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Windstream Acquires Broadview Networks

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Windstream bolsters its SMB Unified Communications (UC) offering with the acquisition of Broadview Networks in an all cash deal worth $227.5 million.

WindstreamBroadview offers a broad portfolio of cloud-based UC solutions aimed at SMBs under the OfficeSuite UC brand. It also continues to align with popular office applications such as OfficeSuite UC for Microsoft Dynamics 365.

"Broadview’s unique, proprietary unified communications solutions will advance our product portfolio, improving our competitiveness and ability to provide enhanced services to business customers," Windstream CEO Tony Thomas says. "The transaction also will enable us to leverage Broadview’s experienced salesforce and cloud operations across our national footprint."

VMware Adds Native HCI Security to vSAN 6.6

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VMware announces the latest version of the vSAN software-defined storage offering-- vSAN 6.6, the first to include native hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) security.

VSanNative HCI security is a software-defined data-at-rest encryption solution. It features simplified key management and protects against unwanted data access. It is hardware agnostic, meaning admins can select any vSAN-certified hardware, without need for specialised self-encrypting drives (SEDs).

vSAN Encryption is compatible with all vSAN all-flash space efficiency features, such as inline deduplication and compression, and is virtual machine agnostic. It is available in all-flash and hybrid configurations, and integrates with KMIP 1.1 compliant key management technologies.

Tech Data Expands relayr IoT Distribution

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German Internet of Things (IoT) specialist relayr expands into EMEA following an expansion of its distribution agreement with Tech Data Technology Solutions.

IoTThe deal has Tech Data supply the relayr IoT middleware platform across EMEA. According to the company, the relayr platform handles device connectivity and management, dashboards and analytics device aggregation, and 3rd party application integration. As a result it harmonises data streams, making it "far easier for IoT solution builders to innovate."

Nuvias Rolls Out UC Business

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Nuvias announces plans to roll out its Unified Communications (UC) Practice-- as based on recent acquisition Siphon-- across EMEA, starting with Germany.

NuviasSiphon is already established in the UK and Benelux, and will be released across EMEA through Nuvias regional branches over the coming months. UC vendors old and new will be able to to take advantage on Nuvias' growing UC capacity across the region, while channel partners can take the opportunity to enter the UC market or expand further.

The Tech Companies of the FT 1000

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The FT 1000 lists the 1000 companies in Europe with the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015.

78 companies on the list are in London, making the British capital a hub for innovation and commerce in the EU even as the UK prepares to leave the bloc.

FT 1000 Let's now call it Techxit...

Paris is second with 45 companies, followed by Milan with 34 and 32 in Berlin.

Chances are the list isn't perfect. We imagine it's easier to accumulate info on companies in Western Europe than elsewhere in Europe. But it's a great compilation.

The "Technology" companies account for nearly 1/3 of the list. But it is getting harder and harder to distinguish "technology companies" from "companies" in the Age of Disruption.

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