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December 10, 2019  11:29 AM

AWS Re:Invent 2019: The kids’ take on the public cloud’s biggest tech show

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, AWS ( Amazon Web Services ), Skills

Official estimates suggest 65,000 people made the trek out to Las Vegas this year for the 2019 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Re:Invent user and developer conference, and among them were five tech-savvy teenagers from Hertfordshire-based boarding school, Bishop’s Stortford College. The quintet were...

February 2, 2018  12:21 PM

Cloud billing: Cutting through the complexity

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, cloud, Google, IaaS

In this guest post, Kat Lee, data analyst at service provider Cloudreach, shares some best practice on cloud billing to help enterprises cut costs. IT cost control and management is a hot topic of debate in enterprises, seeking to drive down the cost of operational...

January 4, 2018  3:32 PM

OpenStack vs the rest of the public cloud: Where next from here?

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Private Cloud, Public Cloud

In this guest post, Rob Greenwood, technical director at Manchester-based cloud and DevOps consultancy Steamhaus weighs up the pros and cons of using OpenStack over other public cloud platforms. Just over a year ago, Cisco...

December 4, 2017  8:34 AM

AWS Re:Invent 2017 reviewed: The four product announcements tech teams need to know about

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Amazon, AWS, Cloud Computing

In this guest post, Jon Topper, CTO of DevOps consultancy, The Scale Factory, flags his four favourite announcements from Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) week-long Re:Invent partner and customer conference, which took place last week in Las Vegas.

March 6, 2017  12:54 PM

Amazon S3 outage: Acknowledging the role humans play in keeping the cloud going

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
amazon s3, AWS, Cloud outages

The Amazon cloud storage outage provides a neat reminder about the role humans continue to play in the delivery of online services, but - when things go wrong - end-user sympathy for the plight of the engineers involved is often in short supply, writes Caroline...

December 9, 2016  1:17 PM

Enterprise evolution: How the cloud conversation is changing

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, CIO, cloud

As 2016 draws to a close, Ahead in the Clouds looks at how enterprise attitudes to cloud have changed over the last 12 months. At the first Amazon Web Services...

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March 18, 2016  11:32 AM

What Apple, Dropbox and Spotify’s shifting cloud strategies really mean for AWS

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Apple, AWS, Cloud Computing, customer story, Google

Amazon Web Services (AWS) celebrated its 10th anniversary on 14 March, having devoted the past decade...

November 13, 2015  10:04 AM

How green is your datacentre?

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Apple, AWS, Cloud Computing, Google, Green energy, Guest Post, Renewable

In this guest post, Dominic Ward, vice president of corporate and business development at datacentre provider Verne Global, explains why the green power commitments of the tech...

September 18, 2015  4:34 PM

The enterprise benefits of making machine learning tools accessible to all

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, Business strategy, Cloud Computing, Machine learning

In this guest post, Mike Weston, CEO of data science consultancy Profusion, discusses how Amazon's cloud-based push to democratise machine learning sets to benefit the enterprise.

Machine learning is the creation of algorithms that can...

July 2, 2015  4:04 PM

Uber’s success suggests enterprises need to think like startups about cloud

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
AWS, Cloud Computing, Developers, EMC, Enterprise, Gartner, Google, start-ups

Cloud-championing CIOs love to bang on about how ditching on-premise technologies helps liberate IT departments, as it means they can spend less time propping up servers and devote more to developing apps and services that will propel the business forward. 

It's a shift...

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