Data centre 2017 M&A deals beat 2015 and 2016 combined totals, says Synergy Research

The appetite for data centre deals in 2017 increased dramatically, with 48 transactions at $20 billion overall, according to Synergy Research.

The total surpasses those of 2015 and 2016 combined, which produced 45 deals – 28 in 2016 and 17 in 2015 – at just over $15bn. What’s more, Synergy adds, 2018 will start with $2.6bn of deals which have been agreed but are yet to close. In this category, for instance, would be Equinix’s planned acquisition of data centre provider Metronode for $1.035bn AUD...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, M&A, Vendors.

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018: The best cloud stories of last year – and how this year will shape up

It’s been another exciting year in the cloud computing space. From blockchain, to AI, to containers and microservices, the technological developments have made for interesting reading – as well as the continued pushes by the leading companies in the ecosystem.

Below, CloudTech has put together five trends which shaped 2017, featuring some of the biggest stories of last year, as well as a series of predictions from executives on what they expect from 2018.

2017

The AWS/Azure competition – with Alibaba and Oracle on...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Microsoft, Trends.

Oracle acquires Aconex and Equinix buys Metronode in boost to Australian cloud operations

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The upcoming holiday season certainly seems to have brought some festive cloudy cheer in one corner of the world, with two Australian cloud and data centre companies being acquired by Oracle and Equinix respectively.

Aconex, a Melbourne-based cloud software provider which aims to manage teams in the construction industry, has been bought by Oracle for $1.2 billion US (£899m) to create ‘the world’s most comprehensive cloud offering for managing all aspects of...

By James Bourne, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Infrastructure, M&A, Software.

Oracle posts more strong cloud results – but analysts unconvinced on guidance

Oracle has announced its latest financial results with cloud again the backbone of success – although its stock slipped due to a struggling guidance.

Total cloud revenues were up 44% year over year to $1.5 billion, with software as a service contributing almost three quarters of that figure at $1.1bn, a yearly increase of 55%. Platform and infrastructure as a service was at $396 million, representing year over year growth of 21%. In total, cloud revenues represented 16% of Oracle’s total revenues,...

By James Bourne, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Infrastructure, Software.

New studies explore importance of data security – and how some companies struggle with it

Two pieces of research have hit CloudTech HQ, both examining how the security of data is perceived – and which data is more private than others.

Information security provider Trustwave, in its ‘Value of Data Report’ published today, aimed to look at which data was most important to the 500 IT decision makers polled across five countries. On average, the per capita value of personally identifiable information (PII) in the US is more than double that of the UK - $1,820 and $843 respectively. The UK ended up...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security.

Alibaba strengthens European cloud plans with additional C5 compliance accreditation

More evidence – as if it were needed – that Alibaba is serious about taking its cloud arm into new geographies: the company has announced compliance accreditation with Germany’s federal office for information security.

The C5 attestation – so called because its full natty title is the Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalogue – with additional requirements covers Alibaba’s elastic compute service, relational database, object storage, CDN, load balancer, virtual private...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Compliance, Europe, Security, Software.

Organisations surprised at technical challenges of deploying multi-cloud, VMware finds

Multi-cloud continues to be a major trend as we move into 2018 – and according to a new research report from VMware, organisations need to overcome the inherent technical and skill challenges of multi-cloud deployments for success.

Over half (57%) of the more than 1,300 global IT decision makers in large enterprises polled said that technical challenges, as well as the demand for new skills and staff, were unexpected, critical learnings from managing multiple clouds. Integrating legacy systems and...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

Amazon Web Services opens second Chinese data centre region in collaboration with NWCD

It appears Amazon Web Services (AWS) is continuing a presence in China after all: the company has announced a strategic technology partnership with Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology (NWCD), opening a second data centre in China in the process.

The AWS China (Ningxia) region, which offers two availability zones at launch, complements the Beijing region Amazon already has. Like the Beijing region, which is

By James Bourne, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Cisco to acquire Cmpute.io to help companies ease multi-cloud deployments

Cisco has announced its intention to acquire Cmpute.io to help organisations get the most out of their multi-cloud deployments.

The acquisition, which is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s 2018 fiscal year, was announced on Cisco’s blog, with Rob Salvagno, head of Cisco’s M&A and venture investment team, writing that the addition of Cmpute.io’s technology will “help customers optimise their cloud...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, M&A, Private, Public.

AWS re:Invent: The partner news you may have missed

With AWS re:Invent done and dusted for another year, naturally the majority of coverage has focused on the initiatives coming out of Amazon’s headquarters. There were plenty of them too – more than 20 announcements in Andy Jassy’s keynote alone, with topics ranging from machine learning, databases, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Yet plenty more news came from the event’s many...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Cloud Standards Customer Council publishes latest guide to cloud computing

The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published the latest version of its Practical Guide to Cloud Computing, which aims to give organisations a 10-step roadmap from developing business cases to moving to production.

