AWS looks to expand its platform to China, partnerships announced

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking to extend its presence in the cloud services market by opening up a Chinese region.

The company cites “thousands” of customers in China who currently uses AWS’ services, including the likes of Xiaomi, NQ Mobile and Papaya Mobile, and is looking to expand through partnerships.

Partnerships include various local providers, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET to provide infrastructure and ISP services, with “a select group” of China-based and...

By James Bourne, 18 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Vendors.

Microsoft launches Cloud OS Network, boosts hybrid options

Microsoft has announced the Cloud OS Network, a global group of over 25 cloud service providers who will deliver services on the Microsoft cloud platform.

The providers include the likes of CGI, Dimension Data and NTTX, and is a concerted play from Microsoft to enable more usage of its Windows Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

“This announcement represents important progress against our goals and strategy for Cloud OS,” Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft cloud and enterprise marketing corporate VP...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Hybrid, IaaS, Microsoft.

Oracle announces sponsorship of OpenStack Foundation

Tech giant Oracle has announced corporate sponsorship of the OpenStack Foundation, clearing the path for integration between the open source software and its various clouds.

The Redwood firm plans to integrate a huge amount of its products into the OpenStack technology, including Oracle’s virtual machine, its infrastructure as a service, as well as its Exalogic elastic cloud, its storage and its compute cloud.

Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at Oracle, said in a statement: “Oracle is...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, OpenSource, Trends.

IBM launches “cloud of clouds” offering, aims to stop vendor lock-in

IBM has developed technology which will allow clients to move data between clouds and backed up whilst avoiding the dreaded vendor lock-in, it has been claimed.

A press release on the IBM website explains how the Armonk firm’s patent pending invention enables a “cloud of clouds” theory – the idea that a series of clouds can offer greater protection against outages and data loss than any single cloud.

This is alongside a software...

By James Bourne, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Vendors.

ClearDATA nails $14m funding round, increases push to healthcare cloud

Cloud healthcare specialist ClearDATA has announced the conclusion of its series B round of funding to the tune of $14m, expanding its opportunities to provide cloud technology in the health industry.

The company, which describes itself as “exclusively dedicated” to healthcare in the cloud, has a solution which is approved by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and serves over 300,000 healthcare professionals.

The investors in the second round of funding included usual...

By James Bourne, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Industry, Trends.

IDC predicts value migration from IaaS to PaaS in 2014, cites IT “third platform”

It’s that time of year again, with every analyst firm falling over themselves to predict what will happen in IT during the next 12 months.

IDC is no different, issuing the first of its 2014 predictions earlier this week with a straightforward claim: all the big players will make increased investment in cloud, mobile and big data because of the huge emergence of the “third platform” for IT management.

The term ‘third platform’ relates to the technology built on the pillars of...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Forecasts, IaaS, PaaS, Trends.

Google seriously joins the IaaS party as Compute Engine goes live

Google has announced general availability of its Compute Engine IaaS platform, with the search giant aiming to play alongside the likes of Amazon and Microsoft in infrastructure as a service.

The service was available to developers and as a preview for companies to sign up back in May. Now, it’s been fully launched – and the Mountain View giant hasn’t set the bar too high with a 99.95% SLA.

CloudTech readers will know full well the issues with

By James Bourne, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Enterprise, IaaS.

Amazon continues to “dwarf all competition” in IaaS and PaaS, analyst claims

The latest report from Synergy Research has claimed that Amazon Web Services’ quarterly revenues continue to be greater than its biggest rivals combined in IaaS and PaaS.

Amazon grew by 55% between Q212 and Q213 to over $700m of revenue in the quarter, with Salesforce, Microsoft, IBM and Google combined making over just $600m.

John Dinsdale, of the Synergy Research Group, noted that the battle for second place will be of more interest to analysts.

“We’ve been analysing the IaaS/PaaS markets...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, PaaS, Research, SaaS .

MySQL needs to retain open source roots to keep developer base, survey shows

Nine in 10 respondents claim the primary reason their company uses the MySQL database is because of its open source nature, according to a survey from SkySQL.

And there’s bad news attached to that statement: a whopping 94% admitted they would move to MariaDB if MySQL lots its open source power.

The survey opened up some interesting thoughts on the development of MySQL, which has only been on the market since 1995. More than half (57%) of respondents have used MySQL for between three and 10 years, with...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

Artmotion CEO Mateo Meier on security, storage and a Swiss Cloud

The negative press surrounding the cloud computing industry following the NSA PRISM leaks in June wasn’t a huge surprise.

But there are usually winners and losers in every situation – and Swiss cloud service providers stand to gain the most from the scandal.

Due to the country’s more stringent data privacy laws – a formal request from a prosecutor would have to be sent off before a CSP allows access to data in Switzerland – those at the eye of the storm are experiencing greater...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Interview, Security, Storage.

