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.

Even if your cloud workloads are complex and data is privileged – it’s still on the customer to secure

Another day, another example of misunderstanding shared responsibility when it comes to cloud security. Or is it?

A new report from identity and access management (IAM) provider Centrify has argued that while many organisations understand the basics of shared responsibility, the increasing complexity of workloads means that confusion occurs when it comes to privileged access.

The...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

IBM touts first financial services-specific public cloud after Bank of America collaboration

IBM is looking to target financial services customers with the launch of what is being claimed as the world’s first financial services-ready public cloud – in association with Bank of America.

In some respects, this can be seen as a glorified customer update. Bank of America will be a ‘committed collaborator’ to use the platform, built on IBM’s public cloud, and will host key applications to support its...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

With Azure Arc, Microsoft aims to go beyond traditional hybrid cloud – with Anthos and Outposts for company

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Microsoft’s most eye-catching announcement at MS Ignite earlier this week was around Azure Arc which, similar to AWS Outposts and Google Anthos, allows Azure to run and be run on its hyperscale rivals.

The rationale, as the company has put it in the press materials, was to go beyond the usual definitions of hybrid cloud in an area which is rapidly becoming more than table stakes for...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Digital Realty to acquire Interxion for $8.4bn in biggest data centre deal ever

Digital Realty has announced it is to acquire Interxion in an $8.4 billion (£6.52bn) transaction which is touted as the largest data centre deal in history.

Interxion, a provider of European colocation data centre services, will join the Digital Realty team to create a ‘leading pan-European data centre presence’. The companies estimate the combined entity will cover more than two thirds of the GDP in Europe,...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A.

Google’s cloud remains on a solid course – even if Alphabet earnings missed expectations

Alphabet posted earnings which missed analyst expectations – yet as the company’s ‘other revenues’ bucket continues to grow, the word on Google Cloud remained positive from the executives.

Other revenues, of which Google Cloud is a part – the company continues to not show its full hand – reached $6.42 billion (£5.01bn) for Q319, an increase of 38.5% year on year and a rise of almost 4% from...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google.

Microsoft beats AWS to $10bn JEDI contract: Defining multi-cloud and analysing administrative influence

Analysis The announcement from the Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday that Microsoft had been awarded the long-detailed $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud computing contract elicited responses of surprise from many in the industry.

The release confirming the contract to Microsoft made for interesting reading. Transparency was the name of the game: the award was ‘conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations’, it ‘cleared review by the GAO and Court of...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector.

AWS reports $8.99bn in revenues for Q319 - yet slowing growth concerns analysts

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced revenues of almost $9 billion for the most recent quarter - but growth fell on last year's totals meaning a more subdued outlook.

AWS posted $8.99bn (£7bn) for Q319 at a growth of 35% year on year - however this compares with 37% growth for Q219, and a 46% growth rate for this time last year. Amazon's cloud arm now represents 12.8% of Amazon's overall revenues, compared with 11.8% for the previous year's quarter.

Naturally, many of the analyst...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft again secures strong revenues with ‘material growth’ in $10m Azure contracts noted

Microsoft has reported revenues of $33.1 billion (£25.7bn) for its most recent quarter, with CEO Satya Nadella emphasising the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in building out cloud applications.

Writing the headline for Microsoft’s quarterly earnings release requires conforming to some kind of template: ‘Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

OVH rebrands as OVHcloud, claims more than 70% of revenues are cloud-based

OVH has announced it is changing its name to OVHcloud to mark the company’s 20th birthday – and double down on its ambitions.

The move was announced at OVH's annual jamboree, renamed this year from #OVHSummit to #OVHcloudSummit.

The company has long-held a goal to provide an alternative to the cloud hyperscalers for the European market. OVHcloud cites clarity as the...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Infrastructure, Trends.

Organisations struggling with sensitive cloud data as they shun security-first approach

Corporate data may be reaching a tipping point in the cloud – but security policies are yet to follow it.

That is the key finding from a new report by security provider Thales. The study, which was put together by the Ponemon Institute and which polled more than 3,000 IT and IT security practitioners across eight countries, found that while almost half (48%) of corporate data was in the cloud, less than a third (32%) of...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Building confidence and power: Exploring greater female leadership and participation in cloud and data analytics

Analysis Last month, Forbes published its list of America’s 100 most innovative leaders. The report’s methodology was based on four ‘essential leadership qualities of top founders and CEOs’. These were, in no particular order, perception in the media for innovation, social connections, and ‘value creation’, both in terms of track record and investor expectations.

There was, however, one glaring...

By James Bourne, 07 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Big Data, Developers, Industry.

Sainsbury’s looks to Google Cloud for machine learning as retail cloud case studies continue to climb

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is collaborating with Google Cloud on machine learning for greater customer insights – in another example of a cloud partnership among major retailers.

The company is looking at building machine learning solutions on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in association with Accenture, to ‘provide new insights on what customers want and the trends driving their eating habits’, in the words of Alan Coad,...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Software.

Google Cloud launches in Poland as European data centre expansion continues

Google Cloud’s European expansion continues with the launch of a new region in Poland, alongside unveiling strategic partnerships.

The new region will be hosted in Warsaw as part of Google’s commitment to Central and Eastern Europe. Prospective customers of the region will have access to the usual products, from Compute Engine to App Engine, to Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

By James Bourne, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Puppet’s 2019 State of DevOps report: How security needs to fit into continuous delivery

You’ve got the processes in place for a revamped software delivery cycle in your organisation. The foundation has been built, the stack is in place and the culture is going in the right direction. What are you missing?

Security in DevOps is an ‘unrealised ideal’ and a key step in moving from DevOps good practice to best practice. That’s according to the latest Puppet State of DevOps Report, published earlier today. 

The report, the eighth in total, explored the various journeys...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: DevOps, Research, Security.

Google achieves ‘quantum supremacy’ with new experiment – reports

It may sound like an amalgam of a James Bond and a Jason Bourne film title, but Google may have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ in what was described as “a milestone towards full scale quantum computing.”

Quantum computing, while still at a very early stage, is becoming something of a key battleground for the biggest cloud companies. The technology is based on the principles of quantum mechanics, where...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Google, Hardware, Infrastructure.

Cloud services and infrastructure spending breaks $150bn in six months, says Synergy

While spending across cloud infrastructure may be suffering something of a minor blip, cloud services spending appears to be shoring things up.

The latest analysis from industry analyst Synergy Research shows that, for the first half of 2019, operator and vendor revenues broke $150 billion, at a rise of 24% year on year.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Research, Software.