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Why we are underestimating the impact of automation and AI

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Azeem Azhar, product entrepreneur and curator of weekly tech newsletter, Exponential View, discusses how AI can deliver real value for businesses and considers the risks related to the emerging technology AI is a very odd nomenclature. It has a competing technical definition even amongst its real practitioners (mostly in labs). We can agree, however, that it includes some tools such as machine learning, natural language processing, and a product or business quality. In short, it’s a system that learns from experience, or a system that uses any of the aforementioned tools. Two famous examples of firms using AI for profit are Google and Facebook. Take money machine Facebook: its ad business is entirely dri... Read More
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Cisco announces updates to Application Centric Infrastructure capabilities

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Cisco has announced an update to its industry-leading software-defined networking (SDN) solution, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The update hopes to create a more seamless process for customers adopting intent-based networking for their data centres. With added network automation agility, better container security and simplified management, Cisco hopes that the new developments (ACI 3.0) along with public cloud integration will allow customers to manage a hybrid network over complex data centre and multi-cloud environments. Features of the update include multi-site integration, which enables connection and management of multiple ACI fabrics. Cisco argues that this feature will significantly improve d... Read More
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Artificial intelligence to transform cloud market

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Artificial intelligence will have a transformative effect on the cloud market over the next decade, according to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). ACCA Chairman Bernie Trudel gave a speech about the future of cloud markets at the Cloud Expo Asia conference in Singapore. He noted that the market for cloud-based AI is small, accounting for only 1% of the global cloud computing market. However, it is growing quickly, at a rate of 52% year over year and is expected to grow to 10% of the total cloud market by 2025. The major cloud suppliers do offer some services in cloud-based AI. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers infrastructure tools, API... Read More
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Taking a proactive approach to data centre maintenance

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Cliff Ebsworth, Maintenance Director at Prism Power discusses the business value of establishing a robust maintenance and lifecycle strategy in the data centre The critical power infrastructure in a data centre is the most vital system for ensuring continuity of business operations. It is the backbone of everything that takes place within the facility, from the security and mechanics, to cooling and driving the overall IT systems. When building a new data centre, critical infrastructure must be considered at the early design stages so that maintainability, physical and redundant capability, as well as contin... Read More
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Alibaba Cloud to offer Red Hat open source

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Alibaba Cloud has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program, the tech giant has announced. Through the partnership, Alibaba cloud will offer Red Hat open source solutions to Alibaba’s global customer base. Red Hat open source solutions will be available to Alibaba Cloud customers in the coming months, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux offered as a pay-as-you-go model in the Alibaba Cloud marketplace. In order to join the Red Hat Certified Provider Program, Alibaba had to meet testing and certification requirements validated by the team at Red Hat to confirm that th... Read More
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Cloud Foundry announces online marketplace for expanding ecosystem

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Cloud Foundry, the cloud application platform used by many Fortune 500 companies, has launched an online marketplace for the development of open source container technology. The marketplace, referred to as the Foundry, defines a ‘stack’ of categories, such as system integrators and applications, and places them in a marketplace of services, add-ons and more, in one location. The initial phase of the Foundry will be focussed on developers. It will help ‘organizations that provide tools and services that enable developers to quickly build and prototype applications.’ These tools and services include frameworks, runtimes, databases, messaging, API gateways and others. This directory contains more than 600 servi... Read More
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Irish High Court finally approves Apple’s Athenry data centre

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The Irish High Court has finally approved Apple’s Athenry data centre, after years of delays. The decision was made by Justice Paul McDermott, who ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre, despite objections from local residents. The data centre project has been plagued by delays since it was announced in 2015. An Apple facility in Denmark announced at the same time is near completion, while the construction of the Athenry site has not yet begun. Paul Keane, from the Apple for Athenry Facebook group which has campaigned to allow the tech giant to build its data centre there, described the dec... Read More
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Take part in The Stack Readership Survey 2017

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With the industry landscape constantly changing, and major challenges such as GDPR approaching, it’s vitally important that The Stack can keep you informed and ahead of the game. We need to know exactly what you need to know. That’s why we’re launching our 2017 Readership Survey, to find out what your biggest challenges are, and how we can help you beat them. We’ll just ask a little about you, about what you think of us, and about how you make IT and tech decisions in the workplace. It’s really important to us that we can meet your needs, in order to help you meet your IT goals. All information will remain private, and i... Read More
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Ericsson and Singtel to establish 5G research centre

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Singtel and Ericsson have partnered to open the first 5G Center of Excellence in Singapore. The two companies have promised a total $1.47 million USD to establish the Center. The Center will be used to train 100 Singtel engineers in 5G skills including the design, maintenance and operation of 5G networks. It is intended to have a four-part focus: upskilling, demos, live field trials, and collaboration with other organizations. In this way, Singtel and Ericsson will work together to not only train the current workforce for upcoming 5G challenges but also to accelerate inn... Read More
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Qualcomm launching IoT and smart car lab in China

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U.S. semiconductor and telecom giant Qualcomm, in partnership with a Chinese startup company, is creating a smart car lab in southwest China. The new learning center, or “IoT-connected smart car collaborative innovation laboratory”, will provide a dedicated facility for Qualcomm and Thunder Software Technology Company (Thundersoft) researchers to make strides in areas of intelligent cockpit and control systems, user interface, and user experiences. Thun... Read More
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Virginia church to be repurposed as data centre

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A religious organization’s property in Ashburn, Virginia will be sold as the site of a new data center, the church pastor announced. Christian Fellowship Church Pastor Brian Bales informed church members that an agreement had been reached with an unnamed buyer in the data center industry, to purchase the church property sometime in the next six to eight months. The CFC, however, will not be required to move until 2020. Rumors of the sale of the CFC property to a data center company ... Read More
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North Korean hackers stole classified military documents

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South Korea has reported that North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen classified military documents last year, including the most recent U.S. / South Korea wartime operations plans. Democratic Party Rep. Lee Cheol-hee made the report, stating that 235 GB of classified documents were stolen, according to information from South Korean defense officials. Hackers apparently broke into the Defense Integrated Data Center last September to access the materials. 80% of the stolen documents are yet to be identified, however, the defense officials identified Operational Plan 5105 among the... Read More
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MIT researchers use AI-based system to see round corners

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Researchers at MIT have created an imaging system using artificial intelligence to effectively see around corners. The new algorithm has been developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), and can work with cameras on smartphones. The system uses information about light reflections from objects or people around a corner and using that information, assess the speed and trajectory of that information. According to MIT, the development has major implications, ranging from emergency response to self-driving cars. As an example, the researche... Read More
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Microsoft reaches agreement with GE to use wind power for data centres

