Alphabet and Microsoft Q2 earnings exceed expectations, fuelled by cloud

Alphabet and Microsoft have both exceeded analysts’ expectations for their Q2 2021 earnings, in part thanks to Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure growth. Microsoft, whose fiscal Q4 corresponds to the second calendar quarter of the year, posted revenues of $46.2 billion (£33.1bn) in the period, a growth of 21% compared to the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile,… … Read more

Google Cloud and SAP expand partnership for business transformation

Google Cloud has expanded its strategic partnership with German software company SAP to drive accelerate business transformations in the cloud. Together, the two corporations also plan to help customers migrate critical business systems to the cloud and augment existing systems with Google’s capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Rob Enslin, president at Google Cloud,… … Read more

Near-term solutions to fill the cloud skills gap

The fact that a cloud skills gap exists should come as no surprise: given the speed at which technology evolves, it’s almost impossible to expect the recruitment market to keep up with the pace. In fact, the 2020 Challenges in Cloud Transformation survey found that IT talent shortage concerns most corporations, with 86% of respondents… … Read more

Cloud Webinar: Navigating Cloud Adoption In A Post-pandemic Era – Disruptive Change In The Time Of Covid

Powered by CloudTech News, in partnership with Couchbase, don’t miss this live panel webinar on 5 August, 11am PDT with industry-leading speakers from Allianz, GitHub, Walmart, RBC and TechForge Media. About the webinar: Navigating Cloud Adoption In A Post-pandemic Era – Disruptive Change In The Time Of Covid Retailers have become ecommerce first; banks are… … Read more

Amazon to investigate discrimination and harassment at AWS

Amazon’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is to be investigated regarding allegations of harassment and discrimination after 550 employees signed a petition. The petition criticised Amazon’s current system for investigating discrimination as not fair, objective, or transparent. Specifically, it blamed AWS for its “underlying culture of systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias against women… … Read more

Microsoft bolsters cloud security approach with CloudKnox acquisition

Microsoft has acquired start-up CloudKnox Security, an identity and access management platform designed in tune with the sensibilities of modern cloud computing. Through the acquisition, Microsoft will be able to offer CloudKnox’s package of complete visibility into privileged access, helping organisations right-size permissions, enforce least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and employ continuous analytics to prevent… … Read more

Zoom acquires Five9 in £10.7bn deal

Zoom Video Communications has reached an agreement to acquire Five9, a provider of a cloud contact centre, in an all-stock transaction valued at $14.7 billion (£10.7bn).  Combining Five9’s Contact Centre as a Service (“CCaaS”) solution with Zoom’s broad communications platform is hoped to transform how businesses connect with their customers, building the customer engagement platform… … Read more

Amazon shuts down cloud infrastructure linked to NSO Group

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has shut down infrastructure and accounts connected to Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group. The decision follows an investigation held by a consortium of media organisations into the firm’s ‘Pegasus’ spyware. The investigation found that NSO’s military-grade spyware was involved in at least 37 successful hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, government… … Read more