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...

Deutsche Bank signs up with Google Cloud for digital acceleration

Deutsche Bank is to sign a 'multi-year contract' with Google Cloud to transform its IT architecture, as well as utilise Google's AI and machine learning capabilities.

The two companies have signed a letter of intent with the contract being signed in the coming months. Google won the contract after a five month period of due diligence, with Deutsche Bank tendering proposals in February.

The bank 'will continue to work closely with its existing technology partners' as part...

Best practices for cloud migration amid Covid-19: From implementation to delivery

There is a meme circulating on social media which jokes that the biggest driver of digital transformation is Covid-19. This may be a little contrived, but it is certainly the case that the global pandemic has raised the priority of cloud migration projects to the top of many CTOs’ to-do lists. Indeed it has been predicted that 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by the end of 2020, so the implementation of a robust cloud migration strategy will allow organisations to best...

Covid-19 has hastened cloud migration – but don’t move without a plan

The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the importance of cloud-based technologies in major, life-altering ways and ushered in a new paradigm. Before COVID-19, experts projected the worldwide public cloud services market would jump by 17% this year, reaching $266.4 million. Software as a service is the largest segment within that market, but the second-largest — infrastructure as a service — claims the fastest growth rate.

A number of factors are driving businesses to choose...

Not clouding the issue: How to achieve clarity on migration goals

The range of tasks being run on cloud services continues to grow richer and more complex on a daily basis. The key reason for this, is the fact that the core technologies underpinning them all remain broadly the same. The only thing that is really changing, from the point of view of that core infrastructure, is that it is being layered with more and more of the software tools, applications and services that are common to nearly every user.

This raises the level of abstraction at...

Things you don’t hear about the cloud: Why choosing the right partner remains vital

Cloud computing is considered the driving force of modern IT, and for good reason. Considering how reliable, scalable, robust and cost-effective it is, it comes as no surprise that the cloud has completely changed the way companies operate.

Take the benchmark Flexera State of the Cloud Report, published in April, as an example. A full 93% of enterprise respondents said they had a multi-cloud strategy, with more than half of companies describing their cloud usage as...

Keep your foot on the gas: Maintaining momentum after your cloud migration

For a significant number of companies, beginning their cloud migration journey is hard. In spite of the greater scalability, flexibility, optimisation, and lower costs for big data in the cloud, organisations struggle to mobilise their teams to begin their cloud journey. Once they have successfully migrated their workloads to the cloud, however, a lot of organisations think the journey is finished.

Major League Baseball makes Google Cloud official cloud partner as AWS strikes out

Updated March 6 Major League Baseball (MLB) has selected Google Cloud as its official cloud partner, bringing to an end the company’s long-standing relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In what both companies described as a ‘powerful multi-year collaboration’, MLB will migrate its cloud and on-premise systems to Google Cloud, as well as move Google in to power tracking technology...

Half of Indian enterprises will operate hybrid multi-cloud environments by 2021, predicts IDC

Half of the enterprises in India will be operating in a hybrid multi-cloud environment by 2021, according to predictions from analyst firm IDC.

The finding appears as part of the company’s India-contextualised Worldwide Cloud Predictions for 2020 and beyond. Alongside this, by 2021, IDC predicted that 30% of Indian enterprises will deploy unified VMs, Kubernetes, and multi-cloud management...

Security versus productivity: Exploring the double-edged sword of the cloud

Adopting cloud technologies has become a common strategy among organisations across all sectors taking the road towards digital transformation. The benefits are evident: businesses that maximise all that the cloud has to offer often see a significant improvement in productivity.

However, the journey is not without its stumbling blocks and organisations that fail to prepare will all too often end up...