Cloud computing continues to dominate the IT markets, with firms of all shapes and sizes embracing this relatively new form of computing.
With so much going on in this crowded market it can be hard to keep up, so V3 has rounded up some of the key stories from the week to help you keep abreast of developments.
HP has been touting its efforts to become a major cloud player for years, with acquisitions and investments to back up the talk.
However, confusion was caused this week when Bill Hilf, the head of HP’s cloud business, admitted it was never going to compete head-to-head with its major rivals - specifically Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google - in the public cloud space.
“We thought people would rent or buy computing from us,” he told the New York Times. “It turns out that it makes no sense for us to go head-to-head.”
This statement led to a flurry of speculation that the firm was turning its back on the public cloud market, although HP subsequently came out and said such claims were nonsense.
When news of the PRISM scandal broke in 2013 it was expected that cloud computing use would slow due to fears over how easily data could be accessed or spied on by US authorities.
However, analyst house Forrester has said that its initial assessment of the scale of this issue was overstated and that, while there has been a small dip in growth, demand for cloud among businesses remains strong.
Oracle continued its cloud push with the unveiling of six new retail-specific cloud offerings designed to help retailers update their software systems and provide more insight into everything from stock levels to customer personalisation and site searching.
In related Oracle news, the firm announced plans to open another data centre in Japan this year, aimed at meeting the needs of businesses in the country to ensure data remains in the nation, as reported by CloudHub.
HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) unveiled a pre-integrated rack system dedicated to providing scale-out object storage for private and public cloud deployments earlier in the week.
Available to order now, the HGST Active Archive System comprises servers, storage and networking, plus object storage software, all pre-integrated into a 42U rack for easy deployment into a customer's data centre.
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