VMware Acquires CloudVolumes

BCN Groups’ virtualisation and cloud infrastructure partner, VMware have acquired CloudVolumes, a leading provider of real-time application delivery technology.

The technology enables enterprises to easily deliver native applications to virtualized environments on-demand. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to VMware’s financial results.

“Customers are looking to modernize their existing Windows application delivery architecture to be more like mobile IT,” said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware. “The combination of CloudVolumes and VMware Horizon will allow customers to build a real-time application delivery system that enables all applications to be centrally managed, always available and up-to-date, and delivered to virtualized environments for desktop, server or cloud on-demand.”

“Customers are looking for game changing solutions,” said Raj Parekh, chief executive officer, CloudVolumes. “By bringing together CloudVoumes and VMware, we will be able to deliver winning technology solutions for the desktop and beyond, that few competitors can match.”

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To find out more about how virtualisation services from BCN Group can benefit your business, contact us on 0845 095 7000 or email sales@bcn.co.uk

Former Boss Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft

 

Former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has quit his post as a company director after 14 years, giving new CEO Satya Nadella an even freer hand to reshape the company.

Mr Ballmer has said in a public letter that he had become “very busy” since he quit the top job and that it would be “impractical to continue”.

His decision to leave follows his recent purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

“I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of my time,” he wrote.

He said his departure would be immediate due to a “hectic” autumn including both the start of the NBA basketball season and his teaching of a new class.

Mr Ballmer left the chief executive role in February after more than 14 years at the helm, and has been involved in the company for more than three decades.

He still holds more Microsoft shares than any other individual, and on Tuesday he pledged to hold onto them for the “foreseeable future”.

“I bleed Microsoft – have for 34 years and I always will,” he wrote.

Read more:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/ballmer-steps-down-from-microsoft-board-1408472336

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28861010

Nimble Storage Upgrades to its CS-Series Arrays With New Adaptive Flash Arrays

BlueCoffee Networks’ flash storage solutions partner, Nimble Storage, has announced upgrades to its CS-Series arrays with the introduction of two new families: CS300 and CS500.

Theses new families leverage the company’s unique Adaptive Flash CPU-driven architecture and the newest version of Intel’s high-performance CPU architecture, like Nimble’s high-end CS700 array. The new arrays deliver 50 percent more performance than the CS200 and CS400 families that they are replacing.

The CS-Series arrays provide enterprises with the ability to scale performance and capacity independently by leveraging Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform. The Adaptive Flash platform is based on Nimble’s patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL™) architecture, and InfoSight™, the company’s automated cloud-based management and support system. Like the recently announced CS700, the CS300 and CS500 arrays can be combined with Nimble’s All-Flash Shelf to support tens of terabytes of flash in a scale-out cluster. Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform eliminates performance and capacity tradeoffs, providing the performance of flash-only arrays and the capacity of hybrid arrays.

In addition to providing increased performance density in the existing 3U form factor, the arrays offer 10Gbase-T, GbE, and GbE SFP+ networking connectivity, and the ability to interchange connectivity in the future. Customers are also able to take advantage of Nimble’s newly introduced configure-to-order system. The ordering scheme gives customers the flexibility to choose the exact configurations of networking, and flash and drive capacity for their workloads.

“We strive to create a consistent enterprise-class experience across our entire product line,“ said Ajay Singh, vice president of product management at Nimble Storage. “We have developed a platform that adapts as customers consolidate multiple types of workloads with varying performance and capacity demands. The introduction of the Sandy Bridge CPU architecture into our mainstream products expands our ability to address the needs of our customers.”

“Nimble’s Adaptive Flash platform is a highly flexible architecture that is designed to provide industry-leading price/performance benefits to its customers. The approach meshes well with growing end-user demands for a single, scalable storage platform that is future-proofed to meet changing IT needs. By incorporating its innovative technologies across its entire – and now expanded – product line, Nimble’s impressive business growth looks set to continue,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

The Nimble Storage CS300 and CS500 are now generally available.

To find out more about how Nimble Storage and BlueCoffee Network’s can benefit your business’, call us on 0845 095 7000.

About BlueCoffee Networks

BlueCoffee Networks is a total IT Networking support services and solutions company covering Cheshire, Manchester, Stockport and throughout the UK. We are trusted systems integrators, offering an extremely responsive and personalised service that is always looking to protect your investment in partnership.

Our key focus areas are cloud solutionsvirtualizationstoragedisaster recovery planningbusiness continuityconnectivity,  IT & Networking consultancy and IT support services with strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VeeamVMwareMicrosoftCitrixHPCiscoDellNimble Storage and many more.

