Product News: The latest virtualisation products from NComputing, IBM, NetApp, Hitachi, PlateSpin & VMware

Product News: The latest virtualisation products from NComputing, IBM, NetApp, Hitachi, PlateSpin & VMware

ARN reviews the latest products

NComputing X550 Desktop

Virtualisation kit NComputing claims its X550 desktop virtualisation kit enables a user to cut computing costs by sharing the untapped power of their PC. The kit’s PCI card, access devices and NComputing vSpace software work together to utilise excess computing capacity and enable multiple users to share a single PC. Each kit adds five users to a PC, so with two kits a total of 11 users can share one PC simultaneously. And each user gets the full performance and capability of a PC, including multimedia and full-screen video. According to the vendor, up to 70 per cent of acquisition and support costs can be saved, and with no fans or disks, the system is compact and easy to set-up, maintain and secure. Users get screen resolutions of up to 1280 x 1024 and 1440 x 900 in widescreen, and connect directly with the shared PC by using standard cables of up to 10m. The vSpace desktop virtualistion software supports both Windows and Linux.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro.

RRP: $789

IBM Bladecenter S

The IBM Bladecenter S offers a broad range of storage and networking options integrated into the chassis to simplify infrastructure complexity and manageability while helping lower total cost of ownership, IBM claims. It integrates servers, storage, networking, I/O and applications into a single chassis, offers full redundancy and hot-swappable components, and uses standard office power plugs with 100-240V. Its flexible modular technology can integrate Intel and AMD Opteron processor-based appliances. The Bladecenter S comes with up to six server bays and houses up to 12 SAS or SATA disks. It comes with management tools that are open and easily integrated, and aims at delivering greener IT infrastructure with powerful IBM Cool Blue technology. There’s also a portfolio of products and tools to help customers plan, manage and control power and cooling. Predictive Failure Analysis helps save users time and money by helping decrease unplanned downtime, while Calibrated Vectored Cooling helps maintain the health of the system by keeping internal components cool.

Distributed by: Cellnet, Ingram Micro and Avnet.

RRP: $8000

NetApp SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure

According to the vendor, SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure on a NetApp FAS2020 with iSCSI is a full virtualisation solution, which helps VMware users automate and gain better efficiencies from their set-up. Features includes unified SAN and NAS, iSCSI, RAID-DP, flexible volumes, thin provisioning, snapshot technology, and FlexClone and SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure. NetApp claims it allows the customer to safeguard data without sacrificing performance, bolster storage efficiency through higher utilisation and thin-provisioning technology and remove duplicate data with NetApp de-duplication across many applications including primary data, backup data and archival data. Additionally, it facilitates instant, scalable provisioning for virtual server and desktop environments, performs instant backups with no performance hit and while applications are running, and dramatically speeds up development and test activities for faster time to market. The NetApp FlexClone technology creates true clones – instantly replicated data volumes and data sets – without requiring additional storage space.

Distributed by: SAN Systems.

RRP: $41,000

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