|market for infrastructure clouds like AWS will nearly triple over the next four years
Amazon Web Services set for hiring spree — new report shows 5,600 open positions
by Tom Krazit on April 24, 2017 at 9:17 am
Amazon Web Services enjoys a healthy lead in the market for public cloud services, and it plans to hire thousands of people across engineering, sales, and support to prepare for even more growth in the future.
CB Insights released a deep-dive summary of Amazon’s overall business last week, and one stat popped out at us: there are more than 5,600 open positions for AWS roles, which represents nearly one third of all open positions across Amazon’s entire business. A sizable chunk of those jobs are in artificial intelligence research, a discipline Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos identified as a key area of investment in his annual letter to shareholders.
In February, Gartner predicted that the market for infrastructure clouds like AWS will nearly triple over the next four years, and it seems like Amazon agrees with that trajectory. CB Insights expects that AWS will continue to add new services to its public cloud like AWS Lambda and the new features discussed last week in San Francisco, identifying security investment as a particularly hot area for the company in 2017.
Here’s a graphic CB Insights put together illustrating the range of open positions at Amazon:
|Worth more than £15m?
Say hi to Matt, the new member of TeamForscene - our new motor advancing Forscene’s growth in North America
8:45 am - 26 Apr 2017
RE: NAB 2017 Sun 12:47
Our Forscene team will be 6-strong in Vegas at the NAB Show 2017 this month!
Find us at Imagine Communications booth SL1516 and Qumulo, Inc., booth SL6605
RE: nab Tue 09:01
Live video encoding with Elemental, Forscene, and Qumulo
See live video from the show floor as it is captured and processed by an Elemental encoder and stored on Qumulo for editing. Forscene then takes these media files from the Qumulo cluster and replicates them to the cloud, for collaborative local/remote editing. Media files are then served from the cloud to social media and YouTube.
Data storage and analytics startup Qumulo raises another $30M, total funding up to $130M
by Taylor Soper on April 4, 2017 at 4:30 am April 5, 2017 at 8:23 am
"Qumulo has spent the past five years building out its cloud-based platform that helps companies store and manage their data usage. Now the company is ready to attract enterprise customers from around the world and become a globally-recognized brand.
The Seattle startup today announced a $30 million investment round led by new investor Northern Light Venture Capital, with participation from previous investors like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Madrona Venture Group, Top Tier Capital Partners, and Tyche Partners.
This follows a separate $32.5 million investment in June of last year. Total funding in the 5-year-old company is now $130 million.
Qumulo helps clients in a variety of industries like film production, oil and gas, life sciences, and more not only store data, but also monitor it with real-time analytics."
"Richter said some companies can rewrite their applications and try to leverage public cloud solutions like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure — Qumulo views them as “strategic partners” — but that most don’t have the time, money, or expertise to do so.
Qumulo employs 150 people and recently made a few key hires. In November it brought on tech industry vet Eric Scollard as its vice president of worldwide sales, and in February it hired Amazon and Chef veteran Jay Wampold as its vice president of marketing."|
25 April 2017
Annual General Meeting ("AGM") Statement
GlobalData announces that at its AGM today the following statements will be made by the Chairman:-
New Banking Facilities
As announced on 19 April 2017, we have negotiated new banking facilities with The Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Bank of Ireland. A new five year facility replaces the Group's current arrangements which were due to expire in July 2019. The new £75 million committed multi-currency facility includes a £30 million term loan, a £30 million acquisition revolving credit facility, a £15 million working capital revolving credit facility and a £25 million uncommitted accordion facility.
The new banking arrangements provide significant available liquidity for both general working capital requirements and where appropriate, the financing of further acquisitions.
We are very pleased to have received such strong support from both our existing bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and our new lenders.
Capital Markets Day
We will be holding a Capital Markets Day on 23 May 2017 at our offices for analysts and accredited institutional investors. In a series of presentations, GlobalData will focus on its sales and marketing strategy and will provide live demonstrations of its product offering. For the avoidance of doubt, no new material trading or financial information will be disclosed.
Kelsey van Musschenbroek and Mark Freebairn
I should also like to express my thanks to Kelsey van Musschenbroek and Mark Freebairn, who are stepping down today, for their help and hard work and for their years of service. I also welcome our recently appointed non-executive directors Annette Barnes and Andrew Day.
