The Competition

Microsoft squeezes a 2019 server out of the Azure DevOps pipeline – The Register – Microsoft has emitted the first release candidate for the on-premises version of Azure DevOps in the form of Azure DevOps Server 2019.

How AWS has become harder to predict and to beat– TechRepublic – AWS used to be reasonably predictable in its public cloud focus. As AWS remembers its customer-centric mantra, it’s more difficult to know what the company will do next, and even harder to compete.

New Leadership At Google Cloud Makes Alphabet An Even Better Cloud Bet Vs. IBM And Oracle – Seeking Alpha– Kurian’s 20+ years oversee of Oracle’s cloud, database, middleware, and applications software will put Google at a strategic advantage to win Oracle customers eager to flee its death grip.

Recent News

AWS Growth will “Bounce Around” as Azure Nips at Heels – Computer Business Review – Dominant cloud provider Amazon’s third quarter results have revealed that AWS revenue growth is being outstripped by Microsoft Azure.

Strong Cloud Growth Continues to Drive Microsoft Higher – The Motley Fool – Growth was strong across all segments, but Azure was still the highlight.

Microsoft overtakes Amazon as second most valuable company in US – CRN Australia – Microsoft regained its spot as the second most valuable US company on Friday after a disappointing quarterly report from Amazon wiped US$65 billion off the online retailer’s market capitalisation.

Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison slams AWS for security, cost and performance – ComputerWorld UK – Ellison used his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld to criticise the cloud giant’s security, cost and performance

Oracle Makes A Case As Cloud Computing Provider – Seeking Alpha – Sometimes it’s good to be late. That’s the argument we’ve heard from quite a few technology companies that are tardy to a particular market.

Oracle’s Ellison On AWS, The Fundamental Problem With Cloud Security, And Deploying The ‘Star Wars Cyber Defense’ – CRN – Larry Ellison isn’t one to shy away from controversy—or avoid hyperbole. Here are some of his most eyebrow-raising statements from his OpenWorld keynote.

SWIFT to use Microsoft Azure for payments transfers – ZDNet – The companies are proving out a Microsoft Azure cloud-based solution for payments transfers conducted on the SWIFT network.

Google Cloud CTO Brian Stevens on using open source for competitive advantage in the public cloud – Computer Weekly – Google Cloud CTO Brian Stevens on how the enterprise cloud conversation is changing, and why not all supplier declarations about supporting open source technologies are quite what they seem

GitHub: Facebook’s PyTorch and Microsoft’s Azure have the fastest-growing open source projects – VentureBeat– Microsoft, Facebook, and Google’s TensorFlow maintain open source projects on GitHub with the largest number of contributors, according to the 2018 Octoverse report, a veritable State of the Union address by GitHub for the world’s community of developers.

How Azure became the place for open source in the cloud – InfoWorld – Microsoft has truly embraced open source, in a radical shift rare for a big company—and developers should be very happy

Fujitsu Kills International OpenStack Public Cloud Business; Embraces Microsoft Azure – Channele2e – Fujitsu is shutting down its worldwide K5 public cloud business outside of Japan, and will instead bet heavily on Microsoft Azure consulting services, according to The Register.

IBM ‘Winning’ With Hybrid Cloud, CFO Says – SDxCentral – IBM’s cloud revenue increased 22 percent during the third quarter led by customers implementing hybrid cloud.

Microsoft teams up with Huawei on hybrid all-flash Azure stack– CloudPro – Huawei’s infrastructure offers lower latency and performance for hybrid cloud customers

Atos and Google Cloud launch AI lab in London, to boost UK tech sector – Information Age– The Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries was at the launch of Atos and Google Cloud’s AI hub — which will help boost the UK’s technology sector

Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure – The Register – Volkswagen is plugging its cars – and your data – into a cloud built on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure to offer Secret-level enabled cloud services in 2019 – FedScoop – Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will greatly expand its government services offerings in early 2019, officials said Tuesday, including providing secret region capabilities for the Department of Defense. 

Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain Could Ease Enterprise Adoption by Eliminating Mining – BlockTelegraph – One obstacle standing in the way of blockchain adoption is the hesitancy on the part of enterprise level companies to dive head first into the deep end.

Google Cloud launches Cloud Identity as standalone service – ZDNet – Cloud Identity is built on Google’s BeyondCorp security model and previously sat within G Suite. The company is also moving to be more of an Okta competitor.

Google Cloud Highlights its GDPR Compliance at Next London 2018 – Computer Business Review– Google Cloud has detailed how its privacy and data handling has been bolstered by Europe’s recently enforced general data protection regulation (GRPR), which came into effect earlier this year.

A crypto investor will harness the computing power of developing countries’ devices for a new cloud service – Quartz – In the buzzy worlds of cryptocurrency and cloud computing, one Australian entrepreneur sees an overlooked opportunity—the idle computing power of devices in developing countries.

Azure Machine Learning: The Future of Machine Learning in the Cloud – MarkTechPost – Microsoft Azure is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution created by Microsoft.

Azure Content Delivery Network Is Now Generally Available – InfoQ – Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of the Azure CDN, allowing customers to deliver content from Microsoft’s global CDN network. The release was a follow up on the public preview last May.