Stories by Brandon Butler

SDN in action: Pertino service lets users turn up a network without buying a switch, router or server

Pertino Networks wants to make accessing networking services just as easy as spinning up and using cloud resources.

Cloud optimisation tools go hybrid

One of the hottest categories of tools to help manage your Cloud computing deployment has been optimisation and price performance services that recommend how you can more efficiently use Cloud resources. Up until now, however, these services have been focused on public Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.

Rackspace CEO, Lanham Napier, retires

Rackspace CEO, Lanham Napier, is retiring and that co-founder and executive chairman, Graham Weston, is filling the role for now.

Verizon denies throttling Amazon's cloud, Netflix services

Verizon is denying a charge leveled by a security expert – and seemingly acknowledged by its own customer service department – that it is "limiting bandwidth" to Amazon Web Services, and by extension Netflix, in response to a recent court decision.

What new CEO Nadella's promotion means for Microsoft's Cloud

Microsoft just appointed its Cloud guy to be the company's next CEO. Satya Nadella has impressively grown Microsoft into being one of the relevant members of the cloud computing industry, but industry watchers say there is a lot more the company must do to grow into one of the dominant companies in the market.

VMware gives some partners the cold shoulder

VMware has asked at least two companies who planned to setup booth displays at its Partner Exchange conference next week not to attend the show.

When to use Google instead of Amazon's cloud

Late last year Google finally took the beta wrapping off of Google Compute Engine (GCE), the company's infrastructure as a service cloud platform it's aiming to take on Amazon Web Services with. Today, consultants at Cloudyn, a firm that helps customers optimize their public cloud usage, say GCE has matured to a point that's it's not only ready for enterprises to use it, but for some applications it could be a better destination to run workloads compared to AWS for price and performance.

EMC to lean on VMware for public Cloud

In lieu of launching its own public Cloud lineup, storage giant EMC has decided to resell the cloud products of its VMware subsidiary, Network World has learned.

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.