Here’s a roundup of news announcements from the data center and hosting industry:
- Internap Enhances CDN for High Quality Video. On Tuesday Internap Network Services announced enhancements to its content delivery network (CDN) offering, including new ease-of-use functions and automation of key CDN capabilities. A comScore Video Metrix service poll showed that in September 2009 more than 84.8% of the total U.S. Internet audience watched online video. Version 5.0 of Internap's CDN MediaConsole includes an integrated rule-based transcoding that automatically converts video into the ideal formats for a broad range of devices. It also performs a continuous bitrate adjustment that dynamically adapts video streams based on the capabilities and bandwidth of the network. Internap is showcasing its CDN offering at the Streaming Media West conference November 17-19.
- Rackspace Launches Cloud Drive. Rackspace (RAX) announced a set of new product offerings that help businesses move their IT applications into the cloud. New products include Cloud Drive, Server Backup, and an upcoming release of Hosted Microsoft SharePoint. The new cloud products mark an aggressive move by Rackspace to expand into collaboration and backup applications and compete in the software-as-a-service market. Rackspace Cloud Drive is a cloud-based, online file storage application that allows individuals and teams to store, share and backup files. Rackspace Server Backup is a cloud-based, online server backup application designed to protect file server data. Both Server Backup and Cloud Drive are powered by technology from Jungle Disk, a Rackspace subsidiary acquired in 2008.
- Joyent Secures $8.5 million from Intel Capital. Cloud provider Joyent announced Tuesday that it received an infusion of funding from Intel's global investment organization, Intel Capital. The funds will be used to accelerate its product development, sales and marketing and an increased global expansion. “Joyent has developed its own data center virtualization technology that creates a flexible multi-tenant cloud," said Joyent CEO David Young. "As a result, Joyent’s technology delivers more than 70 percent utilization, which is eight times more than industry averages."
- Isilon announces new scale-out NAS products. Isilon Systems announced the release of the Isilon IQ 72000X and 72NL scale-out NAS products, bringing to market a 10 Petabyte single file system and single volume for nearline archive and disk-to-disk backup environments. The new products leverage Hitachi 2TB drives to double system capacity while reducing power, cooling and data center footprint by 50 percent. The IQ 72NL combines 72 Terabytes of storage in a 4U chassis and will scale to more than 10 Petabytes in a single file system. Both products are available currently in limited quantities, and will be generally available in January 2010.