NVIDIA GTC roundup: Next-gen data centres and cloud provider partnerships

NVIDIA’s 2024 GTC event, taking place through March 21, saw the usual plethora of announcements one would expect from a major tech conference. One stood out, from founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote: the next-generation Blackwell GPU architecture, enabling organisations to build and run real-time generative AI on trillion-parameter large language models.

“The future is generative… which is why this is a brand new industry,” Huang told attendees. “The way we compute...

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...

ManageEngine CloudSpend launches cloud cost management capabilities for Microsoft Azure 

ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corporation, has unveiled CloudSpend, its cloud observability and cost optimisation platform, for Microsoft Azure.

Already available for AWS, the solution's business intelligence and smart forecasting capabilities have evolved to address the gap between capacity planning and cost optimisation for resources running in multi-cloud environments. 

In recent years, public cloud adoption has seen exponential...

VMware cross-cloud services available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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VMware has announced the availability of VMware Cross-Cloud services on Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure.

VMware customers can take advantage of the trusted Azure cloud platform to accelerate application modernization, migrate workloads faster to the cloud, and more securely and efficiently scale virtual desktops to support a distributed workforce.

VMware Cross-Cloud services is a family of multi-cloud...

ASOS renews five-year Microsoft partnership for retail innovation plan

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British fashion retailer ASOS has signed an agreement with Microsoft that will see Azure remain its preferred cloud platform for the next five years.

Over the past few years, ASOS’ 70-person engineering team has collaborated with Microsoft to build a global customer platform for the company’s 900 hosted brands.

Through Azure and its AI capabilities, ASOS powers its digital platforms and harnesses data-led innovation to cater to its fashionable Generation Z...

Microsoft extends security offering for multi-cloud environments

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Microsoft is extending its Defender for Cloud service to cover the Google Cloud Platform in an effort to simplify security for organisations utilising multi-cloud strategies.

The move will see all three of the world’s largest public cloud providers protected under the same Microsoft solution for posture management and threat protection, with AWS and Azure already under its scope.

Support for Google Cloud will come with recommendations for users on how to configure...

Singapore’s HTX taps Microsoft for city-state’s first sovereign cloud

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Singapore’s Home Team Science and Technology agency (HTX) has called on Microsoft to develop its sovereign cloud.

The agency promotes technological adoption across Singapore’s Home Team departments, which are responsible for national security, policing, civil defence, and immigration.

HTX said the project will accelerate digital transformation and allow domestic services such as the police to deliver improved safety and security to all Singaporean...

Informatica and Microsoft unveil program to launch Modern Cloud Analytics on Microsoft Azure

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Informatica, an enterprise cloud data management firm, has created a joint Modern Cloud Analytics program with Microsoft Azure.

It is hoped this will provide customers with one of the fastest, lowest cost, lowest risk paths to modernise PowerCenter ETL and on-premises data warehouses to Informatica’s Intelligent Data Management Cloudä (IDMC) on Azure and Azure Synapse Analytics. 

This offering is available on the Azure Marketplace, helping customers streamline...

University of Lincoln launches cloud computing degree with Microsoft

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The University of Lincoln (UoL) has launched a first-of-its-kind cloud computing course to support the development of digital skills.

Created as part of a shared goals agreement between Microsoft and UoL, the postgraduate MSc course is designed to prepare graduates for professional roles as cloud developers, solution architects, DevOps, or data specialists.

The programme will reward students with Microsoft certified industry certification in 'Azure Data Fundamentals' and...

Ransomware mitigation sees focus from AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Ransomware mitigation strategies have become an increasingly important aspect of major cloud providers’ offering following the pandemic.

In recent weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have all published articles recommending mitigation tactics and best practice in the event of a ransomware attack.

A ransomware attack occurs when company files are encrypted and money is demanded in exchange for the decryption key and the maintained privacy...