Alibaba Cloud opens up first Indonesian data centre

Alibaba claimed at Mobile World Congress that it was the fastest growing cloud provider in the world – and another step has been taken with the official opening of its Indonesian data centre.

The facility, in Jakarta, was first announced in June last year and represents the first data centre opened by a major cloud provider in the area. The...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Companies moving to the cloud without assessing outage possibilities, research argues

Organisations are moving to the cloud without evaluating the impact of a cloud outage, according to the latest study from data management provider Veritas.

The report, titled The Truth in Cloud and put together alongside Vanson Bourne, found that an ‘alarming majority’ of firms shift full responsibility for data protection, compliance and uptime on cloud service providers.

Three in five (59%) of the 1,200 global business and IT decision makers polled said dealing with cloud service interruptions...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA.

Microsoft expands data centre plans in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft continues to expand its data centre empire, with new locations in Germany, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates planned, the company has announced.

The expansion takes Azure to 50 regions worldwide, with other data centres in the works including South Africa and Australia. The UAE data centres will be the first inroads Microsoft has made into the Middle East, with the company citing its ‘long-standing expertise and deep local relationships’ in the area to accelerate technological...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Why we’re becoming savvier in our cloud initiatives – with object storage and containers key

The latest research report, this time from cloud cost management provider Cloudability, reveals some interesting findings: only four infrastructure services comprise almost 85% of spend among the company’s customers, while changing trends in object storage and containers are becoming apparent.

The study, which features data comprised from anonymous analysis of Cloudability’s analytics platform, found Amazon EC2 was by far the most popular service, accounting for 58.7% of spend, compared with...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

Why the Caribbean’s digital future depends upon the cloud

In 2018, many first-world countries are seeing the remarkable, disruptive impact of the digital economy. In the Caribbean, however, there is no consistent delivery of state-of-the-art information and communication technology (ICT) services from country to country, and the availability of online services to citizens can vary widely.

At the same time, Caribbean countries have seen firsthand the debilitating impact of natural disasters. The hurricanes of 2017 were a stark reminder of the need for a more...

By Eamonn Sheehy, 14 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public.

Can the cloud go all the way to the edge?

There is lots of conversation in the industry at the moment around the impact that edge computing is going to have on the cloud and specifically if it is going to kill the cloud, or at the very least impact its ability to cope.

With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the predicted future ubiquity of sensors, the cloud and associated technologies in their current state won’t be able to cope with the sheer amount of data being generated by machines – and won’t be able to keep up with the...

By Dave Ricketts, 13 March 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

How cloud service providers continue to drive server investment: A recap for Q417

Cloud service providers continue to drive computing server investment. Meanwhile, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 26.4 percent year-over-year to $20.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q417), according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The server market continues to gain momentum, as traction for newer Purley- and EPYC-based offerings grows. While demand from cloud service providers has propped up overall market performance, other areas of the...

By David H Deans, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

UK makes strides to become a top five cloud nation says BSA – with Germany leading the way

The UK is making strides in the international cloud arena, according to the latest report from The Software Alliance (BSA), driven by strong data protection laws and cybersecurity strategy.

The alliance’s latest Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, a study which assesses cloud policies worldwide, puts the UK in fourth position out of 24 leading IT economies, behind only Germany, Japan, and the United States. This represents a significant improvement for Blighty compared with a ninth placed finish in...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Pentagon opens winner-takes-all cloud defence contract – as REAN tender pared back

Microsoft said earlier this week that government IT had reached a tipping point towards moving to the cloud – and now another large US contract is up for grabs.

During an Industry Day yesterday, plans were revealed by the Pentagon for the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) opened up for tender to any single cloud provider.

The key is in the word ‘single’: as reported

By James Bourne, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Government, Infrastructure.

Why cloud-native virtual network functions are important for NFV

Virtual network functions (VNFs) are software implementations of network function equipment packaged in virtual machines, on top of commercial off the shelf hardware NFV infrastructure. VNFs are a core part of NFV – as we know the base of NFV was to virtualise the network functions and software based to reduce cost and gain full control over network operations with added agility and flexibility benefits. We can say that the majority of NFV operations are focused towards how VNFs can be served in NFV...

