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Tim Cook: Enterprise NOT an Apple Hobby!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals Apple enterprise sales total $25 billion (or around 14% of total Apple revenue over the last year) during a one-on-one interview with Box CEO Aaron Levie, USA Today reports.

Cook Box interview"This is not a hobby," Cook says. "This is a real business."

The Apple push towards selling devices to enterprises is, of course, no big news-- the past year saw company form partnerships with IBM and Cisco, not to mention the release of the iPad Pro, a tablet clearly designed for business as well as consumer needs. It also reportedly has a dedicated sales force making an "aggressive" assault into corporate territory with hopes of offsetting declining iPad sales via enterprise market expansion.

Microsoft Adds IoT, Containers to Azure

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Microsoft announces a number of additions to the Azure cloud platform at AzureCon, with solutions spanning the Internet of Things (IoT), containers, security and infrastructure.

Azure The IoT portion of the Azure cloud is the Azure IoT suite-- a collection of tunes allowing users to build cloud-based services making use of data generated by the IoT. In addition the company also announces the Azure Certified for IoT program, an ecosystem of Microsoft-tested and certified partner solutions.

The program already has a number of partners, including BeagleBone, Freescale Intel Corporation, Raspberry Pi, Resin.io, Seeed Technology and Texas Instruments.

Dell Presents Campus, Datacentre Networking

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Dell announces networking products aimed at campuses and datacentres-- the C9010 Network Director switch and companion C1048P rapid access node, and the S6100-ON modular in-rack switch.

Dell campus switchThe C9010 Network Director is based on the new Dell campus network architecture. It is a multi-rate capable modular switch scalable for up to 4000 virtual ports, with support for 10 and 40GbE and a future tool-free upgrade to 100GbE.

The companion C1048P rapid access node extends the capabilities of the C9010 with enhanced power over ethernet (PoE), as well as user access and connectivity. Users can deploy it in either stand-alone or stacked configurations, and can add it at any time to the new architecture.

EMC Buys Graphite Systems

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EMC-owned DSSD quietly buys Graphite Systems, a stealth-mode  startup working on server/flash array systems with low latency and high throughput.

HandshakeThe storage giant did not announce the acquisition, and is still to comment on the news, but the Graphite Systems LinkedIn page bears the title "acquired by EMC/DSSD 08/2015."

Graphite Systems was founded in 2012, and has been in stealth-mode ever since. According to the LinkedIn page of one systems performance architect at the company it is working on a "low latency, high throughput compute server consisting of proprietary software and hardware components."

Desktop PCs Remain "Key" for W. European Businesses

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IDC reports the desktop PC remains "the main PC form factor" for W. European business users, even as the industry appears to shift towards mobility and portable devices of the ultraslim notebook and tablet variety.

The findings come from a survey of 600 executives at SMBs and large enterprises in France, the UK and Germany. It shows 84% of respondents will at least consider buying desktop PCs for their organisation.

IDC survey results

Why wound a company buy a desktop PC? Survey respondents point out higher performance, better durabilty, longer lifespan and lower prices.

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