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Microsoft has reached an agreement with GE to purchase all of the energy from its wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland, as it looks to increase the use of renewable energy in its data centres. The companies have agreed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) which Microsoft states will support growing demand for its cloud services in Ireland. The move is part of Microsoft’s aim of committing to powering its data centres through renewable energy. The firm has set itself the target of producing 50% of its data centre energy requirements through green sources by 2018. The agreement for the energy created at the 37MW Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry Ireland will also help both companies understand energy storage... Read More
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Equinix acquires Zenium Istanbul data centre

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Interconnection and data centre firm Equinix has acquired Zenium’s data centre facility in Istanbul. The purchase was carried out through an all-cash transaction for $93 million (approx. £70 million). The facility currently generates around $2.5 million of revenue each year. The purchase represents a strategic decision by Equinix, in a city that represents the meeting point between Europe and Asia. According to the firm, Istanbul carries ‘critical economic and geopolitical importance’, and will strengthen Equinix’s hand in the European market. The facility, which will be renamed Equinix IS2, gives the organisation the capacity and growth path to enable it to meet increased demand for colocation and intercon... Read More
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Cloud Expo Asia Singapore 2017: Tune into the livestream for exclusive event footage

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Cloud Expo Asia Singapore kicks off this Wednesday at the Marina Bay Sanda Expo and Convention Centre, alongside co-located events Data Centre World, Cloud & Cyber Security Expo, Big Data World and Smart IoT Singapore. Expecting to welcome over 15,000 business leaders from across the APAC region, the technology event stack will offer a unrivalled conference agenda packed with expert case studies, panel discussions and roundtables. You can still register for your free pass here, or join our... Read More
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Virtus acquired by Singapore data centre firm STT GDC

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Singapore data centre provider ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has acquired Virtus, following STT’s purchase of Brockton Capital’s stake in Virtus. According to the Singapore firm, the strategic investment will improve Virtus’s position and ability to carry out its strategic growth plans in the UK and Europe. Alongside that, it will enable Virtus to use STT’s global resources and expertise. It also deepens STT’s presence in the UK. STT GDC chairman, Sio Tat Hiang, commented on the acquisition: “The acquisition reflects our commitment and co... Read More
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Iron Mountain acquires Credit Suisse data centres in London and Singapore

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U.S.-based information management firm Iron Mountain is acquiring two data centres from Credit Suisse. The deal went through for around $100 million (approx. £76 million), and adds a London and Singapore data centre to Iron Mountain’s portfolio. This is the company’s first data centre acquisition outside of the U.S. and will increase its square footage by around 273,000 sq. feet. As part of the contract, Credit Suisse will enter into a long-term agreement with Iron Mountain to maintain its existing data centres. As Iron Mountain’s first international data centre acquisition, and coming shortly after the close of its acquisition of Denver-based data centre firm Fortrust, the deal signals the company’s int... Read More
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Oracle releases AI-based cloud security and management suite

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Oracle has released an artificial intelligence (AI) based cloud security and management system, which will consist of a set of integrated suites including the Oracle identity security operations centre (SOC), and the Oracle management cloud. The system is intended to help businesses predict, reduce, detect, and resolve cybersecurity threats and assist in efforts to ‘remediate application and infrastructure performance issues.’ It will work by using AI to analyse a unified data set, which will comprise of all security and operational telemetry. The technology will also provide ‘automated remediation’ using the artificially intelligent system. Oracle believes that this new suite of services will help custome... Read More
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Swedish prefab data centre firm continues expansion in Myanmar

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Swedish prefabricated data centre manufacturer Flexenclosure has deployed 22 of its power systems to telecom sites in Myanmar. The Swedish firm designs and produces prefab data centres and hybrid power systems for the IT industry, and has recently gained a number of contracts from energy service companies around the world. According to Flexenclosure, there is a move towards ‘energy as a service‘ in developing countries, which it believes it can take advantage of thanks to its ‘eSite x10’ model. It describes the model as ... Read More
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Aruba opens Italy’s largest data centre campus

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Aruba has announced the opening of the largest data centre campus in Italy, just on the outskirts Milan. To mark the opening, the web hosting, email, and domain registration firm is hosting a two-day event with guests including astronaut Umberto Guidoni. Aruba claims that the opening of the data centre will create one of the largest cloud hubs in Europe, in part thanks to its location in the north of Italy. According to the company, the data centre campus has been designed, and built, with the aim of exceeding market standards for reliability and performance. It claims that the facility will be ready for the future expansion, given the size of the site – in preparation for increased data production in the future.... Read More
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The role of the data centre in a changing world

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Kim Stevenson, vice president and general manager of Lenovo data centre infrastructure, discusses staying ahead of the competition, the relationship between business and technology strategy, and the future of the data centre For Stevenson, over the last 200 years, the industry has witnessed three industrial revolutions and we are on the cusp of a fourth, predicated on AI and machine learning and made possible by advanced computing. Such revolutionary changes and the social impact that this technology will have means it is a necessity to stay ahead of the crowd. Against this backdrop, Stevenson argues, it is... Read More
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Major UAE data centre firm Khazna doubles capacity

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Khazna Data Centres, the only dedicated commercial wholesale provider in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is doubling its capacity. The expansion means existing facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will extend to 31,000 sq. metres, of which 7500 sq. metres will be IT whitespace. The plan is due to be complete by the end of 2019, and will deliver 24MW of IT load. Khazna states that its dominant presence as the dedicated wholesale data centre provider in the region, as well as the fact that its data centres are carrier neutral, sets it in good stead for future investment. This combination has earned the firm custom in a period of recent growth in the region, both locally and internationally. It notes that multinational co... Read More
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Max Schrems data transfer case passed to European Court of Justice

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An Irish High Court judge has referred a major data transfer privacy case to the European Court of Justice. The case involves Max Schrems, an Austrian lawyer known for his activism on data privacy, and Facebook, which carries out its European operations from Ireland. This is not the first time Schrems has challenged the social media giant in the European courts, causing some commentators to dub the case ‘Schrems 2.0.’ The case, while extremely complex, boils down to questions over the way in which Facebook transfers data between Europe and the U.S., which have differing approaches to privacy and data regulations. Currently, Facebook transfers data between countries using ‘standard contract clauses’ (S... Read More
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Gartner makes major predictions for tech in 2018

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Leading research firm Gartner has revealed its top predictions for IT organisations and users in 2018. The forecasts include self-disruption, an explosion of ‘fake news’ driven in part by artificial intelligence (AI) and the near ubiquity of IoT devices. According to Gartner, these forecasts will ‘enable organizations to move beyond thinking about mere notions of technology adoption to focus on the issues that surround what it really means to be human in the digital world.’ Looking first at how Gartner’s predicted changes might affect businesses, there is an emphasis on ‘self-disruption.’ The firm predicts that by ... Read More
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IDC forecasts rapid growth in software-defined storage market

