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07 Jan: Quality monitoring tool from SmartLabs provides insights for network owners to better understand customer viewing behaviour and manage churn

SmartLabs, provider of multi-screen, multi-network solutions for video streaming, has released the latest feature-rich version of its SmartCARE quality monitoring tool, which can help operators and content providers understand audience behaviour and changes in viewing habits alongside verifying technical performance.

05 Jan: Microchip delivers first 8-bit MCU family for CAN FD networks

Microchip Technology Inc has announced its PIC18 Q84 family — the first PIC18 microcontroller (MCU) family that can be used to transmit and receive data through a Controller Area Network Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) bus. Accompanied by an extensive array of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that handle a variety of tasks without requiring CPU intervention, Microchip’s PIC18 Q84 family cuts both time and cost when connecting systems to a CAN FD network.

31 Dec: Ayar Labs secures $35M series B investment solving critical computing challenges through Optical I/O

Downing Ventures has announced a $35 million investment in Ayar Labs, a Deep Tech organisation that is solving semiconductor interconnect (I/O), bandwidth and power bottlenecks by moving data using light, with its TeraPHY monolithic in-package electronic/photonic chiplet-based solution. The result is a vast improvement in bandwidth, bandwidth density, latency and power consumption across a wider distance.

29 Dec: Westermo helps Anglian Water upgrade its data network infrastructure and improve communication reliability to remote sites

Mission critical systems, such as water purification systems, require secure and reliable data networks to ensure they perform efficiently, effectively and without interruption. At some of Anglian Water’s UK sites, there was automation equipment that was installed over 30 years ago.
Anglian Water wanted to upgrade the data networks for one of their sites and enlisted the help of Westermo. The network connected ten remote pumps back to a main water plant near Kings Lynn using a series of RS485 cables.

26 Dec: Five tech and network providers rebrand to form an exciting new industry player

Five UK technology, networking and safety and security providers have come together to form a new company with ambitious growth plans, having secured a £30m plus forward order book since the Covid-19 emergency began.

Glasgow-based Boston Networks, Wales-based Pinacl and Pinacl GDA, North Shields and Birmingham-based 2020 Vision Systems and London-based PEL Services have united to rebrand as North.

24 Dec: CityFibre appoints Nick Dunn as new Chief Financial Officer

CityFibre has announced the appointment of Nick Dunn as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective January 2021. Dunn joins CityFibre from Gatwick Airport where he served the last ten years as CFO. Prior to that, he worked with Anglo American plc and with Centrica plc for six years in a number of senior finance roles, including Director of Group M&A, Finance Director for Centrica Energy as well as Finance Director for British Gas Business.

11 Dec: New digital twin technologies from Bloc Digital to reduce time and cost of satellite development lifecycle

Derby-based Bloc Digital has signed up to the national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) business support programme for a major project that will develop digital twinning technology for space applications. The project will be funded by a grant from the £4.8 million SPRINT programme to support the commercial exploitation of space data and technologies.

10 Dec: Colt Data Centre Services achieves 100% pre-letting of its Frankfurt West hyperscale facility
Colt Data Centre Services announces that its hyperscale data centre in West Frankfurt has secured customer commitments for 25.2MW of IT power, bringing the site to full capacity. This pre-letting comes sixteen months prior to operational commencement of the Frankfurt West facility and marks one of the largest in the European data centre market to date.
08 Dec: Cold winter could freeze data centre construction progress, warns temperature control expert

Freezing temperatures in the Nordics region and parts of North America may cause serious issues for data centre construction already delayed by Covid-19, warns temporary temperature control specialists Aggreko.

To help contractors working against the dropping temperatures, Aggreko has a number of local specialists in temperature control who can deploy temporary measures to counter the effects of the cold.

