Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and AWS transform experiences for Canadian sports fans

Toronto Maple Leafs player.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) are innovating together to transform how some of Canada’s best-known sports franchises create and deliver extraordinary sports moments and enhanced fan engagement.

The sports franchises include Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Football Club (FC) and Toronto Argonauts. MLSE selected AWS as its official cloud provider and official provider of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML),...

EU body to investigate public sector usage of cloud services

Europe

The EU’s privacy watchdog, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), has launched joint investigations with 22 national regulators into public sector usage of cloud services.

More than 80 public bodies from across the European Economic Area (EEA) will be investigated, covering sectors from health and education to tax and finance, to ensure compliance with privacy safeguards.

Plans to target public sector cloud services were announced last October, but 15 February...

Cloud infrastructure market grew to £131bn in 2021, up 37%

Floating Boats

The cloud infrastructure market grew by 37% from £95 billion in 2020 to £131 billion in 2021, according to Synergy Research data.

Focusing in on the final quarter, enterprise spending clocked out at £37 billion, marking a similar 36% increase over the previous year.

Amazon, Microsoft, and Google continued to grow at astonishing rates considering the maturity of the market at this point.

John Dinsdale, a chief analyst at Synergy Research, said: “It is a...

Prudential Regulation Authority concerned over banks’ reliance on cloud

Canary Wharf

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), responsible for regulating UK banks, credit unions, and insurers, plans to increase its scrutiny of major cloud computing providers.

Concerns stem from the growing reliance the banking sector has on the Big Three to maintain its systems and the threat an outage or hack could pose.

As a result, the PRA is looking into ways to access more data from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, particularly in relation to the operation resilience...

PFH acquires Dublin cloud consultancy TerraAlto to create 100 Irish jobs

Guinness, Dublin

Irish ICT and managed services provider, PFH Technology Group, has acquired Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting partner, TerraAlto.

The purchase of the Dublin-based cloud consultants will create a hundred new jobs across Dublin, Cork and Galway.

As an AWS partner in advanced consulting and managed services, TerraAlto helps clients through their digital transformation journeys by providing AWS services to bring their IT platform and applications to the...

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...

AWS unveils new Graviton and machine learning chips at re:Invent

Processor Chip

At this year’s re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled its latest Graviton processor chip and a new machine learning chip called Trainium.

The Graviton 3 is the newest generation of Amazon’s ARM-based processor and is designed to compete with Intel and AMD central processors.

Heralded as 25 percent faster than the last generation, AWS promises the new chip has 2x faster floating-point performances, a 3x speedup for machine-learning workloads, all...

JEDI: Oracle and Google enter the bidding war for Pentagon cloud contract

Pentagon

The prolonged JEDI war - between Amazon and Microsoft, not Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker - for the $10 billion contract to modernise the US Department of Defence's (DoD) cloud infrastructure has entered a new saga.

Microsoft won the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract back in 2019, although its victory was short-lived when Amazon filed for and won an injunction due to potential presidential interference in 2020.

Since then, the Pentagon ruled that...

AWS Skills Centre launches in Seattle as part of cloud training initiative

Skills Training

Amazon Web Services is opening its AWS Skills Centre in downtown Seattle to break down barriers to entry into the cloud computing industry.

Described as an “in-person cloud learning space”, the AWS Skills Centre will provide free training, career networking, and job placement events for anyone curious about a future career in the cloud industry. It opens to the public on November 22.

The centre, which is set to be the first of many across the US and eventually the...

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...