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Deal News: Oracle Acquires Acme Packet

Oracle (ORCL) announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Acme Packet (APKT), a global provider of session border control technology, for approximately $1.7 billion. Plus acquisition news from IBM, Twitter and The 451 Group. Read More

Cisco Expands SDN, Unveils New Nexus Switch

The Nexus 6004 is Cisco's highest density 40 Gigabit Layer 2/Layer 3 fixed switch. (Photo: Cisco Systems)

Cisco (CSCO) announced a variety of innovations for its Unified Data Center strategy, with a high density 40 Gigabit switch, a hybrid cloud solution, and a new controller. That included the Nexus 6000, a 96 port line rate 40-gigabit fixed form factor switch with Ethernet and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Read More

Dell Confirms $24 Billion Buyout Led by Silver Lake

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PC and server vendor Dell Inc. has agreed to be taken private in a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout led by Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell, the tech industry legend who founded the company in his dorm room and built it into a juggernaut. The long-rumored deal comes at a crucial point in the life of the company, which is facing challenges to its core markets for PCs and volume servers, and is seeking to build its own suite of cloud computing services. Read More

Microsoft’s Evolving Data Center Design

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Recent changes in web-scale data center design can be seen in the evolution of the Internet infrastructure at Microsoft, which has been the leading proponent of deploying servers on pre-fabricated modules rather than traditional data halls. We’ve put together a photo feature providing a visual guide to Microsoft’s design evolution. Read More

$1.5 Billion Iowa Project is Still Alive. Is it Apple?

The mysterious $1.5 billion project known as Project Catapult is apparently back in play in Iowa. Local officials aren’t identifying the mystery company, but an intriguing clue has emerged from documents suggesting the project will use solar power and fuel cells.
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Digital Realty Powers Up its POD Architecture

Infrastructure equipment arrives for installation at a Digital Realty data center

Digital Realty Trust has updated a key building block in its data center construction process to provide tenants with more power to support their IT infrastructure. POD Architecture 3.0 makes more effective use of pre-fabricated designs, allowing Digital Realty to offer customers up to 1.2 megawatts of IT capacity in each data hall, up from 1.125 megawatts. Read More

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