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Citrix Simplifies Partner Incentive Program

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Citrix presents a revamp of the its partner incentives at the Citrix Summit 2018-- Citrix Ultimate Rewards, a consolidation of several reseller programs into a single, streamlined solution.

Citrix"It was time to reassess our outdated channel program and ensure that we make it easy for partners to do business with Citrix," a company blog post reads. "Simplifying business processes is, ironically, quite complicated. But it’s worth all the effort when it helps strengthen customer and partner relationships."

Avaya Forms Cloud Organisation

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Avaya takes on cloud rivals with the creation of Avaya Cloud-- a new organisation focused on driving cloud products and services led by SVP and general manager Mercer Rowe.

Avaya Rowe is a former VP of strategic partners for the Intel cloud and Watson platforms. He is also the founder and former CEO of VMware vCloud Service, the SoftBank joint venture delivering cloud services in Japan, and incubated the VMware cloud service business. Prior to that he spent a decade with cloud-powered startups in enterprise software and service provider spaces.

Arrow and Nutanix Extend Collaboration

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Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) extends its contract with hyper-converged solutions provider Nutanix-- one leading to distribution agreements with Nutanix in France and Benelux.

Arrow The deal also involves the strengthening of existing collaborations in Spain, Portugal and Scandinavia.

“Converged and hyper-converged solutions have fundamentally changed the way that the modern data centre is designed, offering scalable platforms for the demands driven in terms of scalability, and management"  Arrow ECS says. "They combine sophisticated compute, storage and software layers resulting in much greater efficiency. Nutanix is a key player in this market and we look forward expanding our collaboration.”

IDC: 2018 3D Printing Spending to Reach $12bn

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According to IDC global 3D printing spending (including hardware, materials, software and services) will reach $12 billion in 2018-- a 19.9% increase over 2017-- before growing to $20bn in 2020.

IDC 3D printing

Together 3D printers and materials will account for around 66% of global spending throughout the forecast period, reaching $6.9bn and $6.7bn respectively in 2021. Services spending trails slightly behind, reaching $5.5bn in 2021 as led by on-demand parts service and systems integration services. 3DP software purchases show less growth than the overall market, with a 5-year CAGR of 18.6%.

Longer Battery Life With New Z-Wave Chip

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Sigma Designs announces the 700-Series Z-Wave platform at CES 2018-- a chip the solution provider claims can squeeze 10 years of use from a single coin-cell battery.

Sigma Z-WaveAs well as being low power, the 700-Series chip offers a range of over 90m, meaning it can cover multi-stories in a house and the far end of the yard. It carries all the hardware required, including integrated software tools, large memory and many peripherals, making it both efficient and future proof.

Security is also covered thanks to the Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework, while Z-Wave SmartStart pre-configures to the network before reaching the home.

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