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Interxion Expands in 3 European Cities

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European cloud infrastructure provider Interxion announces expansion plans in 3 cities-- it will open an 11th datacentre in Frankfurt, as well as expand facilities in Paris and Marseilles.

Datacentre picDubbed FRA11, the Frankfurt Interxion facility covers 4800 square metres and will built in 4 phases. The first 2 phases, named FRA10, will open in Q4 2017, followed by phases 3 and 4 in Q2 2018. The facility is to cost €95 million.

Meanwhile the Paris facility will gain an additional 1000 square metres of space, making 2100 in total. A 500 square metre portion will open on Q4 2016 before the rest is finalised by Q2 2017. The Marseilles datacentre gets 1400 square metres of more space scheduled to open in Q2 2017, for a total expenditure of €23m and €20m going towards Paris and Marseilles respectively.

IDC: Converged System Revenues Up by 12% in Q2

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According to IDC global Q2 2016 converged system revenues are up by 12.1% Y-o-Y to $2.9 billion, with the new storage capacity generated by shipments reaching 1693 petabytes, a 31.8% increase over the same period in 2015.

Converged SystemsIDC divides converged systems in 4 categories-- Integrated Systems (pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems), Certified Reference Systems (pre-integrated systems designed with hardware from multiple vendors), Integrated Platforms (integrated systems sold with additional pre-integrated packaged systems and custom engineering) and Hyperconverged Systems (a single highly virtualised system combining core storage and compute functionality).

Integrated Infrastructure and Certified Reference System revenues total $1.6bn in Q2 2016, a 4.7% Y-o-Y increase, making 54.8% of total market revenue. EMC is the largest supplier of the combined Certified Reference System and Integrated Infrastructure categories, with revenues worth $699.58 million and 43% market share.

Crestron and Microsoft Team Up in Skype Solution

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Crestron joins forces with Microsoft to create the Skype Room System-- a hardware solution built for Skype for Business providing an HD AV experience to small and midsize meeting rooms, as well as conference rooms.

Crestron SkypeThe device features a touchscreen for the management of Skype Meeting, together with HDMI and Crestron DigitalMedia inputs and outputs, x6 USB ports for the connection of audio devices and camera, and a Cresnet port to add an occupancy sensor for automation and room usage reporting. The UI is identical to that found in Crestron TSW touchscreens, while the Crestron Fusion Cloud provides remote monitoring, management and control functionality.

CompTIA: Companies Rethinking Cloud Options

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While the vast majority of companies use cloud computing, more organisations are becoming increasingly "refined and savvy in the technology they chose," the CompTIA Trends in Computing study reveals.

Cloud COmputingAccording to the study, while over 90% of the 500 companies surveyed on July 2016 claim to use some form of cloud computing, more companies place themselves in the non-critical use category (38% in 2016, up from 27% in 2014) rather than full production stage (33% vs 42%). The majority has been using the cloud for between 1 to 5 years, with just 6% claiming to have been using cloud solutions for over 5 years. Another 23% has used the cloud for less than a year.

“A quick glance at this data could lead to the conclusion that companies are walking backward,” the organisation says. “The reality is that the cloud market is undergoing refinement as users gain greater appreciation and understanding of what cloud computing entails.”

AWS Plans French Datacentre Region

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Amazon promises to improve cloud service performance for French customers as it announces plans to open a French datacentre region by 2017, via location based in the Paris area.

Paris regionThe online bookseller turned cloud giant already has European regions in Frankfurt and Dublin, and will also open a UK region "in the upcoming months." According to a blogpost by Amazon CTO Werner Vogels the AWS CDN and DNS and network has 16 points of presence and 10 "availability zones" (locations consisting of one or more datacentre facilities) across Europe, and it has opened 3 points of presence in France over the last 10 years, 2 in Paris and 1 in Marseille.

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