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Maxta Reduces "VMware Tax" With Escape Pod

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Maxta presents means for customers to migrate virtual machines from VMware ESXi to Red Hat Virtualisation, and to run both hypervisors on the fully-supported yet truly open source Maxta virtualisation solution.

MaxtaThe result, the company says, helps organisations reduce (or outright eliminate) the "VMware tax" through the choice of a hypervisor that best fits the needs of an application. Maxta hyperconvergence software promises to eliminate the lock-in of server hardware or hypervisors, while facilitating movement to open source virtualisation.

After all, while hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions should simplify IT management through the convergence of separate compute, storage and networking tiers into a single system, man such solutions lock customers into specific hardware or hypervisors. Through its solution, Maxta claims, customers can use any brand of standard x86 server and different hypervisors, bringing about an upper hand in negotiations with server or virtualisation vendors.

Insight Buys Dutch Caase.com

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Managed service provider Insight buys further into Europe with Caase.com, a Dutch cloud services provider and Microsoft partner. Financial details of the deal are not available.

Caase logo"Getting ready and thriving in the digital world is imperative for organisations today," Insight EMEA president Wolfgang Eberman says. "Cloud solutions are the enabler to accelerate innovations. I am convinced that together Insight and Caase.com are perfectly positioned to help organisations cost-effectively buy and manage IT whilst supporting them in their digital transformation through our comprehensive Intelligent Technology Solutions"

IDC on Enterprise SD-WAN Drivers

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What drives SD-WAN deployments in enterprise? According to a global IDC survey, the answer includes bandwidth optimisation, consistent application security, integration with existing WANs, and improved automation and self-provisioning.

SD-WANSD-WANs leverage hybrid WANs but incorporate a centralised, application-based policy controller, analytics for application and network visibility and security, a software overlay to abstract underlying networks and optional routing capability providing intelligent path selection across WAN links. It provides means to optimise cloud/SaaS applications while providing a dynamic and secure WAN fabric for distributed enterprises.

The survey covers current and future enterprise plans for SD-WAN infrastructure and services. It suggests increased confidence in emerging SD-WAN architectures, as well as the further embrace of SD-WAN across enterprise and service providers, leading to infrastructure and services revenues worth $8 billion by 2021.

The European HP Printing Showcase

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HP takes to the TCT Show 2017 to showcase a growing selection of 3D printing solutions hitting the European market through more resellers, as well new 3D Printing Reference and Experience Centres.

HP 3D PrintingIt also announces Henkel as the first global reseller of Jet Fusion, the production-ready commercial 3D printing system promising superior quality physical parts at faster speeds and less costs. The Henkel Adhesive Technologies unit is an early member of the HP 3D materials unit, and is collaborating with HP in the development and qualification of new solutions.

“HP is the industry leader in 3D printing and, as we expand our portfolio to include additive manufacturing services, we are thrilled to become the first global reseller for HP’s Jet Fusion 3D Printing solutions,” Henkel says.  “We are excited to deepen our collaboration with HP, develop even more innovative materials and 3D printing solutions for our customers, and increase the value for their end-use applications.”

The Channel's Leadership is Bifurcating

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by Braham ShniderBraham Shnider

It has been much discussed that traditional channels leadership is ageing whilst as the same time we have many channel start-ups being led by young entrepreneurial leaders. I believe in combination with many of the disruptive technologies we are at an Inflexion point which needs action now!

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