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Gartner: Organisations Not Prepared for EU Data Regulation

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EU GDPRAccording to Gartner the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a global impact once it goes into effect on 25 May 2018-- and over 50% of companies will not comply with it.

"The GDPR will affect not only EU-based organisations, but many data controllers and processors outside the EU as well," the analyst states. "Threats of hefty fines, as well as the increasingly empowered position of individual data subjects tilt the business case for compliance and should cause decision makers to re-evaluate measures to safely process personal data."

Econocom Buys 3 European Firms

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Belgian VAR giant Econocom goes on a shopping spree as it announces the acquisition of 3 European firms-- AV player BIS, consulting services outfit LP Digital Agency and a 40% stake in education supplier JTRS.

EconocomRidderkerk-based BIS employs 220 people across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, and the UK. It claims 2016 revenues worth €50m, and holds top badges with Polycom and AMX as well as partnerships with Microsoft and Cisco. Econocom says the acquisition allows it offer services, products and solutions, and technology management and financing, across the 5 "priority countries," namely Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and France.

Dell EMC Preps Azure Stack

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Dell EMC joins Microsoft as it announces the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack-- a turnkey platform for building hybrid clouds running on, well, Microsoft Azure Stack.

MS Azure StackAccording to the company, the platform is ideal for customers wanting to standardise on the Azure ecosystem, as it provides automated IT service delivery for both traditional and cloud-native applicationis. It complements existing platforms such as Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud, and leverages on hardware including Dell EMC PowerEdge R730XD servers and PowerConnect switches.

Cisco Buys More Cloud With Viptela

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Cisco gets more SD-WAN capability as it buys cloud-based SD-WAN player Viptela for $610 million-- a purchase described as a bargain, since the startup was valued at $900m just a year ago.

Cisco ViptelaFounded in 2012 by ex-Cisco execs and engineers, Viptela sells an SD-WAN solution allowing enterprises to easily manage connections with branch offices and WAN deployments. As Cisco puts it, “Viptela’s technology is cloud-first, with a focus on simplicity and ease of deployment while simultaneously providing a rich set of capabilities and scale. These principles are what today’s customers demand."

Cisco plans to combine Viptela cloud-first management, orchestration and overlay technology with its routing platforms, services and SD-WAN capabilities. It will also continue supporting the Viptela product offering and architecture, as well as existing Cisco IWAN and Meraki SD-WAN solutions.

Brocade Intros G610 Storage Switch

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Brocade presents the G610-- an entry-level hardwired storage switch designed for 24/7 connectivity to all-flash datacentres running on Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel connectivity.

Brocade G610As an entry-level switch the G610 is ideal for a number of environments, including small shared storage fabrics and network-edge datacentre deployments. It scales from 8 to up to 24 ports per switch, and Brocade promises installation is easy thanks to a simplified point-and-click user interface.

“For all its benefits, flash storage is now one of the foundations for enterprise digital transformation initiatives," the company says. "With the new G610 switch, we have lowered the entry point to our reputed Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology without any technical compromises, enabling customers to optimise their storage performance."

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