Zoom acquires Five9 in £10.7bn deal

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Zoom Video Communications has reached an agreement to acquire Five9, a provider of a cloud contact centre, in an all-stock transaction valued at $14.7 billion (£10.7bn). 

Combining Five9’s Contact Centre as a Service (“CCaaS”) solution with Zoom’s broad communications platform is hoped to transform how businesses connect with their customers, building the customer engagement platform of the future.

The acquisition is expected to help enhance Zoom’s...

Microsoft snaps up RiskIQ to strengthen hybrid work cybersecurity

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Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire RiskIQ, a specialist in global threat intelligence and attack surface management.

It is hoped that the deal will help the companies’ customers build a more comprehensive view of the global threats to their businesses, better understand vulnerable internet-facing assets, and build world-class threat intelligence.

As organisations pursue digital transformation and embrace the concept of Zero Trust, their applications,...

IBM finalises hybrid cloud consulting company takeover

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IBM has confirmed it plans to acquire BoxBoat Technologies, a premier DevOps consultancy and enterprise Kubernetes certified service provider. 

BoxBoat will extend IBM's container strategy and implementation services portfolio to further advance IBM's hybrid cloud strategy and accelerate Red Hat OpenShift adoption globally.

The heart of hybrid

John Granger, senior VP, Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM, said: "Our clients require a cloud architecture that allows...

Quantum Computing as-a-Service launched in UK

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Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), which unveiled the UK’s most advanced superconducting quantum computer in 2018, has launched the UK’s first Quantum Computing-as-a-Service (QCaaS) platform.

In a boost for the UK’s ambitions to be a global quantum superpower, as well as for businesses looking to explore the increasing commercial and technical benefits of quantum computing,  today’s announcement is the latest in a series of firsts for the company.

Having built...

Multi-cloud strategies set to dominate future of cloud services

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Multi-cloud strategies are emerging as a dominant part of organisations’ long-term IT roadmaps.

This is according to a study by IT services firm Ensono in which 500 full-time professionals across the UK and US with cloud procurement decision-making power were surveyed.

Bryan Doerr, executive VP of Product and Technology, said: “This report captures a clear picture of the industry and reveals how companies’ investments in cloud services have changed over the past...

Williams selects Pax8 cloud distributor as Acronis #CyberFit partner

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Williams Racing has welcomed Pax8, a platform on which IT professionals can buy cloud products, as the Acronis #CyberFit Partner.

This is in line with the Cyber Protection Partnership between Williams and Acronis that was renewed earlier in 2021.

Software firm Acronis has supported Williams since the 2018 Formula One season, providing cyber protection technology to manage growing volumes of data without compromising the security and flexibility mandated by the...

AWS acquires messaging encryption startup Wickr

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has snapped up Wickr, which develops secure, end-to-end encrypted communication technology. 

With Wickr, customers and partners can benefit from advanced security features not available with traditional communications services – across messaging, voice and video calling, file sharing, and collaboration. This gives security conscious enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet...

Ferrari eyes road and track innovation with AWS as its official cloud provider

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Amazon Web Services, (AWS), has entered into an agreement with Ferrari to become its official cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence provider. 

Together, the companies will accelerate the pace of innovation across the entire Ferrari organisation, including their road cars department, GT Competitions, the Ferrari Challenge, and the Scuderia Ferrari FORMULA 1 (F1) team. 

Ferrari will use AWS’s services and global infrastructure, including the AWS...

Italy unveils plans for cybersecurity agency to aid its cloud strategy

Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy.

Italy plans to set up a national agency tasked with combating cyber attacks as it continues work on its unified cloud infrastructure.

The country is one of many European nations attempting to enhance their cybersecurity capabilities.

Many aspects of Italy’s digital security, which are dispersed among various Ministers and state bodies, are to be brought together under the authority of the Prime Minister.

The general director and his deputy will be appointed...

81% of firms have accelerated their cloud computing plans due to COVID-19

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The global pandemic, and associated surge in remote work, has accelerated a massive move to cloud with cloud-first organisations now outnumbering on premise organizations by a ratio of three-to-one.

This was highlighted in a study by Devo Technology, a cloud-native logging and security analytics company, which assessed the current state and pace of change with regards to enterprise cloud transformation initiatives and the ramifications on teams running a Security

As many...