Roundup: Equinix, Ciena, 3Tera, OSIsoft, NetApp

A roundup of recent data center headlines from Equinix (EQIX), Ciena (CIEN), Colo4Dallas, 3Tera, OSIsoft and NetApp (NTAP).

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

  • Equinix - Demand yet to come for Asia Pacific region.  The Jakarta Post has an interview with Equinix's President of Asia-Pacific, Samual Lee, who sees the region being a roughly $2 billion market for Equinix, with Singapore as the major IT hub.  Last month Equinix launched the $45 million first phase of their second data center in Singapore (SG2).  Lee continues to build on the story that CEO Steve Smith tells about the network density inside an Equinix facility and how this is a main differentiator between them and other companies that would try to build a data center in Singapore.
  • Colo4Dallas deploys Ciena's CN 4200 platform. Ciena Corporation (CIEN) announced Tuesday that colocation provider Colo4Dallas has deployed the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to provide high-performance, low-latency connectivity over dark fiber between its existing data center facility in Dallas and the INFOMART, a major carrier hotel in the city.  Colo4Dallas selected Ciena because of the flexible support of multiple services, carrier-class reliability and the ability to grow capacity in increments.  Third quarter 2009 fiscal results for Ciena will be announced September 3rd.
  • Bill Coleman joins 3Tera's advisory board. Technology veteran Bill Coleman has joined the advisory board of cloud computing and utility computing services provider 3Tera.  Bill Coleman founded Cassatt, was CEO of BEA Systems and was vice president of systems software at Sun Microsystems.  "I firmly believe that 3Tera's cloud computing technology and vision will drive fundamental change to the next generation of information technology," said Coleman. "I am excited to be a part of this and share my views and expertise, helping 3Tera position itself best to lead the cloud adoption in the enterprise."

  • OSIsoft joins research consortium. Data management software provider OSIsoft announced Tuesday that it had joined a research group at the Georgia Institute of Technology to fund research into optimization of data center operations by combining IT virtualization with thermal management.  OSIsoft makes PI System, which is an operational, event and real-time data management infrastructure. The PI System software will be used by the two groups OSIsoft has joined, the Consortium for Energy Efficient Thermal Management (CEETERM) and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS).  The research project will develop and model a virtualized IT environment holistically optimized for performance, IT power, thermal safety and cooling power.
  • NetApp Cloud Infrastructure for the Enterprise. NetApp unveiled Data ONTAP 8 and other new technologies Tuesday, to serve as the cloud infrastructure foundation for the enterprise.  "Today's announcements truly usher in a new era and way of doing business for NetApp", said president and CEO Tom Georgens.  Tom Georgens recently succeeded Dan Warmenhoven as CEO of NetApp.  ONTAP 8 includes enhanced functionality for virtualized and shared infrastructure environments, including nondisruptive data mobility, dynamic growth through a scale-out architecture, and 64-bit storage aggregates to support multi-petabyte deployments.  Additional new Netapp products include Data Motion, Performance Acceleration Module II, Dynamic Data Center Solution and a Fast-Start customer workshop.  A new NetApp disk shelf, the DS4243 was introduced, serving 24 terabytes in 4U of space.  NetApp also highlighted a number of relationships with IT vendors and Value Added Resellers that validate their approach to cloud computing.  NetApp founder Dave Hitz wraps up the announcements with a blog pos: Three Cloud Strategies every CIO should consider.
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