The BladeSystem portfolio’s improved capabilities for Virtual Connect and Matrix enable users to reduce network sprawl. Virtual Connect’s reduced network complexity and its wire-once technology allows users to easily add, move and change servers connected to local area networks (LANs) and storage area networks (SANs) without rewiring.
For all its advantages, virtualisation brings some unique challenges. Data centre power consumption may be lower but each server draws more power; and while there are fewer servers, each one becomes more critical than ever. Each beneficial change has flow-on effects that need to be managed. The good news is that there are practical and affordable ways to address all these challenges, and improve data centre efficiency in the process. Who better to explain than Eaton’s Craig Gob.
The IP Media Server (IPMS ) Release 3.0 is a software-based multimedia server that allows users to rapidly deliver video solutions with a good user experience over mobile and broadband networks.
Flight Centre is one of Australasia’s best-known travel agency groups. In 2008, in line with the company’s increasing focus on corporate sustainability and with the rising cost pressure of Brisbane’s office space, Flight Centre decided to outsource to an external data centre provider to allow its IT team to focus on supporting the business’s 900-plus stores and eight head offices nationally.
Power IQ Data Center energy management software claims to be a secure, centralised, power management solution that consolidates high volumes of power data and transforms it into useful information efficiently. It is suitable for the banking and financial services, government, communications and utilities sectors.
Shavlik NetChk Protect 7.5 helps eliminate security gaps and barriers to greener IT by integrating patch, AV and power management. It maximises energy cost savings while minimising systems missing critical security updates (patches) and antivirus definitions because they were powered off during scheduled maintenance periods.
The rising demand for high availability, reliability and efficient power is a continuous challenge for data centre operators. Improving energy efficiency can help address environmental, regulatory and economic pressures.
A metamorphosis underway with government data centres is set to accelerate later this year especially in the federal government sphere. This has been set in train by the Gershon review, an independent review of the Australian government’s use and management of information and communication technology. Merri Mack reports on the evolution of government data centres.
In the last few years, the data centre industry has been under increasing financial pressure driven by new IT technologies and rising energy costs. Christian Bertolini, APC by Schneider Electric, Chief Technology Officer, Pacific, sets out ways to alleviate these pressures and costs.
Canberra data centre manufacturer Datapod has won an Australian International Design Award for excellence in innovation and design in the Business and Technology category. It is the first time in the event’s history that a data centre design has received this award.
Hewlett-Packard has announced updates to its server management software suite that improve system operations and efficiency throughout the server life cycle. The company has also introduced the ProLiant DL360 G7 and DL 380 G7 rack-optimised servers that are claimed to deliver up to a 20:1 consolidation ratio, reducing floor space and improving data centre capacity.
Hitachi Data Systems has announced details of the claimed industry first non-proprietary platform that fuses an organisation’s server, storage and networking requirements.
Allied Telesis has launched the AT-CV5001 18-slot managed Converteon media converter chassis that uses a highly efficient power supply and dual redundant hot swappable AC or DC power supplies with up to two redundant management cards. It replaces the AT-CV5000 chassis.
Intel has launched the Xeon 7500 processor series, with Nehalem chip, that includes 2010 PC, laptop and server processors that increase energy efficiency and computing speed.
The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series processors deliver two security features - advanced encryption standard new instructions (AES-NI) and trusted execution technology (TXT) - that enable faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualised environments, providing data centres with a strong foundation for cloud security.