Brandon ButlerSenior Editor, 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 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 and follow him on Twitter @BButlerNWW.

MegaCloud's free cloud storage service reported inaccessible

The website for MegaCloud, a provider of free and paid consumer cloud storage, is inaccessible and users of the service are complaining on social media sites that they have not had access to their data for days.


Netflix and Amazon: A tale of frenemies forging the future

Amazon Instant Video rivals the Netflix video streaming service, but both run on Amazon's cloud computing platform.

Twitter needs to grow up and take responsibility, some say

Twitter, the increasingly popular microblogging service, has come under recent criticism for allowing easy spread of false information.

Cloud adoption growing, but how big depends on who you ask

The users are the believers, the non-users are the skeptics, one expert says.

LinkedIn is down, then up, then down again Wednesday

LinkedIn, the professional social media network, is suffering intermittent service disruptions Wednesday.

Cloud service partnerships could boom in 2013

Customers, particularly higher-end large enterprises, want complete end-to-end services, which individual providers have trouble delivering.

Facebook messaging changes could let paid advertisements into users' inboxes

Facebook today announced a trial that could let paid advertisers directly message users' in-boxes, which have traditionally been held for messages from friends.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Sports Stadium Gets a 4G Boost

Easier tweeting, texting, and social networking will arrive at crowded venues, as AT&T installs its 4G Distributed Antenna Systems.


Open Source Cloud Project Backers Duking It out for Support

The reality is that both OpenStack and CloudStack are both still so young neither side has more momentum than the other, says Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs.