Amazon Web Services has committed to 100 per cent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure, bowing to pressure from organisations like Greenpeace which have previously criticised the company’s reporting practices around its carbon footprint.
Though Qualcomm enjoys a lead in the market for ARM-based mobile CPUs, the ARM-based server chip market is still in its infancy, with Intel – and the X86 architecture more broadly – commanding a strong lead in servers.
The USA Freedom Act, which was proposed in a bid to end mass surveillance and give more transparency and oversight to how digital communications are monitored by the US intelligence community, died on the floor of the US Senate this week, falling just two votes shy of the 60 votes it needed to pass. Some analysts believe the result will stoke further debate around Safe Harbour and other data sharing agreements with the US.
CipherCloud has scored $50m in its latest funding round, which the cloud security vendor plans to use to bolster its international expansion strategy.
Microsoft Azure has been hit by yet another global outage, this time impacting even its own online Office services and websites. The outage raises serious questions about whether these kinds of public cloud platforms are ready for mission-critical workloads.
Verizon has unveiled its one-stop-shop for cloud-based applications certified to work on the telco’s cloud infrastructure.
IBM has unveiled a cloud-based email service that uses machine learning algorithms to help curate how users interact with messages and content.
Cisco and Box have announced the launch of Project Squared, a cloud-based collaboration platform jointly developed by incumbent and startup. The platform may prove to be a capable alternative for smaller companies that don’t already invest in Cisco’s legacy infrastructure or services.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced it has enlisted IBM in a seven-year outsourcing deal worth €1bn that will cover the management of the company’s datacentres and IT services. Lufthansa said the move will help bolster its use of cloud, mobile and analytics tools across the business.
BT announced the opening of a new datacentre in Colombia, called BT Naos, which the company said would help grow its managed, hosted and cloud services in Latin America.