AWS with ‘stable’ global market share but slower growth than Microsoft and Google

The latest analysis of the global cloud infrastructure market from Canalys plays into the trends watchers of the industry have seen for some time: Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate but is growing more slowly than its nearest rivals.

AWS’ growth is still at 43% year over year according to Canalys, while Microsoft continues to be the quickest growing of the hypervendors at 93% growth. Google was up 74% year on year, while IBM held 38% growth. The result is that AWS holds a...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Research.

Amazon, Microsoft and Google’s financial results give an intriguing state of the cloud

Analysis April 27 saw Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft release its most recent financial results, with cloud at the heart of their success. But this doesn’t quite tell the full story.

Amazon reported net sales for Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit $3.66 billion (£2.83bn), up 42% from a year before, but up only 3.5% from the previous quarter’s $3.54bn.

Amazon’s cloud computing arm secured 12 bullet points of its own in the 32-point...

By James Bourne, 28 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How the cloud wars are beginning to enter a new phase

Opinion Imagine a business where the product keeps getting better and better, like storage space and video quality, but the prices keep falling steadily as the product continues to improve. It’s happening in cloud computing – and this ‘race to zero’ has people in the industry deeply worried.

The current leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), slashed their prices an astounding 44 times in the past six years. Amazon’s strategy, it seems, is more of a low cost, high volume model. This strategy...

By Rick Delgado, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

AWS distinguished engineer questions Oracle cloud data centre claims

Oracle’s penchant for calling out its rivals in the cloud arena has got something of a response: James Hamilton, distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services (AWS), has taken issue with a comment made by Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd around the speed of the Redwood giant’s data centres.

Speaking to Fortune, Hurd said in response to a question about its capability and spend on data centres compared to other players in the market: “If I...

By James Bourne, 21 April 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Public.

Organisations looking to spend more on AWS cloud-native services, research says

Spend on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-native services, including serverless compute AWS Lambda, data warehouse Amazon Redshift, and streaming platform Amazon Kinesis, is set to go up this year, according to a new study from 2nd Watch.

The Seattle-based firm, an AWS premier partner, found that of 1,000 US IT and business executives, almost half (48%) said they plan to spend at least 10% more on Amazon’s cloud-native options. 35% of all respondents said they planned to spend between 10% and 20% more,...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Platform.

The key cloud certifications needed to boost your career in 2017

The cloud skills gap is widening and almost 40% of businesses are now struggling to find the qualified employees they need, according to Microsoft’s recent Cloud Skills Report. This is an incredible opportunity for professionals who can prove their cloud knowledge.

Determined professionals validate their knowledge and set themselves apart from the competition with training and certifications. The same report from Microsoft also found that tech leaders believe professionals with formal qualifications in cloud...

By Alex Bennett, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Developers, Microsoft.

AWS turns its contact centre into a service with Amazon Connect

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of Amazon Connect, a self-service cloud-based contact centre service which aims to make customer service easier and cheaper for businesses.

The service is an extension of the cloud infrastructure giant’s own customer contact centre technology – going back 10 years – put together as a service; think of the launch of Lex, the...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software.

Why AWS and public clouds are a great fit for digital health companies

Global equity funding to private digital health startups grew for the 7th straight year in 2016, with a 12% increase from $5.9B in 2015 to $6.6B in 2016, according to CBInsights.

Not incidentally, the rise of digital health has coincided with rising familiarity and market acceptance of public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Public cloud is what has allowed growing healthcare software companies to get to market faster, scale, and...

By Logicworks, 23 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Industry, Infrastructure.

Oracle announces $1.2bn cloud quarter with AWS and Salesforce in sights

When Larry Ellison moved from the CEO to the CTO chair at Oracle in 2014, he joked with analysts that “you’re going to have to wait a little while longer” before he disappears from the quarterly conference calls.

Fast forward two and a half years to the most recent Q317, and Ellison has explained how ‘generation two’ of Oracle’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering has the...

By James Bourne, 16 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

The AWS security primer: Here’s what you need to know

If you’re considering migrating your business applications to a public cloud, the chances are that you’ve looked into Amazon Web Services. With its higher capacity and wide range of cloud services, AWS has become the most popular choice for businesses looking to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effective storage that cloud computing offers.

Security in AWS is based on a shared responsibility model: Amazon provides and secures the infrastructure, and you are responsible for securing what...

By Avishai Wool, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Public, Security.

