|Results on Monday. Need to be strong to support that chart.|
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED
Cloud democratising IT? Nah, it's shared by even fewer players
7 Feb 2017 at 12:25, Gavin Clarke
AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together.
The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to shun capital intensive refreshes of on-premise server estates.
In its tenth year of operation, the web services division of Amazon accounted for $3.48bn of sales, giving it a 33.8 per cent market share, while Microsoft, Google and IBM SoftLayer had to make do with $3.17bn between them.
“Continuing demand is driving the adoption of cloud infrastructure services, which accelerated the cloud data centre expansion among key service providers,” Canalys stated.
In the quarter, IBM rented some rack space from a local data centre provider, as did AWS and Microsoft. All of the American giants are trying to convince UK customers their data is safe in their hands but rather than building new facilities in the country, has chosen to buy extra capacity from someone else.
Enterprise IT provider Oracle lagged behind e-commerce giant Alibaba, on 1.7 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively. The latter has been on a drive to attract enterprises and startups to its cloud with roadshow events in London.
AWS is the undisputed IaaS kingpin but revenues of $3.5bn in Q4 was below Wall Street’s expectations by about $100m and so the parent company’s share price took a few knocks.
Meanwhile, Synergy Research Group agreed that AWS is king, and said Microsoft, Google and IBM "are gaining ground but at the expense of smaller players in the market."
Amazon Web Services: the secret to the online retailer's future success
AWS was launched as little more than a way to buy space and time on Amazon’s computers. Now it powers Netflix, Airbnb and the Ministry of Justice
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"But there’s another chunk of Amazon that you’re less likely to know about. It’s responsible for a full tenth of the company’s revenues, yet its “operating income” – the amount of money it leaves in Amazon’s coffers once expenses are accounted for – dwarfs any other sector, pulling in $861m compared to the $255m Amazon makes in North American sales and the $541m it loses internationally.
The division is Amazon Web Services, or AWS, the section of the company that sells cloud computing services to both the outside world and to Amazon itself. You can buy storage space to hold a huge database, bandwidth to host a website, or processing power to run complex software remotely. It lets companies and individuals avoid the hassle of buying and running their own hardware, while also letting them pay for only what they actually use.
It began as almost a point of principle for Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, before evolving to become the single most profitable part of the entire company. Now, AWS is moving into the third stage of its life, providing the underpinning for Amazon’s own quest to dominate not just our shopping, but our homes themselves."|
|now in a state of de facto hostilities with Washington
Well, it's not so long ago that Mexico conspired with Germany to invade the US.
Mexico unites in anger over President Trump's plan for sanctions
29 January 2017 • 9:11pm
"President Donald Trump’s escalating threats against Mexico have led to calls for a guerrilla struggle of national resistance from across the political spectrum, uniting the Mexican people as almost never before in modern times.
A string of elder statesmen warn that the country faces grievous injury and is now in a state of de facto hostilities with Washington, forcing Mexicans to fight back on every front and whatever the cost.
“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,” said former president Vicente Fox. “Trade is important, jobs are important, but they are not as important as dignity. We must not be cowed or it will paralyse us,” he said."|
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: How Azure will fend off Amazon Web Services in the enterprise
by Dan Richman on January 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
"Microsoft believes that its unique combination of cloud offerings will hold off market-leading public-cloud service Amazon Web Services in Microsoft’s traditional stronghold of the enterprise, CEO Satya Nadella said in phone call with press and analysts after the release of quarterly earnings Thursday. Microsoft is the number-two public-cloud company, competing energetically with AWS in an ongoing battle of pricing and features.
Cloud computing has always appealed to startups, freeing them from the financial burden of buying, housing and maintaining computing and networking hardware. Instant expandability (and contraction, if necessary) of both compute and storage, plus the availability of APIs into esoteric and otherwise-out of reach services such as machine learning and voice recognition, make the cloud an easy choice for new companies."|
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Nearly Double in Size During Past Year
By Pedro Hernandez | Posted 2017-01-27
"Microsoft reported strong second quarter fiscal year 2017 (2QFY17) earnings on Jan. 26, laying to rest any doubts that the software giant could transition to a cloud computing company.
