Cisco and VMware team up on desktop virtualisation tools

Cisco Systems and VMware have released desktop virtualisation tools that combine elements of each the vendor's existing services; and other news in brief.

The Weekly Data Centre

The Weekly Data Centre is's roundup of important and interesting news from around the world. In this edition, Cisco Systems and VMware have joined forces on new desktop virtualisation tools; and more.

Cisco and VMware team up on virtual desktop tools
Cisco Systems Inc. and VMware Inc. have released desktop virtualisation tools that combine elements of each of the vendor's existing services. The joint offering is based on the Cisco Unified Computing System and VMware View 4.5 and aims to simplify the management of virtual desktops as well as enhance infrastructure performance and availability.

Gartner revisits the next generation data centre
New trends in data centre design may enable facilities to grow capacity by 300% but also using 60% less space, according to analyst firm Gartner Inc. The research house has highlighted how new data centres have designed for efficiency in space, power and allocation of capital expenditures. Organisations have begun to take a serious look at resource consumption ratios, such as how to improve the use of x86 servers that run at 12% utilisation or floor space that is spread out to disperse heat load. Analysts will discuss the Next Generation Data Centre at Gartner's Data Centre & IT Operations Summit 2010, in London, on Nov. 22-23.

BT opens software facility in Welsh data centre
BT has announced plans to open a software centre at its International Data Centre in Cardiff Bay, Wales. As part of the £4.3 million investment, the broadband provider plans to use the new facility to improve communication between different sites in a bid to speed up the company's software development process. The facility aims to link teams around the world via electronic whiteboards. Work on the facility is scheduled to be finished by the end of March 2011.

Spanish BME opens two London-based trading hubs
Bolsas y Mercadoes Espanoles (BME) has established two London-based trading hubs to allow UK traders to access its services more easily. With the aim of accessing local trading communities, the move is also part of an upgrade project that the Spanish Exchange is pushing. Through BME's IT subsidiary Visual Trader Systems, it has set up the hubs at the sites of data centre providers Interxion and Telehouse.

Cisco changes name of VDI package
Cisco Systems has switched the name of its virtual desktop infrastructure package from VXI to Virtualisation Experience Infrastructure to make it easier for people to ask for it by name. The VXI will work with Citrix XenDesktop 5 and VMware View 4.5 desktops; however, other components, such as load balancing and application delivery, VPN clients and data centre switches, to name but a few, are required to be made by Cisco.

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