The first long catastrophic half of 2020 is going to end soon. In six months, we have seen/suffered a lot starting from Australian bush fires, Novel Coronavirus: A World Pandemic, and a lot more. However, all the memories aren’t bad because we saw a moment against racism that got support from every corner of the world and promises a new beginning without the disease called racism. Well, this might be a brief summary of 2020 till now. A lot of things got affected due to ever happening 2020. Still, it also brings a new normal by enabling work from home in the major part of the world; the number of businesses got affected some positively and some not so positive.
Cloud world also gets affected due to the world pandemic, but it adjusts accordingly. Microsoft acquires some new companies, Google comes up with something intriguing, and AWS is still the biggest public cloud provider. So, nothing has changed much in that department.
Pentagon has no issues with awarding the contract to Microsoft over Amazon.
The Pentagon barred from discussing Trump and awarding the $10 billion’ war cloud’ contract to Microsoft over Amazon. However, admitting it can’t entirely prove that the White House didn’t interfere.
A massive 313-page report is released on 15 April; the Defense Department’s (DoD) inspector general believed the contract acquisition process both reasonable and consistent with the law.
Though Amazon sued the DoD last year, asserting that President Donald Trump’s personal issues with CEO Jeff Bezos influenced the Pentagon to give the lucrative JEDI contract to Microsoft, their biggest rival.
Google Anthos is now generally available for AWS
Continuing to enhance the capabilities of its Anthos hybrid and multi-cloud platform; Google Cloud recently announced the general availability of Anthos for AWS.
Anthos has always promised that it would allow companies to write their applications once, package them in containers, and then manage their multi-cloud deployments across GCP, AWS, Azure, and their on-site data centers.
AWS Marketplace and Data Exchange is now available for Australian and New Zealand Vendors
Amazon Web Services opens the gates of their Marketplace and data exchange for Australia and New Zealand based vendors. It enables the independent software vendors (ISVs), service providers, and consulting partners to transact that are located in the area.
The AWS Marketplace offers a sales channel for ISVs and consulting partners to sell their solution to AWS customers. While, The AWS Data Exchange is a service, i.e., designed to help customers to find, subscribe, and use third-party data in the cloud that was launch in November last year.
Africa’s cloud computing boom draws the attention of Investors
The Cloud Service Providers and international investors are now looking market in the black continent; as the rapid increase of smartphone users and mass adoption of business software on the continent leads high demand of data-centers to power the technology.
The continent’s lack of infrastructure, slow internet, high data cost, lack of fiber network complicates capital intensive and power-hungry business.
According to Tunde Coker, MD, Rack centers, a leading Nigerian company “We have to build our own power-generating capabilities to get a level of reliability and consistency.”
COVID-19 has an impact on Cloud Computing market:
Post COVID-19, the report “COVID-19 Impact on Cloud Computing Market by Service Type (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)), Vertical and Region – Global Forecast to 2021”- has expected to grow from $233 billion in 2019 to $295 billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.5% during the forecasted period. Organizations have increased the level of innovation over the years; with the outbreak of COVID-19, most operations have been compromised. This has caused companies to work in an unoptimized way, as a result of which they are looking for new areas that can increase their revenue by a small amount.
For Story: COVID-19 Impact on Cloud Computing Market
Infosys and IBM collaborate to launch industry-specific cloud services for business
Indian Tech giant Infosys joins hand with IBM to help the business through industry-specific cloud services. IBM is looking for a partner service provider to help bring its public cloud services to businesses.
India based Infosys will be the first so-called global system integrator to join IBM’s new public cloud.
Infosys will offer clients across sectors such as financial services, insurance, and healthcare, access to a portfolio of open-source offerings on IBM’s public cloud platform, the company said.
Microsoft release their recent Q2 revenue
In the recent Q2 revenue release, Microsoft clocked $36.2 billion while registering an overall growth of 14%.
Microsoft as ever divided the earnings into three primary revenue streams, i.e., Commercial (includes the commercial portion of LinkedIn), Productivity & Business Processes and Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. Multiple factors are there to support such gargantuan growth.
Investors have witnessed Microsoft’s success in attracting new cloud-computing customers. This, in turn, helped the company to accelerate earnings, revenue, and, obviously, stock growth. Azure is up against its dominant rival, Amazon Web Services, in the battle to raise its market share. Microsoft is getting close to the cloud crown.
Read the full story here: How did Azure help Microsoft’s Q2 earnings to beat analysts’ expectations?
Hybrid Multicloud environment will be operated by almost 50% of Indian Enterprises by 2021, says IDC
Global market intelligence, IDC, by 2021, 50% of enterprises in India will rely on a mix of on-premises private cloud, several public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs.
“Enterprises in India are looking at cloud as a key enabler to meet their business priorities. As per IDC’s Cloud Pulse 2Q19, “75% of organizations in India have plans to invest in the cloud-based infrastructure and applications to meet their business goals,” Rishu Sharma, the principle analyst, cloud, and artificial intelligence, IDC said.
Google cloud introduces the Managed Memcached Service
Recently Google announced the MemoryStore beta for Memcached, a new service providing a fully managed memory database compatible with the open-source Memcached protocol. It will be joined by Redis in the
MemoryStore family, which was first launched in 2018. This announcement gives your caching layer more flexibility and choice.
Memcached provides a simple but robust in-memory key-value store and is popular as a front-end cache for databases. Using Memcached as a front-end store not only offers an in-memory caching layer for faster query processing, but it can also save cost by reducing the load on your back-end database.
In 2019, Private Equity Firms closed the highest number of Data Center M&A
As per the latest report from Synergy Research Group reveals the number of data center-oriented M&A deals signed in 2019, and for the first time, it crosses 100 mark.
It was 6 percent higher than in 2018, and more than double the number of deals closed in 2016. The market saw a total of 350 deals (approximately) closed while specifically talking about Data Center M&A. One utter change that happened in 2019 was the dramatic 50% increase in private equity deals and more than offset by a sharp 45% drop in M&A deals closed by public companies.
Moreover, the deal volume also increased in 2019; however, the aggregate value of those deals decreased due to a reduction of 24 percent in the average value of the deal; following a similar trend seen in 2018.
Read the full story here: How did the “Data Center M&A” break all-time record in 2019?
World’s Work From Home seems more beneficial for Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Corp. is experiencing an enormous spike in its cloud services traffic since most countries started implementing social distancing and other measures in response to coronavirus outbreaks globally.
The reasons behind the increased usage of Microsoft services are quite evident. The product portfolio of Microsoft offers services that are proving invaluable to organizations all over the globe and bolstering work from home.
The Microsoft Teams App saw a 37 percent rise in its daily active users earlier this month.