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.

Alibaba Cloud targets Indian SMEs with new data centre

Alibaba Cloud’s new data centre in Mumbai is slated to open in January 2018 and will cater for the increasing demand for cloud services arising from small and medium-sized enterprises.

In order to help enterprises of all sizes move to the firm’s platform, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba will create a local team of professional consultants to offer service planning, implementation, and after-sales support.

Taking into consideration the rapid growth displayed by the Indian economy, Alibaba Cloud...

By Cloud Tech, 20 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure.

Oracle acquires Aconex and Equinix buys Metronode in boost to Australian cloud operations

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The upcoming holiday season certainly seems to have brought some festive cloudy cheer in one corner of the world, with two Australian cloud and data centre companies being acquired by Oracle and Equinix respectively.

Aconex, a Melbourne-based cloud software provider which aims to manage teams in the construction industry, has been bought by Oracle for $1.2 billion US (£899m) to create ‘the world’s most comprehensive cloud offering for managing all aspects of...

By James Bourne, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Software.

How digital disrupted the data centre – and continues to do so

Schooling fresh-faced young colleagues about how things used to be in the IT game is a one-way ticket to feeling old. The thing is, with technology trends evolving so rapidly, it could easily be happening to them within 12-18 months from now.

The latest focus is around technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning that are stretching imaginations yet further for how businesses engage with their customers, people and data. As exciting as each one is, what I’m...

By Nick Claxson, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Amazon Web Services opens second Chinese data centre region in collaboration with NWCD

It appears Amazon Web Services (AWS) is continuing a presence in China after all: the company has announced a strategic technology partnership with Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology (NWCD), opening a second data centre in China in the process.

The AWS China (Ningxia) region, which offers two availability zones at launch, complements the Beijing region Amazon already has. Like the Beijing region, which is

By James Bourne, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Regulation.