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HPE Presents SimpliVity 380 With OmniStack

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HPE Presents SimpliVity 380 With OmniStack

HPE 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.


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.

"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."


IDC: Weaker Q4 for WLAN Market

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IDC: Weaker Q4 for WLAN Market

According to IDC the combined consumer and enterprise WLAN market sees flat revenue growth of 0.1% Y-o-Y in Q4 2016, while full-year 2016 revenues total $2.43 billion, a 3.1% increase.

The quarter is more positive for the enterprise segment, with revenues growing by 3.1% Y-o-Y to reach $5.4bn. Full year 2016 is also positive, with 7.2% growth leading to revenues worth $5.4bn. The analyst points out strong demand for network refreshes and digital transformation initiatives as main growth drivers leading to stronger growth over the 4.2% seen in 2015.

W. Europe sees enterprise WLAN growth of 2.1% in Q4 2016 and 5.9% for the full year, with Norway showing "significant" 30.8% Y-o-Y growth. CEE experiences a "moderate" -3.1% Y-o-Y decline in Q4 2016 while growing by 0.9% on a full-year 2016, with Hungary showing the strongest growth at 40.6% Y-o-Y. MEA is up by 5.9% Y-o-Y in Q4 2016 and 4.1% for the full year. Egypt leads the region, with Q4 2016 growth reaching 94.9% Y-o-Y.


Facebook Reveals More OCP Servers

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Facebook Reveals More OCP Servers

Facebook builds on its Open Compute Project (OCP) with four new servers-- Bryce Canyon, Yosemite v2, Tioga Pass and Big Basin, all designed to serve different functions for the social network.

As part of the OCP initiative, all server designs are freely available, and interested parties can take them, modify them and have them built by OEMs, be it Chinese companies such as Quanta or big vendors of the HPE variety. Facebook says a number of major companies are involved with OCP, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, AT&T and Verizon, among others.

Bryce Canyon is a refresh of Open Vault, the Facebook storage server design. It is a storage chassis able to hold 72HDDs in four OU, an HDD density 20% higher than Open Vault. A modular design allows multiple configurations, and it supports more powerful processors and a larger memory footprint. Cooling comes from larger 92mm fans able to simultaneously cool the front 3 rows of HDDs, and the design is compatible with the Open Rack v2 standard.


Gartner: WW Server Revenues on the Decline

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Gartner: WW Server Revenues on the Decline

Gartner reports global Q4 2016 server revenues are down by -1.9% Y-o-Y, while shipments drop by -0.6% Y-o-Y. Overall 2016 also has a negative tone, with shipments remaining flat at 0.1% growth and revenues falling by -2.7%.

"There were some distinct factors that produced the final results for 2016," the analyst remarks. "Hyperscale data centers (e.g., Facebook, Google) grew and, at the same time, drove some significant server replacements. Enterprises grew at a lower rate as they continued to leverage server applications through virtualisation and in some cases, service providers in the cloud."

All regions other than Asia/Pacific see Q4 2016 declines, with MEA showing the largest revenue decline at -14.7%.


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