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Easier Video over IP With Gefen Matrix Controller

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Gefen says the Matrix Controller (EXT-CU-LAN) offers an easier way to detect, configure and configure Gefen HDMI, DVI and VGA over IP products through a user-friendly web interface.

Gefen Matrix ControllerIt detects all Gefen sender and receiver units on a LAN, and assigns IP addresses to each one. Once senders and receivers are configured it controls AV signal routers just like a traditional cross-point matrix, but with no need for traditional AV cables.

Instead, AV is distributed over LAN via network switch, allowing for flexibility in source and display placement, scalability and expansion.

Microsoft Surface Hub Coming Soon

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Microsoft starts taking orders for the Surface Hub, the giant camera-equipped tablet the company hopes will replace videoconferencing and collaboration setups in enterprises across the world.

Surface hub"With Windows 10, Surface Hub provides a platform to build amazing large-screen apps for group productivity, such as the already-built-in custom Office and Skype for Business apps," the company says. "Surface Hub is a fully integrated alternative to costly videoconferencing and digital whiteboard solutions, providing a complete collaboration experience at a competitive price."

Dell Teams With Pluribus in SDN

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Dell announces a boost to its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities through an agreement with Pluribus Networks bringing the Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux OS to Dell Open Networking switches.

DatacentreONIE-compatible Dell switches getting a version of the OS include the 10G/40G S6000-ON and S4048-ON.

Open Netvisor Linux is an open source OS that "combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities." It provides scalable distributed SDN controller architecture, with complete interoperability with Layer 2 and IP/BGP infrastructure already in place.

Intel Bolsters IoT Prowess With Altera

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Intel finalises a much rumoured acquisition as it swallows Altera, a smaller custom-design semiconductor manufacturer, in a deal worth $16.7 billion (or $57 per share) in cash.

Intel HQAltera makes field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) complete with programmability, security and high-performance features-- meaning it complements Intel's ambitions for the Internet of Thing (IoT).

"With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore's Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says. "Whether to enable new growth in the network, large cloud data centers or IoT segments, our customers expect better performance at lower costs. This is the promise of Moore's Law and it's the innovation enabled by Intel and Altera joining forces."

IDC: Attacks Drive Q1 Appliance Market

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According to IDC global security appliance revenues and shipments are on the up in Q1 2015, as revenues reach $2.3 billion with 7.5% Y-o-Y growth and shipments grow by 9.4% Y-o-Y to 526767 units.

However IDC points out sequential declines-- Q1 2015 revenues and shipments drop by -12.8% and -12.6% Q-o-Q respectively.

IDC Security appliance market

"Today's threat environment is extremely dynamic and continues to change exponentially," the analyst says. "The growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks has created an environment where integrating disparate security solutions is required to protect sensitive business and personal information, as well as to safeguard national security."

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