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The software-defined storage (SDS) market is expected to grow significantly in the next four years, according to a new report by IDC. Research house International Data Corporation notes that enterprise storage choices have already started to shy away from hardware-defined choices towards SDS, as well as from on-premises infrastructure towards the cloud – either public or private. However, it believes that SDS is gaining traction as it meets demands of the next-generation data centre much more effectively than legacy storage infrastructure. Thanks to thi... Read More
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SEC report shows data centre mismanagement may have allowed hack

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a report finding that it mismanaged its data centres in 2008, which may be connected to the 2016 hack of its EDGAR system. The SEC-authored report is damning of the organisation’s own behaviour, discovering many instances of poor practices and wasted funds. A full report was not released to the public as it contains private information, but a summary of the findings was published instead. It begins by noting that in 2008, it paid $162,000 (approx. £122,000) for a contractor-developed plan to relocate the agency’s data centres. Howeve... Read More
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Microsoft plans data centre build in San Jose

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Microsoft has acquired 65 acres of land in San Jose where it plans to build an industrial centre, with the option of including a data centre. The Redmond-based giant bought empty the land, which previously belonged to Cilker Orchards, for $73.2 million, according to local newspaper the Mercury News. The San Jose government website states that the proposed use for the acquired land could either be approximately 1.2 million sq. ft of light industrial development, or a 436,880 sq. ft data centre ... Read More
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Ransomware: a growing global threat

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Ransomware is seen as something of a revolution in the security community. Rather than stealing and selling confidential files and information, the attackers rely on the average user’s propensity not to backup files properly, and their fear of not being able to access critical information. It further introduces the idea of user experience into the world of hacking. By instilling a sense of panic into the compromised user, then giving clear instructions as to how to regain the data, criminals are much more likely to achieve their aims.... Read More
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Singapore signs new partnerships to help startups break into China

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Singaporean government agency International Enterprise Singapore (IE) has signed two new Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with tech partners in China to help local startups tap into the Chinese market and the country’s resources for innovation. The agreements will see accelerator AIRmaker, Nanyang Technological University’s enterprise branch NTUitive, and leading Chinese media platform 36Kr, work with IE Singapore to provide support for young tech companies in understanding the Chinese market, test-bedding products, and partnering with Chinese firms to roll out solutions. AIRmaker, co-owned by Ascendas-Singbridge, SG Innovate, Shenzhen POE Runyang Group and Beijing SOE CMEC, is an accelerator with a focus on Internet ... Read More
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Frankfurt data centre issues cause connectivity headache for Linode

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Virtual private server provider Linode suffered failures at its Frankfurt data centre, causing connectivity issues and packet loss. The New Jersey-based cloud provider faced numerous problems during the 1st and 2nd October and has confirmed that at around 2 pm UTC on Sunday it was dealing with connectivity issues which affected Linodes in its Frankfurt data centre. The firm updated customers that both of its Frankfurt internet edge routers were experiencing problems with their forwarding tables. The status update page stated that this was causing sporadic blackholing of customer traffic. An hour later, Linode engineers were still troublesh... Read More
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SEC files charges against creator of two ICOs

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against the creator of two initial coin offerings (ICOs), on the basis that they were fraudulent. ‘REcoin’ and ‘DRC’ (‘Diamond Reserve Club’), both run by Maksim Zaslavskiy, were supposedly backed by investment in real estate and diamonds respectively and were marketed as having all the makings of legitimate companies, such as staff and lawyers. However, the SEC found that neither of the companies had ‘any real operations.’ The Commission argued that Zaslavskiy misled potential investors and that the coins they were offering did not actually exist. ICOs are an increasingly popular but controversial way for companies, often startups... Read More
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Microchannel cooling tech achieves higher processor performance

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New research is looking to further develop microchannel cooling technology in an effort to advance processor performance. The CarriCool project, backed by IBM, sets out to better manage operating temperatures which can be a limiting factor for the computing power of processors. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have now discovered a new cooling method which integrates microchannels into the silicon interposer. The innovation allows for high-performance processors to be cooled from the underside, driving a significant increase in performance. The team was also able to integrate passive components for voltage regulators, photonics ICs and optical waveguides into the interposer. ... Read More
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Data centre influx squeezing Irish electricity network

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The surge in major data centres in Ireland is placing severe pressure on ESB, the country’s state-owned electricity company. ESB has stated that it in order to meet demand from proposed data centres in the capital city of Dublin, it would have to more than double the existing supply of electricity. Speaking to the Irish Independent, an ESB company spokesman said: “To put it into context, the current load in Dublin is around 1,200 mega volt-amps (MVA), which has grown over the last 90 years, and there is about 1,400 MVA in data centre applications and enquiries in train.”... Read More
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IBM and University of California partnering to understand ageing through AI

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IBM is working on a project to improve quality of life through artificial intelligence (AI), in conjunction with the University of California San Diego. The multi-year undertaking will work to help elderly citizens gain independence and improve their standard of living through the application of AI technology and life sciences to two themes: healthy ageing and the human microbiome. An international group of leading universities working with IBM forms the IBM Cognitive Horizons Network, of which this project is a part. The aim of the network is to work on technologies which fulfil the potential of AI. The initiative... Read More
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Alibaba looking into European data centre expansion to push cloud growth

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Alibaba is looking at locations for a second European data centre, as it looks to expand its global presence and grow its cloud services to compete with Amazon. The Chinese e-commerce giant is making waves in the cloud computing space. It has a dominant position in its home territory, handling millions of online transactions and hosts more than a third of Chinese websites – an enormous number, given China’s population of 1.4 billion people. Having built up a powerful network in order to power these two functions, the company moved into cloud computing in 2009. Though currently accounting for a small proportion of the company’s total revenues, JPMorgan Chase & Co analysts believe that by 2021 cloud could account ... Read More
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Virtus announces plans for London’s largest data centre campus

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Plans are underway to build what would be the largest data centre campus in London. Virtus has announced its aim to construct two adjacent facilities on a single campus in West London, near Stockley Park. The plans are part of a rapid expansion strategy for the company, with Virtus claiming to be the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider. It also argues that the new development will enhance its position as London’s largest hybrid colocation provider. The new data centres, located on an eight-acre campus, will cover 34,475 sq.m and are designed to deliver 4... Read More
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notonthehighstreet: Making the most of data to understand your customer

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Following his packed-out session on social media and customer engagement at this year’s Technology for Marketing, The Stack spoke with Ben Irons, digital director at notonthehighstreet.com, about making the most of your data, understanding the customer, and avoiding the ‘silver bullet’ philosophy Although now in widespread use, digital marketing techniques and the technology that goes alongside it, including social media, are all relatively new phenomena. As such a certain level of experimentation is required, and this, says Irons, needs an entrepreneurial company culture through which people feel empowered to make decisions and try out new things. To do that effectively means setting the right expec... Read More
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Why integration is key to effective security change

