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Vuzix Smart Glasses Get 3rd SAP App

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Vuzix M100The Vuzix M100 smart glasses get a version of a 3rd SAP enterprise application-- specifically AR Operator Rounds, an application enabling the workforce to conduct hands-free operator rounds and inspections.

AR Operator Rounds supports features including communications with beacons allowing equipment ID and improved indoor navigation, equipment readings and measurements directly int he Smart Glasses, over the shoulder remote support and full voice control, all with hands-free operation.

It joins SAP's AR Warehouse Picker and AR Service Technician mobile apps.

Microsoft, IBM Team Up in Cloud

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Cloud IBM and Microsoft announce a partnership where the two companies host their respective enterprise software on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud, a deal the companies say provides customers, partners and developers more choice in the cloud.

In a few words, IBM middleware such as WebSphere Liberty, MQ and DB2 will be available on Azure, while Windows Server and SQL Server will be offered on IBM Cloud. Meanwhile the IBM Bluemix cloud development platform will host a Microsoft .NET runtime, IBM software running on Windows Server Hyper-V gets expanded support and the IBM Pure Application Service will be available on Azure.

The IBM-owned SoftLayer already provides and supports a range of Microsoft software, including Windows Server, Hyper-V, WebMatrix, Windos Firewall and SQL Server, among others.

Gartner: N. Europe Brings Savings

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According to Gartner a move to N. Europe presents IT managers with an opportunity for savings-- as much as up to 50% on colocation expenses can be saved thanks to falling power costs in Norway and Sweden.

Nordics data centreThe analyst says Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Paris are the "major" colocation centres for multinationals and pan-European businesses, but a move to the Nordics makes even more economic sense. As mentioned above power is cheaper in Norway and Sweden (power costs are down by -5% since 2010, Gartner says), and the use of the outside air for cooling brings even more savings.

Famously Google and Facebook have data centres in the Nordics, in Finland and Sweden respectively.

"It’s important to weigh up several key decision factors when considering moving workloads away from the major colocation hubs to Nn Europe,” Gartner says. “However, in most organisations there are several IT functions such as data warehousing or browser-based apps that simply do not warrant the significantly increased running costs of colocation in a major hub."

EMC Absorbs VCE

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VCE, the converged systems joint-venture formed by VMware, Cisco and EMC becomes part of the EMC stable as the storage vendor buys the Cisco stake in the company for an undisclosed sum.

VblockFollowing the deal EMC owns 80% of VCE, while Cisco retains a 10% equity stake. VCE leadership remains the same, with Praveen Akkiraju as CEO and Frank Hauck as president, while EMC will absorb 2000 VCE employees.

Why did Cisco quit the VCE venture? Reports suggest EMC and Cisco's stepping on each other's toes in segments such as software-defined networking and all-flash array storage might have led to a fraying partnership. However a canned media quote be Cisco CEO John Chambers simply states "We have been thrilled with the execution, results and customer demand the VCE team has delivered. I look forward to the next chapter of VCE’s evolution and Cisco’s continued commitment in VCE as a crucial route to market for Cisco’s next-generation technologies for the data centre and cloud.”

AWS Opens Frankfurt Region

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces new datacentres in Frankfurt, Germany, making a 2nd region in the EU and the 11th for the company, opening AWS cloud computing services for more European customers.

AWS FrankfurtAmazon insists the data center confirms to all compliance standards, including ISO 21001, SOC 1 (formerly SAS 70) and PCI DSS Level 1, as well as all applicable EU data protection laws. It also provides data processing agreements for customers wanting to comply with EU data protection requirements.

“Our European business continues to grow dramatically,” AWS says. “By opening a second European region, and situating it in Germany, we’re enabling German customers to move more workloads to AWS, allowing European customers to architect across multiple EU regions, and better balancing our substantial European growth.”

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