Chris Talbot

IBM to Add Infiniband to SoftLayer in Q3

IBM will be offering a fast networking option on its SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud offering by the end of the third quarter of this year. Big Blue plans to roll out an InfiniBand option to customers and partners, providing them with data transfer speeds of up to 56 Gbps.

Google Rolls Out Security Features for Drive for Work

Google Drive for Work only launched last month, but Google is already at work boosting the features around it. In this round of new features and functionality, Google focused on the security of Drive at Work, seemingly taking to heart any concerns organizations might have about using the popular cloud productivity tool for business purposes.

SAP Commits to Cloud Foundry, OpenStack Open Source

SAP took the opportunity this week at O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) to unveil two new partnerships that the vendor's presence in the cloud computing open source community. SAP unveiled sponsorship of both Cloud Foundry and the OpenStack Foundation.

2nd Watch Service Delivery Model Simplifies AWS Deployments

Cloud deployment, management and monitoring services provider 2nd Watch has released a new service delivery model that is designed to make it simpler to migrate applications and services to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Microsoft,, OpenNebula Partner for Azure Openness

This week at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Microsoft announced two new partners that will help the company steer its Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering toward being more open.

Report: PaaS Proportion of Market is Significant and Growing

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market is growing considerably, and according to the latest research from MarketsandMarkets, the cloud computing segment is still on track to reach a value of nearly $7 billion by 2018.

Will European Union SLA Standards Go Global?

Although it's a European Union change, the service level agreement (SLA) standardization issued last month by the European Commission's Cloud Select Industry Group - Subgroup on Service Level Agreement (C-SIG-SLA ... 'cause that's a catchy name) could become a global standard.

What Are HP's Plans for OpenStack?

The recent hiring of former Rackspace executive Mark Interrante as its new senior vice president of Engineering for HP Cloud not only shows Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) commitment to the cloud, but also a renewed commitment to the OpenStack project.

Rackspace: We'll Compete on Service, Not Price

As everyone and their mother gets in on the cloud price wars, Rackspace is taking a different approach to the market and aiming to provide quality service at higher prices. This is how the company is hoping to compete against the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Google Cloud Monitoring Offers Developers Metrics

Google has released to its customers a new API that provides metric data from cloud services currently running on the Google Cloud Platform. The new Google Cloud Monitoring Read API can be used to plug into existing alert/event frameworks built on Nagios, but it can also be used with Graphite to combine the data with existing graphics.

Microsoft Launches Azure Certification for ISVs

It's of little surprise that the cloud was a big topic at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., this week.

Solutionary: Amazon-Hosted Malware Nearly Tripled

A Solutionary threat intelligence report stated that the amount of malware hosted on Amazon Web Services has nearly tripled in the first six months of 2014. This report follows six months after Solutionary named AWS the top malware hosting provider.

Proofpoint Tackles Office 365 Threat Prevention

Security-as-a-service provider Proofpoint has launched Proofpoint Security and Compliance Suite for Office 365, which was designed to provide customers with advanced threat protection, global regulatory compliance and comprehensive ediscovery features for organizations migrating to the popular cloud-based office productivity suite.

Amazon Introduces Annual Subscription Pricing to Marketplace

Amazon Web Services Marketplace is taking an interesting turn with the launch of annual subscription-based pricing. By making a single, upfront payment by selecting the annual option and an Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instance, customers have unlimited use of that EC2 instance for a full 12 months.

Equinix, Microsoft, EMC Partner for Reliable Cloud Storage

Direct connections from data centers to public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings have been all the rage lately, with several cloud organizations getting in on the trend. And it's no wonder why, as more larger corporations are looking for ways to quicker migrate data to the cloud.

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