The Vapor IO model also goes beyond software and proposes a redesigned rack mount system called the Vapor Chamber.
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IBM said it has acquired Blade Network Technologies, which makes blade server and rack switches along with the software that goes with them.
The database specialist has announced a cloud-in-a-box machine named the Exalogic Elastic Cloud that apes its Exadata tactic of fusing Oracle software and hardware for peak performance
Dell's PowerEdge T710 is ideal for branch office or medium-sized business use, where performance, expandability and flexibility are key attributes.
Intel has released a software development kit called Intel Data Center Manager that you can use to create utilities for controlling rack density, power and cooling infrastructure related to servers running on the new Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series. The kit builds on the Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager.
Trend Micro's IGSA delivers relatively complete protection from viruses, spyware, spam and other threats at the internet gateway. However, you can't add your own scanning protocols and the restriction to Windows and IE clients for the Damage Cleanup Services feature is a drawback.
Redmond continues to rack up big contracts for its Internet Protocol-based TV software.
This is a good first attempt at a mail server security appliance, but it needs more development to challenge the longer-established vendors.
RackSaver, a San Diego company that sells rack-mounted servers, will employ Intel's new building blocks out of which two-processor Xeon servers 1.75 inches thick can be made, the company said this week. Racksaver sells rack-mounted servers, often by the rack and with custom software installed, for business or technical computing customers. The company chiefly sells Linux servers, though Windows XP and 2000 are supported as well. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
Maxtor has released new, 1.75-inch thick, rack-mountable storage servers with 640GB or 480GB of capacity, the company said this week. The models cost $5,499 and $4,999, respectively. The system comes with evaluation versions of MaxAttach EMS software for managing e-mail and SVS software for grouping several storage systems together into a larger virtual machine. The systems use a special version of Windows, an 866MHz Pentium III chip, and 384MB of memory. The systems are useful for tasks such as housing e-mail or providing a faster data-backup alternative to tape. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News