Here’s a roundup of news announcements from the data center and hosting industry:
- Cisco's Space Router: A "space-tolerant" router designed by Cisco flew into orbit this week aboard an Intelsat, Ltd. satellite. The Intelsat 14 satellite is a demonstration of Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) for the U.S. military. "We expect IRIS to connect the Internet with satellites in space for the warfighters who need seamless communication between ground-based networks and satellites used for communications," said Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General. "Once the capabilities of IRIS are demonstrated, there could be a great deal of interest in this technology from a wide range of end users, both inside and outside of government."
- Fujitsu opens annex of Tokyo data center. Fujitsu announced Monday the opening of the new annex of the Tatebayashi System Center in Gunma Prefecture outside Tokyo. The data center will power outsourcing services and next-generation cloud services business in Japan. The new annex also showcases the latest eco-friendly technologies as a part of "Fujitsu's Green Policy Innovation" green IT project. The 247,000 square foot data center can accomodate 20 kVA per rack and employs solar power generation. The facility will initially contain a server farm configured with 1,000 servers and Fujitsu is looking to implement virtualization, autonomy, scalability, and usability, further advancing its Trusted-Service Platform for cloud services in Japan.
- Juniper products awarded MEF certification. Juniper Networks announced Monday that its M series multiservice edge routers, T series core routers and MX series 3D universal edge routers have been awarded to Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 21 standards by Iometrix. Juniper vice president of Operations Gert Jan Shenk said "MEF certification demonstrates that the Juniper routing portfolio enhances the operator experience and economics of networking for the service provider." Juniper unveiled its vision for a "new network" in October with new software, hardware and partnerships.
- Core NAP completes Type II SAS 70 audit. Austin Texas based Core NAP announced it has completed a Type II SAS 70 audit of its general controls supporting data center operations. The report addresses the control environment, risk assessment activities, control activities, information and communication systems and monitoring activities. “Core NAP’s management understands the ever-increasing importance of corporate governance, as well as the impact of the organization’s services on our clients’ internal controls,” said Kenneth Smith, president and CEO of Core NAP.