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Blockchain company to launch Bluetooth IoT in Dubai

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Moeco.io, a Hong-Kong based startup, has partnered with Yzerchat to create a blockchain technology-based, broadband-enabled, Bluetooth network for IoT devices in Dubai. Moeco provides a blockchain-powered platform, which can then be used to provide IoT device connectivity via Bluetooth connection.  Moeco has partnered with Yzerchat, an automatic translating messaging app popular in the United Arab Emirates. Combining an existing app with the Moeco will turn any smartphone with the Yzerchat app installed into a Bluetooth-connected IoT data-gathering device. With t... Read More
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Australian engineers design silicon-based quantum chip

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Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have unveiled a new design for a silicon-based quantum computer processor. The design is built on existing semiconductor technology, with innovative architecture that allows for quantum calculations. The new chip design could represent a giant step forward in the quantum computing arena; not in the least because it can be manufactured in an existing semiconductor facility, as the design is based on complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology – the basis for all modern semiconductor chips. The silicon-based quantum chip incorporates a transistor-based control ... Read More
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Microsoft launches Azure Stack in India

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Microsoft has launched its Azure Stack in India, to assist customers in building customized, hybrid cloud environments and applications using Azure products. With today’s launch, Azure Stack partners including Dell, EMC, Lenovo and Cisco have begun to ship Azure Stack to Indian customers. Microsoft has also prepared local partners including Netmagic, Embee and G7CR for the local launch of Azure Stack, so that companies that are new to the product can begin to build on-premises cloud storage and applications. Microsoft announced at the same time that 70 of the top 100 comp... Read More
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Cloud computing in 2018: what the future holds

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Cloud computing is now so ubiquitous that it could deservedly just be called ‘computing.’ As it continues to dominate the entire landscape of technology and computing, it is difficult to assess where it is headed. Those in the know, the industry insiders, give that their best shot here.  Chip Childers, CTO of Cloud Foundry Foundation We are shifting to a “cloud-first” world more and more. Even with private data centres, the use of cloud technologies is changing how we think about infrastructure, application platforms and software development. While it was useful to have the term “cloud computing” as a way to distinguish self-service, API addressable technologie... Read More
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Alibaba Cloud may open second Dubai data centre

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Alibaba Cloud has announced that a second Dubai data centre is under consideration, to be built in 2018. At a press event today for the celebration of the one-year anniversary of its first data centre in Dubai, Simon Hu, SVP of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud, said that digital transformation in the region is growing enormously, and that additional capacity will be required to meet those needs. “We see great potential here, and hope we can continue to bring our successful experiences that we have learnt in China to the UAE to make it a benchmark for digital transformation in the future... Read More
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What’s happening in the data centre in 2018

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With the data centre changing quicker than ever, the industry can look drastically different from one year to the next. Industry insiders tell us what we can expect to see in the future.  Kelly Morgan, vice president, services, 451 Research We are expecting to see continued acquisitions in the sector, since scale is so important. There are also several relatively new private equity firms investing in the sector that are looking to add to the acquisitions they made this year. There is growing interest by cloud providers in adding data centres in countries where they do not currently have locations, partly in response to the GDPR but also due to cloud growth generally as wel... Read More
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Iron Mountain to buy IO data centres for $1.3 billion

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Iron Mountain has announced a commitment to purchase the U.S. data centre facilities from IO Data Centers LLC. Iron Mountain has agreed to pay $1.315 billion (approx. £1 billion), plus up to an additional $60 million based on future performance. With the acquisition, Iron Mountain will take possession of four data centres in the U.S. located in Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Edison, NJ and Columbus, OH. The four sites have a combined total of 728,000 square feet and 62 MW capacity, with the potential to expand to an additional 77 MW in the Arizona and New Jersey locations. The latest purchase follows Iron Mountain’s data centre acquisition strategy, with the purchase of ... Read More
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Facebook announces two new data centres in Oregon

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Facebook has announced that it will build two new data centre facilities at its existing campus in Prineville, Oregon. The company expects to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the new buildings, adding to the already billion-dollar campus. Workers will break ground on the first of two new buildings before the end of 2017 and the facility is expected to begin serving traffic by 2020. The second facility will break ground next year and become operational in 2021. The original Prineville data centre, opened in 2011, was Facebook’s first privately constructed, custom-built data centre. Since then, the campus has expanded to four separate buildings comprising more than 1.25 million square feet of usable space. ... Read More
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Neural networks translation breakthrough made at MIT

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MIT researchers have found that changing the way neural networks look at data makes them better at understanding languages. Researchers discovered that by applying a recently developed interpretative technique, they could analyse neural networks and assess the way they work. What they found is that the systems typically concentrated on lower-level tasks, such as sound recognition, before moving onto higher-level tasks, like understanding the nuances of sentences and different ways they could be interpreted. Neural networks Importantly, the researchers also found that while carrying out this process, the systems were choosing not to assess a certain type of data. Once told to include this, the systems improv... Read More
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Cloud firm Enter grows Milan data centre site

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Cloud provider Enter has expanded its data centre footprint to help give businesses further connectivity options. The Italian firm has built a second site in Milan, attached to its existing facility there. The new neutral interconnection facility is intended to give customers access to various carriers and content providers through its ‘Meet-Me Room.’ With redundant power distribution and five days of backup power from a generator, the two sites are designed to give a reliable environment for telecom colocation. Connectivity Thanks to a large metro dark fibre network, customers at the new Milan site will have the option of gaining access to hundreds of networks that sit within the campus, as well as con... Read More
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What to consider when defining your new data strategy

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Mathias Golombek, CTO at Exasol, writes on how businesses are adapting to incorporate new data strategies Big data is no longer just hype and a buzzword. However, focussing on the term big data is missing the point. We have moved on to a place where business-oriented ‘data strategies’ should be the focus. By changing the focus from big data to data strategies, businesses and teams are starting to see real value being delivered from data insights. The definition of Big Data used to be predicated on technological details. The driver of Map Reduce and the underlying technologies were software developers, who loved to work on parallel clusters and use open source stuff such as Hadoop. But the projec... Read More
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Security spending rockets amid tighter rules and growing fear

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Worried cybersecurity professionals are spending more than ever on protecting their businesses, Gartner has found. $96.3 billion (approx. £72 billion) will be spent on security around the world in 2018, according to the research firm. Stricter regulations and a growing awareness of security risks are the main reasons why security departments are reaching for the wallet more often. “Overall, a large portion of security spending is driven by an organization’s reaction toward security breaches as more high profile cyberattacks and data breaches affect organizations worldwide,” said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner... Read More
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VMware partners with Carbon Black for security in virtual data centre

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VMware and Carbon Black have finalised a new security product that uses smart whitelisting for software-defined data centres. The cloud-based product pulls together two ways of protecting a virtualized data centre. It uses its knowledge of how applications should behave, to ensure that behaviour is allowed. This capability is built into VMware’s existing product AppDefense. Alongside this, it uses advanced and automated threat detection and prevention, through Carbon Black’s anti-virus tool, Cb Defense. The combination of a product that is able to recognise the correct way an application should behave and one which can quickly and effectively shut down threats once it is not should, in theory, cover all bases... Read More
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Cray joins big data team at U.S. research centre

