Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened up a new European data centre in the German city of Frankfurt. The move comes to assuage European customers they can keep all their data and services on the continent instead of the US, with the German data centre – or region, as AWS prefers – complementing their other European offering in Ireland.
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing, in an attempt to “put some order in the chaos” for users.
SAP has released its third quarter results, with cloud subscriptions and total revenue going up over 2013 figures, but software revenues taking a downturn. Cloud subscriptions and support hit €738 million (£584.1m), a jump of 51% from Q313’s €488m (£386.2m), at an increase of 51%. Software revenues were at €2.53bn, a downturn of 3% from €2.61bn in 2013.
It was a little bit of a surprise when Google’s third quarter results came back. Even though profits were at $2.8bn (£1.7bn), it was down 5% from this time last year. Operating income was $3.72bn, down on $3.76bn in 2013, yet it now comprises less than a quarter (23%) of overall revenues, compared to 27% last year.
Microsoft has announced a strategic partnership with Docker, an open platform for developers and administrators to build portable, run-anywhere apps, to bring support with the next version of Windows Server.
The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development paradigm, “DevOps”, which builds on several principles of agile development, lean manufacturing, Kaizen and other continuous improvement processes, can be invaluable.
A senior executive at cloud services provider Claranet has claimed that most cloud services providers and end users are relying too much on the standard service level agreement. Paul Marland, Claranet director of account management, believes that cloud service today is far more dynamic. Contracts can – and should – change dependent on the customer’s need, and the classic SLA prohibits that.
William Rabie, Cloud Business Director, CenturyLink Technology Solutions claims that cloud computing can help prevent shadow IT and position the IT department as a technology broker.
Tech giant EMC has bought open cloud provider Cloudscaling, according to reports, bolstering the firm’s push towards OpenStack. The reports, which first surfaced in Bloomberg, gave little information regarding further details, but suggested that the deal was worth less than $50m.
Research published today by Canopy and Vanson Bourne shows that three quarters of chief financial officers think their organisations are not ready for digital business transformation, with a similar number worried they’ll become uncompetitive by the end of 2015.
SAP and IBM have announced a major partnership with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud being delivered through IBM’s cloud. The two firms, who have had a fruitful partner relationship for over 40 years, gives users the choice to run SAP’s HANA in-memory database across either SoftLayer, the IaaS firm acquired by IBM last year, or IBM’s cloud managed services.