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Ethernet Alliance Interoperability Demo Showcases High-Speed Cloud Connections


In one of the largest interoperability demonstrations at OFC/NFOEC 2012, the Ethernet Alliance (Booth 724) is showcasing cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to the cloud via interoperable 10-, 40-, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical connections. Because Ethernet equipment suppliers and service providers are the largest consumers of optics, the Ethernet Alliance demonstration focuses on how the Ethernet ecosystem uses optics and how businesses are implementing 10-, 40-, and 100GbE optics in their networks.

The Ethernet Alliance and 10 member companies are demonstrating a variety of high-speed Ethernet technologies illustrating how 10GbE servers are driving the need for 40GbE and 100GbE uplinks within the data center environment and to cloud service providers. The demonstration creates a simulated cloud computing environment between two “data centers.” One data center is connecting a 100GbE lambda across an Optical Transport Network (OTN), while the second data center is connecting via four 10GbE links.

“When deploying cloud environments, end-users face a range of link rates from GbE to 100GbE when they apply Ethernet at the server, aggregation, core, and metropolitan layer,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance. “The Ethernet Alliance multi-vendor interoperability demonstration highlights various Ethernet optical and copper solutions that can be used, and highlights advancements in technology for deployment today. One such example of an advancement in optical technology to be demonstrated is 25 gigabit per second directly modulated lasers (DML), which are key for the next generation of 100GBASE-LR4 module implementations. This new generation of optics is lowering the cost barriers for deploying 100GbE networks.”

The Ethernet Alliance member companies participating in the interoperability demonstration include Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH – News), Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD – News), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO – News), Dell Force 10 (NASDAQ: DELL – News), Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR – News), Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA – News), JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ: JDSU – News), Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT.L – News), TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL – News) and Volex (LSE: VLX.L – News).

For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit; follow @EthernetAllianc on Twitter; visit the Ethernet Alliance Facebook page; or join the Ethernet Alliance LinkedIn group.

About the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.

For more information, visit Individuals who would like to receive updates on Ethernet Alliance news, activities and events may sign up for the organization’s newsletter at

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“Amphenol is once again proud to be part of the Ethernet Alliance live demo at this year’s OFCNFOC 2012 exhibition demo. As always this is a great opportunity for Amphenol to showcase our world class 10GbE SFP+ and 40GbE QSFP+ interconnect systems. Along with our passive and active copper cable assemblies, we will be showing our enhanced SFP+ and QSFP+ cages and connectors. We will also be demonstrating our latest optical interconnect solutions, including extending Ethernet from the traditional indoor environment to the sealed outdoor wireless and backhaul applications.” – Greg McSorley, technical business development manager and applications specialist, Amphenol

“It’s clear that network bandwidth and performance capabilities are limiting the service and revenue possibilities for cloud service providers. Through highly scalable 100GbE routing and innovative Ethernet fabric technologies, Brocade empowers communication and cloud service providers to simplify their infrastructure and create revolutionary new revenue generating services. We are pleased to be working with the Ethernet Alliance to demonstrate these new capabilities.” – Ken Cheng, vice president of service provider products, Brocade

“The next generation of computing is here and is driving workloads and data needs that will dictate the next generation of data center networking architectures. Dell is excited to be participating in the Ethernet Alliance’s OFC demonstration, showcasing how 10GbE and 40GbE can work seamlessly to support these networks. This demonstration highlights the interoperability of real technology, ready for deployment today.” – Arpit Joshipura, head of product management & marketing, data center networking, Dell, and former CMO, Force10 Networks

“Finisar is excited to participate in the Ethernet Alliance interoperability demonstration with our high-performance 40GBASE-SR4 QSFP and 100GBASE-LR4 CFP optical modules. These IEEE-compliant transceiver modules are playing a key role in the deployment of new 40- and 100GbE routers and switches required to meet the large increases in bandwidth demand.” – Christian Urricariet, director of marketing, high-speed optics, Finisar

“Cloud computing, increased media-rich traffic, and dynamic packet-switched core transport networks will exponentially drive the demand for higher-speed Ethernet links over the next several years. Ixia continues to support the Ethernet Alliance and its members to by validating the interoperability of HSE with ITU G.709 OTN, over data center interconnects, and up to 100GbE transport speeds – while running complex services.” – Michael Githens, lab program manager, Ixia, and technical lead, Ethernet Alliance interop demonstration

