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Going for growth
Eighteen new early-stage tech start-ups have joined Manchester’s Enterprise
City Exchange scale-up support scheme, delivered with the support of Tech Nation. They will join 13 existing members now entering a second term on the six-month programme. The third cohort of Exchange start-ups from the healthtech, proptech, edtech, fintech, agritech, and e-commerce sectors will be hoping to scale, secure funding, grow operations and expand their teams during the course of the scheme. They will be following in the footsteps of PixelMax, the 3D virtual workplace business, which raised £2 million and reached an £8 million valuation while on the programme; My First Five Years, an early-years edtech start-up that secured £1.4 million in investment; and Sparkbox, a data analytics and business intelligence start-up, which raised £1.5 million to support its next phase of growth www.enterprisecityuk.com/exchange
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Just the ticket
NinjaOne’s IT-service desk solution, Ninja Ticketing, has officially exited beta and is now generally available to customers wanting a flexible, easy-to-use ticketing solution built specifically for IT workflows. Already used by more than 350 customers as their primary ticketing software, Ninja Ticketing has received constant community-led updates since debuting in September, including enhanced cross-platform integration between ticketing and other NinjaOne solutions, allowing tickets to be mapped to users, managed organisations, locations and devices. Other improvements in the most recent 5.3.1 platform update include remote tools and one-click remediation, automated proactive ticket creation, closed-loop ticketing and end-user self-service. https://www.ninjaone.com/
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Helen Curtis, Founding Director of Coterie

Marketing community
Partner strategy specialist Coterie has set up a dedicated forum for partner and channel marketers in conjunction with the University of Huddersfield. Funded with a £194,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant from Innovate UK, the Coterie Community is billed as the first vendor- agnostic community run for (and by) its members. It will bring together partner marketers from vendors, ISVs, resellers, systems integrators and service providers to share research, training, tools, templates and to create safe, friendly discussion forums. Helen Curtis, Founding Director at Coterie, said: “This isn’t about just another general B2B marketing community, this is about developing innovative ideas, underpinned by sound academic research that helps to take partner marketing to the next level and finally get it noticed.” https://coterie.global/
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Sound thinking
EPOS has launched new Meeting Room Solutions designed to reduce the cognitive overload that can occur when the human brain has to process the speech of those who are physically present and of those who are participating remotely via speakerphone. The effort of doing this, suggests EPOS, can make it hard to maintain focus and increase stress levels. Meeting Room Solutions, like the new EXPAND 40 Series Bluetooth speakerphone for small-to- medium-sized meeting rooms, incorporate EPOS BrainAdapt technology which uses unique algorithms and acoustics to support the brain’s natural way of processing sound, helping users to adapt to a hybrid meeting environment and reduce cognitive load. eposaudio.com/meeting-room
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RPA guarantee
Intelligent Automation and RPA provider Laiye is hoping to allay businesses’ fears about process automation by committing to refund 100% of licence cost if its solutions do not achieve the customer’s goals within an agreed time frame. Pre-agreed business metrics on which the money-back guarantee will be based could include employee productivity, cost reduction, increased revenue, reduced error rates, improved customer Net Promoter Score (NPS) or better compliance and auditability. Ronen Lamdan, CEO of Laiye International, said: “We have absolute confidence in our solution to not only tick off project milestones, but also to achieve the concrete business objectives our customers care most about.” Laiye is initially offering the guarantee to customers in the healthcare and e-commerce industries.
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Bluetooth cut
Snom is reducing the entry price point of its flagship IP phone functionality with the launch of two variants (the D385N and D785N) that come without the largely unused Bluetooth functionality. It is also introducing a new entry-level model
with colour screen, the D713, for use in large hotels, hospitals and call centres with hundreds or thousands of workstations. Snom has launched the Bluetooth- free phones following a survey of Snom partners in which 97% of respondents said they had never used the integrated Bluetooth function on the D385 and D785 and couldn’t foresee any use for it in the mid-term. Florent Aubert, Head of Product Management at Snom, said: “Adapting our two flagship devices, while maintaining the customary range of functions, has enabled us to get even closer to our customers by offering them exactly what they want from both models
– and at an unmatched price.”  www.snom.com

 

What’s New..

