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Cloud Computing

Cisco Intros Cloud Storage-Optimised UCS S3260

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Cisco Intros Cloud Storage-Optimised UCS S3260

Cisco announces the addition of the S-Series to the Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio with the UCS S3260-- a storage-focused server designed to handle big data, streaming media and software-defined storage.

Announced at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco, the UCS S3260 offers room for up to 600TB in a 4U system. The combination of UCS Manager, cache acceleration and unified I/O allow for scalability to petabyte scale, while a modular architecture promises to cut costs by reducing cabling and eliminating ongoing management.

Enterprise can populate the server with different combinations of HDDs, SSDs, networking and computing elements to best suit the applications running on it. Each chassis can be linked via Cisco fabric interconnect, allowing one the connection of up to 26 S3260 servers for total capacity of 15PB.

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VMware Adds Kubernetes to Photon Platform

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VMware Adds Kubernetes to Photon Platform

VMware announces the Photon Platform has built-in Kubernetes support at VMworld 2016 Europe, together with the addition of networking and storage services powereed by VMware NSX and Virtual SAN.

The result, the company says, turns Photon Platform into an end-to-end enterprise cloud-native infrastructure for running modern, containerised application in production, all with VMware support.

"VMware Photon Platform takes a major step forward by empowering IT teams to deliver, secure and operate the modern services that development teams require with the infrastructure automation demanded by today's leading enterprise organizations," the company adds. "Based on the industry-leading hypervisor, network virtualisation and hyper-converged storage solutions, VMware Photon Platform offers customers unprecedented business speed and agility to deliver innovative software solutions to market quicker."

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VMware and Amazon Team Up

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VMware and Amazon Team Up

VMware and Amazon confirm a recent rumour-- the two companies are bringing VMware software-defined datacentre software to the Amazon public cloud with "VMware Cloud on AWS."

The partnership has all Vmware infrastructure software, including vSphere, VSAN and NSX, running on "dedicated AWS infrastructure purpose-built for this offering." The actual service is operated, sold and supported by VMware (not AWS), even if it is integrated with the AWS portfolio of cloud-based storage, database and analytics solutions.

As the two companies put it, customers no longer need to worry whether to run applications on or off premises, since VMware Cloud on AWS adds the flexibility of the cloud to the enterprise capabilities of on-premises infrastructure.

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Igneous Systems Offers Private Cloud Storage

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Igneous Systems Offers Private Cloud Storage

Igneous Systems launches a first product-- the Igneous Data Service, an offering promising to deliver the power of public cloud services for the data organisations need to keep within own datacentres.

As the company puts it, the Igneous Data Service is a "true cloud for local data." It supports the S3 API, a cloud-based object storage standard designed for the management of large data sets together with a 3rd party application ecosystem. Also included is "Zero-Touch Infrastructure," with Igneous taking care of all monitoring, maintenance, software updates and troubleshooting of on-premises hardware used by the service.

Essentially Igneous owns and operates purpose-built infrastructure at its customers' locations behind their firewall. This means other applications and systems can access the Igneous Data Service at LAN speeds (rather than internet), and enterprises keep data inside existing IT architectures conforming to internal security or compliance policies.

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IDC: EMEA Cloud Infrastructure Grows 37.4% in Q2

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IDC: EMEA Cloud Infrastructure Grows 37.4% in Q2

According to IDC, Q2 2016 EMEA public and private cloud infrastructure spending (covering server, disk storage and ethernet switch) reaches $1.4 billion, a 37.4% Y-o-Y increase.

As a result, the cloud-related share of total EMEA infrastructure revenue from servers, disk storage and ethernet switches totals 22.5% in Q2 2016. Cloud represents around 23.8% of total EMEA storage capacity for the quarter, a -4.6% Y-o-Y decline. Looking at the market in euros, EMEA reports strong Y-o-Y user value growth (34.2%) across private and public cloud.

"IDC expects this market to reach a value of $10.5 billion by 2020 (from a five year forecast), or 36.5 % of the total market expenditure," the analyst says. "Fueled by increasing maturity and adoption rates of many new cloud-dependent technologies, such as the Internet of Things, cloud continues to represent an area of tremendous growth for the European infrastructure sector."

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