Stories by Brandon Butler

And the cloud provider with the best uptime in 2015 is…

An analysis of downtime at IaaS public cloud providers in 2015 by tracking firm CloudHarmony reveals that despite having the largest cloud offering on the market, Amazon Web Services had the least amount of outages compared to Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and most of its other competitors. But take the data with a grain of salt, because even its backers say it’s not a holistic view of cloud availability.

Amazon to sell WiFi, IoT chips

Annapurna Labs Inc., a company quietly bought by Amazon last year, announced this week that it will expand its efforts to sell chips for use in next-generation WiFi and Internet of Things devices.

The pretty penny Google paid to recruit Diane Greene

Google's parent company Alphabet paid $380 million worth of stock to purchase VMware co-founder Diane Greene's startup company named Bebop, which led to Greene assuming a role heading up Google's cloud efforts.

2016’s biggest cloud computing conferences

Some predict 2016 will be the year of the cloud. While that may be up for debate, what’s not is that there are a whole slew of cloud computing-related conferences on tap for the year.

How Notre Dame is going all in with Amazon’s cloud

Three years ago the University of Notre Dame’s website failed a load test. In response, IT officials migrated the site to Amazon Web Services’ cloud and they’ve never looked back. By 2017 Notre Dame plans to have 80% of its IT workloads running in the cloud, representing one of the largest migrations of its kind. This is the story of how they’re doing it.

How Goldman Sachs and Bank of America use the cloud and containers

Just because Goldman Sachs and Bank of America operate in the heavily regulated financial services industry doesn’t mean they aren’t taking advantage of cutting edge technology like cloud computing and application containers. But being a leading bank brings its own complexities when embracing these trends.

3 types of private clouds: Which one’s right for you?

As the private cloud market has matured, there are now a plethora of options for customers. Forrester Research breaks the market down into bite-size chunks and has some advice on how to choose which private cloud is right for you.

What’s going on at Citrix?

News of a major restructuring at Citrix – which will include spinning off its GoTo Meeting product family – is welcomed by those who closely track the company, but the cutting of 1,000 jobs over the next half year could be a painful experience for the company.

Ex VMware, Microsoft and Citrix workers set up application container company

ContainerX is launching today and hopes to make a splash at the DockerCon EU conference next week in Spain – the semi-annual gathering of all things containers. ContainerX is a year old and has raised US$2.7 million, including from backers Steve Herrod of General Catalyst, who is the former VMware CTO, and Jerry Chen of Greylock Partners, also a former VMware exec.

11 top IaaS cloud computing certifications

The best way to stay on top of the fast-changing IaaS cloud market is through training and certification. Below are 10 of the top IaaS cloud computing certifications available.

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