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EMC Takes on Cloud Integration

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EMC announces a range of products to seamlessly connect primary datacentre storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds through "easy-to-deploy, easy to manage cloud tiering."

EMC cloudThe result, the company claims, allows organisations to better combine the agilty and scalability of public clouds with the control and security of private cloud infrastructure. In addition EMC offers data protection to ensure data remains safe regardless of location.

Alcatel-Lucent Claims MIMO-SDM Breakthrough

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Alcatel-Lucent research arm Bell Labs announces an optical networking breakthrough with a first demonstration of a real-time space-division multiplexed optical multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO-SDM) system.

Fibre cableAccording to the company MIMO-SDM can increase current 10-20Tbps fibre capacities to Petabit-per-second-- the equivalent of 1000Tbps, making it able to handle the future demands of 5G wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). It also overcomes the capacity limitations of current optical fibre imposed by the non-linear Shannon limit.

IDC: Personal, Entry-Level Storage Shrink in Q3

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According to IDC global personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments total 16.7 million in Q3 2015-- a -13.4% Y-o-Y decline, if also a 10.3% Q-o-Q increase.

Revenues are down by -19.8% Y-o-Y to $1.3 billion.

IDC storage market Q3 2015

"The personal and entry-level storage market was stagnant in 2014 and started to show signs of decline in 2015," the analyst says. "The adoption of cloud storage has been gaining traction in the consumer space with its easy data access and mobile device integration. One of the negative impacts of cloud storage deployment leads to shrinking demand within the PELS market."

PCM Buys Systemax's TigerDirect

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PCM (formerly PC Mall) acquires TigerDirect and a number of B2B assets of the Systemax North American Technology Group (NATG), in a deal worth $14 million.

Tiger DirectThe sale brings the Systemax retail adventure to an end--or, as Systemax CEO Richard Leeds puts it, "[the sale] will allow us to devote all of our time and resources on our other businesses and improving their competitive position to capitalise on their growth opportunities."

Other Systemax divisions include the European B2B unit, an industrial products group and education- and government-channel operations. After the sale Systemax will close its 3 remaining retail stores and the NATG distribution centre.

Microsoft Expands Cloud in Europe

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Microsoft looks to appeal to European cloud customers with the addition of datacentres in Germany and the UK, with the German datacentres having a 3rd party company taking the role of data trustee.

Microsoft germany cloudPart of an effort to allay (arguably justified) European distrust of  American tech giants, the data trustee-- namely Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems-- ensures Microsoft cannot access stored data without permission of either customers or the data trustee. In addition the trustee supervises Microsoft should it get permission to check customer data, and ensures it cannot be forced by "third parties" to hand over data.

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