IBM has unveiled a Cloud Computing Competence Centre in Ehningen, Germany, which is designed to provide services to customers locally and internationally. The centre will provide access to Big Blue's portfolio of cloud services, including IBM Smart Business Desktop Cloud.
Sudlows Limited scores £1 million contract
Data centre design specialist Sudlows Limited has earned a contract to construct a UK Web hosting company's third data centre. The initial value of the deal is for £1 million. The 930-square-metre facility will be based in Manchester. The data centre is set to incorporate 12,000 servers for the purpose of hosting data for the company's existing customers including HSBC, Barclays, T-mobile and JJB Sports.
Data centre transformation projects not widespread until 2013, Ovum says
Researchers at analyst Ovum have claimed that data centre transformation projects will not be viewed as mainstream until at least 2013. A report by Ovum has found unwillingness amongst customers to commit their budgets to such projects. Senior analyst and report author Ian Brown said that despite new technologies such as unified computing, unified fabric and automation coming onto the market this year and next, adoption will remain sluggish.
NTT poised on Dimension Data £2.1 billion takeover
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) has agreed to a £2.1 billion takeover bid to acquire Dimension Data. The London-listed, but South African-originated, technology company has 6,000 corporate customers. Shareholders speaking for an estimated 52% of DiData's stock are said to be backing the approach.
European data retention legislation straining data centre capacity
Increasingly, European data retention legislation is placing data centre capacity under pressure, according to a report from analyst Frost & Sullivan. The analyst gave the example of telecommunications operators being tasked with retaining information in case it is needed to help with future police enquires. Alexander Michael, principal at Frost & Sullivan, said: "Telecom providers, who are trying to decide what steps to take to address these challenges, should think very carefully about whether to adapt existing systems or invest in a dedicated solution."
Kayleigh Bateman is the Site Editor of SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk.