Amazon Web Services to build first New Zealand data centre by 2024

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to launch its first data centre region in New Zealand by 2024.

Part of a NZ$7.5 billion (£3.9bn) investment strategy in the country over the next fifteen years, the data centre will form the bulk of Amazon’s new AWS Asia Pacific Region.

The infrastructure hub will be owned and operated by a local AWS entity in New Zealand, and enable developers, startups, government, and other organisations to use data centres located within the...

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...

Hey, you, get onto my cloud: building a cloud strategy for a post-pandemic world

By Allan Brearley, Enterprise Services Cloud Practice Lead, ECS

Back in the swinging sixties the Rolling Stones’ track Get Off Of My Cloud vented the band’s frustration at the pressure heaped upon them to pen a follow-up to the global hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Today many business leaders are feeling the pressure as the effects of the pandemic turn the spotlight firmly on their cloud investment playbook.  With 2020 having exposed large faultlines in the...

61% of cloud infrastructure comes from AWS, Microsoft or Google

Spending on cloud infrastructure grew by more than a third from Q1 to Q2 this year, according to the latest research from analytics firm Canalys.

Following the release of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) earnings, which made up 31% of global cloud infrastructure spending, it has been confirmed that total industry spending for this year’s second quarter sat at $47 billion (£33.8bn).

Bezos’ cloud platform now boasts an annualised revenue of $59bn (£42.4bn), making it...

Amazon to investigate discrimination and harassment at AWS

Amazon’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is to be investigated regarding allegations of harassment and discrimination after 550 employees signed a petition.

The petition criticised Amazon’s current system for investigating discrimination as not fair, objective, or transparent.

Specifically, it blamed AWS for its "underlying culture of systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias against women and under-represented groups,” reports the...

Amazon shuts down cloud infrastructure linked to NSO Group

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has shut down infrastructure and accounts connected to Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group.

The decision follows an investigation held by a consortium of media organisations into the firm’s ‘Pegasus’ spyware.

The investigation found that NSO’s military-grade spyware was involved in at least 37 successful hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials, and human rights activists around the world.

NSO Group...

Multi-cloud strategies set to dominate future of cloud services

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Multi-cloud strategies are emerging as a dominant part of organisations’ long-term IT roadmaps.

This is according to a study by IT services firm Ensono in which 500 full-time professionals across the UK and US with cloud procurement decision-making power were surveyed.

Bryan Doerr, executive VP of Product and Technology, said: “This report captures a clear picture of the industry and reveals how companies’ investments in cloud services have changed over the past...

AWS acquires messaging encryption startup Wickr

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has snapped up Wickr, which develops secure, end-to-end encrypted communication technology. 

With Wickr, customers and partners can benefit from advanced security features not available with traditional communications services – across messaging, voice and video calling, file sharing, and collaboration. This gives security conscious enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet...

Ferrari eyes road and track innovation with AWS as its official cloud provider

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Amazon Web Services, (AWS), has entered into an agreement with Ferrari to become its official cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence provider. 

Together, the companies will accelerate the pace of innovation across the entire Ferrari organisation, including their road cars department, GT Competitions, the Ferrari Challenge, and the Scuderia Ferrari FORMULA 1 (F1) team. 

Ferrari will use AWS’s services and global infrastructure, including the AWS...

Accenture: Hyperscaling the cloud: How to choose the right partner

The cloud computing market has surged since the outbreak of the pandemic which saw years of digital transformation efforts compressed into months, and in some cases even weeks, as the world moved online.

As business confidence in the UK hits a five year high and economies start to reopen, this growth shows no sign of slowing down. Gartner predicts that the public cloud computing market will be worth $397 billion by 2022 and could be as high as nearly $700 billion by...