08 Dec: The industry’s only low-inductance Silicon Carbide (SiC) power module and programmable gate driver kit is now available for inverter designers
Microchip Technology Inc. announces its AgileSwitch digital programmable gate driver and SP6LI SiC power module kit, a unified system solution to help designers quickly and effectively adopt disruptive Silicon Carbide (SiC) power devices – reducing time to market and ensuring confidence in field deployment.
03 Dec: Zen and the art of UPS maintenance
Zen…that wonderful state of mind, of calmness, stability, and clarity; a mind free of delusions and confusions; a mind at peace! So, what has that got to do with UPS maintenance asks Mike Elms, Managing Director, CENTIEL UK. Good service and maintenance contract will certainly give you peace of mind that your UPS will protect your critical load for years to come. The rational analysis of an experienced engineer to maintain and fix small issues before they become significant problems is essential. It’s part and parcel of keeping your UPS in tip-top condition. READ MORE…
01 Dec: What going ‘green‘ means for the data centre industry?
Some large data centres use enough electricity in a year to power thousands of homes and it has been pointed out that data centres will account for one-fifth of global electrical consumption by 2025. While we can’t avoid the fact that data centre power consumption will continue to be an issue in the future, Aruba.it looks at how vendors and operators are now placing a focus on reducing their environmental impact. READ MORE…
27 Nov: Supermicro expands its portfolio bringing highest density 4U Server with NVIDIA HGX A100s 8-GPU and 8U SuperBlade supporting 20 A100 PCI-E GPUs
Supermicro announces the doubling of GPU capabilities with a new 4U server supporting eight NVIDIA HGX A100 GPUs. The flexible range of solutions powered by NVIDIA GPUs and GPU software from the NVIDIA NGC ecosystem provides the right building blocks for diverse tasks for organisations addressing various verticals — from AI inferencing on developed models to HPC to high-end training.
26 Nov: Choosing an extreme temperature connector – How picking the right one first time can make the difference
When designing industrial equipment, the operating temperature of the product is often at the top of the list for design engineers. However, while engineers give a lot of thought to heat in the equipment itself, the performance of the connectors and cables that join different devices is often overlooked. Jonathan Parry, Senior Vice President of Global Operations and European Managing Director at cables and connectors company PEI-Genesis, explains how to choose an extreme temperature connector. READ MORE…
24 Nov: Adopt. Adapt. How network operators can thrive in the today’s content heavy environment
Wherever you look and whatever you use to access the Internet, rich video-centric content is unavoidable. For consumers, this is great news. For network operators, this increased use in demand presents a significant opportunity – albeit with a unique set of challenges. Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA @Ciena takes a look further.
23 Nov: Draka UC Fibre upgrades its SM fibre to G.657.A1 bending performance
Draka has completed the upgrade of all its Universal Cabling Fibre offering from ‘regular’ G.652.D fibre to a profile meeting all requirements of G.657.A1. Bend-insensitive fibre optic cables are a crucial part of the UK’s shift towards flexible and ultra-reliable fibre connectivity. This fibre upgrade allows Draka to continue to make cables in ever increasing fibre counts with reduced diameters. READ MORE…
19 Nov: Don’t believe what you’ve heard, NVF is still on the radar for service providers – and for good reason
Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) has been championed with varying intensity in the telco industry for the past few years, though many claim the technology has lost its appeal. Bart Salaets, Senior Systems Engineering Director at F5, assesses the latest developments in NFV and why service providers need to stay on the ball. READ MORE…
18 Nov: BlackBerry AtHoc expands dedicated EU data centres to comply with data residency mandates
BlackBerry Limited announces it is now providing dedicated EU instances of its BlackBerry AtHoc service, a networked crisis communication solution. BlackBerry AtHoc will enable customers to comply with EU data protection regulations and prepare for the upcoming Public Warning directives by sending alerts to all citizens and visitors’ mobile phones in a specific area in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other major contingencies in the area. READ MORE…
17 Nov: Why SD-WAN needs to evolve to reach mass-market
Today’s communication systems are fundamental to business success and, as a result, customers of both service providers (SPs) and managed service providers (MSPs) are putting more and more pressure on networks, demanding ongoing increases in control and flexibility. Sylvain Quartier, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at Ekinops takes a look at how SD-WAN might need to evolve to keep up. READ MORE…
13 Nov: Microchip announces high-speed CoaXPress 2.0 devices that speed machine vision image capture while simplifying system design and deployment
Microchip Technology Inc. has taken the next step toward realising the full potential of CoaXPress (CXP) on the factory floor with the first single-chip physical-layer interface devices to include features that streamline machine vision system design, maximise transmission speed and simplify deployment in high-volume bottling operations, food inspection, industrial inspection and imaging applications.
12 Nov: The future is Hyperscale
Data centre operators must be making preparations now if the data centres of tomorrow are to keep up with the massive demands of customers. When it comes to future proofing services for the next generation of customers, Niclas Sanfridsson, CEO, Colt DCS tells us that hyperscale is the answer. READ MORE…
10 Nov: Deploy modern DDI in the data centre to speed up deployment and enhance the customer experience
The evolution of physical hardware and software has had a considerable impact on the development of applications. There is no doubt that the hybrid landscape is complex and unlikely to get simpler. Mark Fieldhouse, General Manager, EMEA at NS1 takes a look at how organisations should consider resilience across multiple deployment surfaces, whether data centre, public or private cloud and how to adapt to multiple application delivery parameters. READ MORE…
05 Nov: Why enterprise-grade wireless connectivity is essential for organisations in the public transport industry
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with disruption, social distancing and getting essential workers safely from A to B are all new imperatives to which public transport operators have turned to technology in order to meet. Mark Page, Strategic Account Director, Public Sector at Cradlepoint takes a look at how the high-capacity and ultra-low latency of 5G will play a critical role in enabling a new vision of the future. READ MORE…
03 Nov: R&M and partners launch Single Pair Ethernet System Alliance

R&M recently participated in founding the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Alliance with Phoenix Contact, Weidmüller, Fluke Networks and Telegärtner. These leading technology companies are bundling and exchanging SPE expertise and knowledge in a targeted manner.
The group’s main goal is to drive development of SPE for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and collaborate on related technological challenges. The companies aim to accelerate development of their SPE technology expertise, ensuring this can be implemented in their products faster and more reliably.

30 Oct: Supermicro expands portfolio with fully integrated NVIDIA A100 GPU-powered systems delivering five petaFLOPS of AI performance in a single 4U server

Supermicro Computer has announced two new systems designed for artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning applications that fully leverage the third-generation NVIDIA HGX technology with the new NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs as well as full support for the new NVIDIA A100 GPUs across the company’s broad portfolio of 1U, 2U, 4U and 10U GPU servers. NVIDIA A100 is the first elastic, multi-instance GPU that unifies training, inference, HPC, and analytics. READ MORE…

29 Oct: Supermicro and Goethe University Frankfurt delivers high-performance computing solution for COVID and physics research

Super Micro Computer, Inc. has announced that the Center for Scientific Computing (CSC) has chosen Supermicro’s 4U 8 GPU A+ server with PCI-E Gen 4 and 200Gb/s networking (AS -4124GS-TNR) as the foundation for their next generation of High-Performance Computing (HPC) servers. CSC is an initiative of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.

28 Oct: STULZ offers next generation data centre climate control with CyberWall

STULZ, provider of energy efficient temperature and humidity management technology for mission critical data centre applications, has announced the availability of its CyberWall cooling solution.

Designed for operators of large, colocation and hyperscale data centres, it comprises a range of precision air conditioning units specifically developed for facilities with separate aisles.