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Supercomputing firm Cray has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s big data research group to work on major scientific problems. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), set up under the American energy department, is the country’s primary scientific computing facility, and also plays host to the Big Data Centre (BDC). This smaller organisation, established in August this year, is the group that Cray has joined. Cray will help the Big Data Centre with its work on the Department of Energy’s main data-intensive science problems, by using the scale and performance of its XC40 computer. The XC40 lives at the NERSC and is nicknamed ‘Cori’ after Gerty Cori, the first American woman to win a No... Read More
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The Voice of the Industry: Fixing the gender diversity travesty

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Very few people alive today can remember the era when women couldn’t vote. As laws and attitudes continue to improve, many argue that society has arrived at the destination of gender equality. That illusion has been violently shattered in recent months. A scandal in Hollywood has once again raised the question of sexual harassment at work, followed by the #MeToo campaign, and Time magazine’s decision to name the ‘Silence Breakers’ as its Person of the Year. These battles are fought everywhere. Women in tech are shining a light on the blatant inequality that still exists in what is, unfortunately, a male-dominated industry. Here are three women in the industry and their take. Lin Casson, Directo... Read More
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Cloud Distribution adds data centre team and two new vendors

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A data centre infrastructure team and two vendors have been added to the payroll at Cloud Distribution. Bosses at Cloud Distribution, a value-added distributor that currently specialises in security, networking and storage, decided the firm’s portfolio should expand into data centre infrastructure (DCI). This expansion means the introduction of a DCI team. Deals have also been signed to bring in vendor partners Actifio and Accelstor. These companies now sit alongside firms such as Acronis, Arista Networks, and Pivot3 in Cloud Distribution’s list of vendor partners. The entire portfolio will be managed by Cloud Infrastructure’s new DCI team. The data centre team will be a source of information for Cloud ... Read More
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Tech firms top Glassdoor rankings despite year of controversy

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Happy tech staff have catapulted three big names to the top of the Glassdoor UK rankings, citing talent-filled workplaces. Google, Facebook and Salesforce all found themselves in the top five in Glassdoor’s list of the 50 best places to work in the UK. Employees can rate companies anonymously on Glassdoor, list pros and cons, whether they recommend the company, and their view of the CEO. Glassdoor is seen by many as a reliable indicator of workplace happiness because the people doing the rating remain unnamed. Culture Technology companies dominated the list, with Google once again placing top with a 4.5 rating. Facebook and Salesforce came fourth and fifth respectively, each with a 4.4 rating. The average... Read More
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Verne Global unveils HPC as-a-service because of huge demand

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Engineers and scientists can take advantage of a new high performance computing platform thanks to a release from Verne Global. Verne bosses say the new high performance computing (HPC) as-a-service platform has been released as a result of massive demand from its existing customers. People specialising in computer-aided engineering, genomic sequencing, molecular modelling, grid computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning are likely to find the release useful, given the need for massive compute power in those fields. High performance computing refers to systems that can carry out many more operations at once than regular computers due to an aggregation of processors. This level of compute power comes in... Read More
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Barclays cuts ties with Kaspersky following NCSC guidance

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Kaspersky Labs’ PR troubles continue after Barclays bank discontinued its policy of offering the Russian firm’s anti-virus software to new customers. The decision by the UK bank, which counts itself amongst the country’s ‘Big Four’ and has revenues of more than £20 billion, comes after the UK’s cybersecurity chief advised against government departments using Kaspersky software. As well as no longer offering a download of the software to new customers, the bank also emailed 290,000 existing customers as a precaution. The problems for Kaspersky stem from questions over its connection to the Russian state, given Russia’s continued efforts at disrupting western states, including the UK, through cyber atta... Read More
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Equinix releases major SDN inter-metro interconnection service

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Equinix has made a major addition to its interconnection offering, using software-defined networking (SDN) technology to allow easier connection between different data centre locations. The Californian data centre and interconnection giant has announced the introduction of direct physical and virtual connection of its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres. This means that the company’s customers will be able to connect to any other customer from any Equinix location. This service will be carried out by the Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, which was previously called the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX). Using SDN capabilities already built into ECX, it will allow customers to connect their own infrastructure acros... Read More
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Flexenclosure earns first Australian contract with Virtutel

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Swedish prefabricated data centre manufacturer has been commissioned to build 20 data centres across Australia by telecoms provider Virtutel. Initially deploying in Albury, New South Wales, the Australian telecommunications firm will establish facilities in regional cities across the country, through its data centre subsidiary VirtuDC. The project is part of the company’s wider intention to establish a set of interconnected carrier-neutral data centres all over the country, in order to be able to serve technologies that require low latency connections at ‘the edge’, such as IoT devices and driverless cars. Swedish firm Flexenclosure specialises in setting up data centre facilities in extremely challenging env... Read More
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Cannabis production firm Calyx opens data centre to mine Bitcoin

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A subsidiary of Vancouver-based cannabis production firm Calyx Bio-Ventures has opened a data centre to mine cryptocurrency. Canada Blockchain Hosting (CBH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calyx, has acquired its first cryptocurrency mining and blockchain data validation operation, in British Columbia, Canada. The firm has purchased 50 mining units, each with seven GPUs, with rights to another 40 units. As well as these purchases, the transaction has given the company access to its second data centre location. Calyx states that the next stage of its cryptocurrency strategy will be the installation of 1000 sq. feet of data centre space in its new office headquarters, which will accommodate around 100 mining units, each... Read More
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NATO members consider cyber attacks against adversaries

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A group of NATO members are considering altering cybersecurity policies to allow governments to attack back, rather than working only in a defensive capacity. The U.S., UK, Germany, Norway, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands are working on a set of cyber warfare principles, according to Reuters. These principles would guide their respective militaries on when cyber-attacks would be justified, in much the same way as existing rules for conventional warfare. The countries concerned are looking to agree on the principles by early 2019. The organisation has already recogn... Read More
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Fire protection systems: no longer something to fear

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Cedric Verstrynge, product specialist, and Don Mitchell, data centre division manager, at Victaulic, discuss why fire protection worries data centre operators as much as fire itself, and how that can change It’s a counterintuitive idea, but for many data centre managers and operators, the thought of engaging their fire protection system causes as much anxiety as an actual blaze. This is because the impact from fire suppression systems can be equal to or even exceed the damage caused by fire, due to the damage it causes to IT equipment and the data centre facility, and the resulting disruption to business processes. This fear exists thanks to the nature of existing fire suppression systems, such a... Read More
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Equinix releases security-as-a-service offering SmartKey

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Data centre and interconnection giant Equinix has introduced a hardware security module (HSM) as-a-service offering, called the SmartKey. HSMs are used by a growing number of businesses for security purposes, in place of traditional on-premise encryption techniques, which are complex and typically don’t work well when trying to operate across multiple clouds. Historically, cryptographic processing (encryption) and management of the encryption keys has been a major part of the protection of sensitive data within an on-premise data centre. However, due to the cost and complexity of the management and deployment of this process, as well as the difficulties faced when moving to the cloud with classical encryption, mor... Read More
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AWS releases IoT offerings covering deployment and analysis

