Consultancy Centralis recently surveyed 20 public- and private-sector U.K. organisations and found 70% of participants expect to have one in four users live on virtual desktops within the next 12 months. The results of the survey also revealed that of those already using XenApp, more than half (52%) said they are still undecided as to whether they will upgrade to XenDesktop 4 or not. Three out of four of the IT decisions makers quizzed said they are more likely to base a new virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, on Windows 7 as opposed to Vista. Of the 20 organisations questioned, an optimistic 55% said they feel the economic downturn is beginning to improve; 10% disagreed and 35% were unsure.
SNW Europe attendance up from last year despite recession
SNW Europe, held last month in Frankfurt, Germany, attracted more than 1,500 attendees this year, an increase of 11% compared to 2008. IT professionals from over 20 countries flocked to the "Power of 3" show that consisted of SNW Europe and its colocated conferences, Data Centre Technologies and Virtualisation World. The two-day event included 130 sessions and attracted 55 sponsors. The most popular sessions included case study presentations and discussions on cloud storage, Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet. SNW Europe 2010 is set to take place in Frankfurt on 26th and 27th October.
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QLogic joins forces with HP for selected InfiniBand portfolio
Networking vendor QLogic has announced that HP will resell its 40 Gb/sec QDR InfiniBand products as part of the HP Unified Cluster Portfolio. QLogic QDR host channel adapter solutions for HP include QLogic 7342 QDR HCAs for HP ProLiant DL and HP ProLiant SL servers; and QLogic 4X QDR InfiniBand dual port mezzanine HCAs for HP BladeSystem c-Class servers. Based on the QLogic TrueScale ASIC platform for QDR InfiniBand, QLogic claims the 7300 Series delivers a message rate of 30 million messages per second.
Financial service firm turns to cloud for hosted protection
Financial services company Premier Asset Management Limited has turned to cloud hosting services firm Commensus for backup and recovery via a subscription-based model to bolster the company's business continuity strategy. Premier already works with Double-Take Software for the protection of its business-critical data and applications against the risk of downtime or IT failure. Double-Take replicates the firm's application data and workloads, including Microsoft Exchange 2003, SQL Server and Oracle databases, Citrix, and file servers.
Kayleigh Bateman is the site editor for SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk.