Infrastructure

HP aims Dynamic Smart Cooling at hot data centres 

HP announced an energy management system designed to bridge the gap between facilities and IT to help customers reduce data centre operating costs.

HP Dynamic Smart Cooling, is designed to deliver 20 to 45 per cent savings in cooling energy costs or allow additional equipment to be added to the data centre while keeping net power costs constant.

The HP system uses advanced software residing in an intelligent control node to continuously adjust air conditioning settings based on real-time air-temperature measurements from a network of sensors deployed on IT racks. Dynamic Smart Cooling actively manages the environment to deliver cooling where it is needed most, HP said.

Dynamic Smart Cooling integrates with HP Thermal Logic, a component of the HP BladeSystem c-Class architecture. Dynamic Smart Cooling also can be used with any standard IT equipment rack and incorporates standard interfaces to most air conditioning and building management systems, making it ideal for new construction and retrofit projects.

HP also announced a 3-Phase Power portfolio, enabling facilities deployments to match the rapid evolution of IT equipment governed by “Moore’s Law.”  The HP 3-Phase Power portfolio includes a modular three-phase Uninterruptible Power System and 100KVA Power Distribution Rack. When used with HP standard racks, these two offerings allow customers to deploy redundant power grids 

HP Dynamic Smart Cooling and the HP 3-Phase Power portfolio is expected to be available worldwide in the third calendar quarter of 2007. Pricing for the solutions will be released upon availability.

Storage

Symantec adds Application Director to Veritas Server Foundation 

Symantec Corp. announced additional capabilities within its Veritas Server Foundation product series, including the release of Veritas Application Director.

Symantec also announced Veritas Patch Manager, which adds patch management and patch distribution functionality to the existing operating system and application provisioning capabilities of Veritas Server Foundation.   

Application Director is designed to monitor, and start and stop complex applications across hundreds or thousands of physical or virtual servers, across every major operating system, in a secure, error-proof way. Application Director allow customers to define an application’s run-time requirements, such as its CPU and memory needs, network and storage connectivity, dependencies across internal application components and tiers, and its business priority. Users can then create and enforce policies based on those requirements to control when and where applications run across heterogeneous physical and virtual environments.  

Application Director also monitors the applications within the virtual server, the virtual server itself, and the underlying hardware, as well as enabling the user to start, stop, and migrates the applications and the virtual servers across hosts. Application Director currently supports Solaris Zones from Sun, VMware ESX server from EMC, and AIX Micro-partitions from IBM. Symantec plans to extend this coverage to support all major virtual machine platforms across all major operating systems.

Symantec has also released Patch Manager, which provides a centralized approach to patch servers and applications across operating systems. It automatically performs scanning and assessment, examining the current patch footprint in each application or OS and comparing it to available patches using policy-based rules to automatically manage updates. In addition, Patch Manager includes pre-release testing, patch repository management, and automatic patch distribution with deployment, rollback, and failed patch recovery. Veritas Server Foundation licensing fees start at US$300 per CPU for each managed server. All Server Foundation components can be purchased separately or as part of a Server Foundation bundle.  

Networking 

Techinline Remote Desktop connects distributed workers

Techinline Limited announced the release of Techinline Remote Desktop, which allows users to create a remote assistance service, which becomes available for your clients in seconds.

Techinline Remote Desktop gives access to full keyboard input and mouse control. It includes an auto scroll feature and color unification. Techinline Remote Desktop will help you show on the desktop whatever you might need (a photo, the way some application works, etc.). It allows you to host a live presentation or a training session just as if you and your client were working at the same computer, the company said.

All data of the session, visual and control, is encrypted with 128-bit SSL encryption and is transmitted via secure HTTPS protocol. The service is backed up by the Internet Explorer ActiveX plug-ins, which come signed by Comodo authority and are automatically installed in a way common to any standard ActiveX control.

Techinline Remote Desktop runs under Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003 and costs from US$29.95 to US$119.95 if you choose Pay Per-Session Plan and only US$19.95 if your choice is Unlimited Monthly Plan.

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