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Systemax Sells European Operations

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Systemax offloads nearly all of its European Technology Products Group (aka Misco)-- outside of still profitable operations in France-- for an undisclosed sum to Hilco Capital.

SystemaxThe transaction sees Misco acquired by a new company formed by the management buy-in team led by Hilco and former Selection Services CEO Alan Cantwell. Hilco is a specialist in taking over ailing businesses, having acquired the Staples UK retail business in November 2016 and HMV back in 2013.

Konica Minolta Intros Workplace Hub

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Konica Minolta announces what it claims is a hardware solution able to unify all of an organisation's technology into a single, centralised platform-- the Workplace Hub.

WorkplaceHubThe Workplace Hub is a device reminiscent of a server with a paper-handling system on top. According to the company it creates an ecosystem for the management and coordination of IT infrastructure and services across both existing and future systems, devices and services. A central dashboard provides 360-degree visibility of IT usage patterns across the entire organisation, allowing system management and optimisation.

The company says the hardware, security and solutions comes from HPE, Sophos and Microsoft, while Canonical and BrainTribe bring data management capabilities.

HashiCorp Updates Vault Enterprise

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HashiCorp releases the Vault Enterprise 0.7-- an update featuring multi datacentre replication, allowing organisations spanning multiple public clouds or private datacentres to centrally manage security policies.

VaultThe open source Vault Enterprise is a tool designed to keep secrets running within cloud-based applications, such as passwords, certificates and confidential information, secure. According to the company, the update features a custom replication scheme to ensure system availability is never sacrificed, allowing users to continue using current encryption keys in case of connectivity failure, even if they will not be able to rotate keys.

HPE Presents SimpliVity 380 With OmniStack

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HPE SimpliVityHPE uses its recent acquisition of SimpliVity at CeBIT with the announcement of the SimpliVity 380 with OmniStack-- a "first qualified server from HPE with SimpliVity OmniStack."

Available on ProLiant DL380 servers, the SimpliVity 380 is a compact 2U rack-mount appliance delivering server, storage and storage networking services. It also promises improvements on the management, protection and performance of virtualised workloads, and deduplicates, compresses and optimises all data globally. HPE even promises 90% capacity savings across backup and storage.

Intel Presents First 3D XPoint SSD

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Intel announces the first Optane-branded product featuring 3D XPoint technology-- the  Optane SSD DC P4800X, a drive customers can use as either storage or memory.

Optane SSDAimed for datacentre use, the P4800X is ideal for high read/write applications demanding low latency, It has sequential transfer speeds of 2400MB/s read and 2000MB/s write, and can sustain high IOPS of 550000 read and 500000 write even at low queue depths. The result allows customers to do more work with the same servers, improving TCO or expanding capabilities, Intel claims.

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