Google announces lower prices for NVIDIA Tesla GPUs

Google has announced a price reduction for GPUs attached to on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines by up to 36%.

For US regions – Oregon and South Carolina – NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 GPU attached to a VM will cost $1.46 per hour, while the K80 GPU will set users back $0.45 per hour. The P100 and K80 GPUs are also available in Belgium and Taiwan

The company added that organisations such as Shazam and oilfield services provider Schlumberger were among those taking advantage of GPUs to...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Google, Platform.

Meg Whitman to step down as HPE chief exec: Analysing the company’s fortunes

Meg Whitman is to step down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), bringing down the curtain on a six-year tenure and overseeing one of the largest corporate breakups of recent years.

Whitman had in July stepped down as chairwoman of HP’s board of directors, remaining chief executive of HPE, and had previously faced speculation about her role as the chief executive’s seat at Uber dramatically became available earlier this year.

Whitman’s replacement will be HPE president Antonio Neri, a 22-year HP...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

CSA aims to give startups a leg-up in cloud security with new report

If you’re starting a small business, then you’re probably going to be utilising cloud technologies, for cost saving if nothing else. But without security, your ambitions could be over before they have begun.

A new whitepaper from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) aims to help software as a service startups build solid security foundations early into the product development cycle and gain customer trust in the process.

The key for startups, according to the paper, is to plan their security posture...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security, Software.

AWS launches Secret region for US intelligence customers

Want to know a secret? Amazon Web Services (AWS) is beefing up its government capability by announcing the AWS Secret Region, which can operate workloads up to the highest level of security classification.

The move, claims AWS, makes it the only commercial cloud provider to offer regions serving workloads across the full range of data classifications, from ‘unclassified’, to ‘sensitive’, to ‘secret’, and then...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Government.

Cloud services market set to near $350bn by 2021 says IHS Markit; AWS’ IaaS dominance continues

With AWS re:Invent just around the corner, another piece of research which affirms Amazon’s top position in the cloud infrastructure biz; IHS Markit says the company secured more than a quarter of total infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenue in the first half of 2017.

Total revenues for what IHS defines as off-premises cloud services – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and the curious ‘cloud as a service’ (CaaS) – grew 26% year over year to total $72 billion (£54.4bn), while IBM took...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Platform, Research, Software.

NetApp posts $1.42bn Q218 revenues, CEO says company ‘substantially outpacing’ competition

NetApp has disclosed its most recent financial figures – revenues of $1.42 billion (£1.07bn) for Q218, up 6% year over year with CEO and president George Kurian telling analysts the company ‘continues to substantially outpace the growth of the all-flash array market and competitors’.

Alongside the total quarterly revenues, NetApp posted a GAAP net income of $175 million, up from $109m this time last year, with predicted net revenues to be in the range of $1.425bn and $1.575bn in the...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Software, Storage.

Cloud Analytics Academy aims to give companies extra BI and data warehousing expertise

Say hello to the Cloud Analytics Academy. The program, launched today by Snowflake Computing alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS), Looker, Talend and WhereScape, aims to help executives lead their organisations in data warehousing, BI, and more.

The curriculum is designed by Kent Graziano, Snowflake chief technical evangelist, with the partnering companies chipping in with their expertise.

There are three courses; the ‘executive fast track’ is the one-size-fits-all course with five sessions on key...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Facebook looks to wind power for Nebraska data centre

Facebook’s newest data centre in Nebraska will be entirely wind-powered, as work on a $430 million wind farm in the region begins.

The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, built by Enel Green Power North America, the renewable energy arm of the Enel Group, will have a total installed capacity of 320 MW, 62.5% of which will be sold to Facebook to power its data centre in Papillon, approximately 120 miles from the installation.

The Nebraska data centre constitutes Facebook’s sixth data centre in the US, and ninth globally. Facilities...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Machine learning, containers and DevOps among McKinsey top 10 enterprise infrastructure trends

Machine learning-optimised stacks, container-first architectures and DevOps for both software and hardware are among the key trends redefining enterprise IT infrastructure, according to a new report from McKinsey.

The piece, authored by Arul Elumalai, Kara Sprague, Sid Tandon, and Lareina Yee, looks at what is changing and how companies need to fight back.  

Many of these have frequently been covered by this publication; some, like the public cloud going mainstream, are long overdue. Yet there is an interesting titbit here. Given...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, DevOps, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research.

NVIDIA boasts cloud prowess of Tesla V100 GPU as results soar

It was a statement inferred during NVIDIA’s most recent earnings call – and now it has been confirmed.

The company’s Tesla V100 GPU has been chosen by every major cloud provider, with the likes of Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle and Tencent all announcing Volta-based cloud services.

