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IDC: All-Flash "Shines" in EMEA External Storage

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The EMEA enterprise external storage market continues to decline in Q1 2017, IDC reports-- revenue is down by -3.9% Y-o-Y, even as the all-flash market exceeds expectations with 100.7% growth.

All-flash is particularly popular in W. Europe and MEA, where it sees "accelerated" growth. On the other hand, the traditional HDD segment is down by -34.7% in Q1 2017.

IDC External Storage

"Brexit uncertainty, unfavorable exchange rates, major vendors' internal reorganisations, and increased component costs for SSD have weighed down on EMEA performance once again, making Q1 2017 the 9th quarter of uninterrupted decline for the region," the analyst says. "However, as enterprises progress in their digital transformation paths, sales of all-flash array systems, standalone or converged, see no crisis in sight, doubling their sales compared to the same period a year ago and reaching a quarter of total sales."

Gartner: Cloud-Based Security to Grow 21% in 2017

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The global cloud-based security service market will continue seeing strong growth in 2017, Gartner reports-- the market reaches $5.9 billion this year, a 21% increase over 2016.

Cloud securityOverall cloud-based security growth is above the total information security market, and as such the analyst forecasts it will reach "close" to $9bn by 2020. Driving such growth are mainstream services addressing security information and event management (SIEM) and access management (IAM), while emerging offerings such as threat intelligence enablement, cloud-based malware sandboxes, cloud-based data encryption, endpoint protection management, threat intelligence and web application firewalls (WAFs) are among the fastest-growing.

Also driving growth are SMBs-- such companies are increasingly aware of security threats. They also see the cloud as a means to reduce costs, especially for powering and cooling hardware-based security equipment and datacentre floor space.

Aruba Presents Core Switch

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Aruba Networks presents clear take on the Cisco Catalyst network switch line-- the Aruba 8400 Core Switch series, running on what what the company claims is the most advanced operating system, ArubaOS-CX.

Aruba 8400Promising to take a leap from "antiquated switching platforms," the 8400 is designed for mobility, cloud and IoT applications. It offers "carrier-class" performance, with immediate availability, better insights into troubleshooting and easier automation through a fully extensible fabric design. The Virtual Switching Framework (VSF) with two chassis scales up to 512 10GbE, 128 40Gbe or 96 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Powering the 8400 is ArubaOS-CX-- a new operating system able to automate and simplify many critical and complex network tasks. It offers automated visibility via Aruba Network Analytics Engine (NAE), faster resultion with Network Insights, and a built-in Python interpreter and REST-based APIs for full programmability and easy integration with infrastructure and applications.

Yamaha Forms Dedicated UC Department

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Yamaha confirms its commitment to the unified communications (UC) market with the development of a dedicated UC department leveraging the expertise of subsidiary Revolabs.

Yamaha UCThe new department will include Revolabs, and should focus on communications solutions while developing products to help organisations reach their business goals.

Acquired by Yamaha in 2014, Revolabs allowed the Japanese company to enter the UC market. Revolabs is well known for high-quality audio and conferencing solutions, and integration with leading UC providers and software leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Zoom.

IDC: Sharp Q1 2017 Decline for Servers in W. Europe

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IDC reports the W. European server market down by -14.3% Y-o-Y in Q1 2017-- in contrast with CEE, the region showing the fastest growth at 7.2% Y-o-Y.

On a global basis, the Q1 2017 server market is also on the decline, specifically by -4.6% Y-o-Y to $11.8 billion. Causing such slowdown is hyperscale services providers waiting until H2 2017 for the deployment of Intel Skylake processors, while high-end server sales remain a "drag" on overall market performance. Another factor negatively affecting the market is DRAM prices.

IDC Q1 2017 servers

Server shipments are actually the rise-- by 1.4% Y-o-Y to 2.21 million, with one customer accounting for over 10% of servers shipped during the quarter.

Volume server revenues are down by -3.4% Y-o-Y to $9.5bn, while midrange server revenues show 16.5% Y-o-Y to $1.3bn. High-end systems revenues drop by -29% Y-o-Y to $1bn, and the analyst expects long-term secular declines in high-end system revenue.

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