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AWS launches new wind farm in green drive

Wind farm

Amazon Web Services has contracted green energy specialist EDP Renewables to build and run the 100 megawatt (MW) Amazon Wind Farm US Central in Ohio.

Rackspace ups AWS functionality and support, becomes authorised reseller


Managed hosting provider Rackspace has announced a ramped up suite of products featuring enhanced support and functionality with Amazon Web Services.

Hortonworks buys SequenceIQ to speed up cloud deployment of Hadoop


Hortonworks has acquired SequenceIQ, a Hungary-based startup delivering infrastructure agnostic tools to improve Hadoop deployments. The company said the move will bolster its ability to offer speedy cloud deployments of Hadoop.

Macquarie revamps reconciliation with Gresham Computing and Amazon Web Services

Blythe: reconciliation is better in the cloud

Australian broker Macquarie Futures has begun using a cloud-based reconciliation service from Gresham Computing and Amazon Web Services, which it says will help it to make its North American derivatives business more efficient.

Cloud in financial services – what is it not good for?

Cloud: what’s stopping you?

Across the financial services sector, the question is now less about where cloud technology is being used, and more about where it isn’t used. Where do financial institutions draw the line when it comes to deciding whether to keep a process or IT-related service in-house or outsource it to specialists such as Amazon Web Services, SAP and many others?

Media companies embrace AWS for traditional enterprise workloads

Enterprise IT professionals gathered in London at the AWS Enterprise Summit to heard how big companies have migrated parts of their IT estate to the cloud

Leading global media companies including The Financial Times and News UK, a UK-subsidiary of News Corp., explained to a group of IT professionals at an AWS enterprise summit in London Tuesday how their companies have started deploying traditional enterprise workloads in the cloud. The news is a sign of growing maturity of the cloud.

Microsoft puts HPC instances on Azure as vendors gamble on margins

Microsoft follows Rackspace and Amazon in offering high-performance compute instances in the cloud

Microsoft recently announced the launch of its A8 and A9 high compute instances, following similar moves from a number of public cloud service providers. The move may prove to be an interesting experiment with asset utilisation and the margins on cloud infrastructure services.

Google, HP public cloud offerings hit general availability but still trail Amazon

Google Compute Engine and HP's Open Stack-based public cloud platforms became generally available today

Google’s long-touted public cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was released for general availability Tuesday, joined by HP’s Open Stack-based public cloud. But while both public cloud platforms have launched with some noteworthy features, a lack of breadth and – in the case of HP – a slew of technical issues suggest AWS is likely to continue its six year lead in the public cloud game. At least for the time being.

AWS showcases updates, moves onto desktop

Andy Jassy, senior vice president of AWS speaking at its Re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday

Amazon Web Services released a number of updates to its core public cloud platform at its Las Vegas Re:Invent conference Wednesday, including a new app streaming service tuned for high I/O apps and high-definition content, and an application monitoring service. But the big news was Amazon’s entrance into the deskptop as a service space with WorkSpaces, a move that could irk established providers like Citrix, VMware and Oracle as it continues to move into existing markets.

Pivotal releases enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry

Pivotal says multi-cloud support and data services integration will help the company win broad enterprise buy-in

Following announcements made toward the end of spring, Pivotal, a subsidiary of storage giant EMC announced today that it will be rolling out enterprise-focused distributions of its cloud Foundry platform as a service this week. The company says its multi-cloud and data service-centric approach will be the key to winning broad enterprise support.