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AWS has announced a range of new IoT services on the platform, after CEO Andy Jassy spoke of the growing importance of the technology at AWS re:Invent. At the Las Vegas event, Jassy argued that two current tech ‘buzzwords’ that are actually living up to their hype are IoT and machine learning. Now, the company has released six services that make it easier to set up IoT devices, and analyse the data that comes from them. Four of these services and capabilities come under the ‘AWS IoT’ umbrella, with the introduction of 1-Click, Device Management, Device Defender and Analytics. As well as these services, the company has adopted Amazon FreeRTOS, an operating system for devices with extremely low computing power, su... Read More
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HPE working with industrial technology firm towards Industry 4.0

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HPE is partnering with Swiss industrial robotics and automation firm ABB to get better insights from the data produced in industrial settings. The global partnership will use HPE’s hybrid IT services to help customers make the most of the mass of data that is created by ABB’s industrial technology products. This, the companies believe, will help customers improve their businesses with increased efficiency and flexibility. ABB is a leader in the type of technology likely to be used in what has been termed ‘Industry 4.0’. This means smart, connected technology being used in heavy industry, construction, manufacturing and retail. The advantage of using connected devices in these settings is that the data they produce ... Read More
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Cloud computing in healthcare worth $10 billion by 2021, says Frost & Sullivan

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Cloud computing in healthcare will be worth nearly $10 billion (approx. £7.5 billion) by 2021, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan. The research looked at the levels of revenue generated by vendors offering cloud computing services to healthcare providers and analysed the major growth opportunities, challenges, business models and solutions found in the healthcare industry. It found that though healthcare has historically been slow to adopt to technological change, including moving to the cloud, attitudes are changing, largely as a result of demand from across the industry to take advantage of health data in order to improve efficiency and give ‘value-based care.’ The future growth of cloud computin... Read More
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Curvature on innovative IT on tight budgets

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Curvature deputy general manager for APAC, Jason Ogden, speaks at Cloud Expo Asia about the difficulties faced by a modern IT department in pursuing innovative IT while working under increasingly tight budgetary restrictions. Odgens discusses the ways in which Curvature helps IT organisations re-assess the way they look at budgets, buying cycles and myths around infrastructure refreshment. “One of the prevalent myths is that infrastructure needs to be refreshed every three to five years, and that simply isn’t the case. Not all portions of the infrastructure or network are created equal, so each asset needs to be analysed and assessed whether it’s still fit for purpose.” Watch the video to find out more.... Read More
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Cloud firm Webair invests millions into New York data centre

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Infrastructure service provider Webair is investing $20 million (approx. £15 million) in its New York data centre over the next four years. The firm will carry out a number of upgrades at its Long Island facility, driven by its recent acceptance on to New York’s Empire State Development program. It has also recently received an allocation of 1MW of hydropower from local authority scheme ReCharge NY. According to Webair, demand for low latency compliance cloud and managed hybrid infrastructure is growing. The upgrades being carried out are intended to meet this growing demand, with the installation a third generator as well as further UPS and HVAC capacity in order to support the additional 1MW of load. As well as... Read More
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Enemalta signs deal with Streamcast to invest in data centres

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Maltese energy provider Enemalta is partnering with private IP cloud operator Streamcast Technologies to invest $75 million (approx. £67 million) in data centres worldwide, starting with a facility in Malta. The investment is intended to help Enemalta take advantage of its existing underground infrastructure as well as its international fibre optic connectivity. The agreement means that Streamcast will be using Enemalta’s underground installation in the town of Marsa in Malta to develop a Tier IV facility. The site will take advantage of the area’s ‘inherent structural stability and security,’ and consistently low temperatures. The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week, with the s... Read More
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NTT making movements into Africa through subsidiary Internet Solutions

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NTT subsidiary Internet Solutions of South Africa has announced it will be delivering NTT’s Nexcenter data centre service in Africa. Internet Solutions, a leading pan-African telecoms provider, has signed a partnership with parent organisations NTT Dimension Data and NTT Communications to provide the service across the continent. The partnership is intended to benefit enterprise businesses from the United States, Europe and Asia by helping them expand their business into South Africa. The deal will give these businesses access to high quality data centre services, something that is often harder to find in Africa than elsewhere. As well as benefitting companies outside of South Africa, the move gives businesses fro... Read More
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UK government makes AI key part of industrial strategy

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The UK government has announced that artificial intelligence (AI) will be a core part of its new industrial strategy. The Industrial Strategy, announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark, aims to create a long-term plan for improving the country’s productivity issues and strengthen the economy, partially through the adoption of new technologies such as AI. The strategy contains four ‘sector deals’, which intend to help the chosen sectors grow and ready businesses in these areas for future developments. One of the sectors chosen by the government is artificial intelligence. This sector deal will bring about ‘immediate, tangible actions’ to advance the UK’s AI and data-driven economy, with the intention of ... Read More
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Data, tech and world records: Mark Beaumont on his round the world ride

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Mark Beaumont recently broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe on a bike, covering an astonishing 18,000 miles in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. To achieve this, on almost all of those days, he rode for 16 hours, covered 260 miles and burned 9000 calories. It is a feat of almost unparalleled human endurance, which will rightly go down in the history books. Beaumont spoke to The Stack about the lesser human element: the impact that technology and data analysis had on his ride. There were many factors that went into getting rider and bike from Paris to Paris via the world in such a short space of time. Crucial to this ride was Beaumont’s decision to carry out the ride with a support crew. Ten years ago, he... Read More
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ICO advises parents to turn off cameras on kids’ toys

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to parents over the dangers of internet-connected children’s toys. In the lead-up to Christmas, many will be considering buying children’s presents that are connected to the internet, and as such leave themselves vulnerable to cyberattacks. As with many consumer IoT products, there are considerable security implications, given that the majority of smart home devices come without encryption or security protection. Now, the ICO has warned that children ma... Read More
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HPE releases machine learning platform for the data centre

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the release of InfoSight, a predictive analysis platform for data centres. The recommendation engine, designed to ‘simplify and reduce the guesswork in managing infrastructure’, is, according to HPE, the first in the industry to use artificial intelligence. The platform will use advanced machine learning to bring software-defined intelligence to data centre maintenance, with the hope that it will be able to predict and prevent infrastructure difficulties before they happen. According to the company, this is part of a move towards data centres that... Read More
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Symantec selects AWS as cloud provider

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Amazon has announced that it has been chosen to provide Symantec with strategic infrastructure services for the majority of cloud workloads. Symantec will use AWS to deliver cloud security to global customers, as part of a continuing relationship between the two companies. Not only is Symantec using AWS for cloud-based infrastructure operations, it will also use the AWS Marketplace to deliver security services. The company has constructed a data lake on AWS, collecting data from 175 million endpoints and 57 million attack vectors, according to the announcement by Amazon. This provides Symantec with a constantly updated global security dataset amounting to tens of terabytes every day. Raj Patel, Vice President, Cloud Platfo... Read More
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Amazon to use data centre waste heat to warm corporate offices

