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January 9, 2018  4:09 PM

Meltdown and Spectre: Making a case for greater public cloud use

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Amazon, Cloud Security, Google, Meltdown, Microsoft, Public Cloud

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities constitute the greatest test yet of the public cloud provider community’s data security claims, says Caroline Donnelly, while providing enterprise IT departments with plenty to get their teeth into. When details of the

January 4, 2018  3:32 PM

OpenStack vs the rest of the public cloud: Where next from here?

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Private Cloud, Public Cloud

In this guest post, Rob Greenwood, technical director at Manchester-based cloud and DevOps consultancy Steamhaus weighs up the pros and cons of using OpenStack over other public cloud platforms. Just over a year ago, Cisco...


October 17, 2014  1:14 PM

How Ucas keeps downtime away with disaster recovery strategies

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Avaya, Client Access License, Microsoft, Microsoft Lync, UCA, Unified Communications

Business Continuity is often perceived as a concept only followed by the biggest of big business, but the reality is that the need and corresponding services increasingly underpin everyday life. An invisible safety net making sure important everyday events...


September 26, 2014  5:16 PM

Microsoft Azure European users take note – HDInsight performance issue

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Big Data, China, Cloud Computing, Hadoop, Microsoft, Windows Azure

Microsoft Azure cloud service status website at 5pm BST on Friday, September 26th showed that while the core Azure platform components were working properly, there was "partial performance degradation" on Azure's HDInsight service for customers in West Europe.

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September 15, 2014  3:11 PM

Cloud wars just got spicier, thanks to Google

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
AWS, Cloud Computing, Google, IBM, Instagram, Microsoft, Platform as a Service

Ambitious startups and developers around the world got a big treat from Google ahead of the weekend - $100,000 worth of Google cloud credits along with 24/7 support from the tech experts at Google.

Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow launched the "


September 5, 2014  1:16 PM

Want cloud success? Eat your greens!

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Broccoli, food, Microsoft, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Vegetable

Cloud computing is becoming a default option of delivering IT services but to reap all the benefits of the cloud, enterprises must do the boring stuff first.

On Thursday, I attended a Westminster eForum seminar on the future of cloud computing where I...


August 20, 2014  3:53 PM

Microsoft Azure goes down for users around multiple regions including Europe and Asia

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, StorSimple, Windows Azure

Just when I thought to myself: Cloud services must be improving as there are fewer outages reported this year than there were last year, Microsoft Azure cloud service went down for many users, including European ones, earlier this week.

Microsoft's...


July 28, 2014  3:44 PM

AWS is not the only pretty one in the room anymore

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Amazon, AWS, Barbie, Google, IBM, Jeff Bezos, Microsoft, OpenStack

It may be too early to conclude that the party at AWS towers is over but the cloud provider is definitely feeling the heat of the...

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July 22, 2014  11:36 PM

Azure brings sunshine to Microsoft’s lacklustre earnings. And how!

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Gartner, Google, Microsoft, microsoft office 365, nokia, Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is going to be a happy man as his "mobile-first" "cloud-first strategy" is gathering momentum. Microsoft's cloud business has reported a triple-digit YoY growth, the company's earnings report for Q4 ended June 30, 2014 showed. 


Microsoft's commercial cloud...


July 10, 2014  4:53 PM

Amazon debuts Zocalo to hog SharePoint, Google Drive, Box and Dropbox market shares

Archana Venkatraman Profile: Archana Venkatraman
Amazon, amazon s3, Cloud Computing, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Microsoft

Almost 13 years after Microsoft launched the first version of SharePoint, Amazon has launched its version of file sharing and collaboration tool Zocalo at AWS Summit in New York today. Some AWS Summit followers have billed Zocalo as Google Drive and Dropbox killer on...


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