“JDSU is proud to support the Ethernet Alliance’s efforts of promoting next generation technologies for cloud computing. JDSU is showcasing two recently launched products – the T- BERD/MTS-8000 40/100G Transport Module, the most compact test solution in the market for both 40GbE and 100GbE, and the Xgig 40G Ethernet analyzer, a unique test solution for capturing 40GbE line rate traffic and characterizing networking performance.” – Assaji Aluwihare, director, communications test and measurement business segment, JDSU

“Spirent is pleased to partner with the Ethernet Alliance to demonstrate high-speed connectivity from the data center to the cloud. This demonstration is an opportunity to showcase Spirent’s ability to validate the performance of high-speed Ethernet based data center and cloud computing environments with realism and at scale.” – Jurrie van den Breekel, director of product marketing, Spirent Communications

“TE is excited to be part of the Ethernet Alliance demonstration at OFC/NFOC 2012. As a principal member of the Ethernet Alliance, we support its efforts to promote next-generation Ethernet standards and are committed to meeting our industry’s needs through our innovative high-speed technologies in fiber as well as copper cabling. Through participation in the Ethernet Alliance demonstrations, TE will showcase a complete solution set of optical modules, active optical cables as well as passive fiber and data center infrastructure supporting 10-, 40-, and 100GbE speeds.” – Nathan Tracy, business development manager, communications industry, TE Connectivity

“Volex is pleased to support the Ethernet Alliance’s exhibit booth and demo at this year’s OFA/NFOEC conference. We are providing high speed optical and copper cabling that support 40/100GbE links as well as powercords for active equipment in the demo. We are supporting new Ethernet interconnects like 100GBaseSR4 and 100GBaseCR4. Our Ethernet solutions include external optical and copper hydra fanout assemblies and internal optical and copper dataplane assemblies. Volex supports Ethernet implementations in DataCenter, Central Office, Industrial, and Medical applications.” – Ed Cady, business development director, Volex

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FireHost Grows Executive Team on Heels of European Expansion; Appoints Jim Ciampaglio as Sr. Vice President of Global …


FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company with offices in the US and UK, has appointed Jim Ciampaglio to senior vice president of global sales and marketing. Ciampaglio joined FireHost in late 2011 after holding many successful sales and executive roles in related high-tech and hosting companies. In his role, Ciampaglio will further expand FireHost’s global distribution channels, including the implementation of a FireHost partner program, while overseeing business development activities for the company.

“Jim is an accomplished executive with broad revenue generation experience in technology and hosting. He brings with him a strong reputation for organizational leadership, which is going to be vital as FireHost continues to grow,” said Chris Drake, CEO of FireHost. “We’re excited to have Jim on our team to drive our sales and partner programs.”

Ciampaglio was previously the COO at NeoSpire Managed Hosting. There he was responsible for all operational departments and helped guide the company through its acquisition by Prior to that role, he was vice president of sales at NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable Company that provided enterprise cloud hosting and managed services. With NaviSite he launched an SMB division and successfully implemented a global sales team focused on developing the company’s expansion into new markets. Ciampaglio was also the senior director of sales for NTT/Verio, a provider of hosted applications worldwide. Ciampaglio created the viaVerio reseller advisory board and partner portal. This program earned the company awards for its success by creating a marketplace and ecosystem that allowed its resellers to communicate and grow their businesses. Ciampaglio has also worked for Verizon, Aegis Communications and MBNA America.

“FireHost’s trajectory path is what every company hopes to attain. It’s an exciting point in time for this company and I’m honored to be a part of the FireHost success story,” said Jim Ciampaglio. “Everyone here has a driving passion to make FireHost the best hosting company for our customers and I look forward to helping introduce the FireHost brand into new channels and markets across the globe.”

FireHost announced its official launch into Europe last month with secure cloud hosting services now available through data centers in London and Amsterdam. Top enterprises including Fortune 50 companies trust FireHost to secure their websites and applications, including Johnson & Johnson, Hamilton Beach, Farmers Insurance Group, and Viking. FireHost is known for blocking millions of hack attempts per month against high-target, mission critical companies, and was the first hosting provider to deliver a totally secure, PCI DSS 2.0 compliant public cloud offering.

