Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
- Red Hat introduces Deltacloud. Red Hat announced the initiation of a new open source project, named Deltacloud. The goal is to enable an ecosystem of developers, tools, scripts, and applications which can interoperate across the public and private clouds. The deltacloud.org site defines itself as an API that abstracts the differences between clouds. Deltacloud provides REST API (simple, any-platform access), Amazon's EC2, RHEV-M, VMware ESX and RackSpace (coming soon). The Deltacloud Portal web interface then provides a way to manage cloud instances, images and cloud to cloud migration. Red Hat also had an announcement with HP today about optimizing Red Hat Enterprise virtualization for HP Blade System matrix. The Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2009 were held in Chicago September 1-4.
- Ciena Corporation posts $26.5 million quarterly loss. Network equipment provider Ciena reported a $26.5 million loss Thursday, as telecommunications companies cut back on capital expenditures. Ciena recorded $164.8 million in revenue for the quarter, down 35% from $253 million in the same quarter of 2008. The $164.8 million 3rd quarter revenue is up, from $144.2 million last quarter. The company expects fourth quarter revenue to be "roughly flat with the third quarter revenue."
- Level 3 announces reporting platform for CDN. Level 3 announced Content Analytics Thursday, a new reporting platform for Content Delivery Network customers. The new service provides insight into traffic delivery patterns and web site audiences. It can track up to 100,000 URLs per CDN caching property. Level 3's senior vice president Peter Neil said "Content Analytics allows CDN customers to get a clearer understanding of how their online content is being consumed. That knowledge can result in better Web site planning, better user experiences and, ultimately, the opportunity for our customers to monetize their Web site environments more successfully." Content Analytics is offered as a component of the Level 3 Media Portal.
- VYCON products honored. Designer and manufacturer of environmentally-friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems VYCON announced that its new VDC and VDC-XE Direct Connect DC backup systems have been honored by Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine with the Bronze award in the the 2009 Product of the Year competition. The VYCON press release states that "The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has estimated that the annual cost of interruptions and power quality events at $104 billion to $164 billion annually."