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Verizon’s revamped cloud platform moves into GA this week

Siki Giunta:’per-VM scaling is inefficient’

Verizon’s revamped infrastructure as a service platform, which launched into beta in October 2013 after years of development, will move into general availability for US customers this week.

Architecting big data in the cloud at Devicescape

Cedar Milazzo, vice president of engineering at Devicescape

Cedar Milazzo, vice president of engineering at Devicescape, a company that delivers Wi-Fi connectivity solutions to telecom operators, including insights into how people use their smartphones while off the cellular network, explains some of the lessons learned as the company embraced Hadoop and switched from MySQL to NoSQL for its core data warehouse while shifting everything into the cloud in the process.

Contrary to popular belief, G-Cloud awareness is soaring

A recently published survey suggests G-Cloud is continuing to gain traction

A broad survey of UK public servants published Tuesday suggests a majority are still unaware of the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative despite a series of high-profile deployments and combined sales of close to £250m. But some cloud service vendors believe the survey results suggest GDS’s efforts to make the cloud procurement programme more visible are paying off.

Telefónica Group CIO: Using cloud to regain ground lost to OTT players

Phil Jordan, group CIO at Telefónica

With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica tells BCN that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.

LeaseWeb intros CloudStack-based private cloud in Germany

LeaseWeb has deployed a CloudStack-based private cloud service in Germany

Hosting, cloud and colocation service provider LeaseWeb has expanded its presence in Germany with the launch of a CloudStack-based flat fee private cloud service. The platform, originally launched in the US last year, is hosted in its Tier III datacentre in Frankfurt. The move may be a sign CloudStack is still gaining traction among service providers at a time when industry marketeers seem laser focused on its open source rival OpenStack.

Mind the (skills) gap

The increased uptake of cloud services is helping all kinds of organisations improve operations, but it’s also beckoning huge changes within IT departments

Over the past year numerous international and UK-focused studies have underscored what most enterprises have, sometimes painfully, come to realise: Increased adoption of cloud computing and big data services and technology is driving transformation in businesses—not just in how the IT department functions, but in how these relatively new technologies and services are procured and consumed across entire organisations. And with the right IT skills in high demand and job specs in constant flux, businesses are struggling to manage this transition to a new model of IT.

Oracle 12c goes GA but is it enough to stem the rise of competitors?

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said the 12c will serve as the "foundation of a modern cloud" when it was announced last year.

Oracle’s first multitenant relational database, Oracle 12c (the ‘c’ is for cloud), was punted into general availability this week. But with the future of the company being bet on its ability to bring its core database solutions into the cloud and big data era, some are beginning to doubt whether Oracle can maintain its leadership in the segment.

G-Cloud sales top £217m as wider public sector starts spending

The wider public sector seems to be getting the message about G-Cloud

G-Cloud sales figures for the month of June have been released, showing the public sector spent just over £217.4m on cloud services through the CloudStore. But while the proportion of sales going to SMEs has fallen since last month, the proportion of cloud services being purchased by the wider public sector vis-à-vis central government has increased.

Carphone Warehouse gets into big data through customer journey

Carphone Warehouse is using a number of traditional BI techniques and big data technologies to improve how its staff sell

With retail operations in 8 countries and a growing portfolio of telecommunications services, Carphone Warehouse is currently Europe’s largest independent mobile retail outfit. Paul Scullion, head of business intelligence at Carphone Warehouse explains to Business Cloud News how the company is using a combination of big data technologies to help improve retail customer service and eventually, help telcos improve their offerings.

AWS revenue growth slows as cloud competition grows

AWS revenue in North America is slowing, which is good and bad news for competitors

Amazon’s recently released Q2 earnings show the company performed well, with overall sales up 23 per cent to $19.34bn, up from $15.7bn in the same quarter last year. But growth in its “other” category, where it aggregates the financial performance of among (few) other things AWS, seems to be slowing. Financial analysts say the reason may be increasing pressure from other big cloud players.

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