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Second Amazon outage in two weeks: Friday 13th unlucky for some

This is the second outage in less than a month Amazon has suffered at its North Virginia facility

Amazon Web Services encountered a bit of bad luck Friday the thirteenth when the company experienced outages in its US East-1 Region early that morning, leading to increased unavailability rates for a number of services hosted on the popular cloud platform including Github and Heroku.

OpenDaylight Project (partially) lifts curtain on SDN platform

OpenDaylight Project took the wraps off the initial release of its open-source SDN architecture, dubbed OpenDaylight Hydrogen

The industry-supported open source OpenDaylight project took the wraps off the first release of “Hydrogen” today, its software defined networking architecture billed to accelerate the adoption of SDN among enterprise IT and network providers.

NEC establishes big data research centre in Singapore

NEC Laboratories Singapore will mobilise industry and academia around big data and surveillance to improve social infrastructure

Adding to its global R&D efforts NEC has announced a research centre that will look to innovate around big data, cyber security and energy efficiency. NEC Laboratories will be based in Singapore.

Microsoft to build datacentre in Finland following Nokia acquisition

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announcing the acquisition of Nokia's handset business earlier this week

In the wake of its $7.2bn acquistion of Nokia, Microsoft has revealed plans to build a new datacentre in Nokia’s home country.

Intel introduces a slew of datacentre technologies for cloud service providers

Intel unveiled its Atom SoC family and a series of other cloud-optimised datacentre technologies Wendesday

In a bid to entrench its technology further into hyper-scale datacentres, Intel on Wednesday showcased chip innovations that will see the manufacturer turn up the heat on rivals AMD and ARM for the datacentres of cloud service providers.

Microsoft adds cache service to Azure to rival Amazon ElastiCache

The Azure Cache service has some unique features, like auto-scaling, that rival Amazon's ElastiCache

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the preview of a distributed cache service it is adding to its Windows Azure platform in a bid to position its cloud infrastructure as a service ahead of leading incumbent Amazon Web Services.

EMC’s to launch software defined storage platform this month

EMC's ViPR software defined storage platform will be available at the end of September

EMC has said that its long-anticipated ViPR software defined storage platform will be available at the end of the month.

Netrics taps HP, Microsoft to offer Swiss virtual datacentre

Netrics implemented the swissVDC to extend its swissV offering beyond single servers, giving end users more scale

Swiss hosting services provider Netrics has selected HP and Microsoft to help the company deliver a private infrastructure as a service for systems integrators and SMBs that it says will comply with Switzerland’s stringent data privacy regulations.

Q&A With Simon Pamplin, Brocade: SDN’s impact on the cloud

Simon Pamplin, Director, Systems Engineering, West EMEA at Brocade

There’s a great deal of hype surrounding software defined networking (SDN) these days. But sifting through the growing abundance of material alluding to the many benefits SDN it is difficult to get a sense of exactly how this technology will impact datacenter operators, cloud service providers, and of course, customers of cloud services.

Juniper, VMWare partner on datacentre virtualisation

NTT Com Corp will launch the service in Japan on July 28

Juniper Networks on Tuesday extended its partnership with VMWare with a focus on further unifying virtual and physical networks within a datacentre to ensure that customers can more easily migrate to a Software Defined Network (SDN).

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