Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
Cisco to Power NBC’s Olympic HD Coverage. Cisco announced Wednesday thatit is will provide NBC with a media-aware IP video network infrastructure during the network’s all-HD coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. To support production and video-archiving functions NBC will be testing the Cisco Media Data Center and Unified Computing System. Cisco Flip video cameras will help NBC analysts and bloggers shoot on-the-fly video around the winter games. “The NBC network powered by Cisco technology is a medianet in action, making a great example of what a network optimized for extreme video traffic and rich media applications can handle,” said Pankaj Patel, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Group.
IBM Provides Modular Server Room with India Bank. IBM has entered into an agreement with India’s Karad Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd. (KUCB) to deploy a Scalable Modular Server Room (SMSR), a pre-designed and pre-fabricated data center. The deal is expected to enable KUCB to save nearly 75% on resource allocation costs. Additionally IBM will provide facility and maintenance services for both the data center and disaster recovery sites of KUCB. “With the scale of our operations expanding, it is imperative for us to invest in technology solutions that are ready-to-deploy and continuously meet the unique requirements associated with our growth,” said KUCB’s Chairman, Dr. Subhash S. Erram. “IBM’s unique value proposition through SMSR and their consultative approach was in synch with our requirements.”
Q9 Networks selected by Canadian Automobile Association. Toronto based Q9 Networks announced that it was selected by the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario to provide a comprehensive data center colocation solution. As a consolidation plan for the Association they will go from two internal and two external facilities to a single Q9 data center with failover to a second Q9 facility. “Q9 sells its colocation services based on a power reservation model that gives us an incentive to understand and closely manage the power draw of our IT assets,” says CAA SCO Chief Operating Officer, Jay Woo.