Gartner cloud DBMS Magic Quadrant sees hyperscalers take top spot – but with a caveat

For many sub-genres of cloud technology, the competitive landscape amounts to one decision: hyperscaler or specific player? Cloud database management systems (DBMS) are no different; and according to Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant, the hyperscalers - mostly - take the spoils.

The report, published earlier this month, finds eight companies in the leaders' zone out of 16 analysed in total. Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and...

Bitglass report shows continued disparity between words and actions for cloud security

When all is said and done, there is often a lot more said than done - and this is certainly the case with cloud security. Organisations continue to see it as a key challenge, but what is actually being done to protect environments?

The latest cloud security report from Bitglass continues that theme. The report, which polled 351 respondents, found that almost all (93%) were either 'moderately' or 'extremely' concerned about the security of the public cloud. Yet less than a third...

AWS secures Zalando and Mercado Libre customer wins in eCommerce play

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has secured two customer wins in the field of eCommerce, in the shape of fashion platform Zalando and Latin American online commerce and payments provider Mercado Libre.

Zalando has chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider and cited machine learning (ML) as the key use case. The company will use ML to 'innovate faster and offer a more personalised online shopping experience'.

On a practical level, it will involve reducing time to design,...

Squaring the SaaS triangle: Execs and engineers see their cloud investments differently

For any project, the triangle of good, fast, and cheap usually applies - where you can only pick two of the three options.

When moving to a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) solution, this means application performance, code delivery and iteration, and budget. Yet according to a new study from cloud optimisation provider Opsani, business leaders and DevOps engineers maintain differing views on the success of their cloud rollouts.

The study compared research from a...

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian touts open manifesto in latest missive

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian has said he is 'proud' of his company's leadership in advancing open source technologies for an 'open cloud.'

"Our open cloud philosophy is grounded in the belief that customers need autonomy and control over their infrastructure," Kurian wrote in a blog post. "Giving customers options to build, migrate and deploy their applications across multiple environments both in the cloud and on-premises allows them to avoid vendor lock-in and...

AWS launches Gateway Load Balancer for highly available and scalable network appliances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB), a new product which aims to ensure high availability and scalability for network appliances.

The product 'makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy, scale and manage the availability of third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud', according to the company. Channy Yun, principal developer advocate for AWS, added...

Google Cloud and OVHcloud team up for European ‘trusted cloud solution’ partnership

Google Cloud and OVHcloud have announced a strategic partnership to help European organisations with cloud data security - as issues around data sovereignty and privacy rumble on.

The two companies intend to 'build joint solutions that empower customers to draw all the benefits of a multi-cloud and open approach, as well as drive a critical ecosystem of third-party developers', in their own words. In practice, OVHcloud will launch a new hosted private cloud offering by utilising...

How Greater Manchester has utilised cloud-based low-code development for its Early Years app

Sponsored The benefits of low-code, which enable companies to build custom applications in the cloud, are primarily three-fold: speed of innovation, reduced costs, and a faster time-to-market.

By using low-code functionality, organisations can adapt to changing market trends enabling quicker speed of innovation - as well as faster time-to-market, while also creating a better user experience by quickly making adjustments to their products as users' needs grow and change. This also...

Alibaba Cloud posts $2.2bn revenues as company says growth is still early

Alibaba Cloud has posted revenues of $2.2 billion (£1.67bn) for its most recent quarter - with group CEO Daniel Zhang saying the cloud business is still in an 'early stage of growth.'

The retail giant's cloud computing arm saw year on year growth of 60%, with the company adding its predominant growth was in customers from the internet, finance and retail industries.

Speaking to analysts following the announcement, Zhang noted the company's previous assertion, on...

How IONOS is looking towards privacy and Europe for a solid share of the cloud market

The hyperscale providers continue to dominate the cloud infrastructure and hosting market. According to industry watcher Synergy Research in May, the combined market share of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google alone was 56%.

Yet one area has the potential to cause concern - and it has pricked the ears of other players looking to capitalise.

In August, CloudTech reported on the ending of the Privacy Shield agreement by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The...