27 Oct: Updated product series with new wireless approval

“Wireless Ex” is a technology developed by the steute business unit Extreme which simplifies the assembly and operation of switchgear in explosive environments. Switching devices are no longer connected to the receivers in the control cabinet via Ex-compatible cables, but via a low-energy wireless protocol created especially for such applications. It is, of course, certified to ATEX and IECEx standards.

22 Oct: Siemon is natural choice for Accenture’s new sustainable head office at Gare Maritime

Siemon has announced that its innovative technology has been installed throughout Accenture’s new 4,500 sqm head office complex in the iconic Gare Maritime in Brussels, Belgium. Accenture is a global professional services firm, providing strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in more than 120 countries. As part of its defined corporate social responsibility strategy, Accenture only works with partners that share the same focus on sustainable and socially responsible business ethics.

21 Oct: Schneider Electric extends strategic partnerships with AVEVA, Lenovo and Stratus to enable IT/OT convergence

Schneider Electric has announced the expansion of its partnerships with leading technology companies to address the convergence of IT and OT.

Bringing together system integrators with IT solution providers to build integrated industrial edge computing solutions, the expanded partnerships have resulted in the immediate release of three programs including: new reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, and integrating solutions from Lenovo and Stratus; a learning path for system integrators; and a collaborative online community for learning and sharing opportunities within Schneider Electric Exchange.

15 Oct: Logicmonitor achieves Cisco preferred solution partner status with certified integration for Cisco managed secure SD-WAN

LogicMonitor has announced it has achieved Cisco Compatible status for its Cisco SD-WAN integration. This certification validates that LogicMonitor’s innovative cloud-based platform has been fully vetted by Cisco and establishes LogicMonitor as a Cisco preferred monitoring partner for organisations deploying and managing sophisticated networks.

13 Oct: Q Associates acquires cloud and networking specialist Apex Group

Q Associates, independent UK data centre infrastructure and data management services provider, has announced the acquisition of Apex Group, the Bracknell-based cloud and network services specialist. The combined company will employ around 80 staff, with turnover in the region of £35M.
In addition to specialist networking capabilities encompassing LAN, WAN and WiFi technologies, Apex Group brings a range of cloud migration and integration services with significant expertise around Microsoft Azure Cloud, Modern Workplace, Business Applications and Data Analytics.

09 Oct: Smart Buildings Show 2020 deferred

Turret Group Limited is to defer Smart Buildings Show from 14-15 October 2020 to 6-7 October 2021. The show will continue to be held at ExCeL London.
Ian Garmeson, managing director of Turret Group, commented, “Following consultation with exhibitors and exhibition partners we have made the difficult decision to defer the event to next year. The main reason for this decision is that we want to continue to provide the best experience for both our exhibitors and visitors in a safe and secure environment.

08 Oct: Siemens Mobility to supply connected infrastructure for Midlands Future Mobility project

Siemens Mobility Limited has been awarded a contract by Transport for West Midlands to provide connected mobility infrastructure and software services for the Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) project.

The MFM programme is set to develop an environment that will play a crucial role in shaping the future transport sector and accelerating technological advancement in the Midlands, the region which is at the heart of much of the automotive innovation in the UK.

07 Oct: Schneider Electric introduces Easy UPS 3L 500 and 600 kVA to enable business continuity with optimised investment

Schneider Electric has introduced the Easy UPS 3L, the newest part of the Easy UPS 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) range, extending the medium range to 500 and 600 kVA (400V) for external batteries. Available in all regions that support 400V except China and Japan, the Easy UPS 3L simplifies and streamlines configuration and service, delivering high availability and predictability to medium and large commercial buildings, data centres, and light industrial UPS applications.

02 Oct: Riello UPS extends NextEnergy range with 500 kVA version

Manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, Riello UPS has expanded its super-efficient NextEnergy (NXE) series with a new and improved 500 kVA model. The much-anticipated NXE 500 incorporates the latest transformerless technologies to deliver TÜV-certified operational efficiency up to 97% in online UPS mode, while its pioneering Efficiency Control System minimises wasted energy even at partial loads. READ MORE…

01 Oct: Umlaut selects Infovista TEMS Paragon as its primary benchmarking solution to generate the industry standard umlaut score for network testing

Infovista has announced that umlaut, will use the Infovista TEMS Paragon solution as its primary source of data collection to provide network benchmarking and optimisation services.
TEMS Paragon is a premier drive test system, optimised for mobile network benchmarking. Through close cooperation with chipset manufacturers and scanner vendors, TEMS Paragon has led the way to 5G and provides support for LTE-A, IOT, VOLTE and VILTE, and verification of 5G radio. READ MORE…

30 Sep: Power over Ethernet up to 610 metres

Panduit, electrical and network infrastructure solutions company has announced its Power over Ethernet (PoE) extenders on UTP copper cable, which enables network connections to reach up to 610 metres (2000ft). This new series of devices support full duplex (bi-directional simultaneous) data transmission up to 100Mbps for 100BASE-TX or Fast Ethernet applications.

29 Sep: Organisations turn to NetOps to prevent network outages caused by infrastructure changes with great success

Nearly half (48%) of senior IT decision-makers globally say that more than quarter of the outages their organisations have suffered over the past two years have been caused by changes to the network infrastructure, according to a recent survey of 500 global IT decision makers commissioned by Opengear, a Digi International company. READ MORE….

25 Sep: NextGen Communications agrees a long-term education and development plan with CNet training

NextGen has committed to a two-year technical development plan with CNet Training. The company has committed to upskill and professionally certify their teams across their entire company with CNet Training. The training and development contract provides NextGen with access to technical education programs from The Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework for all team members to work towards ambitious companywide objectives.

