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IDC: Financial Services, Manufacturing Sustain IT Spending

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According to IDC global IT products and services spending will reach nearly $2.4 trillion in 2017-- a 3.5% increase over 2016, with spending led by the financial services and the manufacturing industries.

The analyst also forecasts spending will grow to around $2.65tr by 2020 with a CAGR of 3.3% for the 2015-2020 forecast period.

IDC IT Spending

As mentioned earlier, financial services and manufacturing are the main drivers of IT spending, generating 30% of all revenues throughout the forecast period through investments in digital transformation efforts. The telecommunications and professional services industries, together with federal/central governments, are also forecast to be among the largest purchases of IT products and services.

Cisco Joins Microsoft With Integrated UCS-Azure Stack

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Cisco teams up with Microsoft to offer the Azure Stack on the Unified Computing System (UCS)-- an integrated, validated system allowing customers to deliver Azure services from on-premises datacentres.

Datacentre cloud“Cisco and Microsoft are coming together to offer a hybrid cloud solution built on the power of UCS and Microsoft Azure,” Cisco says. “Through our joint engineering efforts, application developers and IT managers will have a turnkey solution that is easy to deploy, manage and scale.”

The combination of the Azure stack on Cisco UCS promises accelerated growth and innovation, with a flexible cloud consumption model. Service providers can deliver Azure infrastructure as IaaS and PaaS, and fabric-based UCS architecture features high-performance networking through an Azure stack-optimised Cisco Virtual Interface Card.

Savant Intros 4K over IP Switching

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Savant announces an "ultra-high-performance" 4K video over IP switching platform-- one giving installers a "distinct advantage" in the delivery of premium AV content to both residential and commercial clients.

SavantThe new product line delivers 4K/60 4:4:4 HDR video distribution over IP, with zero frame latency and the convenience of a centralised 10GbE switch. The chassis is designed for ease of installation, while audio down-mixing capabilities and audio breakout options make it an ideal match with the recently released Savant Pro Audio 4 IP-based switch with unlimited audio zone support and access to all popular streaming services.

The switch is scalable from 2 to 128 zones, and support for advanced video processing features includes multi-video/video tiling, video wall and multi-switching applications.

Micron to Start Producing GDDR6 RAM

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Micron recently revealed to investors it will start producing GDDR6 memory on H2 2017, pushing forward to previously announced 2018 launch window.

MicronGDDR6 represents a leap in memory technology, as Micron says it is capable of speeds reaching 16GB/s per pin, around 10x faster than mainstream memory. In comparison, the most refined version of GDDR5 offers throughput reaching 8GB/s per pin (up from an initial 4GB/s), while last year's GDDR5X increased speeds to 10GB/s per pin.

NEC Presents Ultra-Wide MultiSync EX341R

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NEC Display Solutions announces the MultiSync EX341R-- a 34-inch curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio designed to provide an "immersive" desktop experience.

NEC curved monitorAimed mainly at commercial clients, the EX341R features a 3440 x 1440 resolution SVA panel with an 1800R curvature and bezels just 1.55mm thin on 3 sides. It also carries ControlSync technology to simplify multi-monitor configurations when combined with DisplayPort daisy-chain functionality, as well as a picture-by-picture mode to replace existing monitors.

Another interesting addition is a human presence sensor able to turn the display off when the user leaves the workstation. Low Blue Light Content and Flicker-Free certification from TÜV Rheinland promise to reduce eye strain, while SpectraViewII software (available either separately or as a bundle) ensures uniform and accurate colours.

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