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Breaking: HPE Acquires HCI Startup Simplivity

Tue, 2017-01-17 17:29
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced a $650 million acquisition of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) startup SimpliVity. The deal comes after HPE spent much of the last year streamlining its business capabilities, shedding business units that did not align with its emphasis on cloud-based infrastructure, storage and servers.

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Cisco Announces New Training to Address Skills Gap in Data

Tue, 2017-01-17 14:12
Cisco Systems today announced new training capabilities for IT professionals to address the data analytics and data center skills gap.

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Gartner & Forrester: Global Political Uncertainty Will Slow IT Spending Growth in 2017

Tue, 2017-01-17 11:16
Analyst firm Gartner has scaled back its 2017 IT spending forecast in light of global political uncertainty that's prompting many tech companies to put a hold on new projects. According to its latest report, Gartner has expects worldwide corporate spending on hardware, software, IT services and telecom to grow by 2.7 percent, down from previous projections of three percent.

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Report: IBM in Talks About Takeover of Lloyds Data Centers

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:46
Yevgeniy Sverdlik Lloyds Banking Group is in talks with IBM about potentially selling its data centers to the US company and having it run them as a service provider to the British financial services giant, The Register reported, citing anonymous sources.

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Here’s What’s Next for CenturyLink’s Data Center Business

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:40
Yevgeniy Sverdlik Last year, the data centers Verizon sold to Equinix for $3.6 billion came into the carrier’s fold in 2011, when it acquired Terremark Worldwide, a company founded and at the time led by Manny Medina, the man who is now at the helm of the company that made the second blockbuster deal, acquiring a $2.3 billion portfolio of data centers from CenturyLink, also a major telco.

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To SaaS or Not to SaaS? Here’s What Investors Think

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:35
Moving on-premise software to a software-as-a-service model can have a lot of perks, but how do investors feel about it? That’s the core question researchers wanted to answer in a recent study that looked at how the market reacts to software companies launching new SaaS offerings or transitioning an on-prem software product to as a service.

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Microsoft’s Nadella Warns Against ‘Hubris’ Amid AI Growth

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:28
Bloomberg Microsoft Corp. and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in an interview Monday.

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Oracle Opens Israeli Tech Accelerator to Boost Cloud Innovation

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:24
Bloomberg Oracle Corp. announced the opening of an Israeli start-up accelerator focused on cloud innovation as the company shifts to selling more cloud-based programs and services.

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Report: Layoffs Underway at Dell Technologies

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:10
Layoffs are reportedly underway at Dell Technologies, where cuts of redundant supply chain and administrative positions had been anticipated since shortly after the finalization of last year’s record-setting merger between Dell and EMC Inc.

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The Doyle Report: Value is Driving Sales Today, Not Upgrades

Fri, 2017-01-13 10:59
Instead of iterative product refreshes, you’re the most compelling thing customers will buy Today, consumers are holding onto their mobile smart devices longer than ever between upgrades. Compared to 2011, consumers now keep their phones seven months longer before refreshing them.

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Top Data Center Trends for 2017

Fri, 2017-01-13 08:00
Ariel Maislos, Stratoscale The data center is under enormous pressure these days to become more scalable, more flexible and less expensive to build and operate in order to offer business users the experience and advantages they have learned to appreciate in public cloud offerings like AWS.

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Why MSPs Need Monitoring, Data Analytics and Log Aggregation

Thu, 2017-01-12 12:32
As an IT managed services provider, you supply infrastructure and support services to your clients. But do you also deliver monitoring and analytics? If not, you should. Here's why.

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The Doyle Report: Five Things That Great Employers Offer

Thu, 2017-01-12 12:23
If you don’t think the latest employment figures have restless employees thinking about their next career move, guess again

Got a press release from Insight Enterprises recently. The company wanted some recognition for its selection to thePhoenix Business Journal’sBest Places to Work” list and its 2016 certification from Great Place to Work.

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Amazon to Create More Than 100,000 New Jobs in U.S. in 18 Months

Thu, 2017-01-12 12:15
Bloomberg Is it a response to Donald Trump's threats to companies that outsource? Amazon.com Inc. said it plans to hire than 100,000 people in the U.S. in the next 18 months, becoming the latest company to announce hiring plans in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.

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Managed AWS Cloud 'Fastest Growing Business Rackspace Has Ever Had', President Says

Thu, 2017-01-12 12:09
Even in 2008, when newly appointed Rackspace president Jeff Cotten was just starting his career at the company, Amazon Web Services (AWS) was a leader in the public cloud. It would take years before Rackspace would turn its business model on its head and launch managed cloud services for AWS and Azure.

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VCs Raise Most Since Dot-Com Era But Are Slow to Spend It

Thu, 2017-01-12 12:05
Bloomberg Venture capital funds in the U.S. received the most money since the heady dot-com days, but they’re moving more cautiously as their investments are slow to realize returns.

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Security Central: Chief AI Officers Are Becoming a Necessity, DDoS-for-hire Services Are Still Thriving

Thu, 2017-01-12 02:39

The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage in the technology community these days, but it may seem like a bit of a reach in terms of the channel. It’s hard to ignore, though, that these emerging technologies are already changing our daily lives, not to mention how business is being done and developed.

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Windstream's Proposed SMB Discontinuance of DSL Service Proves Quite Unpopular

Wed, 2017-01-11 16:04
Last November, Windstream submitted an FCC application to discontinue DSL services to about 300 small and midsize customers in CLEC territories across 22 states, saying that "The Services arebeing provided on equipment that is at the end of life, it is no longer supported by vendors and replacement would be cost prohibitive."

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Survey: Google Cloud Most Popular Choice for SMBs

Wed, 2017-01-11 14:53

A recent Clutch survey of 247 organizations showed that while powerhouse cloud providers Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure tend to be the top choices of enterprise customers, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) gravitate toward Google Cloud Platform (GCP). 

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Alphabet’s Waymo May Sell Autonomous Hardware to Other Companies

Wed, 2017-01-11 12:22
Bloomberg When Alphabet Inc.’s car unit, Waymo, launches commercially it will have a key weapon in its arsenal: specialized self-driving hardware built in-house.

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