25 April 2017
Result of Annual General Meeting ("AGM")
GlobalData announces that, at the AGM of the Company held earlier today, all resolutions put to shareholders were duly passed.|
What Is Tesla Really Worth?--Heard on the Street
Dow Jones News
By Charley Grant
Tesla Inc. is valued as though it will soon conquer the U.S. auto market. Now, it has the small task of actually doing so.
Tesla shares have been unstoppable ahead of the Model 3 launch, having gained 40% this year. The upstart auto maker is more valuable than Ford and slightly less valuable than General Motors on a market cap basis. The crux of the excitement is the all-electric Model 3 sedan that Tesla says will start at $35,000. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
Tesla now trades at 271 times projected 2018 adjusted earnings, according to FactSet. Ford and GM, in contrast, trade at less than seven and six times the 2018 estimate, respectively. Tesla gets that valuation because it is expected to upend the auto industry, while earning big profits that would bring down the multiple.
But to actually earn enough profits to reduce Tesla's multiple to something in the realm of reasonable would require almost heroic assumptions. First, the basics: Say Tesla's valuation should be 10 times higher than GM and Ford's, and say Tesla's share price stays constant at about $300. That means Tesla would need to earn $4.29 a share in 2018, which equals $700 million in total net income, assuming the current share count doesn't change.
For perspective, Tesla sold about 76,000 cars in 2016 and lost $675 million on sales of $7 billion.
Now the assumptions: CEO Elon Musk forecasts Tesla can produce 500,000 cars in 2018, while analysts, a bullish lot, peg the number of deliveries at 302,000. Let's say the delivery number is 380,000. Pencil in an average selling price of $50,000 -- Tesla will still be selling high-priced Model S and Model X vehicles along with the Model 3. That scenario yields just under $21 billion in automotive revenue. Add another $2 billion in sales from its residential solar and energy businesses.
Tesla has never generated a positive operating margin for a full year, but assume it gets savings on battery costs and realizes economies of scale. If Tesla gets the same 5.4% operating margin that GM and Ford averaged last year, it would generate operating income of $1.1 billion. Subtract $200 million for interest expense and tax the remainder at 25%: The result is $700 million in net income, giving Tesla a multiple roughly 10 times bigger than GM and Ford.
To get there, the company would have to quintuple the number of cars it sells, earn margins equivalent to those of its highly efficient competitors and not sell new shares. Tweak any of these variables -- lower sales, lower margin, lower selling price -- and Tesla doesn't come close to earning enough to get to 10 times the multiple of its bigger rivals by the end of 2018.
Valuation has never mattered before for Tesla's investors and it may not matter at the end of next year. Shareholders may be willing to wait five years instead of two for Tesla to generate big profits, or they may continue to figure that valuation doesn't matter for a game-changer like Tesla.
Tesla's cars have always outshone its financials. That needs to change soon for its valuation to make sense.|
UK is capital of Europe for fintech unicorns
19 April 2017 • 7:00pm
The UK dominates the European financial technology industry, with figures showing it boasts more billion-dollar fintech companies than the rest of the continent put together.
Britain houses four fintech “unicorns” - companies valued at $1bn (£780m) or more - with a combined valuation of $18.5bn, according to a report by the technology investment bank GP Bullhound.
This compares to two in the rest of Europe, which are worth $4.6bn between them. London has emerged as Europe’s fintech capital in recent years, with a swell of high-profile start-ups attempting to shake up the financial sector.
However, the report showed that both Europe and the US are lagging behind China as a hub for fintech. Funding to Asian fintech companies surged to $7.1bn last year, more than in the US and Europe between them. Investors put $4.6bn into American fintech firms against $1.4bn in Europe.
Globally, fintech investment grew slightly to $13.6bn, although there was a decrease in the number of investments from 942 to 840.
China, which is more underserved by the traditional financial system and has looser regulations than in Europe and the US, counts 13 fintech unicorns with a combined value of $112.3bn.
They include Ant Financial, a spin-off from the Chinese retail giant Alibaba, which is valued at around $60bn, and Lufax, the giant peer-to-peer lender.
“What’s driving them is a huge underserved market for consumers and small businesses with only very limited access to traditional financial services,” said GP Bullhound’s Carl Wessberg. “China has a slightly more open-market driven approach [to fintech], it’s slightly less regulated.”
British fintech companies mentioned by GP Bullhound include Markit, the financial information company, the money transfer firm Transferwise and peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle.
