Stories by Brandon Butler

Free cloud storage service MegaCloud goes dark

The website for MegaCloud, a provider of free and paid consumer cloud storage, is inaccessible and users of the service are complaining on social media sites that they have not had access to their data for days.

IBM to nix SmartCloud Enterprise, migrate customers to newly acquired SoftLayer cloud

IBM has informed its customers that it will be phasing out its SmartCloud Enterprise cloud computing platform and is offering free migration of workloads to SoftLayer's cloud, which IBM recently purchased.

What's holding back the cloud industry?

While cloud enthusiasts roaming the halls of McCormick Place convention hall in Chicago last week at Cloud Connect may be high on the market, the reality is that many enterprises IT shops are still reticent to fully embrace public cloud computing.

Startup offers hefty storage with pay-per-use pricing

The model of buying cloud computing resources is different from that of buying traditional hardware and software. Instead of buying licenses and investing in equipment, in a cloud computing model, users pay for the resources they use – no more, no less. That model has been proven out extensively on the compute side, with services like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and a variety of other IaaS offerings on the market. But storage has been slow to catch up.

Products vs. distros: Debate rages in OpenStack community

What's the better way to consume an open source platform: A productized version, or a pure distribution of the code?

How the Cloud is blowing up the network

For networking folks, the good old days are fading away.

From small to big: 5 tips for managing clouds at scale

The enterprise adoption of cloud computing resources has taken a precarious path. Many organizations have started by running small workloads in the public cloud, reticent to use the platform for bigger mission-critical workloads.

VMware identifies vulnerabilities for ESX, vCenter, vSphere, issues patches

VMware today said that its popular virtualization and cloud management products have security vulnerabilities that could lead to denials of service for customers using ESX and ESXi hypervisors and management platforms including vCenter Server Appliance and vSphere Update Manager.

OpenStack's new code release packed with enterprise features

The latest code release of OpenStack's cloud computing platform named Havana is packed with features that organizers say appeal directly to enterprise audiences.

A lot of data could be stored here one day

Northern Colorado is a good spot to build a data center, according to Craig Harrison, who has spent the last three years planning the construction of the Niobrara Data Center Energy Park.

VMware expands management of Amazon, Microsoft, OpenStack clouds

VMware has rolled out expanded support for non-VMware workloads in its management tools, including the added ability to manage OpenStack clouds, and providing better visibility into Amazon and Microsoft clouds.

Will cloud services be traded just like stocks and bonds one day?

Today, cloud computing resources are bought and sold in a fairly straightforward process: A company needs extra compute capacity, for example, so they contract with a provider who spins up virtual machines for a certain amount of time.

Three lessons from Netflix on how to live in the cloud

Netlfix is a big company, and a big cloud user. With 38 million members across 40 countries, it streams a billion hours of content per month.

Shhh... Cisco's latest switch supports VMware NSX

A recent switch upgrade by Cisco has added an interesting twist to the company's battle royale with VMware over next-generation virtual networking and data center operations management.

CSC: The Cloud's quiet whiz kid

When most people who track the industry think of the Cloud computing market, big names like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, Rackspace, Verizon Terremark and others come to mind. HP, Joyent, IBM and Dell even. But Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)?