Data centre fix for firms in Olympics ‘contagion zone’: News roundup

Short-term colocation services for firms operating in the Olympics network zone to reduce disruption; Citrix adds personalisation features to XenDesktop 5.6 and more news briefs.

Short term data centre services for businesses operating in Olympics zone

Businesses operating within the Olympic Route Network (ORN) or Paralympic Route Network (PRN) can avail short term colocation services to reduce disruption during London Olympics between July and September.

Vtesse Cirrus, a subsidiary of UK business communication company Vtesse, will provide six-month data centre service contracts at its Hertfordshire facility for companies operating their data centres within the ORN -- a 109-mile network of roads connecting venues, accommodation and transport hubs across London.

The ORN and PRN are subject to strict access restrictions in the run up to London 2012, presenting infrastructure challenges to London-based companies. In addition, the security arrangements will affect data centre access and will make it difficult to repair network outages in the zone.

The Tier 3+ Hertfordshire facility is located in Hoddesdon, close to the M25 and within easy commute of the capital.

Poundland moves IT to virtual server environment to support growth

Poundland, the European discount retailer, has started a server virtualisation project to support its expansion plans.

The retailer has moved its IT to a VMware vSphere 5 environment with NetApp’s FAS 2040 storage system to support the opening of an additional 50 stores every year. 

The storage system addressed Poundland’s unique challenges such as complex IT infrastructure and rapid expansion, said Matthew Sparks, its IT service manager. It also helped in “providing deduplication of data, which is very important to Poundland.”

Installation of the systems began in January 2012 and will conclude by April 2012. The company will modernise its applications and consolidate its infrastructure as part of the project.

Citrix adds RingCube’s personalisation features to XenDesktop 5.6

Citrix Systems has released XenDesktop 5.6 which features RingCube’s personalisation technology Citrix acquired in August 2011.

RingCube provides software for personalising desktops within virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This allows IT teams to customise virtual desktops for each user and reduce storage costs.

Its software delivers dedicated virtual desktops, called personal vDisks, which includes a full operating system and user settings, as well as the applications relevant to the user. Its integration in XenDesktop 5.6 will reduce the cost of implementing desktop virtualisation, according to Citrix’s blog

Another enhancement to XenDesktop 5.6 is its integration with the upcoming release of Microsoft System Center 2012. This will improve the IT team’s task of managing both virtual and physical desktops, according to Citrix.

The desktop virtualisation product also features tools that will provide users with access to all their business applications on any device, anywhere. It also includes an updated version of its bare-metal client hypervisor, XenClient 2.1 that will help users manage updates on XenClient devices and avail the multi-lingual support feature, the company said.

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