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Cloud Computing

VMware and Amazon Team Up

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VMware and Amazon Team Up

VMware and Amazon confirm a recent rumour-- the two companies are bringing VMware software-defined datacentre software to the Amazon public cloud with "VMware Cloud on AWS."

The partnership has all Vmware infrastructure software, including vSphere, VSAN and NSX, running on "dedicated AWS infrastructure purpose-built for this offering." The actual service is operated, sold and supported by VMware (not AWS), even if it is integrated with the AWS portfolio of cloud-based storage, database and analytics solutions.

As the two companies put it, customers no longer need to worry whether to run applications on or off premises, since VMware Cloud on AWS adds the flexibility of the cloud to the enterprise capabilities of on-premises infrastructure.

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Igneous Systems Offers Private Cloud Storage

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Igneous Systems Offers Private Cloud Storage

Igneous Systems launches a first product-- the Igneous Data Service, an offering promising to deliver the power of public cloud services for the data organisations need to keep within own datacentres.

As the company puts it, the Igneous Data Service is a "true cloud for local data." It supports the S3 API, a cloud-based object storage standard designed for the management of large data sets together with a 3rd party application ecosystem. Also included is "Zero-Touch Infrastructure," with Igneous taking care of all monitoring, maintenance, software updates and troubleshooting of on-premises hardware used by the service.

Essentially Igneous owns and operates purpose-built infrastructure at its customers' locations behind their firewall. This means other applications and systems can access the Igneous Data Service at LAN speeds (rather than internet), and enterprises keep data inside existing IT architectures conforming to internal security or compliance policies.

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IDC: EMEA Cloud Infrastructure Grows 37.4% in Q2

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IDC: EMEA Cloud Infrastructure Grows 37.4% in Q2

According to IDC, Q2 2016 EMEA public and private cloud infrastructure spending (covering server, disk storage and ethernet switch) reaches $1.4 billion, a 37.4% Y-o-Y increase.

As a result, the cloud-related share of total EMEA infrastructure revenue from servers, disk storage and ethernet switches totals 22.5% in Q2 2016. Cloud represents around 23.8% of total EMEA storage capacity for the quarter, a -4.6% Y-o-Y decline. Looking at the market in euros, EMEA reports strong Y-o-Y user value growth (34.2%) across private and public cloud.

"IDC expects this market to reach a value of $10.5 billion by 2020 (from a five year forecast), or 36.5 % of the total market expenditure," the analyst says. "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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Cloud Infrastructure on the Up Ahead of Hyperscale Growth

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Cloud Infrastructure on the Up Ahead of Hyperscale Growth

IDC reports revenues from private and public cloud infrastructure (server, storage and ethernet switch) sales total $7.7 billion in Q2 2016-- a 14.5% Y-o-Y increase ahead of renewed hyperscale growth expected for H2 2016.

W. Europe shows 41.2% Y-o-Y growth in Q2 2016, followed by CEE at 21% and MEA at 16.8%.

The overall Q2 2016 share of cloud infrastructure sales amounts to 34.9%, up from 30.6% in Q2 2016. Private cloud revenues show 14% Y-o-Y growth to $3.1bn, while public cloud is up by 14.9% to $4.6bn. In comparison, traditional (non-cloud) infrastructure sales decreased by -6.1% Y-o-Y in the quarter.

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Akamai Bolsters Cloud Security With Soha

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Akamai Bolsters Cloud Security With Soha

Akamai sets to improve the security of cloud-based enterprise applications and services through the acquisition of Soha Systems, a specialist in "enterprise secure access delivered as a service."

No financial details of the deal are available.

Soha offers 3rd party access to cloud resources without need for software or hardware updates, creating a central point of entry controlled by the vendor. As a result it strips away unnecessary resource acces and increases security compliance, all while simplifying and improving remote and mobile access to enterprise resources.

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