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IBM Joins Box in Cloud

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IBM and Box form a global partnership, one with the aim to "combine the best-in-class technologies and resources of both companies to transform work in the cloud."

IBM BoxThe result of the partnership units the Box cloud-based content collaboration platform with IBM-powered analytics, social collaboration and security solutions, as well as add global heft of the IBM Cloud. Big Blue will also enable developers to integrate Box APIs into enterprise apps and web services.

In addition, the IBM MobileFirst iOS apps will get Box-based content management solutions.

D-Link Intros ShareCenter+

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D-Link launches the ShareCenter+ 4-Bay Cloud Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-340L), a self-contained storage solution for SMB customers and prosumers wanting high performance from a self-contained device.

DNS-340LThe DNS-340L features 4 hot-swappable drive bays with built-in iSCSI target support and 7 RAID configurations (JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5. 10, 1+0). It supports 3.5-inch SATA HDDs up to 6TB in sizes, and is powered by a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB RAM.

Connectivity comes through x2 ethernet ports, x1 USB 3.0 port and x2 USB 2.0 ports.

Arista Launches CloudVision Cloud Automation

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Arista Networks presents CloudVision-- a cloud networking workload orchestration and workflow automation solution the company says features a different approach from the software-defined networking (SDN) Cisco offers.

AristaAs the company puts it, CloudVision provides a single point of integration for Arista switches. It is controller agonistic, with using open APIs such as OVSDB, JSON and OpenStack plugins for compatible with with SDN controllers from partners including HP, Microsoft, VMware, Red Hat and Dell.

This is unlike Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), where customers have to stick with Cisco controllers and hardware.

Virtual Reality: The $4bn Opportunity

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Virtual reality might bring about a very real business opportunity, CSS Insight reports, as the analyst predicts augmented and virtual reality devices are set to become a $4 billion market by 2018.

VR HelmetThe forecast adds VR/AR hardware sales will reach 2.5 million in 2015 before growing to over 24m by 2018-- with virtual reality headset sales reaching 12m in 2017 while augmented reality smart glasses sales will be worth $1.2bn in the same year.

CSS Insight insists augmented and virtual reality are different technologies (VR involves immersive experiences, AR enhances the "real" world), but each has potential for "transformative" experiences. VR has the most near-future potential, since it has the weight several industry giants, including Facebook, Google, Sony and HTC, pushing gaming and general entertainment applications. However AR arguably has the most long-term potential, since it involves lower overall costs.

Quantum Dots Hit PC Monitors

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Philips Monitors (MMD) launches what it claims is the first desktop monitor featuring quantum dot technology-- the 27-inch 276E6ADS, the result of a collaboration with nanomaterials specialist QD Vision.

Philips Quantum dotsAccording to the two companies the monitor uses the combination of Color IQ semiconductor nanocrystal technology and a 1920x1080 resolution panel to produce a more dynamic colour range, thus showing the "true" palette encoded in imagery.

The display should also be ideal for graphic artists and video enthusiasts, as it reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut.

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