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Earlier this week I wrote about how an evolution, built on the shoulders of the brightest and the best in the DevOps community, has overtaken the capabilities of established security practices. The piece got a lot of attention, and my already busy diary now has requests for me to come and speak at conferences about the topic as if this is a new call to arms. Last April, I pointed out almost the same issue that was emerging in large... Read More
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The swelling tide of ransomware and how to fight back

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Rob Rae of Datto Inc gives his assessment on the current state of ransomware and the ways in which businesses, particularly SMBs, can face up to the threat Research that questioned more than 1700 managed service providers (MSPs), serving 100,000+ SMBs globally, has provided a number of unique insights into the state of ransomware in 2017, both from the perspective of both MSPs and SMBs. The findings of the survey clearly show that ransomware is a threat to be taken seriously, with the number of attacks soaring in the period from second quarter 2016 to Q2 2017. In that period, an estimated 5% of global SMBs fell victim to a... Read More
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The two-way street between data science and business

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Sigrid Rouam, lead data scientist at SGX, discusses the role of big data in business and finance, and how companies can change to make the most of the data scientists they employ  Big data and data analytics is becoming increasingly accepted as a vital ingredient in the pursuit of a smarter and more profitable business strategy. Rouam believes that in the next year, we will see an increase in the number of applications for big data analytics. She identifies some key areas, such as gaining deeper insights on customers to provide more personalized experiences, improving IT resiliency and operations efficiency, and enabling more real-time analytics beyond finance and trading. In the d... Read More
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Microsoft previews 100TB Azure Data Box for physical transfer to cloud

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Microsoft is releasing the Azure Data Box to allow customers to physically transfer large data loads to the cloud. As Microsoft notes, transferring huge amounts of data to the cloud can be difficult. Customers that have time or cost limitations, or reduced network availability, are likely to struggle to transfer terabytes of data over the internet. The Azure Data Box lets customers bypass that potential problem, by connecting the box to their existing network, loading the data onto the box, then shipping it to an Azure data centre. The process is secured through 256-AES encryption during data loading, and password protection. After the data is uploaded to Azure, Microsoft promises it will be securely erased. Microso... Read More
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How cloud and data centre technologies will evolve in the finance sector

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Ahead of his appearance at Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World Asia, Fritz Perpignand, Group CTO HDCS CloudServe APAC Lead at Credit Suisse, discusses the changing role of cloud and data centre technologies in the financial services sector, both in the APAC region and worldwide Looking at the way in which cloud solutions can be applied in financial infrastructures, Perpignand notes that there are numerous avenues for deployment. Whether through larger bank-wide initiatives, small ad-hoc business projects or solely as an infrastructure hosting program, he argues that cloud solutions are suitable under many guises in financial institutions. Each of these options has its pros and cons but, ... Read More
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Switch hopes to raise half a billion dollars through IPO

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Leading data centre provider Switch is hoping to raise up to $500 million (approx. £372 million) through its initial public offering (IPO). The Las Vegas-based firm is offering around 31 million shares at a cost of between $14 and $16 each. Should the shares be sold at the higher end of this range, the market value of the company would rise to nearly $4 billion. Switch’s announcement of the terms of the IPO means that if the offering raises as much as is expected, it will be the third largest technology IPO of the year, following social media leviathan Snap’s $3.9 billion listing and U.S. broadband provider Altice USA’s $2.2 billion sale. The offering is being led by a number of major institutional investors,... Read More
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Deloitte cyberattack leaks emails and details of clients

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Major global accountancy and consultancy firm Deloitte has become the latest victim of a cyberattack, resulting in the leak of personal emails and details of some of its clients. A Guardian investigation found that the New York-based firm became aware of the hack in March, but it is understood that officials within the company believe the attack may have been ongoing since late 2016. Deloitte is one of the best-known names for business consultancy worldwide and reported revenue of $37 billion (approx. £27.4 billion) last year. It advises on auditing, tax and cybersecuri... Read More
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Cloud computing: Empowering businesses of all sizes

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In the build-up to his appearance at Cloud Expo Europe, Frankfurt, brand strategist and unified comms expert Sam Pavin, discusses the impact of cloud computing on businesses of all sizes, and its influence on the future of marketing Cloud computing is now widely accepted as a solution that is here to stay for businesses looking to streamline, centralise and add value to their operations. Pavin argues that cloud, while not a game-changer for large companies, has brought forward a revolution for a huge number of businesses, in particular when it comes to adding enterprise-level capabilities on a small business budget. In a business, it also offers an easy way to deploy tools, services and manage access. Pavi... Read More
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Puppet acquires Distelli amid expansion plans

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Automation vendor Puppet has acquired Distelli, a delivery software firm based out of Puppet’s home state of Oregon. The purchase will look to combine Puppet’s wide reach and its position as a frontrunner in the DevOps market with Distelli’s container and application deployment services. Puppet hopes to help businesses increase automation across the software delivery lifecycle, and push forward DevOps projects. Through the acquisition, businesses should benefit from end-to-end visibility into and control over application delivery, regardless of where it runs. That can include VMs or containerised applications, either on-premises or in any cloud. Puppet CEO, Sanjay Mirchandani, said: ‘Automation makes world-... Read More

AWS to open data centres in Middle East by 2019

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced plans to open data centres in the Middle East by 2019 as it looks to begin infrastructure development in the region. The move signals the creation of the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) region, which will initially contain three availability zones. There are also plans to create an AWS edge network location in the United Arab Emirates by early 2018. In total, this will bring AWS’ worldwide points of presence tally to 78. AWS currently has 44 of these availability zones, in 16 regions across the world. According to Amazon, these zones consist of one or more discrete data centres, each with... Read More

The Equifax example: Bridging the gap between Security and DevOps

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If you are a security type you couldn’t help but witness the recent calling out of Equifax’s CISO, Susan Maudlin, and her subsequent departure alongside the company’s CIO. While their parting was procedural and indeed predictable, there is a school of thought that says this was simply a knee-jerk reaction to shore up a tanking share price and a reputational hit unsurpassed since the days of Enron, and potentially even now dwarfing the VW exhaust emission scandal. Whether Equifax can recover from this in the long-term is still to be seen. An international corporation with substantial cash reserves and resources puts it in a far better position to attempt a turnaround than many. However, the ongoing fallout and the f... Read More

Irish government proposes fast-track scheme for data centres

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The Irish government is making plans for a fast-track planning permission scheme for data centres, in order to avoid the delays faced by Apple. The California-based giant has had to navigate several roadblocks in its attempt to complete a proposed €850 million (approx. £747 million) project in the town of Athenry in County Galway, Ireland. The delays include a judicial review on the basis of environmental concerns flagged by nearby residents and an ensuing shortage of judges. A decision is expected on October 12th. Apple has warned government officials that further delays may spell the end f... Read More

