HP and VMware collaborate to enable cloud computing

HP joins forces with VMware to produce virtualisation solutions for customers using a converged infrastructure framework ready for cloud computing; plus more daily news.

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HP and VMware collaborate to enable cloud computing
HP and VMware have announced a slew of new integrated storage, desktop and connectivity solutions. The aim is to help customers deploy virtualisation solutions in a converged infrastructure framework ready for cloud computing. The vendors have combined VMware vSphere Essentials Plus with the HP P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) to provide backup and recovery with shared storage capabilities, putting SMEs on the right path to cloud-based services. HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) Cluster has also been verified to work with VMware vSphere, to enable midsize companies to consolidate more virtualised storage.

IDC says public IT cloud services revenue to hit $55.5 billion by 2014
Worldwide revenue generated from public cloud services is forecasted to reach $55.5 billion in 2014, according to research from analyst IDC. In 2009 such services generated $16 billion worldwide. The firm claims this rapid growth rate is more than five times the projected increase for traditional IT products.

Cisco shares plans to strengthen its data centre space
Cisco has revealed its plans to strengthen its market in the data centre space, and is adopting a more simplified approach with its Unified Computing System (UCS) and fabric-based computing model. The company also revealed details about its second-generation UCS, which is designed to be more scalable with additional compute and I/O management capabilities.

VKernal reveals free storage assessment tool
VKernal, a capacity management for virtual environments vendor, has unveiled a free storage assessment tool. The VKernal StorageVIEW 1.0 is a desktop assessment tool which identifies the top five host/datastore pairs and their associated VMs with the highest amount of storage I/O latency. Within a VMware environment, StorageVIEW 1.0 supports SAN, iSCSI and NFS shared storage environments.

Opera chooses Dell for global server update
Browser firm Opera Software has selected Dell PowerEdge servers to use in its data centres in Iceland, Norway, Korea, China, Poland and the US. These data centres power Opera Mini and Opera Turbo services for more than 120 million users worldwide. Opera has opted to switch its servers to smaller models from Dell in a bid to cut power consumption and improve management. The firm is changing all six of its global server parks to Dell hardware for centralised management and easier maintenance access.

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

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