Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced signing a new whole-of-government deal with the Commonwealth of Australia, allowing all federal, state, and territory agencies and departments, as well as public universities and government-controlled corporations, to access AWS Cloud services.The arrangement comes by way of a "simplified procurement model" that AWS said allows agencies to save costs from the day they sign up, due to the economies of scale.The terms of the deal between AWS and the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) were not disclosed. The DTA in July 2018 awarded a AU$1.1 billion contract to IBM for whole-of-government IT.A statement from newly minted Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said the new whole-of-government volume sourcing agreement with AWS will bring additional savings for government and taxpayers."Government agencies regularly engage AWS services, each with separate contracts. The new arrangement represents an opportunity to provide cost reductions … [Read more...] about Amazon Web Services scores Australia-wide government cloud deal
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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.
Olivia Oran, provided by Published 6:18 am PST, Saturday, February 23, 2019 Dear Readers, I hope everyone checks their Nikes before their weekend workouts...the sneaker explosion heard round the world was definitely the craziest story of the week (not to mention that the sportswear giant's market cap shed $1 billion in market value the next day). If you're new to the Wall Street Insider newsletter, you can sign up here. And if you're an existing Prime subscriber, please take our reader survey here. While not as dramatic as #shoegate, I was shocked by takeaways from some recent housing data analyzed by BI's Tanza Loudenback. Much has been written that millennials don't want the "American dream" of their parents — a white picket fence and 2.5 kids in the suburbs. They're putting off things like marriage and home ownership because they're too burdened by student debt (not to mention they've spent all their money on avocado toast). But in fact, the … [Read more...] about Bloomberg gets into alt data; Millennials are taking over the mortgage market; JPMorgan is hot on the cloud
Special Feature The Art Of The Hybrid Cloud Cloud computing is insatiably gobbling up more of the backend services that power businesses. But, some companies have apps with privacy, security, and regulatory demands that preclude the cloud. Here's how to find the right mix of public cloud and private cloud. Read More The top cloud providers for 2019 have maintained their positions, but the themes, strategies, and approaches to the market are all in flux. The infrastructure-as-a-service wars have been largely decided, with the spoils going to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, but new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have opened the field up to other players. Meanwhile, the cloud computing market in 2019 will have a decidedly multi-cloud spin, as the hybrid shift by players such as IBM, which is acquiring Red Hat, could change the landscape. This year's edition of the top cloud computing providers also features … [Read more...] about Top cloud providers 2019: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud; IBM makes hybrid move; Salesforce dominates SaaS
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