AWS passes $5 billion in quarterly revenue with a $20bn run rate

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has surpassed $5 billion (£3.6bn) in revenues for the most recent quarter, representing an almost 45% increase year over year and a $20 billion run rate.

The company’s latest financial results show revenues of $60.5bn across the company in the fourth quarter, with particular focus on Alexa. CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement that “we don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often – expect us to double down.”

In the company’s...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Vendors.

AWS, Microsoft, Google and more respond on chip vulnerability issue

Leading cloud providers have said they are aware of and working on securing systems after the disclosure of two major chip-level security vulnerabilities earlier this week.

As first reported by The Register, a ‘fundamental’ design flaw in Intel’s processor chips, dubbed Meltdown, was followed by another flaw, called Spectre, found in chips from Intel, AMD and ARM. The latter was confirmed by Google researchers in a blog post

By James Bourne, 04 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Industry, Vendors, Virtualisation.

The enterprise IT infrastructure market: Microsoft leads cloud collaboration, Cisco leads overall

New figures from Synergy Research around the state of the enterprise IT infrastructure market show that hosted and cloud collaboration revenues continue to grow quickly – with Microsoft at the top of the tree.

The overall market however – including data centre servers, switchers and routers, on-premise collaboration, network security and WLAN – has Cisco at its front with HPE behind. Aside from data centre servers and cloud collaboration, where it is second behind Microsoft, Cisco leads in...

By James Bourne, 04 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Data centre 2017 M&A deals beat 2015 and 2016 combined totals, says Synergy Research

The appetite for data centre deals in 2017 increased dramatically, with 48 transactions at $20 billion overall, according to Synergy Research.

The total surpasses those of 2015 and 2016 combined, which produced 45 deals – 28 in 2016 and 17 in 2015 – at just over $15bn. What’s more, Synergy adds, 2018 will start with $2.6bn of deals which have been agreed but are yet to close. In this category, for instance, would be Equinix’s planned acquisition of data centre provider Metronode for $1.035bn AUD...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, M&A, Vendors.

The best software companies to work for in 2018 – according to Glassdoor

  • 62% of all employees working for Software 500 companies would recommend their company to a friend, up from 61% in 2015.
  • 76% of all employees working for Software 500 companies approve of their CEO today, up from 73% in 2015.
  • Aconex LimitedThe Trade Desk Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD), HubSpot (NYSE: HUBS), Talentica SoftwareWix.com Ltd( (NASDAQ: 

By Louis Columbus, 02 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Vendors.

AWS re:Invent: The partner news you may have missed

With AWS re:Invent done and dusted for another year, naturally the majority of coverage has focused on the initiatives coming out of Amazon’s headquarters. There were plenty of them too – more than 20 announcements in Andy Jassy’s keynote alone, with topics ranging from machine learning, databases, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Yet plenty more news came from the event’s many...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Why hyperscale cloud providers lead the server market

IT vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 19.9 percent year-over-year to reach $17 billion in the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17), According to the lattest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

While demand from cloud computing service providers has driven overall market performance in the past, other areas of the server market are beginning to show growth. Worldwide server shipments increased 11.1 percent year over year to 2.67 million units in 3Q17.

Server systems market...

By David H Deans, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

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.

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.

Google to become Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider in new partnership

Meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners: Salesforce and Google. The two companies announced a deal at Dreamforce late yesterday, with Google Cloud becoming Salesforce’s preferred public cloud provider alongside new product integrations.

There were four primary integrations announced. Salesforce Lightning for Gmail enables users to surface Salesforce CRM data in Gmail, as well as customer interactions from Gmail directly within Salesforce. Lightning for Sheets allows the Google spreadsheet tool...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Public, Salesforce, Software, Vendors.

Assessing the evolution of the managed services and MSP space

Managed services are dead – long live the managed services provider!

A bold statement and one that whilst some people may believe to be true, I would like to put the argument that this thinking is wrong. One thing is for sure though, the way the industry views managed service providers is changing.

I would categorise the reaction to this change by managed service providers into three core areas: those that aren’t; those that are; and those that want to.

Those that aren’t

This is typically...

By Justin Day, 30 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Yet more cloud shared responsibility misunderstanding apparent in new study

The clue is in the ‘shared’ part of shared responsibility: customers and providers have to work together to secure cloud data, yet new research shows two thirds of organisations polled export full responsibility for data protection, privacy and compliance on their cloud service providers.

The study, from Veritas, found that more than eight in 10 (83%) of the 1,200 global business and IT decision makers polled who plan to use infrastructure as a service (IaaS) believe their cloud service provider...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

IBM and SAP’s financial results analysed: Strong cloud focus but contrasting outlooks

IBM and SAP have both declared their most recent financials with cloud growth continuing on both sides, but still questions to be answered overall.

For IBM, overall revenues were again on the slide – $19.15 million (£14.5m) for the most recent quarter compared with $19.23m for this time last year – but cloud revenue was up 20% and overall results beat analyst expectations, seeing IBM’s shares surge as a result.

By James Bourne, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, SAP, Vendors.

Stronger cloud security and guaranteed uptimes? Yes we’ll pay more, say organisations

Three quarters of organisations would be willing to pay a premium to enhance their cloud services, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

In the latest from its Voice of the Enterprise series – this time around organisational dynamics in hosting and cloud managed services – the research firm found that companies were most likely to pay more for security guarantees than anything else.

Just under half (48.7%) of those polled said they would pay to enhance their security, ahead of guaranteed...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, SLA, Vendors.

How IT operations management is embracing open source

Open source software adoption continues to disrupt the traditional IT markets, as enterprise CIOs and CTOs seek ways to evolve by working with progressive vendors and service providers who have a proven track record of open innovation.

The growth of digital business transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive large investment in IT operations management (ITOM) through 2020, according to the latest global market study by Gartner. A primary driver for organisations moving to ITOM...

By David H Deans, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, Vendors.

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.

AWS, Azure, and the state of play right now

A few headlines in the tech and business press over recent months have attempted to shed light on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the public cloud.

As reported by The Street last week, Brent Bracelin, senior research analyst at Pacific Crest, wrote: “We estimate that in the second half of this year, Microsoft’s Commercial Cloud segment could...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

451 Research argues ‘everything as a service’ as next cloud opportunity

The concept of ‘everything as a service’ has been around the industry for a few years – yet according to the latest note from 451 Research, the increased demand for managed security, disaster recovery and networking is forcing its rise to the mainstream.

The analyst firm argues that the ability to ‘connect the dots’ with managed services will provide a key differentiator to both channel partners and service providers, as new kinds of managed services emerge. According to the...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion in Q117, says IDC

Global cloud IT infrastructure revenues hit $8 billion (£6.2bn) in the first quarter of 2017 going up almost 15% year over year – with Cisco the big winners, according to IDC.

The analyst firm has put out the latest figures on its Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker (below), and found Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) could not be separated at the top, with Cisco behind. The two main players saw their revenues dip compared with this time last year; Dell hit $1.289bn...

By James Bourne, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

The cloud can supercharge organisations’ productivity – but only if it is secured

In less than six years, organisations that neglect the advantages of cloud infrastructure will most likely be in a minority. It’s not difficult to see why, really. Not only do cloud services save both time and money, they also have the potential to completely revolutionise how your business operates, opening up new opportunities and revenue streams that would otherwise remain untapped.

Cloud infrastructure provides for...

By Tim Mullahy, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Security, Software, Vendors.