CMS Distribution launches CMS Cloud Powered by Quantum Evolve

CMS Distribution’s launch of CMS Cloud Powered by Cyber Resilience and Security Solutions service provider, Quantum Evolve will assist organisations with their Digital, Cyber and Business Transformation needs.
“‘CMS Powered by’ Quantum Evolve will deliver consultancy services and solutions that will assess end users’ position to face Cyber Threats and adapt into the future. Quantum Evolve will arrange a free call with potential clients on behalf of VARs and MSPs to see what additional services they may need. All and any chargeable work done by Quantum Evolve through CMS will always flow back through the introducing partner, as would any remediation on incremental procurement that the end customer requires,” said Nick Bailey, Alliance Director at CMS Distribution.
Mark Child, Quantum Evolve’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Every organisation is susceptible to Cyber Threats, which in-turn has the potential to significantly damage or disrupt a business’ operations. In what is an ever-changing threat landscape, it is essential that organisations consider what measures they need to put in place to secure their operations and provide the necessary resilience against potential harm caused by others. Our hugely experienced team consists of individuals who have held C-level positions including CISO, CIO and CTO and as such, they are extremely well versed in dealing with the types of challenges that organisations face and are able to relay first-hand experiences and solutions across the entire range of Cyber Threats. We believe that this presents a significant opportunity for CMS and its Partners to complement their already excellent portfolio of products and services.”

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Anzu Partners With Microsoft on Microsoft Azure

Anzu.io has expanded its collaboration with Microsoft, through a multi-year Microsoft Azure engagement and the availability of its SaaS in-game advertising solution in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. This follows the addition of Anzu to Microsoft’s highway to a 100 Unicorns, an entrepreneurship focused on working with tech startups with a high potential of becoming truly global enterprises in the future.
Anzu’s Co-Founder and CPO, Ben Fenster, said: “The move to Microsoft Azure will help us continue to fulfill our promise of providing our clients with the highest standards and the most advanced solution in the market. It will also help our clients to feel assured that their data is safe and highly protected, thanks to Azure’s robust technology platform.”
Microsoft’s Director of Business Development, Unicorns, Alejandro Kozin, said: “Anzu’s inclusion in the Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative demonstrates Microsoft’s belief and support in Anzu’s mission to transform in-game advertising for the better. The Azure platform is the perfect partner to accompany Anzu on this journey. Its infrastructure, support, and services will be instrumental in helping Anzu continue to offer its advanced solution to more and more advertisers and games publishers worldwide.”

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Kingston Unleashes FURY Beast DDR5 RGB

Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB memory boasts the first DDR5 module used to break 10,000MT/s and features enhanced RGB lighting effects with a new heat spreader design that provides bright and smooth illumination.
This latest offering starts at 4800MT/s, which features Kingston’s Plug N Play technology that automatically overclocks without having to select a profile. On modules 5200MT/s and faster, Intel XMP 3.0 profiles are enabled to lock in the speed, timings, and voltage.
“We’re happy to add Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB to our memory lineup,” said Iwona Zalewska DRAM business manager, Kingston EMEA. “Now those who want the power of DDR5 along with the fun look of RGB can enjoy both. Plus, with the personal touch of customising the lighting effects users can really take the full gaming experience into their own hands.”
Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 RGB is available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB single modules and kits of 2 up to 64GB, with speeds up to 6000MT/s. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty and legendary Kingston reliability.

