Stories by Brandon Butler

Google and Verizon take big steps in the cloud

Google and Verizon each made announcements this week that are significant in their race to catch the company many consider to still be the market leader in the IaaS public cloud: Amazon Web Services.

Startup Digital Ocean lands $37m to take on Amazon in the Cloud

There are a lot of big names in the public cloud computing market: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and Rackspace among them. And here's another company that's looking to make that list one day: Digital Ocean.

In Pictures: 30 richest techies in the world

Forbes came out with its list of billionaires and techies make an impressive showing on the list.

Help! Most enterprises turn to consultants when using the cloud

Customers using the cloud overwhelmingly turn to professional service consultants to execute or plan out projects, according to a report from Technology Business Research.

IBM bets $1 billion on PaaS to boost Cloud apps

Unsatisfied with the rate of cloud application development, IBM announced on Monday that it is putting $1 billion behind its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) strategy in hopes of encouraging software makers to build many more apps for the cloud and to migrate existing ones there.

Three essentials steps to a software-defined datacentre

Imagine this in your datacentre: A swath of compute, networking and storage hardware from a variety of different vendors that are all controlled not individually but by software that overlays the entire operation.

GoGrid wants to be your open source alternative to Amazon's cloud databases

Amazon Web Services is a juggernaut in the infrastructure as a service market, but GoGrid, a midsize IaaS competitor that aims to be the cloud for big data, says it wants to offer an alternative to AWS's platform. And it's hoping to do so through open source databases.

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.