Hedera Hashgraph selects Google Cloud as preferred cloud provider

Hedera Hashgraph, a provider of a decentralised network and distributed ledger technology (DLT), has selected Google Cloud as its preferred cloud provider to push through enterprise-grade DLTs.

Hedera’s hashgraph consensus mechanism advocated by the company is touted as faster and more secure than other blockchain consensus offerings. The company sees itself as part of the third generation of public ledger technologies,...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Blockchain, Developers, Google, Infrastructure.

Onecloud.com domain up for sale – but who could the prospective buyers be?

Exclusive The domain onecloud.com is up for sale – and the upcoming battle for its signature could attract a seven-dollar sum.

That is the verdict of Andrew Miller, president at ATM Holdings. Miller is helping conduct the transaction having been contacted by an individual seller. The seller, who has owned the domain since the early 1990s and has worked as a senior technology executive, ‘had a very hard time deciding...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Software, Trends, Vendors.

Snowflake secures $479m in latest funding round alongside key Salesforce partnership

Cloud data warehousing provider Snowflake has announced the closure of a $479 million (£370.6m) funding round, taking the company’s overall funding to $12.4 billion.

The funding, which represents the eighth round since 2012, was led by two new investors, in the shape of Dragoneer Investment Group and Salesforce Ventures. The latter is especially pertinent, as a strategic partnership with Salesforce was also...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Platform, Salesforce, Software.

5G, the edge, and the disruption of the cloud: Why now is the time for change

Sponsored If one were to put together a linguistic analysis of all the conversations held at MWC 2020, later this month in Barcelona, there is a fair chance that the most spoken word would be 5G.

Not surprisingly, the term will be everywhere this year – much of course as it was last year and the year before. Yet whether it is smartphone vendors looking to showcase their latest, speediest wares, or thought leaders looking to...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, Infrastructure, Platform.

Netskope secures $340m in funding at $3bn valuation to further cloud security mission

Cloud security provider Netskope has announced the closure of a $340 million (£263m) investment on a valuation of almost $3 billion.

The move represents the seventh funding round for the Santa Clara-based company, taking its total funding to more than $740m. Netskope’s most recent funding was a series F round

By James Bourne, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Google Cloud secures $2.6bn quarterly revenues at 53% growth as Alphabet reveals all for first time

Google Cloud hit $2.6 billion (£2bn) in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 with a more than $10bn run rate, as parent company Alphabet divulged various individual business figures for the first time.

The cloud business grew 53% year on year, according to CEO Sundar Pichai, with strong uptake noted in multi-cloud offering Anthos and growth in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) moving faster than the wider cloud business.

By James Bourne, 04 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Vendors.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to step down: Analysing the cloud strategy and in-tray for the new boss

Analysis IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty is to step down in April after more than eight years at the helm, with senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software Arvind Krishna taking over.

Krishna, who was a contributing factor in IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat in 2018, will become only the 10th CEO in...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Infrastructure, OpenSource, Platform.

AWS secures $9.95bn in Q419 revenues to beat expectations – and maintain market share

Amazon Web Services (AWS) posted revenues of $9.95 billion (£7.59bn) in its most recent quarter, beating analyst expectations.

The results represent a 34% increase on Q418, while the full-year figure, of $35bn, are 36.5% up on 2018. The third quarter saw revenues of $8.99bn, with AWS contributing 11% of Amazon’s total pot, a figure remaining conistent with previous quarters.

By James Bourne, 31 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure.

Microsoft posts more strong financials and 62% Azure growth – with differentiation key to success

Microsoft saw its Azure business grow 62% in its most recent quarter after posting total revenues of $36.9 billion (£28.2bn) – yet chief executive Satya Nadella was keen to note the breadth of Azure’s stack as well as the bottom line.

The company’s Q220 figures, as ever divided into three primary revenue buckets, saw its ‘intelligent cloud’ stream increase 26% year over year to $11.8bn....

By James Bourne, 30 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP, Software.

