IDC says global spending on public cloud services to hit $122.5bn in 2017

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Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will hit $122.5 billion by the end of this year at an increase of almost 25% on 2016, according to the latest note from IDC.

The analyst house argues that discrete manufacturing, professional services, and banking are the primary public cloud service industries based on market share today, while professional services (23.9% compound annual growth rate), retail (22.8%) and media (22.5%) are expected to be the fastest growers....

By James Bourne, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

UK businesses remain ‘risk-averse’ and lagging behind in cloud strategy, Intel argues

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Organisations in the UK are among the least likely globally to have a cloud-first strategy, according to a new report from Intel Security.

The study, which polled more than 2,000 senior IT professionals, found the UK had pretty miserable scores across the board compared to their international brethren. The UK’s score of 70% for businesses who are cloud-first – whilst still a reasonable number – lagged behind the global average of more than 80%, while only 7% of UK...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure, Security.

Why you need to understand GDPR now – and what you need to do from here

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If you’ve not yet heard the term GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you certainly well. As we approach May 25 2018, when this becomes law, the noise around it will grow.

Don’t stop reading now if the acronym seems boring and not relevant to you – it is, on both counts. What’s happening is a new law will come into play across Europe; Brexit or no Brexit, it will apply.

Yet this is not another year 2000-type hype where there was no impact or pain. The...

By Ian Moyse, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Europe.

Opinion: When big data and Brexit collide

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During the UK referendum campaign, the Leave camp spoke ardently about the importance of protecting our sovereignty and making our own laws. Now we’re coming out of the EU and the single market, sovereignty is top of the agenda again, for the opposite reason. Rather than solving our right to sovereignty, Brexit threatens to destabilise it.

Right now, data holders are worried about the sovereignty of their...

By Jack Bedell-Pearce, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Europe, Legal.

Facebook to expand data centre empire to Denmark with Odense site

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Facebook has announced it will build a new energy-efficient data centre in Odense, Denmark, marking a continued expansion for tech firms choosing to store their data in the Nordic regions.

According to a report from Reuters, Niall McEntegart, Facebook director of data centre operations, told local authorities that the Odense data centre will be “one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centres in the...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

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.