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.

Amazon's Glacier Storage Service Could Give Tape a Run for Its Money

Amazon has opened up a market for archival storage in the clouds, analysts say, one that others have tried but gave up on.

Cloud Company Ending 'Lifetime' Hosting Promise

As consolation, Joyent is offering customers the free use of one of the company's SmartMachines for one year.

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VMware, Rackspace Offer Free or Low-cost Cloud Trials

Two of the bigger names in cloud computing -- VMware and Rackspace -- have each released today low-cost or free trial versions of their cloud offerings.

Facebook 'Like' Prompts Lawsuit, Free Speech Debate

The ACLU and Facebook both weigh in on case of deputy sheriff who says he was fired over politics.

Recent Cloud Critics, Including Wozniak, Intensify Debate

Cloud computing has taken some heat this week.

Are Enterprise Collaboration Tools All the Rage?

Talk to Dan Schoenbaum, the newly announced CEO of enterprise collaboration company Teambox, and he'll tell you the market for applications that let workers share files using cloud-based tools, collaborate instantaneously and access the software anywhere is ripe to take off.

Facebook, Twitter Accounts of Yankees, Other Teams Compromised

The official social media accounts of several Major League Baseball teams were compromised Thursday, leading to some embarrassing messages appearing on the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Google Cloud vs. Amazon Cloud: How They Stack up

Google's new IaaS cloud boasts strong compute performance but lacks the breadth of features in Amazon Web Services' 4-year-old Elastic Compute Cloud, according to one industry analyst's side-by-side comparison of the services.

Netflix Uncages Chaos Monkey Disaster Testing System

Netflix has released Chaos Monkey, which it uses internally to test the resiliency of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing architecture.

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Olympics Could Strain Enterprise Networks

The Olympics happen every two years, but according to media watchers and IT professionals, the impact of the Olympics on communications traffic globally from this year's games could be more significant than any in the 116-year history of the modern games.

5 Tips for Making Your Cloud SLA Air-Tight

It's one of the most important documents you sign when starting a cloud deployment with a public vendor: your service-level agreement (SLA).

Amazon Opens up About Its Cloud Security Practices, Joins CSA Registry

Amazon Web Services has submitted an entry to the Cloud Security Alliance's Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR), a move that sheds some light into the security features of its IaaS cloud offering.

Microsoft Sizes Up Its Cloud

Microsoft says its Azure cloud has more than 4 trillion objects stored in it, a fourfold increase from a year ago.

Battle in the Clouds: Google, Microsoft Target Amazon

Recent cloud and tablet announcements by Microsoft and Google seem to put Amazon directly in the crosshairs of two powerhouses.

Cloud Adoption Pushes Storage Virtualization

Storage hypervisors are increasingly being used to virtualize storage hardware to allow for disparate infrastructures to be centrally managed.