Last week, Mark Carney warned fintech firms that the Bank of England may have to step in with regulations if they threaten to disrupt the financial system.
“The challenge for policymakers is to ensure that fintech develops in a way that maximises the opportunities and minimises the risks for society,” the Bank’s Governor said.|
|The Group derives around 61% of revenues in currencies other than Sterling
Final Results For The Year Ended 31 December 2016
27 February 2017
5. Foreign exchange impact on revenues
The Group derives around 61% of revenues in currencies other than Sterling, which since 23 June 2016 has depreciated against all the Group's major trading currencies and in particular the US Dollar and Euro. The impact of exchange rate movements on our revenues for 2016 was somewhat muted as the Group derives a significant proportion of its revenues from annual subscription contracts whereby revenues are crystallised and amortised at the exchange rate at date of invoice. Consequently a significant proportion of our reported revenues were booked at rates prevailing prior to the 23 June 2016. The benefit of exchange rate movements to reported revenues for 2016 was £2.2m, which accounts for 3.7% of our year on year growth.
6. Foreign exchange impact on costs and Adjusted EBITDA
In Sterling terms, circa 57% of our costs are denominated in currencies other than Sterling. Costs are translated as they are incurred at the prevailing exchange rate. Thus, adverse movements in exchange rates have an immediate impact on our earnings. The effect of exchange rate movements on our cost base was to increase our operating costs for 2016 by 5.1% or £2.5m.
The net effect (revenue benefit less cost impact) on Adjusted EBITDA was a decrease of £0.3m.|
|liquidity to fund potential future acquisitions
19 April 2017
New Banking Facilities
GlobalData (the "Group") is pleased to announce a new £75.0 million, 5 year, committed banking facility. The committed facility consists of a £30.0 million term loan to replace the existing facilities held with The Royal Bank of Scotland, plus a revolving credit facility of £45.0 million. In addition to the committed £75.0 million, the Group will also have available a £25.0 million accordion facility providing significant additional funding capability for future investment.
The banking arrangements provide the Group with significant available liquidity to fund potential future acquisitions. The facilities have been provided by The Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Bank of Ireland.
Commenting on the new facilities, Bernard Cragg, Executive Chairman said:
"The new facilities provide the Group with enhanced liquidity which gives us greater flexibility to look at potential acquisitions in the future. We are very pleased to have received such strong support from both our existing bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and our new lenders."|
AutoNation CEO: Tesla Might be 'One of the Great Ponzi Schemes of All Time'
By Mike Spector and Christina Rogers
Published April 11, 2017
"The head of the U.S.'s largest car-dealership chain called Tesla Inc.'s market value "inexplicable," a day after investors pushed the Silicon Valley auto maker ahead of General Motors Co.
Tesla "is either one of the great Ponzi schemes of all time" or will eventually work out for investors, said AutoNation Inc. Chief Executive Mike Jackson during an interview at a New York automotive event held by J.D. Power and the National Automobile Dealers Association on Tuesday.
Mr. Jackson, among the auto industry's more outspoken executives, called Tesla overvalued and GM undervalued at roughly $33 a share, arguing the former will continue to struggle to make money selling electric vehicles despite a loyal following.
Competition would eventually lead to a correction to the Palo Alto, Calif., company's market value, he said. GM and other auto makers are investing billions of dollars in electric vehicles that are set to hit showrooms in coming years.
A Tesla spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request to comment.
Tesla briefly leapfrogged GM as the most valuable auto maker in the U.S. on Monday when the company's stock price surged to $313.73, valuing it at $51.17 billion. Tesla last week also surpassed Ford Motor Co. in market value."|
|Mass uptake of electric vehicles is set to happen in China first
Ford Plans Electric Vehicles In China
Moss, Trefor. Wall Street Journal, Eastern edition; New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]07 Apr 2017: B.1.
SHANGHAI -- Ford Motor Co. said it would start building electric cars in China to tap into a state-sponsored boom in green-energy vehicles.
In doing so, the Detroit-based company signaled that it had swallowed industry concerns about bringing proprietary electric-car technology to China, despite misgivings among foreign auto makers about intellectual-property protection in the world's largest auto market.
"It's manifest destiny" for foreign car makers to get past those fears and start building electric cars in China, said Bill Russo, managing director of Gao Feng Advisory, a Shanghai consulting firm.
