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Coca-Cola signs multiyear hybrid cloud deal with IBM
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has signed a multiyear cloud agreement with IBM. CCEP said the deal is expected to accelerate its transformation to an open hybrid cloud environment using Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The move is designed to reduce its operational expenses, increase IT resiliency and leverage analytics and AI in its daily operations, according to IBM.
SiFive gets $60 million for open-source chips
SiFive, a rival to Arm in the open-source semiconductor space, has raised $60 million in fresh funding. Intel and Qualcomm are among the high-profile companies to have provided investment. SiFive builds chips based on the RISC-V architecture. “SiFive is well-positioned to grow," said the VP of strategy for SK Hynix, another investor. Arm is rumoured to be in talks over a sale to NVIDIA.
Ed Walsh departs as IBM's storage head to take over at ChaosSearch
Ed Walsh is leaving IBM as its GM, Storage, to take up the position of CEO at log data analytics startup ChaosSearch. Walsh joined IBM four years ago from Catalogic Software, where he had served as CEO. “The decision to leave IBM was extremely difficult for me, but the decision to join ChaosSearch was very easy,” said Walsh. Walsh has successfully led and sold four high-growth starts-ups as CEO.
DoD asks for another month to consider $10bn JEDI ruling
The U.S.'s Department of Defense (DoD) has asked for more time to consider the dispute over its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project. It has requested a month's extension to make its final ruling, pushing it back to September 16. Neither Amazon Web Services or Microsoft - the two parties fighting over the high-profile contract - are expected to challenge the request.
U.S. boosts 5G plans
The White House has announced plans to release more spectrum as it steps up its 5G ambitions. 100 megahertz of spectrum, previously set aside for military use, will be made commercially available from 2022. Officials emphasised that this decision "does not compromise" national security. “This is a key milestone in securing United States leadership in 5G,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai.
Elm to acquire digital services firm Tabadul
IT security firm Elm is to acquire Tabadul, the digital services company. Tabadul is currently owned by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. It specialises in services for the logistics sector. Elm CEO Abdulrahman Aljadhai said the merger will create a "one-stop shop" for logistics value chains. The value of the deal is yet to be shared. Tabadul's senior leadership will stay in place.
Nokia completes part-sale of cable business to Vecima
Nokia has completed the sale of a section of its cable business to Vecima Networks. The telco is continuing to divest this part of its organisation. This transaction was first announced at the end of July. Canadian firm Vecima will integrate Nokia's Gainspeed portfolio, along with supporting technology and assets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tech giants plan to challenge new India data regulations
The likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google are to push back against new data regulations proposed in India, reports Reuters. In July, a government-appointed panel recommended that anonymised data should be regulated and shared between competitors. The U.S.-India Business Council believes the proposals to be “anathema” to promoting competition. Indian authorities said they would review the feedback.
AWS boots up Wavelength in Boston and San Francisco
AWS has released its major edge computing service for the first time in the United States. Wavelength has been rolled out in Boston and San Francisco, in collaboration with Verizon. AWS says Wavelength brings its cloud services to the edge of the network, a major advantage for 5G use cases. It is now working with a group of telcos to achieve a similar release in Europe.
Facebook extends WFH to July 2021
Facebook is allowing staff to work remotely until July 2021, the company has confirmed. It is following the likes of Google and Twitter, who have made similar pledges. Facebook also said it would offer employees up to $1,000 to kit out their home offices. The social media giant is planning a phased reopening but locations in the United States are likely to be closed for the rest of this year.
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For our cover feature this month, we speak to Ciena's EMEA CTO, Jürgen Hatheier, about the company's passion for network innovation and the importance of automation and orchestration. Elsewhere, we analyse AWS's entrance into the no-code market and its chances of success.