Product News: The latest datacentre products for the week commencing 11 June, 2008

Product News: The latest datacentre products for the week commencing 11 June, 2008

ARN reviews the latest datacentre products

IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express

The JS12 Express has been designed for clients looking to consolidate multiple applications and servers into a single BladeCenter chassis. As an alternative to a traditional AIX, IBM i or Linux rack-mount and tower server, the IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express blade server, combined with a BladeCenter S chassis, is designed for office environments and features a set of security doors to protect vital data and servers. It also has optional dust filtering. For a complete integrated business system, the IBM i Edition Express for BladeCenter S featuring the JS12 blade allows small- or mid-sized companies to avoid increased spending and staffing requirements while becoming more responsive to their customers and keeping data secure, the vendor claims. Powered by the latest IBM processor technology, Power6, the JS12 Express provides high levels of reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) characteristics, high energy efficiency and built-in PowerVM virtualisation to help achieve increased system utilisation, IBM claims.

Distributed by: Avnet and Ingram Micro

RRP: on application

NEC Express 5800/320Fd-MR

Aimed at SMBs, the 320Fd-MR server features a quad-core Intel Xeon processor which achieves a 20 per cent performance increase over NEC's existing 320Fc-MR model. The GeminiEngine chipset is engineered to synchronise redundant components and prevent CPU performance degradation due to hardware redundancy control. Hardware redundancy extends to the connection path between NEC's FT server and storage product, while the redundant path further improves data availability by simplifying the consolidation of physically distributed file and Web servers into a single FT server. The optional Active Upgrade splits the FT server into two independent systems and allows one of the systems to run critical applications without interruption while Windows security patches and program updates are being installed on the other system. System reboots, which are necessary on conventional FT servers when software updates are finished, are no longer required on 320Fd servers. Active Upgrade minimises planned downtime due to software updates and also enables stable system operation by testing the latest software updates before making the updates permanent.

Distributed by: NEC

RRP: from $20,000

APC InfraStruXure for Small Datacentres

APC's InfraStruXure is on-demand architecture for networkcritical physical infrastructure (NCPI). The InfraStruXure design, which integrates power, cooling, rack, management and services, allows users to select standardised components and create a solution through modular and mobile configurations. APC claims this standardisation enables an easily scalable architecture designed to meet changing needs and future expansion. This patent-pending approach aims to provide users with improvements to availability, adaptability and speed of deployment as well as lower total cost of ownership for IT environments. With integrated management becoming a critical component in the NCPI, APC offers management solutions including InfraStruXure Manager. A browser accessible, user-friendly tool, InfraStruXure Manager provides monitoring of power, cooling and environmental management at the rack or room level. The vendor also provides professional services that optimise the NCPI over the complete datacentre lifecycle, including planning, installation, operation and end-of-life services.

Distributed by: Express Data and DPSA

RRP: on application

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