FireHost is hiring to fill roles in R&D, marketing & sales, customer support, and operations. A full list of job opportunities can be found on the company’s website.

About FireHost

FireHost is a secure cloud hosting company focused on protecting sensitive data and company’s brand reputation with an architecture built for security, scalability and performance. Customers with specific compliance or performance needs subscribe to FireHost’s PCI, HIPAA or high traffic solutions, including some of the largest companies in the world, as well as many fast growing eCommerce, SaaS and healthcare IT providers. FireHost provides services from Dallas, Phoenix, London and Amsterdam.

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iomart Hosting Takes UK Digital Media Agency Into the Cloud

LONDON, February 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

New Brand Vision Group migrates to highly available virtual platform

iomart Hosting has delivered a highly available cloud platform to support the work of UK digital media agency New Brand Vision Group.

For the first nine years of its life New Brand Vision relied on a physical IT infrastructure but last year it decided that the flexibility afforded by cloud hosting was now needed in order to continue to deliver successful campaigns for its clients.

“It’s really important for us as a digital agency to be thinking ahead about the latest trends and tactics,” explains founder and managing director Ben Harris. “We felt this approach needed to be extended to our hosting as well. We knew the cloud was becoming more popular and after doing some research we realised it could be of huge benefit both to our customers and our own business.”

New Brand Vision wanted high availability so iomart Hosting’s technical team recommended that for greater resilience and uptime it should migrate to a VMware Cloud. The migration process was managed to ensure minimal impact on New Brand Vision’s customers.  

“iomart Hosting worked really closely with us and most importantly, listened to us in order to produce the right solution,” says Ben. “Now we have a very reactive platform which benefits both us and our clients.”  

Every new client the agency takes on is provided with a new virtual machine which iomart Hosting deploys for them using a VM template which is then customised to sit behind a fully managed dedicated firewall.

Ben Harrisbelieves that the IT infrastructure that iomart Hosting has provisioned for New Brand Vision gives the agency a great framework on which to plan its clients’ campaigns.

“Many of the PR and marketing campaigns that we do for clients can result in substantial increases in traffic on their websites so we have to be ready,” he says. “For a small campaign we can assign virtual resource very quickly, while for larger campaigns that need load-balanced servers, it’s much quicker but also much cheaper to roll them out.”

Sarah Haran, managing director of iomart Hosting, says: “The ultimate benefits of having virtual servers on a cloud platform is that an agency like New Brand Vision gets much more control over assigning resources for campaigns.  It can plan better and respond better.”

Ben Harris agrees: “The platform we have with iomart Hosting has high availability. It’s fully virtualised and so gives us better control, while mitigating risk and saving money for our clients.”

New Brand Vision Group is based in Silicon Roundabout, the London hub for entrepreneurial tech companies.  It delivers websites to UK and global businesses across media, finance, and services sectors.

iomart Hosting is part of iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM.L – News).

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About iomart Hosting

iomart Hosting is one of the UK’s leading providers of complex managed hosting and cloud computing services to the enterprise market. It owns and manages its own network infrastructure, including five UK data centres, offering a unique 100% uptime guarantee. Services include: Private and Hybrid Cloud, Colocation, Content Delivery Networks, IP Transit, Cloud Storage and Email.

Clients include: office2office, Misys, Cimex, BT plc, Stagecoach, Skyscanner, SoftCat, Learndirect, London School of Economics, Newsquest , Shine TV and STV.

iomart Hosting is an ISO9001 & ISO27001 certified company. The company is fully accredited at Gold Partner level with VMware, Oracle and Microsoft. It is part of AIM listed iomart Group plc.

About iomart Group plc

iomart Group is one of the UK’s leading providers of managed hosting and cloud computing services. From a single server through to private cloud networks, iomart specialises in the delivery and management of mission-critical hosting services, enabling customers to reduce the costs, complexity and risks associated with maintaining their own web and online applications.

By physically owning and managing its own global network infrastructure, iomart offers world-beating levels of service to its customers. The Group offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee with all hosting services being engineered to ensure no single point of failure.

iomart Group operates in its chosen markets through a number of subsidiaries: iomart Hosting, RapidSwitch, Easyspace, EQSN and Westcoastcloud. The group has been listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) since April 2000. For more information about iomart Group plc visit

News release issued on behalf of iomart Hosting by Jane Robertson, Head of PR for iomart Group plc. For more information please email   or call +44(0)141-931-6474 (dir), +44(0)141-931-6400 or +44(0)7827948993 (mob).

