Oracle officially unveils autonomous database cloud, reiterates Amazon price offer

It had been previously set up by Larry Ellison – and it did not disappoint when it finally arrived.

Yes, the keynote at OpenWorld promised a lot of heat aimed at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and duly delivered. But there was also the small matter of what is claimed as the world’s first fully autonomous database cloud, powered by Oracle Database 18c.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Two weeks ago, Oracle’s chairman and CTO

By James Bourne, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Oracle introduces new cloud pricing models with further glance at beating AWS

Oracle OpenWorld may still be a couple of weeks away, but Larry Ellison gave a glimpse of what to expect in San Francisco with the announcement of new licensing and pricing structures – promising to beat Amazon by at least 50% on cost.

Ellison, Oracle’s CTO, took to the stage to not only discuss the new structures, but reaffirm the company’s strategy, as well as its next generation, fully autonomous database, to be fully unveiled at OpenWorld.

One of the new models is ‘universal...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Platform, SLA.

AWS launches per-second billing for EC2 and EBS services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to move to a per-second billing model for its EC2 and EBS services from October 2.

The move aims to go one step ahead of its competitors, Microsoft, Google et al, who have been since 2013 been utilising per-minute billing for its services.

Given the developments of products such as AWS Lambda, among others in the serverless realm, it makes sense to make the shift. AWS said many of its customers had been ‘dreaming up applications’ for EC2 that utilised a larger number...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Storage.

Why the war around the cloud has not even started yet

“CIOs are starting to wake up to the fact that there’s going to be multiple clouds to address multiple workloads and applications,” says Thor Culverhouse, CEO of Seattle-based Skytap, “which tells me the war around the cloud hasn’t even started.”

It makes for an interesting viewpoint, considering the assertion that the market is all but sewn up. Indeed, Gartner, in its most recent Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), has placed Amazon Web Services...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

New York Times moves gaming and crossword platform to Google App Engine from AWS

“Cloud computing platform as a service, recently adopted by the New York Times (6, 3, 6)”

The New York Times has announced it has moved its games platform to Google App Engine from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Having first published its daily crossword in 1942, the NYTimes built its first website in 1996, with the digital daily crossword starting life as a web-based Java applet. Since then, the publisher has overseen growth into a suite of mobile apps and a website with more than 300,000 paid...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Case Studies, Developers, Google, Platform.

VMware Cloud on AWS now available aiming to combine best of public and private cloud worlds

The partnership between VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) is starting to bear fruit: the two companies have announced initial availability of the former’s cloud on the latter.

The announcement was made at VMworld in Las Vegas yesterday, where Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, joined VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger on stage to discuss the benefits of the two companies’ integration.

“This really is the ultimate hybrid solution that we’ve developed together – the ability to run any...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Infrastructure, Private, Public, VMware.

AWS aims at enterprise data migration with Migration Hub and Glue launches

At the AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services focused predominantly around enterprise migration – and launched two new products aimed at taking the difficulty out of data analysis and transfer.

The cloud infrastructure giant announced the launch of AWS Migration Hub, a tool which aims to help organisations migrate their assets from on-prem data centres to Amazon’s cloud, as well as the general availability of AWS Glue, a product first announced in December last year which eases the process of...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.

Assessing the key reasons behind a multi-cloud strategy

Everyone who follows cloud computing agrees that we are starting to see more businesses utilise a multi-cloud strategy. The question this raises is: why is a multi-cloud strategy important from a functional standpoint, and why are enterprises deploying this strategy?

To answer this, let’s define “multi-cloud” since it means different things to different people. I personally like this one, as seen on TechTarget:

“the...

By Jay Chapel, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

AWS joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation at platinum level

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) strengthening its open source hand – and two weeks after Microsoft signed up.

The company joins, as Microsoft did, as a platinum member, to help speed up the deployment of cloud-native technologies in its public cloud portfolio.

“As the largest cloud provider, AWS brings...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, OpenSource, PaaS, Platform.

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.

Google Cloud catches up to AWS with Transfer Appliance

Google Cloud has caught up to AWS with a physical ‘Transfer Appliance’ to move your data from your own local servers into the giant’s cloud.

Amazon already has a solution which it calls ‘Snowball’ and features 50TB or 80TB capacities in a ruggedised appliance which the company sends to your premises so you can fill it with your data locally before it heads back to your preferred AWS data centre. The idea, of course, is that you can benefit from a much quicker transfer without the...

By Cloud Tech, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Industry.

10 ways to protect your data on the AWS platform

One of the worst data breaches in US history recently made the headlines, and it's a powerful reminder of the importance of protecting data on platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The personal details of nearly four out of every five adult Americans, including virtually every registered voter, were recently exposed online thanks to sloppy security practices. The data not only included contact details and birth dates, but also...

By Sekhar Sarukkai, 07 July 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Infrastructure, Security, Storage.

Gartner’s IaaS Magic Quadrant 2017: AWS and Azure power on as smaller players come back

Gartner has released its latest Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure and a service (IaaS) – and while Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft will continue to get the plaudits, the real story is to be found nearer the bottom left.

As per 2016, AWS and Microsoft are the only two companies in the ‘leaders’ zone, with Google pushing hard in the ‘visionaries’ side, with Microsoft moving closer to AWS in terms of completeness of vision year over year.

Yet while there were only 10 vendors in the...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

How AWS and Azure’s competition improves public cloud adoption

  • Public cloud spending is predicted to grow quickly, attaining 16% year-over-year growth in 2017.
  • Cowen’s AWS segment model is predicting Revenue and EBITDA to grow 25% and 26.8% annually from 2017 to 2022.
  • Microsoft Azure is viewed as the platform that customers would most likely purchase or renew going forward (28% of total vs. AWS at 22%, GCP at 15%, and IBM at 10%).

These and many other fascinating insights are from Cowen’s study published this...

By Louis Columbus, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Public, Research.

Amazon shuts down unlimited cloud storage plan

Amazon has told customers it will no longer offer an unlimited cloud storage plan – although Prime members will continue to benefit from the service.

In an updated FAQ page, the company confirmed new customers will have the choice of 100 GB for $11.99 and 1 TB for $59.99, with those wishing for more able to go up to 30 TB at an additional $59.99 per terabyte. Any customer who signs up for storage with Amazon will automatically get 5 GB for...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Software, Storage.

Telstra acquires Company85 while Canberra gets AWS Direct Connect

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A couple of updates in the Australian data space this morning; Telstra has announced it has acquired Company85, a UK-based provider of data centre, cloud and network services, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching a new service in Canberra through NEXTDC.

Telstra, primarily a telecoms firm, is looking at Company85 to expand its position in the UK, seeing it as ‘a key market’ for their growing technology services business, as well as help their push towards Europe....

By James Bourne, 05 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Infrastructure, M&A.