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Security concerns and talent shortages risk stalling innovation in the UK

New research from Rackspace Technology has revealed that despite many companies accelerating their digital transformation programmes, just 42% of technology leaders report a willingness to take on risk.
The Multicloud Annual Research Report 2022 cloud technology remains a key component of many IT strategies to improve customer experience and ease of use (47%), as well as the agility to scale up and down based on demand (39%). Many organisations are now also looking towards serverless to seize on the advantages that the early adopters (33% of respondents) are experiencing, like the ability to automate workflows (49%), scale IoT applications (41%), and deploy virtual assistants (41%).
However, concerns around security and IT talent have brought a dark cloud over the pursuit of such digital transformation and resulted in a low appetite for risk.
Nearly half of respondents (47%) stated that security and data privacy concerns present the top barrier to preventing their organisation from achieving peak cloud benefit and innovation in the space. 86% of respondents are either running applications on serverless or planning to in the next three years and 49% cited security specifically as a barrier to adoption.
The second most commonly reported challenge is the talent shortage, which is in turn exacerbating leaders’ security challenges. In fact, the talent shortage is inhibiting organisations’ adoption of new development methods in their DevOps (83%) and presents a barrier to serverless adoption (43%).
Overcoming security and talent concerns
Whether it’s moving to a multicloud environment, application of business processes, or the adoption of new technologies like serverless computing and the edge, digital innovation is at the core of many organisations’ business strategies.
Understanding the need to balance the risk presented by security and talent concerns and the pursuit of innovation, nearly half of technology leaders are now working with external strategic partners for support with security (46%), IT strategy (45%), managed services (41%), and training (33%).
Businesses are also bolstering their efforts to attract new IT talent by promoting training and development opportunities (44%), increasing salaries (31%) and promoting opportunities for hybrid and remote working (29%). And the same incentives are being offered to current employees to help curb staff turnover (31%, 37% and 31% respectively).
Andy Brierley, UK General Manager at Rackspace Technology, said: “The current security landscape has put a dark cloud over many organisations’ technology ambitions, with IT leaders facing immense pressure between the pursuit of innovation and taking on greater risk through the adoption of new technologies. This has been further aggravated by the talent shortage that continues to plague the IT and security sectors.
“To ensure that businesses don’t have to stall their digital transformation projects, or take on undue risk in pursuing them due to a lack of skills, IT leaders should look for partners that can bring greater expertise and resources to help them continue to innovate safely.”

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Lenovo ThinkPad P16 Offers A New Power-Packed Mobile Workstation

Lenovo’s newly  introduced ThinkPad P16 combines the best features of the ThinkPad P15 and P17 into a compact and improved form factor, that packs the high-end performance and features of the P17 into a modern 16” chassis.

The new integrated cooling solution features dual fans, heat pipes, a dual vapour chamber, keyboard air intake, and dual by-pass design to reduce skin temperatures and maintain productivity. This allows more airflow through the chassis and keeps the P16 cooler and quieter even during the heaviest workloads that power users like animators, engineers, architects and designers put the system through on a daily basis.
New design features include a 16” low blue-light display, offering a 16:10 viewing area with a higher screen-to-body ratio thanks to narrower bezels, higher pixels per inch and higher vertical resolution and space. There’s also an OLED Touch option with pen support. Additionally, the new mobile workstation features enhanced aesthetics such as a wider touchpad and integrated fingerprint reader in the power button, and a FHD camera for better picture quality on video calls. Users will also have better connectivity than ever before with new Wi-Fi 6E1 and optional 4G LTE.
Packaged in a newly designed thinner and lighter chassis, the ThinkPad P16 features new Intel 12th Gen HX CPUs – the industry’s first 55W processor – the system has increased core count and clock frequencies for faster runtimes on applications while being more power efficient.
With support for up to NVIDIA RTX A5500 professional graphics with 16GB of dedicated memory, the ThinkPad P16 has more power to accelerate graphic workflows and tackle GPU memory-intensive workloads. It also comes equipped with the latest DDR5 memory technology, supporting up to 128GB capacity, as well as a maximum of 8TB storage capacity via Performance SSDs for higher read/write and data transfer speeds so users can complete tasks faster.

