Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
Logicalis acquires Inca Software. UK solutions provider Logicalis announced that it has agreed to acquire Inca Software and thus one of the first UK system integrators capable of delivering the full suite of next generation tools, including analytics, collaboration and cloud. Inca is the largest UK IBM Cognos partner and received the 2010 IBM EMEA Business Partner Excellence Award. “Logicalis’ acquisition of Inca Software will open a unique stream of expertise in analytics to customers, and signals our intention to bring differentiated business outcome solutions to market," said Tom Kelly, Managing Director of Logicalis UK. "Our expertise in business collaboration will be combined with Inca’s expertise in business analytics to help our customers become smarter organisations. Logicalis will be a smarter partner," The acquisition will complete April 1, 2011.
Data Foundry's Texas 1 supports HPC. Data Foundry announced that its Texas 1 data center set to open this summer will support High Performance Computing (HPC) requirements. The Texas 1 facility is part of a 40-acre, 100 megawatt data center development named the Data Ranch. Traditionally HPC systems have had dedicated facilities as opposed to being hosted by colocation providers. "Data Foundry fully understands what is important to HPC users,” states Edward Henigin, Chief Technology Officer of Data Foundry. “Texas 1 supports high floor loads, private suites starting at 2,500 SF and flexible configurations including chimney cabinets, hot or cold aisle containment, and customized liquid cooling solutions. Our 24x7 expert staff has years of experience in layout design and CFD modeling, creating optimal solutions for our customers.” The data center can accomodate water-cooled cabinets reaching upwards of 50kW per cabinet.
Blue Coat plans Sydney data center. Computerworld Australia reports that security vendor Blue Coat is set to ramp up Cloud services in Australia with the construction of a data center in Sydney by July. The exact size and location in Australia is not known, as the company is still finishing due diligence on site selection. "We've only really launched the Cloud services portfolio in the past fortnight and we're still in the beta phase," said Rajeev Mitroo, managing director at Blue Coat for Australia and new Zealand. "We've had a lot of interest from customers, two of which have asked for Cloud pilots to be run."