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July 15, 2014
08:37 EDTEQIX, NTAPEquinix and NetApp expand cloud partnership
Equinix (EQIX), and NetApp (NTAP) announced that they are expanding their cloud partnership. The two companies now provide an expanded offering of private storage solutions for the public cloud including NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure, through the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which makes connecting to the cloud simple and convenient.
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January 22, 2015
09:46 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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January 21, 2015
08:40 EDTEQIXEquinix Cogent should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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January 20, 2015
08:10 EDTEQIXEquinix acquires Nimbo
Equinix announced that it has acquired Nimbo, a leading professional services company focused primarily on helping enterprises develop and implement hybrid cloud IT architectures. The acquisition of Nimbo represents an important step in Equinix's larger initiative to build its professional services capabilities to support data center migrations, WAN optimization and the creation of scalable, high performing hybrid cloud solutions.
January 14, 2015
14:10 EDTEQIXData center providers could be hurt by Bitcoin slump, Data Center Knowledge says
As an extended slump in the value of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies prompts a shakeout that has seen some firms shut down or halt payouts, industry publication Data Center Knowledge says the fallout is being felt by some data center operators. Companies that operate data centers include CenturyLink (CTL), InterXion (INXN), and Equinix (EQIX). Reference Link
January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTNTAPHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:44 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTNTAPHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.

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