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Amazon recently reached a deal to use waste heat from a neighbouring, non-Amazon data centre, to heat its new corporate office complex. The agreement provides that the Westin Building Exchange, a 34-story data centre with over 60,000 square feet of managed colocation space, will vent its heat to a central plant in the Amazon tower. Waste water is then run through heat-reclaiming chillers to raise the temperature to 130°F, and that heated water is used to provide warmth to the Amazon offices through the chilly Seattle winter. The waste heat recovery system will event... Read More
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Looking at the business impact of fire suppression in the data centre

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Carl Bryan of Wagner UK looks at how fire suppression can go further in the data centre, to protect crucial business assets. Until very recently fire protection, although a legal building requirement, has been viewed as an afterthought by many in the IT sector. We are now deep into the digital age, where technology and electronic information plays a vital part of daily life. How can it be then, that protection from the effects of fire is not seen by IT stakeholders as a vital component of infrastructure in much same the way as adding a roof to a building? Consultants are often focussed on utilising the latest smart ... Read More
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Huawei announces ‘Site on Demand’ for emerging markets

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Huawei, a leader in telecommunications equipment manufacturing, has announced the availability of Site on Demand, a new solution for mobile broadband (MBB) technology to help operators provide cost-effective coverage in emerging markets. Site on Demand offers pre-set, tightly integrated infrastructure and network equipment, with four different versions to cover different environmental scenarios. Each type of site allows for zero-site deployment, self-backhaul, and centralized power supply. According to Huawei, the Site on Demand can reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) for MBB operators by approximately 30%... Read More
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Critical security vulnerability in millions of Intel processors

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Intel has released a security alert regarding a critical elevation of privilege vulnerability that affects millions of servers and computers. This alert impacts systems using Intel Management Engine (ME) Firmware versions 11.0 and higher, Server Platform Service (SPS) Firmware version 4.0, and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) version 3.0. By accessing the elevation of privilege vulnerability, an attacker could gain access to the platform and could impact local security features, load and execute malicious code, and cause system instability or even crash the system entirely. Affected produc... Read More
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Metronode opens second Wollongong data centre

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Australian data centre builder and operator Metronode has opened its second Wollongong facility just six months after breaking ground. The facility has hit the requirements for both the Uptime Institute Tier III certification, as well as a 4.5 rating under the Australian government environmental rating agency, NABERS. The firm is the only operator in the country with four facilities having achieved a NABERS 4.5 data centre rating. The firm has undertaken a major construction program this year, with a total of A$150 million (approx. £85 million) of investment in 2017. It first opened a site in Wollongong, a New South Wales coastal city, five years ago, winning major business from the New South Wales government to he... Read More
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Comtec Power signs deal with IP House to upgrade London data centre

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Data centre design and build specialist Comtec Power has signed a contract with London colocation start-up IP House to undertake a critical data centre upgrade. Once the upgrade of the London Docklands site is completed the 16,000 sq. feet facility will meet the Uptime Institute Tier III requirements, meaning the carrier-neutral site will be able to give customers fast, secure and resilient colo services. Tier III is currently the second-most rigorous set of uptime requirements, and is necessary for customers who need real-time delivery for a large part of their revenue stream. IP House is looking to attract high-value customers in the City of London and Canary Wharf, in industries such as financial services, gaming and on... Read More
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The need for a holistic approach to data centre fire suppression

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Preventing a fire in a data centre, and understanding how to deal with the situation if it does happen, is one of the most critical aspects of data centre operation. Studies into why data centres fail have revealed that the number one cause is, unsurprisingly, IT-related disasters, followed by power problems. Coming in at number three is fire. Given how much time and money is invested in the former two issues, fire suppression gets comparatively little consideration. This seems concerning given that, once IT is excluded, and only facilities issues are taken into account, the greatest amount of downtime comes from fire events, with the average time to recovery after a blaze being 25 hours. As well as dealing with a f... Read More
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AirTrunk opens second Australian hyperscale data centre

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Hyperscale data centre specialist AirTrunk has opened its second Asia Pacific facility, in West Melbourne. The facility is the Australian firm’s second data centre, with another in Sydney. Like its sister facility, the site is designed for large cloud, content and enterprise customers, particularly those looking for a ‘secure and reliable solution for housing high volumes of information.’ The site also meets the stringent security requirements set by the Australian government. Once completed, the site will have a total capacity of more than 50MW across 20 data halls, making the facility the largest carrier-neutral data centre in the Australian state of Victoria. The firm’s founder and CEO, Robin Khuda, belie... Read More
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The unstoppable force of progress in fintech

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Efi Pylarinou, fintech advisor at Daily Fintech, discusses how many of the recent changes in the financial world are unstoppable, and why that will ultimately benefit the consumer For anyone that entered the fintech ecosystem in 2017, says Pylarinou, would not have seen it as the ‘business war zone’ of previous years. Now, fintechs are looking for partnerships with incumbents or exits, and incumbents are looking at fintechs as a way of outsourcing R&D or effective go-to-market strategies as part of their digitisation roadmap. For the most part, the war of disruption between the ‘navy and the pirates’ has toned down, with fintech merger and acquisition activity increasing. We live in a worl... Read More
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How cloud exchanges are changing the face of the telecoms industry

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Ilissa Miller, CEO and founder of iMiller Public Relations and president of the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association, discusses how cloud exchanges are changing the way businesses buy and manage their networks assets Miller believes that the rapid pace of technological innovation is creating a major challenge for companies in how they deploy and secure networks. In-house teams can work very well but are limited due to a work environment that naturally points their focus internally. On the other hand, external consultants, firms and providers have a significantly clearer overall picture, with a view of the entire global infrastructure landscape. This includes opportunities available to companies, as ... Read More
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Cloud used by nearly all mid-market retailers, says report

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Cloud technology has been almost universally adopted in the retail sector, according to the findings of a new study from Six Degrees and Martec. The Minimising IT Risk in Retail 2018 report, which surveyed 35 UK and Ireland mid-market retailers with revenues in excess of £20 million, found that 94% are happy to use the cloud for business-critical applications, up from 87% in 2015. The report, commissioned by cloud managed services provider Six Degrees and carried out by specialist retail consultants Martec International, focusses on how the retail sector perceives business and IT risks. As well as an increased use of cloud technologies, there has been a decreased perception of risk. There has been a rise of 9% in t... Read More
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Google chief lawyer slams ‘right to be forgotten’ ECJ cases

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Google’s chief lawyer has criticised two European Court of Justice (ECJ) cases on the right to be forgotten, claiming they infringe on the public’s ‘right to know.’ Kent Walker, SVP and general counsel at the Mountain View behemoth, wrote in a blog post that the two cases ‘threaten the balance’ that Google has looked to pursue when assessing requests to be delisted. In Europe, citizens are legally able to ask for information about themselves to be removed from search results if they believe it is outdated or irrelevant. Walker states that ‘from the outset, we hav... Read More
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Facebook signs deal to fuel Nebraska data centre with wind power

