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Size of AWS ‘data transfer costs’ revealed in leaked internal documents

While true that corporate customers on the whole find cloud services to be more flexible and cheaper than running their own data centres, it would be an exaggeration to say their cloud journeys have been smooth sailing.

One of the chief concerns CIOs have with cloud services is the unexpected costs that stack up on monthly bills. According to one recent survey, 37 percent of CIOs regard this as their main cloud complaint.

The cost of migrating data from another cloud provider or back on-premises is one particularly eye-watering charge that can take companies by surprise. While the existence of these so-called ‘data transfer costs’ has been long-documented, for the first time the exact amounts charged to some of the world’s leading cloud customers have surfaced.


OpenStack Train focuses on security and data protection, extends AI and ML features

The OpenStack Foundation has released the 20th version of its open source cloud infrastructure software, which focuses on security and data protection updates and fresh AI and ML features.

The latest version of the popular project is dubbed Train and will be available for download at 3pm BST. It is the product of 25,500 code changes by 1,125 developers from 150 companies.


Alibaba Cloud EMEA distribution deal rounds out Europe expansion

Arrow Electronics has penned a distribution deal with Alibaba Cloud that will see the company distribute the Chinese cloud giant’s full suite of cloud services across EMEA and become the UK’s sole Alibaba Cloud distributor.

Alibaba Cloud dominates China’s $14bn cloud market and has had its eyes on Europe for some time — a market that IDC predicts to grow at a 22 percent rate for the next three years. Last year, the company launched two London data centres and has been forging partner relationships across EMEA since.


Sainsbury’s is using machine learning on Google Cloud to predict food trends

One week it’s sushi, then it’s poke bowls and next thing you know kippers are back on trend.

It can be hard for retailers to keep up with the whimsical ebb and flow of eating habits. In an ideal world, supermarkets want their shelves stocked with on trend cuisine as soon as the hashtags show any sign of trending. But instead of staying ahead of the game supermarkets often find themselves playing catchup.

To combat this problem Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Google and Accenture to forge a machine learning solution that feeds off the supermarket’s vast pool of customer data to ‘empower’ customers to stay connected to the latest food trends. Using Google Cloud’s machine learning solutions, the UK’s second largest supermarket chain is on the hunt for insights about customer demand and the trends driving eating habits.


Waze to share traffic data with UK transport authorities via Google Cloud

Mapping service Waze is to make data gathered from across the UK accessible to local authorities to help them plan transport upgrades in the future.

The tech firm’s maps use crowd-sourced data from users to update on traffic conditions and other live information about road congestion.


Xbox cloud gaming service coming to the UK in October

Xbox has confirmed its video game streaming service, Project xCloud, will come to the UK in October.

As part of a public preview to test the service, which will enable users to play console-standard games on any mobile device, a trial will run in the UK, US and South Korea next month, the gaming giant has said.


AWS touts ‘most cost effective’ instance for machine learning inference and training

While the cloud has enabled companies of all stripes to harness the power of machine learning, AI workloads like machine learning training and inference are computationally demanding and expensive.

According to some estimates, machine learning inference, the process of using a trained model to make predictions, can represent up to 90 percent of overall operational costs for running ML workloads.


More than half of used data centre racks will be off-premises by 2024

Over half of the world’s utilised racks will be located outside of the data centre by the end of 2024.

That’s according to the latest Infrastructure Market Monitor report from 451 Research, a New York-based enterprise IT analysis firm.

“We expect to see a decline in utilized racks across the enterprise, with a mid-single-digit CAGR increase in non-cloud colocation, and cloud and service providers expanding their utilized footprint over 13 percent,” Greg Zwakman, VP of Market and Competitive Intelligence at 451 Research explained.


Why data storage firm Cloudian is launching a new edge analytics subsidiary

Storage specialist Cloudian is spinning out a new Japan-based subsidiary dedicated to large-scale analytics and AI processing at the edge.

Dubbed, Edgematrix the new company is a majority-owned subsidiary led by Hiroshi Ohta, Cloudian co-founder. The spinoff has raised $9 million in Series A funding from strategic investors NTT DOCOMO, Inc., SHIMIZU CORPORATION and Japan Post Capital Co., Ltd. as well as Cloudian CEO and co-founder Michael Tso and Cloudian board director Jonathan Epstein.


Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Oracle and VMware announce hybrid cloud partnership, new free Oracle cloud tier for devs

Oracle and VMware have announced a new partnership that will see Oracle’s public cloud integrate with VMware’s data centre infrastructure.

The announcement, made at the company’s annual OpenWorld user conference in San Fransisco, is the latest in a raft of deals VMware has struck with public cloud providers as it seeks to solidify its infrastructure, which is ubiquitous in data centres, as a lynchpin for hybrid cloud environments.


Salesforce targets consumer goods and manufacturing verticals with two new cloud platforms

Salesforce has added to its extensive portfolio of cloud products with two new cloud platforms for the consumer goods and manufacturing industries.

The CRM giant said the two platforms will help companies in both industries adapt to transformational trends brought about by AI, blockchain, IoT and 3D printing that are forcing them to become more customer-centric.


Report: IBM to unite Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift

IBM today took the wraps off a new project that aims to bring Cloud Foundry to Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform.

The company showcased the experimental project at the Cloud Foundry Summit in The Hague, with TechCrunch reporting that IBM plans to turn the concept into a fully-fledged project that will allow Cloud Foundry users to deploy applications to OpenShift, while providing OpenShift customers with the Cloud Foundry experience.



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