Virgin Media and O2 merger ‘will go through this year’

Virgin Media and O2 merger ‘will go through this year’

Liberty Global says it remains confident of deal
The highly-anticipated merger between Virgin Media and O2 is still on course to be completed ths year, the former’s parent company has declared.

Mike Fries, CEO of Virgin Media owner Liberty Global, assured investors that the merger, which would bring together two of the UK’s biggest networking firms, is still set to go through during the middle of 2021.

The merger would create what Fries called a “fixed-mobile” champion for millions of users across the UK, but still needs to pass approval from the UK Commissions and Markets Authority (CMA).

Your work VPN could actually be a security nightmare

Your work VPN could actually be a security nightmare

Cybercriminals continue to target enterprise VPN users
The rapid shift to remote working during the pandemic has exposed the hidden vulnerabilities found in enterprise VPN services according to a new report from Zscaler published in collaboration with the Cybersecurity Insiders.

The Zscaler 2021 VPN Risk Report includes findings from a global survey of more than 350 cybersecurity professionals on the current state of remote access environments, the rise in VPN vulnerabilities and the role zero-trust security models play in providing access to enterprise applications.

For the last three decades, VPNs have been deployed as a means to provide remote users with access to resources on corporate networks. However, increased demand for remote work solutions, a shift to the cloud and advancements in digital transformation have highlighted the increased incompatibility between VPNs and true zero-trust security architectures.

BT CEO contemplates moves into healthcare and drone sectors

BT CEO contemplates moves into healthcare and drone sectors

In a recent interview BT CEO Philip Jansen offered some insights into his thinking about the near-term strategy for the UK telecoms group.

Talking to The Mail, Jansen (pictured) expressed interest in the potential offered by the digital healthcare sector for companies like his. In an apparent bid to give its headline-writers something juicy to work with, the piece talks about taking Apple and Google, but Jansen seems more focused on public sector opportunities, especially the NHS.

“What we need to do is find a way where there is accelerated take-up of some of these technologies to get the benefits that are so obviously there,” said Jansen. The Covid pandemic has pushed healthcare infrastructure to the top of the political agenda and the UK has taken the opportunity to demonstrate, once more, that it’s rubbish at the technological side of it.

So there’s clearly room for improvement and, with its clear ties to the UK public sector, BT is in as good a position as any company to help with that. It’s already involved in a trial using smart bracelets that track a person’s movements an d activities in order to alert remoter carers. You would think BT’s main contributions would be in the areas of connectivity and IoT, but maybe Jansen fancies a go at the hardware too.

Defra to lead creation of cloud-focused IT sustainability standard for use across government

Defra to lead creation of cloud-focused IT sustainability standard for use across government

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs continues its work to help government departments clean up their IT supply chains by creating a ‘cloud sustainability’ workstream
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is leading a project to ensure sustainability considerations are factored into the UK government’s cloud strategy, Computer Weekly has learned.
The work includes the creation of a “cloud sustainability” workstream that will be tasked with creating a standard that government departments and private sector firms can use to improve the environmental friendliness of their IT supply chains.

The project supports a joint effort by the Crown Commercial Service and the Government Digital Service to accelerate the adoption of cloud services in the public sector through the One Government Cloud Strategy.

Shape matters: Why this dome could be the future of small data centres

Shape matters: Why this dome could be the future of small data centres

ServerDomes is a cutting-edge facility that relies on its unique shape for energy efficiency.
Take a stroll through the Oregon Health and Science University west campus in Beaverton and you’ll come across an unusual structure. It may look more like it belongs on a farm than a college campus but, inside, thousands of computer servers are busy handling workloads for the university.

The first ServerDomes facility was built in 2014 for OHSU to supplement the school’s main data center in downtown Portland. It was designed as a geodesic dome for maximum space with minimal building materials. “Everything about this design has nothing to do with the looks; every element has to do with efficiency and sustainability,” ServerDomes CEO Alan Resnik told CNET.