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Webair Carrier Neutral Cloud: Open Network Access in the Cloud

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire -02/28/12)- Webair, the leader in hosting solutions, today unveiled their Carrier Neutral Cloud Service, offering clients the flexibility and freedom of a cloud hosting environment while providing total control over all network infrastructure and carrier choices. This groundbreaking new service allows transparent access from cloud environments to thousands of transit and transport providers. Clients can now choose any carrier, multiple carriers, or build custom network configurations and tie it all into their own cloud topology.

In the late 1990s, physical data center infrastructure became disassociated from particular carriers. The result was increased competition among carriers, greater consumer choice among business owners, lower bandwidth costs and more reliable services. Then cloud computing came along and businesses were choosing between the computing scalability of the cloud or the network freedom of physical infrastructure. Now, by offering scalable cloud computing services with complete carrier neutrality, Webair gives clients the best of both worlds.

Webair Carrier Neutral Cloud services are currently available on Webair’s NY Cloud nodes and will be rolled out in all other markets during the coming months. Webair clients can procure direct transit and transport services from hundreds of carriers. Similar to collocation clients, public and private cloud customers will be able to order connectivity directly from carriers via Webair’s cloud cross connect platform leveraging meet-me rooms in 111 8th Ave., 60 Hudson St., 25 Broadway, and Telx’s Ethernet Exchange.

Customers utilizing Webair’s Carrier Neutral Cloud can configure any combination of transit or transport providers to directly connect to their computing infrastructure. This allows businesses with already established carrier relationships to utilize them in cloud in a truly open access cloud environment. Clients can choose to work with providers based on metrics that matter to them such as latency, route preferences, proven stability, or cost. Clients can further save money by aggregating commitments and consolidating contracts.

“Webair’s revolutionary Carrier Neutral Cloud removes barriers and provide clients with the unique ability to custom build a truly multi-homed cloud environment using any carriers they prefer,” said Michael C. Orza, President of Webair. “Put simply, our clients can finally take full advantage of all of the benefits of dynamic cloud hosting infrastructure without giving up any of the freedom to control their own network configurations.”

Now is the time to take advantage of modern cloud computing services without the limitations of being tied to any one bandwidth provider. For more information about the Webair Carrier Neutral Cloud please visit or follow Webair on twitter @WebairInc.

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As the App Culture Builds, Dell Accelerates its Shift to Services with New Line of Servers, Flash Capabilities

Michael Dell took the stage today at a Dell event with a focus on the demands that come with companies now reaching a maturing stage with its extensive virtualized infrastructure and the continued drive to use Web and cloud services.

At the center of the news is Dell’s second generation of embedded management technology with a portfolio of 12th generation blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers for mission critical business applications. Of  particular note is flash integration with front accessible” hot swappable PCIe solid state disks” connected directly to the server.

But the real story behind this news is about the evolving app culture. Dell sees two paths. Customers need increased virtualization density to support legacy apps.  And there is a need for new ways to support emerging workloads such as Hadoop.

That sets the stage for Dell’s news today and the increasing rhetoric in the battle with HP. Earlier this month, HP announced its next generation of server technology. Today, Dell made its own news with a broader focus on enterprise solutions rotating around its PowerEdge servers.

Michael Dell trivialized HP’s news. But that saya a lot in itself and shines a different light on Dell’s broader efforts leverage the PowerEdge servers around its storage and networking portfolio.

This news mirrors what we hear a lot about in the market. Flash is gaining fast adoption; the servers need greater density to support additional virtual machines and the network is facing more demands, fueling a market for 40 gigabyte fabrics.

Services Angle

Dell executives said that CIO are having to rethink their entire infrastruture around applications, workloads and the data in that pool. There will be an increasing number of mixed data environments.

“You will have e on-premise infrastructure. and you will have cloud servces and you will have managed services,” said Praveen Asthana, vice president, Enterprise Solutions, Strategy and Technology. “I don’t want a forklift ugrade. I want to evolvoe from where I am.”

Disclosure: Dell paid for my plane ticket and hotel to attend its event.

In the same vein: About Alex Williams Alex Williams is an editor for SiliconAngle and lives a charmed life in Portland, Or.