The next step for hybrid cloud in infrastructure and operations

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Hybrid cloud represents a logical step for many businesses, with demand for agility and flexibility increasing as both enterprise organisations and consumers come to expect more from their IT products and services With so many services on offer, and with an increasingly complex set of requirements for businesses to fulfil, it is now a rare occasion that a business relies entirely on on-premises, public or private cloud environments. Gartner analysts have ... Read More
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MongoDB files for IPO

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MongoDB, a privately-held database company based in New York, has filed paperwork with the Securities & Exchange Commission to begin trading stock on the NASDAQ under the symbol MDB. The company has secured $304 million in funding to date, in nine separate series from 2008-2015. MongoDB hopes to raise an additional $100 million in the initial public offering (IPO), which will be used for business development or possibly acquisitions, according to documents filed with the SEC. In their filing, ... Read More
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Huawei and Intel partner on 5G-NR test

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Huawei has announced a partnership with Intel to begin testing of 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR)-based infrastructure. The tests are designed to verify the interoperability and maturity of 5G technologies and networks, in anticipation of commercial deployment of end-to-end 5G technology in China. The test will be conducted on a live mobile system connecting Huawei’s 5G base station prototype with Intel’s 3rd generation 5G Mobile Trial Platform (MTP). Both companies will use the interoperability test to verify key 5G NR performance indicators against unified 5G standards. The two companies ann... Read More
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HPE plans to cut 5000 staff in streamlining effort

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is intending to cut around 5000 staff, according to sources close to the matter. Staff cuts to that extent would amount to about 10% of the company’s 50,000-strong workforce. Sources speaking to Bloomberg state that the reductions are part of a general move to reduce expenses as competition grows for the company and it looks to shift its focus towards enterprise IT. It is understood that the cuts will begin before the end of the year, and are likely to affect workers both in the U.S. and abroad. It is also reported that this will ... Read More
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Uber has license to operate in London revoked

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Uber has had its license to operate in London revoked. Transport for London (TfL), which operates public transport in the capital, has made the decision not to renew the app-based taxi’s license in the city. There are currently 40,000 Uber drivers in London, serving around 3.5 million customers. The ruling was handed out by TfL regulators, and allows Uber 21 days to appeal the decision. The license was renewed in May, but for a period of only five months. It will run out on 30th September, though the company will be allowed to continue to operate during the appeal process, should it choose to follow that route. Officials have deemed the company is not ‘fit and proper’ to operate in the capital. The ... Read More
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Navigating the challenges of a hybrid cloud strategy

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Dimuth Samaranayaka, CEO of Ascension IT, discusses the move towards hybrid strategies and the challenges this can present for businesses Over the last few years, enterprise digital transformation initiatives have resulted in a dramatic increase in the adoption of cloud technologies. Two dominant players have emerged in the public cloud computing market – Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Challengers include Google Cloud Services and Aliyun (the cloud service arm of Alibaba). Unlike early adopters of cloud technologies, enterprises are now embarking on a multi-cloud strategy to harness the best of the solutions offered by these vendors. Research conducted by Gartner indicates that by ... Read More
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Trading Technologies colocates with HKEX data centre

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Trading Technologies, Inc., a CT-based provider of professional trading software, has announced client connectivity services are now available through the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing (HKEX) data center. Trading Technologies (TT) is now co-locating with the HKEX data center, which is intended to strengthen the company’s global presence and provide APAC clients with a regional access point to TT’s network. Through the TT and X_TRADER trading platforms, TT creates software and solutions for professional financiers including traders, money managers, and hedge funds. Colocation a... Read More
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Lack of cloud expertise costing companies $258mn per year

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A new report from Rackspace notes that a lack of cloud expertise is not only preventing companies from innovating, it is costing them an estimated 5% of global revenue annually. For large enterprises, this amounts to approximately $258 million in lost revenue per year. In the ‘2017 Cost of Cloud Expertise‘ report, a survey of IT professionals and decision makers in large, global enterprises showed that 71% of respondents believe that their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. 2/3 of those surveyed believe that the cloud skills gap is stifling innovation and creativity at their organization while the majority, 84%,... Read More
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Optimising the data centre through knowledge

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Sanjay Motwani, Regional Director, APAC, at Raritan looks into the role of DCIM and emerging technologies in the data centre of the future The dynamic nature and exponential growth of the volume of data being generated today are putting a huge amount of pressure on back-end systems. Data needs to be generated and processed in real-time, so the need to have real-time information on how the data centre is behaving is critical. Adaptability and optimisation are thus why more and more data centre operators are turning to Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) technologies which can provide them with cues on how to adap... Read More
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Cloud security and adoption in the APAC region

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Ahead of his appearance at Cloud & Cyber Security Expo Asia, Dr Lee Hing Yan, executive vice president, APAC at the Cloud Security Alliance, discusses the major trends in cloud security, its impact on cloud adoption, and developments in the APAC region On the broad trends for cloud security in the coming year, Hing Yan believes that cloud computing will help to secure all other forms of computing: ‘That is, cloud computing will be at the back end, with the Internet of Things as the endpoint. In that scenario, compute is everywhere but you would not know where anything is. ‘While compute will grow say 10,000 times, humans will not. The only way to sustainable security is automation. Self-driving inf... Read More
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Viacom server leak exposes critical data

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An unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 server led to a data leak for Viacom, the world’s sixth-largest media company and owner of Paramount Pictures and television brands including MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. The leak, discovered by security researchers from UpGuard, included a master provisioning server that was left accessible to the public internet, containing credentials for building servers and the company’s secret cloud keys, which could have provided information to malicious actors that would allow them to access and control Viacom’s servers. Chris Vickery of UpGuard, the same security researcher who discove... Read More
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AirTrunk opens $200mn Sydney data centre

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Singapore-based AirTrunk has launched its flagship data center in Western Sydney, Australia. The hyperscale data center is the company’s first in Australia, although a facility in Melbourne is currently under construction and expected to open in the coming weeks. The Sydney data center represents the first step in the company’s aggressive growth plan for the APAC region and was designed to appeal to large enterprises with a need for cloud services. AirTrunk CEO Robin Khuda noted ... Read More
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Things, cloud, and the edge: How data is changing

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On a recent visit to Cisco’s hub in London, The Stack heard from industry experts Daniel Bizou of 451 Research and Robert Price of Cisco UK, on the movement towards edge computing, the challenges it presents, and some of the impressive numbers involved in all the internet-connected ‘things’ out there During a wide-ranging discussion on a variety of perspectives and approaches to edge computing, Bizou and Price considered the growing demand for edge technologies and micro data centres, what it actually means when we talk about the emerging Internet of Things, and some unexpected consequences of moving data to the edge. 451 Reserch analyst, Bizou noted that the cloud is now accepted in many enterprise... Read More
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Warburg Pincus leads $180M investment in data centre developer D&J China

