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Interxion Expands in 3 European Cities

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Interxion Expands in 3 European Cities

European cloud infrastructure provider Interxion announces expansion plans in 3 cities-- it will open an 11th datacentre in Frankfurt, as well as expand facilities in Paris and Marseilles.

Dubbed FRA11, the Frankfurt Interxion facility covers 4800 square metres and will built in 4 phases. The first 2 phases, named FRA10, will open in Q4 2017, followed by phases 3 and 4 in Q2 2018. The facility is to cost €95 million.

Meanwhile the Paris facility will gain an additional 1000 square metres of space, making 2100 in total. A 500 square metre portion will open on Q4 2016 before the rest is finalised by Q2 2017. The Marseilles datacentre gets 1400 square metres of more space scheduled to open in Q2 2017, for a total expenditure of €23m and €20m going towards Paris and Marseilles respectively.

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CompTIA: Companies Rethinking Cloud Options

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CompTIA: Companies Rethinking Cloud Options

While the vast majority of companies use cloud computing, more organisations are becoming increasingly "refined and savvy in the technology they chose," the CompTIA Trends in Computing study reveals.

According to the study, while over 90% of the 500 companies surveyed on July 2016 claim to use some form of cloud computing, more companies place themselves in the non-critical use category (38% in 2016, up from 27% in 2014) rather than full production stage (33% vs 42%). The majority has been using the cloud for between 1 to 5 years, with just 6% claiming to have been using cloud solutions for over 5 years. Another 23% has used the cloud for less than a year.

“A quick glance at this data could lead to the conclusion that companies are walking backward,” the organisation says. “The reality is that the cloud market is undergoing refinement as users gain greater appreciation and understanding of what cloud computing entails.”

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AWS Plans French Datacentre Region

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AWS Plans French Datacentre Region

Amazon promises to improve cloud service performance for French customers as it announces plans to open a French datacentre region by 2017, via location based in the Paris area.

The online bookseller turned cloud giant already has European regions in Frankfurt and Dublin, and will also open a UK region "in the upcoming months." According to a blogpost by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels the AWS CDN and DNS and network has 16 points of presence and 10 "availability zones" (locations consisting of one or more datacentre facilities) across Europe, and it has opened 3 points of presence in France over the last 10 years, 2 in Paris and 1 in Marseille.

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Oracle Wants to Beat Amazon in IaaS, PaaS

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Oracle Wants to Beat Amazon in IaaS, PaaS

Larry Ellison opens Oracle's OpenWorld 2016 with the bold declaration that "Amazon's lead is over," and announces plans to go after the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market next year. 

Currently, Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads the cloud infrastructure market, with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and IBM trailing behind. Oracle’s public cloud didn't have enough market share to even be included the most recent version of Gartner’s cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant.

Amazon launched the EC2 service for renting out VM instances by the hour in 2006, and, in the most recent quarter, the AWS portfolio earned Amazon  $2.88 billion in sales and $718 million in operating income.

“But now we’re aggressively moving into infrastructure, and we have a new generation of data centers that we’re building around the world,” Ellison says.

For one example, Oracle is making available the Dense IO Shape (a virtual-machine type in this Oracle second-generation of cloud) which offers 28.8TB, 512GB, and 36 cores-- at a price of $5.40 per hour. More than 10X the input-output capacity of Amazon AWS, specifically the i2.8xlarge, says Ellison.

The founder-turned-CTO also says Oracle currently faces two main competitors-- Amazon for infrastructure and Workday for applications. This represents what Ellison describes as a "breathtaking change," since historically the two main Oracle rivals were IBM and SAP.

How will Oracle rival Amazon? First off, the Oracle Cloud Platform public cloud and virtual cloud network offerings get bare metal servers, providing means for customers to step to the cloud without moving away entirely from on-premises infrastructure. The Oracle Cloud Platform also gets support for Oracle MySQL Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Event Hub Cloud Service, alongside other Oracle PaaS offerings.

In the meantime the Ravello Cloud Service allows organisations to run enterprise VMware and kernel-based virtual machine workloads in a public cloud without need for changes or reconfiguration, the Oracle Container Cloud allows the deployment of application stacks through Docker compatibility and OracleFastConnect helps the connection of datacentres to the cloud.

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IBM Opens First Nordics Cloud Datacentre

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IBM Opens First Nordics Cloud Datacentre

IBM opens a cloud datacentre in Norway, specifically in Fetsund, around 30km outside the capital Oslo-- the 12th European facility for the company and its 48th around the globe.

Big Blue describes the datacentre as an industry first in the Nordics. It is the result of a 2014 investment worth over $1 billion in the building of more facilities able to deal with growing demand for cloud computing from businesses ranging from large enterprises to startups. The company lists a number of IBM Cloud customers in the region, such as Cxense, EVRY, KONE, Opera and Sapa Group.

The datacentre provides the full range of IBM Cloud services, including bare metal and virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. All can be deployed on demand with full remote access and control, and the datacentre is connected to other IBM public datacentres on the continent and around the world to allow for easy data transfer and replication in multiple locations.

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