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Baking success into digital transformation

Cohesity’s Ezat Dayeh outlines his recipe for a successful digital strategy in 2021

Interxion’s MRS2 Marseille data centre selected as European terminus for PEACE subsea cable

A new 15,000km subsea cable system providing low latency connection from China into Europe and Africa will land at a data centre Marseille, the telco behind the route has announced.

Hong Kong’s PCCW said the upcoming PEACE cable will use Interxion’s MRS2 data centre as its gateway into Europe, locating termination and interconnection equipment on the provider’s premises instead of connecting to a dedicated landing station.

Google finalises £1.5bn takeover of Fitbit, insists deal ‘not about data’

“This deal has always been about devices, not data, and we’ve been clear since the beginning that we will protect Fitbit users’ privacy,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services.

NHSX deploys machine learning to improve coronavirus treatment

Artificial intelligence will be used in an effort to improve the treatment of coronavirus patients.

It is hoped that thousands of scans made available to hospitals will result in patients with Covid-19 receiving faster treatment, improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays.

Gap between US cloud giants and European IT providers widens

The public cloud giants pocketed record revenues in 2020 as global lockdowns sent cloud consumption into overdrive. While Amazon, Microsoft and Google cashed in billions, the lower tiers of Europe’s IT service providers struggled to capitalise on an unprecedented opportunity to halt the hyperscaler march to cloud dominance, new research has revealed.

2021: A Data Odyssey

Is your company ready for the new era of AI and ML-empowered data management? It’s time to strap in, says TIBCO’s Bob Eve.

The Sustainability Imperative for Data Centres

The ideal of true data centre sustainability is not as complex as it sounds, writes Marc Garner, VP Secure Power, Schneider Electric UK&I, It’s commonly accepted that we’re at crossroads where the decisions we make today will not only shape future generations, but our entire planet. This has become particularly apparent in the global response… Read More

Looking Back Over 2020: Data Centre & Edge Computing Predictions

Steven Carlini, Vice President of Innovation and Data Centre for Schneider Electric. When asked what was most likely to cause a change in a government’s direction, a famous British Prime Minister once famously answered: “Events, dear boy!” An unscheduled, if not entirely unforeseen, occurrence of sufficient magnitude will always cause a realignment of priorities and… Read More

Telefonica flogs 30,000 masts to American Tower in €7.7 billion deal

Spanish telecom giant Telefonica is selling off its cell tower portfolio to American Tower in a €7.7 billion euro deal. American Tower will take ownership of the 30,700 tower sites in Spain, Germany, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina held by Telefonica unit Telxius Telecom.

Pat Gelsinger leaves VMware to replace Intel CEO Bob Swan

The Santa Clara, California, company said on Wednesday that the change in leadership is unrelated to its financial performance last year, but the surprise shakeup followed several weeks of investor activism by hedge fund Third Point, which had pushed for big changes.

Techbuyer’s Interact tool targets carbon reduction in ICT

Techbuyer has launched a spin-off software business focused on energy optimisation in the data centre. The data centre hardware supply group and ‘circular economy’ advocate says its new Interact tool provides operators ‘previously unseen’ energy optimisation recommendations to support the data centre industry’s carbon reduction agenda.

Kao Data to house UK’s fastest supercomputer – report

A supercomputer developed by Nvidia that is expected to be the UK’s fastest when launched will be located at Kao Data’s data centre campus in Harlow, reports The Times.