Meg Whitman to step down as HPE chief exec: Analysing the company’s fortunes

Meg Whitman is to step down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), bringing down the curtain on a six-year tenure and overseeing one of the largest corporate breakups of recent years.

Whitman had in July stepped down as chairwoman of HP’s board of directors, remaining chief executive of HPE, and had previously faced speculation about her role as the chief executive’s seat at Uber dramatically became available earlier this year.

Whitman’s replacement will be HPE president Antonio Neri, a 22-year HP...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

NetApp posts $1.42bn Q218 revenues, CEO says company ‘substantially outpacing’ competition

NetApp has disclosed its most recent financial figures – revenues of $1.42 billion (£1.07bn) for Q218, up 6% year over year with CEO and president George Kurian telling analysts the company ‘continues to substantially outpace the growth of the all-flash array market and competitors’.

Alongside the total quarterly revenues, NetApp posted a GAAP net income of $175 million, up from $109m this time last year, with predicted net revenues to be in the range of $1.425bn and $1.575bn in the...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

How to improve MSPs’ agility while reducing costs: A guide

Agility is one of the key characteristics that distinguishes a successful managed service provider from the rest of the pack. Being agile means being able to respond quickly to onboard new customers, and fulfill new service requests. Unfortunately, this is often in direct conflict with another important MSP goal: minimizing the number of staff required to deliver those services.

One of the smartest ways to resolve that conflict is to implement your own cloud infrastructure, with customer self-service and...

By Caroline Paine, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors, Virtualisation.

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.

Rackspace and HPE team up for pay as you go OpenStack private cloud

When your correspondent wrote last week, to open the news that Google was becoming Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider, ‘meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners’, it was always going to be a short-lived title.

And so it has proved: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rackspace have announced a partnership to offer what is claimed as the industry’s first pay as you go...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Private.

Alibaba CEO says cloud business “continues to defy gravity” as revenue increases 99% year on year

Alibaba Group has recorded cloud revenues of RMB 2,975 million ($342.1m) for its most recent quarter, up 99% year on year, with CEO Daniel Zhang telling analysts its cloud business “continues to defy gravity.”

The company said it was seeing ‘significant traction and diversification of customers and revenue’ in its cloud service, and will ‘continue to invest to further expand the market through valuable services for our cloud customers.’

Total revenues for the quarter hit...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Economy, Industry.

AWS remains ‘in league of its own’ as Amazon and Microsoft report latest financials

Amazon and Microsoft have posted their most recent financial results, and again both have delivered with a focus on cloud.

Amazon posted total revenue across all segments of $43.74 billion for the quarter with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing just over 10% of that at $4.58bn. The AWS revenue represented at 41% increase from this time last year.

Microsoft posted total revenues of $24.5 billion – and while the company does not give specific numbers for Azure, the company’s ‘intelligent...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

HashiCorp secures $40 million funding to bolster cloud infrastructure automation space

Cloud infrastructure automation is becoming an increasingly hot space. HashiCorp, a vendor based in San Francisco, has secured $40 million (£30.2m) to support its growing customer base and boost investment in its engineering and go-to-market initiatives.

The funding round was led by GGV Capital and Redpoint, with contributions from Mayfield and True Ventures. Scott Raney, partner at Redpoint, said his company believed HashiCorp was a “key component for making cloud adoption work” in the...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, OpenSource.

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.

Salesforce cloud economy set to create 3.3 million jobs worldwide by 2022

When Salesforce was founded by two ex-Oracle executives in 1999, not only would the software landscape be changed, but a new economy would form underneath it.

A new report from IDC puts the number of jobs created by Salesforce and its ecosystem at 3.3 million worldwide between the end of 2016 and 2022.

The Salesforce ecosystem, the analyst firm asserts, is almost four times as big as Salesforce itself, as organisations who spend on cloud computing products also need to layout on ancillary services. In the six...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Research, Salesforce, Software.