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Cloud, Compiled - Issue #32

Cloud, Compiled
Cloud, Compiled - Issue #32
By Mike Maney • Issue #32 • View online
Surprise! Germany’s new “sovereign cloud” won’t be so sovereign after all. Plus, Databricks’ sky-high valuation reveals the swift ascent of multicloud.

Topline: Europe’s winding quest for cloud independence hits a detour
  • Europe has been buzzing with talks of cloud sovereignty since plans to build an independent cloud network called Gaia-X were revealed. The goal? To avoid relying on foreign providers for their services. Well, so much for that—Germany just announced that Google will spearhead this “sovereign cloud” project. Under the new $1.2 billion agreement, German IT services provider T-Systems would serve as the go-between, handling customers’ data and scrutinizing Google’s software updates. Still, the arrangement is a far cry from Europe’s original independent cloud ambitions. And here’s the kicker: a previous deal involving T-Systems and a major U.S. cloud provider wasn’t exactly a success, setting the bar low for this latest effort.
By the numbers:
  • $38 billion: That’s the current valuation of Databricks—the fourth-largest among privately held U.S. companies. ICYMI: Databricks provides software to analyze data across different cloud vendors. Its rapid growth demonstrates the continued rise and popularity of multicloud architectures.
What you need to know: 
  • Amazon’s consulting partners revealed to Business Insider that it’s getting more difficult to thrive in the behemoth’s ecosystem. This comes less than a month after current and former AWS employees shared that the company’s salespeople have snooped on their cloud partners’ client data and have even stolen partners’ deals. 
  • Big buys in the cloud world this week: Accenture shared plans to acquire consultancy Benext in an effort to grow its Accenture Cloud First capabilities and provide better support for users across a multi-cloud network. Meanwhile DigitalOcean moved to buy Nimbella, a serverless platform provider.
  • Cloud native tools like microservices, containers, and APIs play an integral role in app development automation, but adopting a cloud native model requires more than just technology. It requires a DevOps “cultural change,” writes Red Hat’s senior solutions architect Erica Langhi.
In the Twittersphere:
  • Sven Sakkov, Ambassador to Finland, Estonia (@sakkov): Have a look at this. Really important initiative is shaping up at @TallinnSummit. It is about cooperation among democratic nations in ensuring future standards and principles of our digital infrastructure. 
  • RT (@EstonianGovt): Read the full opening speech by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas from here: https://valitsus.ee/en/news/opening-speech-prime-minister-estonia-kaja-kallas-tallinn-digital-summit-2021 #TDS2021 #TrustedConnectivity
  • Lydia Leong, VP and Analyst, Gartner (@cloudpundit): People generally choose preferred cloud providers today based on strategic alignment, not on a feature-by-feature comparison. Unique differentiations (not captured by a scorecard intended for multivendor evaluation) is also a significant factor. /fin
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