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IDC: EMEA Thin Clients in 5-Year Low

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According to IDC the EMEA the Q2 2015 thin client market is the 3rd consecutive quarter of negative growth, with shipments shrinking by -17.7% Y-o-Y to 385000 units-- the lowest in 5 years.

IDC thin clients forecast

The thin client decline seen in W. Europe is stronger even than during the 2009 financial crisis, as it reaches -19.2% Y-o-Y. Such results are caused by an economy still too fragile (despite low oil prices) to spur further hardware upgrades or purchases.

BlackBerry Acquires Good Technology

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BlackBerry eliminates a cross-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) rival from the market through the $425 million acquisition of Good Technology.

Blackberry logoThe buy makes sense for BlackBerry, since Good will allow the expansion of cross-platform BlackBerry EMM solutions. Good has strong multi-OS management expertise, with iOS devices make 64% of Good technology activations, followed by Android and Windows. On the other hand BlackBerry expertise lies in BlackBerry 10 (obviously), as well as Android management.

IHS: Tough H1 2015 for UPS Market

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According to IHS the UPS market H1 2015 records the worst half-year results in 5 years as revenues drop by -8.7% Y-o-Y, in part due to unfavourable comparisons to a "relatively good" 2014.

IHS UPS Market

Last year involved the closing of several large UPS deals while 2015 does not, leading to big vendors struggling to achieve positive revenue growth. Fluctuating currency exchange rates also affect the market, since local market sizes get artificially deflated when reported on in US dollar.

Another factor involves the increasing use of colocation datacentres-- a trend the analyst says leads to decreasing UPS shipments for use in small- and medium-size datacentres and server rooms.

Citrix Drives USB Peripherals on the Cloud

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Citrix announces "USB Redirection to the Cloud" at VMware 2015-- essentially a means to allow input peripherals connected to local devices to run on virtual desktops with little to no latency.

iPad stylusesThe use of drawing tablets and styluses on virtual desktops was previously thought impossible on virtual desktops due to cloud deployment latency. However as virtual desktops get powerful enough to run graphics applications USB redirection to the cloud sets to beat such issues, and as seen at VMworld appears to do exactly that.

A demo on the Nvidia stand saw a digital artist working with a Wacom tablet on Autodesk Mudbox running on a Citrix ZenDesktop session, all with near real-time performance.

Interoute Buys Easynet

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Connectivity, computing and communication services vendor Interoute announces the acquisition of European managed services provider Easynet in a deal worth €554 million.

BuyoutsAccording to company statement the buy will provide enterprise, government and service provider customers with access to a combined products and services suite, as well as an "enhanced and expanded" capability and skills set.

Interoute offers unified connectivity, computing and communications products and services to multinational and national enterprises, including UEFA, the European Space Agency, SCA and Saxo Bank.

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