PFH acquires Dublin cloud consultancy TerraAlto to create 100 Irish jobs

Guinness, Dublin

Irish ICT and managed services provider, PFH Technology Group, has acquired Amazon Web Services (AWS) consulting partner, TerraAlto.

The purchase of the Dublin-based cloud consultants will create a hundred new jobs across Dublin, Cork and Galway.

As an AWS partner in advanced consulting and managed services, TerraAlto helps clients through their digital transformation journeys by providing AWS services to bring their IT platform and applications to the...

AWS outage takes down Coinbase, Netflix, Disney+

Amazon Offices

Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered an outage on December 7 that knocked out a number of websites and services, including Coinbase, Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon’s own e-commerce site.

AWS’ website notified users that it was experiencing issues with a number of APIs and the AWS Management Console. Problems were confined to AWS’ main US-East-1 region, which is hosted in North Virginia, so many customers may not have experienced issues.

Amazon first commented on the...

AWS unveils new Graviton and machine learning chips at re:Invent

Processor Chip

At this year’s re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled its latest Graviton processor chip and a new machine learning chip called Trainium.

The Graviton 3 is the newest generation of Amazon’s ARM-based processor and is designed to compete with Intel and AMD central processors.

Heralded as 25 percent faster than the last generation, AWS promises the new chip has 2x faster floating-point performances, a 3x speedup for machine-learning workloads, all...

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

Pentagon

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

Skills Training

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...

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

Calgary, Alberta

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...

US Supreme Court throws out Oracle’s JEDI contract challenge

US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has dismissed Oracle's challenge to how the Pentagon awarded its now-cancelled $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) cloud contract.

A lower court ruling found that the enterprise software company could not have been harmed by any Pentagon errors in awarding the contract as Oracle did not qualify for it in the first place.

Oracle attempted to appeal this ruling, but this has been rebuffed.

The US Defence...

EDM Council brings together top cloud providers for data framework

Framework

Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM and Microsoft have joined forces with the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council – a multi-industry trade association – to publish a data management framework for the cloud.

The resultant cloud data management capabilities (CDMC) framework was developed by more than 100 companies. It involved devising a comprehensive set of standards for cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations while also incorporating automated key controls...

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...

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...