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AWS Drops Prices For Windows On-Demand EC2 Instances Up To 26% As Competition Intensifies (Original)

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dropping the price  of Windows On-Demand EC2 instances up to 26 percent, which is another clear sign of the price wars in the cloud computing market. The news follows Google’s announcement earlier today that it is dropping instance prices by 4 percent.

AWS says the drop in price continues its tradition of  exploring ways to reduce its costs:

This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. All prices are effective from April 1, 2013. The size of the reduction varies by instance family and region. You can visit the AWS Windows page for more information about Windows pricing on AWS.

AWS has extended its support for AWS in the last month with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groupsa beta of the AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server, and new drivers for our virtual instances that improve performance and increase the supported number of volumes.

Earlier today, Google opened Compute Engine to developers who subscribe to Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package. The package includes 24/7 phone support. Users can access Compute Engine without the need to talk to sales or an invitation.…

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Google Ramps Up Its Amazon Cloud Rival (Original)

Anyone can now use the Google Compute Engine -- the web giant's answer to Amazon's seminal EC2 cloud computing service. Well, anyone who's willing to pay Google $400 a month for customer support.

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Google Opens Up Compute Engine To All Developers Who Buy Its $400/Month Gold Support Package, Drops Instance Prices By 4% (Original)

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At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google launched Compute Engine, a cloud computing platform that allows developers to run their apps on Linux virtual machines hosted on Google’s massive infrastructure. This was a limited launch, however, and developers had to either get an invitation or go through Google’s sales teams to get access to this service.

Starting today, developers who subscribe to Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package with 24/7 phone support can access Compute Engine without the need to talk to sales or an invitation.

New Pricing

The support package, of course, only gives developers the ability to use Compute Engine; they will still have to pay the usual usage-based fees to access the infrastructure. The good news is that with today’s announcement, Google is also dropping all of its instance prices by 4 percent (that’s after it already dropped storage prices by 20 percent last November). Pricing now starts at $0.132 per hour for the smallest virtual machine and currently tops out at $1.211 per hour for an eight-core machine with 52GB of memory and two 1,770GB hard drives (prices in Europe are somewhat higher).

New Features

Google is also adding a few new features and instance types to Compute Engine today.…

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APAC cloud, DC gear market hit $10b in ’12 (Original)

Spending on outsourcing, pure cloud services grew 21% from 2011

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Cloud Computing Snafu Shares Private Data Between Users (Original)

New York startup DigitalOcean says that its cloud server platform may be leaking data between its customers. The company aims to fix this problem, but the snafu preys on many of the fears that so often prevent people from moving to cloud services -- shared online services that provide instant access to computing resources, including processing ...

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Nearly Two Years Later, Nebula Launches A Mainframe Style “Cloud Computer” Built On OpenStack (Original)

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Nebula has launched its long awaited Nebula One, a hyped but often delayed integrated system that Co-Founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp calls a “cloud computer” that takes mainframes and time sharing into the future with the cloud.

Nebula launched at OSCON in 2011 with the goal of building systems that Kemp said would last “for generations to come.” It is now nearly two years later and Kemp says Nebula is officially here.

Nebula One is built on what Kemp says is the company’s “Cloud Controller,” a hardware appliance that turns server racks into a scalable on-premise system that combines compute, storage and networking into one machine. It runs “Cosmos,” Nebula’s distributed enterprise cloud operating system, which configures servers that plug into the Nebula hardware. The technology is built for self-service and supports APIs for OpenStack and Amazon Web Services. It plugs into IBM, Dell or HP servers. Nebula, under Kemp’s direction, also has a flare for the dramatic:

Nebula has some deep challenges ahead for it. The market is deeply competitive. There are orchestration providers such as Ubuntu JuJu. Mirantis helps companies integrate OpenStack. Startups such as Piston Cloud and Cloudscaling have developed their own cloud operating systems.…

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