Roundup: Hardcore, Internap, Platform, Telecity

The Liquid Blade from Hardcore Computer, which immerses blade servers in dielectric fluid coolant. Sun co-founder Scott McNealy is now an advisor to Hardcore.

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

Hardcore Computer adds Scott McNealy as advisor. Hardcore Computer announced that Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, is serving as an advisor to the company’s executives.  Harcore designs and manufactures liquid submersion cooled blade servers. Last spring the company’s Liquid Blade product received the Best Datacenter Innovation Award at the Blade Systems Insight Summit. “Our industry has experienced the network becoming the computer. Now we are transitioning to Cloud in a Container – closet, basement, or trailer,” said McNealy. “Hardcore Computer and their Liquid Blade do this by simplifying the data center.”

Internap selected by Sundance festival. Internap (INAP) announced that it is an official Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, held January 20-30 in Park City, Utah. Internap’s CDN has provided for Sundance both during and on an ongoing basis since 2006.  From 2006-2010, the Internap CDN served an average of 2.2 million views of Institute content per year and delivered an average of 12 terabytes of data per year.

Platform launches Platform ISF 2.1. Platform Computing announced the general availability of Platform ISF 2.1, a new release of its modular software for building and managing enterprise private clouds.  The latest release includes an industry-first dynamic ‘single cloud pane’ for cloud administrators and delegates in addition to expanded out-of-the-box definitions for multi-tier application environments such as Hadoop, Jboss, Tomcat and Websphere.  It also includes deeper VMware integration, a unique active-active multiple data center support, and enhanced external cloud bursting to Amazon EC2, including VPC. “Platform ISF is the best alternative to vertically integrated big vendor stacks or virtualization silos,” said said Jay Muelhoefer, VP Enterprise Marketing at Platform Computing. “As an open, end-to-end solution, Platform ISF allows companies to benefit from the cloud, not stitch it together across multiple vendors like a systems integrator.”

Telecity wins Greenbang Sustainability award.  TelecityGroup announced it has been named the winner of the Best Data Centre Innovation category at the Greenbang Sustainability Awards 2010.  The award was for their newest Paris data center, Condorcet, where they are expected to save the equivalent of 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.  Michael Tobin, CEO of TelecityGroup said:  “We are delighted to win the prestigious Greenbang Sustainability Award, as it is recognition for the ongoing hard work of TelecityGroup and our commitment to environmental sustainability. We strive to ensure the company’s environmental impact is minimised throughout all our operations.” Check out the video tour of the Condorcet facility.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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