How can you make the edge and cloud work together for you?

25 October 2021

Chris Roberts, director, solutions architect, UK & Ireland at NetApp

Chris Roberts, director, solutions architect, UK & Ireland at NetApp

Nowadays storage must have enough capacity for your data, but it also must provide dozens of other functionalities to satisfy your requirements. Data protection, resilience, analytics, and performance optimisation are all essentials. But if you’re accustomed to an on-premise data-centre or single cloud, it’s easy to overlook cross-platform compatibility.

How many APIs do you want for your storage? The right answer is that you need APIs across all platforms and places, protocols and drive types, vendors, and technologies. But most organisations just aren’t there yet. Their on-premises storage doesn’t use the same APIs as their cloud storage. Their block storage doesn’t use the same APIs as their file storage.

*Don't miss the cloud v edge round table debate in the October edition of Networking+

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Fibre broadband network hits 50,000 premises

06 October 2021

Extreme Networks has completed the acquisition of Ipanema, the cloud-native, enterprise SD-WAN division of Infovista. The acquisition expands Extreme’s ExtremeCloudä portfolio, offering new cloud-managed SD-WAN and security software solutions required to power the Infinite Enterprise. Extreme will augment its ExtremeCloud portfolio with Ipanema’s SD-WAN capabilities, “adding more flexibility, capability, and security when connecting locations, applications and devices”, it said. Extreme said the acquisition accelerates the company’s goal of bringing distributed connectivity, security, and cloud capabilities to customers. The acquisition establishes a second technology centre of excellence for Extreme in Europe and deepens the company’s customer presence in that region. Ipanema has more than 400 customers and its solutions are deployed across more than 100,000 sites. Extreme plans to leverage Ipanema’s existing relationships with leading MSPs and XSPs as part of its go-to-market strategy across EMEA.

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Nasstar completes KCOM deal

06 October 2021

Broadband and communications provider KCOM has completed the sale of its national ICT business to Nasstar, the companies confirmed.

The deal, which was announced in June 2021, has made the buyer one of the largest independent providers of managed services in the UK with more than 1,200 employees.

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Please meet...Paul Feenstra, vice president of Fluke EMEA

06 October 2021

Paul Feenstra

Paul Feenstra

Networking+ caught up with Paul Feentra of Fluke to talk life away from work

1. What was your big career break?

Early in my career while working at Philips Consumer Communications, I was trusted with the responsibility for all telecommunication network operators. I had the opportunity to work on the full scope of the mobile phone business, ranging from collaborating with R&D to implementing marketing and sales promotions. My manager at the time provided me with the opportunity to excel in this role at a relatively young age, offered me an MBA and basically set me up for an early career jump. This manager believed in me and trusted me to deliver my assignments. This made all the difference in fostering my ability to learn and grow, ensuring I was well placed to develop a great career path. At Fluke, I experience much of the same opportunities today. I enjoy learning and developing my skills by adding more and more responsibilities to my role.

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