Salesforce CEO Benioff unleashes Salesforce1, cites ‘internet of customers’ future

Cloud giant Salesforce has unveiled its new shiny cloud platform Salesforce1 at Dreamforce in San Francisco, with CEO Marc Benioff stressing the ‘internet of customers’ – the importance of the consumer in a cloud, social and mobile world.

“I’ve never been more excited to be part of Salesforce.com,” Benioff bellowed to the audience of customers, partners and non-profits.

“In the world of the Internet of Things, it’s really a world of Internet of...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Consumer, CRM, Forecasts, Salesforce, Trends.

CipherCloud: NSA PRISM scandal helped company grow “tremendously”

When the NSA PRISM revelations hit back in June, it initially spelled bad news for many cloud industry players, especially in the US. With analysts speculating that the damage to the US cloud computing industry could go as high as $35bn, it was a fractured period of time.

For San Jose-based cloud information protector CipherCloud, however, it was a different story.

CEO and founder Pravin Kothari and senior vice president Paige Leidig were both at a...

By James Bourne, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Interview, Security.

Rackspace announces cloud hosting support programme for 300 startups

Open cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced it has given cloud support to the tune of almost £250,000 in order to aid UK-based startups get a foothold in the cloud.

The scheme falls under the Rackspace Startups Programme, which has been operating in the UK for six months and has already signed up more than 300 members.

The money comes from Rackspace alongside 50 partners and investors, with the CSP adding that startups who sign up with the scheme get “mentoring, expert technical advice and...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Public.

AWS launches Amazon WorkSpaces, aims to shake up VDI market

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today launched Amazon WorkSpaces, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with data all stored in the cloud, at its AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas.

In the morning keynote Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, announced the launch alongside giving a few soundbites about how far ahead of the pack Amazon is – as well as an obligatory pot shot at cloud competitor IBM.

Amazon WorkSpaces, as Jassy explained, aims to go where previous VDI technology has failed, because...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Public, VDI, Vendors, Virtualisation.

IBM patent offers greener cloud computing options

IBM has patented a solution which the tech giant claims is a “green button” that distributes a cloud service to lower power systems to help save environmental costs.

According to the Armonk firm, patent 8,549,125 took its inspiration from energy firms offering consumers alternate, environmentally-friendly energy streams.

“We have invented a way for cloud service providers to more efficiently manage their data centres and, as a result, significantly reduce their environmental impact,”...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Trends.

CIOs still reluctant to adopt cloud, says new survey

A new report from sourcing providers Alsbridge has revealed that, in the UK, cloud computing accounts for only one fifth of the IT budget.

This puts doubt in the thinking that cloud adoption in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market is accelerating – or, more particularly, that executives see cloud as the cornerstone of a bright, shiny IT future.

Last month research from Robert Half Technology revealed how cloud computing is...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, IaaS, Research.

Rackspace moves towards ‘Cloud 2.0’ with redesigned public cloud

Open cloud provider Rackspace has rolled out a complete revamp of its public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers – and according to Nigel Beighton, international VP technology and product, it represents a serious shift in how companies use their servers.

The architectural redesign of the Rackspace Performance Cloud Server comes with four times the total RAM, double the CPU performance and 132 times the I/O of its competitors, according to benchmark tests.

But Beighton argues that simply drooling over...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, IaaS, Public, Scalability.

Swisscom sets up “Swiss Cloud”...but it’s not in response to NSA

The Switzerland-based telco Swisscom is in the process of building a national “Swiss Cloud” – but denies claims that the primary motivation is around acquiring customers spooked by the NSA scandal.

The story first broke on Reuters, with the news agency reporting that the move is “driven more by a desire to cut costs and make its systems more dynamic”, according to Swisscom head of IT services Andreas...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, IaaS, Industry, Security.

Cloud computing the most valuable IT job skill to have, says survey

Research from recruitment specialists Robert Half Technology has revealed that cloud computing is the most lucrative skill to have in the IT job market today.

Cloud topped the bill in the survey of 100 IT directors and CIOs across the UK, with 39% of respondents citing it as the most important.

Security (37%) and project management skills (33%) were the next popular, with virtualisation (29%) and network administration (27%) rounding out the top five.

Interestingly, coding and development skills were...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Economy, PublicSector, Research.

Cloud allows companies to double revenue, claims IBM study

The latest cloud study, this time from IBM, has revealed that companies who use cloud computing as a competitive advantage can expect to have their revenue margins doubled compared to those who don’t have high adoption.

In the global survey of over 800 business decision makers and users, IBM found that leading organisations are moving to the cloud to move away from their competitors in a crowded space.

The report puts companies into three categories: pacesetters, who are “deploying cloud on a...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Enterprise, Research.