Monday 31 October 2016

Amazon Redshift now available in South America (São Paulo) Region

We are excited to announce that Amazon Redshift is now available in the South America (São Paulo) Region.

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Friday 28 October 2016

AWS Elastic Beanstalk Supports Amazon Linux AMI 2016.09 and New Instance Types

AWS Elastic Beanstalk now supports the Amazon Linux AMI 2016.09. As part of this update, you can now use Nginx 1.10 and PostgreSQL 9.5 with your Elastic Beanstalk environments. Python 3.5 support is coming soon. In addition, the Elastic Beanstalk Node.js platform has been updated to v3.0.1 and will now default to Node v6.X. Learn more about the new AMI here.

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Thursday 27 October 2016

Amazon EC2 Auto Recovery is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Auto Recovery is an Amazon EC2 feature that is designed to increase instance availability. Auto Recovery for Amazon EC2 is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region. You can automatically recover supported instances when a system impairment is detected. Auto Recovery keeps your existing instance running and automatically recovers your instance on new underlying hardware, if needed, so you do not generally need to migrate to a new instance.

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Use the source! OpenStack welcomes fresh tests for open-cloud unity

Foundation chiefs betting on tech firms' appetites to prove interoperability

Openstack Summit  Don't expect future implementations of OpenStack without vendors first having cleared a new battery of emerging conformity tests.…

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Dynatrace promises heavyweight OpenStack guts probing

Insides out examination for open-source fluffers

OpenStack Summit  Dynatrace is taking on open-source cloud tools with a performance suite it claims is “enterprise grade.”…

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VMware do we go from here?

Perhaps it's time the cloud pioneers snap up Docker

Storage Architect VMWorld Europe was held last week in Barcelona. We saw the release of vSphere 6.5, plus a suite of other products and enhancements to the core platform. There was also the announcement of a partnership with AWS, which had many (including myself) scratching their heads as to exactly what it meant. So where is VMware headed?…

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AWS CodePipeline Available in Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS region.

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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Enable access control scenarios using Microsoft Network Policy Service with Microsoft AD

Starting today, customers using AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also called Microsoft AD, now have the added permissions to install and use Microsoft Network Policy Server (NPS). The new permissions grant you the rights required to register NPS in the RAS and IAS Servers security group. Once NPS is installed and registered, you can use it to enforce network access policies for client health, network connection authentication, and network access authorization by using account information stored in Microsoft AD.  

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Amazon WorkMail now supports email redirection to external email addresses

Amazon WorkMail now supports email redirection to external email addresses. You can setup email redirection rules on your desktop email application, such as Microsoft Outlook, or using the Amazon WorkMail web application. To take advantage of this feature, you will need to update Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) identity policies using the AWS Management Console for any domains that exist in your Amazon WorkMail organization. Please visit this page for more information on how to update the Amazon SES identity policy for your domain. You do not need to take any action for any new domains that you add to your Amazon WorkMail organization. 

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He ain't heavy: OpenStack 16 cloud bros share LAMP interoperability load

Float prospect of federated alternative to AWS

Openstack Summit  OpenStackers have sought to alleviate concerns that applications on rival clouds are locked in and not portable.…

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Huawei to OpenStackers: Don't try to chase Amazon/Microsoft/Google

Strike out on your own instead of playing catch-up

OpenStack Summit  First came AWS, then Microsoft’s Azure – now Google’s GWT. Microsoft’s been playing feature catch-up to AWS since 2008 with the baton passing now to Google under Diane Greene.…

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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Announcing regional expansion of Amazon EC2 instances

Amazon EC2 instances are now available in more regions:

  • R3 (r3.large, r3.xlarge, r3.2xlarge) in South America (Sao Paulo)
  • D2 in China (Beijing)

To learn more about these instance types, visit the Amazon EC2 Instance Types page, the Amazon EC2 User Guide's section on Instance Types, or the Amazon EC2 Pricing page.

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Amazon Route 53 Now Supports DNS Queries over IPv6 Networks

Beginning today, Amazon Route 53 starts rolling out support for DNS queries over Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).

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AWS Marketplace Announces Self-Service Listings for Software Vendors

Today, AWS Marketplace released Self-Service Listings, a new, web-based interface that lets AWS Marketplace software vendors manage their product listings within the AWS Marketplace Management Portal (AMMP). Starting today, software vendors that wish to list their products for sale on AWS Marketplace can log in to AMMP to view their existing product listings, create a new free listing, create a new Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL) listing, or track the status of their submitted listing requests. Self-Service Listings offers workflow and collaboration tools that make AWS Marketplace product listings easier to track and manage; vendors can use the new portal to save listings in progress, collaborate internally on product listing creation, view their request history, and more.

