VMware hires new UK and Ireland Regional Director: News roundup

VMware chooses new UK and Ireland Regional Director; survey reveals that cloud and Software as a Service increase data centre capacity; and other news.

New UK and Ireland Regional Director for VMware
VMware has appointed Mark Newton as Regional Director for UK and Ireland to oversee VMware sales, marketing and customer services operations. Newton joins the virtualisation giant from IBS, where he managed European sales. He has previously held the positions of UK Managing Director at BMC and Vice President, UK Technology Sales, at Oracle.

Survey reveals cloud and SaaS increases data centre capacity
Nearly a third of UK businesses have claimed that cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) has led to an increase in data centre capacity usage, according to Telehouse. The survey of 100 senior IT professionals revealed 31% experienced increased data centre capacity as a result of using such applications. Furthermore, 80% of those questioned said securing access to additional capacity will be critical in the near future.

VMware-Zimbra acquisition rumor perplexes users
A report that VMware Inc. has bid for Yahoo's Zimbra, an open source email and collaboration company, has shocked VMware users and observers. Zimbra, which sold to Yahoo Inc. in 2007 for $350 million, boasts 50 million paid seats for its email and collaboration product, both hosted and on-premise. VMware has not confirmed the deal. The Jan. 4 report in "All Things Digital" in the Wall Street Journal said it was unclear how much VMware would pay for the company.

NetEx gearing up to support Microsoft Hyper-V
WAN optimisation vendor NetEx is set to support Microsoft's Hyper-V server hypervisor as a deployment vehicle for its own HyperIP virtual appliance. The tool will run inside of Hyper-V in addition to allowing virtual machines, running at the top of Hyper-V, to be migrated live around the WAN and managed by Microsoft's Systems Center tools for Windows.

Systems administration inexperience a reality at Open Source Lab
The Oregon State University Open Source Lab's data center hosts some of the Linux community's heaviest hitting projects, including the Linux Master Kernel and the Linux Foundation. It is also the primary location for the Apache Software Foundation and Drupal, open source content management software. The lab, known as OSUOSL, also hosted the core infrastructure for Mozilla's Firefox project and currently host's six of Google's servers.

HP teams with Composite Software for virtualisation middleware
HP and Composite Software have joined forces on virtualisation technologies for business intelligence, focusing on middleware. The vendors will also address real-time access and optimising private and public clouds. As part of the partnership agreement, both companies will design a physical data warehouse, a virtual data view or a combination of the two. Company officials claim that the ability to combine virtual data integration with physical data consolidation will be a cost-effective option for businesses that want global access.

Salesforce.com suffers service outage after operations failure
Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Salesforce.com suffered a widespread outage to its service on Jan. 4, resulting in almost all of its 68,000 customers experiencing more than an hour of downtime.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 supported by StarWind Software
Virtualisation vendor StarWind Software has announced full SAN compatibility and support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Windows Server clusters with Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. StarWind's high availability infrastructure works on the basis of mirroring data between two active storage appliances, or nodes, to eliminate a single point of failure.

SQL Azure officially becomes paid service
It didn't take long for the new year to bring about changes on the database front. As expected, Microsoft's SQL Azure Database has officially become a paid service. Users with community technical preview (CTP) accounts can upgrade to the paid service via the Windows Azure platform page.

IT pros offer wish list for the next Hyper-V
Microsoft poured features into Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, but some IT managers already have ideas about what they'd like to see in an upcoming release of the hypervisor.

Kayleigh Bateman is the Site Editor for SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.uk

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