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Here are the top stories SDxCentral wrangled this week related to SDN, NFV, 5G, IoT, cloud, and more:

Dell EMC, Microsoft Win $1 Billion U.S. Air Force Deal — It could include Microsoft Azure Stack on Dell EMC hardware in the future.

Will Cisco or Lenovo Scoop Up NetApp to Boost Their Storage Play? — NetApp and Pure Storage are reportedly shopping themselves.

Dell EMC Ousts Nutanix from Hyperconverged Infrastructure Throne — IDC says Dell EMC’s share of the HCI segment grew to 29 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

Here are the week’s strays and stragglers we roped for you:

Cisco completed its acquisition of hyperconverged infrastructure vendor Springpath for $320 million.

Orange Business Services and Microsoft collaborated to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for companies in the manufacturing sector.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019.

Rackspace made several announcements to enhance its security, compliance, and data assurance for its Microsoft offerings.

Wipro Limited and CloudGenix partnered to offer managed software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) services.

Google Cloud acquired Bitium to provide enterprise customers with identity and access management solutions, including single sign-on and provisioning for cloud applications.

Fastly released Media Shield, an offering that optimizes on-demand video and live streaming.

ZTE Corporation, SoftBank, and Wireless City Planning verified a 1 Gb/s peak data rate in a pre-5G Massive MIMO test in Nagasaki, Japan.

ZeroStack‘s Z-AppStore is now comprised of over 40 developer applications for use on its ZeroStack on-premises cloud.

Palo Alto Networks released its new cloud-based Logging Service, allowing customers to amass their own data from the Palo Alto Networks security platform.

Mirantis launched the latest Mirantis Cloud Platform with a new capability to enable multi-cloud self-service Kubernetes clusters through Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS).

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) released the general availability of HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, enabling customers to run Azure-consistent services on HPE infrastructure in their own data centers.

NTT Communications launched its enterprise cloud for ERP, a multi-tenant cloud platform for SAP installations, in collaboration with Dell Technologies’ Virtustream and EMC Japan K.K.

Ericsson launched continuous delivery and deployments allowing software updates to be performed monthly.

Nokia will play a lead role in the Broadband Forum’s effort to provide software-defined fixed access networks.

Accenture, Microsoft, and Avanade are collaborating through a multiyear agreement to develop cybersecurity solutions.

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project added Equinix, FiberHome, Kaloom, Netsia, Openet, and ZTEsoft to its group.

AppOrbit joined the Google Cloud Platform, which enables users of appOrbit to rapidly deploy applications on Google Cloud.

RAD and the Networks & Communications Group of Advantech launched a joint solution to boost Advantech’s universal CPE (uCPE) white box offering with carrier-class service demarcation and enhanced performance assurance capabilities.

KDDI Corporation, KDDI Research, and Couger initiated some proof of concept projects for a smart contract system based on blockchain technology, the first PoCs in Japan to utilize Enterprise Ethereum.

Atos created a multi-vendor alliance with Dell EMC, Intel, Juniper Networks, Red Hat and VMware to accelerate the delivery of value from network functions virtualization (NFV).

Demisto partnered with CrowdStrike to enable customers to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats faster and with more accuracy.

Teneo launched its wide area network (WAN) optimization-as-a-service offering.

ForeScout Technologies and CyberArk partnered to offer a joint solution that provides enterprise security capabilities.

Gigamon extended its data-in-motion visibility platform to include the Microsoft Azure environment.

BlueData updated its BlueData EPIC software platform and introduced initial availability on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure.

Hyperconverged infrastructure provider Argon Systems launched a new line of servers optimized for cloud computing.

Procera Networks completed its acquisition of Sandvine Corporation, a provider of broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators.

Here are the other stories SDxCentral covered this week:

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