Amazon Web Services to build first New Zealand data centre by 2024

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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...

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...

61% of cloud infrastructure comes from AWS, Microsoft or Google

Spending on cloud infrastructure grew by more than a third from Q1 to Q2 this year, according to the latest research from analytics firm Canalys.

Following the release of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) earnings, which made up 31% of global cloud infrastructure spending, it has been confirmed that total industry spending for this year’s second quarter sat at $47 billion (£33.8bn).

Bezos’ cloud platform now boasts an annualised revenue of $59bn (£42.4bn), making it...

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...

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.

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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...