Pluralsight: On why cloud skills acquisition is a continuous journey

If you suspect that the cloud skills gap has not been lessened in recent years – or, indeed, has actually gotten wider – then take this statistic from Pluralsight into account. The online learning provider notes that, while 98% of customers the company has spoken to have started their cloud journey, only 7% have got the skills they need to go through with it.

To find out why this is, the company’s State of Cloud 2023 report is a useful reference point.

In short, it...

Capgemini and Orange launch ‘trusted cloud’ Bleu for competitive French market

Capgemini and Orange have announced that Bleu, a cloud company launched in partnership with Microsoft, is engaging commercially with ‘select French public and private organisations’ in anticipation of services going live by the end of 2024.

Bleu, which is described as ‘fully operational’, was launched with the goal of meeting specific cloud needs of various high level organisations, including the French state, regional authorities, and hospitals among others. The company...

Google Cloud unveils AI-optimised infrastructure enhancements

Google Cloud has announced significant advancements in its AI-optimised infrastructure, including fifth-generation TPUs and A3 VMs based on NVIDIA H100 GPUs.

Traditional approaches to designing and constructing computing systems are proving inadequate for the surging demands of workloads like generative AI and large language models (LLMs). Over the last five years, the parameters in LLMs have surged tenfold annually, prompting the need for both cost-effective and scalable...

Microsoft buys stake in London Stock Exchange Group in twist on digital transformation deals 

Microsoft has announced a 10-year strategic partnership with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) to put the financial markets providers’ infrastructure and data analytics onto the Microsoft cloud – and has acquired a 4% stake in the group in the process. 

Seasoned cloud industry watchers will know how these sorts of strategic partnerships play out. The client comes on board for an undisclosed amount, the right noises are made around improving customer and end-user...

Why it’s time to ‘embrace the discomfort’ with cloud vendor lock-in

Vendor lock-in, alongside security, are issues that have pervaded IT and software procurement, whether computing has been centralized or not. In the era of the cloud, with benefits ranging from scalability to speed, the hoped-for panacea has turned out to be less than expected.

For a while, the vendors and analysts thought they’d cracked it with the gloss of multi-cloud. At the start of 2018, Cloud Academy issued a whitepaper that looked to separate multi-cloud strategy from the...

Equinix Cloud Transformation Conference 2022: The key takeaways

This year’s Cloud Transformation Conference, powered by Equinix and TechForge, saw industry leaders gather to discuss the importance of a “digital-first” strategy.

For this roundup, CloudTech caught up with some of the world-class speakers at the event to get their thoughts on the key topics discussed during the conference.

Here’s a list of the speakers featured in this article:

Dax Grant, CEO of Global Transform, Forbes Technology CouncilErik Thorwirth,...

IDC predicts cloud infrastructure spending this year will hit $90.2B

IDC forecasts that cloud infrastructure spending will exceed $90 billion in 2022.

In Q1 2022, IDC found that spending on compute and storage infrastructure products for cloud deployments – including dedicated and shared environments – increased 17.2 percent year-over-year to $18.3 billion.

The firm’s analysts note the strong growth is despite “tight supply of some system components and disruptions in transportation networks.”

Dedicated cloud...

Alibaba launches ‘Data-as-a-Service’ firm Lingyang

Alibaba has spun out a “Data-as-a-Service” (DaaS) business called Lingyang Intelligent Service Company.

Lingyang will offer solutions to enterprises that were initially developed for Alibaba.

“The launch of the new firm is an important step taken by Alibaba after long-term consideration,” said Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Alibaba.

The team behind Lingyang has vast experience supporting Alibaba’s Double 11 Data Big Screen and 88VIP initiatives....

Greg Day, Palo Alto Networks: On protecting our way of life in the digital age

Security threats have evolved considerably over the years and Palo Alto Networks knows more than most that “protecting our way of life” also requires a digital approach in the modern world.

Historically, nations would protect their way of life by having the sharpest swords, the biggest guns, the sturdiest tanks, or the fastest planes. Nowadays, it’s as much – if not more – about who has the most secure networks and systems.

CloudTech spoke with Greg Day, VP...

UK government advises firms to use cloud to reduce carbon emissions

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UK businesses are being told to accelerate cloud adoption in an upscaled effort to tackle climate change, the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has advised.

The recommendation is part of a series of steps that businesses are being told to consider to help curb their carbon emissions by making changes to their technological habits.

This in turn is part of a wider push by the government to encourage businesses to get behind...