Google Cloud and SAP expand partnership for business transformation

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Google Cloud has expanded its strategic partnership with German software company SAP to drive accelerate business transformations in the cloud.

Together, the two corporations also plan to help customers migrate critical business systems to the cloud and augment existing systems with Google's capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Rob Enslin, president at Google Cloud, said: “Google Cloud and SAP share a commitment to supporting customer success...

Alphabet and Microsoft Q2 earnings exceed expectations, fuelled by cloud

Alphabet and Microsoft have both exceeded analysts’ expectations for their Q2 2021 earnings, in part thanks to Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure growth.

Microsoft, whose fiscal Q4 corresponds to the second calendar quarter of the year, posted revenues of $46.2 billion (£33.1bn) in the period, a growth of 21% compared to the year-ago quarter.

Meanwhile, Alphabet reported an impressive 62% revenue increase from $38.3bn (£27.4bn) in Q2 2020 to $61.9bn (£44.3bn) in the...

Rackspace to lay off 10% of workforce and replace majority offshore

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Multicloud solutions provider Rackspace Technology has announced plans to lay off one in 10 of its workers, with 85% of these roles being replaced through offshore service centres.

In a regulatory filing, Rackspace stated that it is “committed to an internal restructuring plan, which will drive a change in the types of and location of certain positions and is expected to result in the termination of approximately 10% of the Company’s workforce.”

Rackspace intends...

Amazon to investigate discrimination and harassment at AWS

Amazon’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is to be investigated regarding allegations of harassment and discrimination after 550 employees signed a petition.

The petition criticised Amazon’s current system for investigating discrimination as not fair, objective, or transparent.

Specifically, it blamed AWS for its "underlying culture of systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias against women and under-represented groups,” reports the...

Microsoft bolsters cloud security approach with CloudKnox acquisition

Microsoft has acquired start-up CloudKnox Security, an identity and access management platform designed in tune with the sensibilities of modern cloud computing.

Through the acquisition, Microsoft will be able to offer CloudKnox’s package of complete visibility into privileged access, helping organisations right-size permissions, enforce least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and employ continuous analytics to prevent security breaches.

In a blog post announcing...

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...

Alibaba launches cloud pin for Tokyo Olympic broadcasters

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Tech giant Alibaba, a worldwide Olympic partner, has unveiled its Alibaba Cloud Pin, a digital wearable for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that allows for the exchange of contact information in a safe and interactive manner.

Designed for broadcasting and media professionals, the pin can be worn either as a badge or on a lanyard, and will be deployed at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC) of the upcoming Games between July 23 and August...

Bank of England warns that banks are overly reliant on cloud

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The Bank of England is calling for increased powers to oversee the banking and finance sector’s switch to cloud computing.

Its concerns stem from cloud adoption making systems more secretive and concentrating sensitive data in the hands of a select few tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft.

The central bank has said it will need “additional policy measures” to make sure it can assess the industry’s IT infrastructure, even when it’s run by third...

Ridge is bringing full public cloud capabilities to local data centres

For years, data centres and managed service providers have provided customers with the most up-to-date capabilities and services.

But the shift from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings has put hyperscalers in the driver’s seat of the cloud computing market. They offer the managed services that are the building blocks for modern, cloud native applications. 

A better fit

While the hyperscale public cloud model is...

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...