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VMware Adds Kubernetes to Photon Platform

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VMware announces the Photon Platform has built-in Kubernetes support at VMworld 2016 Europe, together with the addition of networking and storage services powereed by VMware NSX and Virtual SAN.

VMworldThe result, the company says, turns Photon Platform into an end-to-end enterprise cloud-native infrastructure for running modern, containerised application in production, all with VMware support.

"VMware Photon Platform takes a major step forward by empowering IT teams to deliver, secure and operate the modern services that development teams require with the infrastructure automation demanded by today's leading enterprise organizations," the company adds. "Based on the industry-leading hypervisor, network virtualisation and hyper-converged storage solutions, VMware Photon Platform offers customers unprecedented business speed and agility to deliver innovative software solutions to market quicker."

Industry Gets Together in OpenCAPI Standard

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A number of big names in the datacentre industry get together to form the OpenCAPI Consortium, an organisation pushing an open specification designed to accelerate datacentre server performance.

OpenCAPIIndustry stalwarts forming the consortium include AMD, Dell EMC, Google, HPE, IBM, Mellanox, Micron, Nvidia and Xilinx. Their work on the OpenCAPI standard spans the entire datacentre, since it covers advanced memory, accelerators, networking and storage through a high-bandwidth, low latency open interface design promising data rates reaching up to 25Gbps, higher than the current PCIe specification's 16Gbps.

It joins CCIX and Gen-Z as a next generation of datacentres, and the 3 standards having the backing of over 30 top IT companies. OpenCAPI should appear in a number of upcoming products, such as IBM Power9-based servers, a Google-Rackspace server design codenamed "Zaius," Mellanox interconnect solutions and Xilinx FPGAs.

HPE Confirms Hybrid IT Focus, Layoffs

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman confirms a couple of reports the company's annual security analyst meeting-- HPE will push into hybrid IT with Internet of Things (IoT) investment as it slashes employee numbers even further.

HPE Meg WhitmanAs well as the IoT, HPE hybrid IT investment will include composable infrastructure and software defined tools. The Machine, an effort in revamping computing and memory announced back in 2014, is also closer to commercialisation thanks to the HPE being more nimble and innovative than the larger likes of Dell.

In addition the company is making grounds into high performance computing, all-flash arrays and converged infrastructure, all "strong and growing markets where HPE is well positioned" according to Whitman. As for the cloud, HPE looks to be investing into private cloud since companies are bringing operations back in house where appropriate.

Gartner: 2017 IT Spending to Reach $3.5 Trillion

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According to Gartner global IT spending is to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017-- a 2.9% increase over 2016 spending reaching $3.4tr driven by growth in software and IT services revenues.

The analyst forecasts software spending to grow by 6% in 2016 before rising by 7.2% in 2017 to total $357 billion, while IT services spending should grow by 3.9% in 2016 to reach $900bn before increasing by 4.8% in 2017 to reach $943bn.

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However, as well as positives Gartner has some warnings for the future-- specifically regarding the UK's exit from the EU, aka Brexit.

"The immediate impact of Brexit has caused modest growth in IT spending to turn negative for 2016," Gartner remarks. "Without the UK, global IT spending growth would have been modestly positive at 0.2% in 2016, but with the UK included, IT spending is expected to decrease -0.3%. The immediate impact of the British pound will also cause the IT spending patterns to shift as prices for IT will increase."

Esprinet Expands in S. Europe With Itway Buy

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Italy's Esprinet expands further in S. Europe with the acquisition of the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese value-added distribution business of the Itway Group.

EsprinetFounded in 1996, Itway distributes offerings in 3 market segments-- security, networking and server software-- within Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and the M. East. It holds 30 brands in its Italian VAD portfolio, including the likes of Check Point, Red Hat and Extreme Networks, and 20 vendor brands in the Spanish and Portuguese branches. T

The VAD business generated overall pro-forma sales of €48.6 million in 2014 and €57.2m in 2015, and pre-tax profits of €1.7m in 2015. Esprinet says the deal should close on 30 November, and hopes it will add sales in excess of €480m for fiscal 2016. It will pay €5m in cash for Itway once the acquisition is done, with €5.8m to follow based on the meeting of economic and financial targets.

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