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Russia's Softline Heads for Expansion

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Moscow-based software licensor and service provider Softline secures $40 million in funding, Russian business daily Kommersant reports-- funding the company will use to acquire "over 20 companies" in emerging markets.

SoftlineThe investment comes from a pair of funds managed by Da Vinci Capital Management, who remarks "companies providing value added cloud and IT services have among the highest growth rates globally, which spurs investors’ appetite. We believe in Softline’s high growth potential and found particularly attractive this opportunity to invest in the perspective of an IPO.”

How Many Firms Comply With Privacy Shield?

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The US government releases a list of firms compliant with Privacy Shield US-EU security agreement-- one showing Microsoft as the only big name in public cloud holding the necessary credentials.

Privacy ShieldLaunched back in 12 July, Privacy Shield is a self-certification process for US companies wanting to deal in the transfer and storage of both HR and non-HR data from the EU. So far just 35 companies have completed the process, most of which are smaller or more specialised players. In fact, apart from Microsoft the biggest names on the list are Salesforce and Workday, while the likes of Google, AWS, Rackspace and Facebook are conspicuously absent.

Nutanix Runs Software on Cisco UCS

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Nutanix independently validates its Enterprise Cloud Platform software to run on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) C-series servers, making it available on platforms from three of the four leading x86-based server vendors.

Cisco UCSFor the curious, the other two vendors in question are Dell and Lenovo.

Nutanix says it "extensively" tested its software on multiple UCS C-series rack-mount servers running business-critcal applications at scale, and can confirm Cisco customers can access all capabilities of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud without need to change the networking architecture or operations of existing deployments.

Joint customers can also leverage on Cisco networking technologies, such Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Intel Tests Optane SSDs on the Cloud

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Intel OptaneEnterprises curious to try Intel's 3D XPoint storage can soon do so over the cloud, as the Chipzilla will soon provide free remote access to systems equipped with Optane SSDs based on the technology.

The test systems allow users to run benchmarks confirm whether claims on the technology are true or not, as well as optimise software for better read/write performance. According to Intel 3D Xpoint technology is 10x faster than standard SSDs, making it fast enough to act as both storage and a DRAM substitute (through the application of software-defined memory technology).

EU Tightens Ecolabel PC Criteria

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PC makers wanting to prove their green credentials will need to try harder, as the European Commission (EC) tightens the criteria of the EU Ecolabel covering the production, construction and life cycle of desktop, notebook and tablet computers.

EU EcolabelFirst introduced in 1992, the Ecolabel is a voluntary certification scheme allowing businesses to prove their products or services have a low environmental impact. Following the updated criteria vendors will need to show the "energy efficiency and upgradability" of devices, as well as the ease said devices can be dismantled and recycled.

"The EU Ecolabel promotes Europe's transition to a circular economy, supporting both sustainable production and consumption," EC commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella says. "Thanks to transparent ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices, without compromising on the quality of the products. Similarly, the Ecolabel rewards those manufacturers who choose to design products that are durable and repairable, promoting innovation and saving resources."

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