SAP announces solid Q419 revenues – but decline in new cloud bookings causes concern

SAP announced solid cloud revenues for its most recent quarter and noted it hit all of its revenue targets in 2019 – yet a quarterly downturn in new cloud customers caused some concern.

For Q4 2019, cloud revenue was at €1.90bn, up 35% from this time last year. Combined cloud and software revenues were €6.85bn, up 8% from Q418, while total revenues, of €8.04bn, also rose 8% year on year.

By James Bourne, 29 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SAP, Software.

More sensitive data moves to the enterprise cloud – but the security risk widens with it

Enterprises continue to feed their clouds with increasingly sensitive information, yet according to McAfee’s latest report the security issues are building alongside this trend.

The study, titled ‘Enterprise Supernova: The Data Dispersion Cloud Adoption and Risk Report’, polled 1,000 enterprises across 11 countries, as well as logging anonymous data from 30 million enterprise cloud users.

By James Bourne, 28 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Security, Software.

Data centre M&A broke the 100 deal barrier in 2019 – driven by private equity

2019 saw a bumper year of data centre merger and acquisition deals with the total number passing 100 for the first time, according to Synergy Research.

The record number has come about following a dramatic swing in private versus public deals, with 50% in private equity and a 45% downturn for sales closed by public companies.

The number of billion-dollar deals declined again in 2019,...

By James Bourne, 27 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, M&A, Research.

CloudKnox raises $12 million in funding to further continuous cloud security mission

CloudKnox, a provider of identity authorisation for hybrid and multi-cloud environments, has secured $12 million (£9.17m) in a funding round to accelerate product and go-to-market plans.

The company has a cloud security offering based around continuous decision making, monitoring, adapting and responding to identity and access management (IAM) risks in real-time. Its intriguingly-named Privilege Creep Index (PCI) as part of its...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Platform, Security.

Microsoft to launch cloud data centre region in Israel

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre region in Israel, bringing the total number of countries served by Azure to 21.

The region is expected to go live in 2021, starting with Azure and with Office 365 to follow. The move represents another EMEA expansion, following recent launches in Germany and Switzerland.

Among the list of customers using Microsoft's...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The war rages on for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud: Exploring the battlefield and strategy for 2020

The hyperscale cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with other pretenders occasionally cited – naturally generate the vast majority of revenues and, with it, the headlines.

According to figures from Synergy Research in December, one third of data...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Vendors.

Google Cloud and Bharti Airtel partner in echo of Azure and Jio telecoms deal

Updated Google Cloud’s rampant push at the start of this year has continued, with the company announcing a partnership with Indian telco Bharti Airtel, as well as a customer win in airline Lufthansa.

The agreement with Airtel will see the company offer collaboration tool G Suite to small and medium sized businesses as part of its integrated B2B connectivity solutions.

By James Bourne, 21 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Google, Software, Vendors.

Expect 2020 to see public and private cloud outspend traditional IT infrastructure, says IDC

Revenue for cloud infrastructure equipment dipped a little in the most recent quarter, IDC has argued – yet it is more indicative of a wider IT downturn than a cloud-specific malaise.

The analyst firm, in its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker report, found an overall quarterly figure of $16.8 billion (£12.9bn) – a decline of 1.8% year over year. IDC increased its forecast for total 2019...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Public, Research, Vendors.

Google Cloud unveils premium support offering to further woo enterprise customers

Google Cloud continues to push its wares for an enterprise base with the launch of a premium support offering for enterprise and mission-critical requirements.

The service builds upon current offerings, of providing technical account managers and 15-minute SLOs (service level operations). Any companies with premium support will have their cases handled directly by the best of the best – or ‘context-aware...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Infrastructure, Monitoring, Security.

Cloud infrastructure trends: Usage continues to rise – with AWS-VMware workloads soaring in parallel

85% of organisations expect to have the majority of their workloads cloud-based by the end of 2020, according to a new study from AllCloud.

The study, which polled more than 150 IT decision makers at organisations where at least 300 employees were using cloud infrastructure, found seven in 10 respondents already ran at least half of their workloads on the cloud.

When it came to...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Research, Security.