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Huawei removal could come at a huge cost to UK 5G ambitions

Vodafone executives met with journalists today to address several key industry issues, namely the pending outcome of the Supply Chain Review which could not only determine whether Huawei will play a part in the UK’s national infrastructure going forwards but also how competitive the UK will be if forced to rip and replace technology one of the leading global networking vendors.
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NTT acquires WhiteHat Security

NTT Security Corporation has acquired privately-owned WhiteHat Security, the application security provider focused on securing applications that run enterprises’ businesses. Post-acquisition, WhiteHat Security will operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT Security Corporation.
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Juniper acquires AI driven cloud-management firm Mist for $405m

Juniper Networks has announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mist Systems for $405 million. Mist is a cloud-managed wireless networks provider powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The deal will enhance Juniper’s enterprise networking portfolio by combining Mist’s next-generation Wireless LAN platform with Juniper’s wired LAN, SD-WAN and security solutions.
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Gamma offers Tango’s Kinetic Cloud Mobile-X to partners

Tango Networks and Gamma today announced a partnership to bring Tango Networks’ Global Private Mobile Network service for enterprises to Gamma’s wholesale interconnect and platform partners. Tango Networks recently unveiled Kinetic Cloud Mobile-X, a communications service that creates a private mobile network exclusively controlled by an enterprise for maximising productivity of its distributed workforce.
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Technology is the biggest frustration for UK workers

Technology is the biggest frustration for UK workers, beating unnecessary bureaucracy, inefficient processes and annoying colleagues, with 60% of office workers saying the tech provided by their employer is failing to do its job and is stopping them from being productive. That’s according to new research from Cloudbooking, a provider of integrated workspace management solutions.
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Over-Emphasis on Technology is Restricting Digital Transformation Success

By placing an all-encompassing focus on the role of technology when making digital transformation decisions, UK businesses are ironically reducing their chances of success. This was one of the main findings of Telstra’s Disruptive Decision-Making research, which surveyed 3,810 senior decision-makers from 12 industries in 14 markets around the world to uncover insights into strengths and weaknesses around their digital transformation programs.
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VMware’s 5G-Ready Cloud Platform to Power Vodafone Networks

VMware has announced that Vodafone has expanded its footprint of VMware’s cloud infrastructure to power its network and to capture operational agility and cost efficiency at scale. VMWare is Vodafone’s primary strategic partner for telco cloud infrastructure services which are to be used across Vodafone’s operating markets around the world; they are live in 15 countries, in more than 50 sites, carrying increasing amounts of subscriber traffic on more than 300 core network functions. Vodafone, which operates mobile and fixed networks globally, is bringing uniformity to its operations and management with a software-defined cloud infrastructure. This software-defined approach streamlines cost and increases agility for deployment and management of services. With 5G on the horizon, Vodafone has focused on building an underlying cloud infrastructure foundation that speeds up deployment of current 4G services while introducing 5G readiness, without requiring disruptive and expensive re-platforming.
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UKFast Reaffirms Environmental Commitment

Cloud firm UKFast has announced its commitment to meeting stringent emissions targets under the government’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) for data centres, administered by techUK. The move reflects the energy efficiency of the firm’s data centres and the business’ decade-long commitment to reducing emissions.
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Red Hat Launches New Certification Program

Red Hat, the provider of open source solutions, has announced a new training and certification program emphasising the next-generation of telecommunications innovation. The Red Hat Certified Architect Program in Telco Cloud focuses on the skills that telecommunications engineers need to build network function virtualization (NFV) clouds, critical technologies that can help drive advanced services like 5G. Used by Rakuten Mobile Network, Inc., as part of their collaboration with Red Hat in building a fully virtualized core-to-edge NFV cloud, the program is designed to help Red Hat Certified Engineers and Red Hat Certified Architects gain the knowledge needed to effectively use virtualized and cloud-native functions in building telecommunications infrastructure and services.
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Rigby completes FluidOne sale to Livingbridge

Rigby Group has sold connectivity aggregator FluidOne to Livingbridge for an undisclosed sum. Rigby Group initially invested in Fluidata in 2015 to drive the next phase of growth for the business, which had been founded in 2006 by Piers Daniell. Following the investment, Fluidata acquired OnePoint, a voice and mobile specialist, creating FluidOne in 2016, at which point Rigby Group became the sole owner of the enlarged business.
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ICUK are excited to announce version 19 of its control panel. Amongst a raft of improvements is a significant new feature to aid the quoting experience surrounding resilient and failover leased line circuits.
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Ignition Technology today announced it has struck a value-added distribution agreement with enterprise identity management leader Okta for the UK and Nordics regions.
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SMEs are placing their bets on AI, IoT and blockchain to fuel digital transformation, finds new research Cloud Industry Forum and Ingram Micro Cloud find SMEs are moving towards next generation technologies, though skills shortages and security concerns are hindering progress
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Vestel has announced the launch of a new distribution partnership with technology distributor, Westcoast. The move comes after a period of intense expansion for Vestel, winning a series of high-profile tenders, including a project to supply the flight displays for the world’s largest airport.
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A new NetApp survey has found that IT decision makers across the UK increasingly see that data regulation can positively impact their organisations’ commercial operations. More than half (53%) say that data regulation either had or will have a positive impact, while only 18% have either seen or anticipate a negative impact. On the contrary, 16% have neither seen nor expect to see any impact on their organisations. This indicates a substantial change since NetApp’s survey conducted in April 2018, when only 30% of UK IT decision makers said that GDPR would improve their competitive advantage.
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Alec Stephens joins Vapour Cloud

Vapour Cloud has appointed Alec Stephens as account director as the company prepares for over 50% revenue growth in 2019. With more than 15 years’ experience in the technology sector, Alec began his career as an inbound contact centre agent. He went on to progress through telemarketing and account executive roles when the business became ntl:Telewest, and subsequently Virgin Media.
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Exponential-e launches Software Defined Digital Platform

Exponential‐e has announced the latest phase of its Software Defined Digital Platform (SD-DP) — an integrated platform designed to underpin any organisation’s digital transformation. The SD-DP is comprised of core and edge computing, bonded with SD-WAN, SD-Data Centre to form a robust, underlying advanced network that enables data to flow freely yet securely between multiple clouds.
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intY unveils Partner Insights tool

intY has launched a new platform designed to transform client relationships. The real-time, client-specific tool gives IT channel partners valuable insight into how customers are using their cloud software solutions.
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Nimans recognised as top performing distie by Unify

Nimans has been named distributor of the year by Unify in recognition of sustained sales growth and high levels of service and support. The accolade was presented at Unify’s UK Partner awards held at the company’s UK Atos headquarters in London – with Nimans’ John McKindland, Wayne Nieuwoudt and Scott Baron on hand to collect the company’s latest success.
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