Alibaba passes one million paying cloud customers as CEO calls it ‘merely a starting point’

Alibaba has broken the one million mark for paying customers of its cloud computing business with revenues increasing 96% year over year, according to the company’s latest financial statement.

Revenues from cloud computing totalled RMB 2,431 million (£278m) in the quarter ending June 30, while the total number of customers was 1,011,000, up 15.7% from 874,000 in the previous quarter.

Alibaba clearly defines its cloud computing revenue in its reporting – something of a change to many other...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Industry, Infrastructure.

Kolos project aims to build world’s largest data centre in Norway

The Nordics have long been a popular location for data centres – and a new development from Kolos could see the world’s biggest data centre being built in the Arctic Circle.

According to a BBC report, the proposed site, in the Norwegian town of Ballangen, is set to cover 600,000 square miles, or 6.46 million square feet, and stretch across four storeys. The current largest data centre in operation is in Langfang, China, with a size of 6.3m sq ft. The...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Europe, Infrastructure.

Google announces price cuts on cloud SSD storage

Google has announced a price cut on its local SSD (solid state disk) storage attached to on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines – to the tune of up to 63%.

The latest move from Google will see costs drop by $0.080 per gigabyte per month in the majority of US regions for on-demand VMs, while the company also announced prices were being lowered on preemptible VMs.

Local SSD is a high performance, physically attached block storage offering, and can be the most viable option for workloads such as...

By James Bourne, 10 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

Cloud job roles soar – but salaries not accelerating with it

If you’re looking for your next break in the cloud computing industry, be warned: salaries are slowing down while job postings soar.

That is the verdict of Experis, a professional IT resourcing provider, whose latest Tech Cities Job Watch looked at the challenges and opportunities in the UK technology job market.

According to the research, which utilised Innovantage’s recruitment software to analyse more than half a million employer websites, the number of cloud roles almost doubled (97.73%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, OpenSource.

AWS hit $4.1 billion in revenue in Q2 as analyst notes ‘spectacular’ hyperscale numbers

Amazon Web Services hit $4.1 billion (£3.13bn) in revenue for the most recent quarter, contributing almost 11% of Amazon’s overall revenue, according to the company’s latest financial results.

The figures represent a significant rise from the previous two quarters, where AWS revenue was at $3.54bn and $3.66bn. Run rate for AWS now stands at $16bn, up from $14bn for the last quarter, while overall net sales for Amazon stood at $38.0 billion.

In a conference call with analysts, Brian Olsavsky, Amazon chief...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Google triples number of $500k cloud deals year over year as latest results announced

Google says it has tripled the number of its big cloud deals year over year as its parent company Alphabet announced revenues of $26 billion (£19.9bn) for the most recent quarter.

In a call with analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai – who it was also announced is joining the Alphabet board of directors – discussed the company’s ‘impressive’ cloud assets. “[Google Cloud Platform] continues to experience impressive growth across products, sectors and geographies and increasingly with...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure.

Microsoft announces $23 billion revenue quarter as strong Azure growth continues

Microsoft has announced revenues of $23.3 billion (£17.9bn) in its most recent financial quarter – with cloud again at the heart of its success.

This will be something of a familiar story to those who have taken notice of Microsoft’s financials over the past year or so, with CEO Satya Nadella telling analysts that financial year 2017 “all up was a tremendous year of customer momentum with cloud, AI, and digital transformation.”

Microsoft does not disclose specific product...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Stripe beats Dropbox and Slack to top spot in Forbes Cloud 100 ranking

Payments provider Stripe is the top private cloud computing company today with storage company Dropbox and messaging firm Slack making up the top three, according to the latest Cloud 100 list from Forbes.

Slack, which came top last year, finishes third with Dropbox taking second position for the second consecutive year. DocuSign was ranked at #4, completing a quartet of San Francisco-based...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Research, SaaS , Software.

Auth0 and Platform9 raise combined $52 million in series C rounds

Venture capital money for cloud technology continues to stream through, with more than $50 million announced over the past week for two companies in the identity and hybrid cloud space respectively.

Auth0, an identity as a service platform provider based in Bellevue, Washington, confirmed it has raised $30 million (£23.1m), while ‘open source as a service’ firm Platform9, based out of Sunnyvale, California, announced $22 million (£17m). Both rounds were series C.

For Auth0, the funding...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, Software.