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Kaspersky Security for MSPs

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Kaspersky Lab announces a partner program aimed at MSPs-- especially those with customers in SMB markets-- wanting to add security services to their portfolio.

Kaspersky securityThe specialised program promises "maximum margin a minimum risk," as well as ensuring security for customer data and infrastructure. It includes products and technology enabling MSPs to provide security services, such as remote security monitoring, managed security, virtualisation security, and mobile device security and management.

Kaspersky offers choice between cloud and on-premise security. Endpoint Security Cloud is ideal for smaller MSP businesses, with management via multi-tenant cloud console. On the other hand, Endpoint Security Basic and Security for Virtualisation are multi-tenant on-premises solutions managed by Security Centre. Security for Mail Server and Managed Service Agreement are included in the package.

Gartner: Shift to Hybrid Infrastructure Services Underway

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According to Gartner the growth of cloud and industrialised services, coupled with the decline of traditional datacentre outsourcing (DCO), indicate a "massive" shift towards hybrid infrastructure services.

Hybrid infrastructureThe analyst forecasts cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come more or less at par in terms of spending by 2020. The traditional DCO market is expected to shrink from $55.1 billion in 2016 to $45.2bn in 2020, while cloud compute services are to grow from $23.3bn in 2016 to $68.4bn in 2020.

Colocation and hosting spending is also to increase-- from $53.9bn in 2016 to $74.5bn in 2020. Infrastructure utlity services (IUS) is forecast to grow from $21.3bn in 2016 to $37bn in 2020, and storage as a service should increase from $1.7bn in 2016 to $2.7bn in 2020.

Stretchy Storage From Elastifile

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Israel-based storage software startup Elastifile presents a first product-- the Elastifile Cloud File System (ECFS), a software-only, flash-native storage system scaling across on-premises and the cloud.

ElastifileThe ECFS is a distributed file system promising linear performance scaling, consistent and low latency and granular check-in/check-out object tiering for data migration and backup. It scales from a minimum 3 notes to thousands (although the company has only deployed 100 so far), with the system using distributed metadata to prevent bottlenecks.

Each participating server, be it on-site, across sites and public cloud, gets a lightweight virtual controller to aggregate server flash storage resources. In turn these are presented to applications as a POSIX-compliant global namespace accessible from every node and complete with end-to-end protection.

Apple, Google, Amazon in Bidding War for Toshiba NAND unit?

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According to the Yomiuri Shimbun Daily a number of big names are in a bidding war for the Toshiba NAND memory unit, including the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon.

Toshiba NAND In total, the Japanese newspaper says, 10 companies are looking to buy the Toshiba semiconductor operation. Among them are US private equity firm Silver Lake, Broadcom (who reportedly offered Toshiba around $18 billion for the unit), Western Digital, SK Hynix, Foxconn and TSMC.

Toshiba accounts for 20% of the NAND market, but apparently plans to sell the lucrative unit to make up for the loss of US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

DDR5, NVDIMM-P Standards Ready in 2018

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The JEDEC solid state technology association announces development on the DDR5 and DVDIMM-P memory standards is "moving forward rapidly," and should be done by 2018.

Memory sticksDDR5 RAM promises a number of advantages over previous DRAM technologies, including double the density and bandwidth of DDR4, as well as improved channel efficiency and greater power efficiency. It also provides server and client platforms with a more user-friendly interface for performance and power management tweaking.

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