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HPE buffs OpenStack cloud to woo public-shy types

Helion a 'real environment for production'

OpenStack Summit  Hewlett Packard Enterprise has polished its open-source cloud bundle ready for those returning from public cloud or perturbed by off-premises services.…

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Amazon WorkMail now supports interoperability with Microsoft Exchange Server

Amazon WorkMail now supports interoperability with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and 2013. Interoperability allows you to minimize disruption to your users as you migrate mailboxes to Amazon WorkMail, or use Amazon WorkMail for a subset of your corporate mailboxes. With interoperability, you can set up rich co-existence between Amazon WorkMail and Microsoft Exchange Server, which allows you to use the same corporate domain for mailboxes across both environments, and allows your users to seamlessly schedule meetings with bi-directional sharing of calendar free-busy information. 

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Amazon unleashes on-prem-VM-to-cloud application teleporter

Erm … didn't Amazon just make a deal with VMware for something similar? Yes, it did

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed a new on-prem-VM-to-cloud teleporter that aims to help organisations take virtualised workloads to its cloud.…

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WiGig spec hints at 5G offering 8 Gbps over 10 metres

Wi-Fi Alliance certification program kicks off with Intel, Qualcomm chipsets to the fore

The WiFi Alliance reckons it's bestowed on a waiting world the first hint of what 5G will look like, and apparently it's a radio link that can manage 8 Gbps over 10 metres.…

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IBM kills off SoftLayer brand, puts it in the Bluemix

♬ 'Cause tonight is the night when two become one ♬

IBM has started sublimating the SoftLayer brand and will henceforth put its own Bluemix brand front and centre.…

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Verizon boss: Yahoo! email hack 'is a big deal to us', we'll decide new price next month

Lowell McAdam talks acquisitions, 5G and IoT

Verizon is going to decide how much it is willing to pay for Yahoo! next month when an investigation into its massive security breach is completed.…

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CEO of VoIP biz admits in court: It was all a $1.8bn Ponzi scheme

Unsuspecting investors given full Brazilian from TelexFree scam operation

The CEO of VoIP telephone service TelexFree has confessed that his company was a front for a $1.8bn pyramid scam.…

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AWS Config launches in China (Beijing)

AWS Config is now available in the China (Beijing) region. AWS Config is a fully managed service that gives you an inventory of your AWS resources, notifies you when the configurations of your resources change, and lets you audit the history of the configurations for those resources to enable security and governance.

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Monday 24 October 2016

New AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) makes it easier and faster to migrate on-premises servers to AWS

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First AWS Certification Study Guide Now Available

Studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam? Be sure to check out our new, AWS-authored study guide available on in hardcopy or Kindle e-reader formats.

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NetSuite's pre-Oracle curtain call: growth and costs increase

Looks past pesky shareholders to joyful Ellison marriage

NetSuite closed in typical fashion what promised to be the final quarter before it is subsumed by Oracle - growth in turnover continued, as did operating overheads and losses.…

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Announcing EC2 DNS Support for Non-RFC 1918 Address Ranges

Today, we are announcing support for DNS resolution of hostnames where instances have private IP address outside of the RFC 1918 space. With this support now available natively in EC2 DNS, customers do not have to run custom DNS servers if the CIDR range for their VPC is outside of the RFC 1918 range. Previously, private DNS hostname resolution was supported only for RFC-1918 assigned private address ranges (,, and

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Stung by Azure and AWS cost shock? Penny-pinchers love them some OpenStack

'Spotlight' on the money in a post-cloud-hype world

The cost and expense of AWS and Azure is helping drive cloud hopefuls to OpenStack, the organisation has said.…

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HPE to offer hybrid cloud hypermarket to world+dog

Not just Europeans who'll consume Cloud 28+

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is taking Cloud 28+ - aka Worldwide Indirect Digital Services - to a global audience, leaked internal documents have revealed.…

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AWS 'fesses up to cloud bill shock worries with budget calc update

Suits told to run two versions of services and turn on the bad one once budgets run low

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has all-but-admitted some customers are experiencing bill shock, or finding it hard to control costs in its clouds.…

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

Let’s hope not. Somebody might notice

A curious story appeared overnight, one that made Samsung look very foolish. According to anti-copyright activist and blogger Mike Masnick, Google's YouTube had received a copyright takedown notice from Samsung requesting that game videos featuring the Samsung Note 7 as a weapon be removed.…

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Sunday 23 October 2016

Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Indian Premier League TV audiences top 100m, online audience barely tapped

Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and BT have been revealed as bidders for rights for India's top sporting attracting, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition.…

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Friday 21 October 2016

OpenStack-flinger Mirantis signs landmark NTT deal

Private cloud - as a service, sir?

