Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far, although at the time of print (March 23)

By James Bourne, 24 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Pentagon to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of JEDI Microsoft cloud contract award

Updated 1530 GMT The Pentagon has asked a federal court for 120 days to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of the decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion (£7.9bn) federal cloud computing contract.

The ruling, in a court order published on Thursday, noted that Amazon Web Services (AWS), who last month won a...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation.

Google Cloud and AWS launch new services on machine learning and containers respectively

Another day, another product launch in the land of the hyperscalers – and for Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS), their new services are focusing on machine learning (ML) and containers respectively.

Google’s launch of Cloud AI Platform Pipelines, in beta, aims to provide a way to deploy ‘robust, repeatable machine learning pipelines… and delivers an enterprise-ready, easy to install, secure execution environment...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Containers, Google, Software.

Gartner’s cloud AI developer services Magic Quadrant sees AWS edge out Microsoft and Google

The hyperscalers continue to lead where others fear to tread – or at least those without the cavernous pockets of the biggest cloud players, at least. Gartner has gazed into its crystal ball and ranked the main vendors for cloud AI developer services, and it’s a 1-2-3 for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google.

In its latest Magic Quadrant, Gartner defines ‘cloud AI developer services’ thus: as...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Google, Microsoft, Platform, Research, Vendors.

Major League Baseball makes Google Cloud official cloud partner as AWS strikes out

Updated March 6 Major League Baseball (MLB) has selected Google Cloud as its official cloud partner, bringing to an end the company’s long-standing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In what both companies described as a ‘powerful multi-year collaboration’, MLB will migrate its cloud and on-premise systems to Google Cloud, as well as move Google in to power tracking technology Statcast. Machine learning...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

How SaaS, AI and machine learning are boosting sports broadcasting: A guide

The sports broadcasting industry has a problem. Fan bases are growing, as are viewing figures; but it is becoming harder and far more expensive for sports broadcasters and rights holders to manage, package and distribute their content. Obsolete methods of distribution that require expensive software and hardware packages, sold on fix term licenses, are hindering broadcasters from making back-end efficiencies that can ultimately lead to enhanced fan experience.

By Matt Bowman, 26 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, SaaS , Software.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bundesliga goes all-in on AWS, cites ML and AI expertise for archiving as key

Yet another sporting franchise is signing up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to utilise its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities. The Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight football league, has announced it its going all-in on AWS to beef up its statistical acumen as well as improve the fan experience.

Among the technologies in AWS’ arsenal being used by the Bundesliga are image and video...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Case Studies, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

VMware Cloud on AWS implementation best practice: How to accelerate benefits with upfront planning

By now, most businesses have made or are at least planning to make the shift to the cloud. As the benefits of a hybrid and multi-cloud environment become well-known, organisations are turning to VMware’s hybrid cloud platform: VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS offers organisations scalability, support for strategic initiatives, and cost savings for use cases like data...

By Duan Van Der Westhuizen, 08 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Hybrid, Infrastructure, VMware.

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020: The year in cloud reviewed – and what is on the horizon

To say 2019 was a busy year for cloud would be no surprise. Yet the past 12 months has seen innovation, expansion, and drama which represents a poke in the eye for those who dismiss the industry as being consolidated and saturated.

Without any further ado, here is CloudTech’s traditional look back on the year in focus – and what the following 12 months will have in store for industry players and watchers alike.

The...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Government, Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, Security.

Amazon criticises New York Times' reporting of open source theft concerns

AWS vice president Andi Gutmans has penned a scathing response to an article highlighting concerns that Amazon is stealing the innovations of startups.

New York Times journalist Daisuke Wakabayashi wrote an article titled Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World in which he highlighted several cases where Amazon is said to have "strip-mined" (as startups have coined it) open source technology.

The main...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Industry, Platform, Software.

The new hybrid cloud will transform IT operations: How the big three clouds are responding

CIOs have been telling their cloud partners for years now that they’re not ready to fully commit to the public cloud. They have existing infrastructure investments which they’re loathe to jettison and some applications and workloads can’t easily move off site. In other cases, IT needs workloads to run nearby in the data centre to satisfy the extreme low latency requirements for services on the factory floor or in the emergency room.

By Wael Altaqi, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Cloud hyperscaler benchmark report shows China connectivity as a vital issue for all

No cloud is created equal – and according to a benchmark analysis of the biggest providers from network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes, performance varies between the hyperscalers with some potentially surprising findings.

The report, ThousandEyes’ 2019-2020 Cloud Performance Benchmark, assessed more than 320 million data points collected from almost 100 global metro locations over the course of a...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Which AWS container orchestration platform is best for your organisation? A guide

Container orchestration platforms exist to make container use a whole lot easier. Running any application on a container will make it portable. However, when the time comes to scale or add services, you’re going to run into problems without a platform to manage and stitch it all together, and it will quickly become too difficult to handle.

By Yossi Jana, 01 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Containers, Developers, Platform.