Deals done this past week

28 Feb 2011

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector.

Ryanair renews partnership with

Ryanair has renewed its long-standing partnership with online reservations site, which provides passengers with access to more than 105,000 hotels in 92 countries.

The news comes just weeks after Ryanair signed a deal with IT business systems company Maxima to support its web-booking application by implementing Citrix’s latest web acceleration technology.

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Ryanair passengers can choose from a variety of hotel accommodation, ranging from small independents to luxury five-star hotels.

Cisco invests €500k in social tools for tomorrow’s workplace

Cisco has signed a deal worth an estimated €500,000 with Irish university NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) to create the next wave of enterprise social networking tools for the workplace of tomorrow.

Cisco said it is investing nearly €400,000 with DERI in NUI Galway to further develop its enterprise social networking and collaboration platform Cisco Quad.

An additional €100,000 will be invested in a strategic research agreement between Cisco and DERI for a project titled ‘Advances in Real-Time Date Integration, Recommendations and Social Network Analysis for the Social Semantic Enterprise’ (ADVANSSE).

Cisco’s  Galway operation is already contributing to the networking giant’s product strategy, especially several unified communications features of Cisco Quad.

Cisco Quad, one of the latest collaboration solutions from Cisco, enables workers to easily connect to the right people and access and share content irrespective of location.

Novosco in €200k private cloud rollout for SISK

Novosco has been chosen to implement a new private cloud computing infrastructure for the SISK Group in Dublin. The implementation will involve technologies from VMware, Cisco and EMC. The project value is €200,000.

The Virtual Computing Environment coalition (VCE) represents an unprecedented level of collaboration in development, services and partner enablement from VMware, Cisco and EMC that reduces risk in the virtualisation journey to the private cloud.

VCE infrastructure delivers a complete IT infrastructure which integrates best-of-breed virtualisation, networking, compute, storage, security and management technologies. VMware, Cisco and EMC have invested in an industry-first delivery of seamless customer support with end-to-end accountability.

Private cloud represents a new approach to IT which lowers costs, reduces complexity and increases agility. This provides organisations with a flexible, scalable, on-demand virtual infrastructure which is built, operated and consumed differently from traditional IT.

‘Welocalize’ joins Centre for Next Generation Localisation at DCU

Ireland’s status as world leader in software localisation has been reinforced, as translation supply-chain management multinational, Welocalize, Inc., announced it is to join the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL) at DCU as industry partner.

The partnership will see the two organisations collaborate to address key challenges in localisation – a significant value-adding, multiplier component of the global software and content distribution industry.

With the investment, Welocalize becomes CNGL’s tenth full industry partner. Welocalize supports open standards and developed GlobalSight, a collaborative, open-source initiative to develop a flexible and sustainable translation management system (TMS) that leverages and addresses the shared needs of the industry.

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