Connecterra wins record funding as COVID shows food supply weakness

Breed Reply, a European investor in early-stage Internet of Things (IoT) businesses, has increased its investment in Dutch agritech company, Connecterra. As part of its Series B funding round, Connecterra has secured €7.8 million from existing investors, Breed Reply and Sistema, alongside new investors including AgTech specialists ADM Capital, French food safety enterprise Kersia Group and Dutch impact investor, Pymwymic.

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Closer to the edge: How edge computing will drive Industry 4.0

We’ve been in the process of transitioning to Industry 4.0 (aka the fourth industrial revolution) ever since the German government coined the term in 2011. It’s proven to be a long and complex journey, and by 2025, the World Economic Forum has estimated that the worldwide impact of Industry 4.0 will reach UK£2.7 trillion(€2.9 trillion) in value. Report by Nigel Moulton, global CTO, Dell Technologies.

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Intel unveils AI and analytics platform with new processor, memory, storage and FPGAs

Intel has introduced its 3rd generation Xeon Scalable processors and additions to its hardware and software AI portfolio. These are designed to enable customers to accelerate the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics workloads running in data centre, network and intelligent-edge environments. 

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Keeping ahead of the data curve

The amount of data that is generated, communicated and manipulated in modern industries is truly staggering. For instance, over a terabyte of data is saved each day in power production alone, and this is quickly increasing as time marches on. Here, George Walker, managing director of industrial automation specialist Novotek UK & Ireland, discusses what goes into these multi-terabyte data handling systems.

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Containerisation in the cloud is the future of enterprise apps

Mobility is now vital for any enterprise looking to stay competitive. For many organisations, enterprise mobile applications are a key factor for success. Today’s companies, says Stephan Fabel, director of product at Canonicalespecially those with field and remote workforces, rely on a large number of enterprise mobile applications to ensure employees remain productive and business operations running smoothly.

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New edge computing solutions for 5G launched by IBM and Red Hat

IBM, at its Think Digital conferenceannounced new services and solutions backed by a broad ecosystem of partners to help enterprises and telecommunications companies speed their transition to edge computing in the 5G era. This effort combines IBM’s experience and expertise in multicloud environments with Red Hat‘s open source technology, which became part of IBM last year in one of the biggest tech acquisitions of all time.

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Verizon Business pays dear for stake in video conferencing as it buys BlueJeans

Verizon Business has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BlueJeans Network, an enterprise-grade video conferencing and event platform. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed by the New Jersey-based telco, but The Wall Street Journal which broke the story, put the price at “less than $500 million (€460 million)”.

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IoT connections to reach 83 billion by 2024

A new study from Juniper Research found that the total number of IoT connections will reach 83 billion by 2024, rising from 35 billion connections in 2020. This represents a growth of 130% over the next 4 years. The research identified the industrial sector as a key driver of this growth. It forecast that this expansion will be driven by the increasing use of private networks that leverage cellular networks standards.

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Enterprise IT specialist Nowcomm teams with AT&T Cybersecurity and Cybsafe

Networking, collaboration and security technology specialist, Nowcomm has formed two new partnerships in the cybersecurity sector. The company is partnering with AT&T Cybersecurity, previously AlienVault, and human cyber risk management platform Cybsafe. This adds to the Cisco Gold partner’s existing portfolio, which includes cybersecurity solutions such as Cisco Umbrella and Cisco Meraki.

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EMEA firms ‘lag’ behind Americas but still see hybrid cloud as ‘ideal’ IT model

In common with other regions, companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continue to view hybrid cloud as their ‘ideal’ IT model. But, according to the annual Enterprise Cloud Index from Nutanix, specialists in enterprise cloud computing, moving applications out of the data centre to implement this approach is taking longer than anticipated.

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