Global cloud services spend up 33% to hit $62.3 billion in Q2 2022

Cloud infrastructure services continued to be in high demand in Q2 2022. Worldwide spending increased 33% year on year to $62.3 billion, driven by a range of factors, including demand for data analytics and machine learning, data center consolidation, application migration, cloud-native development and service delivery.

The growing use of industry-specific cloud applications also contributed to the broader horizontal use cases seen across IT transformation. The latest Canalys data...

NatWest Markets partners with Google Cloud to bolster its data capabilities and customer experiences

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NatWest Markets has migrated to Google Cloud in order to achieve limitless scalability, power predictive risk modelling with analytics capabilities, and streamline regulatory compliance.

Founded in 2016 as the investment arm of Natwest Group, NatWest Markets helps its corporate and institutional customers manage their financial risks and achieve financial goals while navigating changing markets and regulation. Today, beyond providing products and solutions centred across...

Pega expands partnership with Google Cloud to drive digital transformation

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Pegasystems has formed a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to enable joint clients to accelerate their digital transformations with Pega’s low-code enterprise software on Google Cloud’s highly scalable cloud services.

As part of the agreement, Pega will make Pega Cloud applications available on Google Cloud as a fully hosted and managed as-a-service offering. In addition, Pega and Google Cloud will collaborate on addressing new industry-specific use cases and joint...

AMD chooses Google Cloud to provide scale for chip design workloads

Google Cloud and AMD have formed a technology partnership in which AMD will run electronic design automation (EDA) for its chip-design workloads on Google Cloud, further extending the on-premises capabilities of AMD data centese.

AMD will also leverage Google Cloud's global networking, storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning capabilities to further improve upon its hybrid and multicloud strategy for these EDA workloads.

Scale, elasticity, and efficient...

Boeing aims to transform aerospace industry with Google Cloud partnership

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Google Cloud and Boeing have partnered to support the leading aerospace company's cloud transformation by migrating hundreds of applications across multiple business groups and aerospace products to Google Cloud.

The partnership will enable Boeing to address challenges that come with traditional on-premises IT implementations, taking advantage of the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, along with the ease-of-use and innovation of Google Cloud's data analytics and artificial...

Data Cloud Alliance created to solve modern digital transformation challenges

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Google Cloud and many of the fastest-growing data, analytics, storage, and database providers in the tech industry have formed an initiative to ensure that global businesses have more seamless access and insights into the data required for digital transformation.

As founding members of the Data Cloud Alliance, Google Cloud, Confluent, Databricks, Dataiku, Deloitte, Elastic, Fivetran, MongoDB, Neo4j, Redis and Starburst are committing to make data more portable and accessible...

Google acquires cybersecurity firm Mandiant

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Google has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mandiant, a specialist in dynamic cyber defence and response for $23.00 per share.

The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $5.4 billion, inclusive of Mandiant’s net cash, and will see Mandiant join Google Cloud.

Organisations are facing cybersecurity challenges that have accelerated in frequency, severity and diversity, creating a global security imperative. To address these risks, enterprises need to be...

Microsoft extends security offering for multi-cloud environments

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Microsoft is extending its Defender for Cloud service to cover the Google Cloud Platform in an effort to simplify security for organisations utilising multi-cloud strategies.

The move will see all three of the world’s largest public cloud providers protected under the same Microsoft solution for posture management and threat protection, with AWS and Azure already under its scope.

Support for Google Cloud will come with recommendations for users on how to configure...

EU body to investigate public sector usage of cloud services

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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...

Defence Innovation Unit taps Google Cloud for its cloud security

US Pentagon

The Defence Innovation Unit (DIU), a part of the Department of Defence (DoD) focused on scaling commercial technology across the US military, has contracted Google Cloud for its secure cloud management (SCM) solution.

With plans to be implemented across the DIU’s systems, Google anticipates the possibility of further adoption amongst defence agencies worldwide.

SCM is a container-based solution developed in partnership with Palo Alto Networks for secure application...