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Nutanix Joins Google in Hybrid Cloud

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Nutanix and Google announce a "strategic alliance" at the NEXT Conference 2017-- one allowing customers to deploy and manage traditional and cloud-based applications in hybrid cloud environments.

cloud managementEssentially, joint customers can blend the Nutanix environment with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for a combination of the best of private and public clouds. Management between GCP and Nutanix clouds comes through a single Nutanix Calm panel, complete with one-click application blueprints and easy migration between environments.

Meanwhile Nutanix Xi services on GCP allow Nutanix customers to extend datacentre environments to GCP, providing a unified fabric able to deliver both Mode 1 and Mode 2 applications. Enterprises can leverage a Xi Cloud Services Disaster Recover running in GCP, then run BigQuery analytics against the full application data set, without need for data migration operations.

IDC: Public Cloud Infrastructure Spending is Fastest Growing

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According to IDC total infrastructure (servers, enterprise storage and ethernet switches) spending for cloud deployment will increase by 12.4% in 2017 to reach $40.1 billion, with public cloud accounting for most of said spending.

IDC Cloud market

In fact, the analyst says public cloud datacentres make 60.7% of 2017 cloud infrastructure spending. The segment also sees the fastest growth at 13.8%. In comparison, off-premises private cloud environments make 14.9% of overall spending and have 11.9% growth. On-premises private clouds account for 62.2% of private cloud infrastructure, and will grow 9.6% in 2017.

Increased spending on cloud infrastructure and decreasing investments in non-cloud infrastructure is a "common theme" for all regions-- global spending on non-cloud infrastucture is to decline by -4.6% in 2017, accounting for 58.7% of overall end-user spending on infrastructure products across the 3 segments, down from 62.6% in 2016.

Extron Ships StudioStation

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Extron announces the StudioStation-- a quick, simple and convenient hardware solution for one-touch recording of high quality video and audio presentations.

Extron StudioStationTo turn on the system, one simply inserts a USB stick and presses the record button to start recording. The system powers up automatically, and once the recording is complete, removing the USB storage puts it back in standby mode and turns off any devices connected to the power controller. The core components fit securely in an equipment rack, with only the control panel and USB connection visible to the user.

Default recording is configured at 720p at 5Mbps and produces an MP4 media file. An embedded web page allows one to customise the default configuration to meet the needs of many applications.

ELKO Enters the Nordics With Gandalf Buy

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Latvian distie ELKO arrives in the Nordics through the acquisition of an 85% stake in Gandalf, a hardware and components distributor based in Sweden.

Gandalf ElkoGandalf has 30 years of experience in the distribution and sales business, and has offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. It has a total staff of 40, and offers products such as laptops, HDDs, monitors and graphics cards together with networking hardware across the Nordic region.

“ELKO has been looking for geographical expansion opportunities for some time,” the company says. “Gandalf’s business model and operational structure is very similar to our own and thus we feel confident about this acquisition.”

John McAfee Settles With Intel Over Name

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Colourful antivirus pioneer John McAfee decides to settle with Intel, following the dismissal of his September 2016 lawsuit (and Intel countersuit) over the right to use his name on other projects.

John McafeeAs Reuters reports, McAfee sued Chipzilla after a warning that renaming his latest venture, MGT Capital Investments, as "John McAfee Global Technologies Inc." would infringe its trademarks. In turn, Intel countered with accusations of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The reportedly amicable settlement has McAfee agree to not use his name, trademark his name or the phrase "John McAfee Privacy Phone" or use "John McAfee Global Technologies" in connection with security-related products or services. He retains the right to use his name in advertising, promotions and presentations, including in regard to his former role at McAfee the company, which he sold to Intel for $7.7 billion back in 2010.

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