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NTT Ltd. consolidates data centre firms into global unit

London-based NTT Ltd. has formed a new division incorporating the data centre companies that previously sat under NTT Communications.

NTT Ltd. was formed after Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Corp. consolidated NTT Communications and two other of its key IT businesses into a single $11bn (£8.7bn) entity, making it Japan’s largest IT company.

The IT provider’s newly-formed Global Data Centers division incorporates e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and others.


Intel planning Data Center Group job cuts

According to reports that surfaced late last week, Intel is planning to lay off a substantial number of employees within its Data Center Group as part of a significant restructuring of the division.

SemiAccurate and Anandtech both reported Friday that between 35 and 33 percent of staff within the company’s data centre unit face losing their jobs, just days before the semiconductor giant is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results to media and investors.


Microsoft vows to remove historical carbon footprint by 2050

Microsoft has pledged that within the next 30 years it will remove all the carbon it has emitted since it was founded in 1975.

While the company has vowed to be carbon negative by 2030, it is going further by aiming to remove its historical carbon footprint completely by 2050.

The company also announced a one billion dollar climate innovation fund to help boost the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies.

In a blog post on Thursday, the company’s president Brad Smith said: “While the world will need to reach net-zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so.


CyrusOne cuts 12 percent of workforce in savings drive

Global data centre provider CyrusOne is sacking 55 employees as it seeks to save costs in response to oversupply and dwindling demand in the US market.

The Dallas-based company announced the cuts in a statement on Monday and expects the move to provide nearly $11m in savings.

Affected employees will receive severance as well as customary transition assistance.


UK media giants team up with University of Bristol on carbon calculator for digital content

A group of computer scientists at the University of Bristol are teaming up with nine major media companies to create an online tool for measuring the carbon impact of digital content.

Sustainability consultancy Carnstone will facilitate a 12-month collaboration between University of Bristol researchers and sustainability and tech teams at the BBC, Dentsu Aegis Network, Informa, ITV, Pearson, RELX, Schibsted, Sky and TalkTalk, to map the “carbon hotspots” of digital media content and services.


Insight Partners snaps up data backup giant Veeam for $5B

Insight Partners has announced the acquisition of Swiss software startup Veeam for $5 billion, just months after the private equity firm invested $500 million in the data management company.

Veeam, which posted revenues of $1 billion last year and has 365,000 customers worldwide, helps companies manage data backup and recovery across public clouds and their in-house data centres. Following the deal, Veeam will become a US company.


Schneider Electric appoints Pankaj Sharma executive VP of Secure Power division

Schneider veteran to replace Dave Johnson as executive VP  Pankaj Sharma has replaced Dave Johnson as executive vice president of Schneider Electric’s Secure Power division. Sharma, previously senior VP, home & business networks at Schneider Electric, has held a range of leadership roles at Schneider, spanning strategy, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and line of business…. Read More


Delta, Goldman Sachs latest additions to IBM quantum computing network

IBM is on track to lead the quantum computing revolution with the news that over 100 organisations have signed up to the company’s initiative to advanced practical uses of the technology.

The latest members to the program, which gives participants access to quantum experts, developer tools and cloud-based quantum systems via IBM Q Cloud, include Delta Airlines, Wells Fargo and Stamford University.


Microsoft trumps Amazon to become “most popular” cloud services supplier

Microsoft has overtaken rival Amazon to become the world’s most popular cloud services supplier, in another sign that Satya Nadella is poised to win the next stage of the cloud war long-dominated by Amazon’s AWS.

According to Goldman Sachs’ latest biannual survey of IT spending at large companies, first reported by CNBC, Microsoft has “demonstrated continued momentum” in IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) and PaaS (platform-as-a-service), placing the tech giant’s cloud arm, Azure, ahead of AWS in terms of workload volume in the two cloud deployment areas.


IBM joins Middle East data centre race with two UAE facilities

Big Blue wants to tap into vast number of workloads that remain on-premises IBM is the latest tech giant to open data centres in the Middle East to connect with companies and governments subject to strict data residency regulations. The company will use the facilities to provide managed services to enterprises based in Dubai and… Read More


Cisco Data Center Network Manager users urged to update software

Cisco patches multiple flaws in authentication mechanisms of Data Center Network Manager platform Users of Cisco Systems’ Data Center Network Manager have been told to apply software updates released Thursday to fix three authentication vulnerabilities. The networking giant said there are no workarounds to the flaws that could allow hackers to bypass authentication and execute… Read More


National Grid planning £159m IT infrastructure overhaul

British multinational planning massive infrastructure shake-up The National Grid has unveiled a raft of contracts worth up to £159m aimed at revamping the energy company’s IT infrastructure. The grid is seeking proposals for mainframe modernisation, co-location provision, managed services and cloud migration, as it looks to build “next-generation” data centre and network operations. The British… Read More



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