Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 released and more news of the week

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 released; University of Arts selects A10 Networks for Web services; tailored carbon footprint tool available through nlyte Software; and more.

A10 Networks meet Web service needs for London's University of the Arts
The University of the Arts London has deployed the AX Series Advanced Traffic Managers from application delivery controllers (ADC) vendor A10 Networks for its new Web architecture project. The performing arts university comprises six colleges and has an infrastructure that spans two data centres, providing interactive content for 25 websites. The university recently began a new Web service to supply students and faculty with graphic applications; however, the architecture had to be upgraded to include a high-performance, high-bandwidth delivery platform to replace the existing server load-balancing solution that had maxed out.

The university decided on A10's AX 2100s to meet the needs of the new Web service. The university currently uses Apache servers that run on VMware and retrieve information from MySQL and Oracle databases on the back end.

Avaya unveils single-server unified communications virtualisation solution
Midsized enterprises that use unmodified versions of Avaya Communication Manager, Voice Messaging, SIP Enablement Services, Application Enablement Services, Utility Services and Media Services can now implement virtualisation technology for real-time communications. The Avaya Aura System Platform is a single-server unified communications solution for businesses ranging from 100 to 2,400 employees in up to 250 locations. The software allows a single piece of hardware to run multiple applications at the same time.

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 released
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 has arrived. The R2 release -- a free add-on for Windows Server 2008 users -- has a storage array marriage with Dell EqualLogic, which will be of particular interest for businesses that rely on Microsoft to deliver critical business applications like SQL Server and Exchange. Critical Microsoft applications can now be deployed in Windows Server 2008 R2 via Hyper-V and EqualLogic.

European data centre market takes a tumble
A decrease in corporate budgets has reduced take-up in the European data centre market for the second quarter (Q2) of 2009, according to a report by CB Richard Ellis. Take-up in Q2 amounted to only 6,440 sqare metres across the five Tier 1 markets. Total take-up for the first half of the year was 17,460 square metres, compared with 64,140 square metres for the first half of 2008. This represents the lowest-performing half year since 2004.

All Q2 take-up was recorded in the carrier-neutral hotel (CNH) market. Of that 5,740 square metres (89%) was in the retail colocation market and 700 square metres (11%) was in the wholesale colocation market. In the CNH market across Europe, 3,120 square metres (48%) was in take up in London; 2,100 square metres (19%) in Madrid; 1,290 square metres (20%) in Frankfurt; 530 square metres (8%) in Amsterdam; and 200 square metres (3%) in Paris.

However, the report also revealed that corporate budgets are expected to increase in 2010, which is anticipated to fuel take-up in the retail and wholesale colocation markets.

Tailored carbon footprint tool available through nlyte Software
With the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy-Efficiency Scheme (CRC) coming into effect early next year, data centre performance management vendor nlyte Software has released a free, tailored carbon footprint assessment for all U.K. organisations. The CRC scheme aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emitted in the U.K. Organisations will have to calculate and report their annual emissions in addition to forecasting future emission allowances. Organisations will appear on an annual performance league table, which will be published by the government. Poor performers will incur penalties.

Kayleigh Bateman is the site editor for SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk.

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