Mass uptake of electric vehicles is set to happen in China first, he said, "and none of those companies can afford not to be relevant to the future of their industry."
Ford's local joint venture, Changan Ford Automobile Co., will start building the Mondeo Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle in China next year, with a new all-electric sport-utility vehicle set to follow within five years, the company said Thursday.
Electric powertrains will be manufactured in China by 2020, and by 2025 all of Changan Ford's vehicles will come in electrified versions, it said.
"The time is right for Ford to expand our EV lineup and investments in China," said Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields.
China is already the world's largest market for electric vehicles, with over half a million electric or hybrid cars sold there last year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
The government is encouraging them by heavily subsidizing electric cars.
Local authorities have also set ambitious targets for electrifying bus and taxi fleets over the next few years, and for the rollout of electric-vehicle charging facilities.
There could be as many as 32 million new-energy vehicles in China by 2025, according to Gao Feng Advisory, a total that is likely to be a substantial share of the global fleet, with the increase in electric vehicles in the U.S. and Europe happening more slowly.
While most gasoline-powered cars sold in China are built by foreign auto makers operating through joint ventures, almost all of the electric cars sold in China last year were made by Chinese companies operating without foreign involvement.|
|Well, I must admit that this surprises me.
"Tesla surpassed US motor pioneer Ford in market value"
Tesla shares hit all-time high on upbeat deliveries
Monday, 3 April, 2017
"Tesla, the upstart electric carmaker, surpassed US motor pioneer Ford in market value on Monday, as investors look to a future beyond the internal combustion engine.
Shares of Tesla, founded in 2003, rose 7.3 per cent to a market capitalisation of $48.7bn, gliding past the 100-year-old Ford, whose shares fell 1.7 per cent after disappointing March sales results to a market value of $45.3bn.
While it is symbolic for a Silicon Valley start-up to surpass the valuation of a company that helped make motor cars ubiquitous in early 20th century America, car market analysts point out that Tesla achieved the feat based on global deliveries of only 76,000 cars last year, compared with Ford’s global sales in 2016 of 6.6m.
“The stock market has always treated Ford like an industrial stock while Tesla has been considered a tech stock,” said Michelle Krebs of Autotrader.com.
“Let’s remember: Ford earns money, lots of it. Tesla does not. The real test for Tesla comes when it launches the Model 3, the high-volume, mainstream-priced electric vehicle that is supposed to help the company achieve profitability.”
While Tesla’s stock market value surpassed Ford’s for the first time, the electric carmaker had already surpassed its rival in terms of the broader measure of enterprise value.
Based on enterprise value — a more complete measure of companies’ respective values, since it takes account of their net debt or net cash positions — Tesla is worth just under $60bn, while Ford is worth $39.1bn."|
|94% of video ads are viewed on television
Twitter targets tie-ups with pay-TV broadcasters in live video push
2 April 2017 • 11:40pm
Twitter is seeking to ink deals with pay-TV companies that would let subscribers watch live channels over the social network as part of a major video push.
The move raises the possibility of full Premier League football games and TV series appearing on Twitter for the first time as the troubled company looks for new ways to grow users.
Under mooted deals with broadcasters such as Sky and BT, or equivalents in other countries like ESPN, customers who already have TV subscriptions would be able to link their subscriptions with their Twitter account, giving them access to paid-for channels within the Twitter app.
It means that users could watch live Premier League games or TV premieres on Twitter, at the same time as reading and posting tweets about what they are watching.
Twitter has been heavily pushing into live TV in recent months. Last year it signed a deal with ESPN to stream Wimbledon matches, as well as buying NFL American football rights. It also livestreamed Sky Sports coverage of the football transfer window’s final day in January.
But Twitter is prevented from showing sports events such as the Premier League on the social network because broadcasting rights are fiercely protected by TV companies. Having users log in with their subscription details would fix this by only letting paying subscribers to watch.
Twitter is often at its busiest during a major TV event such as a football game or popular series, and the company’s own push into live TV is an attempt to merge the two experiences.
Live TV events to date have been presented within the Twitter app as a video at the top of the screen with tweets about the event appearing beneath it.
“Bringing the video forward [onto Twitter itself] allows us to give the consumer on one screen the things they’re talking about and [a] timeline of the best tweets on Twitter at that moment in time,” Anthony Noto, the company’s chief operating officer, told the Telegraph.
