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Intel open up their Bug Bounty rewards programme to all security researchers, in response to the fallout over Meltdown and Spectre.
Oracle announce the extension of their AI / Machine Learning facilities, which support automatic repair and patching, beyond their Autonomous Database to their entire PaaS portfolio.
Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities identified in the speculative execution functions of Intel, ARM and AMD processors.
IDC forecast global spending on Cloud services to reach $160bn in 2018.
Google announces machine learning developers tool AutoML.
Redhat annual revenue up 22% to just under $3Bn.
Global IaaS and PaaS markets reach $35 billion. (Jeffries)
Gigtech announce new low-entry Edge Applicance to be available from Q3 2018.
IBM launch Cloud Private software, a private cloud solution based on Kubernetes, Docker and Cloud Foundry, to simplify hybrid cloud adoption.
Google launches Chatbase, a chatbox analytics platform, and introduce per-second billing to compete with AWS.
RackSpace acquires managed service provider DataPipe, to extend it's ability to migrate legacy apps to the Cloud and allow customers access to Chinese CSP Alibaba.
Amazon launches AI consulting programme for AWS customers, and a managed Kubernetes service (AECS).
Microsoft launch Azure Migrate, a tool to automatically migrate in-house VMware workloads into Azure. The solution is not supported by VMware themselves.
Amazon and Microsoft partner up to create Gluon, a new open-source Artifical Intelligence software library.
Google and CISCO announce a new Hybrid Cloud partnership to compete with the recent similar initiative from AWS/VMware.
Microsoft launch a managed Kubernetes service (AKS).
Amazon now offer per-second billing for it's EC2 compute and EBS storage offerings.
Oracle announce availability if its new 18c autonomous (self-patching, self-updating) database system will be available by the end of the year.
Oracle also announce a streamlined Bring Your Own Licence (BYOL) process to assist the migration of legacy Oracle systems into Cloud.
A Microsoft security report reveals that cyber attacks on cloud-based user accounts have increased by 300% in the last year.
Microsoft finally announce availability of Azure Stack, to be available in September on three platforms (Dell, HPE and Lenovo), with others to follow (Huawei and Avanade).
Google announce hybrid-cloud integration with Nutanix, allowing free movement of VMs and data between the two environments in a similar fashion to the existing AWS-VMware integration. The product should go live in 2018.
Google also announce the People + AI Research initiative (PAIR), which will provide open-source software for Artificial Intelligence research.
Equifax suffers data breach, exposing social security and other details of 143 million customers worldwide. The cause was a missing security patch.
HPE announce new hybrid cloud platform (Project New Stack), which integrates management of private cloud systems (on HP hardware) and a range of public cloud platforms.
Microsoft announce plans to build two datacentres in South Africa, from which it will offer O365 and Public Azure services before the end of 2018.
Nutanix and IBM announce porting of Nutanix's hyperconverged Enterprise Cloud Platform on IBM Power servers.
VMware announce a new enterprise-level Internet of Things solution, Pulse IOT Centre.
Amazon shares hot $1000 mark for the first time ever.
Rackspace acquire ERP Management company TriCore.
Wannacry malware hits over 230,00 computers worldwide. Applying security patches promptly would have prevented the attack.
Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Ltd (GhIPSS) are given the go-ahead from the Government to develop a cross-telco money transfer system within 6 months. This agreement replaces the Sibton Switch contract signed in February.
The Minister for Communications in Ghana, Mrs Ursula Ekuful, promises that her ministry will strive to release 5G across the nation in the shortest possible time.
Docker release an Enterprise Edition of its Container software, in both a frequent-release form (Edge) and a quarterly bundled release form (Stable).
IBM release the world'd first Enterprise-ready Blockchain-as-a-Service product.
SAP announce partnership with Google to offer SAP as SaaS on Google Cloud Platform.
Vodafone Ghana release Vodaphone One - a voice/data convergence product.
Amazon, Apple and Microsoft sign up to the CMA agreement to prevent unexpected price hikes and service terminations in Cloud.