Cloud-flinger Mirantis has signed up global telco giant NTT as its first data centre service provider partner.…

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

30 cables cut and countless masts out of action

Hapless Network Rail contractors drove a pile through 30 cable ducts, cutting phone, broadband services and many cell towers in the Uxbridge, Middlesex - potentially knocking services out until next week.…

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Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

Amazingly slow Shropshire attack causes sluggish services

Snails attacked a Virgin Media broadband cabinet in Shropshire, resulting in sluggish broadband services.…

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Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region

Amazon WorkSpaces is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) AWS Region. Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, secure desktop computing service which runs on the AWS cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows you to provide your users access to the documents, applications, and resources they need from the device of their choice, including Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Fire tablets, and Android tablets. Amazon WorkSpaces integrates with your existing IT systems, and you can use your corporate Active Directory to provide users with seamless access to company resources. With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay either monthly or hourly just for the desktops you launch, which helps you save money when compared to traditional desktops and on-premises Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

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Amazon WorkDocs Launches Redesigned Web Client With Improved Functionality

You can now use the redesigned Amazon WorkDocs web client as the single place to manage, share, and collaborate on documents and files. The updated Amazon WorkDocs web client offers an intuitive user interface, and includes performance enhancements and improvements to navigation designed to make Amazon WorkDocs even easier to use. The redesigned web client is now available to all new and existing Amazon WorkDocs customers. 

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AWS CodePipeline Available in Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region

AWS CodePipeline is now available in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS region. 

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Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

It's the cloud economy, stupid

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent fall in profits and 10 per cent dive in operating income.…

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Thursday 20 October 2016

New AWS Budgets features include API access, usage-based budgets, and more!

Starting today, you can take greater control of your AWS costs and resource usage with the new and enhanced features in AWS Budgets. You can now create monthly, quarterly, or annual budgets for your AWS resource usage (e.g., EC2 instance hours) or your AWS costs. In addition to accessing Budgets via the Billing & Cost Management console, you can now use the new Budgets API to create, edit, delete, and view up to 20,000 budgets per payer account.

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Vodafone says it'll launch NB-IoT network in EU early next year

Nobody's really impressed, but take a look at the long term

Vodafone has announced it will start rolling out its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) focused network in four EU countries from the start of next year – and folk across industry are rolling their eyes.…

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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Accusations fly of vendors hijacking standards for their own purposes

Analysis  The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era.…

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Virgin boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

Praises May for indicating date on Article 50 trigger

Further uncertainty over Brexit could hamper Virgin Media's ability to get more broadband investment from its parent company Liberty Global, chief exec Tom Mockridge has warned.…

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises

Comment  As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it.…

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Folk facing financial hardship should get subsidy for 10Mbps - LGA

BT already has a subsidy for telephony, says representative body for councils

Customers unable to afford speeds of 10mbps under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be offered a subsidy, the representative body for 370 councils has said today.…

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European Telecoms Standards Institute to World+Dog: please start caring about 5G

Industry verticals, busy trying to make money, aren't paying attention to the telco biz's future

5G is on the way – no, really, it's on the way, stop giggling – but outside the telcos and their suppliers, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is having trouble getting industries to care.…

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Amazon EC2 Now Supports Windows Server 2016

Amazon EC2 now supports Windows Server 2016 with several new AMIs, providing you with an easy and flexible way to get up and running with the latest version of Windows Server. Windows Server 2016 comes loaded with a variety of new features including Windows containers and support for Docker. The release also features a Nano Server deployment option that boots faster than the Standard Edition and uses a fraction of the disk space. By running Windows Server 2016 on Amazon EC2, you can combine the scale, performance and elasticity of AWS with the powerful new capabilities in this newest version of Windows Server. 

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Wednesday 19 October 2016

Whinge on: T-Mobile US docked $48m for limiting 'unlimited' data plans

Telco coughs up cash to make throttling complaints go away, will drop 'unlimited' from ads

T-Mobile US has agreed to pay the US comms watchdog the FCC $48m to settle claims that it illegally throttled the connections of some unlimited-plan data users.…

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Data Domain explodes into floods of cloud tiers

Software-only Data Domain gets 6X capacity expansion

Dell EMC has extended its data protection products with more scalable Data Domain software, Azure support by Networker and extended cloud tiering.…

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No, Russia is not tapping into Syria's undersea internet cables

A tale of the spy ship Yantar, tinfoil hats and that pesky bugger we call reality

Rumours abound on odder corners of the internet that a Russian signals intelligence ship has tapped into one of the main internet cables serving Syria. Sadly for the conspiraloons, it's almost certainly not true.…

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AWS Educate Adds Cloud Learning Pathways for Students

AWS Educate, a program that helps educators and students use real-world cloud technology in the classroom, now offers students cloud learning pathways. These learning tracks are made up of 30+ hours of curriculum across job families like Cloud Architect and Software Developer. The program also offers specialty AWS Educate Badges as add-ons to the pathways, for which students can achieve competency in specializations like IoT, start-up, and gaming.

