The European Commission and the Big Data Value Association have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the Commission and private sector firms pump €2.5bn into a number of big data-focused initiatives between 2015 and 2020.
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.
Data from Skyhigh’s latest cloud adoption and risk report in Europe, which collates data from 1.4 million users, suggests cloud adoption has clearly accelerated rapidly this year, but less than one in ten cloud services used in enterprises today are considered low-risk. Kamal Shah, Skyhigh’s vice president of products and Nigel Hawthorn, Skyhigh’s marketing director for EMEA told BCN that while enterprises are embracing cloud services of questionable data security and privacy standards, the fastest growing cloud services today are less risky in this regard.
Fibre and datacentre operator Interoute has bolstered its virtual datacentre platform (VDC) presence in London, launching one zone in Canary Wharf and a second site in Slough.
Datacentre and colocation giant Digital Reality has announced the opening of its datacentre campus in Dublin’s Digital Profile Park, part of a phased datacentre development plan in the region.
Salesforce is setting up a new datacentre in France in a bid to bolster its presence in the EU, partnering with datacentre operator Interxion for the project. The French datacentre is one of three European facilities the company plans to open over the next two years.
Telefónica has announced plans to bring a trial of US carrier AT&T’s connected home platform, “Digital Life”, to Europe. Digital Life allows customers to monitor domestic smart and connected devices such as intruder alarms, thermostats and ovens, and control them through mobile applications and other web based user interfaces.
Cloud, managed hosting and colocation provider Pulsant has announced the expansion of its South Gyle Tier III modular datacentre. Matt Lovell, chief technology officer at Pulsant said the move is a sign of growing demand for cloud services in Scotland.
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.
The EU will soon impose data protection legislation reforms in a bid to ensure more robust privacy guarantees and unify the data protection law across European member states. Peter Groucutt, managing director at cloud-based backup service provider Databarracks said the move will likely mean enterprises will be more willing to double down on IT security. But are cloud vendors in a position to capitalise on a potential boom in IT security spending?