AWS says human error to blame for S3 outage which took down multitude of sites

Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS)’ S3 (simple storage service) suffered an extended period of service disruption knocking a multitude of sites and businesses offline – and the fault was all down to good old fashioned human error, according to the company.

According to a note published to customers, the fault occurred during a debugging session. “At 9:37AM PST, an authorised S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Storage.

Enterprises at risk of ‘significant overspend’ on cloud services, research warns

1&1 continues to be the best value for money cloud provider with Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) trailing, according to the latest report from cloud performance benchmarking firm Cloud Spectator.

The annual report, of which regular readers of this publication will already be aware, this time covers the US infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, and aims to show that biggest is not always best.

10 cloud service providers were analysed, including the four largest players in the market – AWS,...

By James Bourne, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

How to achieve HIPAA compliance on AWS: A guide

 

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Healthcare companies that are accustomed to complete control over physical systems often struggle to understand their responsibilities in a cloud environment. Who is responsible for which aspects of compliance? Can healthcare companies trust Amazon with their mission-critical apps and sensitive data? What are the rules and boundaries for AWS compliance?

Mastering these intricacies can help you create compliance-ready systems on AWS. In this article, we will cover the basics, but for a deeper...

By Logicworks, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Industry, Infrastructure.

AWS hits $3.5bn in revenue for Q416, takes on ‘surge’ from Microsoft, IBM, and Google

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit $3.54 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an almost 50% increase from this time last year, according to Amazon’s latest financial results.

The cloud infrastructure leader earned $926m in operating profit at a 26% margin, while its annual operating profit margin was at more than 25%. Third quarter revenue for AWS was $3.2bn, while overall Amazon revenue was at...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Eseye on embracing cloud, Amazon Web Services, and the IoT

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“We changed our business model to align with cloud,” explains Nick McNamara, VP sales Europe at connectivity provider Eseye.

The company has doubled down on both the Internet of Things (IoT) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) strategically, as McNamara, speaking at the IoT Tech Expo event last week, explains. “All connectivity providers, whether you’re an MNO, an MVNO, or like us a smart MNO, sell megabytes per month,” he says. “We no longer sell megabytes...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Data Sovereignty, Security, Vulnerabilities.

The quarterly verdict: How do Google, IBM and Microsoft all stack up?

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It’s that time again; another quarter passes by and with it comes a variety of financial reports from the big hitters. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, IBM, and Microsoft have all filed within the past week – so what do the figures all mean?

Top line highlights:

  • IBM’s cloud revenue was at $13.7 billion for the full year of 2016, up 35%, while fourth quarter cloud revenues increased 33% to $4.2bn
  • Microsoft’s commercial cloud annualised revenue run rate hit $14 billion, with Azure revenue up 95% in constant currency...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

Why Kubernetes promises much for those willing to embrace a cultural shift

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Opinion It’d be fantastic if developers could write one piece of code on their machine and have full confidence it could run on any server without a glitch.

This is far from the norm as the technical headaches of pushing code on to different servers and environments can have profound consequences for any organisation. This can undermine confidence and slow down the roll-out of new apps and amendments to them.

Things are changing though, as the technology supporting cloud...

By Rob Greenwood, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Kubernetes, PaaS, Platform.

Azure more likely cloud provider for enterprise with Google for SMB, says Clutch

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Enterprises prefer Microsoft Azure as their primary cloud provider while smaller businesses are more likely to be Google houses, according to the latest research from B2B analysis firm Clutch.

The findings, which polled almost 250 users of AWS, Google and Microsoft, appear in the firm’s latest report, found almost 40% of Azure users polled identify as enterprises, compared to only 25% for SMBs...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research, Vendors.

That was the year that was: 2016 in cloud - and what’s on the horizon for 2017

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2016 was an interesting year in cloud computing. For the European market, data protection regulation came into force, while many of the major cloud providers began to move their operations into and build data centres in Europe, from AWS, to Microsoft, to IBM. Regarding acquisitions, Oracle bought NetSuite, Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Samsung acquired Joyent, while in terms of trends, DevOps, containers and security continued to be the primary talking points.

Here is our short review of the main...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Security.

Matson, AWS, and overcoming the cloud lock-in challenge for big data

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Shipping giant Matson made news back in November with its major migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Matson’s recent announcement to go ‘all in’ with AWS is another example of large enterprises realising the intrinsic value of the public cloud.

But merely getting set up on one of the large cloud providers is now table stakes – everyone has a pilot. True cloud success is another matter.

It took years to complete...

By Prat Moghe, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.