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Gartner: "Moderate" Decline for Q4 EMEA PCs

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According to Gartner EMEA PC shipments total 21.8 million in Q4 2017-- a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, with the market hit by ailing demand in the UK and weaker-than-expected German shipments.

Gartner q4 2017 PC market

The analyst expects a Y-o-Y increase in W. European PC revenues for the quarter, while a combination of currency fluctuations, rising component costs and a product-mix shift towards higher-value products (such as gaming systems and high-performance notebooks) brings an increase in ASPs.

On a global basis, Q4 2017 PC shipments are down by -2% Y-o-Y to 71.6m units, making a 13th consecutive quarter of falling global PC shipments. Meanwhile full-year 2017 is the 6th year of annual PC declines, as shipments total 262.5m, a fall of -2.8% decline.

EU Considers Spend €1 Billion on Supercomputers

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The European Commission has plans for a big joint investment with EU member states-- the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, a proposal for €1 billion in spending on "world-class European supercomputer infrastructure."

SupercomputersAccording to the EC, the acquisition of high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure is "crucial" for the competitiveness and Independence of the continent's data economy. After all, the current lack of necessary infrastructure forces European scientists and industry to process data outside the EU, bringing potential threats to privacy, data protection, commercial trade secrets and data ownership, particularly in sensitive applications.

Citrix Simplifies Partner Incentive Program

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Citrix presents a revamp of the its partner incentives at the Citrix Summit 2018-- Citrix Ultimate Rewards, a consolidation of several reseller programs into a single, streamlined solution.

Citrix"It was time to reassess our outdated channel program and ensure that we make it easy for partners to do business with Citrix," a company blog post reads. "Simplifying business processes is, ironically, quite complicated. But it’s worth all the effort when it helps strengthen customer and partner relationships."

Avaya Forms Cloud Organisation

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Avaya takes on cloud rivals with the creation of Avaya Cloud-- a new organisation focused on driving cloud products and services led by SVP and general manager Mercer Rowe.

Avaya Rowe is a former VP of strategic partners for the Intel cloud and Watson platforms. He is also the founder and former CEO of VMware vCloud Service, the SoftBank joint venture delivering cloud services in Japan, and incubated the VMware cloud service business. Prior to that he spent a decade with cloud-powered startups in enterprise software and service provider spaces.

Arrow and Nutanix Extend Collaboration

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Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) extends its contract with hyper-converged solutions provider Nutanix-- one leading to distribution agreements with Nutanix in France and Benelux.

Arrow The deal also involves the strengthening of existing collaborations in Spain, Portugal and Scandinavia.

“Converged and hyper-converged solutions have fundamentally changed the way that the modern data centre is designed, offering scalable platforms for the demands driven in terms of scalability, and management"  Arrow ECS says. "They combine sophisticated compute, storage and software layers resulting in much greater efficiency. Nutanix is a key player in this market and we look forward expanding our collaboration.”

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