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Wyse to Launch Client Infrastructure Management Software as a Service, Enabling Simple and Secure Management of Any …

SAN JOSE, CA and BARCELONA, SPAIN–(Marketwire -02/27/12)- Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, today announced an initiative to enable IT organizations to easily and confidently embrace the consumerization of IT with a holistic cloud-based device management service. This initiative, codenamed Project Stratus, provides IT administrators with an intelligent and dynamic cloud-based console to securely manage and enable corporate access to any device, including smartphones, tablets, thin clients, zero clients, and PC’s — regardless if that device is owned by the company or by the individual. Project Stratus is a secure, highly-available and scalable cloud-based service, allowing customers to have a fully deployed and configured environment in less than an hour, and even scale from tens to thousands of devices overnight, all without any complex or expensive on-premise servers to maintain and upgrade.

Project Stratus delivers a unified console that goes beyond standard device management solutions by providing a complete view of the IT infrastructure serving end-users. The console provides visibility not only into their devices, but also into all the IT assets accessed by these devices. This added visibility into the relationship between users, devices, and the IT ecosystem — combined with a world-class analytics engine — provides invaluable insight into usage models, trends, and helps to identify areas of investment to more securely and effectively provide corporate services to end users.

The first step in Project Stratus began with Wyse’s acquisition of Trellia in November 2011. Trellia’s expertise in mobile device management (MDM) is now being combined with Wyse’s management expertise across a wide variety of end-point devices to deliver a truly breakthrough SaaS offering. Already, customers seeking to deploy a comprehensive cloud-based management solution for consumer devices such as iOS and Android can take advantage of Wyse’s current Enterprise Cloud Hosted service named Wyse EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management). For more information on about Wyse EMM, please visit,

In the report from Forrester Research entitled “Info Workers Using Mobile And Personal Devices For Work Will Transform Personal Tech Markets,” (February 22, 2012) analysts examined the issues and habits of device users.

“The role of info workers choosing their own devices will quickly come out of the shadows as more employees adopt this behavior. The role of employees in tech selection is growing in part because of the growing use of mobile devices beyond just PCs. Inspired by the empowerment of choosing their own mobile devices, employees are increasingly choosing and using the PC devices they use for work as well,” according to the report.

“Enabling IT organizations to provide users with simple, secure access to corporate assets has always been a core focus at Wyse; which is why customers trust us to manage over 200 million users daily from our cloud clients,” said Hector Angulo, Product Manager at Wyse. “Project Stratus extends this secure provisioning and management to all the new devices flooding the enterprise, providing for the first time a one-stop shop for device management in the Post-PC era.”

“Between IT challenges around employee-owned end point devices, advances in mobile computing, and the vast proliferation of thin, zero, cloud clients, PCs and more, the biggest challenge to IT today has to do with management,” according to Bob O’Donnell, Vice President at IDC.

Key features of Project Stratus include:

Simplicity. Streamlined, discoverable interface with user-centric policy management to help automate user access regardless of what device they are using, including easy exception handling — natural and intuitive management for today’s dynamic IT world TCO Reduction. Cloud-hosted service eliminates costly on-premise servers and enables instant deployment and scaling — drastically reduces the total cost of operations and ownership Real-time Analytics. Dynamic and instantly personalized data feeds always present admins with the most relevant insight to help expedite the task at hand — powerful analytic engine exposes most important activities, events, and trends Actionable. Pro-active alerts notify admins about compliance violations and other potential issues with option to take contextual actions in-place (i.e. warn user, block, ignore) or automate future mitigation (i.e. automatically approve roaming exception request for all members of ‘executive’ group) Time-Saving. User and device pages that provide instant visibility into any managed asset, including who is using the device, what it is interacting with, and any potential performance or security issues in order to expedite issue identification and resolution Unified Console. Visibility and management of all devices used in the enterprise, with support for smartphones, tablets, thin clients, and zero clients — one-stop shop for all devices, no more hassle of dealing with many consoles Security. Enterprise-ready, multi-tenant architecture with fully encrypted communication ensures only you have access to your data

The new capabilities described above will be available mid 2012.

