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Cloud Computing

Cloud Services Lead Cloud Market

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Cloud Services Lead Cloud Market

The Synergy Research Group reports spending on cloud services overtakes that on cloud infrastructure and hardware in 2016-- the services markets are growing 3 times more quickly than infrastructure hardware and software.

The overall cloud market is also on a positive streak, with revenues reaching $148 billion, a 25% increase. IaaS and PaaS show the highest growth at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services at 35% and enterprise SaaS at 34%. The total spend on hardware and software exceeds $65bn, with spending on private cloud accounting for over half the total, even if public cloud spending is growing "much more rapidly."

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Red Hat Container Management Reaches Google Cloud

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Red Hat Container Management Reaches Google Cloud

Red Hat announces the OpenShift Dedicated container management service is now available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)-- providing means for enterprises to build, launch and manage applications using Red Hat technology on the Google cloud.

A deal between the two companies sees Red Hat act as service provider, support customers managing OpenShift Dedicated on GCP. Meanwhile Google helps enterprises augment and build on OpenShift applications with a "broad and growing" cloud service portfolio. Customers get support for VPN and Google Virtual Private Cloud to access container applications on the cloud, as well as access to a container-optimised version of the JBoss Middleware.

"Customers consistently tell us that they are looking for open solutions that will enable them to use both public and private infrastructure-- they want choice. Red Hat has been an essential partner in making Kubernetes available to enterprises looking for the support and flexibility to manage a hybrid cloud," Google says. "We are deeply committed to working with partners like Red Hat to help our customers operate in a digital world.”

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Rackspace Opens Frankfurt Datacentre

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Rackspace Opens Frankfurt Datacentre

Rackspace is the next company to expand in Europe-- the managed hosting provider announces plans to open a datacentre in Frankfurt, Germany, to service customers across the DACH region by mid-2017.

By the time it opens Rackspace will be running 12 datacentres worldwide, in cities including London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dallas, Chicago and Ashburn (near Washington DC).

The facility will be handling of managed private clouds and hosting environments, with a focus on fully managed VMware environments. The announcement follows the appointment of Alex Fuerst as leader of Rackspace operations in DACH, and an in-region team will be taking care of customers wanting help the company's portfolio of multi-cloud environment services.

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Avnet Cloud Marketplace Reaches the Netherlands

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Avnet Cloud Marketplace Reaches the Netherlands

The European expansion of the Avnet Cloud Marketplace continues apace, as the distributor announces the Netherlands as the next EMEA nation covered by its selection of cloud-based services.

The Avnet Cloud Marketplace first appeared in the UK and France on July 2016, and back then the distributor announced it would arrive in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland in 2016 and 2017. However according to Avnet the marketplace is already available through partners in Germany and Poland, and with the Netherlands now following the EMEA country count totals 5.

The Cloud Marketplace offers Avnet cloud services together with offerings from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Brocade, Cisco, IBM, NetApp, Oracle, SoftLayer and VMware. It is available as either a consumption or subscription-based service, and partners can use the marketplace to bundle cloud products from different vendors. An "integrated toolset" enables customers to monitor cloud consumption and manage cloud solution purchases.

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Alibaba to Open Datacentres in Frankfurt, Dubai

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Alibaba to Open Datacentres in Frankfurt, Dubai

Alibaba Cloud, the self-explanatory subsidiary of Chinese giant Alibaba, is set for global expansion as it announces plans to open four datacentres in Frankfurt, Dubai, Sydney and Japan by end 2016.

The facilities bring the number of Alibaba locations outside of its home China to 8, and the global total to 14. The majority of the sites, including the German one, are joint ventures-- Alibaba will be using a Vodafone datacentre in Frankfurt, the Dubai facility operates through a joint venture with holding company Meraas, and the Japanese location is the result of teamup with SoftBank.

"The four new datacentres will further expand Alibaba Cloud's global ecosystem and footprint, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services from businesses and industries worldwide," the company says. "The true potential of data-driven digital transformation will be seen through globalisation and the opportunities brought by the new global economy will become a reality."

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