Modernising and managing multi-cloud systems

Dell

In the past decade, IT professionals have divided between advocates of control and customisation in private clouds versus developers looking for the standardisation and flexibility of public clouds.

A common perception was that the hyperscalers would host all the applications, and the local data centres and private clouds were going to have a residual role. Developers took the lead in public cloud adoption in their effort to improve the customer experience.

Meanwhile,...

Imperial College and UAE institute partner for cloud security research

Data Centre

Imperial College London is partnering with the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi to develop a new operating system (OS) designed with cloud security in mind.

According to Professor Peter Pietzuch of the Imperial College Department of Computing, the devices and OS typically used to host cloud services in data centres today have outdated security features.

“Security has not changed much from traditional operating systems that pre-date the internet and...

Oracle joins race to digitise Africa with first data centre in Johannesburg

South African Parade

Oracle has opened a data centre in South Africa, joining the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in trying to tap into Africa’s growing demand for cloud services.

The cloud infrastructure company will use the new facility to provide services across much of Africa, with the continent becoming Oracle’s 37th “cloud region”.

According to Cherian Varghese, Oracle’s regional managing director for Middle East and Africa, the company has no plans for more data centres in...

Equinix makes first move into Africa with £237m MainOne acquisition

West Africa

Data centre firm Equinix is set to acquire Nigerian connectivity provider MainOne for £237 million in the first quarter of 2022.

Announced in December, the deal remains subject to regulatory approval before Equinix can fully incorporate MainOne’s 500 employees into its own network.

The transaction marks the California-based firm’s first move into Africa as it plans to tap the region’s growing internet access. It also comes as one of 2021’s biggest tech deals for...

Pulsant adds Manchester to its roster of UK edge data centres

Manchester, UK

Pulsant, an edge data centre and hybrid cloud specialist, has acquired a Manchester data centre and its clients from M247 Limited.

As a city with one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Europe, the acquisition facilitates Pulsant’s geographic expansion of its edge platform into England’s North West.

It also marks Pulsant’s first acquisition as part of its growth strategy since receiving investment from Antin Infrastructure Partners in July 2021.

The deal...

J. J. Kardwell, CEO, Constant: On building Vultr, the independent cloud

Independent

Vultr is an independent cloud that offers cloud compute and cloud storage through its twenty global data centre locations across five continents.

Independent clouds like Vultr, created by parent company Constant, are competing for the 30% of the cloud market not owned by Big Tech firms such as AWS, Microsoft, and Google.

Vultr offers a simple, straightforward experience and pricing model that makes high-performance cloud computing accessible to even the smallest of...

AWS outage takes down Coinbase, Netflix, Disney+

Amazon Offices

Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered an outage on December 7 that knocked out a number of websites and services, including Coinbase, Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon’s own e-commerce site.

AWS’ website notified users that it was experiencing issues with a number of APIs and the AWS Management Console. Problems were confined to AWS’ main US-East-1 region, which is hosted in North Virginia, so many customers may not have experienced issues.

Amazon first commented on the...

Tencent Cloud expands global footprint with Latin America entry

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Tencent Cloud, China’s second largest cloud provider after Alibaba, has launched its first internet data centre in Latin America.

Located in Brazil’s financial capital São Paulo, the facility adds to Tencent’s global network of 27 cloud regions and 68 availability zones. The company’s expansion into Latin America comes to meet the growing demand for digitisation within the region.

Tencent also hopes its entry into Brazil will fuel cooperation between South...

Calgary to see $4.3bn in investment from new Amazon Web Services hub

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, Canada’s fourth largest city, is set to receive billions of dollars of investment over the next two decades as Amazon Web Services (AWS) sets up its second Canadian cloud server hub in the area.

The data centre will see $4.3 billion (£2.55bn) of investment and create 950 direct and indirect jobs throughout Canada by 2037.

Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney has described the investment as a “game-changer” and “the largest technology investment in...

Alibaba data centres to expand throughout Asia in 2022

Map of Asia

Alibaba is expanding its cloud business within Asia as it plans to open data centres in South Korea and Thailand in 2022.

The Chinese e-commerce giant has previously been focused on other countries in the region, such as Singapore and the Philippines, where it was competing with major US providers Amazon and Microsoft.

Already the biggest cloud provider in China, Alibaba data centres abroad help businesses in those countries to access Alibaba’s cloud services, whilst...