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...

Alibaba Cloud delivers new server chips to optimise cloud computing services

Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital tech and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has developed an in-house processor design for use in its data centres. 

The server chips, named Yitian 710, are custom-built by Alibaba Group's chip development business, T-Head. Powered by these chips, Alibaba Cloud also announced the development of its proprietary servers, called Panjiu. The combination is set to enhance the company's leading cloud services by optimising computing performance and...

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

Auckland, New Zealand

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...

OVHcloud seeking €400m in Euronext IPO before year’s end

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Cloud storage provider OVHcloud is looking to raise €400 million (£343m) in a Paris IPO that would bring its valuation close to €4 billion.

The French firm will be listed on the Euronext stock exchange by the end of 2021.

OVHcloud needs the IPO to finance its competition with major cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

This is especially the case in the European cloud market, which is expected to grow even faster than the already...

T-Systems and Google Cloud to deliver public sector cloud for Germany

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Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has unveiled plans to build a ‘sovereign cloud’ for German enterprises and its public sector alongside Google Cloud.

The companies, which began collaborating on cloud-based solutions and services back in March 2020, hope to jointly innovate to “develop a large spectrum of next-gen sovereign cloud solutions and infrastructure".

T-Sytems will provide service management and operations for the cloud, enabling customers to securely...

Harnessing cloud to drive business innovation, reinvention and growth

A classic red car driving into cloud.

Spending on cloud is set to surpass the enormous milestone of $1 trillion in just a few years, as organisations continue to rush to migrate more and more workloads. However, many are falling into the trap of treating it as a one-time exercise – or worse, a cheaper data warehouse. With this mindset, the excitement of working with a shiny new cloud platform becomes a moment which is quickly forgotten.

This mindset is costing organisations more than just a lot of time and effort....

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 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...

Pentagon cancels $10bn Jedi contract after Amazon challenge

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The US Department of Defence (DoD) has cancelled its $10 billion (£7.2bn) cloud computing contract with Microsoft, pitting it back against Amazon for a renewed bidding war over the rights to develop the Pentagon’s long awaited cloud system.

The cancellation follows Amazon’s filing of a lawsuit against the decision to award the ‘Jedi’ contract to Microsoft in late 2019, a decision which it claims was improperly influenced by political pressure from then President...

Cloud connectivity – the fabric of digital business

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Cloud computing adoption by enterprises has only accelerated since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forrester Consulting 2021 Cloud Connectivity Buyer’s Guide, commissioned by Megaport, suggests that the pandemic “reinforced the substantial value and necessity of cloud technology. Business decision-makers have realised that networks are ‘the central nervous system of their businesses.’” With cloud technology playing such a critical role, IT leaders must now turn their focus...