Teams on the go
Enterprise mobility solutions provider Spectralink is bringing the benefits of cloud-based collaboration tools to ‘deskless workers’ in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and logistics by launching its DECT devices integrated with Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway. Mahendra Sekaran, Vice President of Teams Engineering at Microsoft, said: “Spectralink DECT integration with Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway enables Teams users to use their DECT devices as another Teams endpoint, while getting access to all of Teams collaboration capabilities. Frontline workers rely on these devices to get their work done, and this new integration allows them to stay connected with their colleagues while on the go.” www.spectralink.com/microsoft
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Testing times
Fluke Networks is adding extra functionality to its LinkIQ Cable+Network Tester through new software available as a free upgrade to existing customers. Version 1.1 offers expanded network testing, including verification of connectivity and response times to key network devices with one touch of the screen; two-pair cable performance tests up to 100 Mb/s; support for 12 languages; and a new version of LinkWare PC software, the industry’s de facto reporting solution. Robert Luijten, Field Marketing Director, Fluke Networks, said: “Our network test features give systems integrators and network administrators visibility into network connectivity and response times of key resources, allowing them to verify and troubleshoot end-to-end network issues.” www.flukenetworks.com/LinkIQ
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Network roll out
Altnet provider Digital Infrastructure (and full-fibre broadband provider BeFibre), which in December 2021 announced £100m of private investment to support
its goal to deliver FTTP connectivity to 80 towns and 1,000,000 properties by 2027, has announced new locations in the roll-out of its next generation full-fibre network. These are Oundle, Maltby, Dinnington, Hyde, Hattersley, Heysham, Skelmersdale and parts of Rotherham and Lancaster. Digital Infrastructure/BeFibre has already started building its network and offering a choice of four broadband packages with speeds of up to 900Mbps in Brentwood, Worcester, Clacton on Sea, Crewe and Nantwich. It expects to create up to 500 engineering and white-collar jobs to support the growth of both organisations and the business supply chain by the end of 2022.
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Precise locating
Reliance Protect, a provider of lone worker solutions, has launched a next generation keyfob-style personal safety device, Pulse+, combining proven technology from the company’s Ultra ID device with new features to ensure those in need are helped as quickly as possible after activating an alarm. For example, use of the latest 4G technology enables Pulse+ to make alarm calls and send a user’s current location in parallel, rather than in sequence as with traditional lone worker devices, while built-in WiFi locating technology ensures more accurate positioning of lone workers within buildings. Chris Allcard, Lone Worker Services Director at Reliance Protect, said: “While GPS is a great location finding technology when used outdoors, its capabilities are significantly restricted when a device is used indoors – at best it will give an inaccurate location position and in many cases will not provide a location position at all. At this point, older technology lone worker devices have to rely on sending a previous last known location. Pulse+ utilises both GPS and WiFi locating technologies to quickly generate accurate location positions regardless of whether the user is indoors or outdoors.” https://www.relianceprotect.co.uk/ lone-worker-devices/pulse-3/
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New SOH Pure Air & Surface sanitising system

Always-on sanitiser
To help alleviate concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,
NB Data is introducing the HiHo Solutions S.O.H. Pure Air & Surface Sanitising System. Its micro-mist atomiser technology sanitises the air and surrounding surfaces, making any interior space clinically clean, fresh smelling and safe from COVID-19 (whilst in continuous use). Available in various sizes, the S.O.H. Pure can sanitise a room in just a few hours. www.nbdata.co.uk/brands/hiho.php
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Gotta scoot

