JEDI: Oracle and Google enter the bidding war for Pentagon cloud contract

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The prolonged JEDI war - between Amazon and Microsoft, not Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker - for the $10 billion contract to modernise the US Department of Defence's (DoD) cloud infrastructure has entered a new saga.

Microsoft won the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract back in 2019, although its victory was short-lived when Amazon filed for and won an injunction due to potential presidential interference in 2020.

Since then, the Pentagon ruled that...

AWS Skills Centre launches in Seattle as part of cloud training initiative

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Amazon Web Services is opening its AWS Skills Centre in downtown Seattle to break down barriers to entry into the cloud computing industry.

Described as an “in-person cloud learning space”, the AWS Skills Centre will provide free training, career networking, and job placement events for anyone curious about a future career in the cloud industry. It opens to the public on November 22.

The centre, which is set to be the first of many across the US and eventually the...

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...

Telenor partners with Google Cloud to digitise telecom offering

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Telenor, a Norwegian multinational telco provider, has partnered with Google Cloud to digitise its services and explore further joint offering opportunities.

The companies plan to not only use Google Cloud capabilities to improve Telenor’s current infrastructure, but also to collaborate on new improvements through Google’s knowledge of data management, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

The Oslo-based Telenor is majority-owned by the Norwegian government,...

Calgary to see $4.3bn in investment from new Amazon Web Services hub

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, Canada’s fourth largest city, is set to receive billions of dollars of investment over the next two decades as Amazon Web Services (AWS) sets up its second Canadian cloud server hub in the area.

The data centre will see $4.3 billion (£2.55bn) of investment and create 950 direct and indirect jobs throughout Canada by 2037.

Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney has described the investment as a “game-changer” and “the largest technology investment in...

Yorkshire cloud computing firms join forces to ‘make the impossible, possible’

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Two Yorkshire headquartered cloud tech firms have collaborated in the hope they can supercharge the digital transformation solutions delivered to clients.

Managed IT specialist CloudCoCo, based in Leeds, will strengthen the cybersecurity offering provided by Huddersfield’s Vapour. And in return, network specialist Vapour will enhance CloudCoCo’s infrastructure with the addition of security-first SD-WAN connectivity – described as a cost-effective, scalable cloud technology...

France unveils €1.8 billion fund for nation’s cloud sector

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France has announced a €1.8 billion (£1.53bn) support plan for the nation’s cloud computing sector to keep the country competitive on a global scale.

The plan is divided into a €667 million care package for public financing, a €444 million boost to European Union financing, and a €680 million stimulus for private co-financing.

Thus far, 23 research and development projects have already been selected, making up €421 million of the public financing...

Microsoft quarterly sales surge thanks to Azure cloud growth

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Microsoft cloud quarterly sales have surpassed estimates to reach $20.7 billion (£15bn), making up almost half of the company’s $45.3 billion (£32.9bn) in total revenue from July to October.

The Redmond, Washington-based company’s total revenue was up 22% from this same time last year, which Microsoft defines as the first quarter of its 2022 fiscal year.

Such an increase continues Microsoft's successful year-to-date and marks the company’s fastest rate of growth...

Cart.com partners with Google Cloud to accelerate global E-commerce

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Cart.com, the E-commerce as a service (ECaaS) provider, has entered into a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to bring advanced analytics to the 2,500 brands using its platform.

Founded last year during the global pandemic, the Texas-based company aims to democratise online retail by giving small brands the same end-to-end capabilities as the world's largest online retailers.

Its product suite combines marketing, technology, and fulfilment capabilities into one...

Alibaba data centres to expand throughout Asia in 2022

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Alibaba is expanding its cloud business within Asia as it plans to open data centres in South Korea and Thailand in 2022.

The Chinese e-commerce giant has previously been focused on other countries in the region, such as Singapore and the Philippines, where it was competing with major US providers Amazon and Microsoft.

Already the biggest cloud provider in China, Alibaba data centres abroad help businesses in those countries to access Alibaba’s cloud services, whilst...