Data centres

High-density computing aids animation for movie

01 October, 2010

The stunning 3D imagery seen in the new movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole was developed by Sydney-based animation and visual effects studio Animal Logic. This was achieved with a range of state-of-the-art HP technologies, including HP BladeSystems, HP workstations and HP DreamColor Professional Displays. The movie was released in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand at the end of last month.

Overcoming data centre challenges saves money

30 September, 2010 by Steve Dixon*

Data centre consolidation, and occasionally migration, consumes significant time and resources and is fraught with risk. Despite these challenges, the potential benefits of these projects such as cost savings and security have lead many organisations to initiate these projects.

Interworld Electronics MPC-HD series switched PDUs

16 September, 2010

The MPC-HD series switched PDUs are designed to provide secure, remote power control and reboot capabilities for high current devices such as Sun Blade 6000, Cisco Nexus 7000 data centre switches and HP 7000 blade servers.

Emerson acquires Chloride Group PLC

15 September, 2010

Emerson has acquired Chloride Group PLC to assist the company’s growth strategy for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and integrated data centre solutions.

APC by Schneider Electric Smart-UPS models

15 September, 2010

Two series of Smart-UPS models, designed for use in server rooms and network closets, provide data protection and, in ‘green’ mode, can achieve efficiencies of more than a claimed 97%.

Avocent Virtual Advanced Console Server 6000

02 September, 2010

Avocent Virtual Advanced Console Server 6000 (ACS v6000) can be used for secure, remote data centre and out-of-band management of virtual assets, and grants authorised users access to enterprise resources, keeping virtual assets available 24/7 while enforcing strict security measures.

APC by Schneider Electric InRow OA and RDU cooling system

02 September, 2010

The InRow OA and refrigerant distribution unit (RDU) pumped refrigerant cooling system provides an overhead, energy-efficient, refrigerant-based cooling solution for medium to large data centre environments.

Central Coast’s Verb deploys first POD

27 August, 2010 by Merri Mack

Central Coast’s Verb deploys the first HP Performance Optimised Datacentre (POD), which reduces power consumption and costs.

Unified infrastructure in a box: How does security fit in?

17 August, 2010 by Andrew Collins*

In July's feature we looked at the recent trend of vendors offering pre-integrated packages of infrastructure, combining servers, storage and networking in the one physical box. This month Andrew Collins wonders how these integrated boxes fit into a security strategy.

Hewlett-Packard BladeSystem Virtual Connect and Matrix

07 July, 2010

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.

The hidden challenges of virtualisation

07 July, 2010 by Craig Gob*

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.

Dialogic IP Media Server Release 3.0 multimedia server

18 June, 2010

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 takes off with a managed data centre

11 June, 2010

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.

Raritan Power IQ Data Center energy management software

09 June, 2010

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.

Eaton Energy Saver System

09 June, 2010

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.

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