Amazon Web Services has made it possible for developers to run Windows Server 2008 R2 on its cloud for free.The offer, announced on Sunday, brings Windows to the company's free usage tier deal, which gives people access to a low-powered Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtual machine.
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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.
Dell has dropped hints that it is developing PCIe-linked flash cards that integrate technology from recent stealth acquisition RNA Networks.At the Dell Storage Forum on Wednesday, company executives talked about RNA's memory-pooling technology and Dell's PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) work, andalluded to a product that will see the two fused together.
Amazon Web Services has brought its Direct Connect technology to the UK, which allows customers to establish a dedicated network connection between their datacentre and the local Amazon Web Services facility.The announcement, made on Wednesday, means UK customers can connect to Amazon Web Services' EU West (Ireland) region via the Telecity Sovereign House datacentre in London at guaranteed port speeds of 1Gbps or 10Gbps.
Oracle will bundle a tweaked version of Cloudera's Hadoop distribution with the Oracle Big Data Appliance.The announcement, made on Tuesday, sees Oracle opt for a Hadoop distribution that was snubbed by storage rival EMC, which opted for MapR's technology instead.
Storage specialist OCZ Technology Group is looking to add to its enterprise line by buying and integrating flash caching and virtualisation software from SANRAD.The buy, announced on Monday, sees OCZ snap up privately held and Tel Aviv, Israel-headquartered SANRAD for $15m (£9.
OpenStack has gathered another major contributor, in the form of US telecommunications company AT&T.Though it has participated in the project for over a year, AT&T chose to announce it had officially joined the open-source scheme at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas on Monday.
Fusion-io has demonstrated a billion input/output operations a second via eight HP servers, 64 ioDrive2 Duo cards and a new piece of software that dramatically boosts the performance of its non-volatile storage technology.The company achieved the data transfer rate at the Demo:Enterprise event in San Francisco on Thursday.
Microsoft is preparing to let customers run the Linux operating system within a virtual machine on Windows Azure, sources have told ZDNet UK's sister site ZDNet.com.
Even though Nokia is phasing out the Symbian mobile operating system in favour of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, the software grew its share of all mobile phones in 2011.The OS started the year with a 30.
The Chinese government has outlined the country's space strategy, including a global satellite network and plans for space exploration.The whitepaper, published in English on China Daily on Friday, gives details on China's strategy for the next five years.
The Chinese government is collaborating with some of China's biggest search engines to put a halt to phishing attacks.The government will work with 10 Chinese search engines, including Baidu, to strengthen the web rankings of financial institutions to stop people being phished, the Ministry of Public Security announced on Friday.
Microsoft has released an out-of-band update that fixes four security holes in .NET, one of which could allow privilege escalation.
Intel has reaffirmed its commitment to the Consumer Electronics Show after Microsoft announced that 2012 would be its last year attending the major trade event.Intel stressed its belief in the show in an article published on the Intel Free Press website on Wednesday.
Facebook has released software that embeds Facebook into the desktop of a Windows 7 computer, giving users another way to access the popular social network.Facebook Messenger for Windows, released on Friday, is a desktop application that lets people chat with their contacts, receive notifications and access a slimmed-down news feed.
Duqu and Stuxnet, two of the most sophisticated computer viruses ever discovered, were developed by the same team, according to an analysis carried out by Kaspersky Labs.The company also found hints that the team used the same software development environment to build the advanced viruses — and others — between 2007 and 2011, Kaspersky announced on Thursday.