IHS Markit makes AWS preferred cloud provider, citing ML and VMware partnership as key

Analyst firm IHS Markit is moving to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud infrastructure provider, with analytics and machine learning noted as key indicators.

The company has run various products on AWS over the years, as well as being an advanced partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), and is now looking to migrate 'hundreds' of additional applications in a three-year deal.

Among the services the company will utilise are machine learning - so often cited...

AWS launches Snowcone for lightweight rugged edge computing

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of AWS Snowcone, a rugged device designed for secure edge computing and data transfer.

The device, which arrives as part of the AWS Snow family, is aimed at collecting data from outside environments, such as industrial IoT use cases or healthcare, which can then be processed by AWS either online or offline.

As befitting the name, the Snowcone is the smallest data transfer device in the family at only 2.1kg in weight,...

AWS and Microsoft ramp up war of words in JEDI cloud contract row

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has said it 'won't back down' in its appeal process for the $10 billion JEDI government cloud computing contract - as the war of words between AWS and Microsoft escalates.

The contract for the Department of Defense has long courted rumour and conjecture around alleged potential intervention by President Trump, whose relationship with Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and owner of the Washington Post, is known to be antipathic.

Following the initial award...

Hyperscaler earnings: AWS’ $10bn takes plaudits, but Microsoft and Google solid as cloud unaffected by Covid-19

Analysis Amazon Web Services (AWS) broke the $10 billion quarterly revenue mark for the first time as the highlight of three more strong quarters for the cloud hyperscalers - with industry analyst Synergy Research reiterating that cloud services will do just fine amid Covid-19.

The Seattle giant, which according to the latest Synergy figures is pegged at holding just under a third (32%) of the cloud infrastructure market, posted $10.21bn (£8.2bn) in revenues for its most recent...

Google Cloud’s Anthos now runs on AWS, with Azure to follow

Google Cloud's Anthos platform, where applications can be built which run in multiple cloud environments, now has its first major multi-cloud offering live in the shape of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The original unveiling of the revamped Anthos at Next last year, billed as a key part of Google's multi-cloud vision, showed a preview running and managing applications on AWS. In a blog post, Google Cloud announced that users can 'consolidate all operations across on-premises, Google...

AWS launches Cape Town region as cloud case for Africa becomes increasingly viable

The race for cloud supremacy in Africa is heating up among the hyperscalers, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) the latest to launch a cloud region in the continent.

AWS' new Cape Town region means the Seattle-based cloud infrastructure giant now claims 73 availability zones within 23 geographic regions worldwide. Cape Town, like any new region launched, will have three availability zones - separate but interlinked data centre locations to ensure both low latency and business...

Pentagon rules that Microsoft’s $10bn JEDI cloud contract award was fair

Updated A report from the Inspector General at the US Department of Defense (DoD) has ruled that the DoD's award of the JEDI $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft was fair.

Following the announcement that Microsoft had won the contract back in October, Amazon Web Services (AWS), seen by many in the industry as the favourite, said it would appeal the ruling.

This duly happened; in November reports came that AWS had filed the paperwork, while in February AWS...

AWS makes Amazon Detective generally available for greater security awareness

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon Detective, a new offering which aims to help customers remediate security issues across their AWS workloads more easily.

Amazon Detective, which was launched in preview at re:Invent last year, automatically collects log data from a customer's resources and uses machine learning and statistical analysis to build interactive visualisations which customers can use to deduce security...

Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far,...

Pentagon to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of JEDI Microsoft cloud contract award

Updated 1530 GMT The Pentagon has asked a federal court for 120 days to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of the decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion (£7.9bn) federal cloud computing contract.

The ruling, in a court order published on Thursday, noted that Amazon Web Services (AWS), who last month won a temporary injunction against the award, would ‘likely be able to show that...