“We would love to have the Premier League… we would love to have live games and we'll continue to try to find creative ways to get there.”
Twitter, which has struggled to attract new users and has made continual losses, is pushing into video as a way of both increasing revenues and attracting more people to the social network.|
|A few recent positive tweets from Andrew Neil.
Foreign direct investment in the UK rose sharply in the final quarter 2016 to £110 billion, the highest level since 2014.
12:37 am - 1 Apr 2017
Current account deficit fell from 5.3% to 2.4% GDP, lowest since 2012; biggest quarterly decline since records began in 1955.
12:35 am - 1 Apr 2017
UK current account deficit improved by largest amount on record -- deficit fell to £12 billion in Q4 2016 v £25.7 billion in Q3.
12:33 am - 1 Apr 2017|
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If TV Is So Dead, Why Is It Smashing YouTube And Facebook?
by Sean Hargrave, Staff Writer, March 10, 2017
"It's that time again when those who write off traditional channels such as television get a rude awakening. We have all been at those conferences where someone stands up and tells us what dinosaurs we are for not "getting" that everyone has moved on from the channels we grew up with and to get down with the kids, you have to be social, or on a messaging app.
So for anyone who needs to be able to fire back with some common sense backed up by a bunch of statistics, we have the latest figures from Thinkbox. They make for very interesting reading. Far from being on its last legs, in the UK, 94% of video ads are viewed on television. This breaks down as live tv (85.7%), playback tv (6.5%) or broadcaster video on demand (1.6%).
Pretty dominant, eh? And that position is underscored by YouTube accounting for less than 1%. Online video ads, by the way, including auto play, and account for just over 5%. If you're wondering about what timespan these are percentages for, the average person consumes twenty minutes of video advertising each day, while the average Millennial consumes 13.
If we turn our attention to video consumption, which I guess we could refer to as attention, television once again does very well with a 60% share. When you add a further 10% for playback tv and 4% for broadcaster video on demand, that's pretty much three-quarters of all video consumption happening on television. Take it another step and add in 4% for Netflix-style subscriber services and we're up to 80% (admittedly, some of that Netflix and broadcaster VOD may be on a device).
By way of contrast, YouTube gets just 6.4%, Facebook 1.7% and other online video sources 4%, so that's around 12% between them. This is actually smaller than the proportion of people who are watching catch-up tv and broadcaster video on demand. Again, if you're wondering about video viewing time, the average UK person watches just over four and a half hours of video per day and the average Millennial just under three and a half hours."|
Banner Year for Newly Named GlobalData
February 27 2017
Business information firm GlobalData Plc (previously PDM) has announced final results for the calendar year 2016, including group revenues passing £100m - including organic growth of 24% and the effect of major acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 71% to £20.6m.
Originally an ISP, themutual.net (later TMN), the company was acquired in 2009 via a reverse takeover by Progressive Digital Media Ltd (PDM), whose name it took. It also moved away from the ISP model towards a focus on information services. The company, which is chaired by Datamonitor founder Mike Danson, bought GlobalData Holding Ltd a year ago and has since become GlobalData Plc.
The last year's results reflect the acquisitions of a number of consumer-oriented businesses from Datamonitor last summer (Datamonitor Financial, Datamonitor Consumer, MarketLine and Verdict) from Informa Plc for a combined £25m; and of healthcare specialist GlobalData Holding, completed in January 2016. The two acquisitions have given the group broad coverage across these three sectors, while the latter of them has added 'management and operational scale' in North America, the firm says.
Reported revenue increased 65% to £100.0m. Executive Chairman Bernard Cragg comments: 'The business has performed well over the past year, achieving record levels of both reported and deferred revenues. We have combined three businesses to create a leading global business information company. Our results for the year's trading are encouraging, more so given that for much of the year we focused on integrating the businesses and creating a strong global platform. We are now leveraging this platform to drive significant growth and profitability'.
Cragg says the group aims to continue strong organic growth, and make acquisitions that are strategic and earnings accretive, including 'small bolt-on acquisitions that either broaden our offering or extend our client reach in an existing market'.
GlobalData has also announced board changes, with Kelsey van Musschenbroek (retirement) and Mark Freebairn due to depart as NEDs, and replacements appointed in Annette Barnes - currently a Managing Director and CEO of Lloyds Private Banking Ltd (subject to regulatory approval), and Andrew Day, Chief Data Officer for J Sainsbury Plc.
