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IDC: Q1 Cloud Infrastructure Revenues Reach $8bn

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According to IDC global revenues from sales of cloud infrastructure products (server, storage, ethernet switch), including both public and private cloud, are up by 14.9% Y-o-Y in Q1 2017 to total $8 billion.

However W. Europe sees relatively low revenue growth during the quarter at 8.9% Y-o-Y. CEE is even lower, at 7.2%.

IDC Q1 cloud

The quarter also sees the share of cloud infrastructure sales in overall WW IT spending total 39%, a "significant" increase from the 33.9% of Q1 2016. Revenue from infrastructure sales to private cloud are up by 6% Y-o-Y to $3.1bn, and to public cloud by 21.7% to $4.8bn. In comparison, traditional (non-cloud) infrastructure spending is down by -8% in Q1 2017.

EU Fines Google €2.42 Billion!

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European antitrust officials declare Google gives own services an "illegal advantage" in search results-- and as a result the European Commission fines the search giant €2.42 billion.

EU GavelThe illegal advantage in question pertains to the Google Shopping search comparison service. Google is accused of not only giving prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service when consumers enter a query in the Google search engine, but also demoting rival services in its search results. According to the officials even the most highly ranked rival service appears on page 4 of Google search results, and others appear further down.

Furthermore, such illegal practices are said to have boosted traffic to Google Shopping "significantly," at the expense of rivals suffering "very substantial" traffic losses. For instance, certain rivals have experienced sudden traffic losses of 85% in the UK, up to 92% in Germany and 80% in France-- and such drops cannot be explained by other reasons.

EET Europarts Buys Heimdal

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EET Europarts plans to become a leading distributor of POS and Auto-ID with the acquisition of Heimdal, a French specialist distributor of in mobile automatic identification and logistics hardware.

HeimdalThe financial details of the deal are not available.

Heimdal has partnerships with Zebra, Brother and Motorola. It offers mobile terminals, bar code readers and printers. The acquisition sees a team of experienced Heimdal employees move to EET Europarts. In addition, Heimdal managing director Fabrice Fanget joins EET Europarts as Business Development Manager, POS & Auto-ID France.

ABC Data Launches Cloud Platform

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Polish IT equipment distributor ABC Data launches its take on the cloud-- the ABC Data Cloud, a means for partners to offer cutting-edge cloud solutions as well as e-commerce services.

ABC Data CloudThe ABC Data Cloud platform includes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DraaS). Partners get access to virtual servers, network drives, app development tools, data archiving and backup solutions, security systems, and e-learning and workflow-type apps.

Resellers can offer customers either a single configured service or packages comprised of offerings from multiple vendors, including the likes of Kaspersky, Oktawave, Focus Telecom, Xopero and Talex.

Toshiba Sues WD over Memory Business Sale Delay

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The sale of the Toshiba memory unit gains another wrinkle, as Toshiba declares it has had enough of Western Digital interference-- the former is suing the latter for $1 billion (or 120 billion yen).

Western DigitalThe litigation seeks to stop WD from claiming it has any ownership over the memory unit, which Toshiba is desperate to sell in order to gain some much needed cash. It comes a day after WD resubmitted a bid for the unit, just as Toshiba was set to finalise the sale to a consortium lead by the Japanese government, American private equity firm Bain Capital and S. Korean manufacturing giant SK Hynix.

In the meantime, WD continues to insist the sale represents a breach of the two companies' joint venture agreement, and as such it should be treated as a preferred bidder. However, sources tell the Financial Times that the resubmitted WD bid was "similar" to the one previously considered as "underpriced" by Toshiba.

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