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.

Google launches cloud-based key management with new service

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Google has announced the launch of Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), which enables admins to manage their encryption keys in Google Cloud Platform without maintaining an on-premise management system.

The news marks Google’s entry into this particular security arena, following Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft who launched such initiatives as far back as 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“Customers in regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare,...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Platform, Security.

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.

Google beefs up cloud machine learning offerings with new groups and APIs

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Google has been pushing the message of machine learning as it aims to tempt more customers onto its cloud – and this push continues with the launch of a new group focused on delivering cloud-based machine learning solutions to businesses, as well as a new API.

“Building a centralised team within Google Cloud will accelerate our ability to deliver machine learning products and services to enterprise customers in every industry,” wrote Rob Craft, group lead for...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Google, Platform.

Google announces low latency cold storage Coldline in “major refresh”

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Google has announced a ‘major refresh’ of its cloud storage options, including Coldline, a new storage class aimed at long-term archival and disaster recovery.

The revamped storage classes are multi-regional, for highest availability of frequently accessed data, such as video and business continuity, regional, for data accessed frequently within a region such as data analytics and general compute, Nearline, for infrequent access, and Coldline.

“Whether a business needs to...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Google, Storage.

Breaking boundaries: How Freightos achieved high speed graph search in the cloud

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The problem

Freightos’s application runs heavy-duty graph algorithms against a very large dataset. This requires some unusual design principles, which no cloud platform today is optimised for. But we succeeded in building the application on top of the Google App Engine Flexible Environment, a new offering from Google, positioned somewhere between Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Even Flexible Environment, which is still in beta, does not...

Google announces eight new cloud regions and greater customer integration

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As night follows day, so one player in the cloud infrastructure space announces something, another has to respond.

Or at least that’s what it feels like. Google has announced eight new locations for its Cloud Platform service, with three in Europe – including the UK – and three in Asia Pacific, shortly after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced new plans for a data centre zone in...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Evernote moves to Google’s cloud, cites machine learning as key factor

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Note-taking app provider Evernote has announced it is moving to Google Cloud Platform and is ditching its own servers and networks.

The company, which celebrated its eighth anniversary earlier in the summer, said in a company blog post that the current arrangement did not give Evernote the ‘speed and flexibility’ needed for the future.

What was more interesting in the move, as confirmed by both Evernote and...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Google acquires Orbitera to bolster multi-cloud play

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Google has announced the acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud commerce platform, to help boost its multi-cloud efforts with one eye on rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

“Orbitera has built a strong ecosystem of enterprise software vendors delivering software to multiple clouds. This acquisition will not only improve the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform, but reinforces Google’s support for the multi-cloud world,” said Nan Boden,...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, M&A, Software.

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.

Google launches customer-supplied encryption keys for greater cloud security

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Google has launched customer-supplied encryption keys (CESK) for its Compute Engine infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which enables organisations to better protect their cloudy data.

The search giant automatically encrypts customer content stored at rest, including all Compute Engine disks, but in a blog post written by Maya Kaczorowski and Eric Bahna, product managers at Google Cloud Platform, the new release is aimed to be “secure, fast and easy” for users.

“With CESK, disks at...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Security.

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.

Google study: Examining how cloud trust relates to business performance

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Cloud technology can create positive business outcomes for businesses – but only if the organisation is willing to foster business transformations that leverage what the cloud offers.

That is the key finding from a report published by The Economist and sponsored by Google on how trust in cloud computing correlates with business performance.

The report, which is based on a global survey of more than 450 executives in 10 countries across five continents, finds 38% of enterprise...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Compute Engine falls over for 18 minutes, promises to do better next time

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Google’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering Compute Engine lost connectivity across all regions for 18 minutes on April 11 after problems experienced with a bug in its network configuration management software.

In a status update discussing the outage and how it occurred posted yesterday, the search giant confirmed the event affected Compute Engine only, and bemoaned how its ‘canary step’ process – a configuration deployed to a single site to...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, SLA.

More enterprises using Microsoft and Google apps in tandem, research reveals

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Office 365 continues to be the most popular cloud app used by enterprises ahead of Salesforce and Box, while Slack has jumped in workplace popularity, according to the latest figures from identity management provider Okta.

Increasingly, enterprises are using both Office 365 and Google Apps, the fourth most popular service overall. Traditionally, Okta argues, industries such as finance, biotech and construction are more likely to be Microsoft houses compared to more digital businesses which prefer...

By James Bourne, 30 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Google, Research, Software.

Google announces data centre expansion plans: 12 more regions by 2017

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Google has announced a major expansion of its cloud data centres, with two new regions to start running this year and another 10 to be available by the end of 2017.

The news comes days after a note from Synergy Research which found the US remains far out in front as the number one location for data centres. Google’s two upcoming launches will include one US site, a US Western region in Oregon, with another...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure.

Google offers extra 2GB storage, while StreamNation and CudaDrive head into the sunset

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Contrasting fortunes in cloud storage this week: Google has tempted its user base with an extra 2 gigabytes of cloud storage if they have their security settings correctly configured, while the StreamNation and CudaDrive services are to shut down in the coming months.

StreamNation was launched in November 2013 with the aim of being the “first personal library in the cloud”, but the company says it hit a roadblock, and is now moving towards Project Noah, originally a side...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Software, Storage.

Google responds to AWS price cuts, claims “still performance leader in public cloud”

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Last week this publication reported Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) 51st price cut, lowering prices of C4, M4 and R3 instances in its EC2 cloud. Now, Google has responded, claiming it leads the way among the cloud giants.

“Developers running cloud-based apps and services will find out whether it’s a happy new year or not once they take a look at their...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Public.

Google cloud falls over after routing error, strives to remove manual link activation

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Google Compute Engine went down for approximately 70 minutes last week, the company has confirmed, making certain Internet destinations unreachable from the europe-west1 region during that time.

The issue first came to light at 1326 PST on November 23 with a status update, before a further missive at 1432 confirming the problems should have been resolved.

Four days later, Google explained what exactly went...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, SLA.