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...

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...

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...

US Supreme Court throws out Oracle’s JEDI contract challenge

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The US Supreme Court has dismissed Oracle's challenge to how the Pentagon awarded its now-cancelled $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) cloud contract.

A lower court ruling found that the enterprise software company could not have been harmed by any Pentagon errors in awarding the contract as Oracle did not qualify for it in the first place.

Oracle attempted to appeal this ruling, but this has been rebuffed.

The US Defence...

EDM Council brings together top cloud providers for data framework

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Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM and Microsoft have joined forces with the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council – a multi-industry trade association – to publish a data management framework for the cloud.

The resultant cloud data management capabilities (CDMC) framework was developed by more than 100 companies. It involved devising a comprehensive set of standards for cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations while also incorporating automated key controls...

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...

Xbox Cloud Gaming set to bring streaming service to consoles

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Xbox Cloud Gaming is set to launch in time for Christmas this year.

The new service from Microsoft will allow consumers to play games streamed to their devices through the cloud, as opposed to having to install them locally.

Currently only available on PC and mobile devices, Microsoft plans to launch the service for its new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles as well as older Xbox One machines.

The announcement follows the trend of American tech giants...

Windows 365 cancels free trials due to ‘significant demand’

Windows 365 launched earlier this week, yet Microsoft has already had to cancel free trials for its new PC cloud streaming service due to ‘significant demand’.

The subscription-based service allows customers to rent a PC and then stream Windows 10 or 11 onto their device through a web browser.

However, within a day of going live for signups, the service reached max capacity.

“Following significant demand, we have reached capacity for Windows 365...

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...