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SK Hynix Intros 8Gb GDDR6 DRAM

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The SK Hynix product portfolio gets GDDR6 DRAM-- described by the company as "the world's fastest 2Znm 8Gb (Gigabit) GDDR6 (Graphics DDR6) DRAM" designed for high-end graphics card use.

SK Hynix GDDR6 RAMThe 20nm 8Gb chips operate at 16Gbps per pin, an industry record. SK Hynix provides a performance example of a graphics card with a 384-bit memory bus equipped with GDDR6, offering a bandwidth of up to 768GBbps. In comparis, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti equipped with GDDR5X has a bandwidth of under 500GBps.

Riverbed Acquires Xirrus

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Riverbed aims to boost its SteelConnect SD-WAN offering as it acquires cloud-enabled wifi network provider Xirrus for an undisclosed sum.

Xirrus RiverbedThe acquisition, Riverbed says, provides customers and partners with unified connectivity and policy-based orchestration spanning the entire distributed network, be it WAN, LAN/WLAN, datacentre and the cloud. In addition, Xirrus products will remain available as standalone enterprise WLAN solutions.

Xirrus technology promises consistent "wired-like" performance through the combination of high-density access points, access points and cloud services. On the other hand SteelConnect is a differentiated SD-WAN solution with centralised management spanning the entire network fabric with policy-based orchestration and one-click connectivity to AWS and Microsoft Azure.

What You Need to know About Printer Trends

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Printers might not be enterprise best sellers, but that does not mean customers haves stopped buying them-- the "paperless office" is still some time away, and until then printers retain a mission-critical place in just about every business.

multifunction printerAccording to a recent IDC report, printers and MFPs are on something of a decline in W. Europe, with negative performance on the inkjet side even if laser printers are on the increase. This is a trend seen throughout all mature markets, and is at least in part due to the different way employees of different ages work. Millennial-aged employees prefer using digital devices, while older workers continue to use papers, leading to offices where some rarely print while others want to print just about everything.

In a report on the printer market in CEE, IDC repeats such concerns, stating "the ongoing digitalisation of paper-based processes in business, together with the increasing preference for electronic documents among both businesses and consumers, are expected to be the major inhibitors for sales of printing devices in developed CEE countries."

Kaspersky: Stuxnet-Related Bug Allows for Attacks!

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According to Kaspersky exploits remain a serious security threat-- an old vulnerability related to the Stuxnet worm still poses as an open door for hackers targeting Windows computers.

Laptop exploitKnown as CVE-2010-2568, the flaw was initially patched out back in 2010, but Kaspersky says it is still one of the most widespread software exploits. Used by the Stuxnet worm to remotely execute code without user knowledge, between 2015 and 2016 it was used to target around 25% of Kaspersky users who encountered an exploit.

The vulnerability only affects Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 systems, but hackers are on the hunt for susceptible systems through malware able to self-replicate over a network and remain in affected computers.

Other pieces of out-of-date software carry similar vulnerabilities, including Microsoft Office, Android and Java.

HPE Completes Nimble Storage Acquisition

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HPE announces the completion of the acquisition of predictive all-flash and hybrid flash solution provider Nimble Storage, worth $1 billion in cash.

Nimble storageThe deal expands HPE's position in the lucrative flash storage market, estimated by IDC to be worth $15bn in 2016 before growing to $20bn by 2020, with the all-flash segment growing at a CAGR of 17% over the forecast period. As a result, HPE plans to create a "comprehensive, leading-edge" storage portfolio combining Nimble predictive offerings for the entry to midrange segments, scalable midrange to high-end 3PAR solutions, SimpliVity solutions and affordable MSA products.

The acquisition also sees HPE return to public cloud storage, since Nimble runs Cloud Volumes in its own cloud.

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