Web site: www.globaldata.com.|
GlobalData starts new era with a bang
GlobalData's (DATA) bold mission to present consumer, healthcare and information communications technology customers with a single platform capable of "decoding" future market trends quicker than peers sounds almost too good to be true. Based on its performance in 2016, the group, formerly known as Progressive Digital Media, appears to be delivering on those promises.
The Aim-traded business information specialist began the year by changing its name to reflect the coming together of three businesses under its wing. The upshot of this new direction, created by a series of transformative acquisitions, was revenue hitting £100m and a 71 per cent rise in adjusted cash profit to £21m.
Encouragingly, nearly a quarter of sales were generated organically, while the weak pound only contributed £2.2m to the top line - most of GlobalData's 61 per cent foreign revenue was booked at pre-Brexit vote levels. Investors, who sent the shares up 3 per cent on results day, were also impressed by a 57 per cent rise in deferred sales to £46m and a 0.8 percentage point widening of the group's adjusted cash profit margin to 20.6 per cent. Management expects profit to continue growing as it creates further synergies from previous acquisitions.
House broker N+1 Singer forecasts 2017 adjusted pre-tax profit of £20.6m and EPS of 13.6p, up from £17.7m and 11.9p in 2016.
GlobalData's improved visibility, high potential and better-quality earnings don't come cheap. The shares, which have soared 140 per cent over the past 12 months, now trade at 44 times forecast earnings. Back to hold.
Last IC view: Buy, 249p, 4 Mar 2016
By Daniel Liberto,
28 February 2017|
GlobalData Plc (AIM:DATA): Does Low Debt-Load Make It A Financially Strong Company?
March 7, 2017
Companies with small market capitalization such as GlobalData Plc (AIM:DATA), while they can deliver high growth, financial strength is the deciding element in their long-term existence. A low debt-load—debt-to-equity ratio of 35.7% may have investors believing that the company is financially strong. However, financial strength also depends on how operating cash flows and earnings stack up against debt.
One of the major reasons that they are highly affected by a downturn in the country’s economy or an industry in the region is the lack of geographic diversification. So, investors often choose small-cap funds. While savvy investors aren’t wrong in looking for singular blockbuster opportunities and trying to achieve diversification on their own by allocating a small part of their portfolio capital to small-caps, that doesn’t make these investments less risky individually. However, to help you reduce that risk, I’m going to provide you with few basic aspects other than debt-to-equity ratio to gauge a ballpark estimate on how financially strong is the company.
Has GlobalData got enough cash to weather a storm?
Despite low debt, for GlobalData to continue operations during a downturn, it needs a sound liquidity position. When evaluating financial strength, I compare a company’s current assets (cash and liquid assets) to its total debt. DATA’s short-term assets (£50M) cover its total debt (£32M), so the company’s debt is not a major concern during adverse circumstances
Does DATA net enough to cover its debt-costs?
A different way of looking at financial health is to compare DATA’s earnings and interest-obligations. While both these numbers are taken from the income statement, they are important in understanding a company’s financial condition. Earnings at least 5x larger than it’s interest payments indicates sound financial strength as a company earns way more than its debt obligations, minimizing the risk of defaulting on its debt. In DATA’s case, the interest on debt is not strongly covered (ideally 5x) by earnings (earnings are 1.2x annual interest expense).
Along with a low-debt-load, GlobalData also generates healthy operating cash flows. But the company’s earnings compared to its interest costs are still not at a level ideally expected from a financially strong company. Now when you know whether you should keep the debt in mind as a risk factor when putting together your investment thesis, I recommend you check out our latest free analysis report on GlobalData to see what are DATA’s growth prospects and whether it could be considered an undervalued opportunity.|
|Amazon said it is adding safeguards to prevent server capacity from falling too quickly
Sounds like a good idea.
Amazon Finds the Cause of Its AWS Outage: A Typo
Thursday 2 March 2017
By Laura Stevens
Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday blamed human error for an outage at its cloud-services unit that caused widespread disruption to internet traffic across the U.S. earlier this week.
In a post on its website, Amazon said the outage started with a typo at Amazon's North Virginia data centers Tuesday.