The report, version 3.0, makes several changes to its predecessor, which was published in 2014, including updates to address maintaining cloud services and data residency management. As well as this, the ‘essential characteristics’ of cloud computing, opening the document,...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Infrastructure, Regulation, Research.

Equinix aims to utilise the power of SDN to connect its global data centre network

Talk about a global outlook: data centre provider Equinix has announced the launch of a new strategy to connect its data centres around the world through software defined networking (SDN).

The inter-metro connectivity, which enables users to dynamically connect its own infrastructure across Equinix locations as well as connect to any other customer, comes through the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric). For enterprises, it helps them with agility, while for service providers the move helps connect them...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Software.

AWS takes a musical approach at re:Invent with machine learning, serverless and IoT key

More than 20 announcements flowed at AWS re:Invent today, including updates on machine learning, databases and the Internet of Things (IoT) – not to mention a couple of big-name customer wins.

The theme for Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy was around builders. Unlike the previous year’s keynote, where it was about superpowers, this presentation had a slightly more mundane – and musical – approach.

Technology builders are like musicians, Jassy explained. Some guitarists may play...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Infrastructure, Software.

Small businesses ‘confident’ about cloud storage security – but is that confidence misplaced?

The verdict has come in for small businesses securing their clouds: good in parts, but could be better.

That’s according to the latest security survey from B2B research firm Clutch. In its latest report, which polled 300 US small business with a maximum of 500 employees, 90% of respondents overall said their cloud was secure, representing a small increase from the previous year.

More than half of organisations polled said they use encryption – cited by 60% of respondents – employee training...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

Microsoft and SAP partnership aims to ‘drive more business innovation in the cloud’

Amazon won’t have the cloudy news agenda all its own way this week: Microsoft has announced a partnership with SAP which aims to ‘provide enterprise customers with a clear roadmap to confidently drive more business innovation in the cloud’, as the companies put it.

The move will enable organisations to run SAP’s private managed cloud service, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, on Microsoft Azure, as well as some internal use cases; Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure for its internal...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Microsoft, SAP.

Skyhigh Networks snapped up by McAfee to combine endpoint and cloud security expertise

McAfee is acquiring cloud security provider Skyhigh Networks with the aim of ‘establishing the leading company to provide the cybersecurity architecture of the future.’

Skyhigh, alongside other organisations such as Netskope, is in the ‘cloud access security broker’ (CASB) space, defined by Gartner as “on-premises, or cloud-based security policy enforcement points, placed between cloud service consumers and cloud service providers to combine and interject enterprise security...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Security.

The multi-cloud imbroglio: What is it, what drives it, and how do you manage it?

A research report from BMC Software argues organisations are struggling to manage multi-cloud environments – with four in five respondents saying current multi-cloud management approaches need rethinking.

The study, which polled 1,000 IT decision makers across 11 countries, found that drivers of multi-cloud strategies were less than clear. The most popular reason was cost optimisation, cited by 45% of respondents, with agility (44%) and mitigating risk (40%) also highly cited.

It may however not be as...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Migration, Private, Public, Research.

VMware says it won’t support customers who opt for Microsoft’s Azure Migrate tool

Microsoft’s recent announcement and product update aimed at helping customers migrate from their VMware environments has, unsurprisingly, not gone down very well with the virtualisation giant.

On Monday, as announced in a blog post earlier this week, Microsoft will announce Azure Migrate, a free service, will become broadly available to all Azure customers. The key use case, and one which Corey Sanders, Azure...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Migration, Virtualisation, VMware.

Google to launch new cloud region in Hong Kong in 2018

It was ranked as the most cloud-ready area in the Asia Pacific region – and now one of the largest players in the industry is set to build a region there in 2018.

Google has announced that a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region will be opened in Hong Kong next year, making it the sixth GCP region in Asia Pacific alongside Singapore, Sydney, Taiwan, and Tokyo, as well as Mumbai, which went live earlier this month.

Including Hong Kong, the total now stands at 18 global locations and 53 zones either open...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Platform.

Symantec chooses AWS as ‘strategic infrastructure provider’ for majority of cloud workloads

It may be holiday season in the US – but two companies who probably won’t be on the same Thanksgiving table are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. The two largest public cloud providers appear to have crossed paths again, this time over security giant Symantec.

Late last night, AWS issued a missive announcing that Symantec has chosen the Seattle firm as its ‘strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud workloads’.

According to the press materials, Symantec...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Microsoft, Migration.