Sharp Consumer Electronics is bringing out a range of e-scooters and an accompanying app, Sharp Life, that lets users keep track of battery levels and distances travelled, lock/ unlock scooters remotely and control headlights, gear settings and other functions. Both the EM-KS1 and the EM-KS2 incorporate
a folding function and practical hanger that enables them to be easily carried and stowed away when not in use, as well as a USB charging port built into the handlebars for powering/charging a smartphone. The EM-KS1 (£399.99) and EM-KS2 (£549.99) have top speeds of 25 km/h and 35 km/h respectively and maximum loads of around 120 kg, compared to the industry standard of 100 kg. www.sharpconsumer.com

 

Midwich announces 2022 charity partners

Over the last two years employees at specialist AV distributor Midwich Group have raised more than £45,000 for mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind, through initiatives like an annual quiz, festive raffle and physical activity challenges. They have also donated 315kg of goods for its shops and provided more than 100 hours of volunteering.
In the last 10 years, the distributor, which recently confirmed 14 new charity partners for 2022/23, has raised in the region of £200,000 for local and national charities including Nelson’s Journey, Big C, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH) and East Anglian Air Ambulance.
www.midwich.com

 

The 1st round of this year PITR & TR Golf Society Tees off today

Belton Woods Golf & Spa nr Grantham in Lincolnshire places hosts to the 1st round of this years 4 “PrintIT Reseller and Technology Reseller Golf Society” days.
With players from right across the technology reseller channel/industry participating it looks to be a dry sunny day glorious day hopefully!

 

The PrintIT Reseller and Technology Reseller Golf Society is open to everyone; Resellers, Dealers, VARs, System Integrators and Vendors. The top two players from the first three events will play to become the overall Golfing Champion 2022 at the final event which will take place at the Warwickshire.
For more info and to book places or a 4 ball visit: PITR & TR Golf Society 2022
or email Paul Johnson Paul@binfo.co.uk

 

Working together – This month’s round-up of new distribution agreements

Dell Technologies has appointed Westcoast, the UK’s largest privately owned distributor, as UK distribution partner for its end-to-end IT solutions. These include Dell’s Client Solutions product portfolio (notebooks, workstations, desktops, monitors and accessories) and its IT Infrastructure Solutions portfolio (storage, server, data protection and HCI). As Dell’s distribution partner Westcoast will help resellers offer the Dell Technologies ecosystem to their customers as an end-to-end solution, rather than just a single device, supporting resellers though the whole sales cycle with pre-sales and licensing support, bespoke quote management tools, financial solutions, expert support and complementary partnerships, such as Microsoft, Google and Intel. www.westcoast.co.uk/Brands/Dell
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Ingram Micro is strengthening its portfolio with Mersive Technologies’ Solstice BYOM (bring your own meeting) conferencing and collaboration platform, which enables rich content sharing from any device and seamless support for any major video conferencing service. Solstice also features Active Learning video routing for multi-screen environments and the Solstice Cloud analytics and management portal. Chris Charran, Mersive Technologies Regional Sales Director UK and Ireland, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer our Solstice solutions to Ingram Micro customers. Users want to do more than simply connect to a display via a cable. They need plug and play tools and resources that can provide effective teamwork in any meeting room or education environment. Together with our state-of-the-art analytics, customers have everything they need to optimise productivity.” www.ingrammicro.com     www.mersive.com
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CMS Distribution is expanding its enterprise solution offering through a new distribution agreement with Fujitsu that gives partners access to the latter’s full suite of industry-leading tech solutions. Nick Bailey, Alliance Director at CMS Distribution, said: “We’re incredibly excited to partner with Fujitsu. There is a huge opportunity in the server, storage, hyperconverged and supercomputer categories, along with third party software offerings such as Microsoft and Nutanix.  Together, we can offer greater choice, performance and value to channel partners throughout the UK and Ireland.” www.cmsdistribution.com
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EPOS