Read more:
http://www.nimblestorage.com/news-events/press-releases/nimble-storage-extends-industry-leading-performance-efficiency-with-new-adaptive-flash-arrays

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the World’s First Smartphone!

 

 

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was a handheld, touchscreen cellular phone and PDA designed and engineered by International Business Machines Corp.

The device went on sale to the US public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features. The term wasn’t coined until recently but Simon had all the hallmarks of a smartphone so it was called as such. It was marketed around the idea of the game “Simon says” because it was simple but could do almost anything a user would want.

IBM’s pioneering product was also the first mobile phone to feature software apps and could be linked up to a fax machine. It was only available to customers in the United States, operating within a 15 state network and sold around 50,000 models.The device was particularly popular with members of the business community, who craved a transportable phone that doubled up as a mini-computer.However, a big price tag and limited battery life (1 hour!) contributed to its eventual disappearance from the market around two years after its launch.

The Science Museum in London will have a unit on display for the “Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World” exhibit for those who would like to see Simon. Dedicated to the history of information technology, the exhibit will feature over 200 years of innovations and inventions that have molded the way people communicate with each other. The exhibit  on Oct. 25.

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28802053

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/13239/20140817/ibm-simon-the-grandfather-of-smartphones-turns-20.htm

 

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the World’s First Smartphone!

 

 

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was a handheld, touchscreen cellular phone and PDA designed and engineered by International Business Machines Corp.

The device went on sale to the US public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features. The term wasn’t coined until recently but Simon had all the hallmarks of a smartphone so it was called as such. It was marketed around the idea of the game “Simon says” because it was simple but could do almost anything a user would want.

IBM’s pioneering product was also the first mobile phone to feature software apps and could be linked up to a fax machine. It was only available to customers in the United States, operating within a 15 state network and sold around 50,000 models.The device was particularly popular with members of the business community, who craved a transportable phone that doubled up as a mini-computer.However, a big price tag and limited battery life (1 hour!) contributed to its eventual disappearance from the market around two years after its launch.

The Science Museum in London will have a unit on display for the “Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World” exhibit for those who would like to see Simon. Dedicated to the history of information technology, the exhibit will feature over 200 years of innovations and inventions that have molded the way people communicate with each other. The exhibit  on Oct. 25.

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28802053

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/13239/20140817/ibm-simon-the-grandfather-of-smartphones-turns-20.htm

 

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the World’s First Smartphone!

 

 

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was a handheld, touchscreen cellular phone and PDA designed and engineered by International Business Machines Corp.

The device went on sale to the US public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features. The term wasn’t coined until recently but Simon had all the hallmarks of a smartphone so it was called as such. It was marketed around the idea of the game “Simon says” because it was simple but could do almost anything a user would want.

IBM’s pioneering product was also the first mobile phone to feature software apps and could be linked up to a fax machine. It was only available to customers in the United States, operating within a 15 state network and sold around 50,000 models.The device was particularly popular with members of the business community, who craved a transportable phone that doubled up as a mini-computer.However, a big price tag and limited battery life (1 hour!) contributed to its eventual disappearance from the market around two years after its launch.

The Science Museum in London will have a unit on display for the “Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World” exhibit for those who would like to see Simon. Dedicated to the history of information technology, the exhibit will feature over 200 years of innovations and inventions that have molded the way people communicate with each other. The exhibit  on Oct. 25.

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28802053

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/13239/20140817/ibm-simon-the-grandfather-of-smartphones-turns-20.htm

 

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the World’s First Smartphone!

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was a handheld, touchscreen cellular phone and PDA designed and engineered by International Business Machines Corp.

The device went on sale to the US public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features. The term wasn’t coined until recently but Simon had all the hallmarks of a smartphone so it was called as such. It was marketed around the idea of the game “Simon says” because it was simple but could do almost anything a user would want.

IBM’s pioneering product was also the first mobile phone to feature software apps and could be linked up to a fax machine. It was only available to customers in the United States, operating within a 15 state network and sold around 50,000 models.The device was particularly popular with members of the business community, who craved a transportable phone that doubled up as a mini-computer.However, a big price tag and limited battery life (1 hour!) contributed to its eventual disappearance from the market around two years after its launch.

The Science Museum in London will have a unit on display for the “Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World” exhibit for those who would like to see Simon. Dedicated to the history of information technology, the exhibit will feature over 200 years of innovations and inventions that have molded the way people communicate with each other. The exhibit  on Oct. 25.

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28802053

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/13239/20140817/ibm-simon-the-grandfather-of-smartphones-turns-20.htm

 

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the World’s First Smartphone!

