VMware takes AWS and IBM partnerships up another notch and fills a Kubernetes-shaped hole

VMware appears intent on celebrating its 20th birthday in some style. The company's various announcements at VMworld Europe in Barcelona have further showcased its position as an enabler of enterprise cloud technologies, with acquisitions and partnerships key.

Regarding the former, VMware announced the acquisition of Heptio, a company set up by two founding Kubernetes engineers to help expand the container orchestration tool's reach into the enterprise. Craig McLuckie, co-founder, CEO and former Google product...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Enterprise, Europe, Infrastructure, VMware.

Avis chooses AWS to drive forward a connected car platform vision

Another example of an ‘industry cloud’, albeit this time with a twist: car hire firm Avis is tapping into Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help with connected car data analysis.

Avis is using AWS Connected Vehicle Solution, the infrastructure behemoth’s product which focuses on transporting vehicle data to Amazon’s cloud securely, with low latency and low overhead.

By James Bourne, 02 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Platform.

AWS hits $6.7bn in quarterly revenue – as the biggest cloud infrastructure players get even bigger

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit almost $6.7 billion (£5.2bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter – up almost 10% from the previous quarter and marking a 45% jump from this time last year.

Despite Amazon’s overall figures being a slight disappointment for investors and analysts – shares dipped in after-hours trading after total quarterly revenues of $56.6bn missed the $57.1bn target – AWS continues to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

WikiLeaks claims to publish confidential AWS data centre location information

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is a 'highly confidential' document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres.

The whistle-blowing organisation claims to have published the document, originating from late 2015, as an attempt to shed light on the 'largely hidden' nature of cloud infrastructure locations.

"While one of the benefits of the cloud is the potential to increase reliability through geographic distribution of computing...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

A look beyond 2019: AI, blockchain and quantum – and what this means for the cloud behemoths

As technology changes, the roles the key actors play changes with it. The feted Institute of Engineering and Technology hosted analysts from CCS Insight, who gave wide-ranging predictions on the state of the enterprise technology ecosystem - with the biggest cloud players featuring heavily in future trends.

The yearly jamboree has taken on something of a life of its own, with press headlines regularly questioning some of the...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Blockchain, Enterprise, Research, Vendors.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google infrastructure-centric: Why the cloud is increasingly ‘magic’

Opinion We hear the term ‘the year of the cloud’ many times. I profess that it is ‘the decade of the cloud’ – and what’s more, we haven’t even really started yet.

Having been in the cloud industry for more than 12 years, and had a wealth of opportunity to engage with business across vertical sectors – from small local businesses to global enterprises and across geographic regions...

By Ian Moyse, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How to make Amazon Web Services highly available for SQL Server

Mission-critical database applications are often the most complex use case in the public cloud for a variety of reasons. They need to keep running 24x7 under all possible failure scenarios. As a result, they require full redundancy, which involves provisioning standby server instances and continuously replicating the data. Configurations that work well in a private cloud may not be possible in the public cloud. And providing high availability can incur considerably...

By Dave Bermingham, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

AWS launches into Accenture and Capgemini partnerships

A couple of partnerships involving Amazon Web Services (AWS) with Accenture and Capgemini have been unveiled, around healthcare and enterprise migrations respectively.

The first partnership, announced with Accenture and Merck, aims to launch a cloud-based informatics research platform which is designed to help life sciences organisations in the early stages of drug development.

The platform will enable healthcare professionals to analyse and aggregate data from multiple applications and a single set of...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Software.

VMworld 2018: Multi-cloud strategies, AWS partnership blossoms, vSAN and NSX updates, and more

At VMworld in Las Vegas, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, with the help of some of the best and brightest in the cloud industry, expanded on partnerships and products, as well as the evolution of the multi-cloud landscape.

For the second year running, Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), took to the stage to give an update on AWS’ growing partnership with VMware, alongside new features. The announcement of an expansion...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, VMware.

Oracle marks ‘major milestone’ in autonomous strategy as Ellison takes more swipes at AWS

Oracle’s CTO and executive chairman Larry Ellison announced the launch of the company’s latest autonomous database service around transaction processing (ATP) last night – but a recent report around claims by Amazon also caught his eye.

