Here’s a roundup of news announcements from the data center and hosting industry:
- CSC and SOASTA announce integration. Cloud testing company SOASTA and IT Services company CSC announced Tuesday that SOASTA CloudTest will be integrated into CSC's Trusted Cloud Services and testing and development methodology. The SOASTA CloudTest solution provides load and performance testing solutions for web applications and services. The CSC Trusted Cloud Services offering delivers 'Testing as a Service' (TaaS). “It has been cost-prohibitive to simulate real world traffic using traditional testing methods," said Gartner VP Ben Pring. "With cloud-based testing, enterprises of all sizes can now affordably test to identify performance issues and validate website reliability.” SOASTA will be at the SYS-CON Cloud Computing Conference and Expo in Santa Clara November 2-4.
- Cisco introduces borderless networks architecture. On Tuesday Cisco announced the second generation of its Integrated Services Router (ISR) and a five phase plan to help deliver services and applications seamlessly, reliably and securely. The ISR G2 combines routing, switching, wireless and security technologies into a tightly integrated networking infrastructure and offers as much as five times the performance of the previous generation. The Cisco ISR router has sold more than 7 million units since its introduction in 2004. The ISR G2 is a full portfolio of routers including 3900, 2900, and 1900 series. Cisco is also introducing a new platform for its Aggregation Services Router via the ASR 1002-F. Cisco held a Borderless Networks Experience event Tuesday to showcase new innovations for video, service delivery business growth, and more.
- Gartner's top 10 strategic technologies for 2010. Gartner, Inc. analysts identified the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic in 2010. A strategic technology is defined as "one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years." 2010 technologies include cloud computing, advanced analytics, client computing, IT for Green, Reshaping the Data Center, social computing, security - activity monitoring, flash memory, virtualization for availability and mobile applications. In reshaping the data center Gartner notes that "costs are actually lower if enterprises adopt a pod-based approach to data center construction and expansion".