24 Sep: Schneider Electric launches new APC Easy Rack PDU family, complete with flexible power monitoring and ultra-lightweight footprint

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of the APC Easy Rack PDU range, providing an easy-to-install, easy-to-use and customisable power distribution unit for connected loads. From network closets and edge computing environments, to small and medium data centres, APC Easy Rack PDUs provide a resilient power continuity solution for end-users.

17 Sep: Kao Data Named as Latest Infrastructure Masons Foundation Partner and CEO Paul Finch Joins its Advisory Council

Kao Data, specialist developer and operator of advanced data centres for high performance computing, cloud, AI and enterprise, has become a Foundation Partner of Infrastructure Masons (iMasons). Additionally Paul Finch, Interim CEO and COO, Kao Data, has joined the iMasons Advisory Council, contributing his insight and experience into data centre cooling, energy efficiency and sustainability, which have become an increasingly important focus in the sector over the last decade.

16 Sep: Cable Distribution Revolution

Hughes Electronics has launched an advanced fibre optic and DC power cabling concept for cellular networks.

Designed specifically to handle the rigours of the cellular telephone industry, OptiMod is a robust yet agile system of interconnecting fibre and DC power passive transmission media, delivering high-performance connections for hybrid, separate (DC and fibre) or mixed cabling layout requirements in the harshest environments that cellular telecoms has to offer.

11 Sep: ExtraHop partners with CrowdStrike to deliver cloud-native threat detection from the network to the endpoint

ExtraHop, cloud-native network detection and response company, has announced a partnership with CrowdStrike, in cloud-delivered endpoint protection provider. The partnership includes the powerful integration between ExtraHop Reveal(x) and CrowdStrike Falcon, marrying best-of-breed cloud-native detection and response capabilities to provide protection from the network to the endpoint.

10 Sep: Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet host webinar to address sustainability priorities at the edge

Iceotope Cooling Technologies, Schneider Electric and Avnet have announced a new joint webinar entitled, ‘Simplifying the Edge’. Taking place on the 16th September 2020, this one-hour session offers expert insight into key challenges concerning the deployment of new edge technologies to support 5G, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and colocation environments, and the business case for new sustainable approaches to cooling infrastructure.

10 Sep: Exertis Hammer Announces DDN distribution agreement​

Distributor Exertis Hammer has announced an EMEA-wide distribution agreement with leading big data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organisations, DDN.
The vendor designs, develops, deploys, and optimises systems, software and storage solutions that enable enterprises, service providers, universities, and government agencies to generate more value and accelerate time to insight from their data, on premise and in the cloud.

08 Sep: Anritsu expands high-frequency components line to address emerging high-speed design test requirements

Anritsu Company has expanded its W1 (1.0 mm) component line with the introduction of bias tees, DC block, and semi-rigid cables that operate to 110 GHz and provide broadband frequency scalability in high-frequency device characterisation and optical networking applications. The addition of the new W1 components provides Anritsu with the broadest millimeter wave (mmWave), coaxial component portfolio in the market, and they can be integrated in test systems, so engineers have greater confidence in their emerging high-speed designs.

04 Sep: Emtelle completes land purchase to expand facilities

Emtelle has acquired 16,000sqm of land located adjacent to its manufacturing plant in Erfurt, Germany.

The news follows the manufacturer’s recent investment in its production capabilities with the purchase of two new extrusion lines at the Erfurt manufacturing facility. This latest investment from Emtelle allows for further options of increased manufacturing capacity, increased stock capabilities whilst expanding product testing and customer training facilities.

02 Sep: Ardmac acquires stake in modular builder Cental

Ardmac, the international construction specialist headquartered in Dublin, has announced that it has taken a significant equity investment in Cental, a leading and fast-growth provider of advanced modular infrastructure to the data centre, utilities and telecoms industries.

With this latest strategic investment by Ardmac, the business is now set for further growth and is projecting to double its workforce to 140 people over the next 24 months.

28 Aug: Camfil wins the Grand Indoor Climate Prize for its world-class HEPA filtration for cleanrooms

Camfil is thrilled to announce its win at the ‘Grand Indoor Climate Prize’ in Sweden for its advanced premium HEPA filtration for cleanrooms. Megalam EnerGuard is the first revolutionary change in HEPA filtration for cleanrooms in decades. The filter has three times longer life span than other HEPA filters with membrane media and can generate energy savings of 30-50% compared to traditional fibreglass filters in the industry.

14 Aug: STULZ Group completes acquisition of STULZ TI

STULZ, specialist for mission critical air conditioning, has announced that it now owns the entire shareholding of STULZ Technology Integration (STULZ TI), the data centre design and build specialist.
As a wholly owned subsidiary, STULZ TI went through an extensive restructuring programme in order to respond even more efficiently to the needs of the market. This has ensured full integration into the STULZ Group, which provides direct access to a wide range of state-of-the-art cooling products, solutions and resources.

12 Aug: Conga delivers 141 percent ROI for Extreme Networks

Nucleus Research has published a case study showing Conga, formerly Apttus, digital transformation for commercial operations, delivered 141 percent return on investment (ROI) for its customer Extreme Networks, with payback in 9.6 months. The case study found that Conga’s Apttus CPQ solution reduced the time it took Extreme Networks to generate a quote from three days to 20 minutes while also reducing the time to provide a quote estimate from four hours to 10 minutes. Additionally, overall employee productivity increased by 15 percent with Apttus CPQ’s automated quote generation and features capable of managing multi-tiered pricing channels.

12 Aug: New research highlights resilience risk among European data centres

The resilience of data centres across Europe is at risk as the industry looks towards a permanent renewable energy infrastructure, according to a major new report launched by global temporary power and temperature solutions company, Aggreko.
The report – Mission Critical – provides unique insight of 700 data centre consultants across the Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Ireland, following a survey conducted by independent agency Censuswide on behalf of Aggreko.

