Cloudian raises $94 million in series E round, says object storage ‘an idea whose time truly has come'

San Mateo-headquartered cloud storage provider Cloudian has announced it has raised $94 million (£73m) in a series E funding round, hailing it as a validation that object storage is ‘an idea whose time truly has come.’

Cloudian’s business case has been around the benefits of object storage, which provides greater scalability than block storage, as well as favouring unstructured data, with metadata attached to each object...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Europe, Software, Storage.

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues healthy growth – but security not on the same page

Cloud adoption in EMEA continues to grow significantly, but security awareness is not growing with it, according to new research from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its latest report, used company domains to identify cloud apps deployed in 20,000 organisations across Europe.

Less than half (47%) of organisations analysed had a single sign on (SSO) tool in use,...

By James Bourne, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

IBM and SAP’s cloud financials continue to impress – but bigger hitters still to come

IBM has delivered its third consecutive quarter of growth – with cloud revenue up 20% and now representing almost a quarter of the company’s total revenue.

The company posted total revenues of $20 billion (£15.4bn) for the most recent quarter, up from $19.3bn this time last year, with six month revenues of $39.1bn, compared with $37.4bn from the year before.

Alongside cloud – which has hit $18.5bn in revenue over the past 12 months – IBM cited AI, analytics, blockchain and...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure, SAP.

Alibaba Cloud eyes further EMEA expansion with launch of partner program

Alibaba Cloud’s expansion outside of China and Asia Pacific has been well documented – and now the provider is firming up its commitments with the launch of a new EMEA partner program.

The partner program will aim to look at four key areas; developing digital transformation in targeted vertical industries; supporting the development of talent; advancing technology innovation; and enhancing marketplaces.

The overall effect, in the company’s words, is ‘to create an inclusive ecosystem...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure.

IBM looks to further European cloud expansion with new customers and availability zones

IBM is looking to build upon recent cloud momentum – and the company is expanding in Europe after securing several new customers in healthcare, logistics, energy and more.

The announcements showcase how many prospective IBM clients are utilising the company’s cloud for its artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain capabilities. Credit Mutuel, a French bank, is deploying IBM Watson virtual assistants across all of its business lines – run on IBM’s cloud in France with a...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Blockchain, Europe, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud opens up in Finland, uses natural cooling for sustainability

Google Cloud is now open for business in Finland, making it the 16th region to launch across five continents.

The move was first announced at the start of the year when Google significantly expanded its infrastructure, with five new regions and three subsea cables. Facilities in the Netherlands and Montreal have already been opened, with Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Switzerland – the latter

By James Bourne, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud to launch in Switzerland, furthering global expansion

Google Cloud is already expanding into five new regions this year – and now Switzerland can be added to the list.

The move to open facilities in Zurich will mean Google has half a dozen regions in Europe, taking the overall total of existing and announced regions to 20. The Swiss zones will open in the first half of 2019, Google said.

“Customers in Switzerland will benefit from lower latency for their cloud-based workloads and data, and the region is also designed for high availability, launching with three...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

CloudHealth Technologies announces further European expansion

CloudHealth Technologies, Boston-based cloud management and cost optimisation provider, is expanding further into Europe by making ‘significant investments’ in the region.

The company is forming a development team in London, as well as the typical expansion bases of expanding its employee, partner and customer base. CloudHealth adds it has grown its London employee base by 300%, as well as hitting 83% revenue growth in EMEA. London is not the company’s only European office, with operations...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Platform.

Alibaba Cloud expands to Turkey with new partnership

Alibaba’s cloud expansion continues: the company has announced an expansion into Turkey alongside E-Glober.

E-Glober, the only authorised agent and business partner of Alibaba.com in Turkey, will provide their local connections and insights with Alibaba Cloud’s global infrastructure to ‘provide a compelling offering to meet the digitalisation and international expansion needs of local companies’, as the press materials put it.

Alibaba is pushing its Elastic Compute Service (ECS) with...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Europe, Infrastructure, Vendors.

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.

Why manufacturing can’t afford not to invest in AI – and how the cloud enables it

Artificial intelligence (AI) is often touted as the brain behind Industry 4.0. Even the government is backing this emerging technology with its industrial strategy, which aims to “propel Britain to global leadership of the industries of the future including AI and big data”.

Yet research suggests that manufacturers are behind the curve. According to

By Dean McGlone, 28 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Europe, Industry.

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.

Alibaba strengthens European cloud plans with additional C5 compliance accreditation

More evidence – as if it were needed – that Alibaba is serious about taking its cloud arm into new geographies: the company has announced compliance accreditation with Germany’s federal office for information security.

The C5 attestation – so called because its full natty title is the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue – with additional requirements covers Alibaba’s elastic compute service, relational database, object storage, CDN, load balancer, virtual private...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Compliance, Europe, Security, Software.

Virtus reveals plans for London’s largest data centre campus

Virtus Data Centres, a UK-based data centre colocation provider, has announced the launch of two new facilities to create London’s largest data centre campus.

The two buildings, known as VIRTUS LONDON5 AND LONDON6, will total 34,475 metres squared, and will aim to deliver 40 megawatts of IT load with the secured power capacity to increase to 110 MVA.

The move will ‘further strengthen’ Virtus’ claim as the largest hybrid colocation provider in the London metro area, according to the...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

New report argues positive assessment of Nordic data centre market

Investment in the Nordic data centre market has hit $3 billion (£2.2bn) over the past 18 months, while the combined power for third party facilities and hyperscales is approaching 800MW for the region.

That is the key finding from a new report by BroadGroup, whose third Data Centers Nordic report has found that the region, noted by data centre and server operators due to its naturally cooler climes, is set fair for more investment by US and Asia-based vendors.

Third party m2 space will increase by more...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

How digital evolution is defined by trusted relationships

Billions of people around the world use the internet to share ideas and trade with one another. With worldwide internet penetration at nearly 50 percent, the global digital economy has become a space of immense opportunity.

It’s clear that business transactions are becoming heavily reliant on us being connected onlne. Digital flows are now responsible for more GDP growth globally than trade in traditional offline goods and services. Digital transformation is now driving globalization.

As such, achieving...

By David H Deans, 06 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Europe.

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.

Rackspace and OVH launch new European data centres

Rackspace and OVH have announced the openings of new data centres in Frankfurt and London respectively.

The former cited EU and Swiss data protection regulations as part of the reason for its move, while the latter said that ‘in spite of Brexit’ it was still committed to the UK market.

“This marks a significant step forward for OVH in supporting UK customers with a local dedicated gateway into our worldwide network,” said Hiren Parekh, director cloud EMEA at OVH. “We are offering...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Google opens doors on London data centre

Google has opened the doors on its London data centre, joining Brussels as its second European site with more to follow.

The region will have three zones – as is the case with each region, although some initially operate with two – and will offer compute – App Engine, Compute Engine and Container Engine – big data, storage, and networking capabilities for customers.

“Incredible user experiences hinge of performant infrastructure,”

By James Bourne, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.