By Sagar Nangare, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microservices, Virtualisation.

VMware Cloud on AWS now available in Europe – with more regions promised

The joint cloud offering from VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available in Europe, the former has announced, with London first on the list and Frankfurt to join in due course.

VMware Cloud on AWS, which offers benefits to joint customers including workload portability between private and public clouds, had previously been available in AWS’ US West and US East regions.

The service was only made initially available

By James Bourne, 07 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Europe, Infrastructure, Private, Public, VMware.

Lessons learned from DevOps deployments: Testing, business strategies, and more

The word DevOps is derived from merging development and operations, and this merger is exactly what DevOps practice is all about: a set of practices to support collaborative partnership and communication between software development teams and IT operations leveraging maximum automation through key phases of solutions delivery process. Technology organizations need to promote a ‘one-team, one goal’ mentality, meaning that all members must view themselves as “critical” to the success of...

By Razi Siddiqui, 07 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud announces healthcare APIs and updates – as Apple and Spotify revealed as customers

It has been an interesting week or so for Google Cloud, both directly and indirectly. The company has announced new APIs, updates and customers for its healthcare cloud initiative, while other high-profile customers have been disclosed.

At HiMSS, the healthcare information and management systems society conference, Google launched a new cloud healthcare API, which is better equipped to focus on data types such as HL7, FHIR and DICOM, and also allows customers to crunch the numbers using analytics and machine...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Google, Infrastructure, Security.

New figures show staggering capex spending of hyperscale cloud providers

Hyperscale cloud and data centre operators spent $22 billion on capital expenditure (capex) in the final quarter of 2017 making the total for the year almost $75bn, according to the latest figures from Synergy Research.

Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook comprise the top five spenders of the 24 major cloud and internet service firms analysed in Q417, according to the data, with growth ‘particularly strong’ at Amazon and Facebook. Alibaba, IBM, Oracle, SAP and Tencent made up the top...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

The cloud of yesterday, today, and tomorrow – and the influence of emerging technologies

Cloud computing in the form we understand today started more than 10 years ago, with the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS). This was the first commercially viable option for businesses to store data in the cloud rather than on-premise, and acted as a shared service for anyone connecting to the platform.

Early stage cloud computing was certainly more technical than it is now; however, no more than managing...

By Jean-Guillaume Appert, 01 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

A guide: SD-WAN as a tool for your cloud-first strategy

Following a cloud-first strategy is great for IT budgets and business agility but places new demands on the network. Cloud first can significantly impact network operations, as an increasing percentage of traffic flows directly to, from, and between clouds.

Unfortunately, the traditional MPLS architecture simply cannot support the economics or agility required for a cloud-first strategy. MPLS can be costly and time-consuming to configure and requires that Internet-bound traffic be backhauled to a centralized...

By Gayle Levin, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure.

Alibaba Cloud expands European push and previews cloud enterprise network offering

MWC Alibaba’s European cloud push continues, with the Chinese provider announcing a series of products for enterprises on the continent around infrastructure, automation, security and more.

The company has announced eight products in total. On the infrastructure side, launching today, are ECS bare metal instances and high performance supercomputing clusters for European customers. While these are both products currently in operation, April will see the new launch of Alibaba’s Cloud Enterprise Network...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Amdocs teams up with AWS to help CSPs feel more comfortable in the cloud

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MWC Mobile World Congress 2018 will most likely not be overburdened by pure cloud news this year, so anything that does come this publication’s way is worth checking out: Amdocs has announced a deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help cautious communications service providers (CSPs) transform their operations to become cloud-ready.

Amdocs cited a survey from Analysys Mason which found that within five years more than 90% of CSP systems will be on the cloud, with three fifths of those...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Software, Vendors.

Why cloud is the cornerstone of digital transformation in healthcare

Today every part of the business is subject to new expectations, competitors, channels, threats and opportunities. Every business has the potential to be a digital business. As the numbers of smart, connected devices from phones to cars to wearables are growing, companies that quickly deliver digital solutions or services, and use insights to rapidly optimise their value chain are gaining competitive advantage. Businesses that digitally transform will be able to connect more closely with customers, speed up the pace of...

By Roberto Mircoli, 25 February 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Infrastructure, Security.