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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Emerging cloud trends so far in 2019 Abby Kearns, executive director at Cloud Foundry Foundation, tells ZDNet's Tonya Hall about surfacing cloud trends we have seen so far in 2019. The cloud is now accepted by almost all CIOs as a standard way to procure systems and services simply and quickly. But as the cloud continues its apparently inexorable rise, how will on-demand IT continue to evolve through the next decade? Four experts give us their view on how to prepare for the future of the cloud. 1. Use the cloud as a platform for innovation Gregor Petri, research vice president at Gartner, says CIOs looking to embrace the cloud must go beyond lifting and shifting existing applications. Rather than thinking of the cloud as a place that runs today's applications, CIOs looking to the long-term use of the cloud should concentrate on disruption instead. "Focus on a much more applied level of functionality. Look for areas where you can use the cloud as a platform to create unique … [Read more...] about Cloud computing: What’s coming next and how you can help your business to prepare
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.
By John D. McKinnon WSJ Kate O’Keeffe WSJ Tues., Feb. 19, 2019 WASHINGTON—Pentagon lawyers filed a new motion Tuesday in the legal battle over a military cloud-computing contract worth up to $10 billion, marking a tactical shift that could signal more trouble for a procurement process which Amazon.com Inc. has been favored to win. In a sealed motion, lawyers representing the Defense Department asked federal judges to stay a lawsuit that Amazon rival Oracle Corp. filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging the procurement process had been unfairly skewed to favor Amazon. While the Pentagon’s motives weren’t immediately clear, the request for a stay could eventually lead to further delays or other hurdles in the procurement process. The Pentagon told the court its motion wasn’t opposed. The lack of opposition from Oracle suggests the motion could be in line with that company’s interests. The Oracle suit focuses on an … [Read more...] about Pentagon Cloud-Computing Contract Sought by Amazon Faces New Hurdle
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