Inside Cloud - February 26th, 2018

Inside Cloud (Feb 26th, 2018)

Apple in Google Cloud / Dropbox / GTT / SAP

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Apple confirmed that it uses Google’s public cloud to store iCloud data. While the partnership has been rumored for more than a year, it was not until Apple updated its iOS Security guide on its website last month that provided final confirmation. The latest update doesn't indicate whether Apple is using any Google cloud services other than core storage of "objects" like photos and videos. The document also doesn't make it clear when Apple started storing data in Google's cloud. It also officially adds to Google’s roster of cloud computing customers, alongside Snap, PayPal and Spotify. -CNBC

Dropbox publicly filed for an IPO on Friday after confidentially filing late last year. The cloud storage company listed an initial offering size of $500 million in its filings with the SEC. That number, though, is often a placeholder that changes as companies get closer to their sale date. Dropbox is expected to seek a public valuation of about $7 billion to $8 billion, making it the largest tech IPO since Snap in March 2017, but a far cry from its private valuation in 2014 of $10 billion. –USA TODAY

Cloud networking provider GTT Communications will buy Interroute for $2.3 billion. Virginia-based GTT, which has a market value of about $2.09 billion, said the deal would enhance its cloud connectivity platform with the addition of 15 data centers, 17 virtual data centers and 51 colocation facilities. Interoute operates one of Europe’s largest independent fiber networks and that the deal would expand GTT’s network to interconnect 126 cities across 29 countries. -REUTERS

Cloud computing continues to “gobble” the telecom industry, the CEO of Nokia said. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Rajeev Suri said telecommunications operations have increasingly seen cloud operators like Google, Amazon and even Apple, take their traffic. “More and more traffic in the backbone of the Internet will be in the networks of web-scale companies, the Apple’s, Googles, Alibabas, Tencents, and others of the world," he said. "This is already under way and will only accelerate in the coming years." He said the growth in data center traffic will outstrip the growth of mobile data as data gets moved closer to the end user. -BARRONS

SAP will introduce a new consumption-based commercial model for customers configuring and using SAP Cloud Platform services. The new consumption model aims to make it easier to obtain cloud credits and provision cloud services from a centralized dashboard. On the transparency front, businesses will notice more detailed usage stats and analytics on their cloud credit consumption and balance. SAP also announced it has updated its SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS with new controls and tighter integration with the Xcode dev environment. -ZDNET

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