Google gets more serious about taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, slashing on-demand rates by as much as 85 percent.
A leading force in data center operations opens its doors to outside customers' computing needs. It's got a ways to go to catch up to Amazon, though.
The open-source operating system project is steadily growing through any number of measurements: programmers, updates, and changes per hour.
The software giant is making generally available its Linux and Windows Server virtual machines, plus its Azure Virtual Network, both of which are key to making Azure competitive with Amazon Web Services.
The extension runs until January 1, 2016. It again sees Microsoft commit to shelling out $100 million for Suse Linux Enterprise certificates and to refrain from suing Suse or its customers.
As Novell splits in two, VMware is seeking to snag its Suse operating system unit. If so, it would be much to the chagrin of Novell partner Microsoft.
VMware will standardize its virtual appliance-based products on Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server to try to ward off a growing threat from Microsoft.
Programmers are working on liberating the open-source office suite from personal computers with tablet and browser versions due by early 2013.
With regulators giving the green light to the $2.2 billion deal, Novell will operate as two separate businesses--Novell and Suse--alongside the Attachmate and NetIQ brands.
Shareholders of Novell have voted in favor of Attachmate's $2.2 billion offer to acquire the company.