Half of EMEA cloud costs going to fees, but most plan to increase capacity

European organisations are still beleaguered by storage bills as 50% of all cloud storage costs in EMEA go to data access and usage fees rather than capacity, according to the 2024 Global Cloud Storage Index from Wasabi Technologies.

Still, EMEA companies see the value of cloud storage services and plan to increase their spend in 2024 in order to drive IT initiatives like application or infrastructure migration and development, and to improve business and operational initiatives...

Flexera 2024 State of the Cloud: Cost optimisation, FinOps and GenAI key takeaways

Flexera has admitted that 2024 is a ‘complex’ year for cloud adoption as the company publishes its latest State of the Cloud report – and while cost optimisation remains key, sustainability is slowly emerging as an important differentiator.

The report – the 13th – is often regarded as a benchmark study for the industry, with the IT and cloud management provider polling more than 750 decision makers around usage and trends.

Some trends are practically at the...

Pluralsight: On why cloud skills acquisition is a continuous journey

If you suspect that the cloud skills gap has not been lessened in recent years – or, indeed, has actually gotten wider – then take this statistic from Pluralsight into account. The online learning provider notes that, while 98% of customers the company has spoken to have started their cloud journey, only 7% have got the skills they need to go through with it.

To find out why this is, the company’s State of Cloud 2023 report is a useful reference point.

In short, it...

Cloud transformation in 2024: Get the fundamentals right to reap the GenAI benefits

What is cloud transformation going to look like in 2024? Whatever the model and industry, it will almost certainly be flavoured with generative AI – and it will touch areas from application modernisation to cost optimisation.  

With regard to the former, look to Gartner’s 2024 predictions, with the headline of ‘every strategic conversation needs to include GenAI’. “By 2027, GenAI tools will be used to explain legacy business applications and create appropriate...

UK cloud consultancy Rebura acquired by global tech distributor Westcon-Comstor

Cloud consultancy Rebura, which specialises in supporting AWS cloud migrations and modernisations across the UK, Nordics and central Europe, has been acquired by global technology distributor Westcon-Comstor.

Founded in 2017, London-based Rebura supports companies of all sizes as they build and optimise their apps and workloads on AWS, increasing productivity, scalability, cost efficiency and security.

A qualified and fully accredited AWS advanced service partner and...

Capgemini and Orange launch ‘trusted cloud’ Bleu for competitive French market

Capgemini and Orange have announced that Bleu, a cloud company launched in partnership with Microsoft, is engaging commercially with ‘select French public and private organisations’ in anticipation of services going live by the end of 2024.

Bleu, which is described as ‘fully operational’, was launched with the goal of meeting specific cloud needs of various high level organisations, including the French state, regional authorities, and hospitals among others. The company...

Global public cloud services revenues hit $315bn in first half of 2023

Global public cloud services revenues have been ticking over to the tune of 19.2% in the first half of 2023 with software as a service (SaaS) representing the lion’s share but platform as a service (PaaS) the biggest growth, according to IDC.

The analyst firm released figures from its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, which showed that public cloud services revenue hit $315.5 billion (£248.1bn) for the first half of 2023.

SaaS was split into two...

40%+ of firms lose revenue from technology downtime and cloud complexity

55% of enterprises are struggling to derive meaningful insights from their data, highlighting an industry-wide need to deliver technology faster, more reliably and in more places, according to a survey by Hitachi Vantara, the modern infrastructure, data management and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi.

The survey revealed ongoing challenges related to security, inflexible systems, isolated data, a skilled labor shortage, and the need for infrastructure agility. These...

UK startups wasting over two weeks per year – costing the UK an estimated £37bn in GDP

UK startups and microbusinesses are wasting over two working weeks every year on admin tasks, including managing mobile phone contracts, choosing energy providers, and buying insurance – according to new research. 

The study, conducted by Beasy, which surveyed 500 business owners employing between 1-9 people, found that startup founders are spending an average of 5.5 hours per week choosing and managing the business services they need to run their company – equating to a...

NexGen Cloud’s $1bn AI supercloud to turbocharge AI in Europe

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NexGen Cloud, a sustainable Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider, announced plans and funding for one of Europe’s first AI Supercloud deployments to support the development and growth of AI enterprises.

UK-based NexGen Cloud, an Elite member of the NVIDIA Partner Network, plans to invest $1 billion to build its AI Supercloud in Europe, with $576 million already committed in hardware orders with suppliers. The AI Supercloud will provide a dedicated compute-intensive platform for...