September 22, 2011 News Thursday: Dell vStart 50m Release, PASS Summit, and more Server and Tools News

by STB Blogger

Dell announces vStart 50m for Windows Server Hyper-V
On Tuesday, Dell announced the release of vStart 50m, the newest offering in Dell’s vStart line and the first to support Windows Server Hyper-V.  vStart 50m, a pre-built virtualization appliance, brings together Dell hardware and software with Windows Server Hyper-V, helping organizations quickly and easily achieve the benefits of virtualization and shortening the path to private cloud. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can get started today. Availability in additional countries will be announced within the next few weeks.

This offering follows the Microsoft/Dell April announcement around a new, three-year initiative to help customers deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies. Visit the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog to learn more.

PASS Summit 2011 kicks off on October 11
PASS Summit 2011 is coming up soon! The conference kicks off on Tuesday, October 11, ending on Friday, October 14. Hosted at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA, PASS Summit is the largest SQL Server and BI conference in the world. With 174 training sessions across six technical tracks taught by SQL Server experts, PASS 2011 will provide SQL Server users and enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from and network with other like-minded people.

Registration for PASS Summit 2011 is open now! To learn more, read about the event on the Microsoft SQL Server Team Blog, watch a video from last year’s conference, and follow conversation about the event on Twitter at hashtag #sqlpass.

NEC Announces ProgrammableFlow: First OpenFlow Solution Compatible with Windows Operating Systems
Today, NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced communication and IT solutions, unveiled ProgrammableFlow, NEC’s OpenFlow-based network fabric, which works with Windows-based virtualized environments. ProgrammableFlow’s vPFS Virtual Switch for Windows Server “8” will give Windows Server customers a new option for building large, flat networks that streamline the management of datacenter networks through greater levels of automation, while driving down operational costs and time to deliver business services.

The NEC vPFS Virtual Switch leverages the new features in Windows Server 8 to bring the benefits of OpenFlow, including network policy mobility, monitoring and programmability, to Hyper-V environments.

ProgrammableFlow, demonstrated in Windows Server 8 environments at last week’s BUILD conference, will be commercially available for Windows Environments upon the release of Windows 8.

Read the full press release in NEC’s Virtual Press Room.