Stories by Brandon Butler

Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud

Rackspace Tuesday announced a Managed Cloud offering, which combines the benefits of a managed service with the elastic scalability of a cloud.

5 key takeaways from Amazon's big Cloud day

Amazon Web Services continued to push the IaaS market forward today by challenging established cloud players like Box and Dropbox with the company's own document collaboration platform and rolling out new features to its public Cloud focused on supporting mobile applications.

This is what the new hybrid Cloud looks like

The hybrid Cloud seems to be what everyone wants to get to. End users seem to like the idea of using a public Cloud, like Amazon Web Services for its large scale and low-cost. But they're not willing to put everything up in AWS's cloud, so there are on-premises Clouds for mission-critical and extra secure information.

Netflix open sources its Amazon cloud security enforcer

Netflix today continued its tradition of sharing lessons it has learned from using Amazon's cloud at a massive scale by releasing Security Monkey, a tool it has developed internally for monitoring the security of its cloud.

Hadoop distributor MapR gets $110M from Google

MapR, which distributes a commercial software platform based off the Apache Hadoop big data management open source project, has secured a $110 million funding round led by Google.

Armed with new CEO, Joyent rolls out a private Cloud

Last week was a big one for IaaS cloud provider Joyent - not only did the company pivot to offer a private cloud management software (previously it only offered public cloud services) but it also has cherry-picked a Cisco cloud executive to be the company's new CEO.

Hackers found controlling malware and botnets from the cloud

In what is considered to be a natural evolution of tactics used by cybercriminals to infiltrate corporate networks, security firm Trend Micro has new evidence that more botnets and malware are being not only hosted in the cloud, but controlled remotely from cloud servers.

VMware: We're aiming to be a top 3 Cloud provider

Gartner's annual Magic Quadrant is a sort of who's who of the cloud computing market. And while VMware made the company's most recent list, it didn't receive the highest of marks.

A wake-up call for the Cloud

Every so often something happens that should make people stop and think. That may have just happened in the Cloud.

Seven tips for protecting your AWS Cloud

This week disappointing news came from service provider Code Spaces, a company that provided support for devops application management. Code Spaces, which was hosted in Amazon Web Service's cloud, ceased operations. after suffering a distributed denial-of-service attack by a perpetrator who demanded ransom and then began deleting data when company officials logged into their AWS account to stop the attack.

Virtustream takes aim at complex cloud migrations

Virtustream is one of the most successful - yet least well known - public, private and hybrid cloud computing vendors in the market. While it doesn't have the brand name recognition of the giants of this industry, such as the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft's and Google's of the world, it does have the accolades.

Amazon speeds up its cloud with SSD block storage

Amazon Web Services has launched a new general purpose Elastic Block Store that runs fully on solid state drives (SSD), which the leading IaaS cloud vendor says will provide dramatically better performance for users compared to previous-generation spinning disk persistent storage.

The important thing to keep in mind about Microsoft's new Machine Learning cloud tool

In its battle for public cloud supremacy, Microsoft announced a new service today that it plans to debut next month: A predictive analytics and machine learning tool.

What's really behind the Microsoft-Salesforce deal

At first glance, it doesn't seem like there are many ways SalesForce.com and Microsoft should partner: They both offer competing SaaS services. But upon closer inspection, the deal that the leaders of these two companies spoke so highly of during a joint conference call on Thursday afternoon makes a lot of sense not just for these companies, but customers as well.

Gartner: Amazon runs away with IaaS cloud Magic Quadrant; Microsoft catching up

Amazon Web Services, for another consecutive year, is running away with the IaaS cloud market, according to research firm Gartner, but unlike other years the competition - namely Microsoft, is giving the market leader a run for its money.