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Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm based in New York, is the leader in a $180 million USD Series D investment round for its affiliate company, D&J China. D&J China is responsible for the design and operation of real estate properties including data centers, business and industrial parks, and workshops. The most recent round of fundraising will be applied to expand the D&J portfolio in tier 1 cities and other strategic markets in China. The company currently has over 2 million sq.m of space either in operation or under development in China, in locations including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Nanjing. Dongping Sun, Chairman and CEO of D&J China pointed out that Chinese demand for data centers and... Read More
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44CON Insider: The importance of collaborative efforts in cybersecurity

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The Stack’s resident security expert Richard Morrell recently visited squeaky clean Kensington to get his hands dirty with cybersecurity’s frontline troops at 44CON For those who don’t know what 44CON is, the show has grown become one of the cornerstones of the UK security and technology industry. It is truly about the security troops in the trenches. The visiting professionals are those solving problems of all types and sizes, in both traditional networks and increasingly, in the cloud. The get-together is a microcosm of the industry at large – just as it has evolved, so have the conversations in the hallways and meeting rooms and restaurants in Kensington. I found visitors from every corn... Read More
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AWS announces by-the-second billing

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Amazon Web Services has announced that it will begin offering per-second billing in all AWS regions, effective October 2. The new billing structure will be offered for Linux usage, when applications are launched in On-Demand, Reserved and Spot form, and for provisioned storage for EBS volumes. Per-second billing will also apply to EMR clusters, in which nodes are added to speed processing, so that results are returned more quickly. AWS Batch jobs will also be billed by the second. The idea is that, because EMR and Batch jobs often run for less than an hour, per-second pricing will make choices mo... Read More
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The science behind data driven transformation

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Providing strategies for businesses’ successful big data initiatives, Renotalk’s chief data and operations officer, Garrett Teoh Hor Keong speaks to John Bensalhia The evolution of business has taken many giant leaps in the past half-decade. Communication in decades such as the 1960s and 1970s would involve a ring-dial telephone, and instead of emails, a typewritten document would be ferried by motorbike or car. But as time went on, emails and the internet made life much easier for businesses, and that progressive journey continues with the dawn of big data. Sharing some of the secrets of how to introduce efficient big data strategies will be Renotalk’s chief data and operations officer, Garrett Teoh... Read More
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Researchers achieve phononic data storage breakthrough

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A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has discovered a method for converting optical data to soundwaves that can be stored on a computer chip. This breakthrough could be used to help create a new type of superfast, light-based computer. The researchers were able to take data stored on optical cables, as light, and convert it to soundwaves which are stored, and the data accessed, on a computer chip. Fiber optic cables can transmit data, stored as light, at an extremely fast rate; however, the data must be slowed down in order for it to be read and processed by a computer. Dr. Birgit Stiller, research fellow at the... Read More
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Keeping the customer close as a CIO

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In the lead-up to his appearance at Cloud Expo Asia Singapore 2017, DHL Supply Chain APAC CIO Steve Walker discusses the role of the modern CIO, remaining innovative, and the importance of making every decision about the customer The changing role of the Chief Information Officer brings with it new responsibilities. Walker argues that CIOs are expected to be everything from business strategists to champions of innovation, both internally and to the public. It would be easy to become overwhelmed by such a wide-ranging job role, particularly in a fast-paced environment. But for Walker, who has been in his current role since 2012, focussing on just one thing can help CIOs succeed in their myriad of roles: get... Read More
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Singapore boosts investment in deep-tech startups and research

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The Singapore government has announced plans to boost investment in technology research in the city-state, through the National Research Foundation (NRF) and state sovereign fund Temasek. The announcement was made by Minister of Finance and deputy chairman of the NRF, Heng Swee Keat, at government-backed technology innovation conference SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology). The new boost to investment will focus on deep tech research, in particular by startups, academia, and research agencies. The intention of the scheme is to push the projects towards a commercial endpoint. In the announcement, Keat noted the difficulty of producing an environment of innovation, ... Read More
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Analyst forecast knocks U.S. data centre leaders stock price

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Major data centre players in the U.S. saw a drop in stock prices this week following a statement from the head of a major venture capital firm arguing that data centres are on the decline. Founder and CEO of VC firm Social Capital, Chamath Palihapitiya, stated on an investor’s conference call that advances in chip technology means that data centres will soon become unnecessary. He is reported to have said: ‘We can literally take a rack of servers that can basically replace seven or eight data centres and park it, drive it in an RV and park it beside a data centre.’ The statement sent the ... Read More
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Global server revenues spurred by APAC data centre growth

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In the second quarter of 2017, global shipments of servers grew by 2.4% in response to strong regional performance in Asia Pacific, according to a new report released by Gartner. In the second quarter of this year, worldwide server revenue also increased by 2.8% year-on-year, reaching $13.94 billion (approx. £10.5 billion) for the period. ‘The second quarter of 2017 produced some growth compared with the first quarter on a global level, with varying regional results,’ noted Gartner research VP Jeffrey Hewitt. ‘The growth for the quarter is attributable to two main factors. The first is strong regional performance in Asia/P... Read More
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Vevo sees boost in advertising revenue after pursuing TV-like ad strategy

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Vevo, the dominant player in music video distribution online, is seeing a boost in audience numbers and advertising revenue. The New York-based firm, which describes itself as ‘the world’s leading music video and entertainment platform’, has already earned nearly $200 million (approx. £151 million) in upfront ads this year. It predicts overall ad revenue growth of 30% in 2017, which in part is attributable to artists such as Taylor Swift, whose music video for rebellious single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ has garnered a 311 million views in just two weeks. For companies such as Dodge and Flex Dry, that have adverts playing before the video on YouTube, that means serious levels of exposure to their ads. For... Read More
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Equinix goes Iberian with acquisition of Itconic

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Global interconnection and data centre firm Equinix has announced the acquisition of Itconic, a data centre, connectivity and cloud infrastructure solutions provider based in Spain and Portugal. Alongside the purchase of Itconic, carried out through asset management firm The Carlyle Group, Equinix has also gained CloudMas, an Itconic subsidiary focussed on enterprise adoption and cloud services. Equinix is carrying out an all-cash transaction worth $259 million (approx. £196 million) for the acquisition, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of thi... Read More
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Brain surgery training using virtual reality

