UpCloud raises £3.4m in series A for competitive high performance cloud

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Say hello to UpCloud. The Finland-based cloud provider has secured €4 million (£3.4m) in a series A funding round, and is looking to expand its team with the proceeds.

The startup, which was founded in 2011, currently has four data centres in Chicago, Frankfurt, Helsinki, and London, and was recently named by Deloitte as one of the top three fastest growing technology firms in Finland.

UpCloud aims squarely at the ‘cost-effective, high performance’ space, and is naturally...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, M&A.

Rackspace becomes latest cloud firm to build Frankfurt data centre

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Managed cloud services provider Rackspace has announced it is to open a data centre in Germany, citing the strict data protection laws in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region as key to the move.

While it is Rackspace’s first foray into continental Europe in this manner, the company will join a host of other players in Frankfurt, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and IBM. Alibaba announced a similar move

By James Bourne, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

IBM launches four new UK data centres fused with AI

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IBM has announced it is to add four new cloud data centres in the UK, tripling its capacity and aiming to keep up with client demand.

The announcement comes almost two months to the day since the Armonk giant committed to a cloud data centre in Norway citing rising demand in the Nordics, and one day after eCommerce behemoth Alibaba

By James Bourne, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe.

Microsoft raises prices for UK enterprise cloud customers after pound plunges

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Microsoft has announced it will be increasing its prices for customers buying its enterprise software and cloud services in British pounds by up to 22% from January to “harmonise” within the EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) regions.

The company said on-premise enterprise software will increase by 13% to align closer to the Euro, while “most” enterprise cloud prices will rise by almost a quarter, adding that after the adjustment customers will...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Microsoft, Migration.

Volta sees post-Brexit opportunity as data centre expansion revealed

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IP EXPO Never mind Brexit – London-based Volta Data Centres says an opportunity is afoot after launching another floor of its data centre site.

The vendor, which operates off a single site in central London, says enquiries have gone up by around 50% since the referendum result in June. Jonathan Arnold, Volta managing director, explains: “I think those [enquiries] that are linked to Brexit are very much looking at planning for the future because there is clearly still that...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Europe.

IBM launches Norway cloud data centre, citing continued Nordic demand

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IBM has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre in Oslo, Norway, becoming the latest vendor to support a growing need for cloud in the Nordics.

The new facility, which takes IBM’s global cloud data centres to 48 in total with 12 in Europe, offers the full range of IBM’s cloud infrastructure services, from bare metal to virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking. Customers will also have access to a plethora of other options, from platform as a...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Microsoft announces greater availability in German data centres

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Microsoft has announced its new German Azure data centres are being managed by a subsidiary of telco giant Deutsche Telekom in what is being claimed as a ‘first of its kind’ European business model.

The German data centre regions, in Magdeburg and Frankfurt, were announced at the end of 2015 and opened earlier this year. Yet being under the control of a ‘data trustee’, T-Systems International, enables customers with additional controls on their data, as well...

By James Bourne, 21 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Two in three CIOs yet to formulate ‘comprehensive’ GDPR strategy

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Businesses have been warned and they’ve been previously shown up for not having the required knowledge over the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – now, a new piece of research from mainframe firm Compuware argues that more than two thirds of...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Privacy.

The Brexit impact on GDPR: What do UK businesses do now?

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The campaigns were closely fought. Polls indicated it would be close. Still, many businesses assumed that the UK would stick to what they knew and vote to remain in the European Union (EU). In the aftermath of the vote to leave, and with the heat and hyperbole having largely dissipated, what new challenges does Brexit bring?

The Leave campaign was always a broad coalition of different interests, many with competing ideas. With a Brexit vote secured, some of those will fall by the...

By Jack Bedell-Pearce, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure.

Interoute launches Stockholm virtual data centre zone with growing Nordic demand

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Cloud services platform provider Interoute has launched a new virtual data centre zone in Stockholm, following the launch of similar zones in Istanbul and Singapore earlier this year.

The move represents the “growing regional demand for fast local cloud services” in the Nordics, with Interoute already employing 100 workers in the region with offices in Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm.

One Interoute customer looking to reap the benefits of better and...