Premium audio solutions brand EPOS has expanded its existing, five-year-plus distribution partnership with Ingram Micro to cover the UK and Ireland, as well as Europe and the US. Commenting on the extension, EPOS UK Sales Director Jane Craven said: “I’m delighted to announce Ingram Micro as EPOS UK’s new distribution partner. Ingram Micro already has strong partnerships with EPOS in several countries including the USA, Germany and Switzerland and are perfectly positioned to handle the ever growing global distribution demands of our authorised channel partners.” www.eposaudio.com
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Ingram Micro has become a Pan European distributor of mobile accessories vendor Telco Accessories. Focusing on three main categories – Power, Connect and Protect – Telco’s brand portfolio includes: Gecko Covers, offering everyday protection for tablets, e-Readers and laptops, with more than one million sold every year; Xtorm, currently Europe’s No 1 Power Brand with a wide range of power banks, solar chargers and cables; LINQ byElements, which provides hubs, HDMI adapters and other connectivity solutions for mobile computing; and Njorð byElements, a range of fashion accessories for Apple devices crafted from sustainable materials like genuine Icelandic salmon leather. The agreement with Ingram Micro will extend Telco Accessories’ reach in Europe, increase its penetration of countries where it is not yet fully represented (including the UK) and enable it to tap into new market sectors. Olivier de Coster, International B2B Manager at Telco Accessories, said: ‘’Partnering with a strong player like Ingram Micro Pan EU is a first step in rolling out our strategic B2B plan to bring our quality solutions to the European enterprise market. Our expertise in Power, Connect & Protect answers the needs of governments, large enterprise, SMB, as well as the Education & Healthcare markets.’’ uk.ingrammicro.eu
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Exertis has announced a partnership with NAND flash memory solutions provider Solidigm, a standalone subsidiary of SK Hynix Inc since its acquisition from Intel late last year. With a mission to revolutionise paradigms in Solid State Drive (SSD) memory technology, Solidigm has a broad technology portfolio encompassing both performance- optimised and value-optimised SSD drives for the datacentre, the edge and everything in between. The new partnership with Solidigm builds on Exertis’s long- standing relationship with the former Intel brand. Umar Qadir, Sales and Marketing Manager at Solidigm, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to work with the Exertis team and growing our relationship and business to new levels under the new Solidigm Brand and SSD Products. The new partnership is an exciting opportunity to bring inventive, industry-changing data storage solutions that transform the way data is used in the datacentre and client side of the business. We are looking forward to increasing our breadth in the market and accelerating growth together.” www.exertis.co.uk      www.solidigmtechnology.com
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Tech Data’s audio visual (AV) distribution specialist Maverick AV Solutions has signed an agreement with video device company Neat to distribute its complete product portfolio to customers in 18 countries across Europe, including the UK and Ireland, as part of its ‘Smart Meetings’ portfolio. Simon Kitson, Smart Meetings Director for Maverick AV Solutions, said: “Our Smart Meetings initiative is all about helping our customers identify the technology they need to fit their specific meeting space requirements, and Neat’s portfolio of devices is a perfect fit. Neat Board, Neat Bar, Neat Bar Pro and Neat Frame especially are beautifully designed, simple to deploy and use for Microsoft Teams and Zoom. They are an exciting addition to our portfolio and will help our IT and AV partners to introduce more meeting equity for their clients.”  neat.no    • www.tdmaverick.eu

 

Everything Tech announces six-figure investment package for staff training – Managed service provider will help ensure staff achieve leading industry certifications

Managed IT services provider (MSP), Everything Tech, has announced a training and investment package worth six-figures for its employees. The company, which has its headquarters in Manchester and operates nationwide, is opening the scheme to all its people across both technical and non-technical positions.
 
