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LANDESK helps firm’s bid to be best of breed

16 December 2016

Hendrix Genetics aims to increase food production by improving the breeding of turkey, pigs, chickens (including egg laying), and fish such as salmon and trout.

Based in Holland and founded in 2005, it has sites in more than 24 countries and employs around 2,800 people. UK locations include a poultry breeding company in Peterborough and a salmon farm in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

With rapid expansion, the company decided to make some changes, as Marc Vanlier, IT manager, support desk, explains: “We have more users and devices to support than ever before, and the rise of mobile working means an even more complex IT landscape is on the horizon.

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Long-term outlook looks brighter for Met Office

16 December 2016

To aid the accuracy and timeliness of weather forecasts, the Met Office has one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers at its HQ in Devon. Its 500 scientists carry out research using data-intensive, high-resolution models to increase forecast accuracy and provide a deeper understanding of climate change.

Founded in 1854, the Met Office is now part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and has a total staff of around 2,000. Its purpose-built headquarters building, costing £80m in 2003, is near Exeter Airport, and it also has a forecasting centre in Aberdeen and offices in Gibraltar and the Falklands.

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I spy with my satellite eye: illegal fishing

26 September 2014

Naval authorities will be able to use data provided by the system to narrow their search for pirate fishing vessels.

Maritime and naval authorities will find it much easier to protect international fisheries with help from a new satellite-based system to track illegal fishing activities. It will be used to capture and analyse shipping data, and combine these with vessel information to detect and prosecute unlawful fishing. 

The system has been developed by the Satellite Applications Catapult, the Pew Charitable Trusts non-governmental organisation, and satellite data services company exactEarth Europe. 

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Floods precipitate weather network upgrade

26 September 2014

The Met Office’s current network consists of 15 operational weather radars across the UK such as the station at Great Dun Fell in Cumbria.

Following last winter’s floods, the Met Office is halfway through an upgrade to the network that links its 15 weather radar stations to its Exeter HQ. The upgrade, which includes advanced weather radar and software, aims to improve forecasting for the next 15 to 20 years.

The Met Office Remote Site Network is a private WAN and has now been outsourced to BT which is upgrading the links to each site to 2Mbps symmetric connections. The circuits are provided by Openreach’s MPLS infrastructure and managed as part of BT’s Convergent Solutions. They use the firm’s Connect IP Clear system which provides symmetric bandwidth up and downstream. 

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Aurora lights the way for optical research

26 September 2014

While Britain invented optical fibre networking in the mid-1980s, it lost the lead in optical research during the Thatcher era. It’s now back on track thanks to Aurora, the dark fibre experimental network that connects researchers at Bristol, Cambridge, Southampton and University College London (UCL) via a central node in the capital.

Aurora is physically separate from Janet – the dedicated fibre network that links UK schools, universities and research labs nationally and internationally. Researchers can install their own equipment on Aurora to ‘light’ its fibres. The separate infrastructure means they have more freedom to test, break and reconfigure connections without disrupting normal internet access, and at much higher capacities than commercial networks.

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Silver Peak lowers data traffic and network costs, helping CSR go the distance

30 January 2014

CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software platforms for consumer electronics applications. With its corporate headquarters in Cambridge, CSR relies heavily on centrally hosted services that require fast, reliable access at anytime from anywhere in the world.

By deploying Silver Peak’s software-based acceleration at all 26 of its sites, covering around 2,100 employees across 10 countries, CSR has reduced network costs substantially and reduced network traffic significantly, ensuring a consistent application experience for all employees.

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Fujifilm diosynth biotechnologies protects critical applications with cloud DR service based on Double-Take availability

30 January 2014

Business Continuity is of upmost importance to Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. As a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products the firm must show that they have a disaster recovery plan in place. Furthermore, the impact of unscheduled downtime would affect profitability and require more investment in order to deal with the aftermath.

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies recently moved its data centre to its manufacturing facility in Billingham, UK and completely redesigned its infrastructure to incorporate both physical and virtual (VMware) environments, as not all applications are supported by the application provider on a virtual platform. With their existing “ship-to-site” disaster recovery (DR) contract coming to an end, the challenge was to find a solution that provided DR for both the physical and virtual worlds while improving Recovery Time Objectives. 

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Wi-Fi real-time location system and asset tracking solution streamlines business processes

30 January 2014

FMC Technologies is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services technologically sophisticated systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.

FMC Technologies was looking to track their valuable assets throughout their multi site, production plants in Scotland, with the desired outcome of legal compliance and increasing business efficiencies. The FMC Technologies production and testing environment is highly volatile and their assets are regularly on the move. Real-time visibility of these assets throughout the manufacturing process is therefore crucial.

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