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Cloud Computing

HPE Buys Cloud Metering, Billing

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HPE Buys Cloud Metering, Billing

HPE acquires Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud-consumption analytics software enabling customers to manage and optimise public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spending, for an unspecified sum.

Founded in 2010, Cloud Cruiser counts the likes of Microsoft, TD Bank, NTT, Ford and KPN as customers. Its new onwer is also a customer, since its solutions find use in the Flexible Capacity business. As such, HPE describes the acquisition as "additional investment in HPE Flexible Capacity, to further differentiate and strengthen this high growth service."

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Oracle Plans UK, Turkey Datacentres

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Oracle Plans UK, Turkey Datacentres

Oracle details plans for further cloud expansion at its CloudWorld event in New York-- including three new cloud regions in the UK, Turkey and Virginia, all expected to go live by H2 2017.

The company says it will add further regions in MEA, N. America and APAC in 2018, all comprising at least 3 high bandwidth, low latency sites (or "availability domains") designed to avoid failover.

“Oracle is committed to building the most differentiated cloud platform that delivers on the requirements of a wide array of customer workloads,” the company states. “This regional expansion underscores our commitment to making the engineering and capital investments required to continue to be a global large scale cloud platform leader.”

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IDC: "Tremendous Growth" for EMEA Cloud Infrastructure

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According to IDC total public and private cloud infrastructure (covering server, disk storage and ethernet switch) spending totals $1.5 billion in EMEA, a 19.5% Y-o-Y increase.

Cloud makes 24.9% of overall EMEA revenue from severs, disk storage and ethernet switches, and represents 44.8% of total storage capacity in the region (an 8.6% Y-o-Y increase). When seen in euros, EMEA user value growth in public and private cloud across servers, storage and switches clocks at 19.1%.

"IDC expects this market to reach a value of $10.9bn by 2020, from the 5-year forecast, or 35.4% of the total market expenditure," the analyst remarks. "Fueled by increasing maturity and adoption rates of many new cloud-dependent technologies such as the Internet of Things, cloud continues to represent an area of tremendous growth for the European infrastructure sector."

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Google Cloud Platform Gets Key Management

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Google Cloud Platform Gets Key Management

Google adds the Key Management Service (KMS) to its Cloud Platform-- a means for enterprises to create, use, rotate and destroy AES-256 standard encryption keys on the cloud.

Cloud KMS is an alternative to the on-premise management of keys. As such it is ideal for customers moving more workloads on the cloud, and is an update on a more basic version of KMS for users wanting to supply own encryption keys.

"With Cloud KMS, you can manage symmetric encryption keys in a cloud-hosted solution, whether they’re used to protect data stored in [Google Cloud Platform] or another environment," a company blog post announcing the service adds.

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Containers Hold Big Opportunity for Cloud Market

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Containers Hold Big Opportunity for Cloud Market

Application containers might make a relatively small portion of the overall Cloud-Enabling Technologies (CET) market, but according to 451 Research the segment is set to grow from $762 million in 2016 to $2.7bn by 2020.

The estimated CAGR of 40% throughout the forecast period is the fastest compared to other CET segments, such as virtualisation, Private PaaS, and other automation and management software. In fact, the analyst predicts the overall market will grow at a 15% CAGR to $39.6bn by 2020, up from $23.1bn in 2017.

One can compare the container market to the OpenStack market, since both are based on open source software and involve participation from startups and established vendors. However containers may have a broader impact on the market than OpenStack, since container adoption and market maturity appears to be more rapid than OpenStack and adjacent trends such as PaaS and DevOps.

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