IDC predicts cloud infrastructure spending this year will hit $90.2B

IDC forecasts that cloud infrastructure spending will exceed $90 billion in 2022.

In Q1 2022, IDC found that spending on compute and storage infrastructure products for cloud deployments – including dedicated and shared environments – increased 17.2 percent year-over-year to $18.3 billion.

The firm’s analysts note the strong growth is despite “tight supply of some system components and disruptions in transportation networks.”

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Alibaba launches ‘Data-as-a-Service’ firm Lingyang

Alibaba has spun out a “Data-as-a-Service” (DaaS) business called Lingyang Intelligent Service Company.

Lingyang will offer solutions to enterprises that were initially developed for Alibaba.

“The launch of the new firm is an important step taken by Alibaba after long-term consideration,” said Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba.

The team behind Lingyang has vast experience supporting Alibaba’s Double 11 Data Big Screen and 88VIP initiatives....

Snowflake celebrates its largest-ever user conference with launch of new innovations

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Data Cloud company Snowflake has concluded its fourth-annual Snowflake Summit conference, with nearly 9,000 in-person attendees and more than 11,500 registered to watch the virtual event, live in Las Vegas, Nevada in June.

Snowflake Summit 2022 is Snowflake’s largest in-person conference to-date, bringing customers, partners, technical experts, and executives together to explore the power of the Data Cloud. The four-day conference featured four marquee keynote addresses, 275+...

VMware unveils vSphere+ and vSAN+ to simplify operations with Centralised Infrastructure Management

VMware has launched VMware vSphere+ and VMware vSAN+ to help organisations bring the benefits of the cloud to their existing on-premises infrastructure with no disruption to their workloads or hosts.

Introduced at VMworld 2021 as a technology preview known as Project Arctic, these new offerings will help customers enhance their infrastructure by providing centralised cloud-based infrastructure management, integrated Kubernetes, access to new hybrid cloud services, and a flexible...

Home Office invests over £44m on remote working devices

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The Home Office, the lead government department responsible for immigration, security and law and order, has invested over £44 million since the pandemic on over 65,000 electronic devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets, according to official figures.

The data, retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, observed the number of laptops, smartphones and tablets purchased by the Home Office each year from March 2019...

IBM unveils new cloud and AI powered fan experiences for Wimbledon 2022

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IBM and the All England Lawn Tennis Club have revealed new ways in which Wimbledon fans around the world can experience The Championships digitally, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) running on IBM Cloud and hybrid cloud technologies.

Co-created by the All England Club and IBM for Wimbledon.com and the Wimbledon app, the new features join a comprehensive suite of digital fan experiences - including the IBM Power Index with Watson, IBM Match Insights with Watson and...

CoreSite deploys Arrcus Multi-Cloud Networking solution to help build out its Open Cloud Exchange

Arrcus, a hyperscale networking software company and specialist in core-to-edge infrastructure, has announced that CoreSite deployed its Multi-Cloud Networking (MCN) solution to help enable CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange (OCX).

The Open Cloud Exchange is an enterprise network services solution that enables customers to deploy high-performance hybrid architectures in a quick, secure, and economical way. CoreSite is leveraging the ACE MCN solution to extend its software-defined...

Snowflake unveils cybersecurity workload to tackle threats with its Data Cloud 

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Data cloud specialist Snowflake has launched a cybersecurity workload that aims to enable cybersecurity teams to better protect their enterprises with the Data Cloud.

Using Snowflake’s platform and an extensive ecosystem of partners delivering security capabilities with connected applications, cybersecurity teams can quickly gain visibility and automation at cloud-scale.

Organisations today are faced with a continuously evolving threat landscape, with 55% of security...

Most businesses have reached ‘intermediate or advanced level’ cloud usage

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More than half (54%) of organisations are either at an intermediate or advanced level of cloud usage, according to the sixth annual cloud usage survey from data management Denodo.

Cloud-enabled business transformation has become a priority as organisations face global supply chain issues, cybersecurity threats, and geopolitical instability. While organisations of all sizes and vertical markets are turning to the cloud to ensure flexibility and resilience in the face of these...

Downtime impact worsening as industry fails to curb outages

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The digital infrastructure sector is struggling to achieve a measurable reduction in outage rates and severity, and the financial consequences and overall disruption from outages are steadily increasing.

This is according to the Uptime Institute, which has released the findings of its 2022 annual Outage Analysis report.

Andy Lawrence, founding member and executive director, Uptime Institute Intelligence, said: “Digital infrastructure operators are still struggling to...