Survey: Mainframes Continue to Play Key Role in Data Centers eWeek – August 20, 2009 A CA survey of IBM System z mainframe users, most of whom also run distributed computing environments, found that the mainframes address key concerns of IT professionals, such as security, reliability, management, and efficiency.
TechRepublic: CIOs Refuse to Buy Virtualization Hype ZDNet – August 20, 2009 TechRepublic’s CIO Jury has indicated that the vast majority of IT leaders have no plans to adopt desktop virtualization, although a minority group of IT chiefs are enthusiastic about it.
Microsoft, University Researchers Sharpen Data Center Architectures Network World – August 20, 2009 Microsoft and university researchers have come up with differing ways to address shortcomings of data center architectures and to promote the efficient use of virtual machines.
Microsoft Hyper-V Halts Nissan’s Server Sprawl Manufacturing Business Technology – August 20, 2009 Using Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Nissan virtualized most of its servers, reduced the number of manufacturing operations servers from 159 to 28, decreased energy usage by 34 percent, simplified systems at each plant, and reduced physical space requirements.
IBM Running Late on $863 Million Data Center Project for Texas InformationWeek – August 13, 2009 The state of Texas says an $863 million data center consolidation project with IBM has fallen short of promised savings by $14 million and that only 75 servers were moved into the new facilities by July 31 instead of…
Reconsidering SAN in Wake of SCSI Disk’s End IT Jungle – August 17, 2009 IBM will soon officially stop selling SCSI disks for System i and Power Systems servers, leaving serial attached SCSI (SAS) and solid state drives (SSD) as the only option for internal storage on the platform.
Citrix XenServer Virtualization Popular among Fortune 500 Companies Virtualization Journal – August 18, 2009 Citrix Systems just announced that more than 10 percent of Global Fortune 500 companies have activated its Citrix XenServer virtualization platform in the last four months, with activations among large enterprises spiking significantly.
New Methods to Control Data Center Costs New York Times – August 17, 2009 From using innovative construction methods to examining tax options, Microsoft and Google are exploring new strategies to save money on power-hungry data centers.
Downturn Boosts Importance of Data Centers
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