Amazon’s third quarter results show the e-commerce giant has gained in net sales but continues to struggle keeping its operating losses under control, partly as a result of the poor performance of its Fire phone. However, the company continues to rake in cloud revenue from AWS, which has seen a 90 per cent usage increase since the same quarter last year.
Software defined networking (SDN) has been the darling of the networking and IT world for the past few years, billed as one of the key cloud-enabling technologies with the potential to make every digital service consumable on-demand. But despite widespread appetite for technologies that can make networks more flexible, scalable and easy to manage, SDN still has a number of hurdles to overcome before enterprises embrace the technology.
IBM is planning on opening a SoftLayer cloud datacentre in Paris, which the company said will complement nearby datacentres in London and Amsterdam.
Cloud marketplace provider Business Centric Services Group (BCSG) has appointed former Telefonica cloud head Tim Marsden to director of its service providers division.
Making good on promises the company made in May this year HP has announced the launch of its first commercial OpenStack distribution, and a commercial platform as a service offering based on Cloud Foundry. Paul Morgan, HP EMEA CloudSystem director told BCN the launch will be critical to positioning the company as the leader in the cloud space.
Amazon has announced the launch of AWS in Germany, the second European location launched by the cloud incumbent and the 11th globally. Senior vice president Andy Jassy said the move will bolster the service’s reach in Europe as it looks to broaden its appeal to more regulated sectors.
Microsoft and IBM have agreed to make one another’s software and middleware available on SoftLAyer and Azure, respectively. The company’s said the partnership will help ease customers’ adoption of hybrid cloud services.
VMware announced revenues for the third quarter this year were $1.52bn, an 18 per cent increase on Q3 last year. But the company also reported a 26 per cent decrease in net income and a sequential decline in the quarterly revenue growth rate, which VMware president and chief operating officer Carl Eschenbach said was because sales discussions are taking longer now that its cloud services are entering the picture more frequently.
EMC announced it has acquired most of Cisco’s stake in VCE, the company jointly created by the two companies (along with VMware and Intel) in 2009 to sell converged compute, networking and storage offerings – Vblock Systems. The move is a sign growing competitive tensions among EMC, VMware and Cisco are coming to a head.
Google has long taken interest in the kinds of sync capabilities Firebase has built. The company uses REST APIs and extends the use of HTML 5 FileSystem APIs to keep Chromebooks in sync with its cloud services, for instance. With Firebase joining Google, the search giant will be able to extend those kinds of capabilities to a range of mobile and desktop platforms.