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iSuppli: Q3 Comes Up Short

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iSuppli: Q3 Comes Up Short

Global PC shipments reach 90.4M units in Q3 2011, growing by just 2.6% Y-o-Y (from 88.1M in Q3 2010) according to IHS iSuppli-- lower than earlier forecasts from the analyst of 6.8% Y-o-Y growth.

"The attainment of any growth at all represents a victory for the market," iSuppli says as it tries to find the silver lining at a time of "weak consumer sales and a strong challenge from alternative platforms [tablets]."

Europe remains a struggling market as economic conditions in both Eurozone and elsewhere remain weak, to say the least.

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Big Data = Big Opportunities

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Big Data = Big Opportunities

According to an Ovum research survey, 44% of enterprise IT departments in Europe, N. America and Asia-Pacific plan to invest in Big Data analytics in the future, budgeting for projects in the next 2 or 5 years. 

More proof (if any was needed) of big data equating into big business. 

The Ovum survey shows not only "big" companies are interested in big data-- 38% of respondents maintaining data warehouses in the terabyte range have revenues below $50M. 

Survey respondents also predict the data in their warehouses will grow by at least 10-20% in 2012 Read more...

Gartner: W. Europe PC Shipments Down -11.4%

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Gartner: W. Europe PC Shipments Down -11.4%

W. European PC shipments total 14.8M units in Q3 2011-- an -11.4% Y-o-Y decline according to Gartner. The analyst rightfully describes the results as "unpleasant reading for the PC industry."

After all Q3 is traditional "strong" consumer quarter, being the back-to-school sale season. Thankfully, the inventory build-up slowing down the last 4 quarters appears to be clearing up.

The mobile PC market declines by -12.6% Y-o-Y-- mostly due to the sharp decrease of over -40% in mini notebook shipments-- while Q3 2011 desktop PC shipments are down Read more...

EMEA Enterprise IT Spending Decelerates

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EMEA Enterprise IT Spending Decelerates

Gartner reports EMEA enterprise IT spending will decline by -1.4% Y-o-Y in 2011, reaching a total of €604M. The cause for the slowdown in the region? W. Europe slowing down EMEA growth through 2015.

“The second recession is about to hit and CIOs must decide which way to turn,” Gartner warns, as economic uncertainty and the eurozone crisis loom over the 2012 IT budget landscape. 

W. Europe still accounts for 80% of EMEA enterprise IT spending-- and will see 2011 spending decline by -1.8%, before growing by only 1.5% in 2012 according to Gartner. Otherwise Read more...

Luleå, Sweden Gets Facebook Data Centre

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Luleå, Sweden Gets Facebook Data Centre

Facebook has more users in EMEA territories than the US-- and confirms the opening of a huge data centre in Luleå, Sweden. 

Speaking to the Financial Times, Facebook director of site operations Tom Furlong says "...most of our users are now outside the US.”

The Luleå facility will be first non-US based Facebook server farm (it has sites in California, Virginia and Oregon) and will consist of three 28000-square meter buildings housing all data processing from EMEA territories. 

Being 100km south of the Arctic Circle, the climate will take care of cooling Read more...

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