11 Aug: Aggreko echoes calls for pragmatic action on emission reduction

Data centre operators and providers should consider the benefit of critical equipment hire, following multiple reports of disruption and delays of infrastructure projects and to the lead times of vital equipment.

According to the Institute for Supply Management, 57% of companies have noted longer lead times for tier one China-sourced components, with average lead times more than doubling compared to the end of 2019. With supply chain issues being reported across the global data centre market, Aggreko is reminding data centre providers and operators to consider rental solutions to ensure infrastructure projects or cooling requirements are not impacted during this crucial time. READ MORE…

10 Aug: Cradlepoint undergoes rapid expansion into Europe

Cradlepoint has announced its rapid expansion into Europe with senior hires, investment in new teams and new product offerings.

Evert Suur, previously Head of Channels for Northern Europe at Forescout, has joined Cradlepoint as Area Director for Northern Europe. He brings to the role 25+ years of experience in the IT and networking industries and will be responsible for driving forward Cradlepoint’s ‘go-to-market’ strategy in the Netherlands, Belgium and the Nordics.

Lorenzo Ruggiero also joins the company, as Area Director for Southern Europe. Based in Milan, Lorenzo will lead customer satisfaction initiatives, partner relationships and revenue growth across Italy, Spain, France and Portugal. Lorenzo joins from Vodafone and previously worked at French software company, Infovista, where he was in charge of leading the enterprise market proposition.

07 Aug: Trinity Data Centres acquires Optimum Data Centres

Trinity Data Centres Ltd (Trinity DC) has acquired the Optimum Data Centres business (ODC) and is the new multi-tenant data centre operator for the former ODC site in Hayes, now named Trinity London.

As a key part of the acquisition, Trinity DC has taken on all of the ODC staff to ensure a seamless transition for clients, partners and suppliers.

Trinity DC is providing significant investment to Trinity London through a multi-stage refurbishment plan in order to facilitate additional clients.

07 Aug: Schneider Electric Extends Strategic Partnerships with AVEVA, Lenovo and Stratus to Enable IT/OT Convergence

Bringing together system integrators with IT solution providers to build integrated industrial edge computing solutions, the expanded partnerships have resulted in the immediate release of three programs including: new reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, and integrating solutions from Lenovo and Stratus; a learning path for system integrators; and a collaborative online community for learning and sharing opportunities within Schneider Electric Exchange. The industrial edge programs from Schneider Electric empower system integrators to expand their value to the end user, enabling their customers’ industrial digital transformations.

06 Aug: Kao Data Announces Dedicated ‘Built-to-Suit’ Service for the Hyperscale Community

Kao Data has announced a dedicated ‘Built-to-Suit’ service for the hyperscale community in the UK. The service enables Kao Data to fund, design, build and operate Open Compute Project (OCP-Ready) data centre capacity, for organisations dependent on scalable, resilient, digital infrastructure. As part of the service, Kao Data’s leadership team will oversee all developments, enabling clients to benefit from the guidance, insight and expertise of award-winning industry professionals who are well positioned to manage the challenges of industrial scale data centre construction projects.

05 Aug: Exertis Hammer Extends A10 Distribution into Nordics

Distributor Exertis Hammer, and market leader in application networking, A10, have extended their distribution agreement to service resellers in the Nordics.

A10, a vendor which enables intelligent automation with deep machine learning to ensure business-critical applications are protected, reliable and always available, has existing distribution partnerships with both Exertis and Exertis Hammer; and now, Exertis Hammer will add value to its security, innovation and automation solutions for new and existing Nordics customers.

03 Aug: DigiCert Names Jason Sabin as CTO

DigiCert, provider of TLS/SSL, IoT and PKI solutions, has named Jason Sabin the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Sabin has been serving as Chief Information Officer at DigiCert since 2017 and has held a number of other executive roles at the company, including Chief Security Officer and head of research and development.

“Jason’s background and passion are in engineering, and he’s proven in numerous roles at DigiCert that he’s both a great manager and a great technical leader,” said DigiCert CEO John Merrill. “Jason is the right leader to advance DigiCert’s technology vision.”

31 Jul: Cellular internet connectivity for remote assets with the robust Anybus Wireless Bolt IoT

HMS Networks has announced the release of Anybus Wireless Bolt IoT which enables reliable cellular-based internet connectivity for assets in the field, using the new LTE-based networks NB-IoT and CAT-M1.

Companies are increasingly looking to connect remotely located assets for remote monitoring and control over the internet. However, many times there is no local infrastructure available to connect such assets to the internet in a traditional way. The Anybus Wireless Bolt IoT by HMS Networks targets this situation, providing reliable cellular-based internet connectivity over NB-IoT and CAT-M1 for remote assets that are otherwise hard to reach and connect.

29 Jul: Proximity Data Centres secures major new investment to equip the UK with regional edge data centres to bring computing closer to the customer

Proximity Data Centres Limited has secured major new funding from ICG-Longbow, the real estate division of Intermediate Capital Group PLC.

This new funding commitment will support Proximity in its strategic £80m rollout of regional edge data centres and will enable Proximity to continue its expansion to offer national capability to help customers keep pace with increasing data requirements driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Things.

27 Jul: Anritsu and EMITE announce 802.11ax TRP/TIS OTA Test Platform

Anritsu and EMITE have announced their latest combined solution for testing the latest IEEE 802.11 WLAN standard. The new Anritsu Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A has been successfully integrated in combination to the EMITE E600 Reverberation Chamber to test OTA TRP/TIS performance of IEEE 802.11ax devices in a repeatable environment. With built-in communications protocols and optimised performance for WLAN testing, the MT8862A + EMITE reverberation chamber can characterise with high reliability the performance of the latest devices in the market.

