Microsoft has recently developed a data center in an extremely unusual place- the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Microsoft has recently unveiled Project Natick, an initiative to bring cloud computing infrastructure to cities that are closer to bodies of water such as the ocean. It is estimate that half of the world’s population lives within 200km of the ocean, so placement of data centers underwater can strategically improve efficiency and response.
In 2015, Microsoft built a capsule filled with pressurized nitrogen that featured a single rack of servers and heat exchangers clamped to the hull in order to regulate the temperature inside. The capsule was submerged 30 feet [...]
Oracle has further developed the quality of services offered to hotels and casinos with Oracle Hospitality cloud services. These new services aim to simplify IT infrastructure while simultaneously allowing increased efficiency in operation. Ray Carlin, vice president of product strategy at Oracle Hospitality, commented, “To win in the highly competitive hotel industry, hotels need to deliver personalized guest experiences, increase operational efficiency, and effectively manage distribution. “Oracle’s cloud-based solutions bring significant advantages in all these key areas, while at the same time streamlining on premise IT management and offering enhanced application and data [...]
AliCloud, the public cloud computing sector of Alibaba, has recently joined with NVIDIA to invest a billion dollars in cloud computing research and development. AliCloud claims that it will hire up to 1,000 data developers over the course of the next three years in order to compete with cloud giant Amazon Web Services and develop its big data analytics program. The investments will assist AliCloud’s data analysis implementations. AliCloud has recently commented in a statement: “These products and services cover all aspects of the so-called data development chain, including processing, analysis, computing engine, machine learning and data application.” This investment is made in the [...]
According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft will donate a billion dollars’ worth or cloud computing services over the next three years to 70,000 non-profit groups and researchers. This announcement is only part of Microsoft’s initiative to leverage cloud computing services for public good. Microsoft President Brad Smith commented in a release, “We’re committed to helping nonprofit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges. One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups to ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.” The decision to donate the [...]
BT has recently been awarded contracts from the European Commission to provide public and private cloud services to a multitude of EU Institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Defense Agency. The contract is worth 24 million Euros and will rum for 4 years. The services will be hosted on many servers throughout the European Union (EU) and will be managed on BT’s Computer Management System (CMS). Corrado Sciolla, BT’s Global Service President for Europe and global telecom markets commented, This is a milestone in our journey to be the leading global cloud services integrator, and demonstrates how we minimise the complexity, risks and [...]
Markit, a financial information service firm has recently adopted Amazon Web Services (AWS). This adoption is set to optimize efficiency and capabilities of the firm while allowing for better performance of services such as thinkFolio, enterprise data management, and indices. Andrew Eisen, managing director, cloud strategy, enterprise software at Markit, has commented, “By embracing AWS’ services, we are extending our capabilities across divisions. Markit is taking a leadership role in how the financial services industry can leverage the cloud to create a step change in innovation. Our industry faces many dynamic challenges and this new partnership will enable us to be more creative [...]
Synergy Research Group has recently declared 2015 “The Year of the Cloud,” as 2015 featured unprecedented growth in the cloud industry. For the first time, cloud infrastructure and service became the norm in enterprises. The study measure the growth of six different cloud sectors, including Software as a Service (SaaS) and the public cloud.
Between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2015, total cloud revenue reached $110 billion, according to Synergy. This means that all measured sectors displayed a 28 percent annual growth rate. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) showed the highest growth rate during 2015 (51%) with private [...]
Chinese based enterprise security start-up Qingteng Cloud Security has recently gained its first round funding of 60 million Yen from CBC Capital and Redpoint Ventures, setting a record among cloud security start-ups in China for amount of first round funding. Prior to this round of funding, Qingteng received 6.5 million Yen from investments from ZhenFund, Cloud Angel Fund, and Fenghou Capital. The founder of Qingteng, Zhang Fu, has commented on the severity of the current Internet enterprise security situation. Security operations occur when problems arise, instead of establishing a system of consistent security maintenance. The most efficient way, according to Zhang, to react to [...]