Google makes 24/7 carbon free commitment – as Microsoft’s underwater data centre resurfaces

Google has announced the goal of running its business on carbon-free energy everywhere by 2030 in what the company is describing as its 'most ambitious energy goal yet.'

The commitment includes all its Google Cloud data centres and campuses worldwide, with the company saying in a statement it was 'eliminating its entire carbon legacy, effective today.'

Previously, Google said it had become fully carbon neutral - for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed, a kilowatt...

Gartner adds PaaS to IaaS Magic Quadrant in sign of the times – but the leaders remain the same

The script might have changed, but the leading actors remain. Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant analysing the leading players in cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has included various flavours of platform as a service (PaaS) in a nod to expanding enterprise use cases. Yet these additions have reinforced the status quo, rather than disrupted it.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains top of the rankings, with Microsoft and Google Cloud alongside in the leaders' zone. This is a mirror...

AWS, Azure or Google? Six steps to decide the best cloud for SAP implementations

Analysis I have worked on SAP engagement for enterprise customers for almost 30 years. While SAP continued to develop application features and content during these years, generally the hosting of SAP fell into the same classic selection process as any application: what is the service level, what is the cost, who has the happiest customers?

However, with the advent of public cloud (IaaS), those tried and tested criteria no longer give customers an accurate evaluation of each...

Hyperscaler Q2 market share analysis: AWS still dominates but Azure gaining in the enterprise

The “big three” cloud providers recently announced their Q2 2020 earnings. So, it is a perfect time for a comparison of the relative market share of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Let’s take a look at what each cloud provider’s reports shared.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon reported Amazon Web Services (AWS) revenue of $10.8 billion for Q2 2020, compared to $8.3 billion for Q2 2019. AWS revenue grew 29% in the quarter.

Across the...

Microsoft Azure ‘most used and trusted’ public cloud, says CCS Insight survey

Cloud migrations are accelerating as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic - and Microsoft is the main beneficiary of this extra demand, according to new research.

The latest report from analyst firm CCS Insight, its latest annual survey on IT investment with more than 730 respondents, found the proportion of businesses with more than half of their IT workloads in the cloud is expected to double, to 56%, in the coming 12 months.

Microsoft Azure was cited as both the...

Microsoft to migrate Minecraft to Azure, moves away from AWS

Updated July 27 Microsoft is migrating Minecraft away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and onto Azure according to reports - almost six years after acquiring Mojang, the game's creator.

The Redmond giant told CNBC in a statement that it was in the process of 'migrating all cloud services to Azure over the last few years.'

Microsoft bought Mojang in 2014, with the Swedish game developer saying the price was $2.5 billion. The company had previously utilised AWS for its...

Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenues break $50bn for first time – but Azure growth slips

Microsoft has reported revenues of $38 billion (£29.9bn) in its most recent quarter, a year over year increase of 13%, but Azure growth has dipped to 47% from 59%.

Azure went up 47% year over year - Microsoft does not give specific Azure figures, only a percentage increase - while commercial cloud revenue topped $50 billion for the year for the first time.

For Microsoft's three revenue buckets, intelligent cloud - which covers some Azure but with a wider focus on...

Review: Commvault: Why sometimes all that glitters is not gold – but Metallic

Commvault has not only moved quickly to make its mark with SaaS offering Metallic, but its channel partnership with Microsoft could be a game-changer, as Ian Moyse writes

2020 is already a year of enhanced change and challenge, brought to us all by an unexpected requirement for en masse remote working. With this came a breadth of increased challenges for business, spanning people, process, and technology. The need for already challenged areas of security and data efficacy took on...

Microsoft launches healthcare cloud, says more industry clouds will follow

Microsoft has launched its first industry-specific cloud offering aimed at healthcare, with the promise of more industry clouds to follow.

The announcement was made as part of the now-virtual Microsoft Build event. While the major headlines of the developer jamboree have focused around big investments in artificial intelligence, as sister publication AI News has reported, Azure has often featured peripherally underpinning the projects. The partnership with OpenAI - to whom...

Microsoft to acquire Metaswitch Networks, ramping up Azure 5G push

Microsoft is to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a provider of virtualised network software, as the company's strategy towards binding cloud and communications continues.

The rationale is straightforward: leading cloud vendors are looking to enable telecom operators in deploying and maintaining 5G networks more efficiently. Technologies such as those which Metaswitch builds will be invested into Azure to provide its infrastructure with 'specialised software required to run virtualised...