Here’s a roundup of news announcements from the data center and hosting industry:
- Force 10 demonstrates at Interop. Force 10 Networks partnered with AFORE Solutions and Sun Microsystems at INTEROP in New York last week to demonstrate data center virutalization products and cloud computing initiatives focused on driving greater network agility. The 3 vendors demonstrated virtualized resource allocation for cloud-oriented applications as well as the AFORE ASE3300 Virutalization Extension Platform. The ASE3300 and Force 10 switch and router solutions combine to enable a multi-site, virtual data center enabling migration to cloud computing environments.
- Avocent upgrades data center management software. Announced at Interop last week, Avocent is upgrading its MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer to include several new management capabilities. The company said these enhancements will provide a unique view into capacity planning, bringing additional return on investment and total cost of ownership benefits. Avocent CTO Ben Grimes said that the software will allow "customers to know where their assets are, as well as plan for different 'what if' scenarios, and manage their data centers to reduce risk - all while bringing improved ROI and total cost of ownership benefits to customers." New features include rack timeline and an enhanced change management and capacity search capabilities.
- Deutsche Telekom Buys Strato: Deutsche Telekom has acquired German web hosting provider Strato from Freenet, the companies said on Friday. Deutsche Telekom reportedly paid $409 million for Strato, which hosts 4 million domains, "This step boosts our position on the highly interesting market for hosting solutions," said Niek Jan van Damme, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom for fixed-network and mobile business in Germany. "Strato complements our activities in the hosting area perfectly and will make a positive contribution to net profit and free cash flow from the very first day of consolidation," said van Damme.
- Social Networks: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace. Several news stories shed light on popular Web 2.0 sites last week. Bloomberg estimates that common stock valuation for Facebook jumped 42% in the past four months to $9.5 billion. The valuation comes after increased trading activity on stock service sites that allow current and former employees to sell shares of stock. Twitter COO Dick Costolo spoke at a conference last week and said that Twitter is getting more than $4 million a year in revenue from companies that use Twitter data. Costolo also said that "you will see an advertising strategy from us in the very near future." Cnet News reports that MySpace has aquired social-networking music site Imeem. Sources with knowledge of the deal say it is worth $8 million.
- Meanwhile, original web power-house company AOL has cut local headcount in northern Virginia by 2,400.