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was a handheld, touchscreen cellular phone and PDA designed and engineered by International Business Machines Corp.

The device went on sale to the US public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features. The term wasn’t coined until recently but Simon had all the hallmarks of a smartphone so it was called as such. It was marketed around the idea of the game “Simon says” because it was simple but could do almost anything a user would want.

IBM’s pioneering product was also the first mobile phone to feature software apps and could be linked up to a fax machine. It was only available to customers in the United States, operating within a 15 state network and sold around 50,000 models.The device was particularly popular with members of the business community, who craved a transportable phone that doubled up as a mini-computer.However, a big price tag and limited battery life (1 hour!) contributed to its eventual disappearance from the market around two years after its launch.

The Science Museum in London will have a unit on display for the “Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World” exhibit for those who would like to see Simon. Dedicated to the history of information technology, the exhibit will feature over 200 years of innovations and inventions that have molded the way people communicate with each other. The exhibit  on Oct. 25.

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28802053

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/13239/20140817/ibm-simon-the-grandfather-of-smartphones-turns-20.htm

 

 

‘Faster’ cable to be built under Pacific Ocean to deliver incredibly fast internet speeds

Google and five other large companies are teaming up to build a $300m (£179m; 225m euros) undersea cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds.

The cable, dubbed Faster, will be operational by 2016 and connect the US with Japan and cost about, the consortium said.

The trans-Pacific fibre cable would deliver speeds of 60 terabytes per second – enough to send more than 2,000 uncompressed HD films a second.

Google is one of six firms to get onboard to fund the project, along with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singte, with NEC Corporation also joining as system supplier.

“Faster is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” said Woohyong Choi, chairman of the consortium’s executive committee. “These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global internet and communications.

Read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28754235

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2359853/google-throws-its-weight-behind-usd300m-faster-trans-pacific-cable

Nervous about the Cloud? Why not try hybrid hosting?

Not quite ready for the cloud or need a combination of cloud hosting and physical servers to meet your business needs? Why not try hybrid cloud hosting.

Hybrid cloud hosting is the parallel use of a combination of customer-dedicated servers and public cloud infrastructure to perform distinct functions within the same organisation.

It can provide the security features, performance, and flexibility of dedicated hardware along with the cost savings, utility, and bursting aspects that cloud technology offers.

Benefits of deploying a hybrid hosting solution include:

A good half-way house

Hybrid cloud solutions are considered a good half-way house, as many organisations at the moment are not yet ready to outsource their entire IT operations into the public cloud, although a number of smaller ones already have.

Smaller operations can quite easily rely on the public cloud to host and deliver email, desktop productivity suites, data storage and security services. But complications could arise for those organisations that need to securely manage and store large amounts of data generated from applications like CRM (customer relationship management), ERP (enterprise resource planning) and customer financial information – although this can be done if managed correctly.

A hybrid model can offer the first safe steps into the cloud for organisations that know there are benefits to be enjoyed, but are unable, for a variety of reasons, to move as quickly as others.

Flexibility

Hybrid Cloud Solutions allow organisations to use different cloud delivery services for specific applications. For example, a public cloud may be a more cost-effective service for the computer-intensive task of processing analytics, but the data would remain local, or private, to comply with regulations.

And because a hybrid delivery strategy allows organisations to run applications and services across different clouds, co-location facilities and data centres, a big benefit is that organisations can easily move processes, services and applications from one geographic location to another.

Capacity expansion

Adding capacity on-premises can be high when you think in terms of upgrading power and cooling in a data center to accommodate additional racks or building a whole new data center. A hybrid approach is a viable alternative and doesn’t have to impact existing operations; selecting a hosted cloud that supports bare metal and extending the on-premises network could allow existing technologies, tools and techniques to be reused.

Reduced costs

A very desirable benefit of cloud computing is reduced costs. This is also true for the hybrid cloud. Depending on your business processes, you can configure your hybrid cloud using private and public clouds. As mission critical processes are comparatively fewer, the operational expenditure is greatly reduced by scalable solutions offered by the cloud.

Enhanced security

One of the main concerns of a public cloud is data integrity and security. Hybrid clouds offer extra security to your data. By keeping your data out of the public cloud, companies can add extra security to business processes. At the same time, applications can seamlessly work between different environments to reduce operational costs.

Keeping up with the latest technology

There has been a lot of studies and research done recently which indicate that the use of cloud services is continuing to explode. Keep up with the latest technologies and reap the benefits to your business.

To find out more about how hybrid hosting or the cloud could benefit your business, contact us on 0345 095 7000 or sales@bcn.co.uk.