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Global banks could save $15 billion from cloud adoption by 2019

Research undertaken by IDC Financial Insights on behalf of Reuters indicates that the worldwide banking industry is among the sectors most likely to benefit in significant financial terms by embracing cloud-based infrastructure. According to the commissioned report, running costs with cloud infrastructure via AWS is likely to be a third of a proprietary approach, with… Read More


Earthquake computer model promises to reduce deaths, damage

A new computer model which can simulate the entire chain of events triggered by offshore earthquakes signals an important step in reducing deaths and damage to property in the event of natural disasters. The system was developed by researchers at the University of Bristol and University College London (UCL) as part of the multinational CRUST… Read More


Lightning wipes storage disks at Google data centre

A lightning storm in Belgium last Thursday hit Google’s St Ghislain data centre causing power loss and damage to disk storage, leaving some customers without access to data. The facility was hit directly by four successive lightning strikes which immediately took down the centre’s operations from Thursday 13th until Monday 17th August, according to Google. The… Read More


Tianjin blasts took down Tencent data centre and local tech operations

Explosions in the Chinese city of Tianjin last week reportedly took down a considerable portion of tech businesses, including internet giant Tencent’s local data centre. The blast, originating at a chemical storage warehouse, caused severe damage to the facility’s server room which led to temporary delays in video streaming for Tencent customers. The company said over… Read More


1 in 2 companies risk losing data centre operations to natural disasters

Half of all companies are operating data centre infrastructure which is not prepared for natural disasters, recent research commissioned by Zenium Technology Partners has revealed. The findings outlined in the report ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’ showed that over the past ten years 50% of companies questioned had experienced a disruption to their data… Read More



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