FlexPod validated by Microsoft for private cloud: News roundup

FlexPod shared infrastructure’s validation by Microsoft for private cloud; a UK power company’s virtualisation project; and OnyxCloud’s storage upgrades are this week’s highlights.

FlexPod gains Microsoft validation for private cloud
IT pros that plan to build a private cloud now have a data centre infrastructure platform validated by Microsoft.

FlexPod shared infrastructure has become the first data centre service to be validated for the updated Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 2.0.

Through the Fast Track 2.0 program, Cisco, NetApp and Microsoft have collaborated to help users reduce infrastructure and application deployment time and achieve greater utilisation of their physical and virtual resources.

In addition, the vendors also collaborated for desktop virtualisation. They have released a new validated design architecture running Microsoft private cloud with Citrix XenDesktop software on the FlexPod system.

As a result, administrators can deliver desktops, applications, and data as a private cloud service with XenDesktop. They can also support existing and new applications, migrate to new operating systems, and deliver corporate resources to new devices.  

This management integration with FlexPod helps IT pros  deploy and manage private cloud infrastructure more easily, resulting in lower operational costs and higher ROI, said Satinder Sethi, vice president of data centre group at Cisco.

Intelligent Energy’s storage and server upgrades yields results
Intelligent Energy Ltd, a UK-headquartered power systems company, has upgraded its server and storage infrastructure to achieve greater flexibility and performance, manage business growth and reduce costs.

The firm’s IT initiated the project after seeing a 300% growth in data in one year. It virtualised and consolidated the infrastructure using Dell’s PowerEdge R710 servers. This helped it expand the capabilities and performance of its server network. 

The new infrastructure’s power consumption and hardware costs were also 80% lower than its legacy facility.

To optimise performance and simplify administration in its data centre, the IT team created a pool of resources that can be scaled to support growth as well as to facilitate real-time interactive product designs.

In addition to virtual servers, they deployed Dell’s Compellent storage arrays, allowing for virtualisation at the storage layer of the data centre infrastructure. The automated tiering capabilities have helped the IT route non-critical data to storage thereby helping add more capacity.

The new server and storage infrastructure also made data backup easy by giving IT pros ability to snapshot virtual machines.

Onyx Group Selects EMC Isilon for its VMware based platform
Onyx Group, a UK technology provider specialising in data centres, network services and cloud has selected EMC Isilon scale-out NAS product as part of OnyxCloud, one of UK’s cloud IaaS offerings.

The firm’s IT team found that OynxCloud IaaS system’s underlying storage architecture was not suited to its long-term capacity and performance requirements. The team opted for EMC Isilon because of its integration with VMware platforms that Onyx Group uses.

The team had help from four independent experts to evaluate ten products. Customers will see benefits such as better integration and scalability because of Isilon’s features such as SyncIQ replication software and OneFS operating system, according to the firm.

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