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...

Breaking through the cloud security skills gap

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With the proliferation of remote workers over the past eighteen months, companies have had to rely on cloud-based applications to ensure they remained in business. The recent Application Security Report from Fortinet and Cybersecurity Insiders found that 48% of respondents had more than 100 unique applications running in their environment, whilst 26% reported using more than 500 unique applications. This rapid proliferation of applications has intensified current challenges that security...

ThoughtSpot passes $4bn valuation after $100m Series F funding

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ThoughtSpot, a cloud data analytics start-up, has raised $100 million (£74m) in Series F funding to reach a new valuation of $4.2 billion (£3.1bn).

This latest valuation is more than double the company’s previous valuation of $1.95 billion (£1.45bn) two years ago after its Series E round. In the years between, ThoughtSpot underwent a major transformation into a cloud-first company which, evidently, shows to have paid off.

Last year the company launched its first...

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,...

Leaving Silicon Valley’s lions for Vultr

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I’ve been working and living in Silicon Valley since 2002. At age 21, I joined Oracle as a software engineer. When I met Larry Ellison atop one of the now dormant Oracle towers, he was actually quite friendly, at least to me and some fellow interns.

At 24, I joined a wiki startup called JotSpot, in large part to work with its founders, who had previously created the once-popular Excite search engine. I had an absolute blast working with the...

Why ‘experience’ is at the top of the agenda for UK businesses moving to the cloud

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In the grand scheme of history, the cloud is still novel – the term ‘cloud computing’ has only been included in the Oxford English dictionary since June 2012. In the world of technology, the cloud is considered ubiquitous!

Yet, while Amazon’s release of Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in 2006 marked the advent of the infrastructure-as-a-service platforms that underpin the modern cloud as we now know it, the ensuing 15 years have seen the technology continue to transform...

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

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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...

IBM transformation report establishes the dominance of hybrid cloud

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IBM has found that only 3 percent of businesses still use a single private or public cloud in 2021, a drastic decrease from 29 percent in 2019.

Such a shift marks the emergence of hybrid cloud models as the dominant IT architecture in cloud transformation.

The global study was undertaken by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) in partnership with Oxford Economics, surveying close to 7,200 C-suite executives from 28 industries and 47 countries.

The...