A slew of industry experts say Amazon is prepping to take on FedEx and UPS. Amazon says its network is used only to move goods in-house to manage its quickly rising shipping costs. But its network of ocean freight containers, trailers, fulfillment centers, cargo planes, and more is so large that not even Amazon could fill it, analysts say. Amazon’s moves in logistics lines up with how it launched Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing solution, now the leader in a $175.8 billion market. Amazon announced the day after Christmas that it delivered an astounding one billion parcels over the holiday season “for free.” The complicated logistics network that allows Amazon to move goods from factory to ship to loading dock to train to truck to fulfillment center to van to your doorstep is in fact anything but free. Amazon’s worldwide shipping costs have grown 15-fold from 2009 to 2018. Net sales have only increased by … [Read more...] about Amazon took over the $176 billion market for cloud computing. Now it’s using the same playbook in logistics.
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Cloud-computing companies have a message for skittish investors: demand is still booming. Earnings reports from the biggest providers of internet-based computing services -- Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Alphabet Inc.'s Google -- showed that these companies are grabbing a larger share of business technology spending, defying warnings from some of their suppliers that a hot corner of the industry might be cooling off. The cloud giants entered the year facing questions about whether they could sustain their robust growth rates in an environment of uncertain global economic growth and investment. And at the start of fourth-quarter earnings season last month, investors got some worrying news from companies that sell the networking equipment and computer chips that go into the data centers that underpin the cloud. Intel Corp., Micron Technology Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc. were among those blaming lackluster results on slower spending by data-center customers.Now, investors … [Read more...] about Cloud-computing giants keep growing despite slowdown fears
Alibaba Cloud has opened its second data centre in Japan, doubling its capacity in the country where it is seeing growing demand for big data analytics with machine learning capabilities. The new facility runs on 25G network infrastructure, an upgrade from its original 10G network, and P100 card GPU-based GN5 Instance to process graphics for machine learning. Between the two local data centres, Alibaba said its cloud unit would be able to offer more than 50 services, including elastic computing, image search, database, networking, disaster recovery, and storage services. It added that these could cater to key sectors such as e-commerce, games, media, manufacturing, and Internet of Things. Alibaba takes more cloud products global, eyes APAC growth Chinese internet giant talks up new product releases such as Anti-Bot Service and its datacentre footprint in Asia-Pacific as key differentiators against cloud rivals, Amazon Web Services and Google. Its machine learning … [Read more...] about Alibaba Cloud opens second data centre in Japan
Alibaba's cloud computing unit has opened a second data centre in Indonesia, doubling its local capacity and pushing its global coverage to 55 availability zones across 19 regions. The launch comes 10 months after the Chinese vendor announced its first site in the Asean market last March and is part of a network of eight international datacentre regions in Asia-Pacific, including Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia. According to Alibaba, it is the only global public cloud provider to operate local data centres in Indonesia. Alibaba takes more cloud products global, eyes APAC growth Chinese internet giant talks up new product releases such as Anti-Bot Service and its datacentre footprint in Asia-Pacific as key differentiators against cloud rivals, Amazon Web Services and Google. Its machine learning specialist also urges need for governments looking to build smart cities, such as Singapore, to ensure its citizens benefit from such initiatives. Read More The two … [Read more...] about Alibaba Cloud doubles capacity in Indonesia with second data centre
Video: Cloud storage - your best optionsWhat is cloud computing, in simple terms?Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services -- from applications to storage and processing power -- typically over the internet and on a pay-as-you-go basis. How does cloud computing work?Rather than owning their own computing infrastructure or data centers, companies can rent access to anything from applications to storage from a cloud service provider. One benefit of using cloud computing services is that firms can avoid the upfront cost and complexity of owning and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, and instead simply pay for what they use, when they use it.In turn, providers of cloud computing services can benefit from significant economies of scale by delivering the same services to a wide range of customers. What cloud computing services are available?Cloud computing services cover a vast range of options now, from the basics of storage, networking, and processing power … [Read more...] about What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know about the cloud, explained