Can the cloud go all the way to the edge?

There is lots of conversation in the industry at the moment around the impact that edge computing is going to have on the cloud and specifically if it is going to kill the cloud, or at the very least impact its ability to cope.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the predicted future ubiquity of sensors, the cloud and associated technologies in their current state won’t be able to cope with the sheer amount of data being generated by machines – and won’t be able to keep up with the...

By Dave Ricketts, 13 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

How cloud service providers continue to drive server investment: A recap for Q417

Cloud service providers continue to drive computing server investment. Meanwhile, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 26.4 percent year-over-year to $20.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q417), according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The server market continues to gain momentum, as traction for newer Purley- and EPYC-based offerings grows. While demand from cloud service providers has propped up overall market performance, other areas of the...

By David H Deans, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

New figures show staggering capex spending of hyperscale cloud providers

Hyperscale cloud and data centre operators spent $22 billion on capital expenditure (capex) in the final quarter of 2017 making the total for the year almost $75bn, according to the latest figures from Synergy Research.

Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook comprise the top five spenders of the 24 major cloud and internet service firms analysed in Q417, according to the data, with growth ‘particularly strong’ at Amazon and Facebook. Alibaba, IBM, Oracle, SAP and Tencent made up the top...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

Juniper Networks aims to help companies in multi-cloud push with latest offerings

Juniper Networks has announced the launch of an expanded portfolio which includes helping organisations become ‘multi-cloud ready’.

The Sunnyvale-based network and infrastructure provider is including a variety of new offerings in the data centre, campus and branch aspects.

On the campus side – ‘recognising that campus networks will play an integral role in multi-cloud security and operations’, as the company puts it – the features include simplified management as well as...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Software.

The clouds are rolling in: Three reasons to take the cloud plunge in 2018

In the past year, cloud technologies have dominated the headlines; not just the major players, but new and emerging platforms that promise to become mainstream in the very near future.

As more and more enterprises seek out the capabilities a cloud solution can provide, including data distribution, improved performance and controlled costs, we can anticipate this trend will only continue into the new year. This is apparent by the thousands of companies who already have a fully-baked cloud strategy in place or have one in the works....

By Jeff Klaus, 15 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Migration.

Digital Realty to add direct access for Oracle cloud infrastructure across the US

Digital Realty has announced it will offer dedicated and private access to Oracle Cloud in 14 major metropolitan areas, boosting its relationship and connectivity with the Redwood giant.

According to the press materials, access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect – a product launched by Oracle in 2016 to help customers connect their data centre to the cloud more easily – will be made available through Digital Realty’s Service Exchange in Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas,...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Intel admits data centre performance slowdown after Meltdown and Spectre updates

Good and bad news from Intel regarding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities; firmware updates are being pushed through for the vast majority of CPUs issued by the company in the past five years, but patches are impacting data centre performance.

According to an update published yesterday, impacts in performance have ranged from 0% to 2% on industry-standard measures, including integer and floating point throughput, and server-side Java – in other words, common workloads for enterprise and cloud...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Google Cloud expands infrastructure with five new regions and three subsea cables

Google Cloud has announced its latest infrastructure expansion plans, opening five new regions this year and commissioning three subsea cables in 2019.

The first quarter of this year will see data centre facilities opened in the Netherlands and Montreal, with Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong to follow, while the cables will cover four continents respectively.

The first cable, Curie, will make Google the first major non-telecom company – in their words – to build a private intercontinental...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

20 metros generate three fifths of global colocation revenues, says Synergy Research

According to the latest data from Synergy Research, five metros comprise more than a quarter of the worldwide colocation market and the top 20 account for 59% of worldwide retail and wholesale colocation revenues.

London, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington were the top five metros, with Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Silicon Valley and Singapore comprising the top 10. Amsterdam, Atlanta, Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris, Phoenix, Seattle, Sydney, and Toronto were in the top 20.

On the vendor side, in...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Data centre 2017 M&A deals beat 2015 and 2016 combined totals, says Synergy Research

The appetite for data centre deals in 2017 increased dramatically, with 48 transactions at $20 billion overall, according to Synergy Research.

The total surpasses those of 2015 and 2016 combined, which produced 45 deals – 28 in 2016 and 17 in 2015 – at just over $15bn. What’s more, Synergy adds, 2018 will start with $2.6bn of deals which have been agreed but are yet to close. In this category, for instance, would be Equinix’s planned acquisition of data centre provider Metronode for $1.035bn AUD...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, M&A, Vendors.