HP oufits new data centre with 10,000 network sensors

HP’s new data centre includes electricity, air-temperature and water-temperature sensors; plus more news in brief.

HP outfits new data centre with 10,000 sensors
Hewlett-Packard Co. has built a new US data centre in Fort Collins, Colo., to help the company run its internal business and act as a lab for its research projects on reducing data centre energy consumption. The 50,000-square-foot facility has been kitted out with 10,000 networked sensors. These include 5,150 air temperature sensors, 4,700 electricity sensors, 240 water temperature and flow sensors, and eight humidity sensors. The building will be home to about 10,000 HP x86 and Itanium servers.

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Cisco refreshes Data Centre Business Advantage portfolio
Cisco Systems Inc. has unveiled a technology refresh that covers its entire Data Centre Business Advantage portfolio. The refresh includes the Cisco Nexus 7000 family, Nexus 5000, Nexus 3000, an ultra-low-latency platform, MDS storage switches, Unified Computing System, Data Centre Network Manager and the NX-OS data centre operating system.

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Greenpeace calls on Facebook to stop using coal power for data centres
Greenpeace has released a video campaign calling on Facebook to not use coal to power in its planned data centre in Oregon. Facebook has plans for a 300,000-square-foot space that is expected to cost $50 million per year to lease. The social network giant plans to operate the facility through the electricity made by burning coal. Greenpeace claim 680,000 people have joined its campaign so far.

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AFCOM: Many data centres not ready for potential disasters
Industry body AFCOM has warned that many data centres are not fully protected from potential disasters that could bring their enterprises offline. In light of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the issue of disaster recovery has been in the spotlight. One company that was affected by the disaster in Japan was Sony. The vendor’s Sendai factory and data centre was damaged in the earthquake. The facility is now offline and was the only one in the world capable of manufacturing most of Sony's Professional Media products.

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Citrix adds SQL support to NetScaler
Citrix has added SQL support to its application delivery NetScaler product in a bid to boot the performance of its SQL applications. The DataStream Technology is an add-on for NetScaler’s application delivery controller (ADC). The product allows databases to be secured with real-time traffic inspection from virtual or physical NetScaler appliances. It uses connection multiplexing to ease back-end servers.

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

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