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: 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: 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: 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.

OVH announces €400m funding to continue global expansion

OVH, a French cloud and hosting provider, has announced it has raised €400 million (£351m) to help follow through on its global expansion strategy, saying the addition of JP Morgan helped ‘reflect its position as a global player in cloud computing’.

The funding accompanies a previous €250m round from KKR and TowerBrook late last year, with the company saying it generated revenues close to €400m in 2016/17.

“This new financing provides us with an increasingly robust...

By James Bourne, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Infrastructure.

Ireland’s ‘distinctive’ data centre market makes it top for Europe, says new report

If you’re looking for a place to put your data, then Ireland may be the best port of call, according to a new report from BroadGroup.

The report, issued this morning, argued the Emerald Isle’s status in the EU, as well as its ‘low corporate tax environment’, make it an attractive proposition. Connectivity is also a strong point, with the first direct submarine cable system from Ireland to France – bypassing the UK – expected to be launched in 2019.

“Active government...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

We won’t be put off our cloud strategy by cyber threats, organisations affirm

Four in five respondents say cloud adoption in their organisations will not be put off by high profile cyber-attacks, according to a new study from software and IT services provider Advanced.

The survey, which polled more than 500 senior executives in UK organisations and was conducted through Techmarketview, found that the majority of firms said they were concerned about security and data protection in the cloud, with 82% and 68% responding respectively, yet prefer to carry on with their migration...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Europe, Security.

Why businesses must not assume GDPR compliance in the cloud

You may have noticed that more companies are storing data in the cloud and utilising cloud-based services than ever before. But many are failing to ensure that the data is secured or stored in a compliant manner, placing themselves and their customers at risk from data breaches.

With the European Parliament passing the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year, businesses have less than a year before fundamental changes to the way they store and secure data come into effect. As cloud adoption...

By Joseph Pindar, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe.

One year GDPR countdown is a final warning for organisations to sort compliance out

May 25 2018 will see the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation come into effect.

Organisations will by now be more than aware of the penalties – 4% of annual turnover or €20 million (£17.3m), whichever is greater, and if not take this as your final warning – but how are companies reacting to it?

Keyrus is a data intelligence and master data management (MDM) provider. The company has been putting its message out there at various events – including at the Information...

By James Bourne, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe, Security.

How cloud operators can help mitigate the onerous tasks of GDPR responsibilities

With the onset of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in May 2018, data protection requirements will become more stringent. The responsibilities placed on an organisation relating to the data it holds will be two-fold:

  • As a data controller (where the organisation enters and maintains personal data), the organisation must comply with rules concerning consent, access and transferability
  • As a data processor [where the organisation holds data on its own servers] it must follow regulation by ensuring high level cyber security, physical hardware...

By Joseph Blass, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe, Security.

Tencent announces data centre expansion including first European sites

Chinese Internet firm Tencent has announced expansion plans for its data centres, opening five new facilities across three continents by the end of this year.

The first new data centre in Silicon Valley officially opened its doors earlier this week, with future sites being planned in Frankfurt, Moscow, Mumbai, and Seoul. The company added the facilities will be used to serve ‘online games, online finance, video and other Internet-related industries’.

Tencent aims to take the overall number of its...

By James Bourne, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

You’ve migrated to the cloud – what does GDPR mean for your business?

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Ever since the new European regulation on the protection of personal data (GDPR) was voted in, businesses have started their countdown to the transition that will take place in May 2018. They now have less than 18 months to comply with the new European regulation and the consequences of its requirements in terms of data protection: strengthened cybersecurity, liability of data collection entities and new mandatory procedures.

What sets the GDPR apart from earlier legislation relating to...

By Jocelyn Krystlik, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Security.