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

How interesting that you'd say that, Gavin

BT's chief exec Gavin Patterson has claimed an Openreach split would make future broadband investments more challenging and increase the firm's already-ballooning pension deficit.…

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it 'working with fibre providers to find a solution'

Digital minister Matt Hancock has said pure fibre and 5G are the priority for Blighty's digital infrastructure over the next decade - but has indicated the government won't be paying for it.…

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Speaking in Tech: Is OpenStack really a threat to VMware?

Plus: Marketecture, cloud and more

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Swisscom claims world's first broadband service

Copper-extender can hit ~500Mbps, CTO says users will settle for 100Mbps

Swisscom reckons it's become the first carrier in the world to announce a service.…

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Vodafone Australia promises fixed-line broadband over NBN

One account to rule them all, on mobe, copper, fibre or whatever else can be VodaFailed

As widely anticipated, Vodafone's Australian tentacle has announced it's getting into the fixed-line broadband business.…

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Google 'crash canaries' muted chirping led to load balancer brownout

45 per cent of load balancers threw 502 errors for an hour last Thursday

Google has revealed that it broke its own cloud again, this time because of two failures: a software error and alerts that proved too hard to interpret.…

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Tuesday 18 October 2016

Record and govern S3 bucket configurations with AWS Config

You can now record configuration changes to your S3 buckets with AWS Config. The detailed bucket configuration recorded by AWS Config includes the bucket policy, Access Control List (ACL), lifecycle configuration, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) configuration and more. Review our documentation to get a full list of bucket attributes recorded by AWS Config. AWS Config provides a complete history of configuration changes for your bucket. With AWS Config, you can dive deep into how your bucket was configured at any point in time. For example, you can use the configuration history provided by AWS Config to determine how your bucket’s policy or ACL changed over time. 

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Amazon Aurora New Features: AWS Lambda Integration and Data Load from Amazon S3 to Aurora Tables

Today we are announcing two new features for Amazon Aurora, AWS Lambda Integration and Direct Data Load into Aurora Database Tables from Amazon S3.

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LogMeIn collapses its 'Cubby' Dropbox clone into LogMeIn Pro

Sync 'n' share survives if you cough up. The rest of you, download before November 16

LogMeIn is mostly-closing “Cubby”, it's little-known Dropbox clone.…

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US government wants Microsoft 'Irish e-mail' case re-opened

Argues that users don't control where data resides, so Redmond should pretend its within reach of US law

The United States Department of Justice has asked the nation's Second Circuit Court of Appeals to re-open its three-year-old case attempt to have Microsoft hand over e-mails stored on servers in the Republic of Ireland.…

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

Placating fibre fetishists has nbn™ in a twist and distracts us from bigger issues

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced trials of fibre-to-the-curb and broadband-over-copper technology XG-fast that hit 8Gbps on 30 metres of copper in lab trials, and “5Gbps peak aggregate speed being achieved over 70 metres of twisted-pair copper”.…

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Monday 17 October 2016

Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?

Bing searches get speed boost from Catapult integration

Microsoft hooks up reprogrammable chips directly to its data centers' internal networks to ramp up the performance of its web applications.…

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Announcing the AWS US East (Ohio) Region

AWS is excited to announce immediate availability of the new US East (Ohio) Region. Ohio joins Northern Virginia, Oregon, Northern California, and AWS GovCloud as the fifth AWS Region in North America and as the fourteenth worldwide, bringing the total number of AWS Availability Zones to 38 globally. 

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Saturday 15 October 2016

Google: We look forward to running non-Intel processors in our cloud

OK, so someone's angling for a discount

Google has gently increased pressure on Intel – its main source for data-center processors – by saying it is "looking forward" to using chips from IBM and other semiconductor rivals.…

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Friday 14 October 2016

The IRS spaffed $12m on Office 365 subscription IT NEVER USED

Taxman can audit all your accounts, but can't tell cloud from on-premises

A report on spending from the office of the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) claims that between June of 2015 and June of 2016, the tax collectors paid $12m for subscriptions on Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online that were never used.…

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Use Hosted Git Repositories from AWS CodeCommit with AWS Elastic Beanstalk

You can now create and manage Git repositories hosted by AWS CodeCommit with the Elastic Beanstalk CLI (EB CLI) for your AWS Elastic Beanstalk environments. You can use the CodeCommit repository to store your project code and then deploy it to your Elastic Beanstalk environment. This provides you a convenient and secure place to store and version your Elastic Beanstalk applications.