The new integration has been able to successfully measure total radiated power (TRP) and total isotropic sensitivity (TIS) OTA performance for IEEE 802.11ax devices. Being able to test the latest WLAN standards keep EMITE and Anritsu at the edge of technology for helping customers and service providers deliver their WLAN solutions to the market with total confidence in the performance.

24 Jul: VIRTUS Opens LONDON6 in Stockley Park and LONDON10 in Slough, taking its live London portfolio to 97MW

VIRTUS Data Centres, part of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres Group, has announced the opening of its LONDON6 and LONDON10 data centres.

LONDON6, on the VIRTUS Stockley Park campus, and LONDON10, VIRTUS’ third data centre on the Slough Trading Estate, are both planned to open in early Q2 2020. These new facilities will provide 23MW over more than 10,000sqm of technical space. They are being built to Uptime Tier III standard and will further expand some of the most advanced campuses in the UK. The data centres will enable customers to future-proof their expansion options for flexible colocation on sites that have the scale to deliver medium to longer term capacity.

22 Jul: DigiCert Named 2020 Global Company of the Year in TLS Certificate Market by Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan has recognised DigiCert with the 2020 Global Company of the Year Award, based on its recent analysis of the global transport layer security (TLS) certificate market.

DigiCert has exhibited strong market leadership in its growth, supporting the adoption of new standards and continually innovating with the industry’s best, most modern public key infrastructure (PKI) technology. In addition to the strength in the TLS/SSL market, the company is also focused on new security technologies, such as protecting devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) and developing implementations of post-quantum cryptography (PQC). By developing these technologies and helping define standards to address new security use cases, the company is strengthening its leadership position within internet security.

20 Jul: TE Connectivity and Komax announce new wiring solution to boost productivity in manufacturing harnesses for terminal block assemblies

TE Connectivity (TE), connectivity and sensors, and Komax, automated wire processing, have partnered on the production of harnesses on the Komax Omega 740/750 automatic harness machines. The machines incorporate TE`s ENTRELEC SNK series of pluggable terminal blocks in their design.

“With the joined expertise TE Connectivity and Komax, users can achieve up to 90% mounting time saving thanks to the serialised plug that takes advantage of Komax’s modular concept and plug and play function of TE`s SNK terminal blocks,” said Eylem Kolukisa, TE product manager. “The Komax Omega’s speed of installation is thanks to TE’s SNK 2-in-1 PI-Spring technology and pluggable function.”

Komax has developed the Omega 740 and Omega 750 fully automated block loader machines for wire harness production requiring housing insertion. The highly flexible system enables operator-independent production with double-sided block loading in the highest quality and different complexity without the need for interim storage of individual wires. It is the economical answer to ongoing miniaturisation and increasingly smaller batches. The Omega series makes it possible to manufacture a range of different wire harnesses while simultaneously reducing production time significantly.

17 Jul: Innodisk Supports Healthcare Industry with Capable Medical-grade Solutions

The ongoing global health crisis is putting enormous strains on healthcare providers around the world, and has sent the demand for medical-grade equipment skyrocketing. With organisations scrambling to procure the right components, Innodisk recently provided its technical and medical sector expertise for ventilator production in China, Europe and Brazil, and doubled-down on its support of innovation in global health.

15 Jul: Opengear Adds NetOps to Out-of-Band Management, With Launch Of Operations Manager Appliances

Opengear, a Digi International company, and provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, has announced the launch of the new NetOps Console Servers: the OM1200 and the OM2200. These appliances are the first of their kind, capable of running standard Docker containers, and bringing Smart Out-of-Band and NetOps automation together in a single piece of hardware.

The new NetOps Console Servers are claimed to be the only Out-of-Band appliances in the industry to feature both an x86 processor and a secure boot process to protect against configuration and firmware tampering.

13 Jul: R&M launches new series of informative cabling blogs

R&M is starting a new series of blogs covering several cabling-related topics. As the role of networks changes due to the increased use of mobile devices, 5G, WiFi 6, Edge computing and new application, the role of structured cabling is also changing. Making smart, future-proof decisions has become more complicated than ever. R&M would like to share its long-standing experience and know-how and offer advice and support to anyone facing such decisions, or simply looking for information around a certain subject. The first series of blogs will cover the following topics: chemical resistance, last mile cabling deployment methods, rodent protection, cable shrinking behaviour.

10 Jul: Schneider Electric Introduces New Public API to Simplify Management at the Edge

Schneider Electric has announced that it has released a public API (application programming interface) for cloud-based software EcoStruxure IT Expert. The first public API for EcoStruxure IT Expert, it enables IT solution providers and end users to seamlessly integrate a power and critical infrastructure monitoring platform into any preferred management system.
With the introduction of EcoStruxure IT Expert API, Schneider Electric is helping to simplify management at the edge for IT solution providers and end users who are managing distributed IT infrastructure. EcoStruxure IT Expert API builds on the success of EcoStruxure IT Expert, the industry’s first hosted monitoring platform, which is vendor-agnostic and powered by artificial intelligence.

10 Jul: EcoDataCenter To Deploy World’s First Chassis-Level Immersion Liquid Cooling Solution from Iceotope, Schneider Electric and Avnet

Iceotope cooling technologies has announced in conjunction with partners Schneider Electric and Avnet, it is to deploy its chassis-level immersion liquid cooling technology at EcoDataCenter’s new colocation facility in Falun, Sweden. Once installed, EcoDataCenter, the world’s first climate positive data center, will become the first colocation service provider to offer chassis-level immersion cooling technology for customer’s hosted IT loads.

