A company has released a free, open-source tool has been released that lets people run a local simulation of Amazon Web Services's simple storage service (S3) offline, making it cheaper to test and develop for the cloud platform.The 'Fake S3' tool was published as a Ruby-on-Rails 'Gem' — a self-contained application — to Github on Wednesday by developers at cloud-based data storage specialists Spool.
From datacentres down to USB keys, if it involves storage, I'll be looking at it.
Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics from distributed computing to the ongoing debate over homogenous versus heterogeneous computing architectures. His articles have been quoted by Reuters, highlighted by The Guardian newspaper and syndicated across ZDNet and CNET.
Intel has started shipping the Intel SSD 330 solid-state drive, which has received a performance bump and a minor price reduction compared with its predecessor.The series, released on Monday, is part of Intel's entry-level 300 drive family.
Microsoft has introduced media tools for broadcasters, network operators and content-focused businesses to its Windows Azure platform-as-a-service cloud.The Windows Azure Media Services technology package was announced by Microsoft on Monday at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.
Google Drive, the search company's answer to Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive, will launch next week, according to reports.The cloud storage service will launch with 5GB of storage per user, according to partner press release details seen by The Next Web and reported on Monday.
Dell has partnered with enStratus, Canonical and Mirantis to bulk out the enterprise services available for its OpenStack-based private cloud.The Round Rock, Texas-based company announced the Emerging Solutions Ecosystem partnership programme at the OpenStack Design Summit in San Francisco on Monday.
Canonical has added a feature to the upcoming long-term support release of Ubuntu 12.04 that alleviates cloud lock-in.
Denise McDonagh, the Home Office's director of IT, is set to lead the government's G-Cloud project after the previous head announced plans to retire.McDonagh will take over from Chris Chant, who is retiring from the role of G-Cloud Programme lead, on 30 April, the Cabinet Office announced on Friday.
David Martin, the MEP charged with stewarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement through the legislative process in Europe, has recommended that the European Parliament reject the contentious treaty."The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties," Martin, the treaty's rapporteur, wrote on Thursday (PDF).
OpenStack, the open source infrastructure-as-a-service platform that has been adopted by the industry as the David to Amazon Web Service's proprietary Goliath, has signed up 19 major technology companies to steward the development of the technology.The 19 initial supporters of the OpenStack Foundation were announced on Thursday.
Red Hat has released a scale-out software tool for enterprises.The Red Hat Storage 2.
North London had a major power cut on Thursday afternoon as a fire swept through a warehouse in Canning Town, damaging power lines."Supplies were initially lost to 88,000 customers at 3.
Canonical has brought techniques used to manage virtual instances to physical 'bare metal' servers in Ubuntu 12.04.
Google has revealed further details of its augmented reality glasses, which pull in information about the wearer's world and sync with Google services.The Project Glass technology will be designed to let wearers see calendar, maps, search and most features of the Google+ social network while carrying out day-to-day activities, Google has confirmed.
Internet telephony service Skype is set to hire 400 people in five cities across the world, with a quarter to be based in London.Microsoft-owned Skype plans to take on 100 employees in London to support the launch of a new technology centre, the company told the BBC on Wednesday.
Google has started building a $300m (£189m) datacentre in Changhua County, Taiwan, to support expansion of its services across Asia.The datacentre will be Google's first to use a "nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system" and, when finished, will provide 25 full-time jobs, the company wrote in an FAQ document about the facility.