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And the Buyer of the Toshiba Memory Unit is...

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Toshiba appears to have decided on a buyer for its memory chip unit-- the consortium formed by Bain Capital and SK Hynix, together with some financial backing from Apple.

Toshiba memoryHowever, Reuters reports, Toshiba is still "not ruling out a deal with other bidders," making the lengthy process to sell the unit even more, well, lengthy. Reuters also says the decision to choose the Bain-led group comes after failure to bridge disagreements with the other main rival suitor, Western Digital.

“We are disappointed that Toshiba would take this action,” a WD statement reads. “Our goal has been — and remains — to reach a mutually beneficial outcome that satisfies the needs of Toshiba and its stakeholders.”

WD has complicated the sale of the deal, since it has a joint investment in a key Toshiba NAND production plant-- leading to a lawsuit from Toshiba over what it deems as interference.

The Portable Axellio Edge Computing System

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Customers wanting to easily carry a high performance computing system get such a product from X-IO-- the portable version of the Axellio edge-computing platform fits in two "easily-transportable" suitcases.

Axellio portableBut why would an on-the-go rapid response team choose a portable Axellio system, instead of a stack of laptops? According to X-IO portable Axellio can handle advanced analytics in real time, as it carries up to 88 CPU cores, 2TB RAM, 460TB NVMe flash storage and x4 100GbE network connectivity, all within a high-density 2U design.

The result, the company claims, is a system able to handle 12 million IOPS and 480 Gbps transfer rates with under 50ms latency. The hardware is easily disassembled before reassembly onsite, with one carry-on suitcase holding the storage while a larger suitcase contains the main server chassis.

InfoComm International Changes Name to AVIXA

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In a surprise announcement InfoComm International (as in the organisation) changes its name to the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, or AVIXA.

AVIXAFor now, InfoComm the trade show-- both the one taking place in the US in June and international versions such as InfoComm China-- will retain the name, only the organiser is now AVIXA, not InfoComm International.

But why would would the organisation formerly known as InfoComm International change its name? As CEO David Labuskes puts it, “you shouldn’t change your name. If you can do anything else, you shouldn’t change your name… But [after much thought and discussion], none of the other options worked or were authentic.”

"Some Growth" for Q2 Servers says Gartner

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According to Gartner global server shipments are up by 2.4% Y-o-Y in Q2 2017, reaching 2.8 million units, while revenues total $13.9bn, a 2.8% Y-o-Y increase.

Server revenues Gartners

"Q2 2017 produced some growth compared with the Q1 on a global level, with varying regional results," the analyst says. "The growth for the quarter is attributable to 2 main factors. The first is strong regional performance in Asia/Pacific because of data center infrastructure build-outs, mostly in China. The second is ongoing hyperscale data center growth that is exhibited in the self-build/ODM (original design manufacturer) segment."

Barco: ClickShare Meeting Rooms Total 300000

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Barco says global shipments of the ClickShare wireless content sharing solution total over 300000, marking it as "the preferred solution for worry-free collaboration in every meeting room, huddle room and boardroom.”

Barco Clickshare“Since its launch, our patented wireless presentation system has steadily gained in popularity, with more than 40 percent of Global Fortune 1000 companies using ClickShare technology today," the company says. "ClickShare has secured an impressive, global market share on its promise of simplicity, zero-learning curve and user-friendliness. With its large, patented portfolio and trusted partner network, ClickShare is strengthening its position as the meeting room platform of the future.”

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