Azure revenues climbed a whopping 93 percent, or 95 percent using constant currency calculations that account for exchange rate fluctuations. "These results show continued strength in the cloud and especially Azure business," Dave Bartoletti, principal analyst at Forrester, told eWEEK.
"While Microsoft does not break out Azure from the broader Intelligent Cloud category (which also includes some server products, cloud services, and enterprise services), the Azure business nearly doubled year-over-year (as it did last quarter), and usage continues to double year-over-year," continued Bartoletti. "Basically, Azure is more than twice the size it was at this time last year, and the growth trajectory is consistent.""
|Worth more than £15m?
FBT is starting to talk about the possibility of profits in 2018.
01 December 2016
"The Company operates in the large and growing cloud video market. With its platform of cloud video applications and its relationships, including those with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, Forbidden is well positioned in this market. The Company's focus is on helping customers unlock the value of their content by reducing the time to market from camera to screen, and increasing the ease and efficiency of using content in multiple ways."
"It is against this growth momentum that the Company is raising additional funds to ensure that the Company has adequate capital to finance further sales, sales support, sales implementation and product development support where necessary. Management is committed to ensuring that the Company's growth continues, and is optimised, whilst also targeting profitability in 2018."|
Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party
London base in global expansion
17 Jan 2017 at 15:25, Alexander J Martin
Oracle will open a cloud region in the UK that's based in London and plans to have three data centres serving the region by mid-2017.
The region will accompany others in Virginia and Turkey in a plan Oracle stated will double "the regional presence of its cloud platform in the last 24 months, with 29 regions available globally".
Each region will consist of three high-bandwidth, low-latency sites, named Availability Domains, which will be based within several miles of each other and operate fault-independently. It's unclear whether Oracle will build or lease the facilites required to float the UK portion of its cloud.
In a statement, Oracle said the approach would provide "[t]he highest levels of failure protection and availability to Oracle customers' most demanding cloud applications. Availability Domains are deeply integrated into the Oracle Cloud Platform, easing use and eliminating complex architectural decision-making around availability."
Additional regions are planned to launch in APAC, North America and the Middle East next year.
Oracle claims to be a "global large scale cloud platform" but much of its cloud revenue has come from Software-as-a-Service rather than platform.
The database giant is late to the cloud platform business, lagging Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure. Since 2016, AWS and Azure have offered the UK as a region using locally based data centres in different parts of the country.
Local hosting potentially addresses customers' need to comply with data protection needs and requirements for low-levels of latency.
|The bankers may have the money but the citizens have the votes.
US banking chiefs to talk with May over hard Brexit
US-based banks and asset managers are to hold talks with prime minister over their fears for thousands of City jobs.
by William Robins on Jan 18, 2017 at 09:51
"US-based banks and asset managers are to hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May over her ‘hard’ Brexit plans the firms fear will see thousands of jobs cut from UK financial services.
The chief executives of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley as well as the chief executive of Blackrock have been invited to meet May for private talks on Thursday, according to Sky News.
The meeting will reportedly take place in Davos, where the World Economic Forum is currently being held.
On Tuesday May confirmed the UK will leave the European single market in a speech to the nation intended to create clarity over the UK’s goals in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Goldmans and JP Morgan were both major donors to a group campaigning to keep Britain in the EU, Britain Stronger in Europe, shelling out £500,000 each while, while Morgan Stanley donated 250,000 donation.
Sky News said its sources suggested Jes Staley, the American chief executive of Barclays, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman of private equity group Blackstone, may also have been invited to the meeting."|
|Worth more than £15m?