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Green energy firm Enel has started construction on a Nebraska wind farm that will produce 100% of the energy for Facebook’s new data centre in the state. The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, as it will be called, will have a total installed capacity of 320MW, of which 200MW will go to Facebook to power 100% of its new Papillion, Nebraska facility. Facebook has bought the 200MW package under a bundled, long-term power purchase agreement, for its data centre located about 120 miles from the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm. The wind farm is slated to cost Enel around $430 million (approx. £326 million) and is located in Dixon County, Nebraska. It will be able to generate an estimated 1.3TWh each year once fully operational ... Read More
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Arqiva to deploy small cell technology in London borough lampposts

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Arqiva has gained exclusive access to 16,000 lampposts in the London borough of Waltham Forest, allowing them to deploy small cell technology that will help deliver 5G. The UK communications infrastructure firm is intending to improve telecommunications infrastructure in the area through the technology. This will help mobile network operators (MNOs) expand mobile coverage and capacity, as well as eventually helping deliver 5G. Small cell units can be placed on ‘street furniture’ – objects like lampposts and bollards, or onto the sides of buildings. This is particularly useful in areas where there is poor coverage or where demand is increased, such as shopping centres. This is not the first concession of this k... Read More
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The digital struggles of the housing association industry

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Housing associations, hit by welfare reform and government cuts, are lagging behind other industries in terms of digital transformation and are struggling to catch up, research has shown. A report by Phoenix Software, which surveyed employees from housing associations around the UK, has shown how these organisations are finding it challenging to keep up with digital trends and benefit from the opportunities they offer. There are currently 1174 housing associations operating in the UK, providing accommodation to local councils for those on low incomes or who need extra support. However, issues such as social housing fraud, which the University of Portsmouth estimates is costing the UK £1.76 billion a year, are making it... Read More
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Digital Realty opens second Frankfurt data centre

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Major data centre, colocation and interconnection provider Digital Realty has opened its second Frankfurt site. The new facility, working to a capacity of nine megawatts, will be the first of three at the firm’s new campus in Sossenheim, a data centre hub around three miles west of Frankfurt. This campus, named the Wilhelm-Fay-Strasse site, is intended to ultimately support 27MW of data centre capacity, which will in turn be connected through dark fibre to Digital Realty’s existing Frankfurt site on Lyoner Strasse. This, states the company, will establish a ... Read More
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DBS Bank turns to cloud for main Singapore data centre

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Southeast Asia’s largest bank, DBS, has announced a partnership with Equinix to cut costs at one of its traditional Singapore data centres through cloud optimisation. Singapore based DBS will move its main data centre from its current premises to one a quarter of the size, making it 75% cheaper to run. According to the firm, the move is a result of years of work on migrating to cloud-optimised technology, which it argues has both saved it money and increased storage and computing capacity by a factor of seven. These years of work have also provided its staff with the ability to create a more efficient infrastructure, it states. The partnership with Equinix is intended to improve scalability and agility for the ban... Read More
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Rackspace and HPE launch pay as you go OpenStack private cloud

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Rackspace and HPE have announced the release of the first pay per use private cloud, hoping to tempt in enterprise businesses that prefer private cloud environments, with the agility of public cloud. The two firms are partnering to offer OpenStack Private Cloud on a pay per use infrastructure, as is used in public cloud environments but, to date, not on private clouds. The ‘pay as you go’ style system is typically seen as one of the major advantages of public cloud, given that companies only use what they pay for. However, an increasing number of large businesses, with many applications to handle and compliance problems to consider, are choosing private cloud. The offering will be provided as a managed service, ... Read More
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Building security and privacy protection into a BYOD environment

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Daniele Màtyàs Tieghi, CTO and product manager at Mon-K Data Protection, discusses why businesses would be advised to reassess their data protection investments Over the last five years, companies have had to face increasing costs of cyberattacks and data breaches. In 2015, the cost of cyber attacks globally was $480 million (approx. £361 million). In 2016, this figure rose to $3.1 billion and the dramatic trend is far from slowing – some forecasts even citing $2.1 trillion by 2019. In response, companies are beginning to worry and governments are starting to focus on data protection and cybersecurity in new legislation. Since 2015, there has been an exponential growth in cyberattacks. As seen... Read More
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Change or die: the new mantra for the data centre of the future

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Jonas Caino of Etix Everywhere looks at how data centres fit into the constantly evolving world of digital transformation, and how they need to change or be left behind Change or die! I have taken the shocking title of Alan Deutschman’s 2005 article in Fast Company magazine so that the gravity of the words can slowly sink in. Change or die! Some will read this statement and conclude that the words are a cynical marketing ploy to shock us all into believing the hype that sells products; others may be indifferent, yet some may look deeper and see the glimmer of truth in these words. In our line of business, concepts like big data, internet of things, virtualisation, software-defined-X, cloud computing, au... Read More
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The Voice of the Industry: The wider implication of data breaches

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If you follow technology news, it’s hard to go a day without hearing about a company or organisation having its systems breached and personal data being leaked to nefarious characters. Two recent leaks, though, have been particularly galling. The hack of Equifax’s database is significant for a number of reasons, but perhaps primarily because the company’s database holds incredibly sensitive data on a majority of the American population. News has also broken more recently that the initial estimate given by Equifax on the hack’s impact in the UK was low. UK me... Read More
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OVH data centres go down, hours of downtime ensue

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Customers of the world’s third largest hosting firm, OVH, have suffered hours of downtime after the French firm struggled with a power outage at one data centre and a software issue at another. The company started having issues at around 7 am British time, with complaints being filed to outage tracking website downdetector at that time. An official statement posted on Twitter by OVH CEO Octave Klaba stated that the problems were caused by an electrical problem at the company’s Strasbourg site and a problem ‘on the optical network’ in its Roubaix site. At the time of posting, around midday, Klaba said: ‘In ... Read More
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Why taking a preventative approach to maintenance is key to data centre resilience

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Jonathan Humphries, Service Director at Stulz, explains why investing in a preemptive maintenance strategy is crucial for ensuring a cost-efficient, resilient data centre. When designing and building a data centre, a lot of time is dedicated to looking into the right location, evaluating design models, selecting the right equipment and making sure the building is constructed correctly. There are also strict standards to follow through the entire commissioning process, including checks such as IST testing (Integrated System Testing). However, a serious problem is now emerging where data centre operators are in... Read More
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Why a collaborative, data-driven strategy can boost customer experience

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Ahead of his keynote session at Big Data World, Frankfurt 2017, Ronald van Loon, Director at Adversitement, discusses the trends in customer experience which are driving demand for big data and artificial intelligence solutions Due to the growing number of smartphones, tablets, laptops, IoT devices and sensors in today’s digital world, a point of sale is wherever a customer is located. “Customers want responsive, seamless experiences. Therefore, there’s a corresponding widespread demand for responsive, intelligent artificial intelligence (AI) technologies,” says van Loon. He points to technologies such as chat... Read More
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Get your issue of Data Centre Management Buyers’ Guide 2017

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Welcome to the Autumn edition of Data Centre Management – incorporating the 2017 Buyers’ Guide and exclusive Green Data Centre Supplement Autumn is the season of change, from the climate to the leaves on the trees, and if development is also on the cards for your business you’ll love the much-anticipated Buyers’ Guide inside this issue. This is where you’ll find an exhaustive list of the latest and greatest product and service companies within the industry. If you’re looking to incorporate the offerings of a new supplier into your business there’s lots to bear in mind, especially with so many options to choose from, which is why we’ve put together our top ten tips to help you on page 20. ... Read More
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NEC partners with Spanish firm Libelium to develop smart city solutions