At an event in California, Ellison responded to a story, originally broken by CNBC, which claimed that Amazon was planning to move completely away from Oracle’s databases by...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

AWS revenues go up 49% year on year, remains ‘in a league of its own’

Revenue for Amazon Web Services (AWS) went up 49% year over year to $6.1 billion (£4.6bn) representing another stellar quarter for the cloud infrastructure giant.

The AWS revenues, up from $4.1bn this time last year and up from $5.4bn in the previous quarter, comprise 11.5% of Amazon’s total revenues of $52.9bn.

In an analyst call after the announcement was made, Amazon chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky noted how AWS’ ability to save on infrastructure resources has helped not only the...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Major League Baseball expands AWS partnership for AI and machine learning capabilities

Twas the week before earnings, and all in the cloud, vendors announced new customers, and took off the shroud.

That's certainly the case with Amazon Web Services (AWS), with Major League Baseball (MLB) extending its partnership with the Seattle cloud giant for its machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning expertise.

MLB already runs various workloads, including its facts and figures base, Statcast, on AWS. The new initiatives aims to improve the experience for armchair fans as well as...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Applications, Software.

Formula 1 races to AWS as official cloud provider, cites importance of machine learning capabilities

It has been described by Citrix as a ‘never-ending technology arms race to optimise performance’ – and now Formula 1 has gotten a further boost by selecting Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its official cloud and machine learning provider.

The move will see Formula 1 move the vast majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centres to AWS, and use a variety of products to help improve broadcasts, data tracking, and race strategies.

Amazon...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Software.

AWS leads across all geographies in public cloud – with Alibaba second in APAC

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has total geographic dominance in public cloud – but while Microsoft and Google secure second and third place through most of the globe, Alibaba is a clear second in APAC.

This is the key finding from the latest note by Synergy Research, which focused on Q1 data - although the majority of the figures won’t differ from what many market watchers already recognise.

AWS ranks at #1 worldwide, ahead of Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, and IBM. Across North America and EMEA, the top...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

AWS moves Amazon EKS to general availability in managed Kubernetes push

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon EKS, its managed Kubernetes service – putting it alongside rivals Microsoft and Google in this regard.

EKS, which was announced at AWS re:Invent back in November, is now operational in US East and US West regions, with further expansion happening ‘very soon’, according to the company.

The move puts AWS...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Containers, Developers, Kubernetes, Platform.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud hyperscaler capex spend goes into overdrive in Q1, argues Synergy

If you want to challenge the leading cloud infrastructure providers, you are going to need some seriously deep pockets. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, hyperscaler cloud capex spending hit a record $27 billion (£20.1bn) in the most recent quarter.

The top five spenders in the industry remain Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, with Alibaba, IBM, JD.com, NTT, and Tencent comprising the top 10.

Google kicked off the quarter by announcing

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Verizon moves to AWS as preferred public cloud provider

Verizon is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred public cloud provider – migrating more than 1,000 business critical applications and backend systems in the process.

The announcement, made by AWS, notes that Verizon first started working with the cloud infrastructure behemoth in 2015, with the latest wave of migrations ‘part of a corporate-wide initiative at Verizon to increase agility and reduce costs through the use of cloud computing.’ Among the migrations are a series of...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Migration.

Ryanair goes all-in on AWS - with machine learning capability cited as key

The AWS Summit, in London, has seen a few pieces of news emerge - including a new customer and new functionality - with machine learning at the heart of it.

The cloud infrastructure behemoth announced Ryanair will be going all-in, with the Irish-headquartered airline set to close 'the vast majority' of its data centres in the coming three years. This includes moving from Microsoft's SQL Server to Aurora, Amazon's MySQL and PostgreSQL-compatible relational database engine.

Ryanair said machine learning, from...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

A guide: How to apply the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to AWS implementations

If public cloud services are in your IT mix, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is a great way to evaluate security needs and develop a robust security strategy. The NIST CSF identifies five key cybersecurity functions - “Identify,” “Protect,” “Detect,” “Respond,” and “Recover” - to organise recommended security controls into actionable work streams. AWS users can use the CSF to plan...

By Sanjay Kalra, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Best Practice, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.