Stories by Brandon Butler

Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year?

Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform recorded impressive statistics for how reliable their public IaaS clouds were in 2014, with both providers approaching what some consider the Holy Grail of availability: five nines.

In Pictures: CES 2015’s best business gadgets

CES is a consumer show, but there are plenty of nifty tools for businesses too.

NOAA is beefing up its forecasting computers to 5 petaflops

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will increase its computing power by ten-fold this year to a total of 5 petaflops worth of computing power, creating one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the agency announced this week.

Re-examining Cisco's Intercloud strategy

About a year ago a group of executives at a Cisco offsite meeting huddled to discuss a very serious issue: What was the company going to do about the cloud?

Microsoft and IBM keep the pressure on Amazon's cloud

Until further notice, Amazon Web Services is the reigning public IaaS cloud leader. But deep-pocketed companies Microsoft and IBM are keeping the pressure on AWS with a flurry of announcements beefing up their clouds to close out the year.

12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

While the three largest venture capital deals of the year in the technology industry went to consumer-focused startups, most of the other top investments went to companies building products that could reshape the enterprise IT landscape.

Cloud upstarts: Too cheap to trust?

Hosting provider Atlantic.net launched a $0.99 per month cloud server this fall, which is significantly less expensive than the $0.013 per hour starting price for market-leader Amazon Web Services' on-demand Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machines.

Amazon Web Services tweaks cloud pricing structure

Amazon Web Services is providing more payment options for its cloud-based virtual machines, allowing users to lock in a price and pay either entirely upfront, or throughout the life of a one- or three-year contract.

How to get more out of your virtualized and cloud environments

After Dammions Darden arrived as the new senior systems administrator for the city of Garland, Texas, he knew that the 50 to 60 physical hosts for this 234,000-person city outside of Dallas were not running nearly as efficiently as they could be. Some had excess capacity, others were running way too hot.

Would Amazon Web Services ever build an on-premise private cloud?

Like some of its major competitors, would Amazon Web ever offer an on-premises private cloud management software?

Gartner's Cloud showdown: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure

Gartner IaaS research director, Kyle Hilgendorf, says one of the most common questions he gets from enterprise customers looking to go to the Cloud is: AWS or Azure?

re:Cap of AWS re:Invent: 10 cool new Amazon Cloud features

At Amazon Web Services' third annual re:Invent cloud computing conference the market's leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) public provider revealed a variety of new cloud service features. Here's a recap of AWS's announcements from re:Invent 2014.

How Amazon's cloud solved the "perfect storm" in networking

LAS VEGAS - Amazon Web Services operates at huge scale - in Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant the research firm estimated AWS's capacity at five times larger than the company's next 14 competitors combined.

Amazon gingerly embraces the hybrid cloud

For the past two years AWS's re:Invent conferences have primarily been about Amazon's public cloud. In 2014, no doubt the focus is still on public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). But Amazon is starting to embrace hybrid clouds now too, at least in its own way.

In Pictures: Hot products from AWS re:Invent

As the show gets rolling this week, here are some of the products on display

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