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Global IT and networks giant NEC Corporation and Libelium, a Spain-based designer and producer of machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, have partnered to advance IoT solutions for smart city applications. The strategic deal will see NEC combine its CONNEXIVE IoT Platform with Libelium’s gateways and sensor offering, promising to deliver advanced capabilities for connected devices, support for large-scale data storage, and processing and analytics. According to the official release, NEC hopes to offer a more innovative range of solutions to a wider reach of customers, including telecom carriers and enterprise organisations. The companies are aiming to work together to achieve a faster time to market for their solutions t... Read More
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Local councils could save £15 billion a year through tech, says minister

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Local councils could save as much as £15 billion through better use of technology, according to Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid. Speaking at the Urban Tech Summit in Birmingham on Monday, Javid outlined the major flaws with local government policy on technology adoption, arguing that most councils find themselves far behind most businesses. Half of all councils, for instance, take information that has been submitted online by residents, only to manually re-enter more than 50% of that data – a requiring an ‘army of bureaucrats,’ according to the minister. ... Read More
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Public cloud revenues jump by more than a quarter, finds IDC

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Global public cloud revenues grew by more than a quarter in the first half of the year, according to the results of an IDC report. The report from the International Data Corporation, titled the Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker, found that compared to the same period last year, revenues from public cloud rose by 28.6% to $63.2 billion (approx. £48 billion). IDC chief analyst and senior VP, Frank Gens, believes this is largely because businesses recognise that the majority of IT innovations are now launched in, and designed for, the cloud. Gens said: ... Read More
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Google Cloud and Salesforce partner to integrate services

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Cloud software provider Salesforce has announced a partnership with Google Cloud and Analytics, integrating Google’s G Suite into its platform. The deal between the two cloud giants, which Google describes as a ‘first-of-its-kind strategic partnership’, will combine Salesforce’s sales and marketing tools and data with Google’s office tools and its analytics suite. This, says Google, will allow ‘smarter, more collaborative experiences’ for customers, by turning marketing and sales data into actionable insights. As part of the partnership, Salesforce has named G Suite its prefer... Read More
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Interxion and Oracle partner on European interconnection service

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Interxion’s Frankfurt site is now an Oracle FastConnect location, meaning Oracle’s cloud is now available at all European Interxion sites through its Cloud Connect interconnection platform. A leader in the European carrier-neutral colocation data centre market, Interxion hopes this offering will tempt enterprise businesses in with private, reliable and low-latency access to the Oracle cloud, as hybrid and multi-cloud strategies become increasingly popular. Though only Interxion’s Frankfurt site will be a FastConnect site, Interxion customers that colocate their network and private IT environments in any European Interxion facilities will have access to the service through Cloud Connect. Commenting on the annou... Read More
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Broadcom bids for Qualcomm in largest ever acquisition offer

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Leading U.S. chipmaker Broadcom has made an unsolicited offer of more than $100 billion (approx. £76 billion) for the purchase of rival Qualcomm. The bid proposes a price of $70 per share, consisting of $60 in cash and $10 per share in Broadcom shares for Qualcomm stockholders. This price represents a significant 28% premium on the closing price of Qualcomm’s stock on November 2nd – after which point the price rose due to media speculation. The offer is one third higher than Qualcomm’s average volume-weighted average stock price across the last month. The total mooted purchasing price would represent the largest ever tech acquisition, the current record-holder being Dell’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC in 2015.... Read More
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Apple CEO suggests Athenry data centre is in doubt

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The completion of Apple’s planned data centre facility in Athenry, Ireland, is looking increasingly doubtful following comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. The Irish Taoiseach told state broadcaster RTE that Cook would no longer commit to the construction of the data centre, following multiple delays and court challenges, spanning more than two years. Varadkar and Cook met on Thursday as part of the Varadkar’s tour of San Francisco, where technology investment in Ireland was a key topic. On Twitter, the Irish PM described the visit as a ‘very positive trade mission.’ He also ... Read More
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The Voice of the Industry: Is the UK an attractive investment prospect?

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Welcome to The Stack’s weekly Voice of the Industry rundown, where we take a hot tech topic and find out what the experts think. This week, we’re looking at investment into the technology industry in the UK. We published an article on a report that found that the UK benefits from the most Silicon Valley venture capital investment of any European country, with London receiving more than Stockholm, Paris and Berlin combined. The very next day, we ... Read More
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Microsoft to power Dutch data centre with wind power

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Microsoft has signed a ten-year agreement with Swedish electricity supply organisation Vattenfall to power its Netherlands data centre operations with wind power from the Nordic firm. The terms of the agreement state that Microsoft will receive 100% of the energy produced at Vattenfall’s new onshore wind farm, set to be constructed at Wieringermeer polder (a low-lying tract of land), near Microsoft’s Dutch data centre. The wind farm is expected to be producing energy from 2019. For Vattenfall, this deal represents its first wind power supply agreement to a data centre outside of the Nordics, and the largest data centre wind farm agreement, if measured purely on power. The Swedish state-owned firm already serves several... Read More
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GDPR: Data protection as a collaborative process

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With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, businesses are eager to align their data protection strategies and do what they can to avoid the hefty fines associated with non-compliance. To be fully enforced from May 2018, the GDPR will mark the biggest ever shake-up in the data protection landscape and organisations, whether from retail, hospitality, professional services, non-profit, IT or public sector, are familiarising themselves with its caveats and reaching out to industry partners for support in developing effective data protec... Read More
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No time to waste: warming homes using heat from data centres

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Stijn Grove, Managing Director of the Dutch Data Center Association, looks at how data centres, despite becoming increasingly efficient, can go a step further and contribute ‘waste heat’ into the wider community In the data centre industry, energy efficiency is a highly valued factor. In the past 20 years, those in the industry have developed an extensive foundation of knowledge, technology and operational strategies that have helped the digital economy become increasingly energy efficient. In the Netherlands, almost all – 95% – of data centres that cover more than 1000 sq. metres, are ‘green’, meaning they work using renewable energy. Though these developments are certainly positive, G... Read More
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Silence Trojan stealing money from Russian banks

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Banks have fallen victim to a series of targeted attacks by a Trojan called Silence, according to a report from Kaspersky Labs. The financial institutions affected have mostly been Russian banks, though organisations in Malaysia and Armenia have also suffered attacks. The Trojan is another version of an advanced persistent threat (APT) campaign; where the attacking software will lodge itself in the network for a significant amount of time, going unnoticed. The attackers will then observe the way the bank works – for instance, their protocols and contacts, then launch a phishing campaign. A very similar attack called Carbanak was discovered in 2014. Kaspersky also claims to have found this and believes that at thi... Read More
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Equinix revenue growth continues, announces further expansion plans

