Amazon has bulked up the capabilities of its standard range of rentable servers and also cut prices in two of its key US datacentre regions.
After years of cutbacks, changes at the top and troubles with its foundry partners, AMD has launched a RISCy plan to use ARM chips to take on Intel.
The designer behind the chips inside most of the world's mobile phones is preparing to take on new areas and cement its dominance in old ones with two new 64-bit chip designs.
In the short term, ARM chips will continue to have a low-power advantage over processors from x86 chipmakers like Intel and AMD, but eventually this advantage will disappear, according to AMD.
Google's platform-as-a-service had major problems on Friday, with its three supported languages - Python, Java and Go - registering anomalies in service across the world.
The ARM server specialist plans to release a new 32-bit server next year, then will follow this in 2014 with a 64-bit capable server.
The new Lulea datacentre in Sweden will be the first to use server hardware entirely designed by Facebook, demonstrating the social-networking company's commitment to sidestepping OEMs.
Three chief technology officers have hinted at the troubles major IT vendors may face in the future as fewer and fewer datacentres are built, and IT buying focuses more on cloud companies - which tend to sidestep traditional IT vendors.
Connectivity problems on Amazon's EC2 cloud in its main datacentre region have caused problems for some customers.
The need for a clear picture of cloud outages is more important than ever, given more businesses are using multiple clouds for sites and software. But most dashboards are basic, at best.
The funding doubles Calxeda's war chest as investors bet on the hardware specialist's low-power ARM-based servers as a good fit for the datacentre.
With its plans for a proprietary cloud along with its encouragement of customers to use its software on its engineered systems, the database giant is looking more and more like it wants to become the Apple of the enterprise.
The aim of Oracle's foray into infrastructure-as-a-service is not to compete with Amazon for new developers, but rather to protect Oracle from losing existing customers to the Seattle cloud giant.
At Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday the company gave details on seven new services within its cloud that place an emphasis on appealing to specific business tasks, rather than providing more general infrastructure-as-a-service technologies.
Amazon has added a database service to its try-before-you-buy Free Usage Tier, putting pressure on Oracle at a time when the company is striving to get into the cloud and take on Amazon.
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