Microsoft announce availability of Kubernetes on Azure, adding to the already-supported Docker Swarm and Mesoshere DC/O containers.
Tigo and Airtel announce merger of Ghana operations.
Ghana Central Bank appoints Sibton Switch to oversee the introduction of a cross-telco interoperable money transfer system.
HPE buy Hyperconverged platform company Simplivity.
DropBox launch Smart Sync - fast-access Cloud storage for commercial use.
Microsoft Azure quarterly revenue up 93%, IBM Cloud revenue up by 33%.
OneWeb announce huge $1.2bn investment to launch a "constellation" of satellites to provide fast internet access to remote parts of the world.
Oracle acquire SaaS Business Apps specialist Netsuite for $9.3m.
Amazon Web Services London datacentre "region" goes live.
Hackers attack the Ghanaian Electoral Commission's election website, posting fake results and forcing an outage of 4 hours until service was restored.
Oracle quarterly Cloud revenue up 62% on previous quarter.
Ghana and Nigeria University research teams derive an improved algorithm for compute-sharing on Cloud platforms.
The third annual Ghana E-Commerce Expo event was held at the Alisa Hotel on the 27th-28th of October. The event is growing year-by-year and becoming a useful forum for the industry. Some interesting presentations on E-business and Cloud in Ghana, and what might be needed to take the Ghana Cloud/E-commerce sector out of its infancy.
SalesForce buys DemandWare for $2.8bn to become a major E-Commerce player.
Google acquire Apigee, and advanced API provider, to give them an edge over AWS's API offerings.
OpenCloudGH launch an in-country Cloud Storage service in Ghana, offering secure data solutions from 15 to 1500GHc per month.
Tigo, in partnership with Microsoft, Lenovo and ITWorx, announce a bundle of connectivity, hardware and business software solutions for SMEs in Ghana.
Gartner predict that the global Public Cloud market to break the $200 billion mark by the end of 2016. The main area of growth is IaaS.
RackSpace bought by consortium led by Apollo Global Management for $4.3bn.
Privacy Shield launched as a USE-EU data transfer security standard, replacing the defunct Safe Harbor agreement.
Oracle acquire ERP specialist Netsuite for $9.3 billion.
Microsoft announce that delivery of the long-awaited Azure Stack product, which streamlines intergration between their private cloud and public cloud offerings, will be delayed until mid-2017. The shock news was that Azure Stack will only be supported on engineered systems, to be provided by Lenovo, Dell and HP, which is disappointing for many Cloud startups who have already built their own configurations.
Microsoft buys out LinkedIn for $26m.
Samsung acquire cloud services provider Joyent, to bolster the Cloud product line for its mobile phones.
Agricultural E-commerce specialists Esoko Ghana have been commissioned by the Ghanaian authorities to collect electronic data to identify future Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfer recipients within the farming communities.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live in Europe. Businesses have two years to comply.
BlueCrest College hold the inaugural International Conference of Advanced Trends in ICT and Management (ICAITM) in Accra, with representations from heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Google.
IBM Country Manager Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh called for the large multi-nationals to sponsor training in Cloud Technologies for Ghana in order to support in-country Cloud initiatives. She also added that Ghana's banks need to move away from their reliance on server rooms to adopt real datacentres and Disaster Recovery technologies.
Amazon celebrate 10 years in the Cloud business.
Google tempts Apple away from AWS and onto Google Cloud in a deal worth around $500m.
Spotify choose Google for it's public cloud platform, mainly due to Google's advanced Big Data toolset.
Verizon announces the decommissioning of its Public Cloud services, due to lack of traction in the market.
HPE shuts down its Helion Public Cloud service to concentrate on Cloud Management products.
Microsoft launch Windows 10 and Microsoft Cloud offers to students in Ghana, at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Google commission 800kn of FTTH (Fibre To The Home) in Ghana as part of the Project Link initiative previously deployed in Uganda, in order to develop domestic internet uptake and promote E-Business.