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Microsoft Joins Cloud Foundry

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The Cloud Foundry Summit hosts a surprise announcement-- Microsoft is a Gold Member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the group taking care of the open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) originally developed by VMware.

Microsoft cloudThe foundation already counts a number of big names, including Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, SUSE and SAP, whose Platinum membership puts them on a tier above Microsfot. In the Gold ranks are the likes of SAS, GE Digital, Huawei, Capgemini and Google. The search giant in fact joined Cloud Foundry last year in a bid to make its cloud platform more open.

“Microsoft and the Cloud Foundry community are deeply aligned around our mutual understanding of enterprise business and technical requirements, and our commitment to help organizations modernize their applications without vendor lock-in," Microsoft says. "By joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation, we will be able to work with members to contribute to Foundation initiatives and bring a wider range of solutions to Microsoft Azure for our customers and the community.”

Lenovo Aims ThinkSystem Products at Datacentre

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Lenovo presents its largest datacentre product portfolio yet at Tech World Transform 2017-- one replete with servers, switches, SAN arrays and converged systems, in a showing the company is serious about enterprise.

Lenovo launchThe product launch represents the first major refresh of Lenovo enterprise product lines since the company acquired the IBM x86 server business back in 2014. It is also the first product launch for the Lenovo Data Center Group, following its creation back in April.

New Lenovo servers include the ThinkSystem SR950, designed for mission-critical workloads such as in-memory databases, large transactional databases, real-time analytics, ERP and CRM systems, and virtualised server workloads. It comes in a 4U form factor, and is scalable from 2 to 8 processors.

Record 2017 for InfoComm Show

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InfoComm welcomed over 44000 visitors this year-- a record for the trade show, marking a 13% increase since the last time it was held in Orlando, Florida in 2015 and 14% over InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas.

InfoComm 2017“It’s a watershed year for InfoComm,” said Jason McGraw, InfoComm International CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President of Expositions says. “The technology on display was amazing again, and we’re thrilled with the tremendous response, but we’re especially excited that guest after guest told us this InfoComm offered new and different experiences for our growing, innovative audience.”

By the time the doors closed for the week InfoComm 2017 logged 44077 attendees. Visitors came from 117 countries, with 17% of attendees coming from outside the US. Exhibitors counted 950, filling an expo space spanning over 545000 net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms and special events space, making the biggest InfoComm ever.

Iteto: Digital Disruption Accelerates in the Nordics

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Nordics executives expect more radical digital disruption in the future, the Future Perspectives study reveals-- 7 out of 10 believe their current business model will be obsolete in the next 5 years, if not earlier.

Digital disruptionConducted by Kairos Future on behalf of Tieto, the study involves 500 executives from a wide range of industries across Finland, Sweden and Norway. It shows 69% of Nordic leaders estimate the rate of disruption will accelerate in the next 5 years, with 74% foreseeing disruption coming from outside their industry. The main driver of such disruption? Tech startups.

The survey respondents point out financial services, media, and retail and wholesale industries as the most heavily disrupted by tech players. Sweden sees the most disruption (at least according to 51% of execs), followed by Norway (38%) and Finland (34%). Media, retail and healthcare are anticipated to have the shortest business model lifespans, with a life of 3 years before becoming obsolete.

Cisco Presents Intent-Based Networking

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Cisco announces what it claims is one of the "most significant breakthroughs in enterprise networking"-- intent-based networking, a system able to anticipate actions, stop threats and, ultimately, "evolve and learn."

Cisco intent networkingThe principle behind intent-based networking is similar to self-driving vehicles. Whereas a traditional network requires an administrator managing of multiple tasks, an intent-based network can determine how to do a task, before automating specific tasks to make it happen.

Such a system involves a shift from hardware-centric to software-driven networking, making an intelligent, secure platform "powered by intent and informed by context." Behind the intuitive network is Digital Network Architecture (DNA), a suite of technologies and services running as a single system.

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