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Microsoft Surface Hub Coming Soon

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Microsoft starts taking orders for the Surface Hub, the giant camera-equipped tablet the company hopes will replace videoconferencing and collaboration setups in enterprises across the world.

Surface hub"With Windows 10, Surface Hub provides a platform to build amazing large-screen apps for group productivity, such as the already-built-in custom Office and Skype for Business apps," the company says. "Surface Hub is a fully integrated alternative to costly videoconferencing and digital whiteboard solutions, providing a complete collaboration experience at a competitive price."

Dell Teams With Pluribus in SDN

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Dell announces a boost to its software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities through an agreement with Pluribus Networks bringing the Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux OS to Dell Open Networking switches.

DatacentreONIE-compatible Dell switches getting a version of the OS include the 10G/40G S6000-ON and S4048-ON.

Open Netvisor Linux is an open source OS that "combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities." It provides scalable distributed SDN controller architecture, with complete interoperability with Layer 2 and IP/BGP infrastructure already in place.

Intel Bolsters IoT Prowess With Altera

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Intel finalises a much rumoured acquisition as it swallows Altera, a smaller custom-design semiconductor manufacturer, in a deal worth $16.7 billion (or $57 per share) in cash.

Intel HQAltera makes field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) complete with programmability, security and high-performance features-- meaning it complements Intel's ambitions for the Internet of Thing (IoT).

"With this acquisition, we will harness the power of Moore's Law to make the next generation of solutions not just better, but able to do more," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says. "Whether to enable new growth in the network, large cloud data centers or IoT segments, our customers expect better performance at lower costs. This is the promise of Moore's Law and it's the innovation enabled by Intel and Altera joining forces."

IDC: Attacks Drive Q1 Appliance Market

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According to IDC global security appliance revenues and shipments are on the up in Q1 2015, as revenues reach $2.3 billion with 7.5% Y-o-Y growth and shipments grow by 9.4% Y-o-Y to 526767 units.

However IDC points out sequential declines-- Q1 2015 revenues and shipments drop by -12.8% and -12.6% Q-o-Q respectively.

IDC Security appliance market

"Today's threat environment is extremely dynamic and continues to change exponentially," the analyst says. "The growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks has created an environment where integrating disparate security solutions is required to protect sensitive business and personal information, as well as to safeguard national security."

Hostway Intros Microsoft-Powered Private Cloud

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SMB-focused cloud hosting provider Hostway launches a collection of virtual and dedicated private cloud services based on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure Pack (WAP).

CloudAccording to the company the cloud services and related management technologies integrates with Windows Server, System Server and SQL server, and offer SMBs "greater and granular control over their cloud."

Meanwhile the Windows Server 2012 R2 foundation adds performance enhancements, failover improvements (via Hyper-V live migration capabilities) and self-service management of virtual machines and cloud resources through the WAP interface.

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