cloud storage

  • Facebook speeds up its data center network with the launch of its Backpack switch platform

    Facebook speeds up its data center network with the launch of its Backpack switch platform

    Facebook is on a mission to make the fiber optic networking inside of its data centers go from 40G to 100G. Its Wedge 100 top-of-rack network switch (basically, the device that connects all the servers in a rack to the wider data center network) was already accepted into the Open Compute Project and today, the company lifted the veil of Backpack, its next-gen 100G switch platform for… Read More

  • Microsoft open sources its next-gen cloud hardware design

    Microsoft open sources its next-gen cloud hardware design

    Microsoft today open sourced its next-gen hyperscale cloud hardware design and contributed it to the Open Compute Project (OCP). Microsoft joined the OCP, which also includes Facebook, Google, Intel, IBM, Rackspace and many other cloud vendors, back in 2014. Over the last two years, it already contributed a number of server, networking and data center designs. With this new contribution… Read More

  • Google’s Cloud Platform gets new a cold storage service

    Google’s Cloud Platform gets new a cold storage service

    At an event in London today Google announced a couple of updates to its cloud storage services. The most important of these is the launch of Coldline, a new cold storage service for archival data, but the company also announced its new Regional storage service and the rebranding of its Standard storage under the “Multi-Region” moniker. If you know your Google Cloud Storage… Read More

  • Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service is now in public beta

    Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service is now in public beta

    Google announced a number of updates to its cloud computing services at a small event in San Francisco this morning. These updates touch Google’s machine learning services, as well as its database and analytics services, and include an update to how it supports its users. The company’s focus today, though, was clearly on machine learning. Google launched the private alpha of… Read More

  • Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand

    Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brand

    Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services are getting a new name. They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” moniker. Google’s Diane Greene made the announcement at a small invite-only event in San Francisco. If you’ve been following along, today’s news doesn’t come as a total surprise. Read More

  • Cloud Foundry launches its new Docker-compatible container management system

    Cloud Foundry launches its new Docker-compatible container management system

    Cloud Foundry, the Pivotal- and VMware-incubated open source platform-as-a-service project, is going all in on its new Diego container management system. For a while now, the project used what it called Droplet Execution Agents (DEA) to manage application containers. After running in parallel for a while, though, the team has now decided to go all in on its new so-called “Diego”… Read More

  • Apple adds a 2TB iCloud storage option for $19.99 per month

    Apple adds a 2TB iCloud storage option for $19.99 per month

    iCloud users can now access up to 2TB of storage, as Apple just added a new tier that provides 2TB for $19.99 per month. As a refresher, iCloud storage can be used by Mac and iOS users to store and sync photos and videos, documents, device backups, music, emails and more between their devices. Apple also offers a Dropbox-like service called iCloud Drive which uses also iCloud storage… Read More

  • All of Google’s cloud database services are now out of beta

    All of Google’s cloud database services are now out of beta

    Google is making a number of announcements around its Cloud Platform today. Most of these focus on its various cloud database services, but the company is also making a major update to its low-cost Nearline cloud storage service for cold data, making its disk volumes faster, and allowing its users to bring their own encryption keys to Cloud Storage. The overall message Google is clearly… Read More

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