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Facebook Updates Wedge Switch

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Facebook announced an update on the Wedge the top-of-rack switch, as the company says the 40Gbps switch cannot cope with fast-growing social network traffic.

Facebook wedgeAnnounced back in June 2014, the Wedge was designed as a more flexible and scalable alternative to traditional switches. It works with both commercial and open-source networking products and packs an actual microserver module (one based on Facebook's "Group Hug" architecture), meaning it runs a server complete with own networking OS next to the traditional networking silicon.

Extron Ships AV to USB Scaling Bridge

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Extron starts shipping the MediaPort 200-- an HDMI to USB bridge integrating pro AV sources or systems with software codec conferencing applications.

Media Port 200As the company puts it, the MediaPort 200 bridges between simple webcam-to-computer solutions and traditional hardware videoconferencing systems. It adds support for professional-grade equipment (such as videoconferencing PTZ cameras, boundary microphones and sound reinforcement systems) and easily integrates conferencing PCs into a fully equipped AV system complete with video distribution and processing, control, DSP, microphones and full sound reinforcement.

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."

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