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Sharp Intros PN-L401C AQUOS BOARD Interactive Display

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The latest addition to the Sharp AQUOS BOARD family is the PN-LC401C-- a 40-inch interactive display capable for use in landscape, portrait or face-up orientation.

Sharp displayWhile it can serve as an interactive sign, the PN-LC401C is mainly aimed for SMB offices, since it enables collaboration in "huddle space" environments. It promises a pen-on-paper user experience with an anti-glare surface resistant to fingerprints and scratches, with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 10-point multi-touch control. Stylus input is also supported via Sharp Pen Software.

Oracle Takes Exadata Cloud On-Premise

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Oracle announces the Exadata Cloud Machine-- an Oracle Cloud at Customer hardware offering allowing customers to run Oracle databases on-premises, with the same interface as the Exadata Cloud Service.

Oracle Cloud MachineThe device is aimed at organisations wanting to move enterprise workloads to the public cloud but need to keep cloud services on-premises due to business constraints or regulation requirements. As such, it provides subscription access to all Oracle Database features, such as Real Application Clusters, Database In-Memory, Active Data Guard and Advanced Security, with 100% compatibility with on-premises and Oracle Cloud applications and databases.

“Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine is an ideal platform for organizations that want the benefits of the cloud brought to their datacenter,” the company says. “For many years, Oracle Exadata has been the platform of choice for running mission critical Oracle databases at thousands of customers, and the Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine extends this value proposition to those customers who want cloud benefits but cannot or aren’t yet ready to move to a public cloud.”

NetApp, Cloudtenna Team Up in Cloud File Service

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File sharing startup Cloudtenna joins forces with NetApp in the co-development of intelligent file sharing hardware and software based on Cloudtenna's DirectShare.

CloudtennaRecently validated for use with NetApp Storage, DirectShare uses machine learning to enable smart features on top of enterprise storage technologies. It enables storage platforms to work directly with cloud SaaS applications, such as Microsoft Office Online, as well as providing smarter access, search and auditing for file services without migrating sensitive data to 3rd parties.

Gartner: WW Server Revenues on the Decline

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Gartner reports global Q4 2016 server revenues are down by -1.9% Y-o-Y, while shipments drop by -0.6% Y-o-Y. Overall 2016 also has a negative tone, with shipments remaining flat at 0.1% growth and revenues falling by -2.7%.

Gartner server revenues

"There were some distinct factors that produced the final results for 2016," the analyst remarks. "Hyperscale data centers (e.g., Facebook, Google) grew and, at the same time, drove some significant server replacements. Enterprises grew at a lower rate as they continued to leverage server applications through virtualisation and in some cases, service providers in the cloud."

All regions other than Asia/Pacific see Q4 2016 declines, with MEA showing the largest revenue decline at -14.7%.

Big Names Form Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

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A number of giants from the technology and financial worlds, including Microsoft, Intel, Accenture and JPMorgan Chase, join forces to form the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA).

Ethereum AllianceOther alliance members include Credit Suisse, UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon and Thomson Reuters, together with other Fortune 500 enterprises, academics, startups, technology vendors and Ethereum experts. As one might imagine, the alliance is formed around Ethereum. For those not in the know, Ethereum is an open-source blockchain-based platform providing a decentralised virtual machine for the keeping track of transactions done using the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

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