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NetApp Deepens Cloud Relationships

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Enterprise storage vendor NetApp strikes a pair of relationships in the name of the cloud-- one with Microsoft for NetApp Private Storage (NPS), and an expanded cloud partnership with data centre maker Equinix.

NetAppAs the company puts it NPS enables customers to extend their infrastructure to the Azure public cloud in order to create "a seamless hybrid cloud environment." It handles storage for enterprise workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and SAP, with NetApp taking care of data control while Azure provides compute resource for peak, unforecasted or seasonal workloads.

Data control comes through SnapLock data permanence functionality and NetApp disk encryption, and a secure, high-speed Azure ExpressRoute connection bridges NetApp and Azure resources together.

Fujitsu Intros Cloud-Based UC

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Unified CommunicationsFujitsu steps into cloud-based unified communications with Cloud Enterprise Communication Service (ECS) Connect-- a first such offering from the company able to scale from 1500 to 100000 end users.

The company says ECS Connect is a full-feature hosted UC solution complete with instant messaging, presence indicators, audio and video calling, conferencing and cloud-based desktop sharing. It allows the placing and receiving of phone calls from mobile devices, soft phones, PCs, tablets, desk phones and other devices, and supports  a variety of Microsoft solutions including Lync, Exchange, SharePoint and Office 365.

NHR Changes Name, Becomes Curvature

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IT infrastructure services provider Network Hardware Resale (NHR) changes its name as it sets to expand beyond the status of hardware reseller-- the company now calls itself Curvature.

Curvature support Founded in 1986, NHR evolved from basic Cisco reseller to independent supplier of vendor-agnostic infrastructure and operations services. It also aims to go against the 3-5-year equipment refresh grain, as it allows customers to extract more value from their infrastructure by extending upgrade and refresh timelines.

“We firmly believe that our customers need to be in charge of their own IT destiny and not feel forced to depend solely on OEMs to guide crucial lifecycle management decisions," CEO Mike Sheldon says. "We chose the name Curvature because it represents a change in direction from the norm. The cornerstone of our approach has always been in allowing our customers to dictate their own terms in their IT purchases. However, in doing so, our value and services offering had long surpassed our former name-- Network Hardware Resale.”

Microsoft Slashes 18000 Jobs

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A memo from CEO Satya Nadella announces the biggest number of job cuts in 40 years of Microsoft history-- 18000, the majority of which (12500) being half of the employees who joined Microsoft following the Nokia acquisition.

Microsoft cuts Described by Natella as a "first step to building the right organisation for our ambitions is to realign our workforce," the move reduces the Microsoft workforce, one clocking at 127104 employees, by 14%.

The second-highest Microsoft job cut was 5800, which took place during the recession back in 2009.

"Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment," Nadella continues.

Arista Intros 100GbE Leaf Switch

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Arista launches the 7280E series fixed leaf switches-- the first from the company to feature 100GbE uplink ports, allowing for faster throughput than the 40GbE competition.

Arista 7280E The company's so-called "leaf" switches are data centre switches handling traffic flow between servers. With the 100GbE uplink ports Arista says the switches offer a 1000x increase in packet memory compared to typical switches in top-of-rack applications.

Also offered by the company is the EOS Smart System Upgrade (SSU) for both Spine and Leaf switches, a means for customers to perform hitless software upgrades across the entire network, eliminating downtime and allowing cloud-style uptime for in-house applications.

The EOS binary image runs across all Arista products and supports VXLAN, LANZ, DANZ and Arista Tracers.

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