Colleagues in technical roles will be offered the opportunity to complete a Microsoft Modern Workplace certificate, with categories including Power apps/Power BI/Power Automate, Azure and AVD and AD server infrastructure, Microsoft Business Voice and Enterprise Mobility and Security Device Management.
Pictured from left to right: Lee Wrall – Sales and Marketing Director, Ben Turner – Head of Technical Operational Delivery, Ruth Hall – Managing Director, Katie Taylor – Marketing Executive, Chloe Baylis – Project Manager
Meanwhile, colleagues in non-technical roles will have the chance to study for professional qualifications related to their position, for example, Chartered Institute of Marketing accreditations.
 
Director and co-founder of Everything Tech, Lee Wrall, said: “Without our already talented people, Everything Tech would not be the success it is today.
 
“By investing in our team’s ongoing training and career development, with packages tailored to the individual, not only are we ensuring they feel fulfilled in their position here, it also ensures they are kept fully up-to-date on industry trends and developments. This will enable us to continue to provide the proactive and high level of service our customers have come to expect from us.”

 

Nokia announces new SaaS services targeting network energy efficiency and home device management

 

Nokia AVA for Energy SaaS applies artificial intelligence to reduce energy consumption across the network
Home Device Management SaaS provides more automated control over a device management environment and enhances the customer experience
Anomaly Detection SaaS, announced by Nokia in November 2021, is now commercially available

Nokia today announced two new Software-as-Service (SaaS) offerings that helpcommunication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises strengthen their energy efficiency efforts and optimize the management of home devices. The announcement is the latest push by Nokia to provide its customers with faster time-to-value in operating their telecom networksand delivering new services.

 
Using AI, Nokia AVA (“Analytics Virtualization and Automation”) for Energy SaaS closely monitors multi-vendor network traffic patterns to reduce connectivity resources during low usage periods. Through constantmonitoring of network traffic patterns and making adjustments in real-time, this software tool can realize two- to five-fold energy savings compared to non-AI systems that perform temporary network resource shutdowns based on fixed schedules.
 
Nokia AVA for Energy SaaS also helps CSPs spot anomalies and benchmark the energy efficiency of passive infrastructure, such as batteries, power supplies, and air conditioning units that can account for up to 50 percent of overall energy consumption.
 
Nokia AVA for Energy SaaS, commercially available today, reflects Nokia’s broader commitment to cut emissions by 50 percent between 2019 and 2030 across its value chain, including its own operations, products in use, logistics, and final assembly supplier factories.
 
Nokia Home Device Management SaaS is a vendor agnostic, automated, secure and scalable device management platform capable of managing millions of home devices, like smart home thermostats and connected refrigerators. The new SaaS service enables operators to remotely manage Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), such as residential gateway, 5G fixed wireless access devices, Wifi extenders and IP set-top boxes; and provides ultra reliable secure broadband connectivity to the smart home.
 
By standardizing and automating the data recollection process, Nokia Home Device Management SaaS provides a single, integrated, standard base platform that supports home devices from any vendor. This new SaaS service is also commercially available, as is Nokia Anomaly Detection SaaS.
Announced in November 2021, Nokia Anomaly Detection SaaS is a machine learning service aimed at finding and remediating network anomalies before they affect network customers.
 
Nokia has a leading position in the home device management market, with over 150 million home devices globally that are managed by the company’s software solution. Similarly, in analytics, Nokia is rated #1 by Appledore Consulting for market share in “AI Ops” and “Network Data Management.”
 
Michael Soper, Senior Analyst, at TBR, said: “Nokia’s new SaaS offerings represent a significant change in the telecom market, as SaaS is the acceleration engine for the telecom industry to realize the full potential of 5G and beyond.”
 
Hamdy Farid, Senior Vice President, Business Applications at Nokia, said: “The convergence of cloud native software, hyperscaler collaboration, and 5G makes the business case for SaaS very compelling. These latest Nokia SaaS services reflect the path Nokia is leading to help our customers accelerate their time to value; reduce complexity; and automate the services lifecycle through software consumed purely on demand.”
 
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Explaining SaaS for communication service providers and enterprise 

About Nokia
At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.
 
