• NHS reveals comms network strain as virus spread

    One of the unintended consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK has been a big fall in the number of people attending hospitals, and data released by the NHS has shown that online and telecommunications services have been taking up the strain.

    NHS England data on potential Covid-19 symptoms reported through NHS Pathways and the 111 online dashboard shows that in the days before lockdown, there was a huge increase in the number of NHS Pathways triages for potential coronavirus symptoms reported by members of the public through NHS 111 or 999 and 111 online.

    The top-line figures show

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  • Hardening up datacentre equipment supply chains post-Covid-19

    About 75% of all companies have seen their supply chains disrupted by the Covid-19 coronavirus, according to the US-based Institute of Supply Management (ISM), with many already bracing to take a hit or adjusting revenue targets downwards.

    But datacentre operators have mostly not been among them. This is despite lead times for certain kit reportedly lengthening from weeks to months, in some cases. Meanwhile, initially bullish sales forecasts for Chinese-made hardware, such as servers or switches, may be revised down for some time, for a range of reasons not all to do with Covid-19.

    Growth in the SD-WAN

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  • Bev White, chief executive, Harvey Nash

    Throughout her career, Harvey Nash CEO Bev White has prepared for and thrived on challenges. Her management toolbox is certainly coming in handy right now, as the executive leads the global technology recruitment and outsourcing firm through the Covid-19 crisis.

    In an exclusive interview with Computer Weekly, the executive talks about the changes she has observed in the business landscape since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, both in terms of recruitment and IT strategy.

    According to White, Harvey Nash’s 2,400-strong workforce has been operating remotely over the past two months and the recruitment business is doing well, with companies

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