Cloud News Round Up February 26th
Microsoft Buys Two Japanese Bit Barn In an Effort to Expand Their Cloud Empire – The cloud may be ever present and accessible, provided that users have an Internet connection, but to make the process of connecting to the data a lot easier for their customers in Asia, Microsoft have now purchased two Japanese bit barns; Saitama Prefecture (Japan East) and Osaka Prefecture (Japan West). Thanks to this buy, Microsoft is able to strengthen the delivery of its cloud services around the world, following several other forays into key markets, including four facilities in the US, two in Europe and the two new Japanese companies rounds the number of its Asian facilities up to a total of four. In a statement, Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Cloud says that “These new regions will help fulfil the current and future needs of our cloud customers with secure and highly available services that help them grow their business” and as Microsoft has launched this in somewhat direct competition to Amazon and Google’s cloud offerings, it will be interesting to see how the three companies continue to compete next.
IBM Announces Plans to Further Expand into the Cloud Market – Using Pulse 2014 as the platform for its announcements, IBM have now announced their renewed commitment to the cloud sector, detailing further expansion into the market. The announcements follow statement from IBM in January explaining that they would be investing $1.2 billion into their cloud services this year. That money amounts to the following: 15 new data centres (to make a total of 40), expanding their cloud network worldwide and porting existing hardware and software asset to SoftLayer, in an effort to offer increased support. Not only this, but IBM also revealed that they are a founding member of the Cloud Foundry Organisation, in partnership with EMC, HP and several other members, to ensure that cloud technology is completely open. Erich Clementi, SVP of Global Technology Services at IBM also said that “Those companies that can succeed at exploiting data for business advantage will be the winners in the market”, so we can expect IBM to continue to do just that in the future.
Disney Launches Cloud Viewing Service – Perhaps the most unlikely company to get into cloud technology, given that their speciality is family friendly movies and animated TV shows, Disney has defied the odds by announcing plans to launch a cloud service of its own. To increase the likelihood that Disney fans will watch their films outside of the cinema, the streaming service will allow people to view Disney offerings via mobile or online viewing, in a move also said to increase digital sales as DVD sales drop. The service allows people to buy over 400 Disney titles via the Apple iTunes store and the Disney Movies Anywhere website and app, with purchased movies then able to be watched on a laptop, desktop computer, Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or Apple TV box. Disney also say that they are in talks with other retailers to offer the service outside of iTunes, so stay tuned for more information on that in the future.
By Jennifer Livingstone