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AWS Service Catalog is now available in the Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney) regions

AWS Service Catalog allows organizations to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on AWS. These IT services can include everything from virtual machine images, servers, software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog allows you to centrally manage commonly deployed IT services, and helps you achieve consistent governance and meet your compliance requirements, while enabling users to quickly deploy only the approved IT services they need. 

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Cisco's cloud whisperer CTO Zorawar Biri Sing blows free

"Speed and growth" needed not "thought leadership" as thousands axed

Cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Sing has floated free of Cisco Systems.…

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Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' - AWS is 'gone'

Interest rate rise going to kill public cloud kingpin? Sounds like wishful thinking

Cisco is the latest member of the technology old guard to take a pop at Amazon Web Services, claiming that the public cloud giant’s financials mean “one hiccup” and it could go bust.…

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Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

vSphere to be rented out on Jeff Bezos' cloud

Amazon Web Services and VMware have agreed to work together to make VMware's vSphere server virtualization software available on AWS infrastructure.…

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Thursday 13 October 2016

3,500 Verizon call center workers can't hear you now

Telco plans to board up seven US facilities

US telecom giant Verizon says it will be closing seven US call centers and tossing the jobs of 3,500 employees in limbo in the process.…

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GlobalSigned off

CDNs told to flush their caches, they did, still not fixed... eek

GlobalSign's efforts as a certificate authority have gone TITSUP this afternoon.…

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Metronet gobbles up hosting firm for £47.5m, instantly doubles in size

It's a network-biz-eat-network-biz world. Burrrp

Manchester-based network services provider Metronet has snapped up infrastructure and hosting firm M247 for £47.5m.…

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Why 5G is the future of cycle safety

BT won't like this much. Ready to hear the bright idea?

I cycle in London. It halves my journey time to the office and being nicer than sweating on the tube lets me substitute muscles for my Oyster.…

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Google, Facebook toss cash into LA-to-Hong Kong sub cable corp

120 Tbps non-stop Pacific link plans to see first light in 2018

Mere months after its first trans-Pacific cable venture lit up, Google has announced it's friended Facebook as part of another cable consortium.…

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After lessons learned from super-storm Sandy, US telcos weather Hurricane Matthew

Network cleanup going well, claim carriers

With the East Coast of the US working to get back to its feet in the wake of deadly Hurricane Matthew, network carriers are looking to restore their services back to normal.…

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AWS CloudFormation Resource Coverage Updates to Amazon ElastiCache

CloudFormation has updated support for Amazon ElastiCache resources.

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Amazon ElastiCache for Redis Adds Sharding Support with Redis Cluster

We are excited to announce that Amazon ElastiCache now supports Redis Cluster with Redis 3.2.4. Redis Cluster allows customers to run Redis workloads with up to 3.5TiB of in-memory capacity, supporting up to 20M reads per second and up to 4.5M writes per second. It also delivers up to 4x faster failover times, and includes Amazon’s enhancements to the Redis engine running on ElastiCache for improved stability and robustness, while maintaining compatibility with open-source Redis. Amazon’s fully managed Redis service is bolstered with updated AWS CloudFormation support, an easier-to-use console experience, and Redis Cluster level backup and restore.

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Wednesday 12 October 2016

Amazon EC2 Container Registry Adds Additional Resource Metadata

Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR) now provides additional metadata for ECR resources in the AWS Management Console and in the Describe* APIs.

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Oracle Database on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

This new Quick Start helps you deploy Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition on the AWS Cloud.  

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AWS GovCloud (US) now supports Amazon EBS encrypted boot volumes and AMI copy

Starting today, you can launch Amazon EC2 instances with encrypted Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) boot volumes in AWS GovCloud (US). This feature simplifies security compliance processes by now providing encryption for both EBS data and boot volumes using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). It can also help simplify your auditing processes because you now have the ability to ensure all data on EBS is encrypted at rest and in transit. This feature is supported with all EBS volume types.

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Big Mickey Dell is wrong: Cloud ain't going to eat all of IT

Think of it like the difference between PAYG and a contract phone

Storage architect  Public cloud will not consume all of IT. At least that’s what Michael Dell is claiming.…

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What’s the link between Brexit, cloud and open source?

Yep, it’s time for another reader poll

Sometimes the thought of walling yourself off from the outside world and just focusing on the technology can be quite tempting. But like it or not, life in IT is obviously affected by what’s going on in the business, and that, in turn, is driven by what’s going on in the big wide world around us.…

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Speaking in Tech: 'Healthy friction' among vendors at Cloud Foundry

Containers, standards ... switchblades at dawn?

