JEDI: Oracle and Google enter the bidding war for Pentagon cloud contract

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The prolonged JEDI war - between Amazon and Microsoft, not Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker - for the $10 billion contract to modernise the US Department of Defence's (DoD) cloud infrastructure has entered a new saga.

Microsoft won the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract back in 2019, although its victory was short-lived when Amazon filed for and won an injunction due to potential presidential interference in 2020.

Since then, the Pentagon ruled that...

AWS Skills Centre launches in Seattle as part of cloud training initiative

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Amazon Web Services is opening its AWS Skills Centre in downtown Seattle to break down barriers to entry into the cloud computing industry.

Described as an “in-person cloud learning space”, the AWS Skills Centre will provide free training, career networking, and job placement events for anyone curious about a future career in the cloud industry. It opens to the public on November 22.

The centre, which is set to be the first of many across the US and eventually the...

ThoughtSpot passes $4bn valuation after $100m Series F funding

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ThoughtSpot, a cloud data analytics start-up, has raised $100 million (£74m) in Series F funding to reach a new valuation of $4.2 billion (£3.1bn).

This latest valuation is more than double the company’s previous valuation of $1.95 billion (£1.45bn) two years ago after its Series E round. In the years between, ThoughtSpot underwent a major transformation into a cloud-first company which, evidently, shows to have paid off.

Last year the company launched its first...

Telenor partners with Google Cloud to digitise telecom offering

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Telenor, a Norwegian multinational telco provider, has partnered with Google Cloud to digitise its services and explore further joint offering opportunities.

The companies plan to not only use Google Cloud capabilities to improve Telenor’s current infrastructure, but also to collaborate on new improvements through Google’s knowledge of data management, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

The Oslo-based Telenor is majority-owned by the Norwegian government,...

Calgary to see $4.3bn in investment from new Amazon Web Services hub

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Calgary, Canada’s fourth largest city, is set to receive billions of dollars of investment over the next two decades as Amazon Web Services (AWS) sets up its second Canadian cloud server hub in the area.

The data centre will see $4.3 billion (£2.55bn) of investment and create 950 direct and indirect jobs throughout Canada by 2037.

Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney has described the investment as a “game-changer” and “the largest technology investment in...

IBM transformation report establishes the dominance of hybrid cloud

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IBM has found that only 3 percent of businesses still use a single private or public cloud in 2021, a drastic decrease from 29 percent in 2019.

Such a shift marks the emergence of hybrid cloud models as the dominant IT architecture in cloud transformation.

The global study was undertaken by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) in partnership with Oxford Economics, surveying close to 7,200 C-suite executives from 28 industries and 47 countries.

The...

France unveils €1.8 billion fund for nation’s cloud sector

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France has announced a €1.8 billion (£1.53bn) support plan for the nation’s cloud computing sector to keep the country competitive on a global scale.

The plan is divided into a €667 million care package for public financing, a €444 million boost to European Union financing, and a €680 million stimulus for private co-financing.

Thus far, 23 research and development projects have already been selected, making up €421 million of the public financing...

Global cloud computing market to reach nearly £600bn by 2028

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The global cloud computing market is expected to reach $791.5 billion (£578.8bn) in size by 2028, more than three times its current 2021 valuation of $250 billion (£182.8bn).

Charting the market’s expected growth, Fortune Business Insights found in its report, titled “Cloud Computing Market, 2021-2028”, that the period will see a 17.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

The report profiles major international corporations involved in cloud computing, such as...

Microsoft quarterly sales surge thanks to Azure cloud growth

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Microsoft cloud quarterly sales have surpassed estimates to reach $20.7 billion (£15bn), making up almost half of the company’s $45.3 billion (£32.9bn) in total revenue from July to October.

The Redmond, Washington-based company’s total revenue was up 22% from this same time last year, which Microsoft defines as the first quarter of its 2022 fiscal year.

Such an increase continues Microsoft's successful year-to-date and marks the company’s fastest rate of growth...

Cart.com partners with Google Cloud to accelerate global E-commerce

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Cart.com, the E-commerce as a service (ECaaS) provider, has entered into a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to bring advanced analytics to the 2,500 brands using its platform.

Founded last year during the global pandemic, the Texas-based company aims to democratise online retail by giving small brands the same end-to-end capabilities as the world's largest online retailers.

Its product suite combines marketing, technology, and fulfilment capabilities into one...