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Cradlepoint Extends Cellular Intelligence Capabilities to Bolster Visibility Into 5G Cell Towers 

Cradlepoint, has added additional Cellular Intelligence capabilities that provide extended visibility into enterprise LTE and 5G Wireless WAN deployments. As part of its NetCloud Service, Cradlepoint has expanded Wireless WAN visibility to include cell tower location with service provider details for each connected router or adapter. These unique insights are now integrated into a single pane of glass to ease deployments and ongoing troubleshooting of the Wireless WAN. 
  “As enterprise 5G adoption rates accelerate, organisations will need increased data and resource visibility to maintain a consistent and positive quality of experience,”  said Paul J. Hughes, Research Director, Future of Connectedness, IDC. “Cradlepoint’s Cellular Intelligence initiative brings together what used to only be available to enterprise IT teams through three separate tools — connectivity management portals, cell tower mapping tools and cellular router management systems — into a single, integrated pane of glass.With visibility to the SIMs, data plans, cellular routers, and now, cell towers, enterprise IT teams will have the information they require for successful Wireless WAN deployments.” 
 This new feature within NetCloud GeoView allows IT teams to visualise where their cell tower is located in proximity to their Cradlepoint cellular modem on a map, enabling optimal placement of the modem for enhanced performance. IT teams will also have valuable cell tower insights at their fingertips, including the supported service provider, service type, and active band(s) — all without  having to use external cell mapping tools. Additionally, for routers and modems that are not GPS-enabled, or not able to acquire a GPS signal, the location of the serving cell tower can be used to provide the approximate location of any Cradlepoint router or modem, regardless of where it is located. This accelerates network troubleshooting and improves asset tracking, especially in IoT deployments. 
 “When deploying Wireless WAN networks, data and knowledge is power. As an MSP, Cradlepoint’s Cellular Intelligence provides us with unique visibility into our client’s cellular environments. Via NetCloud, we now have the ability to see which 4G and 5G towers routers are attaching to – visualised on a map, with unique insights about the towers and connectivity,” said Beau Barker, vice president of connectivity, Epic IO, “This helps to ensure continued successful deployments and reduces cycles spent in acquisition and assessment of that information. Coupled with the already robust set of features in NetCloud, this added Cellular Intelligence provides us with at-a-glance information needed for effective management of the end-to-end solution.”  
 “Due to the exploding number of people, places, and things that need to be connected, secured, and managed, cellular has become essential WAN infrastructure for most enterprises today,” said Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer at Cradlepoint. “Through Cradlepoint’s ever-expanding set of Cellular Intelligence capabilities, enterprises now have a broad set of tools and insights to extend reliable, secured networks wherever and whenever they need them to enable business agility.” 

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BT trials new quantum radios to boost next-generation 5G & IoT Networks

BT is trialing new hyper-sensitive quantum antenna technology using excited atomic states that could boost the capability of next generation 5G and IoT networks.
Atomic Radio Frequency (RF) receiver technology represents a revolutionary new way of detecting radio waves that could find much weaker signals than conventional receivers. The receiver works by using a quantum effect called “electromagnetically induced transparency” to form a highly sensitive electric field detector. BT’s trial represents the first time a digitally-encoded message has been received on a 3.6GHz (5G) carrier frequency. Previously, simple audio has been received using much higher frequencies but this trial is the first industrial demonstration using digital modulation within one of EE’s main commercial 5G frequency ranges.
This new type of receiver may reduce mobile network energy consumption, enable Internet of Things (IoT) devices to become more cost efficient and longer lasting and support lower-cost smart cities and smart agriculture. Theoretically over 100x more sensitive than traditional receivers, the atomic RF Receiver can be positioned in a passive optical receiver in hard-to-reach locations, potentially bringing mobile networks closer to achieving one hundred percent coverage and helping to close the connectivity divide.
While the technology is still in the very early stages, it has the potential to provide greater sensitivity than conventional radio antennas, tuneable operation from very low frequencies, detection of analogue and digital modulation, and low energy consumption through reduced need for electronics. The new technology could in future form the basis of ultra-sensitive 5G receivers for use in very low power passive mobile networks.

