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.

Why the overall cloud opportunity moves far beyond the public cloud

If you want to appreciate the full extent of the cloud computing phenomena, then you need to comprehend the ongoing impact to the IT ecosystem. It's been fueled by a disruptive series of innovations that have enabled software developers to accelerate the speed of digital transformation.

The cloud delivery and consumption model has revolutionized the entire IT industry. But the cloud opportunity extends well beyond the public cloud - which makes up less than half of all cloud-related spending today -...

By David H Deans, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Equinix aims to utilise the power of SDN to connect its global data centre network

Talk about a global outlook: data centre provider Equinix has announced the launch of a new strategy to connect its data centres around the world through software defined networking (SDN).

The inter-metro connectivity, which enables users to dynamically connect its own infrastructure across Equinix locations as well as connect to any other customer, comes through the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). For enterprises, it helps them with agility, while for service providers the move helps connect them...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Software.

Google to launch new cloud region in Hong Kong in 2018

It was ranked as the most cloud-ready area in the Asia Pacific region – and now one of the largest players in the industry is set to build a region there in 2018.

Google has announced that a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region will be opened in Hong Kong next year, making it the sixth GCP region in Asia Pacific alongside Singapore, Sydney, Taiwan, and Tokyo, as well as Mumbai, which went live earlier this month.

Including Hong Kong, the total now stands at 18 global locations and 53 zones either open...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

AWS launches Secret region for US intelligence customers

Want to know a secret? Amazon Web Services (AWS) is beefing up its government capability by announcing the AWS Secret Region, which can operate workloads up to the highest level of security classification.

The move, claims AWS, makes it the only commercial cloud provider to offer regions serving workloads across the full range of data classifications, from ‘unclassified’, to ‘sensitive’, to ‘secret’, and then...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Government.

Facebook looks to wind power for Nebraska data centre

Facebook’s newest data centre in Nebraska will be entirely wind-powered, as work on a $430 million wind farm in the region begins.

The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, built by Enel Green Power North America, the renewable energy arm of the Enel Group, will have a total installed capacity of 320 MW, 62.5% of which will be sold to Facebook to power its data centre in Papillon, approximately 120 miles from the installation.

The Nebraska data centre constitutes Facebook’s sixth data centre in the US, and ninth globally. Facilities...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

NVIDIA boasts cloud prowess of Tesla V100 GPU as results soar

It was a statement inferred during NVIDIA’s most recent earnings call – and now it has been confirmed.

The company’s Tesla V100 GPU has been chosen by every major cloud provider, with the likes of Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle and Tencent all announcing Volta-based cloud services.

Alongside this, the company’s financial results revealed record revenues of $2.64 billion, up 32% from this time last year, with data centre revenue of $501m, more than doubled...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.