Service providers ignore significant portion of UK businesses, claims research
The majority of UK businesses are being sidelined by service providers according to a new report by benchmark-it which suggests that the self-employed and organisations with an owner manager are ‘largely ignored’. Report author Rob Pritchard commented: “The UK population of enterprises has grown to a record 4.9 million as we recover from the recession, 75 per cent of which are one or no employee businesses and many of them still use consumer products when they could benefit from improved productivity and efficiency with the right ICT packages.”
US smartphone usage nearing UK levels
The share of US smartphone users is closing in on the advanced UK mobile market, according to a new report. Around two thirds of the UK’s mobile phone users (or 53.7 per cent of the total population) use smartphones at least monthly, compared to 65 per cent (51.4 per cent) of the US market, estimates market researcher eMarketer.
Nuage Networks announces second SDN deal
Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN venture, has announced its second major deal one year after launching. Enterprise cloud provider Numergy has selected Nuage’s SDN platform and A-L’s 7750 service router for deployment across its data centres.
Businesses must rethink HR IT as traditional jobs disintegrate
Employers will need to rethink the way they use technology as traditional employment patterns fracture over the next five years, a technology specialist warned this week. Traditional jobs will disintegrate as more employers chose to outsource packages of work to people outside the organisation, or to temporary contract staff, rather than hire permanent staff, said cloud computing expert Jason Averbook.
SanDisk announces new CloudSpeed SSDs for enterprise
SanDisk has announced four new SSDs which are targeted at the enterprise world, designed to be able to cope with the intensive workloads experienced in data centres and cloud computing. The four new 19nm-based models are the CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco, all of which are designed for reliability and longevity. SanDisk claims that with one of these models – the Extreme – it’s the first supplier to provide 10 full DWPD (drive writes per day) on 19nm enterprise SSDs.
Lord Younger: Intellectual Property enforcement will get tougher
The UK government will continue to take a hard line on intellectual property (IP) theft, Lord Younger said yesterday, arguing that IP rights are needed to support technological innovation as the cornerstone of the economic recovery. Lord Younger, minister for Intellectual Property (IP), promised new tools and education to fight IP infringement, speaking at the Houses of Parliament, at an event sponsored by the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).
02 to trial handset-only BeThere tickets for the 02
Mobile network O2 will pilot a series of gigs with an audience of customers’ mobile phones at its London super-venue in the former Millennium Dome. The handset-only concerts will enable the 20,000 capacity venue to accommodate an audience of more than 100,000 using the two-way BeThere app. With their handset ‘seated’ at the venue, BeThere will use its camera to relay the live event, while the screen enables artists to see the ticket-holders enjoying the experience at home.
Spotify debuts ‘dark’ redesign ahead of competition from iTunes and YouTube
Streaming music service Spotify is rolling out a redesign across its web, desktop and mobile apps, with a darker theme and new feature for users to build collections of their favourite music. The revamp comes ahead of the anticipated debut of rival services from Apple and YouTube, possibly as soon as this summer.
Twitter expands into social TV: buys SecondSync and Mesagraph
Twitter has bought two social TV firms as it looks to build upon its links with real-time TV events, giving the social network more clout with broadcasters and advertisers. The deals see Twitter snap up Parisian firm Mesagraph and the London-based SecondSync. Details of the terms were not confirmed, but both the companies, which provide analytics to broadcasters and advertisers about how people engage with television, will be working out of Twitter’s London office.