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Red Hat Container Management Reaches Google Cloud

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Red Hat announces the OpenShift Dedicated container management service is now available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)-- providing means for enterprises to build, launch and manage applications using Red Hat technology on the Google cloud.

ContainersA deal between the two companies sees Red Hat act as service provider, support customers managing OpenShift Dedicated on GCP. Meanwhile Google helps enterprises augment and build on OpenShift applications with a "broad and growing" cloud service portfolio. Customers get support for VPN and Google Virtual Private Cloud to access container applications on the cloud, as well as access to a container-optimised version of the JBoss Middleware.

"Customers consistently tell us that they are looking for open solutions that will enable them to use both public and private infrastructure-- they want choice. Red Hat has been an essential partner in making Kubernetes available to enterprises looking for the support and flexibility to manage a hybrid cloud," Google says. "We are deeply committed to working with partners like Red Hat to help our customers operate in a digital world.”

IDC: Soft Q3 for EMEA Storage

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The EMEA Q3 2016 external storage market remains soft, IDC reports-- revenues are down by -5.1% Y-o-Y to $1.49 billion, as "huge growth" in the flash segment fails to offset falling traditional HDD-only arrays.

In fact, all-flash systems see 76.4% Y-o-Y growth, while hybrid flash arrays are up by 3.5%. However HDD-only array revenues are down by 33.6 Y-o-Y, heavily affecting total EMEA market performance.

IDC EMEA Storage

"Contingent factors such as macroeconomic volatility and turmoil on the supply side, coupled with acceleration in cloud deployment and infrastructure consolidation, is pushing the EMEA market into negative territory for the 7th quarter in a row," IDC remarks. "On the bright side, the AFA segment kept very strong momentum in the region, almost doubling its shares compared to the same period a year ago, further improving workload consolidation."

Brocade Expands SLX Networking Portfolio

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Brocade follows on the SLX 9850 routing solution with a set of new SLX series products-- the SLX 9140, SLX 9240 and SLX 9540 switches-- together with new automation suites for Workflow Composer.

Brocade routerlThe SLX datacentre switches feature what the company describes as "unparalleled" network visibility, allowing customers to quickly identify problems, accelerate mean-time-to-remediation and improve overall service levels. They deliver leaf, spine and edge connectivity while leveraging the SLX Insight architecture.

The SLX 9140 is a fixed top-of-rack (ToR) switch providing forty-eight 25GbE ports and six 100GbE ports. The SLX 9240 is a fixed spine switch with 32 x 100/40GbE ports, while the SLX 9540 offers up to 48 x 1/10GbE ports. Both 9140 and 9210 also include a programmable ASIC using silicon from Cavium XPliant.

BlackBerry Presents Mobile Security Platform

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BlackBerry combines a number of previously acquired technologies in a single management for what it calls the "Enterprise of Things"-- BlackBerry Secure, a software suite connecting and securing all enterprise devices and endpoints.

BlackberryThe acquisitions in question include Good Technology, WatchDox, Athoc and Encription. As the company puts it, data breaches and cybersecurity threats remain the biggest roadblocks in realising the potential of the smart connected devices, bringing about a need for a mobile security platform able to manage and secure communications for all messaging and file types.

BlackBerry adds the platform helps prevent hackers from penetrating devices and PCs, provides intelligence for secure supply chain communications, ensures patient confidentiality in healthcare and safeguards assets in the financial industry.

Bitglass Arrives in EMEA

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Data protection specialist Bitglass arrives in EMEA, appointing Eduard Meelhuysen as regional VP of sales as it starts selling its cloud access security broker (CASB) and agentless mobile security solutions in the region.

BitglassFounded in 2013, Bitglass offers CASB complete with inline, real-time data protection from any device for cloud apps such as Office 365, Salesforce and Box. According to Gartner CASBs are on the cusp of growth, predicting 85% of large enterprises will make use of such products for their cloud products in 2020, up from the 5% of today. The analyst adds the CASB is "a compelling cloud security control platform for organisations of all sizes adopting cloud services."

As mentioned earlier, spearheading the Bitglass EMEA effort is Eduard Meelhuysen, a former sales executive at Imperva, Aerohive Networks, and Netskope.

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