CIA claims its Amazon Web Services cloud is at ‘final operational capability’

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It was one of the most fascinating battles of 2013: who would win the lucrative CIA cloud computing contract? Two horses were in the race, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM; and it was the former who eventually came out on top despite appeals from the latter.

Now, according to CIA chief information officer Doug Wolfe, the AWS cloud has attained “final operational capability”.

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By James Bourne, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, IaaS, Infrastructure, Private.

Cloud making inroads into the capital markets sector, report finds

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Slowly but surely, capital markets and investment companies are clearly understanding the benefits of cloud computing, with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and data management as the most popular options.

That’s the verdict of a report from TABB Group, based on data from 66 buy-side and sell-side firms. The adoption figures are relatively low – only 23% of companies questioned say they’re comfortable using the public cloud, while two thirds said security concerns...

By James Bourne, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Public.

Rackspace posts solid financial results, continues to bang drum for managed cloud services

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Rackspace has announced solid fourth quarter financial results, with adjusted EBIDTA at $165m, up 25% year on year, and net revenue up 16.4% from Q413.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $36.9m, up 5.1% year on year, while return on capital in the quarter went up to 15.5% from 9.6% in 2013.

The company’s primary USP in 2014 was its Managed Cloud portfolio,

By James Bourne, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Microsoft gives $500k of Azure credits, Office 365 subscriptions to Y Combinator startups

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Microsoft is giving $500,000 (£328,000) of free Azure hosting credit to Y Combinator (YC) startups, according to YC president Sam Altman.

The Redmond giant will also be offering YC firms in the Winter 2015 batch and beyond three years of Office 365 subscription, access to Microsoft developer staff, as well as one year of CloudFlare and DataStax enterprise services.

In a blog post published on February 9, Altman notes the company “[doesn’t] want to leave software...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft releases how-to guide for hybrid cloud implementation

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Microsoft has released a series of instruction guides for setting up hybrid cloud environments, including putting together a SharePoint intranet farm and a web-based line of business application in a hybrid cloud.

The tech giant cites a lack of previous resources in this field as the reason for putting pen to paper – while there is plenty of content out there for creating a test environment in a cloud-only virtual network, for instance, hybrid environments have scant documentation in...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AWS hits five year high in cloud infrastructure market share

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Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) market share in cloud infrastructure services has hit a five year high despite competition from Microsoft, according to latest figures from Synergy Research.

The research, which examines infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), private and hybrid cloud, sees AWS’ overall share at 28%, compared to Microsoft’s 10%, IBM at 7%, Google at 5%, Salesforce 4%, and Rackspace 3%. Year on year growth saw Microsoft (96%) and Google...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Take a look inside SoftLayer's new UK data centre

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Six months after it was launched, IBM and SoftLayer opened the doors of its new UK data centre to the media, with IBM UK&I cloud leader Doug Clark and SoftLayer CTO Marc Jones in attendance to review 2014 and look forward to the year ahead.

The data centre in Chessington, run by Digital Realty, was until 2012 a shipping warehouse before being converted. Each pod, which Jones pointed out had the same design in every SoftLayer data centre, has 150 racks, 4000 physical nodes, and a...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

IBM's cloud revenue hits $7bn in 2014, but still plenty of work to do

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IBM has released its Q4 and full year financial figures for 2014, showing net income at $15.8bn down 7% year on year, revenue from continuing operations down 6%, but total cloud revenue of $7bn in 2014, up 60%.

It’s a not unexpected result given, like SAP, IBM is aiming to shift its revenues more towards the cloud as opposed to legacy on-premises software, but...

By James Bourne, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure.