rsshardware IDC RSS alerts Big Data and Business Analytics Western European Revenues Forecast to Reach $34.1 Billion This Year, Led by Banking and Manufacturing Investments, According to IDC Big Data and Business Analytics Western European Revenues Forecast to Reach $34.1 Billion This Year, Led by Banking and Manufacturing Investments, According to IDC LONDON, March 30, 2017 A new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC ) forecasts that Western European revenues for Big Data and business analytics (BDA) will reach $34.1billion in 2017, an increase of 10.4% over 2016. Commercial purchases of BDA-related hardware, software, and services are expected to maintain a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2% through 2020 when revenues will be more than $43 billion. Research Press Release Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT India x86 server market declined by 16.8 percent in Q4 2016; but Government remains growth enabler: IDC India New Delhi, According toInternational Data Corporation (IDC), server market in India declined by 16.8 percent quarter-on-quarter in Q4 2016, with 30,501 units shipped in Q4 2016 as against 36,668 units in Q3 2016. In terms of revenue, there was a 4.2 percent quarter-on-quarter growth registered in Q4 2016, majorly due to the sales of high-density servers. Tracker Press Release Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Top 10 States in U.S. High-End Server Spending (March 30, 2017) <P>The <I>U.S. Black Book </I>(IDC #<B><A href="/getdoc.jsp?containerId=CA40213216">CA40213216</A></B>) is IDC's quarterly analysis of the status and projected growth of the IT industry in 50 states and across 15 vertical markets. This provides U.S. sales and marketing organizations with a detailed analysis of the status and projected growth of the IT industry in 50 states and across 15 vertical markets and 15 technologies. IT spending breakouts include major segments of hardware, software, and IT services.</P> Daily Graphic Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Alliance Storage Technology's NETArchive 2.0: Is it finally time for optical storage? <P>Optical storage has long been a niche product, neither fast enough to compete with disk nor cheap enough to compete with tape. However, with the recent major vendor pull-back from tape and its continuing decline, perhaps now is the time for optical systems to dominate the hardware market for data archive. After all, even when considering cloud storage, the data must reside physically on some type of media. Nevertheless, IDC believes that the inherent limitation of optical technology will limit its appeal primarily to very long-term retention use-cases. For those cases, NETArchive will be available.</P> IDC Link Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Andrew Smith, Phil Goodwin Content-Centric Workflow Automation Framework <P>This IDC Perspective provides a framework and advice for analyzing, automating, and transforming content-centric workflows. A cornerstone of digital transformation is transforming content-centric workflows, especially those related to interactions with customers as well as other stakeholders. Innovative technologies are enabling new approaches to deploying and managing these workflows, offering organizations opportunities to drive competitive differentiation as well as improve bottom-line results.</P><P>According to Holly Muscolino, research VP, Content Technologies and Document Workflow, "IDC's research is compelling. Transformed content-intensive workflows contribute to increased revenue, higher productivity, reduced cost, and increased security. There is increasing awareness of these benefits, both on the buy-side and within the vendor community, as well as an understanding of the role that transformed content-centric workflows can play in furthering the overall digital transformation strategy of the company."</P> IDC Perspective Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Holly Muscolino, Maureen Fleming, Terry Frazier IBM integrations Watson analytics with MaaS360 EMM platform to improve security and operational intelligence for mobile enterprises <P>IBM has integrated its MaaS360 Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and unified endpoint management offering with its Watson cognitive analytics platform, with the goal of improving IBM mobility customers' security policies and deployment practices. Specifically, Watson will analyze aggregated and anonymized data from the MaaS360 cloud service, applying machine learning-based analytics to data on mobile worker security posture. Called MaaS360 Advisor, IBM announced the offering at its IBM InterConnect event in Las Vegas March 20-24. The integration spearheads an industry trend towards the usage of machine-learning and cognitive analytics in the areas of enterprise endpoint device management and security. </P> IDC Link Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Phil Hochmuth IDC PlanScape: Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) Technologies in Smart Cities <P>This IDC study discusses how blockchain/distributed ledger technologies could be applied to securely validate public sector transactions and identities and to reduce bureaucracy via smart contracts. City and other public sector leaders need to better understand this emerging, complex technology. </P><P>In the sections that follow, we explore these issues in depth, highlighting which stakeholders need to be involved and the recommended steps to take so that Smart Cities can learn to leverage the technologies appropriately. Most importantly, we address why Smart Cities should be considering DLT.</P><P>"DLT/blockchain solutions are profoundly transformative solutions that offer the capacity to drastically reduce bureaucracy and streamline transactional and contract efficiencies, creating valuable cost saving for budget-constrained local governments." — Dr. Alison Brooks, research director, Smart Cities and Public Safety</P> IDC PlanScape Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Alison Brooks, Ph.D., Ruthbea Yesner Clarke Microsoft Expands Secure Government Cloud, Challenges AWS with a Renewed Focus on Analytics and Security <P>This IDC study discusses how Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are two giants currently jockeying for dominance in the government cloud market. Both companies offer compelling secure solutions, and both have significant developer communities behind them.</P><P>"Government agency choice may come down to which one of the two largest providers can host the specific line of business-focused solutions they are looking for and also what sort of government-focused developer community the cloud providers inspire that the agencies can tap into." — Shawn McCarthy, research director, IDC Government Insights </P> IDC Perspective Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Shawn P. McCarthy Ransomware and Data Governance Drew Attention to Data Loss Prevention Providers at RSA Conference 2017 <P>This IDC Market Perspective examines the continued interest and adoption of data loss prevention and other data protection solutions and examines a financial services firm's bid to evaluate products that meet its requirements. Enterprise IT security buyers sought best practices advice and product demonstrations at the RSA Conference 2017 in a bid to identify innovation in this mature market.</P><P>"The market for data loss prevention solutions is a mature one, but security vendors are adding on innovative components to address cloud adoption for better visibility and control of critical data. Enterprises are selecting leading solutions to address regulatory compliance concerns, but more importantly to address a significant rise in data being created, collected, and retained in corporate environments," said Robert Westervelt, research manager and lead of IDC's Data Security practice.</P> Market Perspective Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Robert Westervelt, Angela Gelnaw Server Price Changes <P>This IDC Perspective points out how IT buyers are reacting to the changing landscape in the server marketplace. Over the past several years, server prices have been steadily increasing. IDC explores how IT buyers are reacting to this phenomenon and how they are driving discipline and long-term price assurance.</P><P>"There has been a decent amount of churn in the x86 server market in the past couple of years, with Lenovo incorporating the xSeries and HP divesting its enterprise hardware group. While we have seen prices increase on a per-configuration basis, we have also seen vendors ramping up volume discounting." — Chris Murphy, vice president, IDC's Sourcing Advisory Service.</P><P>Teodora Tafrova, senior research analyst, IDC's Pricing Evaluation Services, stated the following when commenting on server price changes, "We have observed a constant and steady increase in server component pricing, contributing to an overall higher price point for x86 servers. The first quarter of 2017 observed a 25% price increase in server DRAM modules. Buyers will need to implement techniques to mitigate the effects of increasing server prices on their current contracts with suppliers."</P> IDC Perspective Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Michael Menechella, Chris Murphy, Teodora Tafrova