Microsoft has announced plans for businesses and partners to run the cloud-based operating system Windows Azure in their own data centres through the purchase of a new server appliance. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Fujitsu will be among the first to sell these appliances, which will be in a container-sized package. The Windows Azure Platform Appliance will consist of servers, networking gear and other components. To begin, the three vendors will install the appliance in their data centres to provide the service to their customers. However, plans have been revealed that allow each company to make hardware that they can sell to businesses.
HP unveils A5820 data centre switch
Hewlett-Packard has announced a data centre switch, the HP A5820, in a bid to further its converged infrastructure strategy. According to the vendor, the switch is designed to simplify connectivity and reduce costs at the edge of the server. It includes a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) module and aims to improve application availability and lower the total cost of ownership of a network infrastructure.
Gartner establishes Global IT Council for Cloud Services
Analysts Gartner has established a Global IT Council for Cloud Services in an effort to smooth the process and build relationships between cloud service providers and customers. The council is made up of Gartner analysts and CIOs of large enterprises that consume cloud services. It has generated a list of key rights of cloud service customers and how they might be upheld.
Vizioncore announces new version of vOptimizer Pro
Virtualisation management vendor Vizioncore has released a new version of its vOptimizer Pro storage product. The solution is designed to provide a broader platform to support virtual machine storage recovery. New features include support for both Linux-based and VMware thin provisioned VMs.
NetLogic Microsystems has unveiled a new 10/40/100 GB Ethernet PHY, the NLP1342 PHY. Designed for data centre applications, the quad-port device integrates receive equalisation and transmit pre-emphasis technologies with low latency. The device also supports 10Gbps SFI-to-XFI, 40 Gbps XLPPI-to-XLAUI and 100 Gbps CPPI-to-CAUI modes.
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