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...

CoreSite deploys Arrcus Multi-Cloud Networking solution to help build out its Open Cloud Exchange

Arrcus, a hyperscale networking software company and specialist in core-to-edge infrastructure, has announced that CoreSite deployed its Multi-Cloud Networking (MCN) solution to help enable CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange (OCX).

The Open Cloud Exchange is an enterprise network services solution that enables customers to deploy high-performance hybrid architectures in a quick, secure, and economical way. CoreSite is leveraging the ACE MCN solution to extend its software-defined...

Multi-access edge computing spend to reach $23 billion globally by 2027

A new study from Juniper Research has predicted that global MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) spend will grow from $8.8 billion in 2022, to $22.7 billion by 2027.

This growth of 260% will be driven by increasing requirements for on-premises machine learning and low-latency connectivity; enabled by 5G technology.

MEC is a network architecture that moves processing power and digital content to mobile network edges to provide lower latency and faster processing to end...

VMware cross-cloud services available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

A Microsoft building.

VMware has announced the availability of VMware Cross-Cloud services on Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure.

VMware customers can take advantage of the trusted Azure cloud platform to accelerate application modernization, migrate workloads faster to the cloud, and more securely and efficiently scale virtual desktops to support a distributed workforce.

VMware Cross-Cloud services is a family of multi-cloud...

OVHcloud submits antitrust complaint on Microsoft’s EU cloud services

Antitrust

OVHcloud, a French cloud computing company, has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft to the EU’s top competition regulator, the European Commission.

The complaint, first reported on by the Wall Street Journal, focuses on Microsoft’s licencing of its products, such as its Office software suite. It was filed last summer but has only recently come to light.

OVHcloud says this licencing makes it more expensive to use cloud services that compete with Microsoft...

ASOS renews five-year Microsoft partnership for retail innovation plan

Retail

British fashion retailer ASOS has signed an agreement with Microsoft that will see Azure remain its preferred cloud platform for the next five years.

Over the past few years, ASOS’ 70-person engineering team has collaborated with Microsoft to build a global customer platform for the company’s 900 hosted brands.

Through Azure and its AI capabilities, ASOS powers its digital platforms and harnesses data-led innovation to cater to its fashionable Generation Z...

Microsoft extends security offering for multi-cloud environments

Cloud Security Umbrella

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

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...

Singapore’s HTX taps Microsoft for city-state’s first sovereign cloud

Singapore

Singapore’s Home Team Science and Technology agency (HTX) has called on Microsoft to develop its sovereign cloud.

The agency promotes technological adoption across Singapore’s Home Team departments, which are responsible for national security, policing, civil defence, and immigration.

HTX said the project will accelerate digital transformation and allow domestic services such as the police to deliver improved safety and security to all Singaporean...

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...