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Drive File Stream launches for G Suite users as Google kills off its Drive software

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Google is deprecating the Google Drive software for PC and Mac as it launches Drive File Stream. The company plans to support the cloud storage software for just three more months before killing it off completely in six months.

Starting in October, Drive users will begin to be shown messages informing them that their software is going away. Users with both Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync will be prompted to stop syncing My Drive with the latter. It's a move from Google that is likely to cause confusion among users.

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Microsoft enterprise apps will arrive on Huawei Cloud

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Huawei has revealed a new tie-up with Microsoft as it looks to improve the world of public cloud.

At the Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai today, the Chinese giant has confirmed it will expanding its partnership with Microsoft to allow the latter's enterprise apps to come to Huawei Cloud.

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Box offers cloud services to London Metropolitan Police

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London's law enforcement forces are about to get a significant storage upgrade thanks to a new partnership with Box.

The online storage giant has announced that it will now be working with the London Metropolitan Police to provide 50,000 staff with better cloud provision.

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Huawei looks to forge global cloud computing alliances

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Huawei has laid out its bid to kick-start the next generation of cloud computing.

At the Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai today, rotating CEO Guo Ping pledged that the company is committed to building "one of the world's five clouds" to benefit enterprises around the world.

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Microsoft at the forefront of enterprise SaaS market

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Enterprise SaaS market has seen growth of almost a third (31 percent) compared to last year.

That's according to the latest research from Synergy Research Group.

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What you need to know about AWS RDS

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Traditional systems administration of servers, applications, and databases used to be a little simpler when it came to choices and costs. For a long time, there was no other choice than to hook up a physical server, put on your desired OS, and install the database or application software that you needed. Eventually, you could choose to install your OS on a physical server or on a virtual machine running on a hypervisor. Then, large companies started running their own hypervisor and allowed you to rent your VM for as long as you needed it on their servers.

In 2009, Amazon started offering the ability to rent databases directly, without having to worry about the underlying OS in a platform as a service (PaaS) offering called Relational Database Service (RDS). This added another layer of complexity to your choices when managing your infrastructure. Let’s explore AWS RDS pricing a little bit, and examine some of the features that comes with it.

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Western Digital buys cloud storage company Upthere

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In an effort to add a cloud component to its physical storage business, Western Digital has announced that it has acquired the cloud storage company Upthere.

Upthere was founded in 2011 and its app Upthere Home appeared on the App Store and Play Store in 2015. Since then, though, little has been heard from the company and it appears as if its app had a difficult time competing against the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft in the cloud space.

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Could Kim Dotcom's Bitcache and K.im be the solution to piracy?

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The man made famous by Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, thinks he may have come up with a solution to piracy. The solution pairs his new file-sharing site, K.im, with his micro-payment service Bitcache.

Working in a slightly different way to Megaupload, K.im is a decentralized cloud-based hosting system. Users can upload files and they will be distributed between various cloud services and also Bittorent. Coupled with Bitcache, a Bitcoin-based payment system, creators can charge for access to their content.

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Google to reveal Titan security chip for cloud services

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In an effort to better compete against Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud computing space, Google will this week reveal the technical details of its new Titan computer chip designed to protected the data centers powering its cloud services.

Apparently the chip is the size of a small stud earring and the search company has already installed it in many of the servers and network cards that comprise its own massive data centers. Titan scans network hardware to detect if any unauthorized changes have been made and if so the chip will prevent it from booting up.

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Ouch, that hurts! Verizon's new Unlimited plans throttle customers

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I should have known better. Once burned is supposed to be twice as wary. Right? Disgruntled by pricing and other policies, in autumn 2015, I took my family from Verizon Wireless to T-Mobile, which cut our monthly bill by more than one-third. But in May of this year we made the trek back in part because data speed is so much faster from my apartment than it is with Magenta. Better Red than dead, eh? Wrong. Oh, dumbass me. Un-carrier's aggressive pricing, and Verizon's first-ever quarterly loss of post-paid subscribers, compelled the nation's largest carrier to respond—by, starting in February, to offer comparable unlimited plan that for my family of five lines would cost just $20 more a month while delivering superior, speedy service. But what Red gave, it now takes away. I regret the decision.

Today's unlimited cellular service plan changes suck some of the most important value from all that extra bandwidth. What good is having something you can't use? Henceforth, Verizon will offer two consumer options—one (Go Unlimited) that throttles streaming video to 480p on smartphones and costlier option Beyond Unlimited that reduces quality to 720p. Go is essentially priced the same as the older unlimited plan, and it takes away even more: Tethering (e.g. Mobile Hotspot) is capped at 600kbps. There's no 4G LTE for you, baby!

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Windows Server containers get native support on Red Hat OpenShift

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Microsoft and Red Hat have a longstanding enterprise cloud partnership, and today the two tech giants reveal an expansion which sees Windows Server containers receiving native support on the OpenShift platform.

Support for Windows Server containers on OpenShift will first be available as a Technology Preview next spring, before reaching general availability later down the road.

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Verizon boosts software defined networking with Cloud IP Platform

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Businesses are moving more of their systems to the cloud and that includes infrastructure projects like networking and provision for branch offices.

Telecoms provider Verizon is updating its software defined networking (SDN) platform with a new Software Defined Secure Branch (SD-Branch) managed service powered by Versa Networks' Cloud IP platform.

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Box embraces Google Cloud Vision to boost image recognition capabilities

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Box has revealed a major upgrade to its cloud content management systems thanks to a new partnership with Google.

The online storage giant will now use Google's Cloud Vision platform to improve its image recognition capabilities, allowing enterprises a quicker way to identify key insights from the images uploaded into its service as part of unstructured data.

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Microsoft reveals Azure Event Grid

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Microsoft has revealed a new Azure feature aimed at helping developers that build event-based applications. Azure Event Grid is built to help devs that create event-based and serverless applications with a higher level of abstraction.

That way, worrying about infrastructure, provisioning or scaling, becomes a thing of the past, according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft buys Cycle Computing to strengthen cloud business

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Microsoft has announced its plans to buy HPC company Cycle Computing in order to allow its customers to do more in the public cloud.

According to the company, the deal will enable its users to use high-performance computing as well as other "Big Computing" capabilities that will improve how they run their workloads in the cloud.

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