Tips – Startup iZettle bags $67m in Funding

This week the Startup we’re looking at is iZettle. This Swedish based company has been hitting the news recently, most notably last week with the announcement that it has raised €60 million in a Series D funding round. Recent Deloitte research showed that Mobile payments have a stellar future and iZettle is well placed to take…

Dell updates VMWorld 2015

VMworld 2015 is proving as popular as ever with vendors using it to announce new products and updates to their existing product families. Dell has provided several updates for its Cloud, Virtualization and VDI solutions, which unlike HP are nearly all available immediately. Four lead announcements were made. Since taking Dell private, Michael Dell has…

Has VMworld come too early for HP?

VMworld is one of the few conferences that still commands a huge audience. HP has made several announcements that should interest many of the people there. They include the extension of their global OEM agreement to include VMware NSX, end-user computing solutions and several new services for VMware solutions. In the press release that covered…

Network Services Framework  – Winners

From the number of announcements relating to the Network Services Framework one would think that every telecommunications company in the UK has won a serious piece of business from the UK Government. The announcement on 20th August around who had won the rights to be suppliers for the Network Services agreement (RM1045) initiated a deluge of…

Interxion builds Azure Expressroute link

Interxion has announced that they have directly connected their Amsterdam data centre to Azure Expressroute. Previously customers might have connected via their network partners but this move will increase performance for customers and improve security. Improving network security According to IDG Connect in a recent survey, network security is the highest level concern for Dutch…

AWS lights up with Amazon Aurora

Amazon has finally released Amazon Aurora for general release to all of its customers. The new database is firmly aimed at MySQL users and beyond that it is hard to say. The initial trials included more than a thousand customers from a variety of industries and use cases with the initial results were quite positive. Amazon…

Need a bigger tablet keyboard?

For those people who find typing on a smartphone or even tablet cumbersome LG have announced a new robust yet portable keyboard for tablets. Named the Rolly keyboard model KBB-700, the device will be unveiled in Berlin at IFA and will be LG’s latest attempt to increase market share in the lucrative mobile accessories market.…

Big Blue Box appears

IBM has announced that Blue Box Cloud is now available in IBM Softlayer data centres across the globe.  Blue Box Cloud was acquired by IBM less than 90 days ago and provides a Private Cloud-as-a-Service (PCaaS) to its customers. Making acquisitions a success Acquisitions are not normally straightforward but with preparation during due diligence stage…

Zerto timed to seconds recovery

Zerto has announced some improvements to its Zerto Virtual Replication product in the lead up to VMWorld 2015 which it is sponsoring and during which it will showcase these enhancements. Zerto have recognised that enterprise IT  departments can often spend a huge amount of time attempting to recover individual documents following a disaster, either general…

Tips – Chairing a meeting Part 2

This is the second part of tips around chairing a meeting.  The first part covered having a secretary for each meeting, how to make sure key points are captured and ending the meeting. This time three more tips to consider. Timekeeping: Be conscious of the time throughout the meeting. If the meeting is a recurring…