Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin unimpressed by government broadband fund; Pushfor pulls in £1.2 million in funding; BT lands hybrid network deal.
CERN , the research center in Geneva that, among other things, operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, has chosen T-Systems International GmbH and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to jointly tender for the creation of a hybrid cloud that will meet the needs of ten of Europe's leading public research organizations. To date, 28 companies and public bodies have submitted bids as part of the tender program, and the project will begin with a design phase where the four selected consortia will compete to go through to the prototyping phase. CERN is currently operating one of the world's largest OpenStack private clouds with more than 7,000 servers and 190,000 cores.
When particles collide...
The CEO of UK cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has dismissed the UK government's plan to invest £400 million (US$495 million) in the rollout of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) as a "drop in the bucket" and claims ministers are "giving away money they don't have." As the Financial Times reports (subscription required), Tom Mockridge said that the government should avoid the subsidy route and focus instead on reducing the bureaucracy involved in the rollout of infrastructure. In related matters, Virgin has announced that the city of Coventry will be the next to feel the benefit of the operator's Project Lightning, which commits Virgin to reaching an additional 4 million homes and businesses with fiber by 2020. The Coventry segment, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, will cover 30,000 homes and businesses in the city. (See Eurobites: UK Govt Pledges £740M for 5G Trials, £400M for FTTP, Eurobites: Virgin Slams BT State Aid and Virgin Media Plots £3B Invasion of BT Turf.)
Pushfor, the London-based secure messaging platform for businesses, has secured a £1.2 million ($1.5 million) pre-Series A investment round to fund the company's expansion, with NT Asset, c12 Ventures and Metdist all chipping in. The company's patented "push" technology enables the recipient of the message to view and engage with the content without the content actually being "sent" in the traditional (email) sense of the word -- the content never physically leaves the source destination, so is less susceptible to being intercepted and seen by those for whom it isn't intended.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has landed a hybrid network deal with Komatsu, a manufacturer of mining and construction equipment that has 26 sites across Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America. The carrier will design, build and manage a network that combines BT's IP Connect Global with its hybrid service (hVPN) for smaller locations, which lets office-based workers securely access their corporate network through the Internet. Komatsu's business-critical voice traffic for around 1,100 employees will be routed using BT's centralized SIP trunking service, One Voice, replacing traditional voice services with voice-over-IP technology. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
EE , the mobile operator now owned by BT, is urging the industry to get "clear on coverage," or, in other words, provide customers with greater clarity on where they can and can't make a call and use data across the UK. One part of its campaign calls for operators to stop using population coverage measurements in isolation when communicating with customers.