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Half of UK tech firms fear missing out on Covid-19 state support

UK tech trade body techUK has released a second Covid-19 survey investigating the effects of the pandemic on the nation’s technology sector, building on an initial survey published last month that indicated the sector might be insulated from much of the impact.

Over 100 technology organisations responded to the updated urvey – half of them small businesses with less than 50 employees. techUK counts 850 companies as members that collectively employ almost half of UK tech sector employees.

Overall, the sector still seems cautiously optimistic that the most extreme economic effects of the outbreak can be avoided, with only 6 percent fearing a halt to trading in the short-term. Longer term, businesses are more uncertain, with 30 percent concerned about their ability to trade if restrictions are extended.


UK satellite Internet firm OneWeb files for bankruptcy

British satellite Internet company OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy in the US after attempts to secure funding for a commercial launch were checked by the coronavirus fears.

The firm, which had already secured billions in funding from investors such as Softbank, Qualcomm and the Government of Rwanda, was hoping to take its space-bound internet service commercial before the end of next year.


UK digital department creates dedicated team to support data centre sector through coronavirus

Tech trade body techUK has released a new update detailing how it is working with the UK government to support the nation’s data centre sector in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Following lockdown measures brought into place in this week, UK data centre operators were concerned about ensuring continuity of service and access to facilities.


Worldwide data centre spending surpasses $150bn

Global spend on data centre hardware and software totalled $152 billion last year, according to new research from IT market watchers Synergy Research.

The figure, which represents a two percent rise from 2018, combines worldwide spending on public cloud and private cloud/traditional data centre hardware and software.


IBM, Amazon, Microsoft and Google mobilise supercomputing and cloud resources to fight Covid-19

IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are joining forces with the White House, the US Department of Energy, and other US federal agencies to deliver supercomputing power and public cloud resources to scientists and researchers working to address the novel coronavirus global pandemic.

As part of the newly-announced Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium, the companies are making 330 petaflops of performance available to researchers attempting to understand the virus and form treatments that can be used for potential vaccines.


Microsoft Azure to prioritise emergency workers and critical government infrastructure

Microsoft has said its cloud platform Azure will begin prioritising emergency personnel and organisations working on the frontline of coronavirus efforts.

In a blog post, the tech giant said first responders, health and emergency management services, and critical government functions would be prioritised if its cloud infrastructure encountered capacity constraints.


Work begins on 20-meter long wave energy converter to be deployed in Orkney 

Work has begun on a 30-tonne wave machine which is scheduled to be deployed in Orkney this autumn. The 20-metre-long Blue Star wave energy converter from AJS Production Ltd is being designed by Edinburgh start-up Mocean Energy. The half-scale device will undergo a number of sea trials before generating its first power later in the year.


Experts urge gamers to play responsibly to avoid straining internet networks 

An industry expert has suggested that gamers should only play during the evening  Video gamers have been urged to play at “reasonable times” to avoid putting extra strain on internet networks during the coronavirus outbreak. Social distancing measures to curb the spread of the virus has led to large numbers of people working from home… Read More


UK data centre operators ready to ‘camp out’ in event of London lockdown

The techUK Data Centres Council is working with DCMS to ensure UK data centre employees are included in a list of critical infrastructure workers that would be exempt from lockdown measures that limited free movement in London.

If data centre employees are not included in the final list of critical infrastructure workers — due for publication in a matter of days — or at least designated as key workers, data centres without remote operating capabilities could be forced to house and feed business-critical staff onsite.


How a data centre flat tyre disrupted Google services

Google revealed a set of wheels supporting one of its data centre racks buckled, precipitating a chain of events that resulted in some CPUs overheating, disrupting Search, Gmail, and other services for some users.

The unusual episode was discovered after a site reliability engineer on the company’s traffic and load balancing was alerted that Google services being supported by its edge network were producing an abnormally high number of errors.


Vertiv teams up with Uptime Institute on TIER-ready modular data centres

Data centre infrastructure specialists Vertiv have announced a partnership with Uptime Insitute to deliver TIER-ready prefabricated modular data centres.

The partnership will see Vertiv sell Uptime Institute Tier Certification of Constructed Facilities (TCCF) services with Vertiv TIER-Ready Modular Units, allowing the units to quickly earn TCCF certification once deployed.


El Capitan supercomputer will be 10 times as powerful as anything we’ve seen before

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) upcoming El Capitan supercomputer will be capable of 2 exaflops of computing performance, making it more powerful than the top 200 fastest supercomputers combined.

The record-breaking supercomputer, which is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and will be located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, will be used by the DoE’s National Nuclear Security Administration to advance America’s nuclear security missions.



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