Forscene in Sports - every second counts
Published on 17 Jan 2017
Be the first to own, distribute and monetise sports video content, capturing the attention of more sports fans. Forscene enables you to rapidly deliver professionally edited video that combines real time sports action with your existing digital assets.|
|building deltatre into a market leading sports technology provider
16 January 2017
"Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), announces that it has signed a three year revenue earning deal with deltatre, a leading supplier of digital and broadcast services in the Sports market, for the use of its Forscene cloud video platform.
The three-year deal is for the use of Forscene for one of deltatre's long term clients."|
|wiped out $11 trillion of American household wealth
Would Donald Trump now become president if the financial crisis hadn't happened?
Moody’s Reaches $864 Million Subprime Ratings Settlement
by Matt Scully
January 13, 2017, 6:58 PM EST
"Moody’s Corp. agreed to pay almost $864 million to resolve a multiyear U.S. investigation into credit ratings on subprime mortgage securities, helping to clear the way for the firm to move beyond its crisis-era litigation.
Moody’s reached the agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and 21 states, which accused the company of inflating ratings on mortgage securities that were at the center of the 2008 financial crisis, the Justice Department said Friday in a statement. That penalty is about a third of the $2.5 billion that Moody’s earned in the four years leading up to the crisis. Standard and Poor’s, after fighting the U.S. in court for two years, settled similar claims with the U.S. for $1.5 billion last year."
"Since the financial crisis, the bulk of government settlements have been shouldered by the biggest banks, which have paid more than $162 billion in fines and penalties. The Obama administration has been criticized for years for failing to hold individuals accountable for misconduct leading to the crisis.
Still, the settlement over ratings by Moody’s Investors Service helps the administration move closer to wrapping up investigations of Wall Street firms for their actions leading up to the 2008 mortgage meltdown, a catastrophe that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said wiped out $11 trillion of American household wealth. The credit ratings industry has been the target of these investigations into Wall Street for years."
"Both Moody’s Investors Service, a unit of Moody’s Corp., and S&P played key roles in Wall Street’s making of toxic, subprime mortgage bonds. While subprime home loans typically go to borrowers with the weakest credit, bonds backed by those mortgages received top-flight, AAA credit ratings. The bonds began coming apart in 2007 as the housing market collapsed, contributing to more than $1.9 trillion in losses at financial firms worldwide during a crisis that almost collapsed the global banking system."|
Snapchat establishes international HQ in Britain
Messaging start-up goes against trend of US tech heading for lower-tax EU countries
January 10, 2017
"Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has established its international headquarters in Britain, where it will book all sales made outside the US, in a post-Brexit win for the UK.
The move by the Los Angeles-based messaging start-up, which plans to go public this year with a valuation of up to $25bn, is an unusual one among top US tech companies. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Uber and others have chosen the UK’s neighbours, such as Ireland, the Netherlands or Luxembourg as their European base to take advantage of lower-tax regimes.
Instead, Snap Group Limited — the company’s new UK entity — will book revenues from all sales made to customers in the UK and sales in any country where Snapchat has no local entity or salesforce, according to a spokeswoman. At first, the Snapchat teams in France, Australia, Canada and Saudi Arabia will be booked through the UK.
The start-up, which has yet to turn a profit, is in the earliest stages of generating revenue outside the US and so is unlikely to have significant tax liabilities as yet. But it is expanding advertising quickly from a small base, with research company eMarketer forecasting ad revenue will grow from an estimated $367m last year to almost $1bn this year. Snapchat has more than 150m daily active users worldwide, with about half of them outside the US."|
|all of the claims it made .. were false
Friends of the Earth exposed as liars. No surprise there.
Friends of the Earth must not repeat misleading fracking claims
4 January 2017
"A spokesman for the ASA said the advert "must not appear again in its current form" and the FOE must "not make claims about the likely effects of fracking on the health of local populations, drinking water, or property prices in the absence of adequate evidence".
Cuadrilla's chief executive Francis Egan described FOE as "the unacceptable face of the charity sector", which had been "scaremongering" in order to "frighten the public into giving it money".
