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SoftLayer Intros Bare Metal Servers

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Cloud IBM's SoftLayer now offers new bare metal servers deployable in under 30 minutes and charged by the hour, providing customers with raw server performance for compute-intensive workloads.

The hourly bare metal servers either stand alone or integrate with other SoftLayer bare metal, virtual, storage and networking services as part of the global SoftLayer private network.

"As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles," the company claims. "Our new hourly bare metal servers are designed to hit the sweet spot of how much power they need, how long they need it, at price points that make sense.”

Seagate Ships 8TB HDDs

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Seagate claims it is the first storage vendor shipping 8TB HDDs designed for scale-out data infrastructures in need of supersized capacity, energy-efficiency and low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Seagate HDDAccording to the company the drives are ideal for cloud, object storage and  backup disaster recovery storage.

"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data," Seagate says. "This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers."

IEEE Forms Security Initiative

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IEEE Secure DesignTwelve organisations, including Google, Twitter, HP and a number of universities, join the IEE to form the IEEE Centre for Secure Design (CSD), a new organization with the aim to finding common software design flaws.

“The Center for Secure Design will play a key role in refocusing software security on some of the most challenging open design problems in security,” Twitter security engineer Neil Daswani says. “By putting focus on security design and not just focusing on implementation bugs in code, the CSD does even the most advanced companies in the space a huge service.”

Cumulus Brings Dell and VMware Closer

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Cumulus Networks joins Dell and VMware to put VMware NSX network virtualisation platform with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches, as well as a midmarket NSX-powered Dell converged infrastructure solution.

VMware NSX CumulusAccording to the three companies the combination of NSX, Cumulus Linux and Dell switches forms a combined SDN-defined data centre solution allowing customers to "achieve holistic management and provisioning of the complete data center networking environment, physical and virtual, and accelerate deployment of new applications while simplifying IT operations."

On the other hand the midmarket solution has NSX running on top of Dell servers, networking and storage infrastructure-- specifically the PowerEdge M1000e server blade chassis, 10/10GbE MXL blade switch, S4810 Top of Rack switch, S6000 fabric switches and iSCSI arrays.

Nutanix Intros Appliance, Hybrid Cloud Product

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Nutanix announces the NX8150 hyper-converged appliance and Cloud Connect, a new software capability allowing hybrid cloud architectures that leverage popular public cloud services.

Nutanix bezelThe NX-8150 is a hyper-converged appliance engineered for applications demanding high storage capacity, low latency and fast storage performance. According to the company a single appliance supports up to 3500 Exchange mailboxes in 2U of space, with flexible CPU, flash and networking configurations allowing the delivery of any application at any scale.

Inside are 20 or 24 cores from dual Ivy Bridge CPUs. x4 SSDs (400GB, 800GB, 1.6TB) for a maximum of 6.4TB and x20 1TB HDDs.

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