AWS, Google Cloud, Equinix among Europe climate neutral data centre pact founders

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Equinix are among the founding members of a new initiative to make data centres in Europe climate neutral by 2030.

The Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, alongside the Self Regulatory Initiative, has been formed by 25 companies and 17 associations in what is described as 'an historic and unprecedented commitment by an industry to proactively lead the transition to a climate neutral economy.'

The move comes one year after the...

Cockroach Labs 2021 Cloud Report: Google wins on throughput, AWS network latencies ‘unbeatable’

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the best hyperscale performer across all areas of throughput while Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the standard for lowest network latency, according to the latest report from database provider Cockroach Labs.

The study, the company's third annual Cloud Report, evaluated the performance of AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud with regard to online transaction processing (OLTP) applications. In total, 54 machines were assessed and almost 1,000...

Google Cloud and Nokia extend partnership for cloud-native 5G services

Google Cloud has extended its partnership with Nokia to build cloud-native 5G core services for communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprise customers.

The two companies previously announced their five-year commitment in October - which was more around the customer win side. Nokia was utilising Google Cloud to design a migration approach from its IT data centres, with a timeline for full deployment expected at between 18 and 24 months.

This time around, the...

Google Cloud advertises for blockchain sales manager in China

Google Cloud is looking for a business development manager based in China focused on blockchain technologies.

According to a LinkedIn job advert posted a week ago, the ideal candidate is expected to have a decade of experience selling infrastructure software, databases, analytic tools or applications software, and knowledge of C-suite dealings, among other qualifications.

The word 'blockchain' itself, perhaps wisely, does not appear in the posting itself, only noting...

Deutsche Bank shares more detail on Google Cloud partnership and use cases

Deutsche Bank and Google Cloud agreed a multi-year contract back in July - and with the ink now dry, the two companies have outlined a number of use cases for the bank's digitalisation.

The 150-year old company is looking to utilise Google's cloud for a number of new products. These include new lending products to support 'pay per use' models as an alternative to purchasing assets outright and establishing a new interface for retail customers in Germany. The bank's Autobahn...

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian touts open manifesto in latest missive

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian has said he is 'proud' of his company's leadership in advancing open source technologies for an 'open cloud.'

"Our open cloud philosophy is grounded in the belief that customers need autonomy and control over their infrastructure," Kurian wrote in a blog post. "Giving customers options to build, migrate and deploy their applications across multiple environments both in the cloud and on-premises allows them to avoid vendor lock-in and...

Google Cloud and OVHcloud team up for European ‘trusted cloud solution’ partnership

Google Cloud and OVHcloud have announced a strategic partnership to help European organisations with cloud data security - as issues around data sovereignty and privacy rumble on.

The two companies intend to 'build joint solutions that empower customers to draw all the benefits of a multi-cloud and open approach, as well as drive a critical ecosystem of third-party developers', in their own words. In practice, OVHcloud will launch a new hosted private cloud offering by utilising...

Google Cloud hits $3.44bn in latest revenues – as more detail is promised for future quarters

Google Cloud has posted $3.44 billion (£2.62bn) in its third quarter revenues at a growth of 44% year over year - but future earnings releases will see more detail as the company looks to convince investors and prospects of its progress.

Total revenues for Alphabet were $46.17bn for the most recent quarter, up 14% from this time last year, with Google Cloud comprising 7.5% of all revenue generated. Google Cloud revenues were up 14% on the previous quarter, having broken the $3bn...

Five ways to better IT spending through the cloud for a post-pandemic era

For many businesses, the impact of Covid-19 has brought the benefits and limitations of their IT landscape into focus. As companies look ahead to a post-pandemic era, many will need to consider how to meet different needs and priorities with potentially limited resources. The challenge is that many are overly reliant on legacy infrastructure, with these systems accounting for 74% of a company’s IT spend. 

Making important changes such as migrating on-premises workloads to the...

IKEA cites ‘data analytics revolution’ in Google Cloud partnership to aid Covid transformation

IKEA has expanded upon how its cloud and digital transformation journey has accelerated as a result of Covid-19 - and the 'data analytics revolution' that has resulted.

Speaking at a Google Cloud EMEA event, Barbara Martin Coppola, chief digital officer for IKEA Retail, noted how the company had come a 'very, very long way' in its digital transformation.

"We have seen that the whole company has come together to deliver in a matter of days what would have taken a lot...