Developed by Iceotope, the chassis-level immersion cooling solution will enable 46kW per rack, with the core technology capable of scaling to future-proof power densities of 100kW plus. Liquid cooling can improve chip and hard drive reliability by providing a lower stable operating temperature, as well as increasing the available white space by eliminating the requirement for hot aisle/ cold aisle layouts. Importantly, the cooling arrangement enables high-grade heat to be captured for reuse in a local renewable energy scheme.

08 Jul: Opsview announces strategic partnership with multi-cloud experts UKCloud

Opsview, provider of unified insight into dynamic IT operations, has announced a new strategic partnership with UKCloud, a leading provider of sovereign and secure multi-cloud solutions to the UK public sector, health and defence sectors.
“We’re pleased to on-board UKCloud to the Opsview platform” said Mike Walton, CEO, Opsview. “Through an extensive technical evaluation period with UKCloud, Opsview has demonstrated our deep monitoring capability across their sovereign, secure, hybrid IT estate. We see great synergies in our companies and look forward to extending this partnership further in the coming months.

07 Jul: Schneider Electric and EcoDataCenter Partner for Climate Positivity

Schneider Electric has partnered with EcoDataCenter to build an ultra-low-carbon-footprint data centre at the heart of their HPC colocation in Falun, Sweden. With the goal of being one of the most sustainable data centres in the Nordics, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Operation, Galaxy VX UPS with lithium-Ion, and MasterPact MTZ are just some of the solutions ensuring the colocation facility stays on-mission for climate positivity. Additionally, Schneider’s Connected Services Hub provides remote monitoring and 24/7 access to EcoDataCenter’s critical facility.

06 Jul: How Covid-19 is affecting you?

Michel Riva, CEO, R&M tells us the measures that R&M have implemented to tackle the issues that the Covid-19 pandemic has created.

The novel Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is affecting the world in many ways. Our societies and economies are facing unprecedented challenges. The structured cabling and network equipment industry is being directly hit by the fact that existing construction and redevelopment projects are reduced or remain on hold for the foreseeable future, and fewer new projects are being initiated. At the same time, production facilities are closing or slowing down production significantly.

AT R&M, we’ve introduced a number of taskforces to tackle the issues. Measures based on government guidelines were immediately introduced in all regions and are being updated constantly. Each country has its own specific regulations for dealing with the situation, so we’ve introduced a number of standard rules and guidelines that must be applied anywhere in the world. Local managers may make additional provisions, in line with the situation in their regions. Teams are monitoring developments on a daily basis and looking for new solutions, which are discussed and exchanged between countries.

03 Jul: Schneider Electric Launches New Monitoring and Dispatch Services to Manage Distributed IT

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of Monitoring and Dispatch Services, enabling IT solution providers and end users to optimise resources, improve efficiency, and help prevent downtime by leveraging Schneider Electric to manage the operations of distributed IT infrastructure. By simplifying the management of edge computing sites, the new services are designed to make life easier for IT staff, ensure coverage at any unmanned sites and can provide significant savings over the lifecycle of the infrastructure. Services include remote monitoring, troubleshooting, and on-site, next-business-day remediation, including replacement parts.

01 Jul: Siemon Joins HDBaseT Alliance

Siemon has announced that it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance as an Adopter member. The HDBaseT Alliance is a cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing the HDBaseT AV application.

Established in 2010, HDBaseT is a reliable, proven application for the transmission of ultra-high definition 4K video and audio along with 100 Mb/s Ethernet, USB 2.0, bidirectional control signals and 100 Watts of power over balanced twisted-pair cable and RJ45 network connectivity. The HDBaseT Alliance is active in educating the market on the benefits of the technology through dedicated content, webinars, participation in conferences and tradeshows, and more.

26 Jun: Infovista hits new milestone for DSS testing for 5G deployment as operator adoption accelerates

Infovista has announced it has shipped its thousandth upgrade for its TEMS Investigation platform to allow operators to test Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). This innovative technology lets operators take advantage of existing 4G infrastructure to deliver initial 5G capabilities, without compromising the performance of existing customers.

DSS was made available as part of 3GPP Release 15 in April 2019 and is now supported by leading infrastructure providers including Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE through a software upgrade. With DSS, operators can allocate portions of the 4G LTE spectrum that they are already using to 5G NR allowing users to coexist in the same frequency band/channel at the same time. Last month, the first wave of handsets with new Qualcomm X55 5G modem and Exynos 990 chipsets supporting DSS arrived in the market – further fuelling interest from operators.

25 Jun: Remote workers of the World unite

The Covid-19 crisis has been the largest industry disruptor since the internet was born in the 90s. Across the world, businesses have shifted to a remote working model, and this seismic cultural and technological shift has put IT teams under more strain than ever.

Luckily, IT pros are up to the challenge. In their roles, they manage crises and plan for contingencies every day. Leon Adato, Head Geek, SolarWinds takes a look at how these IT teams stay ahead, whether the business is rooted in e-commerce, government, finance, or health care and whether it’s large or small.

24 Jun: St. Joseph-Stift hospital in Dresden relies on networked solution that secures the building envelope, but also much more

In its efforts to provide increased security against unauthorised access and improved monitoring and control, the technical services department of the St. Joseph-Stift hospital in Dresden is relying on the proven technology of the BMS manufacturer PcVue and the door and window specialist GEZE.

In the 2019 major hospital rating of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt general newspaper, FAZ), the St. Joseph-Stift in Dresden came top six in the category »150 to under 300 beds: the patients surveyed were not only above average satisfied with the medical and nursing care, but the hospital also received top marks for the organisation of procedures and service. In order that the nursing and medical staff can concentrate fully on the patients, the hospital operator also regularly invests in the technical infrastructure. The new comprehensive control technology solution from PcVue and GEZE is an example.

19 Jun: Ekinops successfully enters the 10G access market

EKINOPS, supplier of advanced networking solutions for service providers and global enterprises, has announced its first major 10Gb/s access win in Europe with a seven-figure contract.

