Stories by Brandon Butler

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?

Red Hat OpenShift upgrade reaffirms commitment to PaaS

Red Hat has released the second version of its OpenShift Enterprise platform as a service (PaaS), which comes with tools that make it easier to deploy, and provide integration with more hardware options and programming languages. It also is the latest move in the busy PaaS market, which is quickly gaining steam to catch up in importance to the more established IaaS and SaaS markets.

HP private Cloud service leads the pack, followed by Cisco and Microsoft, Forrester says

Enterprises are expected to significantly ramp up their pursuit of internal private clouds within the next year and HP, Cisco and Microsoft have the strongest product offerings for those deployments, according to a new Wave report by research firm Forrester.

Money, money: Box, others bask in hot VC market

Recent investments by venture capitalists in cloud, big data and converged infrastructure companies show not only the healthy interest among financiers to back next-generation technologies, but provide a preview of what technologies from startups today could be mainstream in tomorrow's IT world.

Gartner analyst slams OpenStack, again

Gartner analyst Allessandro Perilli recently attended his first summit for the open source cloud platform OpenStack and he says the project has a long way to go before it's truly an enterprise-grade platform.

In Pictures: Top Tech Turkeys of 2013

Gobble, gobble - these techies deserve to be carved up

Cloud consolidation: CenturyLink buys nifty little IaaS provider Tier 3

Telecommunications giant CenturyLink has made another acquisition in the cloud computing market, this time of innovative public IaaS provider Tier 3. It adds to the company's arsenal of cloud computing offerings and shows the dynamic nature of companies jostling for position in the market.

Why the cloud requires a totally different data center

If there's one mind-blowing statistic about Amazon Web Services, it's the company's scale.

Amazon: New analytics tool can scrutinise massive amounts of data

Amazon Web Services this week rolled out a new cloud-based data analytics tool named Kenesis, which can analyze massive amounts of data in real time and be paid for by the hour.

Amazon hints at details on its CIA Franken-cloud

Amazon Web Services recently won a reported $600 million contract to build the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) a cloud. But that cloud will not look like any other cloud on the planet.

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