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Sckipio touts fibre-like symmetrical kit

Stick this on your pole, instead of fibre

Fabless silicon house Sckipio hopes to give the fibre-most-of-the-way, copper to the home market a kick along with silicon that gets close to symmetric performance, at whatever data rate the copper can support.…

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

Might help cover the cost of scrapping the Note 7

Samsung received good news of a sort on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court heard arguments for why Apple should reimburse the company $399m.…

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Cisco president: We've lost to AWS et al on the public cloud

But by god we're developing some niches. Starting with shoe-based analytics

Cisco may have conceded defeat to Amazon in the mass market for public cloud consumption, but there are a raft of niche areas that are ripe for the plucking, starting with, er, footwear.…

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Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

It looks like lock-in, swims like lock-in and quacks like lock-in … this could be lock-in!

Yahoo! has “temporarily disabled” the ability to forward email from its messaging services.…

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Introducing new Amazon EC2 X1 instance size, x1.16xlarge, and expansion of X1 instances to new regions

x1.16xlarge instances: You can now launch x1.16xlarge, the newest size of EC2 Memory Optimized instances, featuring 64 vCPUs, 976 GiB of memory, and 1 x 1,920 GB SSD storage. X1 instances are optimized for running in-memory databases like SAP HANA, big data processing engines like Apache Spark or Presto, and high performance computing (HPC) applications. X1 instances are certified by SAP to run production environments of the next-generation Business Suite S/4HANA, Business Suite on HANA (SoH), Business Warehouse on HANA (BW), and Data Mart Solutions on HANA on the AWS cloud. The x1.16xlarge offers half the memory of the x1.32xlarge for workloads that don't require a full 2TB of memory.

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Monday 10 October 2016

Bitbucket Data Center and JIRA Software Data Center on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployments

These two new Quick Starts automatically deploy two popular software development tools from Atlassian, Bitbucket Data Center and JIRA Software Data Center, on the AWS Cloud. The Quick Starts were created by AWS solutions architects in partnership with Atlassian, to integrate solutions and services from both companies.

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Friday 7 October 2016

Announcing the Hadoop Distributed File System Support for AWS Import/Export Snowball

We are pleased to announce the launch of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) support for the AWS Import/Export Snowball client. The new HDFS support accelerates the movement of big data workloads. The Snowball client allows end users to import data directly from on premises HDFS clusters to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). Big data workloads may now skip intermediary staging and go straight from HDFS to Snowball.

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Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

Congresscritters want to know if cellphone snooping kit illegally jams connections

A group of US Senators has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate concerns that police stingray devices are causing illegally high levels of interference to wireless networks.…

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Samsung's profits may not be as explosive as its products, says firm

Chip and display business segments claimed to have covered the burning bottom

Samsung Electronics has told investors to expect a modest increase in its operating profits between July and September this year, despite the costly recall of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.…

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Ofcom kicks off 5G auction consultation

But what about the delayed auction for more 4G capacity?

Communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on the first tranche of its 5G spectrum auction.…

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OpenStack Newton debuts, runs anything at almost any scale

Containers? VMs? Bare metal? Huge scale? Small scale? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. And yes

OpenStack Newton debuts, claims to run anything at almost any scale Containers? VMs? Bare metal? Huge scale? Small scale? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes The fourteenth release of OpenStack, “Newton”, is upon us.…

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OVH decides to Fauquier the cloud in America

That's Fauquier County, Viriginia, chosen as its first US bit barn and HQ

French cloud concern OVH has planted its flag in the United States, choosing Fauquier County, Virginia, as its headquarters and the site of its first data centre on the continent.…

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Thursday 6 October 2016

Announcing Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support for Amazon CloudFront, AWS WAF, and Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a new version of the Internet Protocol that uses a larger address space than its predecessor IPv4. With IPv6 support, you will be able to meet the requirements for IPv6 adoption set by governments, remove the need for IPv6 to IPv4 translation software or systems, and benefit from IPv6 extensibility, simplicity in network management, and additional built-in support for security

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nbn™'s Sky Muster II is in heaven now, with the angels

Angel investors backing private space ventures, that is

Video  nbn™'s Sky Muster II is in heaven now, having slipped the surly bonds of Earth yesterday morning aboard an Arianspace Ariane 5 rocket.…

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Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on email server grief

Connected accounts can't get messages – no big deal, right?

A tweak to Microsoft's cloud service has blocked a good number of people from accessing their messages.…

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Amazon Cognito introduces administrator creation of users in Your User Pools

With this launch, administrators and developers can create users in an Amazon Cognito user pool. A user pool is a fully managed user directory that makes it easy to add sign-up and sign-in to your mobile and web apps. Use the new AdminCreateUser API to set up accounts for new users and send them a customized invitation with their user name and a temporary password. You can also use this feature to control membership in a user pool by only allowing administrators to create users or also allowing users to sign themselves up.

