Amazon and Alphabet announce Q2 financial results: Cloud directly and indirectly the key

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated $2.89 billion (£2.19bn) over the last financial quarter, according to financial figures released by the infrastructure giant yesterday.

The figures represent an almost 58% rise from this time last year. For the past two quarters, the figure stands at almost $5.5bn – up 61% from the six months ending June 30 2015.

Considering specific AWS figures were kept out of all its financial releases until last year, instead being bumped in with...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, IaaS.

Six key benefits of cloud computing in the healthcare industry

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The cloud has many benefits for businesses - but it is also making advances in the medical industry, becoming a vital tool for healthcare professionals everywhere. What makes it so valuable?

Better collaboration

Collaboration is vital to the healthcare industry, which makes the cloud a perfect companion in the field. By allowing professionals...

By Rick Delgado, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

How the public cloud can benefit the global economy

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A great deal has been written over the past few years about the financial benefit of migrating to the public or hybrid cloud for enterprises around the world. For enterprise looking for economic benefits of moving to the cloud, the main points have always been the ability to only pay for what you need, reduced operational cost, agility, availability, and elasticity.

The naysayers continue to point to the risks and the considerable labour involved in an enterprise-wide cloud migration. I...

By David Auslander, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Public.

Microsoft looks to cloud as key strength of latest financial results

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Microsoft cited the strength of its cloud portfolio on the firm’s ‘customer momentum’ as it reported a $3.1 billion (£2.4bn) net income for the quarter ending June 30.

Revenue was $20.6bn GAAP, with operating income at $3.1bn. Office commercial products and cloud services revenue grew 5%, heavily driven by the Office 365 side, while Office consumer products and cloud services grew 19%.

For Azure, revenue grew 102%, with Azure compute usage more than doubling year on...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Google study: Examining how cloud trust relates to business performance

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Cloud technology can create positive business outcomes for businesses – but only if the organisation is willing to foster business transformations that leverage what the cloud offers.

That is the key finding from a report published by The Economist and sponsored by Google on how trust in cloud computing correlates with business performance.

The report, which is based on a global survey of more than 450 executives in 10 countries across five continents, finds 38% of enterprise...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

The top seven KPIs to measure your success in the cloud

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You’ve put a lot of effort into building your cloud business and you want to make sure you stay ahead of the competition. You’ve kept a close eye on market trends and you’ve seen there are many ways to measure business performance. But, how much do you really know about Key Performance Indicators and how they affect your business? Did you know that the right KPIs can make the difference between continued success and a slow decline?

You’re probably wondering...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure.

AWS assures customers its UK expansion plans are on track after Brexit vote

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has said it will continue its plans to build a data centre in the UK despite the referendum vote to leave the European Union last month.

The news was disclosed by AWS UK&I managing director Gavin Jackson at the AWS Summit in London earlier today. The UK data centre region, first announced in November last year, is part...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

IDC praises EMEA cloud infrastructure – but warns of potential UK downturn post-Brexit

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Analyst house IDC has released two forecasts in quick succession examining the cloud infrastructure landscape, and found that EMEA cloud IT infrastructure revenue grew 17% to $1.3 billion (£1bn) in the first quarter of this year.

IDC expects this particular market to hit more than $10bn by 2020, creating 46.4% of total market expenditure, while total cloud-based EMEA infrastructure spend on server, disk storage and Ethernet switch, grew by four percentage points compared to...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure.

Cloud Industry Forum hails SLALOM as “major step forward” for cloud SLAs

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SLALOM, a European Commission-established initiative which aims to provide greater clarity for businesses dealing with cloud service level agreements (SLAs), has launched its final set of standardised contact terms, with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) arguing it ‘reduces the uncertainty’ of migrating to the cloud.

The CIF, who is listed as a partner of SLALOM alongside service provider Atos, legal firm Bird and Bird and various educational institutions, says research into the...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Economy, SLA, Vendors.

Why DevOps engineer is the number one hardest tech job to fill

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DevOps engineers are notoriously difficult to find. If you needed further proof of this fact, a new study by Indeed.com has revealed that DevOps engineer is the #1 hardest IT job to fill in North America, leading a list that includes software and mobile engineers.

An organisation’s inability to hire – and retain – systems engineers, build automation engineers, and other titles...

By Logicworks, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, DevOps, Economy, Infrastructure.