News Coverage Archive

Dec 10, 2018

Why Silicon Valley tycoon is buzzing about saving bees in Sheffield

A Silicon Valley tech tycoon is spreading his love of bees across Yorkshire schools – starting in his home city of Sheffield. Chris Burn talks to David Richards about his campaign.There may be more than 5,000 miles between Silicon Valley and Sheffield but a chance event in a Californian vineyard has resulted in an apiary containing more than ...

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Dec 10, 2018

Sheffield tech tycoon backs petition to redress "chronic lack of funding" in city schools

A Sheffield-born tech tycoon who has put £1million into a foundation to help education in city schools has backed the fairer funding petition.David Richards, chief executive of WANdisco, said there was a 'chronic lack of funding' in Sheffield schools and signed the petition.Mr Richards has started the David and Jane Richards Family Fo...

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Dec 10, 2018

Tycoon launches new £1.1m schools initiative in Sheffield to plug tech skills gap

Pupils and parents at a Sheffield school have been given a glimpse into a new addition to the curriculum after a £1.1million boost from a tech firm boss.David Richards is donating £1.1m through The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation to empower and improve the lives of children.At his old school, Tapton in Crosspool, a new hands-o...

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Mar 08, 2018

WANdisco looks to the East with Alibaba tie-up

The Aim-listed cloud computing outfit, which splits its operations between Sheffield and Silicon Valley, reached a deal with the Chinese internet giant that will see its technology bundled with Alibaba’s cloud services.Alibaba is best-known for its Chinese internet retail empire, but also is rapidly emerging as a challenger to Amazon, Microso...

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Jan 30, 2018

WANdisco signs deal with $2.75bn group

WANdisco, the Sheffield and California big data specialist, has secured a sales agreement with Bytes Technology Group UK, a major provider of software licensing and cloud services and a subsidiary of the $2.75bn Altron Group.The deal will see WANdisco co-sell and re-sell its Live Data platform WANdisco Fusion.Bytes’ customers include brands s...

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Jan 15, 2018

WANdisco announces new vice president

Dr Thurimella joins the company with extensive experience in algorithm design and information security.Prior to joining WANdisco he was Director of Cybersecurity and the Chair of Computer Science at the University Denver where he conducted sponsored research for the National Science Foundation in algorithms and cybersecurity.He will be working with...

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Jan 03, 2018

WANdisco marks turnaround year with biggest deal to date

The company will announce on Wednesday morning that it has won a $4.3m (£3.2m) contract with “one of the world’s leading financial institutions”.It did not name its customer but it is the second major financial services company that WANdisco signed up in 2017, a year in which it recovered from a boardroom bust-up and began t...

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Dec 13, 2017

WANdisco leverages AWS Snowball for downtime-free data transfer

But there is one key problem: The process can take what amounts to an extended period of downtime while the Snowball is in transit, an issue which could be ruinous in some transaction-sensitive industries, such as banking.To solve this problem, WANdisco Inc. (an acronym for wide area network distributed computing) has integrated its Fusio...

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Dec 06, 2017

Sheffield-born tech tycoon provides boost for computer science in schools

David Richards, chief executive of WANdisco, is donating $1.5m to help children get ready for ‘real world’ jobs in a booming, well-paid sector desperate for people. He has set up the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation after growing frustrated with the Government’s focus on coding in computer classes, a job he believes ...

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Dec 05, 2017

WANdisco: We need cash-o. About $10m would.. wahey... $22m

Sheffield-based replication supplier WANdisco, which was hoping to raise $10m to grow the company yesterday, has raised $22m from its share sale. Yesterday, the software dev was looking for $10m via a projected equity raise, by selling about 1.045 million existing ordinary shares at the price of 550 pence. Because of demand, the size of the pl...

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