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About Wyse Technology
Wyse Technology is the global leader in cloud client computing. The Wyse portfolio includes industry-leading thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions with advanced management, desktop virtualization and cloud software-supporting desktops, laptops and next-generation mobile devices. Cloud client computing replaces the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, energy-intensive and expensive PC, all while delivering lower TCO and a superior user experience. Wyse has shipped more than 20 million units and has over 200 million people interacting with their products each day, enabling the leading private, public, hybrid and government cloud implementations worldwide. Wyse partners with industry-leading IT vendors, including Cisco®, Citrix®, IBM®, Microsoft and VMware®, as well as globally recognized distribution and service partners. Wyse is headquartered in San Jose, California, U.S.A., with offices worldwide.

For more information, visit the Wyse website at or call 1-800-GET-WYSE.

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Dell unveils new servers, says not a PC company

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Dell Inc launched a new line of servers for enterprise customers, boosting its corporate business unit and shifting its focus further away from consumers, who are increasingly choosing such devices as Apple Inc’s iPad.

Chief Executive Michael Dell said his namesake company is no longer a personal computer company and has transformed itself into a business that sells services and products to corporations, a lucrative market that he said is worth $3 trillion.

Corporations have grappled with ever-smaller IT budgets as slow economic growth curtails spending. But many experts say tech spending will swell over the long term as companies upgrade systems, connect to the Internet cloud, or begin to make better use of user data.

Dell’s so-called enterprise business has doubled in the past five to six years and now represents half of the company’s profit, he added.

“It’s not really a PC company; it’s an end-to-end IT company,” Michael Dell said at an event in San Francisco where the company launched a new line of PowerEdge servers aimed at businesses with remote computing needs.

The company’s founder said the growth of Dell’s enterprise business validates its strategy of diversifying away from personal computers as a new crop of devices such as the iPad captivates buyers.

Michael Dell said he wants to focus on the enterprise and public markets, rather than a drastically smaller $250 billion consumer market.

“The consumer market is not particularly healthy and the enterprise business is much more so,” Dave Johnson, Dell’s strategy chief, told Reuters.

Dell’s storage and networking revenue grew 10 percent last year, while sales of its desktop PCs fell 4 percent.

The world’s No. 3 personal computer maker fell short of Wall Street’s estimate for fourth-quarter earnings, hurt by weakness in U.S. public spending and the lingering impact of the Thailand flood on its product mix. It has also forecast weak sales for the current quarter.

Sales at Hewlett Packard’s, the No. 1 PC seller, declined 15 percent in its fiscal first quarter.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell has been waging an uphill battle to diversify its revenue base from PCs to become a larger player in the data center equipment market and IT services. It faces stiff competition in those markets from the likes of International Business Machines Corp and HP.

To help that effort, it has been acquiring companies, including Force 10 Networks and Compellent Technologies, to boost its enterprise-related products and services.

(Reporting By Poornima Gupta; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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Secure Cloud Computing Software manages IT resources.

New dashboard capability gives administrators a single, integrated view to better manage their cloud resources and control costs

BLUE BELL, Pa., — Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced release 2.1 of its Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution. The new release addresses a key challenge facing IT management: lowering IT costs by managing resources more efficiently.

Release 2.1 includes a new dashboard capability that gives administrators a single, integrated view of all cloud resources: servers, networks, storage systems and more. They can use the dashboard to determine the operational status of specific resources and take necessary actions to respond to business changes in real time, deliver performance mandated by service-level agreements (SLAs) and increase infrastructure productivity.

For example, if the administrator of a retail website knows that a new promotion has increased hits on the customer-service application beyond expected levels, they can, within minutes, use the dashboard to increase network bandwidth, find idle servers and switch them to productive use and create new virtual machines on active servers to handle the temporary workload. When the requirement has passed, the administrator can decommission the added resources to eliminate associated overhead costs.

“This advanced dashboard capability gives organizations the visibility they need to better manage their cloud resources and expenditures,” said Rod Sapp, vice president, Data Center Transformation and Outsourcing Products and Technology, Unisys. “As the adage goes, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. With Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution, organizations can finally get their arms around all of their cloud investments so that they can realize the benefits in responsiveness and cost savings that cloud computing offers.”

The Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution streamlines provisioning and management of critical IT resources, helping clients reduce provisioning time from weeks to minutes.