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Virtual reality (VR) is being used to help prospective brain surgeons train and see procedures in unprecedented detail. Surgeons training to work on the brain have typically struggled getting hands-on experience thanks to the inaccessibility of neurosurgery. Barts Health NHS Trust surgeon Alex Alamri and other clinicians at the Royal London Hospital recently conducted the first brain surgery to be recorded in virtual reality, using 360-degree cameras and GoPros on the heads of the surgeons. Alamri noted the challenges of training neurosurgeons: ‘Neurosurgery is probably one of the most inaccessib... Read More
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Digital Realty starting construction on new Sydney facility

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Data centre and colocation leader Digital Realty is starting construction on a new data centre development in Sydney. The move is part of a program of investment in Australia by the company, which it sees as a crucial market for its business, both in the APAC region and worldwide. Once complete, the new site, named SYD11, will be a 14-megawatt facility, across 16,360 square metres, and will be connected to Digital Realty’s existing SYD10 facility in Erskine Park. By doing this, the company states that a ‘Connected Campus’ will be created, which it describes as a way of bringing data centre and network elements together in a single environment. Expected to take up to 12 months, the construction of the new facil... Read More
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GCP releases private network direct connectivity option

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Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has released Dedicated Interconnect, a service allowing users to establish a private network connection directly to GCP through a Dedicated Interconnect location. The move comes out of a desire on Google’s part to help provide large businesses with ‘easy to manage, high bandwidth, private, network connectivity.’ According to Google, the product can potentially cut network costs and offers increased throughput. The product is being marketed particularly towards companies with data and latency-sensitive services. Google uses the example of Metamarkets, a real-time analytics company, who claims that Dedicated I... Read More
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Equifax data breach leaks 143 million U.S. customers’ personal information

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U.S. credit score provider Equifax has suffered a cyber-attack giving hackers access to the personal details of as many as 143 million people. The company revealed that ‘criminals’ exploited a website application vulnerability to gain access to files, between mid-May and July this year. The company discovered the breach on July 29th, meaning they waited around a week and a half before informing customers. The hackers have gained access to extremely sensitive information such as names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, driver’s license numbers.... Read More
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Equinix Australian data centres to be used for new Australia to Asia cable system

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U.S. data centre giant Equinix has announced that its international business exchange (IBX) data centres in Melbourne and Sydney will be used for Vocus Communications’ Australian-Singapore Cable (ASC) submarine cable system. The addition of the ASC means that connections between Australia and Southeast Asia will be improved. Equinix has stated that the ASC will use more than 150 networks in Sydney and more than 35 in Melbourne, enabling high-speed connectivity in the APAC region. Vocus CEO, Geoff Horth, noted that by using Equinix, the cable will be able to cover all major carrier and cloud providers. Horth ... Read More
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Building an effective big data strategy

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Johnson Poh, head of data science at the Big Data Analytics Centre of Excellence at DBS Bank, writes on the critical steps to take when developing a big data strategy In order to implement an effective big data strategy, businesses need to grasp three critical layers of development; data engineering, advanced analytics and lastly visualization and insights. The core of the data engineering layer, which relates to the infrastructural aspects of the implementation pipeline, pays focus to the the setup of a data repository, distributed file system such as HDFS and data processing functions. The second layer covers the application of advanced analytics and statistical learning models for the purposes of... Read More
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Cyber attack group with links to Russia attacking western energy sector, says Symantec

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The western energy sector is being targeted by a sophisticated attack group with links to Russia, according to a Symantec report. The Californian security giant has pointed to a resurgence in attacks on the energy industry in Europe and North America, which it links to the re-emergence of cyber espionage group Dragonfly. The initial Dragonfly group has been operating since 2011, but went through a quiet spell in 2014 after being exposed by researchers, including those at Symantec. However, the new report states that the group appears to have begun working again in late 2015... Read More
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HPE beats expectations in third quarter earnings

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HPE has released its third quarter earnings for this year, with better than expected results causing its stock price to rise. Net revenue for the quarter was up 3% from the same period last year, at $8.2 billion – equating to a rise of 6% when adjusted for divestitures and currency. Earnings per share (EPS), after GAAP dilution, came to $0.10 (approx. £0.07), significantly more than the previously provided outlook of $0.02. The company notes that this is largely due to the spinoff of its non-core software assets to Micro Focus, a deal which was recently completed. Non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.31, down nine cents from $0.40 in last year’s third quarter. HPE CEO, Meg Whitman, view... Read More
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Autonomous car startup FiveAI receives public and private funding

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UK autonomous car startup FiveAI has received nearly £27 million in funding, from both government and private investors. The Cambridge based, research-intensive firm, says it is “well on its way” to creating tech that will allow vehicles to autonomously deal with busy roads, including pedestrians and cyclists. FiveAI CEO Stan Boland identified the company’s aim as being to reduce the number of people travelling on their own, and to use FiveAI’s tech to potentially create autonomous public transport. FiveAI is taking on the market through two strategies; first, by building its own system to create allo... Read More
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HPE acquires Cloud Technology Partners to build out hybrid IT offering

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced it will acquire Boston-based consultancy firm Cloud Technology Partners (CTP) as it moves to assert its position in the global hybrid cloud market. CTP supports large organisations with their cloud migration and IT transformation journeys, from advising on on-premises data centre solutions to SaaS delivery strategies. HPE hopes that the new addition will help it boost its consultancy capabilities and ability to aid clients in implementing effective hybrid cloud deployments. HPE will also inherit CTP’s hybrid cloud management suite, Managed Cloud Controls, which is designed for customers struggling to ... Read More
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Study argues for re-think of server consolidation in data centres

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A study by a group of international researchers has been released arguing that server consolidation may be costing data centres money rather than saving it. The study notes that demand for servers fluctuates and is unpredictable. Often, as an energy saving method, idle servers are turned off. All of the virtual machines (VMs), are placed on to as few physical machines (PMs) as possible, in a process known as consolidation. It notes that ‘the average utilisation of physical resources in cloud data centres is between 10% and 50%.’ When demand spikes and the idle servers are required again, the ‘on-off’ cycles affect hardware reliability... Read More
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Mercedes leads $250m funding for ride sharing startup Via

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Ride sharing startup Via has raised a large funding round in an attempt to expand outside of the U.S. The exact total amount of funding has not been disclosed, but it has been reported to be around $250 million (approx. £192.8 million). $50 million of this has come from German automotive group Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz. The investment comes as part of a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via. The partnership means Via’s on-demand shuttle service will soon be available in London, using the German vans. Via is fundamentally different from other... Read More
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UK software firm Aveva merges with Schneider Electric

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Schneider has carried out a takeover of UK engineering software developer Aveva. Cambridge based firm Aveva will merge with the software branch of French energy giant Schneider to form a larger company worth around £3 billion. The terms of the deal mean that Schneider will take a 60% stake in the new larger group, in what has been called a ‘reverse takeover’ by the companies. Aveva will keep the remaining 40%, while its shareholders will receive £550 million from Schneider and £100 million from Aveva. The successful deal comes after two failed atte... Read More
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China Mobile selects Djibouti Data Center for African expansion

