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One of the problems with clouds is that they have this tendency to rain as it did on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) on Sunday when it was down – and not for the first time – in both the US and Europe for something like eight hours – translating into less than 2Nines availability in a month (not a year, a month). Users couldn’t access their stored data – a particularly scary situation for a cloud-dependent business. The problem extended to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and prevented new virtual machines from being set up. Amazon said it was an issue with the “communication between several Amazon S3 internal components,” which doesn’t exactly explain what happened now does it? Amazon, which had to take the system offline to fix the problem, said no data was lost and that customers will be automat... (more)

EMC Names Old Maritz Crony To Run its Cloud Biz

EMC Tuesday tapped Harel Kodesh to be president of its cloud infrastructure and services business, reporting to EMC capo Joe Tucci. Kodesh will also serve as the CEO of Decho, the subsidiary EMC recently created to focus on personal information management in the cloud. Decho includes Mozy, EMC’s cloud backup unit, and Pi Corp, the mystery “personal information” start-up that Paul Maritz, now CEO of VMware, another EMC unit, founded and sold to EMC before EMC’s impatience with VMware co-founder Diane Greene led to her ouster and Maritz replacing her. Tucci said in a canned statement t... (more)

Google China Has Called the Movers: Reports

Google's reportedly admitting that it's met somebody that's bigger, tougher and even more dominance-minded than it is, namely the Chinese government, which isn't going to let a little thing like Google leaving the country come between it and a censored Internet. Whatever talks Google has had with the Chinese government have apparently gone nowhere. The Financial Times has it from "a person familiar with the company's thinking" that Google is 99.9% certain to shut down its Chinese search engine and has drawn up a detailed evacuation plan. The Chinese government, meanwhile, in a "... (more)

Old Big Data Cozies Up with New Big Data

Teradata, once famous for massaging huge classical databases so Wal-Mart, say, could stock just so many navy blue whatevers, has teamed up with Hortonworks, the months-old Yahoo-spun off open source Apache Hadoop supporter, so they can push Hadoop-leveraging Big Data analytics together. The old-line Big Data house already has an alliance with Cloudera, the first-to-market Hadoop commercializer, and if Teradata customers are absolutely positive they want Cloudera's Hadoop distribution they can get it from Teradata. However, Teradata's new non-exclusive alliance with Hortonworks, w... (more)

From the SYS-CON Archives: Sun Buys MySQL, Gets Oracle for an Enemy

Sun, Oracle’s sometimes best friend, turned into an Oracle competitor this morning when it said it was buying MySQL, the open source database that’s part of the famous LAMP stack. It’s paying a billion dollars. MySQL was supposed to go public this year but picked the easier monetization route. Sanford C. Bernstein estimates MySQL’s financial position at breakeven on $60 million-$80 million on trailing 12-month revenues although over 100 million copies of the database have been downloaded. Sun is paying $800 million cash for MySQL’s stock and assuming about $200 million in options... (more)