Citrix buys RingCube for desktop personalisation: News in brief

Citrix has acquired RingCube, a desktop personalisation software provider, for an undisclosed sum. Citrix will add RingCube’s capabilities to its XenDesktop platform.

Citrix buys RingCube for desktop personalisation
Citrix Systems has acquired RingCube, a vendor that provides software for personalising desktops within virtual desktop infrastructure.

RingCube’s technology makes the move from physical to virtual desktops easier, Citrix said, because it helps isolate all user-specific apps and settings on virtual desktops. That lets users self-install apps on their own personal desktops. RingCube also allows IT teams to easily customise virtual desktops for each user  and reduces storage costs, Citrix said.

Citrix did not disclose terms of the deal.

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Dell profits rise, but outlook still gloomy
Despite an increase in profits, Dell has lowered its expectations for the rest of the year.

Dell reported a 63% increase in its second-quarter profits to $890 million (£537 million). But the company reduced its growth outlook -- from a range of 5% to 9% down to a range of 1% to 5% -- blaming continued uncertainties in customer demand.

Sales rose just 1% to $15.66 billion (£9.44 billion), slightly lower than expectations of $15.75 billion (£9.49 billion). Software and services sales grew 4% to $4.6 billion (£2.78 billion) and the storage business grew 15%.

Dell also reported a 1% increase in sales to large businesses and a 3% decrease in sales to public sector organisations.

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Xsigo launches Server Fabric
Xsigo, a virtualised infrastructure provider, is launching Xsigo Server Fabric, new software designed to virtually link all servers in a data centre.

The company said Server Fabric will help IT pros create connections between resources without configuring switches, switch ports or VLANs.

Existing offerings from switch vendors such as Cisco Systems are based on traditional switches and ports, but Xsigo said Server Fabric allows network connections from virtual machines to any data centre resource -- including servers and networks.

Xsigo Server Fabric is interoperable with existing networking products from Cisco, Brocade, Juniper Networks and other vendors, and it will be available in December for $1,000 per host.

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Digital Realty Trust buys redevelopment site in suburban London
Digital Realty Trust, a data centre service provider, has acquired a redevelopment site in Chessington for £12.9 million.

The 130,000-square-foot site will support five 1,440 kW modular data centres built using the company’s containerised architecture. Digital Realty Trust faces around 30 MW of demand in the greater London market, including requirements of 6 MW of space. The new site will have a total IT capacity of 8 MW.

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