How financial services can stay secure in the cloud: A guide

It was only a few years ago that an air of trepidation surrounded the cloud. However, in the present day, there is no question that having got through what Gartner termed a 'phase of disillusionment’, retail financial services firms see the immense value that cloud can bring. What’s more, with the implementation of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), the rise of fintech competitors and the emergence of blockchain technologies, many banks are...

By Chris Hill, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

Alibaba Cloud breaks $1.5bn in revenues amid hope of eCommerce migration encouragement

Alibaba Cloud hit more than RMB10 billion (£1.18bn) in revenue in its most recent quarter, with revenues up 62% year over year.

Total revenues for Alibaba were at RMB161.4bn (£17.7bn) for Q419, at a yearly growth of 38%, meaning Alibaba Cloud comprises 6.7% of the China-based retail giant’s overall revenues. Cloud revenues for Q2 and Q3 were at $1.13bn (£867m) and $1.3bn (£997m) respectively.

By James Bourne, 17 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Industry, Infrastructure, Migration.

Amazon wins injunction to temporarily halt Microsoft JEDI contract award – reports

A US judge has temporarily paused Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract following an appeal from Amazon, signalling a significant win for the latter.

According to various reports, Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, of the US Federal Claims Court, agreed to the initial step. While the existence of the injunction can be made public, the documents pertaining to them are currently sealed.

By James Bourne, 14 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Hedera Hashgraph selects Google Cloud as preferred cloud provider

Hedera Hashgraph, a provider of a decentralised network and distributed ledger technology (DLT), has selected Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider to push through enterprise-grade DLTs.

Hedera’s hashgraph consensus mechanism advocated by the company is touted as faster and more secure than other blockchain consensus offerings. The company sees itself as part of the third generation of public ledger technologies,...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Developers, Google, Infrastructure.

Spotting the elephant in the room: Why cloud will not burst colo’s bubble just yet

When it comes to the future demand for data centre colocation services, it would be easy to assume there’s a large elephant in the room – in the shape of a large cloud ready to consume all before it.  

From what we are seeing, however, alongside our cloud provider hosting services and in line with market forecasts, this is far from actual reality. The signs are that colocation can look forward to a vibrant...

By Simon Bearne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Security.

5G, the edge, and the disruption of the cloud: Why now is the time for change

Sponsored If one were to put together a linguistic analysis of all the conversations held at MWC 2020, later this month in Barcelona, there is a fair chance that the most spoken word would be 5G.

Not surprisingly, the term will be everywhere this year – much of course as it was last year and the year before. Yet whether it is smartphone vendors looking to showcase their latest, speediest wares, or thought leaders looking to...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Infrastructure, Platform.

Google Cloud secures $2.6bn quarterly revenues at 53% growth as Alphabet reveals all for first time

Google Cloud hit $2.6 billion (£2bn) in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 with a more than $10bn run rate, as parent company Alphabet divulged various individual business figures for the first time.

The cloud business grew 53% year on year, according to CEO Sundar Pichai, with strong uptake noted in multi-cloud offering Anthos and growth in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) moving faster than the wider cloud business.

By James Bourne, 04 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to step down: Analysing the cloud strategy and in-tray for the new boss

Analysis IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty is to step down in April after more than eight years at the helm, with senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software Arvind Krishna taking over.

Krishna, who was a contributing factor in IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat in 2018, will become only the 10th CEO in...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

AWS secures $9.95bn in Q419 revenues to beat expectations – and maintain market share

Amazon Web Services (AWS) posted revenues of $9.95 billion (£7.59bn) in its most recent quarter, beating analyst expectations.

The results represent a 34% increase on Q418, while the full-year figure, of $35bn, are 36.5% up on 2018. The third quarter saw revenues of $8.99bn, with AWS contributing 11% of Amazon’s total pot, a figure remaining conistent with previous quarters.