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AWS CloudFormation Adds Improved Permissions Controls, Cross-Stack Reference Enhancements, and Resource Coverage Updates

You can now allow AWS CloudFormation to assume service roles which determine what CloudFormation is allowed to do with your stack. A service role is an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role which can be assigned permissions that determine which AWS resources CloudFormation can create, update, or delete. For example, you could create a service role that only allows CloudFormation to perform actions with Amazon EC2. Previously, CloudFormation would use the default permissions from the user credentials you used to access CloudFormation. Using service roles with CloudFormation, you can now more easily set granular permissions to CloudFormation for different AWS accounts or IAM users. To get started, you can set a service role when creating, updating, or deleting a stack. You will also need permission to pass the role to CloudFormation. Learn more about this feature in the documentation.

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Introducing a Node.js Library for Porting Express Applications to Amazon API Gateway and AWS Lambda

You can now use aws-serverless-express, an open source Node.js library, to simplify the migration of your Express web applications and REST APIs to a serverless architecture. The library is built using features from Amazon API Gateway that allow you to preserve your API routes in your existing web application frameworks without having to redefine API methods or their integration behavior on API Gateway.

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Secure cloud doesn’t always mean your stuff in it is secure too

Warning from AWS and Unisys folk

IPExpo  “Picking a secure cloud partner is not as trivial as it may seem. Don't assume that because the cloud is secure, your business within the cloud is secure,” Unisys’ chief trust officer Tom Patterson said today.…

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Amazon CloudWatch Releases CloudWatch collectd Plugin

Amazon CloudWatch announces the availability of an open source collectd output plugin to simplify sending custom metrics to CloudWatch. collectd is a popular, open-source daemon that gathers system statistics for a wide variety of applications. The CloudWatch collectd plugin can be used on both AWS and non-AWS environments to gather host and application metrics such as memory and disk usage for a variety of applications such as Apache, NXGINX, MySQL, etc. The metrics gathered by collectd will be published as custom metrics to CloudWatch. These collectd metrics can then be used to set up alarms for triggering notification and auto-scaling actions or saved to dashboards for quick viewing in CloudWatch. 

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Commvault and pals should score when tape-ditching stampede arrives - analyst

Plus: Raft of product updates including HyperFlex support

Commvault’s data protection and management software has been enhanced and is going to support HyperFlex, Cisco’s hyper-converged infrastructure appliance built with OEM’d Springpath software.…

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Trust the cloud, we’re getting the hang of securing it, says Unisys security chief

Tom Patterson talks the white and fluffy stuff

IPExpo  Everyone’s starting to believe in public cloud but security remains an uphill battle, Unisys’ chief trust officer Tom Patterson told The Register this morning.…

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Brainier Salesforce CRM might find customers to be slow learners

Einstein AI features could be long-term prospect Marc Benioff took to the stage in San Francisco yesterday, using his Dreamforce 2016 keynote address to tout the benefits of his company's Einstein campaign.…

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Mobile data is getting slower, faster

US cities see major crash in data speeds. But that's not the whole story...

US cities have seen a massive crash in LTE data speeds this year - but consumers haven’t noticed as latencies are getting lower.…

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World spent US$7.7b on cloud in Q2, and that was during a lull

Established enterprise players are coining it, with hardly a white-box vendor in sight

World spent US$7.7b on cloud in Q2, and that was during a soon-to-end lull in construction of hyperscale data centres.…

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Google un-clogs Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery downloads

In theory this should mean two-day waits for sat snaps are a thing of the past

Geo-geeks rejoice (and, if you're in a country that has such things, pray for your download allowance): Google is now hosting Landsat and Sentinel-2 data on its public cloud.…

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Juniper CEO Rami Rahim keynote takes aim at Broadcom

White box is putting too much of the market in merchant silicon hands (and not enough in ours)

Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim has looked at where the world of “white box” merchant silicon is going, and doesn't seem to like it much.…

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Whales permitting, Hawaiki sub cable to hit Sydney in August 2017

Filing tells NSA exactly where to send cable-sniffing divers

The Hawaiki Cable, which would create trans-Pacific competition for those shipping bits across the ocean to Australia and New Zealand, plans to get its Australian landing in place by August 2017.…

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Wednesday 5 October 2016

NBN is essential, says Essential poll, but not Turnbull's NBN

Finally, something that crosses the political divide

Australia's famous two-party divide doesn't apply to our attitude towards the Internet: nearly everybody thinks the Internet is an essential service.…

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Introducing Amazon VPC NAT Gateway in the South America (São Paulo) Region

You can now use Network Address Translation (NAT) Gateway in the South America (São Paulo) region. NAT Gateway is a highly available AWS managed service that makes it easy to connect to the Internet from instances within a private subnet in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Previously, you needed to launch a NAT instance to enable NAT for instances in a private subnet.