Based on client feedback as well as Unisys’ own experience in running its entire engineering development operation thorough this solution, Unisys estimates that the Secure Private Cloud Solution can yield a typical organization operational and cost avoidance savings of up to $6 million over five years. (1)

The enhanced dashboard capability in release 2.1 complements key features in release 2 of the Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution, announced in November 2011:

— An open software framework affording greater flexibility to integrate with widely used IT service management systems such as BMC Remedy and IBM Tivoli.

— Software-based single-pane management. Separated from the physical platform and linked to the administrative console only by an IP connection, this facility enables IT administrators to connect to the management interface through a browser on an iPad or any other mobile device.

— Role-based single sign-on security for simplified access to cloud operations.

— Tight integration with Unisys remote infrastructure management services, which monitor and correlate events across all segments of a managed infrastructure to orchestrate preventive and pre-emptive action against potential IT faults.

— Enhanced automated orchestration capabilities that enable faster policy-based allocation of resources to meet fluctuating business demands.

— Metering that tracks resource usage and allocates charges back to business organizations, with each group paying only for the resources it uses.

(1) Estimate based on a TCO analysis and case study performed by Unisys, which can be viewed here.

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Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solve critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 23,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit

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ScaleXtreme Automates Cloud-Based Patch Management For Virtual, Physical Servers

Posted by Esther Shein
February 27, 2012

Tags: ScaleXtreme, server automation, cloud-based patch management automation, public cloud, virtual, physical servers, automatic scanning, remediation, Windows, Linux, data center, SaaS, Amazon, Rackspace, CA, BMC, IBM/Tivoli,

Channel: Virtualization, Private Cloud, Cloud Computing, Security, Public Cloud, Data Center

ScaleXtreme, a provider of server automation products, has launched a cloud-based patch management automation product for use in public cloud, virtual and physical servers. The tool does automatic scanning and remediation for patch management, says Nand Mulchandani, CEO and co-founder of ScaleXtreme.

“You really don’t have a lot of options for managing your Windows and Linux servers,” he says. While patch management has been around for a long time, Mulchandani says it is difficult to do on a public cloud machine “in a clean, uniform way across multiple operating systems.”

What is unique about ScaleXtreme’s offering is the fact that it is designed for cloud environments and “at the same time treating the existing data center environments all with one tool,” notes Peter Christy, co-founder and principal analyst at Internet Research Group. “I would guess that the fact that [ScaleXtreme] lets you manage multiple data center environments with one system is more valuable than the cost of changing a system you might already be using,” assuming the latest version works the same as the previous one, he adds.

The system management task today is quite different from system management 10 years ago because of the introduction of virtualization and the impact it has had on data center IT, Christy says. Because it is using a SaaS application delivery model, ScaleXtreme provides much simpler deployment, support and cost, he says.

Interest in private cloud operations that can work in conjunction with the public cloud grew markedly in 2011, according to the second InformationWeek Reports State of Cloud Computing Survey. Microsoft and VMware in particular have turned their attention to enabling the higher-level services included in the build out of private cloud environments–making use of their virtualization products as a set of core cloud software that runs inside a company’s own data center. Mulchandani says their customers have cited security as the top reason they’re not moving from a private cloud to a public cloud, but that they can now set up on-demand or scheduled scans both on their enterprise physical servers and virtual machines, as well as public cloud servers. ScaleXtreme supports Windows and Linux servers, and patches can be deployed on the fly or on a specific schedule, he says.

“You as the customer really want the advantages of being able to buy capacity from different locations with a single view of all of your systems,” Mulchandani says. “You want to log in and see all your servers, whether they are on Amazon or Rackspace, and have them show up in a single location and be able to manage them in the exact same way,” he says. The company is able to do this, he maintains, with the platform technology it has built to manage servers through firewalls without having to open a single inbound port.

Traditional systems management products operating outside of the corporate firewall or on the cloud require that a port be opened to allow the product to communicate with the server. “Our product inverts that model, so instead of the product communicating to the server, the server communicates to the product,” says Mulchandani, through the use of a software agent that communicates out to the cloud. That gives IT the ability to manage servers sitting behind the firewall or in the public cloud just as easily, he says, and both look the same.

Other competitors in the general management space include CA, BMC and IBM/Tivoli, among others, says Christy.

ScaleXtreme offers free patch scanning for public cloud machines, virtual servers and physical servers to select customers through its free ScaleXtreme Xpress product. Its Xpert product costs $15 per month.

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