Roundup: Monolith, Raritan, Fortrust, Brocade

A roundup of data center news from Monolith Software, Equinix (EQIX), Raritan, FORTRUST, Rackspace Hosting (RAX), NetApp 9NTAP), Brocade Communciations (BRCD) and 5Nines Data.

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

  • Equinix monitors European data centers with Monolith software. Equinix (EQIX) operates 19 Internet Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Europe and announced Wednesday that they have chosen Monolith Software as its technology monitoring platform. Equinix said it evaluated various monitoring tools and then standardized on Monolith's network operations monitoring solution. "Monolith was able to meet all of our requirements and since deploying Monolith, we have been satisfied with its flexibility and scalability," said Andy Castle, vice president of IT - Equinix Europe.
  • Raritan unveils major upgrade to dcTrack. Infrastructure and KVM management solution provider Raritan announced a major upgrade to dcTrack , its data center infrastructure management solution. The software helps data center staff visualize and automate the tracking and management of IT and facility systems. "The new enhancements are designed to improve capacity planning and utilization, support change management, and drive costs out of data center operations," said Khaled Nassoura of Raritan. The software upgrade features new built-in wizards, importing of existing spreadsheets containing IT assets and connectivity details without the need to modify the spreadsheets' structure or format. dcTrack is able to dynamically link to AutoCAD and Visio floor plan drawings and can use the built-in SNMP auto-discovery features to maintain accurate records of IT systems, MAC and IP addressing and software applications.
  • Fortrust announces virtualized disaster recovery service. Data center and colocation provider FORTRUST announced availability of AppSafe, an advanced disaster recovery service Tuesday. AppSafe is a managed disaster recovery service for rapid recovery of business-critical applications in the event of an outage or disaster. Images of customer's servers are maintained in FORTRUST's virtual server environment. AppSafe has 3 standard solutions for Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives, starting at $500 one-time cost.

  • Rackspace Hosting reports 2nd quarter 2009 results. Rackspace (RAX) reported a record net revenue of $152 million, growing 16.2% year-over-year and 4.8% sequentially for the quarter ending June 30, 2009. Net income was $7.0 million and adjusted EBITDA was $48.1 million. Revenue for the quarter was impacted by $2.4 million of service credits relating to service interuptions in June. Managed hosting revenue increased to $138.9 million for the 2nd quarter of 2009, up from $134.2 million in the first quarter. Total customer count from the first to second quarter of 2009 went from 62,078 to 70,803. Those 70,803 customers are comprised of 19,363 managed hosting customers and 51,440 cloud computing customers. For the full year of 2009 the company expects to have total capital expenditures of $165 million to $185 million.
  • NetApp & Brocade relationship unveils new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) product offerings. Three new products were announced Tuesday by NetaApp (NTAP) and Brocade (BRCD) as a part of NetApp's next-generation FCoE product offerings. The new Brocade switch, blade and converged network adapaters (CNAs) continue NetApp's leadership in FCoE. Both NetApp and Brocade have been active participants in the development of the FCoE standard, which was recently completed and unanimously approved. The Brocade 8000 FCoE switch and the Brocade 1020 CNA will be available from NetApp in August. The Brocade FCoE blade for the DCX and the DCX-4S is planned to be available in September 2009. NetApp also released a second press release Tuesday detailing the FCoE solutions.
  • 5Nines expands to Milwaukee. Madison, Wisconsin based 5Nines Data announced that they are expanding data center services to Milwaukee, citing increasing demand for remote storage and to provide enhanced disaster recovery services for customers. 5Nines' second location will be in a carrier hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
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