Why Africa’s cloud and data centre ecosystem will – eventually – be a land of serious opportunity

Take a look at the data centre footprint of the three largest cloud infrastructure vendors – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud – and you are met with a breathless marketing message.

Azure (picture below, middle) promises 54 regions worldwide – the terminology differs for each one – promising ‘more global regions than any other cloud provider.’ AWS’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Gartner and Synergy studies show continued cyclical cloud spend

The cloud industry continues to go up and up – both in terms of global public cloud revenue and spending on data centre hardware and software.

Those are the key findings from two separate research studies, from Gartner and Synergy Research respectively.

Gartner found the worldwide public cloud services market is set to hit $214.3 billion (£164.1bn) in 2019, up 17.5% from...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

How are faster networks advancing the next generation of data centres?

We are witnessing significant uplift in data transmission speeds offered by network connectivity providers. Service providers are now promising speeds in hundreds of MBs to GBs with which, for instance, we can see live streaming of Blu-ray movie prints without any buffering.

Such network speeds are set to trigger many new technology possibilities. Businesses cannot afford to stay behind, as they have to take into account new...

By Sagar Nangare, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Trends.

Intel, Google, Microsoft and more team up for CXL consortium to supercharge data centre performance

Intel, Google and Microsoft are among nine tech giants who have teamed up to launch a new industry group to advance data centre performance.

The group, which also includes Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, HPE and Huawei, is looking at solidifying Compute Express Link (CXL), an emerging high-speed CPU-to-device and CPU-to-memory interconnect. The particular focus is on high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How new cloud agents are increasing confidence in the public cloud

By now, articles espousing migrating to the cloud are a dime a dozen. You can find everything from simple how-tos to complete lift and shift project plans being touted as the best way to migrate. At face value, the advantages and cost savings of moving enterprise applications to the public cloud are easy to grasp. Why wouldn’t your enterprise leverage the scale and power of the cloud, which grows as your business grows, without the huge...

By Erik Freeland, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud chief Kurian advocates aggressive enterprise sales strategy in opening salvo

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian is looking to give his new employer a stronger enterprise presence – by using old-school sales tactics.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, the former Oracle veteran noted his plan to hire more salespeople, focus more aggressively on large traditional companies, as well as look at fresh deals with systems integrators.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Secure cloud transformation: A four-step strategy for the CIO

By Matt Piercy, VP and general manager, Zscaler EMEA

The business IT environment is changing rapidly and, as a result, today’s CIOs have to tackle a number of big challenges. 20 years ago, applications and data were stored on an individual’s computer. Today, cloud-delivered applications, services, and infrastructure are transforming business processes, services, and models.

By Zscaler, 05 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data Centres, Mobility, Software.

More data centre M&A deals than ever – and expect more cannibalisation to come

The data centre market saw an uptick in terms of the number of M&A deals in 2018 – but the total value has dipped, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The analyst firm found that while the number of acquisitions and transactions last year grew to 68, their value slipped to approximately $16 billion, shaving almost $5bn off last year’s total.

In terms of...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Equinix and Alibaba Cloud focus on Asia Pacific in latest data centre launches

The race for cloud supremacy in the emerging Asia Pacific regions continues apace, with new data centre launches planned for Singapore and Indonesia by Equinix and Alibaba Cloud respectively.

Equinix announced that $85 million had been invested in a seven-storey site called SG4, which is expected to open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 1,400 cabinets available in the first instance. The site’s name reflects...

By James Bourne, 11 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

India to create more than one million cloud computing jobs by 2022, report notes

Cloud computing will continue to be a business driver across the globe – and according to a new report, India will see significant growth in the coming years.

Great Learning, an ed-tech platform provider, argues that more than one million cloud computing jobs will be created in India by 2022. The potential salaries for cloud professionals in the country represents a step up from traditional IT engineers, the report adds.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Research.

Why cloud infrastructure is an increasingly exclusive club – with only a few having the cash to get in

The figures keep going up and up for the hyperscalers – as new data from Synergy Research shows another new record for hyperscale operator capex in Q318.

Hyperscaler capex was at more than $26 billion for the most recent quarter, with spending for the first three quarters of 2018 up by 53% when compared with this time last year. This quarter’s figure is the second highest of all time; Q1 still takes the honours,...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

Alibaba Cloud launches London data centres with promise for further expansion

Alibaba Cloud has opened the doors on its UK data centres, adding to its global footprint and promising 24/7 support as well as real-time monitoring.

The move confirms the Chinese provider’s UK move, with the company now operating 52 availability zones in 19 regions worldwide. The others outside Asia Pacific are two regions in the US, and one region each in Frankfurt and Dubai, while outside China Alibaba has representation in Singapore....

By James Bourne, 22 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

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.

“France too has its role to play in digital transformation”: Electricity tax cut for data centres proposed

France is looking to follow in Sweden’s footsteps – by cutting tax rates for data centres’ electricity usage.

As first reported by Datacenter Dynamics, French prime minster Edouard Philippe, speaking at the headquarters of Dassault Systemes, revealed plans to cut TICFE (taxe intérieure sur la consommation finale d'électricité) from €22.5/MWh to...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

Data centre infrastructure figures continue to rise – driven by public cloud and enterprise servers

As cloud usage continues to skyrocket, getting prime data centre real estate is a bigger priority than ever. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, over the past two years quarterly spend on data centre hardware and software has grown by 28%.

Total data centre infrastructure equipment revenues, taking into account cloud, non-cloud, hardware and software, hit $38 billion in the second quarter of...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Microsoft digs down on Azure outage, explores data loss and failover question

Microsoft has put together a post-mortem on what it described as an 'unprecedented' Azure outage - exploring an interesting question of data loss and failover capability.

The outage, which affected customers on the VSTS - or Azure DevOps - service in the South Central US region, required more than 21 hours to recover all facilities, as well as an additional incident regarding a database which went offline taking another two hours to resolve.

As the status page - which originally went down with the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Cloud hyperscaler capex broke $53 billion for the first half of 2018, says Synergy Research

The capital expenditure of the largest cloud infrastructure players continues to rise – and according to Synergy Research, the first half of 2018 has seen record figures being published.

Total capex for the first half of this year among the hyperscale operators hit $53 billion (£41.1bn), compared with $31bn this time last year. Q2’s figures did not quite match Q1, but this is down to an anomaly, Synergy...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.