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Oracle Adds Blockchain to Cloud

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Oracle opens its OpenWorld conference with the announcement of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, an advanced enterprise-grade ledger cloud platform.

OracleThe announcement comes less than two months after Oracle joined the Hyperledger Project, the umbrella open source blockchain project run by the Linux Foundation. As it said back then, Oracle plans to "offer a highly advanced and differentiated enterprise-grade distributed ledger cloud platform for customers who are looking to build new blockchain-based applications and/or extend their current SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and on-premises applications."

Office Depot Buys CompuCom

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Following the failure of the Staples acquisition Office Depot announces another big purchase-- system integration giant CompuCom, a deal worth approximately $1 billion.

Office Depot"Technology is the office supply of the future,” Office Depot CEO Gerry Smith says. “Today marks a significant milestone as we move to provide a unique business services platform for our current and future customers. Acquiring CompuCom is the first step in this new strategic direction."

NetApp Brings NFS to Microsoft Azure

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NetApp expands its partnership with Microsoft as it announces of the integration of NetApp Network File System (NFS) technology into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

NetAppNFS offerings are already available on public clouds, but the Microsoft-NetApp partnership delivers NFS natively in Azure via the cloud's console. As such it is available to both NetApp and non-NetApp customers, and promises levels of NFS performance identical to those of on-premises datacentres.

Through the Microsfot Azure Enterprise NFS services admins can also provision, automate and scale NFS services by using RESTful APIs. Data protection comes through on-demand automated snapshots, and the service supports both NFS V3 and V4 workloads to customers operating in the cloud and hybrid cloud. It also integrates with other Azure services, such as analytics, SQL services and SAP Hana for Azure.

Gartner: 2018 IT Spending to Reach $3.7 Trillion

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Global IT spending will total $3.7 trillion in 2018, Gartner predicts-- a 4.3% increase over 2017 spending worth around $3.5 trillion, with communications services driving the majority of spending.

Enterprise software and services should also continue showing strong growth. In fact, software spending is projected to grow by 8.5% in 2017, before growing by 9.4% in 2018 to total $387 billion. Meanwhile services spending is to grow 4% in 2017 to reach $931bn, and increase 5.3% in 2018 to reach $980bn.

Gartner spending update

Devices should also exhibit strong growth-- a first in 2 years-- with a 5.3% increase in 2017 and 5% in 2018. Increased ASPs for premium phones in mature markets, in part due to the iPhone 8 and X, together with businesses replacing PCs with Windows 10 machines, drive growth in the segment.

EET Europarts Buys Avantis

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EET Europarts announces the acquisition of Avantis Distribution, a Scandinavian distributor with expertise in network and network security. Financial details of the deal are not available.

AvantisFounded in 2010, Avantis has its head office in Oslo, Norway, and is represted with local sales entities in Sweden and Denmark. It is specialised in advanced wireless technology and solutions for network infrastructure security, and brings more brands and competences to the EET Europarts portfolio.

Avantis employees will become part of the local EET Europarts sales entities in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

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