The revelations that continue to pour out of Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald, regarding the NSA’s capabilities to mass-collect data from some of the largest technology companies in the world, has pushed the debate of public vs. private cloud to a fevered pitch. I’ve heard this conversation manifesting itself in different ways around the globe, but in the EU its mostly centered on the control of personal data, and how individuals and companies alike can ensure the security of their confidential information – a growing challenge for enterprises today.
Google’s long-touted public cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was released for general availability Tuesday, joined by HP’s Open Stack-based public cloud. But while both public cloud platforms have launched with some noteworthy features, a lack of breadth and – in the case of HP – a slew of technical issues suggest AWS is likely to continue its six year lead in the public cloud game. At least for the time being.
Enterprises are showing record levels of interest in private cloud solutions, with 55 per cent of IT decision makers planning on building out private cloud infrastructure in 2014 according to new research by Forrester. Lauren Nelson, an analyst at the firm told Business Cloud News that HP’s Open Sack-based platform is leading the private cloud pack on the vendor side, with Cisco, IBM and Microsoft following closely behind. But the research also suggests vendors are mainly lagging in hybrid cloud support, which may give enterprises cause for concern as they figure out how to bridge the private-public cloud divide.
In a bid to make more research data available for the broader geosciences community NASA announced this week that it has partnered with Amazon Web Service to host terabytes worth of climate and earth sciences satellite data generated by the Agency. NASA said it wants to use the cloud platform to promote community-driven research and innovation using its data.
Amazon Web Services released a number of updates to its core public cloud platform at its Las Vegas Re:Invent conference Wednesday, including a new app streaming service tuned for high I/O apps and high-definition content, and an application monitoring service. But the big news was Amazon’s entrance into the deskptop as a service space with WorkSpaces, a move that could irk established providers like Citrix, VMware and Oracle as it continues to move into existing markets.
Hosting and cloud services provider Rackspace reported mixed Q3 results Monday evening. The company brought in revenues of $388.6 million in the quarter ending September 30, slightly surpassing analyst estimates of $387.4 million. But Rackspace’s Q3 profit, 4.2 per cent, was down from previous quarters.
Taking a page out of Microsoft’s attacks on Google in the enterprise, IBM this week began launching a series of attack ads against its public cloud rival Amazon Web Services in print and online. The tech giant says its SoftLayer business hosts hundreds of thousands more websites than AWS, but parsing through vague definitions of ‘cloud’ and opaque financial reporting one gets a very different sense of who actually leads in public cloud computing.
Gatwick airport, London’s second largest airport has been moving its core internal and customer-facing IT systems since 2012 in a bid to make it more agile, efficient, and – as it mulls the addition of another runway – scalable. Michael Ibbitson, Gatwick’s chief information officer says that while the airport’s embrace of cloud has already begun to yield significant benefits, the aviation sector remains largely underserved by specialised cloud offerings which he says may create roadblocks in its endeavour to become the most innovative airport in the UK.
IBM’s third quarter financial results showed the company reported a six per cent increase in profit driven by increases of more than 70 per cent in cloud revenue. But the tech giant also took a big hit to its hardware business and saw its total revenues decline.
Luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin said Thursday that it uses the Microsoft’s public cloud platform to manage traffic spikes after the company’s vehicles are featured on Top Gear, a widely viewed car-focused television programme.