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Equinix revenues grew by 25% in the most recent quarter, following a period of aggressive expansion and acquisitions. Alongside the financial results, it announced 13 new expansion projects across the world, costing the firm $615 million (approx. £464 million). These projects will be taking place in America, Europe, Asia and Australia, with three new projects in Frankfurt alone. The data centre and interconnection firm’s third quarter earnings results reveal the extent to which its global expansion efforts have paid dividends. This quarter, the California based company took in $1.1 billion in revenue –  marking its 59th consecutive quarter of revenue growth. That amounts to a growth of 25% compared... Read More
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Google Dedicated Interconnect goes global, partners with Equinix

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Google Cloud’s Dedicated Interconnect service has had a major update, with general availability, an increased number of sites across the world, and a partnership with Equinix to improve access. The updates, according to Google, will make it easier to gain access to fast, private connection to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in facilities around the world. This means companies can extend on-prem networks to a GCP virtual private cloud (VPC) network. That, in turn, allows these firms to build applications that ‘span on-premises infrastructure and GCP without compromising privacy or performance.’ Designed for production-grade workloads, Dedi... Read More
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The technology troubles of the NHS

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Charlie de Montfort, consultant at Capgemini Consulting, discusses why tech initiatives need to work in collaboration with patients and NHS staff to tackle key challenges and drive value from digital solutions in healthcare The NHS has not developed the best reputation for utilising technology over the past few years. In 2013, the NHS abandoned a project focused on digitising health records at an estimated cost of £10 billion, after it was labelled one of the ‘worst fiascos ever’. In 2015, it was revealed that a library of NHS approved healthcare apps did not encrypt personal information, while the National Audit Office slammed a data shar... Read More
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IBM releases Cloud Private platform to create cloud native environment

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IBM has released a private cloud software platform designed to accelerate app development through on-premises services that behave like the public cloud. It hopes that the platform will extend cloud-native tools across both public and private clouds, as well as ‘unlocking’ billions of dollars in investment in core data and applications. The platform takes advantage of increasingly popular container technology, using the near ubiquitous Kubernetes architecture. It aims to allow businesses to access core data and applications on enterprise software such as WebSphere, an IBM legacy technology. Though built on Kubernetes, the platform will also support Docker and Cloud Foundry, with the ... Read More
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Extreme Networks acquires Brocade Communications data centre business

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Californian networking firm Extreme Networks has completed its acquisition of Brocade Communication Systems’ data centre business. The purchase gives over Brocade’s data centre switching, routing and analytics business to Extreme, a portfolio of services and solutions that are currently used by enterprise business and service providers. Extreme has pursued a strong acquisition policy across recent years, which it says is part of its strategy to be a leader in the networking industry, ‘from the data centre to the wireless edge’. This acquisition, it believes, will place Extreme as number one in the en... Read More
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Fear and loathing in the cloud: Tackling change in business

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Talking to The Stack at the Cloud Foundry Summit in Basel (last month), Josh McKenty VP global ecosystem engineering at Pivotal discusses the challenges of cloud adoption and its wider implications for creating change in the workplace What is the key challenge associated with cloud adoption? The stress of migrating data, security concerns, or simple technology barriers? McKenty argues it is fear. In his role advising Fortune 500 companies on cloud adoption, he has found that those at the very top of the organisation want to move to the cloud. Developers want it too. The block is found in between – what he describes as the ‘frozen middle.’ Those at the top are charged with pushing their organisation ... Read More
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Cybersecurity detection more important than protection, says Microsoft CTO

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Detection is more important than protection in cybersecurity, according to Microsoft UK CTO, Michael Wignall. Speaking at the Microsoft Decoded event in London, Wignall commented on the importance of security as an overarching necessity in order to work with new technology trends. Wignall stated that security systems should work on three fronts; protection, detection and response. Noting the findings of a study which found that the average time that an attacker spends on a network before they’re detected is 144 days, the Microsoft CTO argued that detection is the most important aspect of this strategy. He continued: “It’s vitally important to understand your technology environment and how it’s changed – y... Read More
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The fear of digital transformation: Live from Microsoft Decoded

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Digital transformation in the UK is being held back by fear of change, according to the results of a study from Microsoft. The Creating a Culture of Digital Transformation report, carried out by Microsoft, Goldsmiths University, and YouGov, looked at the way in which digital transformation efforts within businesses progress, and found that the ‘human factor’ is the major stumbling block. The study found that 61% of employees feel anxious about the introduction of new technologies, digital transformation initiatives cause a fear of change in 49% of polled employees, and 59% have concerns about job security due to automation. In spite of these numbers, only 23% of businesses polled said they were carrying out ‘c... Read More
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IoT key to future of UK industry, says government-backed report

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The UK needs to take advantage of new technologies and adopt an innovative economy to become a leader in Industry 4.0, states a government-backed report. The Industrial Digitalisation Report, carried out by Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier alongside industry leaders, startups and universities, states that the UK has a talented workforce and access to cutting-edge technology, but has not taken advantage of these in the past. It proposes a three-pronged strategy of adoption, innovation and leadership to help push the country into Industry 4.0 and move into a digital industrial phase. It argu... Read More
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Silicon Valley investment into UK tech firms highest in Europe

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The UK leads the way in terms of investment from Silicon Valley, raising more money from venture capitalists in the Bay Area than any other European country, according to a new study. Following research carried out by London & Partners, technology companies in the UK have raised more funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firms than Germany, France and Ireland combined in the past five years. The news comes in spite of fears over the impact of Brexit on foreign investment, with a record $1.13 billion (approx. £860 millio... Read More
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Data centre revenue boosts Intel forecasts

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Intel has seen strong revenue growth and record earnings this quarter, thanks to a boost in its data centre business. The world’s largest producer of computer chips took $16.1 billion (approx. £12.2 billion) of revenue in the third quarter, despite a flat performance in its core client computing group business. Instead, revenues of $4.9 billion in its data centre group, a rise of 7% compared to last year, meant that the Santa Clara, California-based firm saw its shares rise 2.2% in extended training, and earnings per share soundly beat investor predictions. The better-than-expec... Read More
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Twitter predicts first ever profit as multiple tech giants beat Wall Street

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The state of the tech nation looks healthier than ever as a number of digital behemoths beat Wall Street expectations in quarterly earnings results. Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter and Google’s parent company Alphabet, all defied analyst forecasts, with Twitter predicting its first ever profitable quarter and Amazon pulling profits despite sinking billions into investments and acquisitions. Twitter has notoriously struggled to translate its massive user base into profit, and recently had to deal with breaking the news that it had overestimated its monthly active users (MAUs), if only by around 1-2%. However, this quarter it ... Read More
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Equinix continues expansion with announcement of site in D.C.