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China Mobile International (CMI) has announced a new partnership with Djibouti Data Center (DDC) as it looks to expand its network services into the African continent. The agreement will see China Mobile International, a subsidiary of China Mobile Limited, establish its own colocation and undersea fibre cable access services in east Africa. According to the announcement, DDC will help CMI to establish cable head access, cross-connect and colocation facilities just metres from Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing station which acts a... Read More
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Samsung announces plans to connect all devices by 2020

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Samsung has announced its plan to connect all of its products in order to create a ‘hyper-connected world.’ The South Korean giant is looking to take advantage of its unusual position, noting that it ‘is one of the few global companies that covers everything from IT and home appliances to integral abilities and components.’ In order to create the mooted hyper-connected world, the company intends to connect all Samsung products by 2020, using Samsung Connect, a cloud computing based integral platform and application. As well as being connected by this applicati... Read More
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Microsoft launches new startup accelerator program in Berlin

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Microsoft has announced its newest European startup accelerator program, in a move that helps tie software startups to its Azure services. The Microsoft Accelerator program looks to equip startups with tools to help them develop their product and grow their organisation. Microsoft gives the companies networking opportunities, funding, access to equipment, training and management in order to achieve this. The program runs in seven countries, and over the years has helped 647 startups gain more than $3 billion (appro... Read More
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Up to six million Instagram accounts affected by data breach

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Up to six million Instagram users may have had their email addresses and phone numbers made public following a data breach. What initially appeared to be a hack only affecting celebrities and verified accounts has been shown to have also affected many ordinary users. The breach initially came to prominence when Instagram’s most followed user, Selena Gomez, had her account hacked, and a nude photo of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber was posted to the account. Instagram officials stated that the flaw that had allowed this to happen had been fixed but it then became apparent that the breach was more significant than that. A bug left some users’ phone numbers and email addresses exposed even if they hadn’t be... Read More
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Flock of major names release gadgets at IFA 2017

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One of Europe’s biggest tech shows is back. Mixed reality headsets, wearables in business and 3D scanning phones are just some of the gadgets on show at IFA 2017, held in Berlin. Playing host to major names such as Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and Dell, the show exhibits cutting-edge products, mostly consumer, though many of them with applications in business. Of particular interest to many is Asus’ mixed reality headset, which features two inside out cameras, a gyroscope, accelerometer, 3K res... Read More
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White paper recommends gas-powered backup generators for the data centre

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A new white paper from Wartsila advocates the use of gas generators, rather than diesel-powered, as an option for emergency power in the data centre. The paper claims that state-of-the-art gas engines have a similar speed to startup in an emergency as the more prevalent diesel version, but unlike a diesel engine, a gas-fired engine can be used to generate power in situations other than in emergencies, helping to increase overall energy savings. Initially, speed to startup was a barrier to the selection of natural gas over diesel generators. In an emergency situation, it is important for... Read More
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UK insurtech investment up 2500% on 2016

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New research from Accenture shows that £218 million has been invested in insurance technology startups in the first half of 2017 – up from £7.8 million the previous year. This represents an increase of over 2500% in year-over-year figures. Investment in insurance technology startups, or insurtech, have been bolstered by some recent, extremely large investments including the £180 million invested in Gryphon, an insurtech startup focused on critical illness and income protection. Just last week, ... Read More
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Cloud data management startup Rubrik sees investment from NBA star Durant

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Cloud data management startup Rubrik has gained an unexpected investor in the form of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. The basketballer, who was named 2017 NBA Finals MVP, has invested an undisclosed amount in the rapidly growing Palo Alto firm, which describes itself as the ‘world’s first platform to orchestrate data for hybrid cloud enterprises anytime, anywhere.’ As well as investment, the company will also take on the star as an advisor on strategic initiatives and content development opportunities, through Thirty Five Media, Durant’s business arm. Durant, who plays for the Golden State Warriors, ... Read More
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Fortrust and Megaport partner for cloud connectivity

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Fortrust, a nationally-recognized provider of colocation services based in Denver, Colorado has announced a partnership with Megaport, a leader in software-defined networking (SDN). The new partnership is intended to enable Fortrust customers to launch multicloud environments, while maintaining seamless connectivity with hyperscale cloud providers. Fortrust customers can also expect to benefit from access to the Megaport global network, gaining provisioning and resources from Megaport partners, which include the world’s largest clou... Read More
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Microsoft and Amazon play matchmaker between Cortana and Alexa

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Amazon and Microsoft’s smart assistants will now be able to talk to each other, making them accessible from new devices and able to work together. In a collaborative project between the two giants, it means that customers soon will be able to turn to their Echo device and ask Alexa to open Cortana, or turn to a Windows device and ask Cortana to open Alexa. Corporate VP of Cortana engineering, Andrew Shuman, noted that he himself uses multiple personal assistants, and Microsoft’s collaboration with Amazon came about ‘because people use and interact with all kinds o... Read More
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Target leaving AWS in wake of Whole Foods acquisition

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In the aftermath of the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods, finalized this week, Target is reportedly considering a move away from using Amazon Web Services for cloud and data center services. According to CNBC, Target intends to leave AWS entirely by the end of this year, moving e-commerce, mobile apps and operations away from Amazon. Target joins other retailers, notably Wal-Mart, in selecting alternative providers for cloud and technology services. With the web company’s latest foray into the brick-and-mortar retail arena, companies like Target and Wal-Mart appear to be fighti... Read More
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TierPoint announces new commercial data centre in Baltimore

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TierPoint, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, is building a new commercial data centre in Baltimore, not long after expanding its current facility in the same city. BWI Technology Park will play host to TierPoint’s plans for approximately 35,000 sq. ft. of total space, with around 23,000 sq. ft. of raised floor space. With the initial investment into the data centre being more than $10 million (approx. £7.7 million), the carrier-neutral facility will have a variety of features. The Baltimore data centre is planned to have fully redundant and generator-bac... Read More
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IBM Watson uses artificial intelligence at U.S. Open

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IBM is hoping to serve up an ace by using artificial intelligence (AI) at this year’s U.S. Open. The Watson AI system will automatically generate match and player highlights by assessing images and video, as well as statistical tennis data and the reaction of the crowd and player. The system will take what it considers to be the best and most important highlights and auto-curate them. IBM VP of sports and entertainment partnerships, Noah Syken, said: “The US Open is packed with so much action across so many courts that even the fastest video team is challenged to keep pace with what’s happening. To meet that challenge, Watson is now watching the matches alongside the USTA.” Part of the intention of Watson’... Read More