Alongside this, the company’s financial results revealed record revenues of $2.64 billion, up 32% from this time last year, with data centre revenue of $501m, more than doubled...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure.

Rackspace and HPE team up for pay as you go OpenStack private cloud

When your correspondent wrote last week, to open the news that Google was becoming Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider, ‘meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners’, it was always going to be a short-lived title.

And so it has proved: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Rackspace have announced a partnership to offer what is claimed as the industry’s first pay as you go...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Private.

IBM ramps up quantum computing ecosystem with 20 qubit processor systems

IBM has been solidly building its efforts in quantum computing over the past couple of years – and a new milestone has been reached with the launch of upgraded systems featuring 20 qubit processors, with 50 qubits on the way.

The company describes the latest news as “rapid advances in quantum hardware… as IBM continues to drive progress across the entire quantum computing technology stack, with focus on systems, software, applications and enablement.”

Quantum computing is gaining...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platform, Trends.

AWS launches C5 instances for EC2 alongside new 'cloud-optimised' hypervisor

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the availability of C5 instances, aimed at more compute-intensive workloads for the EC2 cloud.

The C5 instances – three from the sharp end in Amazon’s compute class, behind G2, P2 and F1 – were introduced as the newest iteration back in November last year at the company’s Re:Invent show. The C5 promises 3.0 GHz Intel...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure, Public.

How the ‘cloud-first enterprise’ continues to gain traction

The cloud-first enterprise is gaining in prominence, through multi-cloud strategies, losing data centres, and adopting cloud-native infrastructures.

That is the key finding from a new report released by hybrid cloud IT operations management provider OpsRamp. The study, which polled IT leaders in companies with 500 or more employees, also found that public cloud services are grabbing a bigger share of IT budgets, and that security – again – is the primary reason for reticent companies sitting it...

By James Bourne, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

IDC says global public cloud revenues hit $63 billion with PaaS quickest growing segment

Revenues from the global public cloud services market stand at $63.2 billion (£48.2bn) with the market growing 28.6% year over year in the first half of 2017, according to IDC.

The largest segment, by some distance, remains software as a service (SaaS), totalling $43.4bn comprising 68.7% of the market share. This is down from the first half of 2016, where SaaS saw 71.8% market share, yet the segment still grew 22.9% year over year.

The fastest growing segment, whilst remaining the smallest, was platform...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Platform, Public, Research, Software.

Google to become Salesforce’s preferred cloud provider in new partnership

Meet the cloud’s newest strategic partners: Salesforce and Google. The two companies announced a deal at Dreamforce late yesterday, with Google Cloud becoming Salesforce’s preferred public cloud provider alongside new product integrations.

There were four primary integrations announced. Salesforce Lightning for Gmail enables users to surface Salesforce CRM data in Gmail, as well as customer interactions from Gmail directly within Salesforce. Lightning for Sheets allows the Google spreadsheet tool...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Public, Salesforce, Software, Vendors.

OpenStack revenue will break $6 billion by 2021 with private overtaking public cloud

OpenStack revenue will break the $6 billion barrier by 2021, with major advances in China and Asia Pacific being a contributory factor, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

Predictions concerning the overall market size have dipped slightly from the research firm’s previous analysis this time last year – the forecast for 2020 is now at $5.63bn, down from $5.75bn – yet 451 argues growth will...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, OpenSource, Platform, Research.

Alibaba CEO says cloud business “continues to defy gravity” as revenue increases 99% year on year

Alibaba Group has recorded cloud revenues of RMB 2,975 million ($342.1m) for its most recent quarter, up 99% year on year, with CEO Daniel Zhang telling analysts its cloud business “continues to defy gravity.”

The company said it was seeing ‘significant traction and diversification of customers and revenue’ in its cloud service, and will ‘continue to invest to further expand the market through valuable services for our cloud customers.’

Total revenues for the quarter hit...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Data & Analytics, Economy, Industry.

IBM eases out Bluemix name, rebrands all as IBM Cloud

IBM has rebranded its cloud, subsuming the Bluemix brand into an overall IBM Cloud offering.

Writing in a blog post announcing the move, Michael Mendenhall, chief marketing officer for IBM’s Watson and cloud arms, said the move was logical as the two brands had grown to be synonymous. There will be no changes to products offerings as a result of the move, while communications will start referring only to IBM Cloud and product names will...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, PaaS, Platform.

United Technologies signs up with Microsoft Azure for Pratt & Whitney, Otis, and more

United Technologies (UTC), a conglomerate which builds and services products including aerospace engines and elevators, is going to leverage Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Azure in a strategic partnership.

The company says one of its core tenets is ‘giving employees the digital tools and capabilities to work in new and different ways at market speed.’ As a result, Microsoft technologies are set to be used in a variety of UTC businesses.

Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace manufacturer under the UTC...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Microsoft.