Ekinops recently released 10G-capable Ethernet Access Devices (EAD) and routers for the Enterprise Edge connectivity market with the ambition of entering this high-end segment. After undergoing the validation process necessary to gain acceptance from service providers the products collected favourable feedback, which resulted in this major win in the first half of this year.

18 Jun: Anritsu Company Introduces Solution to Conduct True PIM Analysis Over Fibre and Present RF Spectrum Derived from IQ Data

Anritsu Company has introduced the IQ Fibre Master MT2780A multi-port CPRI-based RF and PIM analyser claiming to be the first instrument to perform true PIM analysis over fibre and present RF spectrum results derived from IQ data. The MT2780A reduces test costs and time by providing field engineers, field technicians and third-party contractors with a single instrument to conduct RF interference measurements and PIM troubleshooting on LTE-based systems using CPRI front haul infrastructure.

The IQ Fibre Master leverages patented PIM over CPRI and RF over CPRI measurement capabilities that allow tests to be conducted on the ground, significantly reducing tower climbs. Field engineers and technicians can use the MT2780A to scan the uplink RF signals of a remote radio head (RRH) for in-band interference while simultaneously conducting PIM over CPRI measurements. Supporting all Tier 1 LTE base station radio manufacturers, the single instrument solution can determine if KPIs are being affected by interference or PIM.

Analysing CPRI IQ data allows users to view a radio’s uplink spectrum for interference troubleshooting. The IQ Fibre Master measures PIM over CPRI with four SFP inputs, providing the ability to compare multiple bands and sectors, as well. Measurements are performed on live cell tower traffic signals, providing a unique method to conduct real-world testing that results in improved accuracy and no system downtime for test. As measurements are derived from baseband IQ data, the IQ Fibre Master can make measurements on any frequency RRH, or combination of frequencies of the RRH, providing a cost-effective solution.

18 Jun: Data Centre Sustainability through Digitalisation

Data centres have evolved from a few servers sitting in the closet of an office building to 50+ MW dedicated facilities. But data centres today are not just larger, more power-hungry commercial facilities, they are part of the fabric of our digital lives.
As the demands for efficiency and capacity increase for data centres, Ciarán Flanagan from ABB discusses the role digital solutions have to play in ensuring their sustainable future.

16 Jun: Kao Data Announces Dedicated ‘Built-to-Suit’ Service for the Hyperscale Community

Kao Data has announced a dedicated ‘Built-to-Suit’ service for the hyperscale community in the UK. The service enables Kao Data to fund, design, build and operate Open Compute Project (OCP-Ready) data centre capacity, for organisations dependent on scalable, resilient, digital infrastructure. As part of the service, Kao Data’s leadership team will oversee all developments, enabling clients to benefit from the guidance, insight and expertise of award-winning industry professionals who are well positioned to manage the challenges of industrial scale data centre construction projects.

20 May: WorldStream joins DHPA

WorldStream, a fast growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with more than 15,000 dedicated servers under management for a global customer base, has joined industry association DHPA, Trusted Cloud Experts. WorldStream sees the increasing scale of its own company as well as the need for a hosting industry-wide approach to cybercrime as important arguments for membership of DHPA.

13 May: SolarWinds Deepens Hybrid IT Database Portfolio With Database Performance Monitor for Cloud-Native Environments

SolarWinds has announced the addition of Database Performance Monitor (DPM) to its IT operations management portfolio. This follows the company’s acquisition of VividCortex in December of last year.
With DPM, users will be able to generate before-and-after analysis and one-second root cause granularity for open-source and NoSQL databases, including MongoDB and PostgreSQL, that are increasingly growing in popularity.

08 May: Siemon supports Rich Products Corporation in future proofing its new food production facility and UK headquarters in Andover

Global network infrastructure specialist, Siemon, has announced that its world-class structured cabling technology has been installed at Rich Products’ new 15-acre UK production facility in Andover, Hampshire. In order to support the company’s ambitious growth plans, Siemon’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper and fibre cabling solutions are future proofing Rich Products’ state-of-the-art bakery, while enabling a fully automated production process and intelligent building services.

13 Apr: Agile UPS Solutions showcased at DCW 2020

UPS manufacturer, CENTIEL UK Ltd demonstrated its agility by showing its industry leading, flexible UPS solutions at Data Centre World this year.

Louis McGarry, sales and marketing director, CENTIEL said: “With real-estate prices at a premium, plus the high costs of power consumption and the cost to maintain oversized UPS systems, the need to constantly right-size appropriate to the load has never been more important. For data centres looking to minimise running costs and maximise returns, an agile approach to system design is key. At DCW this year, we demonstrated how to achieve a flexible approach through the use of true modular UPS systems.”

10 Apr: Aqua Comms Expands its Submarine System Network Presence at 1025Connect

AM Property Holding Corp. owner and operator of 1025Connect, has announced the expansion of Aqua Comms, the operator of subsea fibre-optic networks interconnecting the United States and Europe, within its facility to meet growing demand. The availability of Aqua Comms subsea connectivity solutions provides 1025Connect customer’s access to the North Atlantic Loop, a resilient dual-path network across the Atlantic.

07 Apr: Anritsu Adds IQ Capture, Streaming Capability to Field Master Pro™ MS2090A RTSA

Anritsu Company have introduced IQ capture and IQ streaming options for its Field Master Pro MS2090A that makes the real time spectrum analyser (RTSA) the first handheld analyser to capture 110 MHz of IQ data. When combining the new features with the wide bandwidth, long memory and fast transfer seeds, the MS2090A can conduct comprehensive spectrum analysis in a variety of general purpose applications, including military intelligence and government regulations.

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