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IDC: "Challenging Transition" for Post-Brexit UK

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IDC predicts a "challenging transition" for the UK following the results of the recent referendum on its leaving the EU, even if the rest of Europe should remain "largely unaffected."

According to the analyst British IT spending is set to fall by a CAGR of -2% through to 2020.

"The often dramatic experiences in the past decade have enabled leaders across the globe to establish risk processes and act in a more measured fashion. Based on recent feedback from a number of large enterprise leadership teams, we expect a 'wait and see' approach as the political and economic lines are redrawn," IDC says. "IT spending will likely shift, but the strategic transition towards the digital enterprise will remain, and in fact is likely to accelerate with a greater focus on cost optimisation and IT value to the organisation's bottom line."

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Akamai on the Faster State of the Internet

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Akamai on the Faster State of the Internet

Global average internet speeds are on the increase, the Akamai Q1 2016 State of the Internet Report says-- specifically by 23% Y-o-Y (or 12% Q-o-Q) to 6.3Mbps.

Peak connection speeds are also accelerating (to 34.7Mbps, a 14% Y-o-Y increase), while 10, 15 and 25Mbps broadband adoption is growing "significantly." The reason? Sports, as aficionados all over the world demand the best for their viewing experience.

“Live sports will be at the forefront this summer as we prepare for the games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever,” Akamai remarks. “Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms.”

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DRAMeXchange: DRAM Prices to Rise in Q3

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DRAMeXchange: DRAM Prices to Rise in Q3

DRAM prices are set to stabilise, if not increase, following a period of price decline lasting from October 2014 to June 2016, according to TrendForce's DRAMeXchange.

The analyst says DRAM contract prices will see an exchange of around 4-8% on Q3 2016, an improvement after a period with average DDR3 4GB prices plunging by -62%. The reason for such an increase? Growing demand from smartphone and server makers, since the amount of DRAM in both product categories is on the up. As such, excess capacity is being consumed.

On the other hand PC DRAM demand remains in a slump, particularly since Windows 10 licensing schemes setting fees according to system specs discourage the increase of memory content per PC.

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Bechtle Buys Steffen Informatik

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Bechtle Buys Steffen Informatik

German distributor Bechtle acquires Swiss VAR Steffen Informatik. Financial details of the deal are not available, but the VAR claims annual turnover worth around €30 million.

Founded 27 years ago, Steffen Informatik is headquartered in Zurich and has offices in basel, Bern, St Gallen and Zug. It employs 120 people and counts HPE, Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, Citrix and Veeam as core vendor partners.

“Steffen Informatik joins us not only as a well-organised, firmly established system house. They are also bringing with them 120 excellent employees, as well as an experienced team of four leaders with a great track record," Bechtle says. "We could not wish for a better partner to help us reinforce our position as a long-term IT provider for Swiss customers.”

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TOP500 Names Chinese Supercomputer as World's Fastest

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TOP500 Names Chinese Supercomputer as World's Fastest

The ISC High Performance Conference reveals the fastest supercomputer in the world-- the Sunway TaihuLight, a Chinese machine boasting performance of 93 petaflops.

The previous TOP500 champ was the Tianhe-2, another Chinese machine. The TaihuLight is 100% made in China, being powered by a locally developed ShenWei processor and a custom interconnect, and as such is proof China no longer needs  Western technology in order to compete against the best of the supercomputing world.

“As the first number one system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems,” the Chinese National Supercomputing Centre says.

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