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Inside Cloud (Jan 11th, 2019)

1. When Amazon officially enters the cloud gaming market the company will be a unique position: play catch up. While Amazon Web Services dominates the cloud market place, Microsoft – and to a lesser extent Google – have gotten a significant head start in providing video games through the cloud. Microsoft will start to test a cloud gaming offering this year and last year acquired PlayFab, a start-up that provides game developers with cloud-based tools. Google, for its part, has already started testing its service, Project Stream, although only to a limited number of users. –CNBC

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2. Microsoft Azure’s UK South storage region suffered an outage on Thursday just after noon. The outage came just a day after the company debuted its Azure Data Box Disk in the region. The problems began on Azure Storage, but later spread to App and Virtual Machines. The company did not have any outages in any other regions. The outage lasted for about four hours. Microsoft said a full Root Cause Analysis would be provided within 72 hours. –CLOUD PRO

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3. Exxon Mobile will be a founding partner of IBM’s new quantum computing network. In making the announcement, Exxon becomes the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network of Fortune 500 companies. The Q System One, IBM’s effort to make quantum computing available for commercial use, allows customers to connect to the system through the cloud. Exxon said it can use quantum computing could potentially provide it with capabilities to simulate nature and chemistry that it has never had before. –HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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4. Europe’s public cloud market is expected to grow 22 percent for the next three years, according to IDC. This is continued good news for companies like Amazon and Salesforce, who both continue to see strong growth in the European market, among other cloud firms. Europe has largely been seen about 18 to 24 months behind the United States when it comes to cloud migration. The lag is more about companies taking a cautious, pragmatic approach toward new technology that is culturally different than in other regions. –CNBC

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5. Things Remembered, a personalized gift company popular in shopping malls, has chosen Oracle as its cloud provider. –ZACKS

6. Alibaba Cloud is targeting five verticals in the EAMA region: finance, retail, logistics, manufacturing and media. –CHANNEL WEB

7. Cloudera intends to develop a new flagship offering called Cloudera Data Platform, which will be core to the company’s enterprise data cloud strategy. –DATANAMI

8. A new report says 69 percent of enterprise organizations are migrating data from enterprise resource planning applications to the cloud. –TECH REPUBLIC

9. Here’s a good roundup of the Pentagon’s cloud computing contract-bidding process up until now. –TECH RADAR

10. Chatbots and cloud CRM continue to replace the call center. –FORBES

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Written and curated by David Stegon. He has been a reporter for 15 years, the past 10 focused on technology. Follow him @davidstegon.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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