“Amazon’s lead is over”: Oracle launches next generation IaaS data centres

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Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and chief technology officer, has claimed that “Amazon’s lead is over” in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space after Oracle announced the launch of next generation data centres at its OpenWorld event in San Francisco.

The event came days after the software giant released its first quarter 2017 financial...

By James Bourne, 20 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

AWS vs. Azure: IT pros weigh the pros and cons

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When it comes to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), some organisations struggle between the choice of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. They’re both solid IaaS platforms that give organisations access to vast computing resources around the world, but deciding which one is best for you depends on many factors.

At a quick glance, both offerings might look similar on paper, but there are key differences between them that you might not discover until you try them out or talk...

By Peter Tsai, 06 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AWS and Azure get the highest federal security rating: What happens from here?

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Cloud services have been able to store customers’ data for many years now, but the number of prospective clients for several vendors has recently dramatically increased.

Back in late June, the announcement was made that three vendors had received special certifications from the federal government, allowing them to store sensitive data that the government had...

By Rick Delgado, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation, Security.

AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft top IHS Markit cloud IT infrastructure analysis

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Here’s a slightly different take on a widely analysed space: IHS Markit has put Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft as leaders in the cloud IT infrastructure services sector – but put Amazon at the left of the others.

The analyst house released its cloud services scorecard which provides an interesting examination of the landscape – certainly different in its approach to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for instance. The graph is divided into three segments;...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Gartner’s cloud IaaS Magic Quadrant: AWS, Microsoft and Google a clear 1-2-3

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For all those who may deride Gartner’s Magic Quadrants across its various subject areas, it does provide a clear cut snapshot of when a market has sufficiently matured. Nowhere is this better exemplified in the latest quadrant for cloud infrastructure services, released earlier this week – which shows Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft on their own in the leaders’ zone.

It’s always a fun exercise comparing between technologies and between years to see what has changed in the eyes...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google own more than half of global cloud infrastructure market

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google continue to grow more quickly than their smaller competitors and own between them more than half of the global cloud infrastructure service market.

That’s according to the latest figures put out by Synergy Research, who issued a note after Amazon and Alphabet – the parent company of Google – put out

By James Bourne, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Five ways Brexit is accelerating AWS and public cloud adoption

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Deutsche Bank estimates AWS derives about 15% of its total revenue mix or has attained a $1.5B revenue run rate in Europe, while AWS is now approximately 6x the size of Microsoft Azure globally according to Deutsche Bank.

These and other insights are from the research note published earlier this month by Deutsche Bank Markets Research titled AWS/Cloud Adoption in Europe and the Brexit Impact written by Karl Keirstead, Alex Tout, Ross Sandler, Taylor McGinnis and Jobin Mathew.  The...

By Louis Columbus, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Public.

Amazon and Alphabet announce Q2 financial results: Cloud directly and indirectly the key

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated $2.89 billion (£2.19bn) over the last financial quarter, according to financial figures released by the infrastructure giant yesterday.

The figures represent an almost 58% rise from this time last year. For the past two quarters, the figure stands at almost $5.5bn – up 61% from the six months ending June 30 2015.

Considering specific AWS figures were kept out of all its financial releases until last year, instead being bumped in with...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, IaaS.

AWS assures customers its UK expansion plans are on track after Brexit vote

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has said it will continue its plans to build a data centre in the UK despite the referendum vote to leave the European Union last month.

The news was disclosed by AWS UK&I managing director Gavin Jackson at the AWS Summit in London earlier today. The UK data centre region, first announced in November last year, is part...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

AWS and Microsoft get FedRAMP approval for sensitive cloud data

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Another day, another piece of good news for both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS); the vendors are two of three companies which have been given authority by the US government for federal agencies to use them for sensitive cloud data.

Azure and AWS, alongside CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS, have been given the green light under the new FedRAMP High Baseline requirements. The full, mammoth spreadsheet documenting each guideline can be found

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AWS EC2 falls over in Sydney for six hours, stormy weather blamed

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) took a hit in its Sydney region for six hours over the weekend, according to official status updates, with stormy weather being blamed as the source of the problem.

The alarm was first raised on June 4 at 2247 PDT – or 1547 on June 5 Sydney time – with AWS announcing it was investigating increased connectivity issues for EC2 instances in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 region. An hour later, a “power event” was cited as the culprit, with power...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application

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By Thomas Rectenwald, senior engineer, DevOps, Logicworks

Infrastructure as code has defined the last five years of systems engineering, and will likely define the next five. But as we became better and better at manipulating infrastructure with declarative languages, we started to look beyond JSON to find more full-fledged, dynamic programming languages to create and configure cloud resources.

In many ways, this movement is mimicking the evolution of web development as web...

By Logicworks, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure.

The key cloud skills you need in 2016: AWS, Azure, Docker and more

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Jobs relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) have gone up 53% over the past year while job postings requiring Microsoft Azure experience have increased by 75%, according to new data from managed cloud provider Rackspace.

The research figures are not quite as marked as last year’s analysis, when job postings including Docker went up 991% year on year, but it’s still more of the same; Docker postings went up 341% over the past 12 months. DevOps skill sets went up a modest 53% in...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Containers, Developers, DevOps.

Public cloud usage skyrockets but financing could be better, argues research

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While this publication has been examining the futures of the private and hybrid clouds – and naturally found both to be in demand – a new piece of research from Cloud Cruiser has found that the same is true for the public cloud, fuelled primarily by big data and analytics.

The study, which polled almost 200 respondents at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Summit last month in Chicago, found that 92% of respondents were currently using a public cloud, while even more (95%)...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Amazon Web Services launches X1 instances on EC2 for SAP users

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has officially launched X1 instances for its EC2 cloud, which claim to have the most memory available in any SAP-certified cloud instance available today.

The instances have 2 terabytes of memory each and are, according to Amazon, a good fit for programmes such as the SAP HANA in-memory database, big data processing engines such as Apache Spark and Presto, as well as other high performance computing workloads. The memory available in X1 is eight times more...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why more enterprises are running Microsoft applications on the AWS cloud

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Microsoft revenue from Windows Server rose a remarkable 46% in 2015, even while revenue from on-premises licenses fell 2%. The source of growth? Cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), whose customers would rather pay pennies per hour for a license than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on on-premises licenses.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is ramping up efforts to make the case that you should run Windows Server or any application from Microsoft on AWS. There have been...

By Logicworks, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.