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.

Assessing the evolution of the managed services and MSP space

Managed services are dead – long live the managed services provider!

A bold statement and one that whilst some people may believe to be true, I would like to put the argument that this thinking is wrong. One thing is for sure though, the way the industry views managed service providers is changing.

I would categorise the reaction to this change by managed service providers into three core areas: those that aren’t; those that are; and those that want to.

Those that aren’t

This is typically...

By Justin Day, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Why the Chinese cloud and data centre market remains dominated by local players

The cloud market may be a truly global one with the leading vendors being US-based – but in China, for the time being, the local market holds firm.

According to the latest figures from Synergy Research, the Chinese cloud and data centre market, comprising cloud services, colocation, content delivery networks (CDN), and data centre hardware and software, continues to be dominated by local providers.

In the services markets, Chinese operators total more than 80% of revenues, while for data centre hardware...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Squaring the hybrid cloud circle: Getting the best out of all scenarios

There is clearly a growing need and place for both public and private clouds. But users are increasingly looking for solutions that give them the best of all worlds by seamlessly interconnecting the two together into hybrid solutions. In addition, many organisations need to encompass legacy IT systems so that they operate as seamlessly as possible alongside the hybrid cloud environment. 

It’s a tall order. However, there are already clear signs that such transformative solutions are making the step...

By Simon Bearne, 17 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Assessing data centre strategies for cloud-scale software

The rapid advancement of cloud-scale software is driving the digital transformation impacting nearly every facet of our life. The ways we work, communicate, navigate, travel, shop, manage our money, access healthcare, interact with things and places are extremely different from only five years ago.

There are many underlying technologies that enable this transformation – but none as profound as the rise of cloud-based software applications that we interact with throughout our day. 

IDC notes that...

By Josh Epstein, 17 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Software.