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Toshiba Tests Quantum Security

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Toshiba starts verification testing of its "theoretically completely secure" quantum cryptography technology in a series of transmissions from the company's Life Science Analysis Centre to the Tohoku University.

Toshiba quantum serverThe test will run for 2 years, and involves the transmission of genome data over 7km of custom-made dedicated fibre optic cable. Should it be successful it will pave the way for longer-term commercial use of the technology.

Quantum cryptographic communications make use of individual photons carrying the encrypted data together with a one-time decoding key. According to quantum mechanics one cannot observe the data without altering it (together with the cryptographic key), meaning receiving untampered data is a guarantee of security.

Oracle Expands Cloud Offering

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Oracle pushes further towards the cloud as it announces additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform portfolio, bringing the total of cloud services offered to 24 as the company sets to become Amazon's top competitor.

Oracle HQAdditions include Database Cloud - Exadata (production databases), Archive Storage Cloud (long-term storage), Big Data Cloud (Hadoop and NoSQL databases), Integration Cloud (handles integration between Oracle and 3rd party applications), Mobile Cloud (enterprise mobility) and Process Cloud (lifecycle management).

“Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud," Oracle founder (and former cloud cynic) Larry Ellison says. "Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier and it’s one-tenth their price.”

Juniper, Ruckus Team Up in Networking

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Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless announce an alliance in networking, one promising a "unified wired and wireless solution" through the combination of Juniper switches and Ruckus wireless networking hardware.

NetworkingSpecifically, Juniper EX-series switches will be combined with Ruckus ZoneFlex access points and the SmartZone (SZ) wifi management platform. Another combination the the reduction of logical wired and wireless devices through Ruckus 3+1 SmartZone clustering and Juniper Virtual Chassis technology.

As for security, Ruckus offers "simple, secure BYOD provisioning and onboarding" together with Juniper SRX-series services gateway firewalls. The alliance also promises open, standards-based products by building on Juniper's Open Converged Framework.

Ingram Adds to Mobility with Canai, Clarity

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Ingram Micro expands further into mobility device lifecycle services through the acquisition of a pair of European services companies, namely UK-based Canai group and Portugal-based Clarity Technology.

Ingram MicroThe financial details of the acquisitions are not available.

Canai is a provider of technology recycling services and white-label product, while Lisbon-based Clarity specializes in repairs, parts, diagnostics and reverse logistics for laptops, mobile phones, modems and other peripherals.

IDC: EMEA Thin Clients on "Severe" Contraction

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IDC predicts short-term thin client market declines in EMEA, as the Q1 2015 market contracts by -10.2% Y-o-Y with shipments reaching 438000 units due to a market facing project shortage and weak demand.

EMEA IDC Thin Clients

W. European Q1 2015 thin client declines are double-digit at -13.3% Y-o-Y-- even if the analyst suggests factors such as virtualisation, PC to thin client transition and sustained economic expansion will drive the market in the long term. As such, shipments should return to "strong" one-digit growth by Q4 2015.

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