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Google Cloud removes barriers to entry to scout top tech talent

Richard Regan, Head of Partner Engineering, UK and Ireland, Google Cloud explains how the company is creating new career opportunities.
A year ago, in a forum with chief technology officers from our Google Cloud Partner network, there was one topic on everybody’s mind: talent. Or more specifically, a lack of it. All the leaders in the room were finding it incredibly difficult to hire, train and retain top cloud talent. I was hosting this forum and so went away to think how we could best solve this challenge and grow the pool of available cloud-skilled individuals.
In my day job, I lead a team of engineers in the U.K. and Ireland who work with our partners’ technical teams to enable and support them in delivering Google Cloud technologies to our customers. So I was motivated to solve this skills gap. This is not unique to us, either: we know from Gartner that through 2022, insufficient cloud Infrastructure as a service skills will delay half of enterprise IT organisations’ migration to the cloud by two years or more. So this is an industry-wide challenge.
We wanted to do something locally, to help grow the pool of available skilled individuals, ideally tapping into underrepresented groups. This was the genesis of Project Katalyst: to create a programme that would provide equal access to job opportunities for young people who may not  have had the chance to go university, giving underrepresented groups a  path into a rewarding, well-paid and growing tech sector.  Yes, it’s Katalyst with a K, not the traditional C; this is a nod to Kubernetes, a key component of the training. In the recent LinuxFoundation 2021 Jobs Report, cloud and container technologies were ranked as the hottest skill.
To do this quickly at a large scale, we needed to work with a partner with experience in this area. We were introduced to Generation UK, a charity which already does exactly what we are looking to achieve. After our first meeting, it was clear we were completely aligned. Over the following months, as we developed the programme with Generation UK, their drive and expertise has been invaluable in creating the ideal way to prepare, place and support people into careers that would otherwise be inaccessible, all on Google Cloud.
Google already does a lot to make the workplace as inclusive as possible. For me, the Katalyst programme helps us to bring part of that inclusivity to our partners and the wider communities we live in. Growing up, I always thought one day I would be a teacher, following in my mother’s footsteps. While I took a different career path, for me it’s fantastic to have the opportunity, through this programme, to enable life-changing careers, supporting others to learn and hopefully enjoy working with Google Cloud as much as I do, fulfilling, in part, a dream I once had.
The Katalyst programme is 12 weeks long, with the initial pilot running this summer 2022, covering both technical and soft skills training. On the course, participants will go through the Google Cloud Digital Leader certification,and will also do much of the training for the Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer certification, which they will be expected to complete in the first six months of their new roles, once they start at our Google Cloud Partners.
Participants will then get to meet and interview for confirmed roles at our Google Cloud Partners with an expected annual salary of up to £30,000 in London. To grow the pool of underrepresented people working on our technology and the workplace in general, the programme is aimed at participants representing a balance of genders, ethnic minority communities, young people who are furthest away from the labour market through no fault of their own, individuals who are not in education, employment or training for more than 6 months, or those with a mental or physical challenge, who’ve not had a chance to develop their skills. The hope is to then expand this out to other locations in the U.K. and beyond, as well as our customers’ organisations, after we deliver a successful pilot.
If you would like to offer a place to one of our participants at your organisation, you can learn more here or if you are interested in applying for one of the places, or know someone who might, you can apply on Generation UK’s site
Stuart Wilson, Research Director, European Partnering Ecosystems at IDC said: “Tackling barriers to employment for underrepresented and underprivileged individuals is front of mind for every organisation right now. In the technology world, which is reliant upon specialist skills that we know are in high demand, it’s now obvious how critical training programmes are to open up avenues for new talent. Initiatives like Project Katalyst are a step in the right direction, as they create new pathways and possibilities for wider communities to contribute to these growth industries, through bridging that skills gap.
“Investing in inclusive cloud training programmes like this one is a real necessity to help grow the pool of future talent in the cloud and data space.”

