Microsoft to acquire Affirmed Networks to get onto AWS’ wavelength

Microsoft has announced it is to acquire Affirmed Networks, a provider of network functions virtualisation (NFV) software – as the telecoms space heats up for the biggest cloud players. 

As 5G is becoming more of a reality, cloud vendors see their role as enabling telecom operators to deploy and maintain next-generation networks more efficiently.  

“At Microsoft, we intend to empower the telecommunications industry as it continues its move to 5G and support both...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Virtualisation.

Hyperscale operators invest hard in data centres amid modest overall capex, says Synergy

In the land of the hyperscale cloud operators, all remains relatively rosy in the garden. New data from Synergy Research shows that hyperscale operator capex set a new record in the most recent quarter.

In total, more than $32 billion was laid down in the fourth quarter of 2019, beating the previous record set by Q418. Synergy noted that a lot of spend – and strategy – was going into data centres. Capex...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Vendors.

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.

China cloud infrastructure services grew 67% in Q419 says Canalys – as Covid-19 response praised

China’s cloud computing market continues to intrigue because of its potential – and according to a new study from analyst firm Canalys, cloud infrastructure services in China grew 67% in Q419, making the country’s spend at more than one tenth of the overall market.

Total spend reached $3.3 billion (£2.8bn) in the quarter, with Alibaba Cloud accounting for almost half (46.4%) of outlay making it the...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Infrastructure, Research, 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.

Pentagon to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of JEDI Microsoft cloud contract award

Updated 1530 GMT The Pentagon has asked a federal court for 120 days to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of the decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion (£7.9bn) federal cloud computing contract.

The ruling, in a court order published on Thursday, noted that Amazon Web Services (AWS), who last month won a...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation.

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.

Cloud complexity and ‘terrifying’ IoT means organisations’ asset visibility is worsening – report

As security best practice continues to be a battle between organisations closing the gap of hackers who stay one step ahead, a new report from cybersecurity asset management provider Axonius has argued the complexity of cloud infrastructure means companies are ‘rapidly’ losing sight of their asset landscape.

The study, put together by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and which polled 200 North America-based IT and...

By James Bourne, 11 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Infrastructure, Research, Security, 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.

Cloud computing accelerating climate change is a misnomer, scientists find

Data centre workloads, powered by the rise in cloud computing, may not be the threat to the climate many have feared, according to a new report.

The study, published in the journal Science last week, argued that while global data centre energy has increased over the past decade, this growth is negligible compared with the rise of workloads during that time.

According to the research, 2018 saw global...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Virtualisation.

Salesforce acquires Vlocity in $1.33bn all-cash deal amid executive shuffle

Salesforce is to acquire Vlocity, a provider of industry-specific cloud and CRM apps, for $1.33 billion (£1.04bn) in an all-cash deal – amid an action-packed end to the company’s fiscal year.

The news was tucked away at the very end of Salesforce’s fourth quarter update. The company’s financial results were described as ‘phenomenal’ by CEO Marc Benioff – not co-CEO, more on which...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Economy, SaaS , Salesforce, 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.

Don’t expect AI software companies to gobble up revenues SaaS-style, warns a16z

The potential of artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionising software is evident, from creating new data models to the improved insights gleamed from the data provided. If you’re a business intelligence (BI) vendor and you are not exploring AI or machine learning in some capacity, for instance, then there is a real danger of missing the boat.

But if you’re expecting AI software companies to eat up recurring revenues like...

By James Bourne, 21 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Economy, Software.

Human error and misconfigurations primary source of Kubernetes security snafus, report says

StackRox, a provider of cloud-native, container and Kubernetes security, warned in its previous report that the security implications for Kubernetes were beginning to spill over to adoption – and the release of its updated winter study have proved the company right.

The paper, the winter edition of its State of Container and Kubernetes Security Report, was put together alongside 451 Research and polled more than 500 industry...

By James Bourne, 21 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Data Loss, Developers, Kubernetes, Legal, Platform, Research, 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.

Partnerships key for public cloud vendors to succeed in IoT analytics, says ABI Research

The hyperscale cloud providers are looking at Internet of Things (IoT) offerings and connectivity amid a swath of emerging technologies – and according to a new note from ABI Research, cloud suppliers will grow their share of IoT data and analytics management revenues from $6 billion (£4.6bn) to $56bn (£43bn) in the next six years.

The way to do this, the analyst firm notes, is through partnerships. As ABI...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Research, Software, Vendors.

Alibaba Cloud breaks $1.5bn in revenues amid hope of eCommerce migration encouragement

Alibaba Cloud hit more than RMB10 billion (£1.18bn) in revenue in its most recent quarter, with revenues up 62% year over year.

Total revenues for Alibaba were at RMB161.4bn (£17.7bn) for Q419, at a yearly growth of 38%, meaning Alibaba Cloud comprises 6.7% of the China-based retail giant’s overall revenues. Cloud revenues for Q2 and Q3 were at $1.13bn (£867m) and $1.3bn (£997m) respectively.

By James Bourne, 17 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Economy, Industry, Infrastructure, Migration.

Amazon wins injunction to temporarily halt Microsoft JEDI contract award – reports

A US judge has temporarily paused Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract following an appeal from Amazon, signalling a significant win for the latter.

According to various reports, Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, of the US Federal Claims Court, agreed to the initial step. While the existence of the injunction can be made public, the documents pertaining to them are currently sealed.

By James Bourne, 14 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.