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PCM Buys Systemax's TigerDirect

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PCM (formerly PC Mall) acquires TigerDirect and a number of B2B assets of the Systemax North American Technology Group (NATG), in a deal worth $14 million.

Tiger DirectThe sale brings the Systemax retail adventure to an end--or, as Systemax CEO Richard Leeds puts it, "[the sale] will allow us to devote all of our time and resources on our other businesses and improving their competitive position to capitalise on their growth opportunities."

Other Systemax divisions include the European B2B unit, an industrial products group and education- and government-channel operations. After the sale Systemax will close its 3 remaining retail stores and the NATG distribution centre.

Microsoft Expands Cloud in Europe

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Microsoft looks to appeal to European cloud customers with the addition of datacentres in Germany and the UK, with the German datacentres having a 3rd party company taking the role of data trustee.

Microsoft germany cloudPart of an effort to allay (arguably justified) European distrust of  American tech giants, the data trustee-- namely Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems-- ensures Microsoft cannot access stored data without permission of either customers or the data trustee. In addition the trustee supervises Microsoft should it get permission to check customer data, and ensures it cannot be forced by "third parties" to hand over data.

IDC: Big Data Sees Strong Growth

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IDC forecasts the global big data technology and services market will grow big in the near future, with a CAGR of 23.1% over the 2014-2019 period, with annual spending to reach $48.6 billion in 2019.

Big data"The ever-increasing appetite of businesses to embrace emerging big data-related software and infrastructure technologies while keeping the implementation costs low has led to the creation of a rich ecosystem of new and incumbent suppliers," the analyst remarks. "At the same time, the market opportunity is spurring new investments and M&A activity as incumbent suppliers seek to maintain their relevance by developing comprehensive solutions and new go-to-market paths."

All the 3 big data submarkets-- infrastructure, software and services-- will grow over the next 5 years. Infrastructure (covers computing, networking, storage and security) will grow at a 27.1% CAGR. Software (information management, discovery and analytics, applications software) will grow at a CAGR of 26.2% and the services (professional and support services for infrastructure and software) CAGR should reach 22.7%.

HPE Intros SMB Servers

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HPE announces a set of end-to-end solutions aimed at SMBs-- the ProLiant Tower and Rack Gen9 servers, the pre-engineered and configured Flex Solutions and a Small Business Marketplace e-commerce platform.

HP Server“Small and midsize businesses have to embrace major enterprise technology trends but with a fraction of the resources and budget,” the company says. “Hewlett Packard Enterprise is launching new tools that will allow our SMB customers to easily and affordably adapt to the changing technology landscape without comprising quality, efficiency and flexibility.”

The two servers are part of the ProLiant 10 and 100 series, and carry Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 and E3-1200 v5 series hardware. The DL20 is a compact entry-level rack server designed for both onsite and remote service, while the ML30 is a standalone unit ideal for SMBs and home office requiring a wide range of storage expandability.

HDS Goes All-Flash With VSP F Series

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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) presents a first all-flash storage array family, part of its "flash first" solution strategy-- the VSP F series, designed to make use of the HDS-built FMD DC2 flash modules.

HDS flashThe VSP F series consists of the  VSP F400, F600 and F800. HDS promises performance reaching up to 1.4 million IOPS, as well as latencies less than 1ms (even at maximum scale), built-in penalty-free inline compression technology and "the industry's only" 100% data availability guarantee.

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