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BenQ 4K & Full HD Projector Market Share Reach No. 1 in Europe

BenQ has achieved the No.1 market share for 4K projectors in Q1 2022, and also for Full HD. According to Futuresource Consulting Quarterly Market Track Reports, BenQ reached the leading position as a vendor by sales volume in Europe. Also, it achieved a market share of 23.42% for 4K, and of 24.5% for Full HD.
Royce Lye, Managing Director for BenQ UK said: “Over the last few years, we’ve seen a real shift in the way people utilise home entertainment and integrate visual and display technologies into their home set-ups to; watch movies, sports and play games. In turn, we’ve seen an exponential increase in demand for home entertainment products with superior image quality, colour accuracy and install flexibility.”
Among the 4K projectors, BenQ presents segments devoted to Home Cinema, Home Entertainment, Gaming, Laser TV, and Smart Projectors with Android TV. All the series offer True 4K, with 8.3 million distinct pixels. From the Laser TV series, the V7000i and V7050i with ALRS01 screen, won the EISA Award for ‘Best Product 2021-2022’. In the Full HD segment, there are award-winning projectors devoted to Business, Home Cinema, Home Entertainment, Gaming and Smart Projectors with Android TV.
The recently released X3000i gaming projector reflects BenQ’s design expertise as it is one of the first true 4K LED Immersive Gaming projectors with 4ms @240Hz Low Input Lag and 100% DCI-P3 Accurate CinematicColor.
For the Full HD segment, the TH585P and TH685P console gaming projectors are now available. Armed with 3500 ANSI Lumens, brightness for usage in lit-up environments, Low Input Lag and Exclusive Game Modes.

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Westcon-Comstor launches flexible payment solutions

 Westcon-Comstor has launched a Flex (Flexible Payment Solutions), which provides flexible funding for the IT channel.
Over the last decade, the technology industry has undergone a shift from traditional resale models to subscription-based offerings. This shift has allowed digital transformation programmes to become more agile and iterative by providing easier access to the latest technology while reducing pressures on capital.
Up until now, vendors and partners have struggled to offer the subscription services customers have come to expect due to the pressures placed on their own working capital and cashflow. Flex alleviates these concerns by providing an industry-leading range of flexible payment solutions, contracted, and invoiced directly by Westcon-Comstor, without having to go through third party billing agents or brokers. This allows partners and vendors to offer more solutions in their portfolio on a subscription basis, regardless of their billing capabilities or customer budget restrictions.
Forming a central part of Westcon-Comstor’s broader Partner Success approach, Flex is designed to enable long-term, sustainable success, profitability, and relevance in the growing as-a-service world.
An early success story of the service is Cello, now New Zealand’s fastest growing telco – which adopted Flex during the height of the pandemic to help its clients tackle funding crunches.
“If you’re not in the business of making your partners and customers successful, then you won’t be in business for very long,” said Andrew Allan, Chairman of Cello “Gone are the days of a one-size fits all approach, flexibility is critical to successfully adapting to market changes.
“As New Zealand’s fastest growing telco, we’re in a capital-intensive game and need to work with partners that are prepared to work in the best way that works for us and our clients. With its scale, experience and razor-sharp focus on partner success, nobody does it quite like Westcon-Comstor. During COVID Westcon-Comstor upped the ante and adapted its services to fit our specific needs.”
Callum McGregor, CFO of Westcon-Comstor said: “The market has an obvious desire for subscription-based consumption models, but to offer this is no mean feat. We’ve designed Flex to best serve both vendors and partners. With Flex, partners unlock greater vendor discounts by increasing the deal size and maximising the value they get for their budget early on.
 “Because we don’t use third party billing providers, partners deal with us in the exact same way that they would with any “standard” purchase. Plus, they can match payments in with payments out, so the customer gets exactly what they want, how they want it, without impacting the partner or vendor’s cash flow.
 With over 90% of tech companies now embracing consumption business models, according to EY, Flex will help all our channel partners and vendors take full advantage of subscription models and capitalise on the direction that the industry is headed.”

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