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Can the cloud save Hollywood?

The film and TV industry is warming to cloud

You don’t have to watch the latest ‘Avengers’ film to get the sense the storage and computational requirements of film and television production are continuing their steady increase. But Guillaume Aubichon, chief technology officer of post-production and visual effects firm DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) says production and post-production outfits may find use in the latest and greatest in open source cloud technologies to help plug the growing gap between technical needs and capabilities – and unlock new possibilities for the medium in the process.

Every little helps: How Tesco is bringing the online food retail experience back in-store

Tesco is in the midst of overhauling its connectivity and IT services

Food retailers in the UK have for years spent millions of pounds on going digital and cultivating a web presence, which includes the digitisation of product catalogues and all of the other necessary tools on the backend to support online shopping, customer service and food delivery. But Tomas Kadlec, group infrastructure IT director at Tesco tells BCN more emphasis is now being place on bringing the online experience back into physical stores, which is forcing the company to completely rethink how it structures and handles data.

G-Cloud director Tony Singleton: ‘G-Cloud saves £23k in admin alone’

Tony Singleton spoke to attendees at the Cloud Expo conference in London this week

G-Cloud has the potential to offer savings of up to 50 per cent on a like for like procurement and around £23,000 in admin costs alone, said Government Digital Services director and head of the G-Cloud programme Tony Singleton.

US Department of Labour CIO: ‘Be ready to address network, legacy workloads in cloud move’

Dawn Leaf, CIO at the US Department of Labour

Organisations in the public and private sectors need to be prepared to address some of the key challenges related to networks, security, and legacy workload virtualisation when moving to the cloud, explained Dawn Leaf, chief information officer at the US Department of Labour.

Accounting cloud provider Xero raises $111m, announces slew of appointments

Xero raised another $111m this week and bolstered its leadership lineup

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.

ONF launches open source community to bolster SDN software development

The ONF has launched a site aimed at fostering open source SDN software development

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.

Deutsche Telekom experimenting with NFV in Docker

Deutsche Telekom is looking to exploit the unique capabilities of Linux containers for NFV

Deutsche Telekom is experimenting with running virtualised network functions in Linux containers, a senior researcher engineer at the German incumbent telco told BCN.

SoftLayer and IBM to remain at arm’s length, execs say

It's likely SoftLayer won't ever be fully absorbed into IBM, execs say

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.

Security and SLAs limiting cloud uptake in MENA, IT head says

Cloud uptake in MENA may struggle due to security, SLAs challenges

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.

NewSQL vendor NuoDB boosts EMEA presence with UK HQ

NewSQL is an emerging category that borrows some of the scalability benefits of NoSQL databases for the relational database world

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.

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