Service provider Blue Chip has opened its 'Eco' UK-based data centre. Located in Bedford, Oxfordshire, the £5 million site has been designed to use half the energy of data centre facilities of a similar size. The five-acre, 2-megawatt site will house up to 600 racks, proving services such as hosting, service management, consolidation, cloud computing and virtualisation.
IBM acquires BigFix patching firm
IBM has purchased privately-owned patching company BigFix to bolster its profitable software division. The new addition will be added to IBM's current data centre services and software where it will "identify which devices are not in compliance with corporate IT policies and recommend security fixes and timely software updates to 500,000 machines in a matter of minutes." Big Blue has had a relationship with the 200-employee, 700-customer company since 2009.
Dell to buy Scalent
Dell has signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned software vendor Scalent. Dell has plans to integrate the technology into its Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) solution, which enables an administrator to allocate compute, storage and network resources for physical and virtual application workloads. Dell anticipates the acquisition to be complete by its second fiscal quarter.
Citrix helps Eversheds lawyers use Apple iPad as main work computer
Citrix and corporate VAR Computacenter are helping law firm Eversheds with its experiment to use Apple iPads as main work computers. Employing 4,500 staff globally, the law firm will provide Apple iPads to a select group of employees as part of a pilot programme. Eversheds' applications will be streamed to the iPads using a Citrix-based platform. The trial, which will run until the end of August, aims to examine how iPads can help employees on the move.
Microsoft releases Fix it tool for Windows XP
Microsoft has released 'Fix it' as a workaround for Windows XP users that have been affected by a bug in the Windows Support Centre. An official advisory released by the vendor said that Microsoft has asked Windows XP users to run the Microsoft Fix it tool to disable the help centre until Microsoft can release a patch.
Kayleigh Bateman is the Site Editor of SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk.