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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Desktop Virtualization management from Oracle

The latest releases of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Software are now available and include integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, providing the industry’s first complete, single vendor desktop virtualization solution that spans hardware, software, and enterprise-class management.

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Fusion-io acquires ID7

Fusion-io adds expertise of innovative software defined storage company and developer of the popular open source SCST SCSI Linux target subsystem used in enterprise storage systems.

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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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Number of data leaks in government sector continues to rise

InfoWatch Research Center has released its latest annual report on worldwide data leaks reported by the press during 2012. According to InfoWatch analysts, more than 1.8 billion records were compromised in 2012, including those containing financial and personal data. The press reported 934 confidential information leaks, a 16% increase compared with last year. Direct losses – those that were published in open sources – alone amounted to more than 37.8 million dollars.

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Global publishing firm exceeds SLAs with scale-out flash storage

Agora Publishing, a global holding company for various publishers of financial, health, travel, and special interest books and newsletters, has built greater scalability, reliability and operational efficiency into its virtualisation infrastructure by deploying Coraid EtherFlash™, a scale-out, all-flash Ethernet storage solution.

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Fujitsu desktop virtualisation ‘in a box’ creates new IT beginnings at The Warren School

New IT increases classroom flexibility and enables remote learning on any device.

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Data Continuity Group launches Cloud Disaster Recovery as Managed Service

Data Continuity Group (DCG) has announced the launch of its managed cloud-based disaster recovery (CDR) service offering organisations the opportunity to deploy a comprehensive and cost-effective DR plan for their entire IT environment for a fixed monthly fee.

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ANS Group invests in Sunrise

Successful IT cloud services company reaps efficiency gains and enhances customer service using ITIL to manage support and administration for over 10,000 customer and prospect contacts.

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Reliability in the cloud is more valuable than low cost and ease of set up

Yet only 30% are very confident that their cloud service provider is reliable.

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Kawasaki selects Virtustream

Major powersports distributor uses the xStream cloud solution to better serve online customers.

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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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Less than two in 10 backup all data

Less than two in ten companies backup all of their data, according to new research commissioned by Onyx Group, specialist IT providers of datacentre services, business continuity, and cloud.

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Easynet moves to the Cloud with HP

HP Converged Infrastructure enhances IT agility for global managed services provider.

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Videos

Rob Elder, Vice President Data Centers, Bulk Infrastructure AS, discusses the current energy price spike and the impact it is already having on the global data centre industry - with a particular focus on how location is becoming an increasingly important factor for end users.
Retrospect has been very busy in recent weeks, launching Retrospect Cloud Storage, Retrospect Backup 19 and Retrospect Virtual 2022. JG Heithcock, General Manager at Retrospect, talks us through these new storage solutions and the pain points they will help to address.
Richard Stevenson, CEO of Red Box, discusses the results of the company’s recent ‘Being Human’ report, which provides some valuable insights into the Conversational AI market – how its use is already helping to improve customer and employee experiences, as well as contributing to fraud prevention. Richard also discusses the roadblocks that need to be overcome before the technology becomes pervasive.
The opening of Telehouse South at its London Docklands campus might represent something of a change for Telehouse, as it represents an ‘ambitious and aesthetic’ refurbishment of an existing data centre, as opposed to a new build, but it continues the company’s focus of providing high level colocation facilities, where latency, cloud, connectivity and sustainability all have key roles to play. Mark Pestridge, Senior Customer Experience Director, Telehouse Europe, explains all.

Expert Opinions

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