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Ingram Micro Opens Euro 3D Printing Division

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Ingram Micro commits itself to the 3D printing market as it opens a European 3D printing and scanning division and plans to provide resellers with support and training via new European center of competence.

3D PrinterLeading the division is Rudolf Ehrmanntraut, senior manager of 3D printing and scanning for Europe.

"We have seen a frenzy of activity in the 3D printing and scanning space in Europe, with our resellers making it clear that they are looking to enter or expand in this fast-growing market," Ehrmanntraut says. "We are pleased we are able to provide resellers with the needed support to get them fully operational in offering 3D printing and scanning products and support services-- going much further than just providing hardware."

HP Intros NFV System

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HP launches a pre-integrated means to make network functions virtualisation (NFV) easier-- the HP NFV System, a system the company says allows communications service providers (CSPs) to accelerate NFV deployments.

HPThe NFV System is pre-integrated with Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade, an open source-based cloud platform supporting CSP reliability, scalability and performance requirements.

It consists of a Starter Kit (an all-in-one compute node kit), Compute Kit (server nodes running VNF workloads), Control Kit (Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade VIM and PIM software) and Storage Kit (provides additional capacity for storage intensive applications).

Cisco Names New CEO

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Cisco names 17-year company veteran and senior VP of worldwide operations Chuck Robbins CEO, effective July 26, following the stepping down of John Chambers, who becomes executive chairman after 20 years as CEO.

Chuck RobbinsRobbins was also elected to the Cisco executive board.

“This is the perfect time for Chuck Robbins to become Cisco's next Chief Executive Officer.  We've selected a very strong leader at a time when Cisco is in a very strong position,” Chambers says. "Chuck’s vision, strategy and execution track record is exactly what Cisco needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last.”

Microsoft Azure Reaches Hybrid Clouds

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Microsoft brings the technology behind the Azure public cloud to hybrid and private clouds with Azure Stack-- a means for customers to deploy Azure-powered IaaS and PaaS services from their datacentres.

AzureAs Microsoft puts it, Azure Stack allows customers to blend enterprise applications such as SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange with distributed applications and services, all while maintaining centralised oversight. It features Shielded VMs and Guarded Hosts for "zero-trust" software-defined security and simplified private/hybrid cloud deployment via the Cloud Platform System converged infrastructure solution.

“[IT leaders] recognize the careful balance between moving at speed while still providing the level of stability and discipline their companies depend on them for,” the company says. “Hybrid cloud is an ideal solution for many organizations facing this situation, bringing together the agility of public cloud and the control of on-premises systems.”

An App to Identify Cloud Costs

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Dublin-based Auxilion presents ZureView a Microsoft Azure app for organisations wanting to identify and track cloud computing costs with real time consumption reports and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis.

ZureViewDesigned for enterprise customers, as well as Microsoft partners and Licensing Solution Providers (LSPs), ZureView provides a simplified breakdown of usage costs and monitors one's profitability within an SaaS web app hosed on Azure itself.

Users do not need to be Auxilion customers to access ZureView.

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