OBS and Riverbed bring SD-WAN to hybrid networks

10 April 2017

Riverbed says SteelConnect improves application performance by real-time routing using the optimum links available between different networks.

Riverbed says SteelConnect improves application performance by real-time routing using the optimum links available between different networks.

Orange Business Services (OBS) is strengthening its hybrid network offering with SD-WAN technology from its partner Riverbed.

The mobile company claims the new solution will enable its customers to simplify the management of their hybrid networks and optimise the performance of both corporate and cloud applications.

The launch is a key part of Orange’s network-as-a-service strategy announced last year (see News, Nov 2016) and will be available globally.

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Firstnet to launch first Tier III data centre in Leeds

10 April 2017

Firstnet Solutions is managed by husband and wife team David and Angie Cusworth.

Firstnet Solutions is managed by husband and wife team David and Angie Cusworth.

Leeds-based IT managed service provider Firstnet Solutions has opened its first data centre in the city.

The company says the new facility has been designed as a bespoke data centre and is not a building conversion.

It is carrier agnostic with multiple redundant connections, and is also said to feature multiple hardware failover, physical security, and a low carbon footprint design.

With an existing phase one 400 rack data hall and parallel redundant engineering infrastructure, including 24/7 security and technical support, Firstnet reckons its facility will offer a level of service and quality which, following its planned upgrade to Tier III, will not be found elsewhere in the region.

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Comms365 and Everynet partner to enhance IoT capabilities

10 April 2017

Comms365 MD Mike van Bunnens says customers are already “lining up” to see how LoRaWAN compares to M2M.

Comms365 MD Mike van Bunnens says customers are already “lining up” to see how LoRaWAN compares to M2M.

Managed solutions provider Comms365 will integrate Everynet’s network platform into its own infrastructure and offer LoRaWAN-based services in conjunction with its M2M and 4G offerings.

London-based Everynet has a portfolio of products and solutions which are said to include advanced capabilities for firmware over-the-air updates and precision geo-location.

It builds, manages and supplies WANs that use the LoRaWAN system – the long range, low power wireless platform used for connectivity in the Internet of Things.

According to Comms365, “one size does not fit all within the IoT market”.

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Curtain falls on MS Exchange at National Theatre

10 April 2017

Microsoft Office 365 has made its debut at the National Theatre. The cloud system aims to improve internal communications as well as staff collaboration using a new mobile toolset.

Microsoft Office 365 has made its debut at the National Theatre. The cloud system aims to improve internal communications as well as staff collaboration using a new mobile toolset.

As part of its continuing migration to the cloud, the National Theatre (NT) has chosen Navisite to help with the implementation and management of Microsoft Office 365.

The deployment replaces an on-premise Exchange platform which had capacity issues.

By migrating its Microsoft systems to the cloud, it’s claimed the NT will be able to quickly scale email storage according to demand and ensure critical emails are delivered.

Navisite says the switch to Office 365 will also enable better internal communication for the organisation as well as collaboration using a new mobile toolset.

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