Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far, although at the time of print (March 23)

By James Bourne, 24 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Google Cloud postpones Next event after initial online-only move

Google Cloud is postponing its Cloud Next event over coronavirus fears, having previously made the move to stage the conference virtually.

The company had at the start of this month announced that Next, originally due to be at San Francisco on April 6-8 with an expected attendance of more than 30,000, was going online-only.

Now Google is scrapping things altogether, although promising that the event will...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google.

Google Cloud and AWS launch new services on machine learning and containers respectively

Another day, another product launch in the land of the hyperscalers – and for Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS), their new services are focusing on machine learning (ML) and containers respectively.

Google’s launch of Cloud AI Platform Pipelines, in beta, aims to provide a way to deploy ‘robust, repeatable machine learning pipelines… and delivers an enterprise-ready, easy to install, secure execution environment...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Containers, Google, Software.

Lloyds Banking Group signs up to Google Cloud in five-year partnership

Google Cloud continues to secure the big-ticket clients, with the company announcing that Lloyds Banking Group is set to embark on its ‘cloud transformation’ journey with Google.

The bank is investing a total of £3 billion ($3.9bn) between 2018 and 2020 in wider IT initiatives, and in this five-year deal, Lloyds will deploy various Google Cloud services focused around the customer experience....

By James Bourne, 10 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Gartner’s cloud AI developer services Magic Quadrant sees AWS edge out Microsoft and Google

The hyperscalers continue to lead where others fear to tread – or at least those without the cavernous pockets of the biggest cloud players, at least. Gartner has gazed into its crystal ball and ranked the main vendors for cloud AI developer services, and it’s a 1-2-3 for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google.

In its latest Magic Quadrant, Gartner defines ‘cloud AI developer services’ thus: as...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Google, Microsoft, Platform, Research, Vendors.

Major League Baseball makes Google Cloud official cloud partner as AWS strikes out

Updated March 6 Major League Baseball (MLB) has selected Google Cloud as its official cloud partner, bringing to an end the company’s long-standing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In what both companies described as a ‘powerful multi-year collaboration’, MLB will migrate its cloud and on-premise systems to Google Cloud, as well as move Google in to power tracking technology Statcast. Machine learning...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Migration, Software.

Google Cloud bolsters security offerings at RSA – as Thales report warns of more breaches

Google Cloud has beefed up its security offerings to include greater threat detection, response integration, and online fraud prevention.

The news, announced at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, focused predominantly on enterprise security product Chronicle, which was ‘acquired’ by Google Cloud last year having been a bet of the...

By James Bourne, 25 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Google, Infrastructure, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Google Cloud acquires Cornerstone to help customers migrate their mainframes

Google Cloud’s shopping list shows no signs of abating, with the company announcing the acquisition of Cornerstone Technology, a mainframe specialist.

The 30-year-old provider, based in the Netherlands, has an overall remit of ‘helping customers protect and improve their investments in essential legacy enterprise applications’, in Cornerstone’s own words. Cornerstone uses automation to break down programs, turn them into...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Infrastructure, M&A, Platform.

Hedera Hashgraph selects Google Cloud as preferred cloud provider

Hedera Hashgraph, a provider of a decentralised network and distributed ledger technology (DLT), has selected Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider to push through enterprise-grade DLTs.

Hedera’s hashgraph consensus mechanism advocated by the company is touted as faster and more secure than other blockchain consensus offerings. The company sees itself as part of the third generation of public ledger technologies,...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Developers, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud secures $2.6bn quarterly revenues at 53% growth as Alphabet reveals all for first time

Google Cloud hit $2.6 billion (£2bn) in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 with a more than $10bn run rate, as parent company Alphabet divulged various individual business figures for the first time.

The cloud business grew 53% year on year, according to CEO Sundar Pichai, with strong uptake noted in multi-cloud offering Anthos and growth in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) moving faster than the wider cloud business.

By James Bourne, 04 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

The war rages on for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud: Exploring the battlefield and strategy for 2020

The hyperscale cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with other pretenders occasionally cited – naturally generate the vast majority of revenues and, with it, the headlines.

According to figures from Synergy Research in December, one third of data...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Vendors.

Google Cloud and Bharti Airtel partner in echo of Azure and Jio telecoms deal

Updated Google Cloud’s rampant push at the start of this year has continued, with the company announcing a partnership with Indian telco Bharti Airtel, as well as a customer win in airline Lufthansa.

The agreement with Airtel will see the company offer collaboration tool G Suite to small and medium sized businesses as part of its integrated B2B connectivity solutions.

By James Bourne, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Software, Vendors.

Google Cloud unveils premium support offering to further woo enterprise customers

Google Cloud continues to push its wares for an enterprise base with the launch of a premium support offering for enterprise and mission-critical requirements.

The service builds upon current offerings, of providing technical account managers and 15-minute SLOs (service level operations). Any companies with premium support will have their cases handled directly by the best of the best – or ‘context-aware...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

Google Cloud unveils retail updates, expands Lowe’s and Wayfair partnerships

Google Cloud has announced it is expanding its retail acceleration program (RAP) among other initiatives designed to scale up retailers’ cloud projects.

The moves were announced at NRF 2020, the biggest event in the retail space, with Google doubling down on its message to accelerate retailers’ digital growth and customer experience – pinned together with its data expertise.

By James Bourne, 14 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020: The year in cloud reviewed – and what is on the horizon

To say 2019 was a busy year for cloud would be no surprise. Yet the past 12 months has seen innovation, expansion, and drama which represents a poke in the eye for those who dismiss the industry as being consolidated and saturated.

Without any further ado, here is CloudTech’s traditional look back on the year in focus – and what the following 12 months will have in store for industry players and watchers alike.

The...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Government, Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, Security.

The new hybrid cloud will transform IT operations: How the big three clouds are responding

CIOs have been telling their cloud partners for years now that they’re not ready to fully commit to the public cloud. They have existing infrastructure investments which they’re loathe to jettison and some applications and workloads can’t easily move off site. In other cases, IT needs workloads to run nearby in the data centre to satisfy the extreme low latency requirements for services on the factory floor or in the emergency room.

By Wael Altaqi, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Google Cloud plots a stronger course for European customers with London Next event

Google Cloud has taken its Next event to London – and the company stressed its commitment and capabilities to European businesses in the process.

The company took to the ExCeL to announce a variety of product updates and customer news, with Anthos, its hybrid cloud services platform, top of the bill.

The general availability (GA) launch of Migrate for Anthos, announced today, aims to provide a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud acquires VMware workload specialist CloudSimple

Google Cloud has announced the acquisition of CloudSimple, a California-based provider of software to help organisations run VMware workloads in the cloud.

The move expands on the companies’ existing partnership and will enable Google to bring forward a fully integrated VMware migration path, with the promise of improved support.

“Apps [from VMware] can run exactly the same as they have...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, M&A, Migration, Software, VMware.

Cloud hyperscaler benchmark report shows China connectivity as a vital issue for all

No cloud is created equal – and according to a benchmark analysis of the biggest providers from network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes, performance varies between the hyperscalers with some potentially surprising findings.

The report, ThousandEyes’ 2019-2020 Cloud Performance Benchmark, assessed more than 320 million data points collected from almost 100 global metro locations over the course of a...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.