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Cloud Computing

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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Alfresco Solutions Soar to Amazon Cloud

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Alfresco Solutions Soar to Amazon Cloud

The Alfresco suite of Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions arrives on the cloud as a single-tenant managed services hosted in an AWS virtual private cloud (VPC).

In addition, the company is making cloud deployment for customers managing own AWS infrastructure easier via new DevOps toolkit. The result promises to "significantly accelerate" time to value by up to two-thirds, while giving customers the choice, flexibility and security expected from both Alfresco and AWS.

The Alfresco managed offering provides a content-centric platform enabling users to collaborate on business-critical content-- all with the network isolation and security of VPC, and without need for dedicated internal resources for Alfresco and AWS management. Running on the Amazon cloud makes high-throughput processes, such as processing millions of invoices and managing confidential contracts, more efficient.

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Google, Intel Team Up in Cloud, IoT

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Google, Intel Team Up in Cloud, IoT

Google announces a "strategic alliance" with Intel-- one based around optimising Google services, such as cluster management and machine learning, via Intel hardware, as well as technology integrations and joint marketing efforts.

The two companies have a history in collaboration, since Google has been developing datacentre processors with Intel. As such, the newly announced partnership will take the relationship further, combining Google Cloud software with Intel hardware in areas including cloud cluster management, machine learning, security and the Internet of Things.

One core focus is containers, specifically Google's Kubernetes-- engineers from the two companies are working on code optimisations to boost Kubernetes workloads running on Intel hardware. The two companies will also tweak TensorFlow to leverage Intel CPU cores more efficiently and take better advantage of the memory allocation capabilities of the hardware, and plan to create a secure platform for the connection of Intel IoT devices to the Google Cloud Platform.

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NetApp Private Storage Goes As a Service

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NetApp Private Storage Goes As a Service

NetApp announces a hybrid version of NetApp Private Storage (NPS)-- NPS as a Service, an SaaS offering available on a subscription-based service through a number of partners and co-location vendors.

NPS as a Service partners include Arrow, Faction and ThinkOn, while Equinix is a co-location vendor.

First launched back in 2012, NPS allows customer to connect on-premise storage with AWS, Microsoft Azure and SoftLayer clouds. One can base storage infrastructure in a colocation facility, providing high-speed connections directly to the cloud. The SaaS version allows customers to work with service providers to manage storage as an operating expense, with connections to both on- and off-premise storage.

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Microsoft Contributes Project Olympus to OCP

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Microsoft Contributes Project Olympus to OCP

Microsoft presents a new cloud server design to Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP)-- Project Olympus, a hardware design taking an open source approach usually adopted by software.

"The current process for open hardware development is to contribute designs that are production-ready," the company says. "At that stage, the design is essentially finalised-- almost 100% complete-- and this late contribution delays the development of derivative designs, limits interactive community engagement and adoption, and slows down overall delivery."

The Project Olympus design currently stands at 50% completion, and consists of a new server chassis, new universal motherboard, battery-backed power supply, rack management card and rack power distribution unit. It has space for up ti 8 NVMe SSDs (M.2), up to 3 full-height, half-length PCIe cards, high-speed DDR4 RAM and optional heat sinks for high-wattage processors.

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