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IDC: Q1 EMEA Servers Remain Positive

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IDC reports a positive Q1 2015 for the EMEA server market, as revenues reach $3 billion with 6.3% Y-o-Y growth and shipments growing by 3.5% Y-o-Y to 557182 units in a 4th consecutive quarter of positive unit growth.

Vendor revenues see higher growth thanks to increased ASPs caused by the market moving towards richer configurations, even if larger US-based European vendors continue to feel the impact of the fluctuating euro.

IDC EMEA Servers Q1 2015

In fact, the analyst says Q1 2015 revenues see stronger growth (29.2% Y-o-Y) in euro, but the weakening currency forced some vendors to adopt new European pricing structures.

Non-x86 servers report a "good" EMEA Q1 2015, building on a positive Q4 2014 with the first Y-o-Y revenue growth in over 15 quarters (2%) as CISC and traditional RISC machines show low-single-digit growth. The main contributor to Q1 2015 volume growth (up 102.4% Y-o-Y) was the second shipment of ARM-based servers, even if such systems make less than 1% of non-x86 servers.

European Council Agrees on Data Protection

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The European reform of data protection legislation hits a milestone-- the European Council agrees on a "general approach" with aims to improve personal data protection and enhance business opportunities within the Digital Single Market.

European CouncilSuch changes can bring about a pan-European data protection framework replacing the current approach, where regulatory watchdogs operating in the counter of operation within Europe.

"[W]e have moved a great step closer to modernised and harmonised data protection framework for the European Union," Latvian minister for justice Dzintars Rasnačs says. "The new data protection regulation, adapted to the needs of the digital age, will strengthen individual rights of our citizens and ensure a high standard of protection."

Elon Musk’s Satellite Internet Advances

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ElonMuskSpaceXAs we reported in November, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company is working on a project to deliver internet services via a fleet of low-orbit satellites. The project has now moved one step closer to fruition, with the company seeking permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin to testing high-speed internet transmission from such a satellite.

Apple Wins-- IBM Buys Macs

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1984MixIBM is reported to be installing up to 50,000 Macs during 2015, according to an internal memo seen by 9to5 Mac. For the company that created the PC standard, and was sworn enemy of the 1980’s Apple, this is a remarkable turnaround, and will have Steve Jobs laughing in his grave.

Easier Video over IP With Gefen Matrix Controller

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Gefen says the Matrix Controller (EXT-CU-LAN) offers an easier way to detect, configure and configure Gefen HDMI, DVI and VGA over IP products through a user-friendly web interface.

Gefen Matrix ControllerIt detects all Gefen sender and receiver units on a LAN, and assigns IP addresses to each one. Once senders and receivers are configured it controls AV signal routers just like a traditional cross-point matrix, but with no need for traditional AV cables.

Instead, AV is distributed over LAN via network switch, allowing for flexibility in source and display placement, scalability and expansion.

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