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Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

Amazon’s consumer business has switched off its Oracle data warehouse and will be almost Big Red-free by Christmas – at least according to AWS boss Andy Jassy. The claims – made over Twitter, so it must be true – were then doubled down on by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, who said that the database was one of the largest in the …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Nov 2018
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In the cloud, Mumbai is a long way from Asia

Sending packets from Singapore to Mumbai over AWS? Fetch a coffee, the latency is horrible – according to cloud performance data released yesterday. Metrics outfit ThousandEyes ran tests from network probes deployed into 27 data centres globally, collecting connection data from 55 AWS, Azure, and Google cloud regions. The …

Cisco and AWS hop into bed for steamy hybrid Kubernetes action

Networking giant Cisco has opened the corporate kimono to reveal tech that manages its on-premises Kubernetes environment and AWS's cloudy version in a single product. The thinking goes that AWS has the lion's share of the market for containers, and Kubernetes and Cisco would dearly like a piece of the action with its on- …
Richard Speed, 8 Nov 2018
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McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse

The average business has around 14 improperly configured IaaS instances running at any given time and roughly one in every 20 AWS S3 buckets are left wide open to the public internet. These are among the grim figures rolled out Monday by researchers with McAfee, who say that security practice has not kept up with the rapid …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2018
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Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store in the parking lot

Amazon, a global cloud compute provider with a gift shop on the side, is slipping in the stock market despite posting another solid quarter. The AWS side of the Bezos biz stayed strong in the three-month Q3 FY 2018 period, ending September 30. Here's a summary of the digits: Revenues of $56.6bn were up 29 per cent from $43. …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2018
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Whoop, whoop, evade, evade – incoming news missile: AWS-SAM fired at Jenkins installations

As the march to the cloud continues, the Jenkins project has tossed developers a bone in the form of a plugin for AWS serverless functions. The AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) plugin for Jenkins was announced today to allow devs to deploy AWS serverless functions from their existing Jenkins pipeline, rather than …
Richard Speed, 24 Oct 2018
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NetApp: Public cloud, public cloud we really love the... you're going to keep some things on-premises, right? Right?

At its Las Vegas Insight event, NetApp was quick to assure customers they could have the public cloud and NetApp products both – and that indeed, the two are better together. NetApp is primarily the Data ONTAP storage software company with a on-premises FAS array platform and AWS/Azure public cloud ONTAP instantiations, with …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2018
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US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

A pair of US congressmen are calling for an investigation into the Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor IT contract dubbed JEDI – aka the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. House Reps Tom Cole (R-OK) and Steve Womack (R-AR) have sent a letter asking the inspector general of the Department of Defense (DOD) to probe and report …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2018
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Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

Serious security flaws in FreeRTOS – an operating system kernel used in countless internet-connected devices and embedded electronics – can be potentially exploited over the network to commandeer kit. Simply sending specially crafted malicious data to a vulnerable gadget, over the internet or network, can be enough to crash or …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2018
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F5: Don't panic but folks can slip past vulnerable firewall servers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional 'security'

Updated Network box maker F5 has shipped some firewall gear that is potentially vulnerable to the libssh authentication-bypass bug. That means anyone who can reach the at-risk systems over the network or internet can, depending on the configuration, tunnel through to backend infrastructure simply by asking nicely. The vulnerability, …

Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

Now, now, America. Don't go overboard. Again. More than half a million folks' names and phone numbers, plus other sensitive files, were accidentally spilled onto the internet by a misconfigured server operated by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, it is claimed. That fund is a Republican super PAC that campaigned in the …
Chris Williams, 17 Oct 2018
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IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all

IBM has trotted out tech it reckons will ease management of services over a variety of cloud infrastructures, including Microsoft and Amazon's as well its own. "Multicloud Manager" is aimed at controlling Kubernetes clusters over different clouds and data centres. Users can shift their clusters and containers between cloud …
Richard Speed, 16 Oct 2018

Phew! Digital ad revenues to save Amazon's business model – analyst

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 The billions of dollars in ad revenue that Amazon is turning over each quarter will bankroll the capital expenditure of new data centre builds at AWS for years to come, sustaining the business model. So said Steve Brazier, CEO at respected industry-watcher Canalys, at its Barcelona conference today. Until now, Brazier had …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2018
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Commvault gets up its customers B&RaaS with in-cloud backup service

Commvault started its GO user conference in Nashville, TN, by telling attendees it had signed up NetApp as a reseller, made its main backup and recovery product available as a service, introduced bigger and smaller backup appliances, and said it has a complete new system management product coming, with AI helping it continuously …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2018

Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

UPDATED UK spymasters and US Homeland Security officials have supported Western tech companies' denials that Chinese agents were able to smuggle hidden surveillance chips into Super Micro servers. Mainstream media megastructure Bloomberg reported last week that Beijing's military intelligence pressured or bribed a Chinese …
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AWS elbows Google Cloud aside in fight for SAP HANA customers

AWS has wheeled out a fresh version of EC2 with high amounts of memory available – up to 12TB today, the firm says, with promises of 24TB by next year. The intent is to make AWS attractive to users of large in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. "Combining the largest memory sizes available in the cloud with the agility and …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2018
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US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD

The Pentagon's JEDI system, a cutting-edge cloud platform designed to take the US Department of Defense well into the next decade of technology, will require companies to utilize a delivery system straight out of the era of dial-up modems and pagers. An updated request for proposals (RFP) guideline issued this week demands …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2018
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IT bods, beware! AWS claims Storage Gateway appliance doesn't need you to manage it

AWS has wheeled out a hardware appliance for feeding hybrid clouds to non-techies – a pre-loaded Dell EMC box for its Storage Gateway. amazon river In the cloud storage gateway game? Prepare to be Amazoned READ MORE "This means that you can now make use of Storage Gateway in situations where you do not have a virtualized …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Sep 2018

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