Here’s a roundup of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
Dell announces intent to acquire InSite One. Dell announced its intent to acquire cloud-based medical archiving leader InSite One to help healthcare organizations simplify retention of healthcare data. This news comes a little over a week after the announcement that Dell is acquiring Compellent. Dell’s Unified Clinical Archive (UCA) solution will gain the advantage of a ‘private cloud archive’ and storage as a service through the InSite One acquisition. “We are dramatically simplifying archiving and retention of clinical data, both medical images and electronic medical records. This will allow our customers to improve care and support medical innovation through the efficient use of IT, and we’re doing it in a way that actually simplifies access to the information when it’s needed by clinicians,” said James Coffin, Ph.D., vice president of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.
SUNY moves to the Microsoft Cloud. Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new university-wide agreement with the State University of New York (SUNY) to make the Microsoft Live@edu suite of online communications and collaboration tools available. With 465,000 students at SUNY the university will meet the challenge of keeping students up to date by giving them access to online software, including hosted e-mail, calendars, online storage, Office Web Apps, instant messaging, document sharing and videoconferencing, among other services. Across the 64 campuses 70,000 students within SUNY are already taking advantage of Live@edu.
Red Hat reports third quarter results. Red Hat (RHT) announced financial results for the fiscal year 2011 third quarter, ending November 30, 2010. Subscription revenue was up 21 percent for the quarter at $198.8 million, with total revenue at $235.6 million. “Top line growth of 21% and even faster operating income growth, contributed to a 31% increase in operating cash flow,” stated Charlie Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. “We are well positioned at the confluence of several hot areas of IT; open source, virtualization and cloud computing.” GAAP Operating income was up 92 percent year-over-year at $38 million. Operating cash flow jumped 31 percent to $71 million from the prior year. Last week open source private cloud platform Eucalyptus Systems partnered with Red Hat to provide Eucalyptus support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Eucalyptus compatibility with the Apache Deltacloud application programming interface. Motley Fool analyzes third quarter results as well as interviews CEO Jim Whitehurst about their attack plan on the mature server platform industry.