AWS Adds Its Own Directory Service, Charges Australians More

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching its own directory service, allowing administrators to either set up their own cloud-based directory of users or replicate existing on-premises directories.

Microsoft's Australian Azure Data Centres Will Open Next Week

We’ve been waiting quite a while for this, and now it looks like it’s finally happening: Microsoft’s Australian Azure data centres in Melbourne and Sydney will officially launch next week.

Cloud Patches: AWS WorkSpaces Support PCoIP, Azure Previews Real-Time Hadoop

Last week in cloud computing: AWS goes deeper into thin clients, while Azure previews Apache Storm clusters.

Cloud Patches: SSD For AWS RDS, Windows Server 2008 Backup On Azure

Last week in cloud computing: acronyms galore as AWS adds SSD to RDS and Azure adds backup support for Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft Completes IRAP Compliance Assessment Ahead Of Australian Azure Rollout

The long road to Microsoft finally launching its Australian Azure data centres continues, with the company announcing it has completed IRAP (Industry Security Registered Assessors Program) compliance assessment for the local operations — a crucial step to trying to attract government customers to using the centres.

Cloud Patches: Azure Site Recovery, AWS Management Portal

Last week in cloud computing: updates for Azure Site Recovery and AWS Management Portal for vCenter, plus more cloud news.

Cloud Patches: That EC2 Patch, Azure Price Cuts

Last week in cloud computing: an unusual EC2 patch for Amazon, while Azure cut prices on , and much more.

Telstra's Cisco Cloud For Aussies Is Now In Pilot

Busy times if you’re an enterprise testing new cloud infrastructure. Not only is Microsoft letting a handful companies trial its Australian Azure sites, Telstra has begun a limited pilot of its Cisco-powered “InterCloud” offering for Australian companies.

Cloud Patches: AWS Gets Friendly With iOS 8, Azure Websites Drops 10-Site Limit

Last week in cloud computing: AWS added support for new iOS 8 features and Chromebooks, while Azure put multiple services into general availability.

All The Animals In The Azure Australia Assembly

Microsoft’s Azure general manager Steven Martin swept through Australia yesterday and took time to brief media on the company’s local Azure plans. No further word on when the Sydney and Melbourne locations will finally open, but we did discover a surprising amount about the different animals you can reference when discussing Azure.