EU Code of Conduct adopted by 12% of U.K. companies
Over half (55%) of senior U.K. professionals believe the new European Union's Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency will finally reveal the inefficiencies of data centres, according to a survey by data centre solutions vendor Sentrum. The survey revealed that only 12% of the companies questioned have adopted the Code of Conduct. Seventy-seven percent said they are likely to adopt the Code in the future. Nearly all (95%) respondents had heard of the European Code of Conduct, which was introduced nearly a year ago, but only 71% admitted to being up to speed on the details. Fifty-four percent claimed to be aware of some of the details. According to Sentrum, businesses that outsource some or all of their data centre space seem to be better informed about the Code of Conduct overall.
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Sun releases Sun VirtualBox 3.1
Sun Microsystems has released a new version of its cross-platform virtualisation software, Sun VirtualBox. Version 3.1 includes a "teleportation" capability, which allows running virtual machines to be moved uninterrupted between disparate hosts. This also includes hosts on different operating systems, different classes of computers (such as server to client) and different CPUs. The open source software is free of charge for personal use. For wider organisation deployments, licenses or subscriptions start at $30 per user per year, including round-the-clock support from the vendor's technical team.
CI-Net to offer IRIS Practice Hosting as accountancy managed service
WAN reseller and Internet service provider CI-Net has added Open IRIS 10 software from accountancy practice solutions vendor IRIS to its portfolio. Designed for accountancy firms as a hosted, managed service over the Internet, the software is available under the IRIS Practice Hosting brand. The IRIS Practice Hosting is part of Open IRIS10, as an expansion of the vendor's flagship accountancy product. Within the offering, CI-Net also hosts the Microsoft Office suite and Microsoft Exchange for email, in addition to other desktop applications. The Internet service provider takes care of customers' security, maintenance, upgrades, and backup and licence management tasks for both software and data.
Supermarket group signs seven-year agreement with HP Enterprise Services
International supermarket group Ahold has signed a seven-year infrastructure and applications service agreement with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services. An extension of an existing contract with HP, the agreement is designed to reduce complexity and improve efficiency of the company's technology environment. Under the terms of the agreement, HP will continue to provide management and support services for the company's data centre environment, which includes mainframes, servers and storage. The vendor will also implement HP Business Service Automation. Ahold will use HP ProLiant rack servers and HP StorageWorks XP Disk Arrays, in addition to HP ProCurve 2610 and 5412 switches.
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