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Oracle Plans UK, Turkey Datacentres

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Oracle details plans for further cloud expansion at its CloudWorld event in New York-- including three new cloud regions in the UK, Turkey and Virginia, all expected to go live by H2 2017.

OracleThe company says it will add further regions in MEA, N. America and APAC in 2018, all comprising at least 3 high bandwidth, low latency sites (or "availability domains") designed to avoid failover.

“Oracle is committed to building the most differentiated cloud platform that delivers on the requirements of a wide array of customer workloads,” the company states. “This regional expansion underscores our commitment to making the engineering and capital investments required to continue to be a global large scale cloud platform leader.”

IDC: "Tremendous Growth" for EMEA Cloud Infrastructure

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According to IDC total public and private cloud infrastructure (covering server, disk storage and ethernet switch) spending totals $1.5 billion in EMEA, a 19.5% Y-o-Y increase.

Cloud makes 24.9% of overall EMEA revenue from severs, disk storage and ethernet switches, and represents 44.8% of total storage capacity in the region (an 8.6% Y-o-Y increase). When seen in euros, EMEA user value growth in public and private cloud across servers, storage and switches clocks at 19.1%.


"IDC expects this market to reach a value of $10.9bn by 2020, from the 5-year forecast, or 35.4% of the total market expenditure," the analyst remarks. "Fueled by increasing maturity and adoption rates of many new cloud-dependent technologies such as the Internet of Things, cloud continues to represent an area of tremendous growth for the European infrastructure sector."

IBM Refreshes All-Flash DS8880 Series

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IBM announces an all-flash refresh of the DS8880 storage array series-- one denoted by the addition of an F suffix aimed at mid- and high-end customers with strict uptime requirements.

IBM DS8880The expanded series includes 3 arrays, the DS8884F, DS8886F and DS8888F. All are based on the IBM Power Systems server and use PCIe 3.0 connectivity, even if they lack the latest NVMe protocol. The company claims also the arrays offer "six nines availability," or continuous operation 99.9999% of the time.

The business-class DS8884F scales from 6.4 to 154 TB of flash capacity, and comes with 256GB DRAM cache and 32 fibre channel and FICON ports. The enterprise-class DS8886F scales from 6.4 to 614 TB of flash capacity, and is configured with 128TB DRAM cache and 128 fibre channel and FICON ports. The analytics-class DS8888F scales from 6.4 TB to 1.22 petabytes of flash storage capacity, and has 2TB cache and 128 fibre channel and FICON ports.

HPE Buys Hyperconverger SimpliVity

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HPE sets sights on the hyperconverged infrastructure market as it pays $650 million in cash for SimpliVity, a startup described as the 2nd placed in the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance market.

HPE SimpliVity“This transaction expands HPE’s software-defined capability and fits squarely within our strategy to make Hybrid IT simple for customers,” CEO Meg Whitman says.  “More and more customers are looking for solutions that bring them secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics.  That’s exactly where we’re focused.”

The acquisition puts HPE in hyperconverged pole position, as it brings along SimpliVity OmniStack Software and OmniCube infrastructure appliance. SimpliVity software supports VMware, Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors, and runs on servers from the likes of Dell EMC, Lenovo and Huawei. As such, HPE plans to bring OmniStack to ProLiant DL380 servers within 60 days of the transaction's closing, before it starts offering a range of integrated HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged systems by H2 2017.

Exclusive Networks Buys TechAccess

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French distributor Exclusive Networks hopes to gain "critical mass" in Benelux with the acquisition of Dutch VAD TechAccess. The financial details of the deal are not available.

Exclusive NetworlsTechAccess has offices in Son and Amersfoort (the Netherlands), and Antwerp (Belgium), and sells a product portfolio replete with security, server, storage and networking products from 32 vendors, as well as pre-sales, consultancy, training and maintenance services. It shares a number of partners with its new owner, including Fortinet, Brocade, Aruba, Arista, Huawei, Super Micro and Eddgecore Netowrks.

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