IT services market endured a dismal end to 2012

Last year was the worst for IT services contract activity since 2002, according to research from Ovum. Performance in the three months to the end of December 2012 fell well below the levels seen in the same period of 2011, ensuring that annual IT services contract activity fell to its lowest level for 10 years, both in terms of total contract value (TCV) and deal volume.

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CenturyLink deploys Ciena 100G packet optical technology

Ciena’s solutions increase capacity and provide a scalable and programmable OPn network architecture optimized for delivering high performance consumer, enterprise, data center and wholesale services.

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Smallest and densest?

Juniper Networks has unveiled two new products designed to address key challenges facing service providers as they converge their networks to optimize their business.

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Reliance Globalcom upgrades trans-Atlantic FA-1 South Submarine Network

WaveLogic-powered upgrade will serve critical New York to Paris trans-Atlantic corridor, enabling new high-speed, low latency 100GbE and OTN client services.

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Latest Claranet research highlights Bring Your Own Dilemma

96 per cent say mobile working benefits their organisation, but three quarters think BYOD increases security risk.

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Ovum predicts radical change for the enterprise landscape by 2020

Citrix, Google, VMware and Yammer identified as disruptive players driving this transformation.

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InfoVista and Cisco collaborate

InfoVista has announced its support of Cisco Application Visibility & Control (AVC)—part of the Cisco Integrated Services Routers with Application Experience (Cisco ISR-AX)—with the upcoming release of 5View Service Data Manager and 5View NetFlow.

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Four in ten unsatisfied with connectivity supplier

Survey sponsored by Ciena highlights key pain points for enterprise connectivity.

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LSI liefert nächste Generation von SAS-Produkten mit 12 Gb/s aus

12 Gb/s SAS-RAID-on-Chip-Controller und I/O-Controller liefern die nötige Performance für Server und externe Speicherplattformen der nächsten Generation

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Flughafenbetreiber nutzt professionelle Network Monitoring Software - PRTG überwacht IT-Netzwerk beim Flughafen Münster/Osnabrück 

Mit dem PRTG Network Monitor der Paessler AG hat der Flughafen Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) einen Lotsen speziell für seine IT-Infrastruktur engagiert. Die Software wird für das Netzwerk-Monitoring des gesamten Airports eingesetzt, dazu gehören die Überwachung von Cisco- und VMware-Produkten, Windows-Servern, Videoanlagen sowie der Bandbreite des Netzwerks  

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B. Braun Medical Ltd chooses NextiraOne

New IP Telephony and Contact Centre communications support customer and inter-site communications with high availability solution.

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Business leaders ignore responsibility for data in the cloud

Nine in 10 firms believe cloud service providers have accountability for data security.

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Shadow IT lurks uncomfortably, for IT departments

The growth in ‘Shadow IT’ is leaving IT departments caught between a rock and a hard place, according to Simon Bain, CTO of search specialists, Simplexo, who suggests that the concerns existing around managing unsupported devices are equally matched by the need to bring IT expenditure in on budget.

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CIOs reassess their roles in the face of changing business requirements

Research highlights importance of CIOs building internal relationships with sales and marketing to improve end user customer experience.

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Videos

Park Place Technologies has been on quite some journey, as the company has grown from its core Third Party Maintenance focus to today’s data centre network optimisation specialist organisation. Ian Shearer, Managing Director, APAC & EMEA, Park Place Technologies, discusses recent developments at the company, which include several acquisitions, technical solution and professional services innovations.
Ragnar Agnell, Partner at Centigo and Sanjiv Sachdev, Director, Strategic Business Value Consulting at Serviceware, discuss how – through the right technology – CTOs and CIOs can lead the charge against climate change in their companies whilst also balancing the urgent need to optimise business costs amid a turbulent financial climate.
Neil Cornish, Ecosystem Development Manager at Tech Data UK, discusses the collaboration between the UK Fashion & Textile Association, IBM, the Future Fashion Factory and Tech Data UK, to develop a new technology platform designed to help drive both sustainability and profitability within the fashion supply chain.
Conference Chair Ian Luckett outlines the content of the second virtual SDC Channel Summit event, taking place 10-11 May. A mixture of keynote presentations, roundtables and panel discussions promise to produce plenty of valuable insights for Channel companies dealing with the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

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