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IDC: Converged System Revenues Up by 12% in Q2

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IDC: Converged System Revenues Up by 12% in Q2

According to IDC global Q2 2016 converged system revenues are up by 12.1% Y-o-Y to $2.9 billion, with the new storage capacity generated by shipments reaching 1693 petabytes, a 31.8% increase over the same period in 2015.

IDC divides converged systems in 4 categories-- Integrated Systems (pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems), Certified Reference Systems (pre-integrated systems designed with hardware from multiple vendors), Integrated Platforms (integrated systems sold with additional pre-integrated packaged systems and custom engineering) and Hyperconverged Systems (a single highly virtualised system combining core storage and compute functionality).

Integrated Infrastructure and Certified Reference System revenues total $1.6bn in Q2 2016, a 4.7% Y-o-Y increase, making 54.8% of total market revenue. EMC is the largest supplier of the combined Certified Reference System and Integrated Infrastructure categories, with revenues worth $699.58 million and 43% market share.

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Panamax Debuts VT4315 Pro at CEDIA 2016

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Panamax Debuts VT4315 Pro at CEDIA 2016

CEDIA 2016 sees Panamax present the VT4315 Pro-- the first full-featured, vertically-mounted, IP-enabled power conditioner from the company offering a new angle on the M4315-PRO BlueBOLT-enabled power conditioner.

The VT4315 Pro mounts vertically on the back of equipment, and leverages on BlueBOLT IP control technology to control 12 outlets in 8 banks (4 individually controlled outlets and 8 in paired duplex banks). As Panamax puts it, such a configuration enables remote monitoring and reboot in either real-time or via scheduled commands from the connected equipment in the rack.

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IDC: Server Revenues Flat as High-End Servers Decline

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IDC: Server Revenues Flat as High-End Servers Decline

According to IDC global server revenues reach $13.4 billion in Q2 2016-- a -0.4% Y-o-Y decline caused by a pause in hyperscale datacentre expansion and a drop in high-end server sales.

In addition, the robust enterprise refresh cycle of 2015 makes for difficult Y-o-Y comparisons, even as Q2 2016 server shipments increase by 2.6% Y-o-Y to 2.4 million units.

Volume system revenues are up by 5.3% and midrange system demand is up by 12.7%, to $10.6bn and $1.3bn respectively. Enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualisation and consolidation helps midrange systems, together with increases in x86-based mission critical systems. However the quarter sees declining high-end system revenues (by -31.4% Y-o-Y to $1.6bn) due to a difficult compare to the prior year.

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IBM Refreshes Power Linux Systems

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IBM Refreshes Power Linux Systems

IBM refreshes its Linux-based Power System server chips-- and promises tight processor-GPU integration ideal for High Performance Computing tasks such as big data, deep learning and artificial intelligence.

The flagship refreshed offering is the S822LC. It features 2 Prower8 processors complete with PowerAccel interconnects including NVLink, a proprietary connector for high-speed connection with Nvidia Tesla P100 Pascal GPUs. The NVLink is embedded at silicon level to enable data speeds up to 5x faster than on x86-based systems.

“The open and collaborative model of the OpenPower Foundation has propelled system innovation forward in a major way with the launch of the IBM Power System S822LC for HPC,” Nvidia says. “Nvidia NVLink provides tight integration between the Power CPU and Nvidia Pascal GPUs and improved GPU-to-GPU link bandwidth to accelerate time to insight for many of today’s most critical applications like advanced analytics, deep learning and AI.”

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

The HDMI Founders announce an HDMI Alternative Mode for the USB Type-C specification, allowing the connection of HDMI-enabled displays to video sources via USB-C, with no need for additional protocols or adapters.

As announcement press release puts it, "this enables two of the most popular solutions for connectivity to come together-- the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose USB Type-C connector being adopted by smartphones, tablets and PC products, and HDMI, which is the leading display interface with an installed base of billions of displays."

HDMI Alt Mode includes all HDMI 1.4b features, including video resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable uses the USB-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side, all without adapters or dongles.

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