Roundup: Microsoft, Wyse, Radware
Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
Radware ADC qualifies for Exchange Server 2010. Radware (RDWR) announced that its Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solutions, AppDirector, Alteon and Alteon VA are qualified for interoperability with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Radware’s ADC and Exchange 2010 solutions work together to provide resiliency, efficiency and scalability. ADC solutions also include advanced health monitoring, advanced traffic management, acceleration to optimize quality of experience and offload critical resources from CAS servers and ‘pay-as-you-grow’ scalable throughput using what is necessary only when needed. “With the evolving networking landscape, business requirements are becoming more onerous in terms of needs and costs creating unnecessary concerns,” stated Yossi Vardi, Vice-President Business Development, Radware. “The use of Exchange 2010 with Radware ADC solutions is an ideal approach, and Exchange customers moving towards a hybrid or virtualized environment can benefit from our ADC solutions, which have integrated virtualization capabilities and, thus, can easily facilitate the transition.”
San Francisco selects Microsoft email cloud. Microsoft (MSFT) announced that it will upgrade and consolidate its multiple citywide email systems used by more than 23,000 San Francisco city employees as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of its services and reduce IT management costs. Migration of employees across 60 departments has already started and over the next twelve months they are scheduled to move to Microsoft Exchange Online, a cloud-based enterprise messaging solution. Several competing solutions were examined based on criteria that included price, security, functionality, flexibility, SLA-backed service, proven record for support, and integration with existing infrastructure and tools. San Francisco CIO John Walton said they will pay $1.2 million a year–or $6.50 per month, per user–for hosted email and archiving on the service, which will be hosted in Microsoft’s data centers. Walton continued, “by moving to the Microsoft platform, we not only get immediate improvements to our system, but we gain a disaster-resilient system that provides the most modern information tools, with solid support provisions that can scale with the needs of our constituents.”
Wyse enhances Windows thin clients. Wyse Technology introduced significant enhancements to the family of desktop and mobile thin clients based on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system. The Wyse Configuration Manager (WCM) began shipping, as a self-configuring client technology for the cloud and Wyse-enhanced Windows Embedded virtual desktop environments. WCM delivers a simplified management interface to virtual desktops by allowing IT departments to auto-configure thin clients and automate deployment throughout a private cloud. In addition to the improved management capabilities via WCM, Wyse now offers Windows Embedded Standard 7 users new features such as image size reductions, enhanced configuration capabilities, and better performance through Wyse class devices. “We are pleased to be working with innovative companies such as Wyse to quickly bring to market RemoteFX-ready thin client devices,” said Alexa Barron, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. “Windows Embedded Standard 7 is the premier development platform to equip OEMs with the tools to build the next generation of thin client devices with features including extended manageability, compatibility and security.” Wyse also announced the signing of a worldwide multiyear OEM agreement with NEC Corporation where they can offer their customers two advanced NEC-branded Wyse thin clients with Wyse’s WDM cloud client infrastructure management software, which were developed for and in collaboration with NEC.