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

Data Centre

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...

Atos and IBM partner to accelerate cloud migration in finance sector

Atos and IBM Partnership

Atos and IBM, two key players in digital transformation and professional services, have partnered to help boost cloud migration for banks and insurance companies.

The partnership will focus around a new “Atos Cloud Centre of Excellence”.

The centre’s goal will be to increase security and regulatory compliance for financial services companies that are moving their workloads to the cloud.

In a joint statement the companies said: “With the pandemic...

Ransomware mitigation sees focus from AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Ransomware mitigation strategies have become an increasingly important aspect of major cloud providers’ offering following the pandemic.

In recent weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have all published articles recommending mitigation tactics and best practice in the event of a ransomware attack.

A ransomware attack occurs when company files are encrypted and money is demanded in exchange for the decryption key and the maintained privacy...

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

German Flag

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...

Xbox Cloud Gaming set to bring streaming service to consoles

Xbox Console

Xbox Cloud Gaming is set to launch in time for Christmas this year.

The new service from Microsoft will allow consumers to play games streamed to their devices through the cloud, as opposed to having to install them locally.

Currently only available on PC and mobile devices, Microsoft plans to launch the service for its new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles as well as older Xbox One machines.

The announcement follows the trend of American tech giants...

Palo Alto unveils third-gen Cortex XDR solution

Palo Alto Networks has unveiled Cortex XDR 3.0, the next generation of the cybersecurity firm’s extended detection and response (XDR) solution.

The upgrade will provide updated analytic tools to deal with the increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks initiating cloud and identity-based threats.

More specifically, the third generation offers security operations centres even broader protections across their attack surface. By extending detection, monitoring, and...

GE Appliances signs multi-year smart home deal with Google Cloud

GE Appliances

GE Appliances has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Google Cloud to build the next generation of smart home technologies.

The partners will combine their expertise – GE Appliances in hardware and Google Cloud in data, artificial intelligence, analytics, and machine learning – to deliver new smart home technologies and improved experiences.

Viren Shah, CDO of GE Appliances, said:

"As the fastest-growing appliance manufacturing company in the United...

Deloitte combines its services with SAP solutions in new ‘boost’ offering

Digital Transformation

Deloitte has developed a new offering called ‘boost’, designed to help SAP customers increase the value of their business transformation with the RISE with SAP subscription service.

Boost will combine SAP software with Deloitte’s portfolio of services to bring a streamlined approach to cloud-enabled digital transformation.

The offering will function alongside RISE with SAP, which recently saw upscaled involvement from Google Cloud, to facilitate and support...

UK government advises firms to use cloud to reduce carbon emissions

CO2 Pollution

UK businesses are being told to accelerate cloud adoption in an upscaled effort to tackle climate change, the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has advised.

The recommendation is part of a series of steps that businesses are being told to consider to help curb their carbon emissions by making changes to their technological habits.

This in turn is part of a wider push by the government to encourage businesses to get behind...