World Cup player's downtime inspires free VMware uptime

The injuries keeping Greek defender Vangelis Moras off the World Cup field spur hosting company StratoGen to give away VMware services; plus more daily news.

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Vangelis Moras' World Cup downtime inspires hosting company to give free VMware uptime
Hosting company StratoGen has vowed to offer its customers a free week of VMware hosting for every week that Greek defender Vangelis Moras (VM) is injured and out of action during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The 6-foot-5-inch central defender missed his country's opening match because of a groin injury. Greece lost 2-0 to South Korea, crushing the nation's hopes of winning the tournament. Moras also missed Greece's match against Nigeria. StratoGen's director Karl Robinson said that if the defender is out for the entire tournament, customers will get 20% off their yearly contract. StratoGen offers Cloud Instance, Shared Private Cloud and Dedicated Private Cloud.

London MET extends contract with Capgemini UK
The London Metropolitan Police Service has extended its contract with communications partner Capgemini UK through December 2015. The MET's early extension covers the three-year period of 2012 to 2015 and renews the existing seven-year IT support contract between the two organisations. The contract was originally signed in 2005, and with the help of Capgemini's main subcontractors, BT and Unisys, aims to provide an estimated £43 million in savings while supporting London's 55,000 police officers. BT's services include upgrading the MET's voice and data networks, while Unisys supports application management, data centre hosting and desktop server breaks.

EMC snaps up more VMware stock
Storage giant EMC has purchased $6.44 million worth of VMware stocks, adding to its $6.2 million buy last week. The most recent purchase raised the company's stock 7.39%, amounting to a value of $2.17 billion. EMC acquired VMware in 2003 for $635 million. The virtualisation software vendor is today worth an estimated $29.37 billion.

vSphere VDI combo from Pano Logic and Unidesk
Zero client desktop virtualisation vendor Pano Logic has partnered with management platform provider Unidesk to offer a combination for VMware vSphere based on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployments (VDI). Unidesk's solution is designed to maintain customisations without requiring large amounts of storage, while Pano Logic's aims to simplify desktop computing with its zero client platform.

Linux-based CloudClient operating system from 2X Software
2X Software has released its Linux-based 2X CloudClient operating system (CCOS). The CCOS installs to USB drives, CDs, local hard drives and as a network boot OS via PXE boot. If installed on a USB, for example, it is designed to allow you to connect to hosted virtual desktop applications such as Google Apps, Microsoft Hyper V or VMware. It includes virtual desktop application clients such as Microsoft RDP, VMware View, Citrix XenApp and 2X's VirtualDesktopServer Client.

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