Only four-in-ten councils have a cloud strategy

09 April 2018

Eduserv CTO Andy Powell says councils have a “real hunger” to use the new applications and infrastructure that cloud offers.

Eduserv CTO Andy Powell says councils have a “real hunger” to use the new applications and infrastructure that cloud offers.

The demands of running legacy IT are holding back councils from putting in place new technology which can improve services and increase operational efficiency.

That’s according to research conducted among local government IT teams by Eduserv, the not-for-profit technology partner for public and third sector organisations, and Socitm, the society for public sector IT leaders.

In their recently published joint report, Local Government Cloud Adoption 2018, the two organisations found that despite the majority of councils now using cloud, just 40 per cent have a cloud policy or strategy in place, while 72 per cent said they can use G-Cloud to procure IT.

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Next Generation Data’s ‘mega’ data centre needs further expansion

07 March 2018

NGD’s carrier-neutral Tier 3 facility in South Wales offers a gross internal area of 750,000ft2 and can house up to 22,000 racks.

NGD’s carrier-neutral Tier 3 facility in South Wales offers a gross internal area of 750,000 sq. ft.  and can house up to 22,000 racks.

Next Generation Data (NGD) will build out an additional 250,000ft2 of capacity at its “mega” data centre campus near Cardiff.

The company says this follows a number of new customer contracts worth in excess of £125m over the next five years, including agreements with several Fortune 100 companies.

Work is already under way on the facility’s top floor to accommodate the new data halls.

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Gatwick introduces cloud-based Flight Information System

07 March 2018

The airport’s 1,200 cloud-based screens now connect via a web browser from any operating system.

The airport’s 1,200 cloud-based screens now connect via a web browser from any operating system.

Gatwick is said to have become the world’s first major airport to introduce a cloud-based Flight Information Display System (FIDS).

While legacy FID systems require software to be loaded on a separate PC behind the screen to run them, Gatwick’s 1,200 cloud-based screens now connect via a web browser from any operating system.

It’s claimed this takes up only 3Mbps of bandwidth which makes the new real-time system “extremely” fast and responsive to updates, a key benefit in times of disruption.

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Hybrid cabling system saves space for IP House

07 March 2018

RapidNet’s modular cassette-based design makes installation simple, fast and efficient.

RapidNet’s modular cassette-based design makes installation simple, fast and efficient.

IP House is deploying HellermannTyton’s RapidNet hybrid cabling system throughout its new colo facility in London.

Made in Britain, RapidNet is a pre-terminated, pre-tested cabling infrastructure solution with a modular cassette-based design that is said to make installation “simple, fast and efficient”.

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