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.