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AMD Revenue of $1.03 billion, down 17 percent sequentially and 26 percent year-over-year.

AMD have announced revenue for Q1  2015 of $1.03 billion, operating loss of $137 million and net loss of $180 million, or $0.23 per share.

Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO said “Building great products, driving deeper customer relationships and simplifying our business remain the right long-term steps to strengthen AMD and improve our financial performance, under the backdrop of a challenging PC environment, we are focused on improving our near-term financial results and delivering a stronger second half of the year based on completing our work to rebalance channel inventories and shipping strong new products.”

Gross margin of 32 percent, up 3 percentage points sequentially, primarily due to a lower of cost or market inventory adjustment in Q4 2014. Non-GAAP(1) gross margin of 32 percent, decreased 2 percentage points sequentially due to product mix and lower game console royalties in the first quarter.

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The Magic Quadrant on SSA's

 

The Magic Quadrant on SSA's

Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. A vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. These vendors demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in the five major geographical regions, consistent financial performance and broad platform support.

Challengers

Vendors in the Challengers quadrant participates in the SSA market and executes well enough to be a serious threat to vendors in the Leaders quadrant. They have strong products, as well as sufficient credible market position and resources to sustain continued growth. Financial viability is not an issue for vendors in the Challengers quadrant, but they lack the size and influence of vendors in the Leaders quadrant.

 

Visionaries

A vendor in the Visionaries quadrant delivers innovative products that address operationally or financially important end-user problems at a broad scale, but has not demonstrated the ability to capture market share or sustainable profitability. Visionary vendors are frequently privately held companies and acquisition targets for larger, established companies. The likelihood of acquisition often reduces the risks associated with installing their systems.

Niche Players

Vendors in the Niche Players quadrant often excel by focusing on specific market or vertical segments that are generally underpenetrated by the larger SSA vendors. This quadrant may also include vendors that are ramping up their SSA efforts, or larger vendors having difficulty in developing and executing upon their vision.

 

Between 2010 and 2012, most customers were interested primarily in high-performance and low-latency SSAs. Given the lack of available data management features, customers tolerated the feature shortcomings in favour of raw performance. As initial storage performance issues were capably addressed, customers wanted to address multiple application workloads that required a rich data management software portfolio consisting not only of storage efficiency and resiliency technologies purpose-built for SSAs, but also the underlying SSD memory technology. During 2013, we witnessed the advent of comprehensive data management software features, such as de-duplication, compression, thin provisioning, snapshots and replication technologies that, when specifically tailored to SSD, can provide compelling benefits, particularly in application workloads that see favorable data reduction ratios. This trend of innovative and comprehensive data management software on the more mature SSA platforms has continued into 2014, and has started to permeate at the application level, which will drive the industry in 2015 and beyond. It is through the synergy of cost-effective hardware and purpose-built software that the industry will see further consolidation in order to reach maturation.

Worldwide tablet shipments fall down by 12% in Q4 2014

Notebook shipments remain flat as the total PC market declines 6%

In a new report from Canalys it is reported that worldwide tablet shipments fell 12% year on year to 67 million units in Q4 2014, according to the latest country-level research. The desktop market fell back into a decline in the fourth quarter as Windows XP upgrades waned. The notebook market held firm with another quarter of just 1% growth.

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Total PC shipments (desktops, notebooks and tablets) fell 6% in Q4 to reach 148 million units, resulting in full-year 2014 shipments of 528 million units, up 3% on 2013. Apple regained the top spot in the PC market possibly due to holiday sales, with just under 27 million units shipped. Lenovo’s shipments grew 6% year on year to almost 20 million units as it increased its market share to 13.3%. Samsung dropped out of the top three to make way for HP, with growth of 17% driving shipments over 17 million units, its best quarter since Q3 2011.

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5,000 Customers Adopted the Nimble Storage

Just four and a half years after shipping its first Adaptive Flash platform, Nimble Storage the flash storage solutions company, today announced that more than 5,000 customers worldwide have adopted the Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform. Achieving this milestone underscores the company’s vision to deliver the industry’s most efficient flash storage platform.

 

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Samsung Exiting European Laptop Market

Samsung this week threw in the towel and said it will exit the European laptop market, the latest sign that second-tier PC manufacturers are struggling. Samsung said the decision applied to its Ativ and Chromebook notebooks.

Whilst this week Toshiba has renewed its channel commitment, Toshiba have announced a new push for business to business through the channel.

The first step is to amalgamate the channel into a single European market thus simplifying the operation.

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