An employee trying to speed up the company's S3 cloud-storage billing system tried to take a few servers offline. The employee mistyped the command, however, affecting more servers than intended, which led to a cascade of failures that ultimately knocked out S3 and other Amazon services. It also took longer than expected to restart certain services, Amazon said.
Amazon said it is adding safeguards to prevent server capacity from falling too quickly or below a minimum level.
Amazon Web Services, the largest global seller of cloud infrastructure, has more than a million users. The hourslong outage Tuesday disabled and slowed apps and websites from a wide section of U.S. companies, including Quora Inc., Slack Technologies Inc. and Medium.com Inc.
The AWS outage cost companies in the S&P 500 index $150 million, according to Cyence Inc., a startup that specializes in estimating cyberrisks. Apica Inc., a website-monitoring company, said 54 of the internet's top 100 retailers saw website performance slow by 20% or more.|
|GlobalData's share price has roughly tripled over the past year.|
|Remember the dot com bubble..lastminute.com|
Snapchat stock soars in Wall Street debut
by Seth Fiegerman
March 2, 2017: 11:25 AM ET
"Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, began trading at $24 a share on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, a 40% increase over its IPO price.
At that price, Snap now has a market valuation of about $33 billion.
The company priced its initial public offering at $17 a share Wednesday, above its previously proposed range of $14 to $16 a share. Snap is the biggest U.S. tech IPO since Facebook in 2012. In fact, Snap is now worth about three times as much as Twitter's current market cap.
Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, Snap's 20-something cofounders and newly minted billionaires, rang the opening bell. The floor of the exchange featured Snap's ghost logo and its quirky smiling yellow vending machines that dispense sunglasses.
"The demand for the Snap IPO has been very, very strong," says Jeff Zell, an analyst with IPO Boutique, a research firm. There was enough investor interest for Snap to raise its IPO price more, according to Zell, but it likely wanted to see the stock pop on the first day.
Investors are flocking to buy up Snap shares even with some significant red flags.
The young company saw user growth slow to a halt in the final months of last year, according to its original IPO filing last month. The slowdown coincided with Facebook's Instagram launching a Snapchat copycat feature.
In the filing, Snap repeatedly said its user numbers and engagement "can be lumpy and unpredictable" -- or the opposite of what Wall Street typically prefers.
Snap only began making money two years ago and is still struggling to turn a profit. The company suffered losses of $515 million in 2016, up from a loss of $373 million the year before."|
|the cloud is getting increasingly more reliable over time
Amazon failure disrupts hundreds of thousands of websites
SEC and key Apple services hit by outage of web services platform
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
A widespread technical failure at Amazon Web Services hit hundreds of thousands of websites on Tuesday, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission and certain key Apple services, highlighting how the cloud company has become part of the backbone of the internet.
The failure, which began around 9:45am Pacific Time, lasted for more than four hours and centred around Amazon’s simple storage service, which is one of its most widely used features and a cornerstone for many web applications.
The outage temporarily blocked videos on Netflix and on Amazon’s own website, and caused sites such as Expedia, Slack and Snapchat to function poorly or not at all. Apple, which uses AWS, reported widespread technical problems at the same time, including with its App store, Apple Music and iCloud back-up.
“People are sort of realising how much of the internet relies on Amazon,” said Dave Bartoletti, an analyst at Forrester.
He added that AWS reliability was still considered to be high despite the outage. “This is not a trend in my view, the cloud is getting increasingly more reliable over time,” he said.
The fact that Amazon was able to identify the problem within two hours suggested that the problem was most likely a software glitch, said Mr Bartoletti. Amazon has not specified what caused the error.
Earlier in the day, the failure had even incapacitated AWS’s own services dashboard — making it impossible to display updates about which services had been affected — although this was subsequently fixed.
Amazon Web Services is the fastest-growing part of Amazon, with more than $12bn in revenues last year, and accounts for the majority of operating profits at the company. It is by far the largest public cloud provider in the US, with more than 10 times as much storage capacity as each of its nearest rivals, Microsoft and Google.
While AWS was an early leader in the cloud services market, it has had to contend with increasing competition from its US rivals, as well as competitors overseas such as AliCloud, which is owned by Alibaba.
AWS clients include the Central Intelligence Agency and dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including Deloitte, General Electric, Kellogg’s, Comcast and Condé Nast.
While the company often says that its reliability is greater than 99.99 per cent, the widespread problems on Tuesday underscore how an outage in one area can quickly ripple across the internet.|
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