As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.
 
Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.

 

Two New Series Of Panasonic Solid Shine Lcd Projectors For Schools And Business

Quick start and better than Full HD resolution from the Panasonic PT-LMZ460 and PT-TMZ400 Short Throw Lens Series
Panasonic today announced two new series of LCD projectors using Panasonic’s SOLID SHINE laser light-source and designed for instant and engaging communication in the bright environments of school classrooms and business conference rooms. The Panasonic PT-LMZ460 Series offers the ability to start presenting instantly with Quick Startup enabling projection from standby in just one second. Alongside flexible use and better than Full HD resolution for sharp pictures, it also has a 1.2x zoom lens and brightness of up to 4,600lm at Native WUXGA. This enables the reproduction of images at their original aspect ratio while providing extra screen area when displaying webpages and spreadsheets. The short-throw Panasonic PT-TMZ400 Series, with up to 4,000lm brightness at WUXGA, can also serve as a cost-efficient entry solution for museum and signage applications.
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The refined optical design and efficient SOLID SHINE Laser light-source in both projector series reduces energy consumption, waste, and maintenance, making them an environmentally friendly investment. It extends light-source replacement to 20,000 hours, reduces the chance of projection interruption and maintains consistent brightness over long periods. Together with ECO Filter, which doesn’t need maintenance for up to 15,000 hours*, the SOLID SHINE Laser makes for easy projector management. The efficient optical design also cuts power consumption to just 280 W*.
The projectors are designed for easy collaboration, such as with Panasonic’s PressIT presentation system, and sharing content with freely available apps or streaming content to a media player. System integration is seamless thanks to 4K input-signal compatibility.

Weighing from just 4.5 kg (9.92 lbs)*, choose a model with 1.2x zoom lens (PT-LMZ460 Series) for extra flexibility, or with short-throw lens (PT-TMZ400 Series) to project an 80-inch image from just 83cm (32.68 inches), ideal for smaller rooms. Digital Zoom Extender allows existing ceiling mounts to be used even when they are located beyond the optical range of the lens and all models are installable at any angle through 360°.
PT-LMZ460 Series and PT-TMZ400 Series LCD Projectors are set for release in September 2022. For more information visit:
https://business.panasonic.co.uk/visual-system/pt-lmz460-series-4000-lm-solid-shine-laser-projectors
https://business.panasonic.co.uk/visual-system/pt-tmz400-series-wuxga-short-throw-projectors

 

New 360O Video Conferencing Solution Takes The Stress Out Of Hybrid Meetings

The Panasonic PressIT360 video conferencing solution gives workers the freedom to easily meet and collaborate wherever they are.
To support new ways of collaborative working from the office and home, Panasonic has announced a revolutionary new 360o video conferencing solution designed to take the stress out of hybrid meetings. The intuitive to use Panasonic PressIT360 connects to a PC with just one USB Type-C cable and provides stunning high-resolution visuals and clear sound. The solution is an addition to the Panasonic PressIT family, with the Panasonic PressIT Wireless Presentation System already popular for collaboration in meetings.
Everyone has experienced how difficult and tiring it can be to participate in physical meetings when joining remotely. Remote participants struggle to get the same attention from the group. The PressIT360 meeting camera overcomes these issues and removes barriers between online and physical meetings, without compromising on sound or picture quality, by drawing on Panasonic’s unique ProAV experience in camera, microphone and speaker technologies.
PressIT360 contains all the essential elements for easy hybrid video conferencing, including four integrated cameras with a resolution of 2560×1440 to provide a 360o horizontal view of the room, alongside seven microphones and sound, with Panasonic’s unique recognition technology to ensure the speaker is always in clear view. The PressIT360 highlights the picture of those speaking to the entire meeting group by placing a framed close-up of the person into the video meeting. This means even remote participants can clearly see the expressions and gestures of those speaking – providing a much more natural and effective meeting experience.
Placed on a desk or in a meeting room, it can detect speakers up to 5M away and is equipped with an echo, noise cancelling and volume equalization function to automatically adjust for sound quality whether speakers are at a remote location or in the room.
For easy set-up and use, video, audio and power are shared to the PC via a single USB Type-C cable. Volume and up to 5 video modes can be controlled using buttons on the unit pedestal. Using the device is intuitive with operating status easily visible from the coloured LED ring on the unit.
The slim design (width excluding pedestal 63.4mm/2.5” and height 285mm/11.3”) makes it easy to carry around the office in one hand. Alternatively, it can be simply attached to a tripod or permanently installed on a desk and securely fastened with Kensington lock slots.
“With colleagues increasingly working from remote locations, it is more important than ever to easily be able to bring people together in a realistic meeting environment. This Panasonic hybrid meeting solution provides the freedom to create and collaborate effectively – wherever you are located,” explained Vanessa Lovric, European Product Manager for Panasonic Visual Solutions.
The PressIT360 will be available from July 2022. For more information, visit: https://business.panasonic.co.uk/visual-system/PressIT360-camera-speakerphone-360-degrees

