Deutsche Telekom is experimenting with running virtualised network functions in Linux containers, a senior researcher engineer at the German incumbent telco told BCN.
Xero, a provider of cloud-based accountancy services announced it has secured $110.8m in funding from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management, and has appointed former Dell and Salesforce executives to head up the firm’s US operations and join the board of directors, respectively.
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has announced the launch of an open source software community and code repository aimed at consolidating and accelerating development efforts around software and solutions that take advantage of software defined networking.
IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer has helped the firm refocus its efforts on infrastructure as a service, with IBM filling the professional services and legacy enterprise IT gap, said SoftLayer chief technology officer Marc Jones. According to Doug Clark, cloud leader for IBM UK and Ireland, the two firms are likely to continue remaining at arm’s length.
Despite strong projected growth, cloud services uptake in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could be hampered by the speed at which local cloud service providers adopt new security controls, Emirates Investment Authority (EIA) IT head Furqan Ahmed Hashmi tells BCN.
NuoDB, a Massachusetts-based vendor of NewSQL technology has announced the opening of its UK headquarters this week. Martin Gaffney, NuoDB’s newly appointed EMEA regional director told BCN that the rise of NewSQL and cloud combined with the relative lack of innovation in transactional databases has created a perfect storm for the firm.
Consolidating its applications and SQL servers in the cloud has made it easier for industrial manufacturing product vendor Piab to support mobile employee workstyles, the company’s chief information officer Greg Anderson tells BCN.
Property management isn’t the first vertical that springs to mind when one thinks of IT as a strategic differentiator. But Moataz Hassouna, chief information officer of the Egyptian division of Emaar Properties, one of the Middle East’s largest property management firms, says that IT is one of the essential means by which the company keeps ahead of its competitors.
European Parliament has approved a motion stressing among other things the need to unbundle search engines from the other commercial services offered by those companies. Though technically non-binding, largely symbolic and heavily criticised, the move seems largely aimed at pressuring the European Commission to investigate the possible breakup of Google. The move was brushed off by some as “political theatre.”
The marriage of Nissan and Renault, well into its 15th year, brought with it a significant business reform strategy that puts IT transformation at its core. Stephen Kneebone, Nissan’s chief information officer with responsibility for the EMEA region explains to BCN how the Alliance’s IT strategy is helping both brands deliver a consistent, coherent digital platform for internal users and customers.