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IDC: Cloud Drives EMEA IT Infrastructure

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According to IDC, EMEA IT infrastructure (server, disk storage and ethernet switch) spending for public and private cloud has Q4 2014 revenues worth $1.1 billion with 27% Y-o-Y growth, and around $4.1bn with 28% growth for overall 2014.

Such results lead to the cloud-related share of EMEA infrastructure spending growing to 17% in 2014, up by 3 percentage points from 2013. The cloud also accounts for 32% of total Q4 2014 EMEA storage capacity, a 52% increase over Q3 2013.

IDC EMEA Cloud spending

Thus, the analyst forecasts the market will reach $10.8bn by 2019, or 39% of total market expenditure, making it one of the areas of "tremendous growth" for European infrastructure-- especially compared to an otherwise stagnant (if not declining) traditional market.

Cisco Presents Software Partner Program

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Cisco announces a partner program addition at the Cisco Partner Summit 2015 with the Software Partner Program-- one that, as the company itself admits, might not be relevant for all partners.

Cisco Parnter SummitThe Software Partner Program features a number of new roles, namely Software Lifecycle Advisor (helps customers understand how to adopt, use, and manage software and services), Software Consultant (helps maximise value from Cisco software) and Software Integrator (builds custom solutions using Cisco software, 3rd party software and partner IP).

However, as the company later said at the Q&A session following the announcement, not every small and mid-size partner can participate in the program-- but then again not every reseller has to say yes to "everything."

Broadcomm Announces 5G Wifi Wave 2

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Broadcom launches the 5G Wifi Wave 2 solutions portfolio for enterprise wireless access points, with new chipsets including the BCM43465 (4x4 11ac MU-MIMO) and BCM43525 (3x3 11ac MU-MIMO).

Broadcom logoThe company claims the BCM43465 is the first to support 2.2Gbps and four concurrent MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) devices, providing the enterprise market with the highest density of client support.

Further boosting performance is the use of 160MHz, allowing devices to fully utilise available bandwidth, as well as NitroQAM 1024-QAM technology (promises 25% throughput boost over 802.11ac's 256-QAM) and the Advanced Spectrum Capture Engine (AsCE) identifying and adjusting against non-wifi interference.

Apple Watch as Password Replacement

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The Apple Watch might appear to some as little more than a wearable gimmick, but enterprise security vendor MicroStrategy has an interesting application for the device-- as wearable password replacement.

Apple Watch UsherThe MicroStrategy Usher Watch application acts as a secure digital key, allowing wearers to log into enterprise business systems, unlock devices, validate personal identity and even open doors with a simple gesture or tap. The app uses all Watch features (such as Glances, Notifications and Force Touch) and and detects a "vast range" of business systems, hardware and physical entryways.

For example, a user gets a push notification on the Watch when required to unlock a nearby system.

Accenture, Oracle Team Up in Cloud

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Accenture and Oracle announce a collaboration dubbed The Accenture Oracle Business Group-- an consultancy effort with the aim of pushing Oracle Cloud-based Accenture solutions to more enterprises.

Oracle cloud"The Accenture Oracle Business Group combines Accenture’s deep industry and technology experience with Oracle’s expansive set of cloud solutions to deliver client value not found elsewhere in the market today,” Accenture says. “This is part of our strategy to take advantage of Oracle’s leading technologies and build our business together for the future. It is a game-changer for our clients, Oracle, and Accenture.”

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