 

Peer Software expands its global file service across heterogenous, on-premises and cloud storage systems

PeerGFS 5.0 solves file management and replication challenges; increases productivity for distributed project teams with fast, local access to file data
Peer Software, today announced PeerGFS 5.0, an enterprise-class software solution that helps customers solve data management challenges with file and object storage in multi-site, multi-vendor, and multi-cloud environments. Enhancing the solution through a new Dynamic Storage Utilization (DSU) capability, customers can now leverage the benefits of a distributed file system while controlling storage growth and costs at remote branch office (ROBO) sites.
PeerGFS enables enterprises to create a modern distributed file system that seamlessly integrates existing storage platforms across multi-site, on-premises and cloud storage. Using an Active-Active data services fabric, PeerGFS facilitates faster file access performance with local access to data, high availability and redundancy of data across synchronised storage systems, and continuous data protection (CDP).
“With the exponential growth of unstructured data, cost concerns of unfettered storage growth have dramatically risen,” said Jimmy Tam, CEO, Peer Software. “While IT administrators want to reap the benefits of a distributed file system, the additional storage cost burden of fully replicated data copies at each site can strain budgets. With DSU, they are now able to set policies of what data and how much gets cached at each remote branch office site. The ability of PeerGFS to quickly install and transparently integrate on top of existing investments of on-premises and cloud-based storage also means that customers don’t need to buy additional special purpose proprietary storage appliances just to implement a distributed or global file system.”
In addition to the ability to replicate, synchronise, migrate, distribute, share and collaborate on files across their global environment, Peer Software also provides rich, deep analysis of file system characteristics and activity loads to more intelligently manage the explosive growth of unstructured data and plan for the future.
PeerGFS solves many data storage challenges including:

Productivity – Synchronised data sets across distributed environments give end-users at each location fast local access to data (vs accessing data remotely across the WAN).
High availability – Continuous availability of data is ensured through the distributed file system through data redundancy (mirrored data) across sites and incorporation of a global namespace for failover/failback across sites.
Data agility – PeerGFS breaks down data silos and enables a distributed file system to be created across mixed storage systems (Microsoft Windows, NetApp Data ONTAP, DellEMC Isilon/VNX/Unity, Nutanix Files, S3, and Azure Blob) through asynchronous near real-time replication/synchronisation across the systems.

About Peer Software
Peer Software’s mission is to simplify file management and orchestration for enterprise organisations. IT administrators constantly face the unenviable task of trying to architect, build and operate resilient, highly available 24/7 global operations while simultaneously striving to add flexibility and agility in their technology choices to quickly adapt to ever evolving business and technical demands. Through its global file service, storage observability and analytics solutions, Peer helps enterprises meet these challenges across edge, data centre, and cloud environments.