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Amazon AWS’ Presence in Italy May Look Strangely Nuclear

The likely sale of two closed, fuel oil- and coal-firing power facilities by Italy’s largest electricity provider, Enel, to Amazon Web Services for repurposing as cloud data center facilities — as discovered by Reuters Wednesday — appears to actually have been in the works for some time.  The public utility… Read More

The Network Gear Economy Is Becoming Commoditized

People attending Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference in Las Vegas finish their dinners early so they can return to the main stage, just to hear the company’s celebrated VP and distinguished engineer, James Hamilton, spew ideas in what would be a stream-of-consciousness monologue were it not for the presence of… Read More

HPE to Offer Flash Storage ‘as-a-Service’ to Compete with the Cloud

In a kickoff announcement just prior to its annual Discover conference in London, HPE told attendees it has begun offering its 3PAR StoreServ flash-based on-premise storage platform on an “as-a-Service” basis, at prices starting at 3 cents per “usable gigabyte” per month. There are telltale asterisks accompanying that announcement, suggesting that… Read More

Moncton Colo Becomes the Hottest IPv6 Submarine Cable Port

With a population under 70,000, Moncton, New Brunswick was originally known for its wine and food festivals as a tourist destination, and its location just a few miles from the beaches.  But geographic positioning smack in the center of Canada’s Maritime Provinces and close to the Northumberland Strait, made it… Read More

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