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Equinix is continuing its run of unfettered expansion with the announcement of another International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre near Washington D.C. The new facility, from the California-based interconnection and data centre firm, will be called DC12 and is costing Equinix $98.5 million (approx. £75 million). The site will be located in its existing Ashburn, Virginia campus. The first phase of construction will provide 1500 more cabinets and 57,800 sq. foot of space. Once fully built, it will be able to hold twice as many cabinets. With thi... Read More
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The ever-changing face of the data centre

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Lee Griffiths, Infrastructure Solutions Manager, IT Division, APC by Schneider Electric, discusses what the future will look like for the data centre as emerging trends such as edge computing and hyperconvergence take hold. The Internet of Things (IoT) The world as we know it has changed. For the first time now more than 50% of its entire population lives in cities, with the United Nations predicting that by 2050 they will become home to a further 2.5 billion. Imagine if you will, that many people have now become a walking IP address, with at least one connected device upon their person.... Read More
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DevOps and cloud adoption continues to rise, finds study

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DevOps and cloud are being increasingly embraced by UK businesses to push their digital transformation plans, according to a new study from open source infrastructure firm SUSE. Taken from a global survey, the report finds that British companies are looking to improve agility, save money and reduce risk through the use of cloud technology such as software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and containers, as well as through DevOps. Its main findings centre around continued cloud adoption, security, SDI, and industry skills. UK businesses are moving to the cloud at a higher rate than many other countries, with hybrid cloud leading the charge, as 65% of those polled expect to increase their use across the next two years. Pr... Read More
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Google Cloud and Cisco partner for hybrid containers solution

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Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Cisco have announced a partnership for a new open hybrid cloud solution for on-premises and GCP. Google hopes the partnership will improve agility and security for customers, with a solution for creating and managing applications both on-premises and in Google Cloud. Key to the architecture are open source platforms Kubernetes and Istio. Google states that ‘customers will be able to accelerate on-premises app modernization using a Kubernetes-based container strategy that’s consistent with cloud-native technology.’ For those working on-premises, Cis... Read More
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Aruba moves into Warsaw data centre

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Italian hosting and cloud provider Aruba Cloud has moved into a new data centre location in Warsaw, Poland. The firm is using a carrier-neutral colocation site named Warsaw-2, run by leading Polish data centre company Atman. The facility, which can be found in the business district of Mokotow in Warsaw, meets Tier III requirements, according to Atman. The Italian cloud provider already has facilities across Europe, with Poland being the sixth country it has entered, though previously it has chosen to build its own facilities, as with the recent construction of its Milan campus. Aruba’s choices for data centre locations outside of its home country have so far been relatively standard, with facilities in France, Ger... Read More
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Carter Validus sells a billion dollars worth of data centre assets

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Carter Validus Mission Critical real estate investment trust (REIT) has confirmed the sale of $1.065 billion (approx. £810 million) worth of data centre assets, through two separate transactions. The Florida based firm will be selling a Chicago facility measuring 251,141 sq. foot to an affiliate of another major data centre REIT, Digital Realty, for around $315 million. The company states that the net book value of this site was approximately $227 million, as of the end of September. The second acquisition of Carter Validus assets will be by Mapletree Investments Pt... Read More
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Amazon launches artificial intelligence research centre in Germany

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Amazon is launching an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre in Germany’s Cyber Valley, in an attempt to improve customer experience. Germany’s Cyber Valley, in a region near Stuttgart and Tübingen, a traditional university town, was created through a collaboration between the Max Planck Society, universities, and six major companies including Facebook and BMW. The collaborative effort focusses on advanced research in robotics and machine learning. Now, Amazon has joined the hub, as it pursues AI research to improve the way customers interact with its services. An Amazon spokesperson told The Stack of the importance of artificial intelligence to its business, saying: “Machine Learning is central to al... Read More
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CyrusOne announces construction of 100MW campus in Texas

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Dallas based data centre real estate investment trust (REIT) firm CyrusOne has announced plans for a new 100MW data centre campus in Allen, Texas. The construction of the campus will work in three phases, with the first beginning in October, with the building of an initial 340,000 sq. foot facility, which will bring CyrusOne’s total square footage in Texas to more than 1.7 million. Only once the campus’ three data centres have been built will it hit the targeted 100 megawatts. The facilities will have access to multiple cloud providers, as well as giving access to one of the largest fibre hubs in the U.S., along with other CyrusOne hubs in the area. The new facilities will be linked to the firm’s National Inte... Read More
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NextDC announces launch of Vodafone point of presence at Perth site

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Australian data centre and colocation firm NextDC has announced that Vodafone is launching a point of presence at its Perth data centre. The point of presence, once linked to Vodafone’s ‘super hub’, will give extra resilience to local mobile service, increase access to complementary networks, and help deliver 4G services to Western Australia. As well as this, the telecoms provider’s presence at the Perth facility, known as P1, will boost its capacity for IP transit and peering. It will give Vodafone access to submarine cable connections that are currently in development, and hosting network functions virtualisation (NFV) equipment to run mobile and fixed network core applications. NextDC sales and marketing ... Read More
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Azure releases dedicated Kubernetes container service

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Microsoft has announced the release of a dedicated Azure Container Service (ACS) for Kubernetes, signalling the increasing dominance of Kubernetes in the container space. The new service is still called Azure Container Service but is abbreviated to AKS. The existing service for other orchestrators, such as Docker, will continue to run separately. According to a blog post written by Microsoft PM lead of Azure containers, Gabe Monroy, Kubernetes support on ACS has grown 300% in the last six months, as customers have ‘fallen in love’ wi... Read More
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Equinix partners with Oracle to expand interconnection in U.S. and Europe

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Equinix has announced an expansion of its partnership with Oracle, with dedicated, private access to Oracle cloud through a further 16 of its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in America and Europe. The expansion means that customers can privately connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) through the firm’s FastConnect system in eight new metros in America and eight in Europe. These include Atlanta, Chicago and New York in the U.S., and Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London in Europe. The expansion represents significant investment in the existing partnership, following the success of the initial OCI launch in Equinix data centres in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Sydney and Washington D.C. in 2015. Acc... Read More
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French startup iAdvize receives $38 million in funding

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French e-commerce startup iAdvize has raised $38 million (approx. £29 million) in a series C funding round, with investment from Bpifrance and Quadrille Capital, bringing total funding to $56 million. The Nantes based firm specialises in conversational marketing, describing itself as the European leader in the technology, which enables business to engage with customers through a number of streams, including chatbots. The service is used by more than 600 companies in 60 countries, and the funding round will allow the firm to cement its European presence and expand in the U.S. It will also open a new office in Boston, Massachusetts. Other aims the firm is looking to achieve following the investment are; increasing i... Read More
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Microsoft drops secrecy order case as DoJ changes rules

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Microsoft has dropped a lawsuit on data request rules that it took out against the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). The Washington based giant took issue with the use of secrecy orders, which meant that the company, and others like it, were prevented from informing its customers when the government requested information from them. The DoJ has now changed these rules by issuing a new policy, which limits the use of secrecy orders, and sets a time limit on the orders when they are used. In a blog post, Microsoft chief legal officer and president, Brad Smith, said: ‘This is an important step for both privacy and free expr... Read More
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Azure and Cray partner to bring supercomputing to the cloud

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Supercomputing firm Cray has announced a partnership with Microsoft Azure to help bring high performance computing (HPC) to a wider audience. The partnership will allow Microsoft to distribute the supercomputing capabilities of Cray to enterprise organisations that tackle tasks requiring high levels of performance, such as climate modelling, precision medicine, energy, manufacturing, and other scientific research. The two firms will achieve this by offering dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Microsoft Azure data centres, enabling artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and modelling ability at scale. According to Cray, its tightly coupled ... Read More