By James Bourne, 31 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft posts more strong financials and 62% Azure growth – with differentiation key to success

Microsoft saw its Azure business grow 62% in its most recent quarter after posting total revenues of $36.9 billion (£28.2bn) – yet chief executive Satya Nadella was keen to note the breadth of Azure’s stack as well as the bottom line.

The company’s Q220 figures, as ever divided into three primary revenue buckets, saw its ‘intelligent cloud’ stream increase 26% year over year to $11.8bn....

By James Bourne, 30 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP, Software.

Hybrid cloud environments: A guide to the best applications, workloads, and strategies

Nowadays, developers at pretty much every company require quick IT response time, self-service deployments, and a good user experience. And when it comes to line of business (LoB) activities, they don’t hesitate to bypass IT if they’re not satisfied with their current options. The result is that the past several years has seen the shift of applications and workloads deployed to a hybrid cloud model, with a mix of traditional on premise, private and public cloud...

By Chadd Schwartz, 30 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software.

Data centre M&A broke the 100 deal barrier in 2019 – driven by private equity

2019 saw a bumper year of data centre merger and acquisition deals with the total number passing 100 for the first time, according to Synergy Research.

The record number has come about following a dramatic swing in private versus public deals, with 50% in private equity and a 45% downturn for sales closed by public companies.

The number of billion-dollar deals declined again in 2019,...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

Microsoft to launch cloud data centre region in Israel

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre region in Israel, bringing the total number of countries served by Azure to 21.

The region is expected to go live in 2021, starting with Azure and with Office 365 to follow. The move represents another EMEA expansion, following recent launches in Germany and Switzerland.

Among the list of customers using Microsoft's...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The war rages on for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud: Exploring the battlefield and strategy for 2020

The hyperscale cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with other pretenders occasionally cited – naturally generate the vast majority of revenues and, with it, the headlines.

According to figures from Synergy Research in December, one third of data...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Vendors.

Edge computing and ITOps: Analysing the opportunities and challenges ahead

It’s true that edge computing is hard to define and is running high on the hype scale. But research and surveys continue to indicate that this trend of processing data where it’s collected for better latency, cost savings and real-time analysis is an innovation with legs. There will be 75 billion IoT devices by 2025, according to Statista.

By Bhanu Singh, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, CIO, Data Management, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Expect 2020 to see public and private cloud outspend traditional IT infrastructure, says IDC

Revenue for cloud infrastructure equipment dipped a little in the most recent quarter, IDC has argued – yet it is more indicative of a wider IT downturn than a cloud-specific malaise.

The analyst firm, in its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, found an overall quarterly figure of $16.8 billion (£12.9bn) – a decline of 1.8% year over year. IDC increased its forecast for total 2019...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Vendors.

Google Cloud unveils premium support offering to further woo enterprise customers

Google Cloud continues to push its wares for an enterprise base with the launch of a premium support offering for enterprise and mission-critical requirements.

The service builds upon current offerings, of providing technical account managers and 15-minute SLOs (service level operations). Any companies with premium support will have their cases handled directly by the best of the best – or ‘context-aware...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

Cloud infrastructure trends: Usage continues to rise – with AWS-VMware workloads soaring in parallel

85% of organisations expect to have the majority of their workloads cloud-based by the end of 2020, according to a new study from AllCloud.

The study, which polled more than 150 IT decision makers at organisations where at least 300 employees were using cloud infrastructure, found seven in 10 respondents already ran at least half of their workloads on the cloud.

When it came to...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

Get ready for a seismic shift in business structure for 2020 – underpinned by cloud

The technology industry is advancing at a rapid pace, with new developments like IoT and AI moving on leaps and bounds within the span of mere months. The broader impact of this is that the very structure of business is being altered by this acceleration, and the management of such technologies is becoming a discipline – and a necessity – in itself.

In 2020, it will be more important than ever to have the proper...

By Henrik Nilsson, 15 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Infrastructure, Software.