Brandon ButlerSenior Writer, Network World

Senior Writer Brandon Butler covers the cloud computing industry for Network World by focusing on the advancements of major players in the industry, tracking end user deployments and keeping tabs on the hottest new startups. He contributes to NetworkWorld.com and is the author of the Cloud Chronicles blog. Before starting at Network World in January 2012, he worked for a daily newspaper in Massachusetts and the Worcester Business Journal, where he was a senior reporter and editor of MetroWest 495 Biz. Email him at bbutler@nww.com and follow him on Twitter @BButlerNWW.

Is the cloud the right place for your data warehouse?

The single biggest news coming from Amazon Web Service's first user conference recently was the launch of the company's newest service, Redshift, a cloud-based data warehouse tool. And it prompts the question: Is the cloud the right place for data warehousing?

Cloud showdown: Amazon vs. Rackspace vs. Microsoft vs. Google

Looking to move your infrastructure to the cloud? Here's a close look at the four big players to consider.

Five things to watch for at Amazon cloud conference

Pretty much anyone watching the cloud computing market will tell you that Amazon Web Services is its 800-pound gorilla. Which means that this is a big week for the company: On Wednesday in Las Vegas, Amazon kicks off its first user conference, called AWS re: Invent.

Which costs less: Windows Server or vSphere?

Will Microsoft's or VMWare's solution cost less? Depends on who's doing the math.

Amazon: Our cloud powered President Obama's campaign

Amazon says its market-leading cloud platform housed more than 200 custom-built applications for President Obama's re-election campaign, resulting in a temporary IT deployment that rivals the scope and complexity of IT services at the largest enterprises.

6 tools to manage large file transfers

Here are some key players in the managed file transfer industry

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Anonymous apparently goes on a hacking spree

Hackers apparently linked to the hactivist group Anonymous Monday kept up a hacking spree to dump data they said they stole from Symantec, VMware, PayPal, Hyundai, and the U.S. Department of Energy and Transportation, among others.

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Cloud service lets customers get data out of Sandy's path for free today

Cloud and data backup provider Nirvanix is allowing customers to move their data outside the company's New Jersey data center for free today to get out of the path of Hurricane Sandy.

Cloud startup gets cues from Amazon, Google and OpenStack

Cloudscaling has been on a journey in the past few years, evolving from a cloud consultancy that built cloud platforms for companies like Korea Telecom, then used that experience to launch a cloud platform based on OpenStack code.

12 free cloud storage options

With all the public cloud storage offerings on the market today, many vendors just want customers to sign up for their services. So, in return for a new account, many offer free cloud storage.

High-performance computing is the latest 'it' thing in the cloud

Startup ProfitBricks leverages InfiniBand technology to compete with the growing crop of cloud providers offering powerful cloud-based machines.

Cloud subscriptions shoot for the moon

IHS estimates that personal cloud storage subscriptions have increased from 300 million last year to 500 million this year, and they're expected to hit 625 million next year.

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12 hot cloud companies worth watching

Look beyond big names like Amazon and Google, and you'll find an entire ecosystem of intriguing, early-stage business services.

Cloud Service Provider Rackspace on Buying Spree to Boost Services

The latest addition is Mailgun, a transactional email service targeted at developers and Rackspace Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Pat Matthews says it will not be the last acquisition for the company.

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How the Cloud Changes the Virtual Desktop Landscape

While cloud computing and virtualization, along with a focus on small and midsize businesses, are expected to be major trends at this year's VMworld show, the virtual desktop infrastructure players are looking to make some news this week as well.