Virgin Media O2 Business signs 3-year tech deal with CCS

17 May 2024

Virgin Media O2 Business and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have signed a new 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide enhanced technology and telecoms solutions to support ongoing digitisation efforts within the UK Government and broader public sector.

In 2022/23, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £3.8 billion. Through this new agreement, public sector entities will gain access to a comprehensive portfolio of Virgin Media O2 Business telecoms products and services, designed to enhance collaboration, expedite digitalisation, and provide maximum value for money.

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Digital twins don’t give manufacturers the full picture

08 May 2024

Khuong Quan, senior product manager – connectivity solutions, BICS

You’ve heard of a digital twin…but have you heard of a connectivity twin? There’s not a single soul in the manufacturing industry who hasn’t at least thought about digital twin implementation – 9 in 10 global manufacturing organisations are considering it today. The digital twin market is supposed to grow at a CAGR of roughly 30% until 207 – a similar growth rate to the overall market for IoT manufacturing, expected to reach $970 billion by 2028.

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Sustainability – affecting real change for the IT sector

07 May 2024

Advancing sustainability achievements in the power-guzzling IT sector is a worthy goal for sure – but how important is it to the UK’s operators, and which technologies are paving the way?

Sustainability goals are increasingly having a significant impact on enterprises thanks in part to pressure from consumers and investors who are considering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making decisions. And in a world where reputation is everything, businesses must do everything possible to avoid getting caught with their pants down.

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Sustainable networking: from data centres all the way to the edge

07 May 2024

Steven Carlini, VP Of innovation and data centre, Schneider Electric

The UK’s data centre world is an interesting place to be right now, and one facing critical pressures stemming from the need to expand to support more AI – particularly when it comes to training those in the ecosystem - and the overwhelming unmet demand for capacity. Today’s need for data centre capacity is literally accelerating faster than we can build it.

There’s also pressure being put on data centres for sustainability reporting. In Europe it’s becoming mandatory to report environmental data, and impossible to gain new permits unless the data centres meet certain efficiency designs and utilise renewable energy. In the UK, meanwhile, data centre operators are coordinating on how to manage peak power situations.

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