Dell has inked an agreement to purchase Scalent, a privately held company specializing in server and data center virtualization management software, the OEM announced.
:Scalent provides a critical building block for our Virtual Integrated System, the most open, capable and affordable converged infrastructure solution available," said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "This acquisition will solidify an important component of our enterprise solution portfolio. We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers. Scalent’s open architecture is an example of Dell’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with solutions that don’t lock them into proprietary hardware or gateways."
Dell said it plans to complete the acquisition by the end of the month. Once that happens, the OEM will focus on integrating Scalent's infrastructure software into its existing Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) data center software package.
Israeli startup Anobit has announced its debut product – the Genesis range of solid-state drives (SSD). It has managed to draw our attention to its SSDs because of some very lofty claims. Genesis SSDs are essentially multilevel cell (MLC) SSDs with uncharacteristically high endurance levels. According to the company's press release, Anobit's Memory Signal Processing (MSP) technology is what extends MLC endurance levels to those usually associated with SLC-based SSDs.
It is said to improve endurance levels from around 3K read/write cycles to 50K cycles, representing an improvement by a factor of 20: “This guarantees drive write endurance of ten full disk writes per day, for five years, or 7,300 TBs for a 400 GB drive, with fully random data (worst-case conditions).”
Anobit promises this mammoth leap in reliability and performance at the usual price of MLC flash.“For too long, the high prices of SLC SSDs and concerns about MLC SSD endurance have slowed the adoption of flash memory storage in the enterprise. Anobit Genesis SSDs effectively neutralize both of these concerns,” said Prof. Ehud Weinstein, Anobit CEO. “By delivering true enterprise-class SSD reliability at affordable MLC SSD prices, Anobit Genesis SSDs unlock the full promise of solid-state enterprise storage.”
The SSDs are available in 200GB and 400GB capacities, and boast sustained read rates up to 220 MB/s and sustained write rates up to 180 MB/s.
Enterprise networking specialist Force10 Networks on Wednesday announced what it claims is the industry's first switch purpose-built for dynamic virtualized datacenter environments.
The new 1RU S60 comes equipped with 48 wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports (44 10/100/1000 Base TX and four SFP) and up to four 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks for hooking up with core switches, or for stacking.
Other features include support for packet buffer of 1.25GB, an auto-configuration feature to simplify switch provisioning, and the ability to stack up to 12 S60s to be managed as a single logical switch.
The S60 starts at $10,595 and will be available by the end of the month.
We fully grasp that, as a human race, we're intelligent enough to devise a way for cow pies to be used to power a data center, but what we really want to know is how anyone in HP's ranks kept a straight face while discussing the "manure output of cows." Not only did HP talk about this internally, but the company went and drew up an entire game plan, and who knows, that smell seeping in through your car windows as you drive down the interstate might be coming for a new data center.
"The idea of using animal waste to generate energy has been around for centuries, with manure being used every day in remote villages to generate heat for cooking. The new idea that we are presenting in this research is to create a symbiotic relationship between farms and the IT ecosystem that can benefit the farm, the data center and the environment," said Tom Christian, principal research scientist, Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab, HP.
According to HP, 10,000 dairy cows produce enough waste to power a 1 megawatt (MW) data center, which is the equivalent of a medium-sized data center, and still have power left over to support other needs on the farm. And get this - the heat generated by the data center can be used to increase the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal waste. Yep, warm manure is just what the IT industry needs.
On very much a related note, did you know that the average dairy cow produces about 120 pounds of manure each day, and about 20 metric tons per year? That's enough to generate 3 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electrical energy.
The $600,000 made-to-order rack consists of a 20ft x 8ft x 8ft IT system that's fully enclosed, portable, and ready to run. The frame can hold 10 racks of servers, storage, and switching hardware, along with hookups for air, water, and electrical power throughput as needed, eWeek.com reports.
"There are a lot of companies that don't need anywhere near 22 racks," said Jean Brandau, HP Product Manager. "So this 10-rack POD gives them a good choice."
HP said the price doesn't include IT, so companies will need to set aside separate funds for hardware and software. However, the OEM said it can build a POD to request and have it tested and running for workloads in about six weeks.