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IDC: "Solid Growth" For SSD Industry

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The outlook for the SSD industry remains "strong," IDC reports-- global SSD unit shipments are set to increase at a CAGR of 15.1% over the 2016-2021 forecast period, while revenues grow at a 14.8% CAGR to reach $33.6 billion by 2021.

Flash driveThe drivers behind such a forecast are the great product availability and improved pricing dynamics as the industry moves to 3D NAND flash. The analyst says current NAND supply constraints will diminish in 2018, bringing about further price erosion. In turn, lower SSD pricing drives greater SSD adoption in PCs and other client devices.

As a result, 2016-2021 SSD shipments in the PC and CE markets are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 15.8%. Enterprise SSD demand should also remain strong throughout the period, as customers turn to flash-optimised systems for both traditional storage and server-attached solutions.

Tech Data Expands Datech, Maverick AV to Global Markets

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In a perhaps unusual move, Tech Data announces the expansion of its two pan-European solution businesses-- Datech Solutions and Maverick AV Solutions-- into all global markets.

Tech Data"As the physical and virtual worlds become increasingly intermeshed, Tech Data enables our channel partners to meet the evolving demands of IT consumption by optimizing our global footprint and strengthening our end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services," the company says. "The expanded availability of these two solutions, as well as dedicated global leadership of our cloud strategy, will allow us to provide more value to our channel partners throughout the world than ever before."

Microsoft Intros Azure Bot Service

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Developers wanting to build enterprise AI chatbots get a pair of cloud-based solutions from Microsoft-- the Azure Bot Service and Language Understanding (LUIS) as part of the Cognitive Service AI suite.

ChatbotFirst released in preview form back in November 2016, Azure Bot Service is designed to enable the creation of "conversational interfaces on multiple channels." It allows developers to target a number of Microsoft and 3rd party apps and services, including Cortana, Skype, Slack and Facebook Messenger, without need to adapt code for each.

The official release includes Premium Channels, allowing customers to communicate directly with the website or app users and access to open-source software for custom chatbots. The service is available in 9 Azure regions, including Ireland, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Digital Safe 10 Tackles GDPR, MiFID II Compliance

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Micro Focus announces Digital Safe 10-- a means for customers to mitigate information-borne risks from regulatory mandates, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Micro FocusGDPR is set to become EU law from May 2018, together with the updated version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).

According to the company, Digital Safe 10 allows customers to refine and extend information archiving strategies to tackle compliance, as well as tap into the potential business insights of archived data. It builds on a foundation of high levels of security, "virtually unlimited" processing capacity, market-leading employee supervision, scalability, compliant storage and market defining architecture.

Gartner: Global Server Revenues Up 16% in Q3

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Global server revenues are up by 16% Y-o-Y in Q3 2017, Gartner reports, while shipments show 5.1% Y-o-Y growth-- making a period of continued growth, if with "varying regional results."

Gartner Q3 2017 revenues

A main driver for the period is the build-out of infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations. As such, x86 server shipments are up by 5.3% Y-o-Y with revenues growing by 16.7%, while RISC/Itanium Unix servers are down 2.3% Y-o-Y in shipments and 18.3% Y-o-Y in revenues.

The "other" CPU category-- primarily consisting of mainframes-- shows a 54.5% Y-o-Y  increase.

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