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Gartner: Global IT Spending Up to $3.7 Trillion in 2018

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Yes, global IT spending will be up in 2017 and again in 2018-- even reaching an estimated spending of $3.5 trillion according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. But the IT buying landscape is changing.

Enterprise software and IT services continue to exhibit strong growth, with communications services continuing to drive the majority of spending. Software spending is projected to grow 8.5% in 2017, and it will grow another 9.4% in 2018 to total $387 billion. IT services spending is on pace to grow 4% in 2017 to reach $931 billion, and increase 5.3% in 2018 to reach $980 billion.

The devices segment is expected to exhibit growth for the first time in two years with an increase of 5.3% in 2017 and 5% in 2018. Increased average selling prices for premium phones in mature markets, partially due to the introduction of the iPhone 8 and 10, along with an underlying demand for PCs from businesses replacing their machines with Windows 10 PCs is driving the growth in this segment, says the research company.

While all IT spending segments should experience growth in 2017, Gartner has identified 10 markets that will be the most dynamic portion of the IT spending in 2018.

"Looking at market opportunity — how profitable a market is, how big it is and how fast is it growing today and for the next five years — we have identified the top markets that companies should be looking to be part of in 2018," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "Global IT spending is showing little overall growth, as are traditional markets. These top 10 markets will be the key to remaining relevant and achieving growth in the future." 

These 10 markets are all tied to enabling and enhancing an enterprise's digital transformation efforts-- including three cloud segments (infrastructure as a service [IaaS], integrated platform as a service [iPaas] and communications platform as a service [cPaaS]) — a range from technologies that enhance the digital workplace, such as workstream collaboration, workforce analytics and video message-oriented middleware (MOM), to security (endpoint detection and response), analytics (smart data discovery) and storage (in-memory data grids).

"The IT buying landscape is changing: Digital business transformation is an effort to create connected, platforms and new industry revenue streams," said Mr. Lovelock. "Organizations that are not creating new digital business models or new ways to engage constituents or customers, are falling behind. Those vendors that do not move more quickly than their clients, will be left behind." 

More detailed analysis on the outlook for the IT industry is available in a complimentary on demand webinar IT Spending 3Q17 Update: Top 10 IT Markets Strategic Planners Must Track in 2018

During the free webinar, Gartner analysts will discuss the full IT spending forecast and details on the top 10 IT markets strategic planners must track in 2018.

Go Gartner on Global IT Spending 2017-2018

Yamaha UC Ships YVC-1000MS Speakerphone

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Yamaha UC (formerly Revolabs) starts shipping the YVC-1000MS-- a USB speakerphone and the first Yamaha product certified for Skype for Business.

Yamaha microphoneEngineered with Yamaha audio technology, it works with both small and large meeting rooms. The microphone and speaker system passed the highest Microsoft standards, specifically the Skype for Business Certification Version 3 tests.

The speakerphone provides a scalable solution able to support the audio requirements of large meeting rooms, rooms with special table configurations and even remote education classes or seminars within Skype for Business. The design provides simple connection to PC via USB or smartphones using Bluetooth.

Sckipio Claims 4Gbps Over Twisted Pair Record

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Sckipio breaks a performance record at the Broadband World Forum-- a demo featuring 3.21Gbps of download and 900Mbps of upload on production silicon using Gfast bonding running at 212MHz.

GfastDeveloped in partnership with software vendor Civica, the demo was done over two bonded pairs of CAT-3 wiring (aka regular copper telephone wires). Also used are the Sckipio SCK23000 chipset, Civica WanStaX software and the Microsemi WinPat network processor. The result, as the company puts it, is an Amendment 3 Gfast solution able to exceed the performance targets of the near future.

“Sckipio is pushing Gfast to astonishing speeds with production silicon,” CEO David Baum adds. “No other Gfast solution delivers end-to-end 212a profile bonding.”

Microsoft Uses Google's Kubernetes in AKS

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Microsoft a rebranding of the Azure Container Service (ACS)-- the acronym behind the service is now "AKS," with the K standing for Kubernetes, the Google open-source container orchestration service.

KubernetesTechnically AKS still stands for Azure Container Service, mind, but Microsoft is now putting its weight behind what is becoming the container standard. It offers an Azure-hosted control plane and is free to use on, even if customers have to pay for the VM running the container (alternatives, such as Google Container Engine, demand a flat fee per hour and cluster).

According to Microsoft, Kubernetes has the advantage of "unique" community involvement and portability, leading it to hire Kubernetes co-creator Brendan Burns as leader of Azure container efforts, as well as the acquisition of Deis, developer of the Helm package manager and Steward Kubernetes-native service broker.

IBM Boosts Flash Storage Offering

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The IBM all-flash storage hardware and software portfolio gets an update, with an upgrade to 3D TLC flash bringing improvements across all products in making the FlashCore line.

IBM Flash storageThe transition to 3D TLC flash promises to lower both CAPEX and OPEX costs, drive systems and datacentre ROI, as well as increase storage density through the addition of hardware-accelerated inline data compression. This move is seen in the FlashSystem 900, which is used in the FlashSystem V9000 and A9000.

The updated FlashSystem V9000 offers scale-up and scale-out options, allowing improved efficiency while delivering enterprise-class data services. Meanwhile the A9000 and A9000R provide enhanced HyperScale capabilities and easier integration with existing XIV systems.

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