"[T]he charity's admission that all of the claims it made, that we complained about, were false should hopefully put a stop to it misleading the UK public on fracking.""|
|five of the seven most valuable companies in the world .. are technology companies
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What about Forscene and Microsoft?
What about Forscene and Amazon?
|My post seems to have brought FBT to life
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This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017
Microsoft embiggens cloudy BLOBs from 195GB to 4.77 TB, blocks from 4MB to 100MB
23 Dec 2016 at 05:58, Simon Sharwood
The waistline of Azure's storage service continues to expand, with Microsoft upping the size of the Binary Large Objects it can define.
Redmond's cloud can now support BLOBs of 4.77 terabytes, up from the previous 195 gigabytes. Block sizes are also up, from four megabytes to 100. And you can commit 50,000 blocks to a single Blob.
Microsoft says the changes will help users handle “storing and processing 4K and 8K videos to cancer researchers sequencing DNA.”
Whatever they're used for, Microsoft wouldn't be doing this if it didn't see demand for cloud use at this scale. And why wouldn't it see that demand? Building rigs to handle workloads like those described above costs plenty. The cloud's a natural for this kind of stuff.
For those of you wondering just how long it would take to get 195GB into Azure, never mind 4.77TB, Microsoft has news on that front too as it has tweaked its data import/export service. It's now available in Azure's Canada, US Gov and China regions, and has added the ability to handle 2.5” Internal SATA drives and internal SSD drives.
2.5” drives can't yet match the scale of the 12TB and 14TB behemoths the disk industry offers in the 3.5” form factor, but the addition of SSDs should at least speed up the transfer of data in and out of Redmond's cloud.|
|Worth more than £15m?
Crikey! My post seems to have brought FBT to life. Five articles published today. Something must be happening?
Why 2016 Was a Watershed Year for Tech
By Christopher Mims
"As 2016 nears an end, five of the seven most valuable companies in the world -- including the three most valuable -- are technology companies. Beyond their worth in the eyes of investors, Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., and Facebook Inc. also are powerful forces in everyday lives. Tech can seem inescapable.
That helps explain why 2016 also was a difficult year for many of these companies. Collectively, they faced sharp criticism and unprecedented levels of scrutiny while clashing with governments around the world -- including the future U.S. president.
It's no coincidence, for example, that digital-ad spending in the U.S. has been projected to eclipse spending on TV ads in 2016, while Facebook battled concerns about its influence over politics and its role in spreading fake and distorted news. Those developments are two sides of the same coin -- Facebook's power.
Or take Amazon's new cashier-free stores, which instantly became symbols for how automation "kills" jobs. Amazon has only a handful of physical stores, and doesn't plan to open its first Amazon Go store to the public until next year, yet its dominance in online retail made this a source of much public concern.
Google had a banner year for both revenue and profit. One price of that real-world influence is three sets of antitrust charges by European regulators who view the company as a sort of American colonial power. The latest, issued in July alongside additional charges piled onto a previous case, accused Google of "strong-arming" Android handset makers into shipping their devices with Google's search as the default.
In 2016, tech executives overwhelmingly backed the woman who lost the race for president, while the man who won attacked them publicly and sometimes personally. Many of the parties involved met last week in Trump Tower, apparently reaching an uneasy truce. But many in tech still view the next four years warily, concerned by Donald Trump's views on issues such as free trade and immigration.
That this exchange happened at all speaks to the cultural as well as the economic dominance of tech companies. At stake wasn't just where iPhones would be manufactured, but whether globalization is a net economic benefit or a scourge to America's middle class. The tech industry has come to espouse a common culture of disruption, or progress at all costs, and Trump's election was in some respects a rebuke to that ideology. The outcome of this struggle will have implications for everything from how friendly regulators are to disruptive technologies like self-driving vehicles to how willing they are to support the transition to clean energy."|
|the product that really got me excited .. was Captevate
"I honestly don’t think I’ve seen an editing solution so easy to learn"
So everyone becomes a 'professional' editor? That should speed up the production process and lower costs.
Worth more than £15m? We shall see.|