VMware and EMC have entered into an agreement where VMware will acquire certain products from EMC's Ionix IT management business for $200 million (£131 million) in cash. These include solutions that are aimed at improving management and deploying servers and applications in a virtual data centre. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, VMware is set to acquire all technology and intellectual property of FastScale, Application Discovery Manager, Server Configuration Manager and Service Manager. The vendor will also maintain engineering, marketing, sales and support operations in the United States, Europe, Israel, India and Australia.
Bare metal hypervisor for Apple and new cloud vision from Parallels
Virtualisation vendor Parallels has announced a bare metal hypervisor for Apple's Xserve, called the Parallels Server for Mac Bare Metal Edition. In addition, the vendor has unveiled a new vision in which it will realign its business and engineering functions around a cloud strategy. Outlining the company's plans, CEO Serguei Beloussov said Parallels will focus on four key areas: shared Web hosting services, messaging and collaboration, virtualised infrastructure services and SaaS and other applications.
Citrix to expand its SaaS empire
Thanks to its acquisition of the Software as a Service (SaaS)-based IT search and management services of Paglo Labs, Citrix is ready to launch a Web-based platform for monitoring IT infrastructures.
IT should be removed from the UK Boardroom agenda, according to VMware At the recent London roundtable event, entitled "Removing IT from the Boardroom Agenda," Tod Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer of VMware, argued that new virtualisation technologies have allowed IT to reach the level where it no longer needs to be discussed in the boardroom. Instead, Nielsen believes that any problems should be recognised as a service that helps with ways to transform the business and carve out a competitive angle.
Emulex UCNAs for HP-branded products
Emulex has announced that its OneConnect Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) will now work for 10Gb/s Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity for certain HP ProLiant rack, tower and blade servers and are orderable as HP branded products. Options include the HP NC550SFP Dual Port 10Gb/s Server Adapter, the HP StorageWorks CN1000E Dual Port Converged Network Adapter (CNA) for HP ProLiant rack and tower servers, and the HP NC550m Dual Port Flex-10 10Gb/s Ethernet Adapter for HP ProLiant blade servers.
Data Protection Manager 2010 RC available
Microsoft has issued the first major systems management release of the new year. The company made the release candidate of System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 available for public download this week.
Interxion adds LONAP to London data centre facility
Data centre operator Interxion is to host a point-of-presence (POP) for the London Access Point (LONAP) in its London data centre. LONAP is a Layer 2 Internet Exchange Point, which provides the physical infrastructure and connections for about 100 members, so they can exchange traffic with each other. The partnership now offers customers a choice between LONAP and the London Internet Exchange (LINX), which already has a POP at Interxion's London facility.
Linux is now Oracle's low-end offering
Oracle has rekindled its Solaris love. Sun's Solaris operating system will underlie all the promised high-end data centre appliances running the Oracle software stack. And Oracle Enterprise Linux now becomes the de facto preferred OS for lower-end commodity hardware.
HP data centre services to sell through VARs
Hewlett-Packard partners will now be able to sell a slate of HP data centre services custom tailored for customers with small data centres. Some of the services tweak capabilities offered by HP Enterprise Services (formerly EDS) to very large customers. Others evolved from HP's acquisition three years ago of EYP Mission Critical Facilities. EYP specialised in strategic technology planning, design and support of large data centres.
New senior vice president of product management at Mimecast
Mimecast has appointed Jonathan Gale as its senior vice president of product management. Gale joins from MessageLabs, where he spent eight years working in senior management positions. At Mimecast, Gale has been hired to oversee the vendor's global product roadmap and drive its position in the unified emailed management arena.