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May hints at intervention on 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

'Yes, but what does that actually mean?' - ask altnets

Theresa May has suggested the government could intervene in failing markets, such as rural broadband.…

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London best for 4G - who'd have thunk?

Crap for average download speeds, though

Data from Which? today reveals that London has the best 4G connectivity in Britain - but some of the worst average download speeds in Blighty.…

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Level3 switch config blunder blamed for US-wide VoIP blackout

Network dropped calls because it was told to

Backbone provider Level3 says an outage that knocked out VoIP service for much of the US Tuesday morning was the result of improperly configured equipment.…

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Will 5G give Samsung a chance at global Radio Access Network glory?

LTE it be, prays vendor

Analysis  Will 5G bring Samsung the network infrastructure success which has largely eluded it outside of its home country?…

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Tuesday 4 October 2016

8 new Config Rules to govern the configuration of critical AWS resources

AWS Config launched 8 new managed rules that automatically evaluate the configuration of important AWS resources:

  1. IAM Password Policy: Checks whether the password policy for IAM Users meets the specified criteria. This rule codifies best practices, and you can further strengthen the policy.
  2. RDS encryption: Checks whether storage encryption is enabled for your RDS DB Instances. Optionally, you can specify the KMS Key ID that should be used.
  3. RDS Multi-AZ: Checks whether high availability is enabled for your RDS DB Instances.
  4. RDS Backup: Checks whether RDS DB Instances have backups enabled. You can also check for expected backup windows and retention policies.
  5. EBS Optimized EC2 Instances: Checks whether EBS optimization is enabled for EC2 Instance types that can be EBS optimized. This rule ensures best I/O performance for EBS volumes attached to these instances.
  6. EC2 Instance Type: Checks whether EC2 Instances are of the specified set of types. For example, all EC2 Instances must be of type t2.small or m4.large.
  7. Approved AMIs by ID: Checks whether running EC2 Instances are using the approved set of AMI IDs.
  8. Approved AMIs by Tag: Checks whether running EC2 Instances are using the set of AMIs specified by Tag key/value on these AMIs.

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AWS Schema Conversion Tool Copies Schemas and Optimizes for the Cloud

We are pleased to announce that you can now use the AWS Schema Conversion Tool to copy your existing database schema from a legacy database to a new database on EC2 or RDS for homogeneous replications. The conversion engine has also been enhanced to offer even more automated conversions should you wish to switch from a commercial database to a cloud-native, open-source solution.

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nbn™'s Sky Muster II satellite launch grounded by wind

If at first you don't succeed … you know the rest

nbn™'s second satellite for delivering wireless broadband to remote areas, Sky Muster™ II, is unexpectedly still on the ground.…

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'Too big to fail' cloud vendors threaten civilization as we know it

Canalys chief warns traditional hardware skills could die out

Channel Forums EMEA  The world’s largest cloud vendors are in danger of becoming too big to fail, while the list of potential trip hazards for the likes of Azure, AWS and Google becomes ever longer, the boss of Canalys warned today.…

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Level 3 goes to Level 0 for American VoIP peeps

Network provider stumbles, drops voice traffic

Backbone carrier Level 3 says it is investigating the cause of an outage that took out its services in North America.…

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Amazon EC2 Container Service Supports Automated Task and Image Cleanup

Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS) now supports automated cleanup of stopped tasks and Docker images that are not being used by any tasks on your container instances.

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HPE is mulling 'tuck-in' buys of cloud firms, gros fromage says

Heavy lifting work done and dusted

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is sat on pile of cash that will be used to fund “tuck-in” buyouts, with cloud services a potential hunting ground, the company’s number two has told The Register.…

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Cloud will NOT eat the tech industry, Michael Dell declares

Oh, and that HP split? That was me, adds Texan supremo

Michael Dell shrugged off the threat from the public cloud this morning, suggesting that many users will eventually realise running a server on Amazon is a lot more expensive than actually owning one.…

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Monday 3 October 2016

In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

Not even pro Bono

For the second time in three weeks, delegates are flooding into San Francisco for a big conference – last month it was Oracle OpenWorld and now the Salesforce Dreamforce conference kicks off on Tuesday.…

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Microsoft Azure sets up shop in France

Bonjour, mes fluffy white amis

Microsoft is to open "multiple" data centres in France next year, part of its $3bn (£2.6bn) cloudy investment in Europe.…

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Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

BT's EE and Vodafone 'unfairly' dominate. Put it right, will you?

Telcos are calling on Ofcom to slap a 30 per cent cap on operators bidding in the next spectrum auction - a move that would limit the proportion of airwaves an operator can own.…

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TalkTalk scraps line rental charges

Complies with regulator ahead of time. Fancy that

TalkTalk is scrapping line rental charges and freezing price increases for 18 months, in a bid to comply with forthcoming regulatory changes and retain its declining customer base.…

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