Dell buys Compellent for £604 million

Compellent purchase boosts Dell's virtual storage products lineup; plus more news in brief.

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Dell buys Compellent for £604 million
Dell Inc. has agreed to buy Compellent Technologies for £604 million ($960 million). The all-cash deal is expected to be completed early next year. Through the acquisition, Dell aims to expand its storage products with Compellent's virtualised storage products, which offer thin provisioning and automated tiering.


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LinkedIn transfers data centre to LA
Social networking giant LinkedIn has transferred to a new data centre in Los Angeles. A blog post by the company said it required an additional and more robust data centre after establishing its Chicago-based facility in 2008. The LA data centre move aims to handle the increasing traffic loads and provide more redundancy in case of a disaster.


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Cloud computing could reduce data centre energy consumption
Businesses adopting cloud computing instead of building new data centres between now and 2020 could cut data centre energy consumption by more than one-third, according to Pike Research. A recent study by the research house found that data centres will consume 139.8 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2020 -- a reduction of 1% from 201.8 TWh recorded in 2010. This reduction is expected to drive down data centre energy expenditures from $23.3 billion in 2010 to $16.0 billion in 2020, in addition to a 28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


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CloudSwitch and Enterprise 2.0 take on cloud technology
CloudSwitch has launched CloudSwitch Enterprise 2.0. The downloadable appliance and firewall installs into VMware and Xen environments. Built on the vendor's Cloud Isolation Technology, the appliance bridges the enterprise's data centre with its cloud computing services and extends enterprise security and control into the cloud. The product aims to eliminate bottlenecks through extending internal network use into the cloud and allowing secure public IP access.


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Diskeeper V-locity 2.0 achieves VMware Ready status
Diskeeper Corp. says its V-locity 2.0 virtual platform has achieved VMware Ready status. The product will now be listed in the VMware Partner Product Catalog. The VMware Ready logo, now on V-locity means it is ready to run in VMware production environments. This logo signifies to customers that the product has passed specific VMware testing and interoperability criteria.


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