HP shrink the data centers with their new launched “box”. This “box” is a containerized data center which price starts at about 600.000$ without the inside equipment. How useful and how many customers will attract HP with this product we will see in the future, but for now if you have enough money to spend on such thing, you can have your own datacenter in your backyard.
Cisco and EMC this week unveiled their anticipated collaboration, which will provide integrated products and services for customers building private cloud computing infrastructures.
The partnership, which also includes virtualization software vendor VMware, is set up in two parts: one is a Virtual Computing Environment coalition to develop the new products; the other is a joint venture, called Acadia, to train customers and partners on how to install and use the products.
Cisco and EMC are lead investors in Acadia, while VMware and Intel are minority investors. Acadia will have its own CEO, which the companies are searching for, and an initial staff of 130. Acadia’s main mission will be to accelerate product sales and deployment, perform initial operating and then transfer operations to customers or partners.
“It will be a repository of knowledge transfer and best practices,” said EMC CEO Joe Tucci, during a Webcast announcing the coalition and joint venture.
The collaboration between the three companies is targeting a market the companies say — citing data from McKinsey and Company — exceeds $350 billion annually. Half of that amount is spent on capital expenses — product acquisition — and half on operating expenses.
Roughly 70% or more of those costs are allotted to maintaining existing infrastructures, leaving 30% or less for new technology purchases. The companies also say that approximately $85 billion can be addressed with data center virtualization and private cloud technology by 2015.
Cisco this week extended its Unified Computing System data center convergence platform with rack mountable servers, saying the new form factor represents an “entry level” into UCS and more choice for customers.
Cisco, however, did not disclose pricing for the 1RU and 2RU servers, which will be available in the fourth quarter.
The new C-Series rack-mount servers are designed to help accelerate the adoption of the Cisco unified computing and data center virtualization system. Like the predecessor B-Series blades, the C-Series rack mount servers utilize X86 Intel Xeon 5500 processors and are optimized for Cisco’s memory expansion and virtualized adapter technologies, which are integral to UCS.
The addition of the C-Series lets customers pick the compute form factor that fits their current and future data center environments, Cisco says.
Cisco will host a webcast presentation to discuss its strategy for transforming the data center.
Join John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco; Sue Bostrom, executive vice president and chief marketing officer; Rob Lloyd, executive vice president-designate of Worldwide Operations, and other Cisco executives for this online Internet event.
Date: Monday, March 16, 2009
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT
To attend, register at: Cisco Transforms the Data Center
Cisco’s move into the heart of data centers, expected to be laid out at an event next Monday, holds the promise of easing a big IT headache but may also escalate competition between the company and its partners.
The networking giant is widely expected to announce an entry into the blade server market, codenamed “California,” at the Monday event, though the company’s brief press invitation referred only to a concept Cisco calls “Unified Computing.” In a recent blog posting, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior described Unified Computing as a move toward unifying computing and storage platforms with networks and virtualization platforms. She also acknowledged Cisco will compete with some of its partners.
What Cisco wants to do, according to industry analysts, is to make virtualization easier — and gain a lot more control over virtualization itself. That goal doesn’t necessarily require the company to make its own servers, but some signals point in that direction.