Roundup: VeriSign, Rackspace, Brocade, Cisco

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Here’s a quick roundup of some recent news bites of interest to data center professionals:

  • VeriSign said Thursday that CEO Bill Roper has resigned and been replaced by founder and chairman Jim Bidzos. Roper had overseen a refocusing of VeriSign’s operation that included the sale of its Kontiki CDN unit. Some saw the prompt exit as a bit of a mystery, but Roper’s resignation was voluntary, Bidzos told analysts Thursday on a conference call. “I don’t think it was fair to have him around while we were looking for a replacement, so he chose to leave.”
  • Rackspace Hosting continues to announce service enhancements in preparation for its IPO. Today Rackspace announced a full suite of hardware, software and professional services to help customers achieve Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) is a set of security requirements developed by major credit card companies for businesses that accept, process or store credit card information.
  • Brocade is stepping up the rhetoric in its rivalry with Cisco (CSCO) for next-generation switches to power a unified fabric in the data center. Greg Ferro notes that in a recent call with analysts, Brocade “dismisses DCE (Data Center Ethernet) as a Cisco-trademarked term and expects it to be a proprietary implementation, not backwards-compatible either, meaning a fork-lift upgrade.” For background, see our item on blogfeuds around storage networking standards.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.