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ABC Data Opens Budapest Centre

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ABC Data Opens Budapest Centre

Polish IT and CE distributor ABC Data sets to streamline operations in Hungary and S. Europe, as well as optimise delivery times, through the opening of a new logistics centre in Budapest.

Located in the Prologis Park Harbour logistics park near Budapest, the warehouse is managed by Hungarian logistics provider Silver Forest Logisticsystem. Currently ABC Data operates directly in 8 markets (Poland, the Baltic countries, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary), and the new centre should help it improve its position further within CEE.

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Foxconn to Buy Smart Technologies

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Foxconn to Buy Smart Technologies

On the heels of its acquisition of Japan's Sharp, Taiwan giant Foxconn intends to buy Canada's SMART Technologies, a leading brand in whiteboards.

The proposed US $200 million deal is hailed by the Canada-based AV company as a “new chapter” that will bring financial stability and future growth.

While the value of this deal to SMART is clear, it is less obvious what masterplan Foxconn may be following.

Let’s first consider SMART: best known for its patented interactive whiteboards for education, last October SMART undertook a strategic review (c Read more...

Microsoft and Facebook Plan Atlantic-Spanning Cable

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Microsoft and Facebook Plan Atlantic-Spanning Cable

Microsoft and Facebook team up to handle customer demand for high-speed connectivity to respective online services by building "Marea"-- a subsea cable spanning the Atlantic described as the highest-capacity yet.

Telxius, the Telefónica telecommunications infrastructe company, is the operator of 6600km submarine cable. It will also be the first to connect to the cable as it trails from a N. Virginia data hub to Bilbao, Spain before spreading to network hubs across EMEA. The route the cable takes is south of other transatlantic cables, allowing for more resilient connections.

The two companies add Marea will be interoperable with a variety of networking equipment through the use of a new "open" design promising lower costs and easier equipment upgrades.

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IBM Makes Headway in Phase Change Memory

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IBM Makes Headway in Phase Change Memory

IBM steps closer towards achieving the dream of combined datacentre memory and storage as it figures out a means of storing 3 bits in a single Phase Change Memory (PCM) cell, 50% more than the two-bit version last seen in 2011.

PCM combines memory and storage through chalcogenide, a glass-like metal alloy able to change between 2 stable states-- amorphous (without a clearly defined structure) and crystalline (with structure)-- through the application of heat. The technology is actually similar to re-writable Blu-ray Discs, with each state showing either low or high electrical conductivity. The result is able to store data when switched off (unlike DRAM), and is able to respond to data requests in less than 1 microsecond.

However exploiting such properties for universal memory is difficult, and requires sophisticated technologies with names cuh as "drift-immune cell-state metrics" and "drift-tolerant coding and detection schemes." Which is why IBM's managing to store 3 bits per cell within a 64K is a breakthrough, even more so when the device can handle 1 million endurance cycles.

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Gartner: Server Virtualisation Reaching its Peak

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Gartner: Server Virtualisation Reaching its Peak

Gartner forecasts the global x86 server virtualisation market will reach $5.6 billion in 2016-- a 5.7% increase, even if the analyst points out new software licenses are down for the first time since the market became mainstream.

Maintenance revenue is now chief growth driver, an indication of a rapidly maturing software market segment. Further pointing out such maturity are "many" organisations with a server virtualisation penetration rate exceeding 75%.

VMware still dominates the market, with Microsoft following as a mainstream contender in enterprise use. The market also sees a number of niche players, such as Citrix, Oracle and Red Hat, in addition to an "explosion" of vendors in the domestic China market.

Server virtualisation remains the most common infrastructure platform for x86 OS workloads in on-premises data centres, but Gartner points out new computing styles and approaches-- including OS container-based virtualisation and cloud computing-- will be "increasingly significant" for the market.

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