Google Compute Engine vs. Amazon Web Services cloud: The battle is on

With news this week that Google Compute Engine cloud is now generally available, the battle in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market has hit a new level. The biggest question is: Can Google give the kingpin of the public IaaS market, Amazon Web Services (AWS), a run for its money?

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