Google Cloud and Nokia extend partnership for cloud-native 5G services

Google Cloud has extended its partnership with Nokia to build cloud-native 5G core services for communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprise customers.

The two companies previously announced their five-year commitment in October - which was more around the customer win side. Nokia was utilising Google Cloud to design a migration approach from its IT data centres, with a timeline for full deployment expected at between 18 and 24 months.

This time around, the...

Microsoft launches Cloud for Retail in latest industry cloud targeting

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Cloud for Retail, in another sign of the largest cloud providers targeting specific industries and sectors.

The announcement, which was made at NRF 2021, the annual retail jamboree, aims to help brands enable what Microsoft calls 'intelligent retail'.

As Shelley Bransten, corporate vice president for worldwide retail and consumer goods at Microsoft noted, this involves "using digital solutions to help better know customers,...

How the cloud continues to support the ongoing Covid-19 response

The increased use of online services brought by the Covid-19 pandemic has created new technical requirements for organisations. Since the pandemic-imposed hiatus of most in-person activities and the accompanying shift into digital life, websites and applications must now be scalable and able to react to demand in real-time to avoid slow response times and outages. Traditional monolithic architecture simply isn’t cut out for this, and with developer teams forced to build applications and...

IBM study shows 40% of IT orgs don’t have skills to match ambitions: What is needed for an open, multi-cloud 2021

If 2020 was the year where demand and deployment of cloud services ramped up - primarily as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic - 2021 will be the year where more sophisticated strategies will have to be developed.

The reason: to avoid security snafus, vendor lock-in fears, and costly compliance concerns. In other words, these are the same issues which have plagued cloud migration since the first EC2 instances were launched almost a decade and a half ago....

Farewell 2020, hello 2021: The year in cloud reviewed – and what will come next?

2020 has been a year of tumult and turbulence with Covid-19 affecting professional and personal life for virtually everybody. While many sectors undoubtedly struggled, many cloud software and infrastructure providers had good years - at least on the balance sheet.

The uncertainty of the pandemic may remain for now, but it meant 2020 was certainly an interesting year for cloud news - with Covid by no means the only game in town. Here is CloudTech's assessment of the past 12 months,...

AWS re:Invent 2020 keynote: Gaining a greater industry focus – plus open source offerings

Analysis Andy Jassy, chief executive of Amazon Web Services (AWS), was unequivocal about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cloud transformation during his show-opening re:Invent keynote. "I think when you look back at the history of the cloud, it will turn out that the pandemic accelerated cloud adoption by several years," he said.

Covid has, of course, meant the annual AWS jamboree has had to adapt with the times. Like Google Cloud Next OnAir in July, re:Invent is spread...

AWS secures Zalando and Mercado Libre customer wins in eCommerce play

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has secured two customer wins in the field of eCommerce, in the shape of fashion platform Zalando and Latin American online commerce and payments provider Mercado Libre.

Zalando has chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider and cited machine learning (ML) as the key use case. The company will use ML to 'innovate faster and offer a more personalised online shopping experience'.

On a practical level, it will involve reducing time to design,...

Squaring the SaaS triangle: Execs and engineers see their cloud investments differently

For any project, the triangle of good, fast, and cheap usually applies - where you can only pick two of the three options.

When moving to a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solution, this means application performance, code delivery and iteration, and budget. Yet according to a new study from cloud optimisation provider Opsani, business leaders and DevOps engineers maintain differing views on the success of their cloud rollouts.

The study compared research from a...

AWS launches Gateway Load Balancer for highly available and scalable network appliances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB), a new product which aims to ensure high availability and scalability for network appliances.

The product 'makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy, scale and manage the availability of third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud', according to the company. Channy Yun, principal developer advocate for AWS, added...

Capgemini: How to become a digital enterprise through cloud-native applications

Most of today’s organisations have adopted the cloud for at least some of their business processes. However, may still rely heavily on legacy IT systems. They use the cloud tactically, plugging holes where needed – rather than looking at the big picture business case, which requires comprehensive organisational transformation. Regardless of where organisations are in their cloud journey, one point is clear: the cloud is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

In the near future,...