Microsoft’s Azure outages: How does this affect the firm’s cloudy reputation?
Microsoft suffered a blow yesterday when its Azure cloud and virtual machines suffered a series of outages before later being restored.
According to Reuters, the downtime was due to interruptions in multiple centres, with a representative from the company explaining that a small section of its customer base was affected.
Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US?
Autotask: “We have to earn everybody’s trust again – which we will do”
After CRM and business IT provider Autotask suffered a severe outage yesterday, CloudTech caught up with VP engineering Adam Stewart to get the lowdown on what happened, and what happens from here
Exclusive Late on Monday and into part of Tuesday, cloudy IT management software provider Autotask went down for English speaking customers in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, as CloudTech reported.
The root cause, according to Autotask VP engineering Adam Stewart, was a capacity spike that brought the...
Autotask hits the skids, leaves customers in the dark
Updated 1357: CRM and business IT solutions provider Autotask has reportedly gone down, with the company citing “a known issue in a few zones”.
The company posted this tweet 18 hours ago at the time of writing, but has since gone deathly quiet to customers’ ire, including not replying to a request for comment from CloudTech:
We are currently working on a known issue in a few zones. If you have any questions please contact support. We will keep you updated!— Autotask (@Autotask)
After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you
By Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology, International, Rackspace
Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications.
To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is essential.
Financials: As the recent...
New paper questions whether cloud consumers get what they pay for
Consumers need to be made more aware of what they’re purchasing in a cloud solution, according to the latest research paper.
The team of researchers, including IBM and Google, published their findings in a paper entitled ‘Verifying Cloud Services: Present and Future’, and aimed for this to be an education for cloud customers – punters need to examine “in breadth, rather in depth”, how a CSP performs.
The researchers put this down to a series of issues which need answering:...
Are hidden costs dampening cloud computing benefits?
Cloud adoption is not a straight line proposition. It is increasingly the main push for many organizations looking to upgrade their IT strategy. A major reason for the shift includes the cloud’s obvious benefits; another reasoning stems from the fact that older IT models simply cannot deliver the speed and agility necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.
However, just because cloud is new and popular doesn’t mean it doesn’t require as much or more work than existing systems. With an...
Amazon cloud “in league of its own” – and why it may never change
Two separate pieces of research released this week have found its way to CloudTech HQ, and both have come to the same conclusion: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is miles ahead of the competition in terms of providing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) services.
This isn’t surprising in itself, but let’s not forget these companies Amazon is skinning are among the biggest on the planet.
Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant, on IaaS, unsurprisingly put Amazon in its...