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Today's channel rundown – 2 March 2018

Welcome to today’s channel rundown, containing vital news and analysis on the channel’s comings and goings.

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Nutanix’s acquisition

Nutanix has announced plans to acquire Minjar, the company behind cloud management service Botmetric, for an undisclosed sum.

In its announcement this week, Nutanix said Botmetric, along with Minjar’s other cloud offerings SmartAssist Assurance and SmartAssist Managed Cloud, can help enterprises get the most out of their multi-cloud environments. Through the Minjar acquisition, its Enterprise Cloud OS will offer customers “new capabilities to better manage their multi-cloud deployments”, it said.

The vendor highlighted data from 451 Research pointing to the future of IT being multi-cloud and hybrid, with 69 percent of firms planning to have some type of multi-cloud environment by 2019.

Nutanix also plans to use the Indian firm’s technology to bolster its Nutanix Calm automation and lifecycle management product, as well as Xi Cloud Services, a native extension to the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, helping customers “reduce costs, save time and bring reliability to multi-cloud management”.

Nutanix said Minjar and Botmetric customers “can expect further communication” from the company after the acquisition closes.

Equifax’s breach admission

Equifax has admitted its 2017 data breach has hit millions more Americans than previously thought.

In September last year Equifax said it had discovered that 145 million U.S. customers may have had their information stolen.  Following analysis of the stolen data, the credit rating firm now believes the breach has affected a further 2.4 million Americans.

The company said: “Equifax will notify these newly identified U.S. consumers directly and will offer identity theft protection and credit-file monitoring services at no cost to them”.

Equifax claims the breach cost more than $114m last year in insurance pay-outs.

It expects to ramp up $275 million in costs in 2018 as a result of the breach.

However, the company’s financials released Thursday show the company’s bank balance remains healthy, with $587.3m in profits last year, an increase of 20 percent from 2016.

Wearables’ upward trajectory

Shipments of wearables reached a new high in 2017, according to IDC data released this week.

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total wearable device shipments reached 115.4 million units in 2017, up 10.3 percent from the 104.6 million units shipped in 2016.

The analyst says a surge in smartwatch shipment volumes pushed Apple past competitors Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim overall leadership for the year.

Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC’s wearables team, said the market has seen several vendors exit the market, replaced by firms that make devices, features and services that are “more integral in people’s lives”.

“Going forward,” he said, “the next generation of wearables will make the ones we saw as recently as 2016 look quaint.”

World Wide Technology’s managed service

World Wide Technology (WWT) has announced a new managed service offering to help customers simplify their network operations.

Based on Cisco Meraki’s cloud architecture, Branch of the Future can be used to deploy, configure, manage and monitor Wi-Fi, routing and security appliances in branch office locations.

The service, says Brian Ortbals, VP of WWT Advanced Technology, “provides data-driven, personalized customer experiences that drive revenue and capture operational efficiencies”.

Launching in April, Branch of the Future will use WWT’s enterprise network engagement suite, Thelios, to provide data visibility across departments and reduce the cost and time usually needed to setup the Meraki network for large-scale enterprise deployments.

Pure Storage’s financial results

Pure Storage has broken the billion-dollar revenue threshold.

It has announced record full year revenues of $1.023 billion in 2017, up 41 percent year-on-year and two percent above expectations.

Revenue for Q4 2017 were $338.3 million, up 48 percent on the same period in 2016.

In a statement, Charles Giancarlo, CEO of Pure Storage, said: “Momentum in the business is strong as we continue our drive to help customers turn data into intelligence and advantage”.

Pure added around 500 customers new customers in Q4, including Advance Financial Corporation, Jenny Craig, Mid America Pet Food, Portland Trail Blazers, Suzuki Motor of America and the Texas Rangers.

Seventy-six percent of its sales were generated in the U.S.

Source: on 2018-03-02 11:52:30

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