Round-up: Top IT deals of the week

Not a week goes by when Computerworld UK’s inbox isn’t inundated with press releases about the latest technology and outsourcing deals being carried out across the country.

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Not a week goes by when Computerworld UK’s inbox isn’t inundated with press releases about the latest technology and outsourcing deals being carried out across the country.

For example, this week we have seen some big announcements come through, including the news that Birmingham city centre is set to receive free Wi-Fi, thanks to an agreement with Virgin Media Business, and that BAE Systems Military Air has penned a deal with Infor to rationalise its ERP estate.

Imperial College also revealed that it has done a deal with Bomgar to overhaul its remote support for 6,500 staff, and international trading and investment firm Fidessa has selected Cold to design and deploy a new global managed network.

However there are a number of other deals that are worth mentioning. For example, film production company Pinewood Studios worked with Veeam Software to create a data protection strategy for its new virtual environment. Pinewood recently moved its 14 physical servers to three VMware vSPhere hosts running 30 Windows VMs, and with this virtual environment in place it implemented Veeam’s monitoring and reporting solution, which eased the transition to virtualisation management.

“Over the last 10 years IT has become critical to our organisation and therefore our goal was to create a virtualised environment that incorporates a strategy of high availability and disaster recovery (DR),” said John Chase, Group IT Manager at The Pinewood Studios Group.

“When it was time to choose a new backup solution, we knew we needed something built for virtualisation. We had three requirements: ease of use, low maintenance and replication. Veeam was recommended to us, and it turned out to be the perfect fit.”
Hampshire Fire & Rescue also announced this week that it is using technology provided by UK-based developers CrowdControlHQ to better communicate with the public across social networks, whilst not compromising on security.

CrowdControlHQ aims to reduce risk by giving central control to authorised individuals. Enabling them to keep passwords secure and give other users a tiered level of access and permissions. It also provides monitoring tools, so organisations have a clear audit trail of who posted and when and they can see who is talking about them across the social media networks and what they are saying.

“Before we bought CrowdControlHQ we were sharing passwords across multiple social media outlets so there was a potential risk that we wanted to manage,” said David Broomfield, of Hampshire Fire & Rescue’s marketing communications team.

He added: “We could only have limited number of people logged in at any one time and that caused issues. Now we can have many people using system across several departments and fire stations.”

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