Renewable energy deal aims to take Google’s UK operations to 90% carbon-free by 2025

Moray East wind farm.

Google UK has claimed it will operate at, or near, 90% carbon-free energy (CFE) on an hourly basis in 2025, from a projected 67%, thanks to a new offshore wind energy deal with ENGIE – 100 MW of carbon-free energy from Moray West offshore wind farm in Scotland. 

This milestone brings Google closer to its overarching goal of operating on carbon-free energy by 2030 across its UK offices and cloud regions. By achieving this goal, every Gmail sent, every Search query asked and...

Four evolving cloud trends set to impact your business

A number 4 on a multi-story carpark wall.

Cloud computing has been experiencing a boom for the last few years, with global spending on services reaching £46.3 billion in the first financial quarter of 2022, according to research from Canalys. Statista ran a survey which looked at the increased use of cloud services and found that storing and creating files and office documents was the largest reason for implementing cloud technology to their business.

Utilising cloud services to their fullest is a great way of helping...

Acxiom joins Salesforce AppExchange to transform personalised experiences

Customer intelligence company Acxiom has joined the Salesforce AppExchange Genie Collection, empowering brands to better understand their customers, drive personalisation at scale and unlock new opportunities that accelerate business growth.

Brands today are expected to know their customers, anticipate their needs, and engage in ways that are personalised, relevant, and contextual. A data-first approach is key to meeting these expectations, and Salesforce Customer Data Platform...

Asda chooses Veeam to mitigate risk of multi-million-pound retail downtime

An ASDA employee delivering to a customer.

Asda has selected Veeam Availability Suite to provide effective backup and restore for mission-critical systems.

Following its divestiture from Walmart in early 2021, the supermarket chain has taken responsibility for protecting the large, virtualised infrastructure that underpins its business, and Veeam, a specialist in backup, recovery and data management solutions, has enabled it to do this without sending IT headcount soaring.

Asda’s business model relies heavily...

IBM helps clients modernise VMware workloads with speed

IBM has rolled out IBM Cloud for VMware as a Service, a combination of IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy and VMware capabilities that is helping global clients and partners modernise their workloads and expedite time to value in hybrid cloud environments.

The update builds on IBM's 20-year partnership with VMware, expanding upon one of the broadest portfolios of VMware solutions in market with the general availability of a new, IBM-managed, offering designed to help enterprises...

Organisations increasing modern data protection for cloud to reduce security risks

Veeam Software, a specialist in modern data protection, has released the findings of the company’s Cloud Protection Trends Report 2023, covering four key 'as a Service' scenarios: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (BaaS/DRaaS).

The survey found that companies are recognizing the increasing need to protect their SaaS environments. For example, nearly 90% of Microsoft® 365...

90% of enterprises modernised mainframe workloads in response to pandemic

More than two years since the pandemic demonstrated just how fragile legacy systems can be, findings from Advanced’s third annualMainframe Modernization Business Barometer Report show that, for the first time ever, digitalisation is the driving force across the enterprise.

Organisations aren’t just embracing cloud hyperscalers as infrastructure providers – they’re inviting them into the critical operations of their businesses with open arms. 

In fact,...

VMware and Equinix expand global cloud services offering

Equinix and VMware have enhanced their global relationship to deliver new digital infrastructure and multi-cloud services.

At VMware Explore 2022 Europe in Barcelona today, the companies unveiled VMware Cloud on Equinix Metal, a new distributed cloud service that will deliver a more performant, secure, and cost-effective cloud option to support enterprise applications.

The service will combine VMware-managed and supported cloud infrastructure as a service with...

UK tech spend grows at its third fastest rate in more than 15 years

Despite 90% of digital leaders in the UK expecting an economic downturn, tech spend this year is set to grow at its third fastest rate in over 15 years,

More than half (52%) of digital leaders in the UK expect their technology budget to rise, and only around one in seven expect their budget to fall, according to the world’s largest and longest running survey of senior technology decision makers.

But the Nash Squared Digital Leadership Report, in collaboration with...

Alibaba Cloud launches ModelScope platform

Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, started its recent annual Apsara Conference by announcing the launch of  ModelScope.

This is an open-source Model-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform that comes with hundreds of AI models, including large pre-trained models for global developers and researchers. During its flagship conference, the cloud provider also introduced a range of serverless database products and upgraded its integrated data...