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IDC: A "Period of Change" for Converged Systems

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According to IDC the global converged system market sees Q4 2016 revenues drop by -1.4% Y-o-Y to $3.09 billion, even as storage capacity is up by 4% Y-o-Y during the quarter, reaching 1.6 exabytes.

Full year 2016 revenues total $11.3bn, a 5.8% increase over 2015.

IDC Converged systems

"The converged systems market is going through a period of change," the analyst says. "We are seeing strong growth from products with new architectures, increased levels of automation and heavy use of software-defined technologies. This growth has been offset by reduced spending on traditional converged systems and a conscious decision by some vendors to terminate some parts of their product portfolio."

IBM and Red Hat Team Up in Hybrid Cloud

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IBM announces a collaboration with Red Hat to boost the speed and economics of the OpenStack platform, while allowing enterprises to extend existing Red Hat virtualised and cloud workloads on the IBM Private Cloud.

IBM CloudsThe team up has IBM become a Red Hat-certified cloud and service provider, giving customers more confidence when using the Red Hat OpenStack platform and Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud. In addition, Red Hat Cloud Access will be available on IBM Cloud, allowing Red Hat customers to move unused Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions from their datacentre to a public virtualised cloud environment in IBM Cloud datacentres.

IBM and Red Hat will also jointly sell new offerings for private cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion and datacentre consolidation.

Google Details Jamboard Availability, Pricing

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Google JamboardGoogle announces the Jamboard-- the first hardware product from the rebranded G Suite of cloud-based tools-- should ship on 20 May 2017 with a $5000 pricetag (plus $600 annual service contract per board).

Sold by BenQ in most of the world, the Jamboard is an portable 55-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution collaboration board. It stands on 4 wheels, making it portable, and is integrated with the G Suite email, videoconferencing, cloud collaboration, device management and file sharing applications. Users can pull in work from Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, or add photos stored in Drive.

Cisco Completes AppDynamics Buy

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Cisco completes the $3.7 billion acquisition of application intelligence software developer AppDynamics-- one of the biggest deals in the networking vendor's history, announced back in January 2017.

Cisco"We acquired AppDynamics because they are a market leader in a category that will be a cornerstone for how enterprises drive their business forward," cisco says. "Together, AppDynamics and Cisco will be the only company that can deliver complete visibility spanning from the infrastructure to application to end user."

Cisco bought the 9-year old AppDynamics days before it was to go IPO. It was the 17th Cisco acquisition under the leadership of Chuck Robbins, who took over the company as CEO in 2015.

Drobo Intros 5N2 NAS

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Drobo announces the 5N2-- a 5-bay NAS with featuring functionality from the company's enterprise-level products while being aimed at connected home users, media professionals and SMBs.

Drobo 5N2The 5N2 holds up to 5 HDDs or SSDs, with any mixture of drives. It also carries one mSATA SSD in the Drobo Accelerator Bay. BeyondRAID technology allows features such as drive hot-swapping, single or dual disk redundancies, instant expansion and secure remote access for private cloud configuration.

Connectivity comes from two 1Gb ethernet ports. Included software such as DroboDR allows users to set up a pair of 5N2s for offsite data copies and DroboPix provides mobile picture and video management. An internal battery protects against data loss during power outages.

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