By James Bourne, 06 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

Brexit? What Brexit? Datapipe acquires UK-based managed cloud firm Adapt

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US cloud provider Datapipe has announced it is acquiring Britain-based managed cloud firm and AWS partner Adapt in an attempt to expand the firm’s European presence.

The firms took the unusual step of issuing two separate press releases to cover the same news. From the Adapt side, the company noted the move to Datapipe was a ‘non-disruptive addition’ due to the firm’s similar roadmaps and propositions.

“Adapt and Datapipe both have cultures that...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, M&A.

European cloud demand forces data centre uptick – but Brexit remains a worry

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Demand for European data centre space continues to rise due to greater need for cloud services – but the Brexit vote could yet send UK plans off-kilter, according to the latest note from consulting firm BroadGroup.

The analysis, which appears in the firm’s latest Colocation Market Quarterly (CMQ), argues there is ‘strong’ demand for real estate in primary European locations, arguing Paris has performed ‘particularly strongly.’ The company argues...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

Five ways Brexit is accelerating AWS and public cloud adoption

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Deutsche Bank estimates AWS derives about 15% of its total revenue mix or has attained a $1.5B revenue run rate in Europe, while AWS is now approximately 6x the size of Microsoft Azure globally according to Deutsche Bank.

These and other insights are from the research note published earlier this month by Deutsche Bank Markets Research titled AWS/Cloud Adoption in Europe and the Brexit Impact written by Karl Keirstead, Alex Tout, Ross Sandler, Taylor McGinnis and Jobin Mathew.  The...

By Louis Columbus, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Public.

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.

What does the EU referendum mean for the GDPR legislation?

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On June 23, a referendum is being held to determine whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. But what does this mean for businesses – and in particular, what does it mean with regard to the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation?

In April this year, after months of mooting and deliberation, the European Union set out new data protection laws that businesses will have to adhere to within two years or face significant fines – up to 4% of...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe.

New research reveals potential cloud pricing headaches for European customers

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CIOs pay a ‘protection premium’ of up to 19% to host their data on a European cloud platform compared to the US, according to the latest Cloud Price Index report from 451 Research.

The report, which for the first time focuses predominantly on the European market, argues US providers are still ahead of their competitors across the Atlantic. The researchers targeted a variety of vendors with a large application specification, but only five providers could deliver it in...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Platform, Research, Software.

Safe Harbour struck down: Will smaller European cloud providers step into the breach?

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On October 6, the European Union's highest court struck down a transatlantic pact used by thousands of companies to transfer Europeans' personal information to the US.

The pact known as Safe Harbour was introduced over 15 years ago and it allows companies and countries outside the EU to declare that they adhere to the stricter privacy and data protection rules set by the European Union. Striking down the Safe Harbour arrangement came in light of recent evidence that foreign...

By Joseph Blass, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe.

IBM SoftLayer opens up Italian data centre, fuelling demand for local cloud services

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IBM has opened up its first cloud data centre in Cornaredo, a municipality in Milan, strengthening its European empire.

The data centre, which runs on SoftLayer infrastructure, allows customers to more easily manage, run and store data through less latency and stronger data sovereignty.

The move follows previous openings in the UK, Germany and France. The...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Deutsche Telekom promises to double cloud revenue by 2018, plans European domination

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German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has released a bullish statement of intent detailing its plans to more than double its cloud revenue in Europe by 2018.

The company, which specifically called out Google and Amazon as its primary competition, also announced an extension to its partnership with Huawei, originally announced in March, for IT infrastructure and private cloud solutions.

DT’s annual revenue from business customers currently stands at €1 billion...

By James Bourne, 16 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Latest research studies examine enterprise cloud and big data adoption strategies

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The latest figures on European cloud computing adoption, this time from managed services provider Easynet, shows only one in 10 enterprises are using public cloud.

The research, which polled 660 IT decision makers at companies with more than 1000 employees, found that cloud had been adopted by almost three quarters (74%) of European enterprises. In total, almost half (47%) used private cloud, compared with 17% utilising hybrid cloud, and the remaining 26% naturally staying on-premise.

The...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe.