IBM tightens ties with Cisco rival Brocade: News in brief

IBM furthers ties with Cisco rival Brocade and updated its dynamic infrastructure products and services; Cassatt nears bankruptcy, two colocation companies expand operations and more.

IBM tightens ties with Cisco rival Brocade
As vendor rivalries heat up over Cisco's Unified Computing System plans, IBM further tightened its ties with Cisco Systems' rival Brocade on Tuesday, giving Brocade a stronger position against IBM's new competitor.

Under the new agreement, IBM's global sales force and authorized business partners will sell Brocade Communication Systems' enterprise IP networking products.

Specifically, under the OEM agreement, IBM will sell the Brocade NetIron MLX Series as IBM m-series Ethernet routers, the Brocade NetIron CES 2000 Series as IBM c-series Ethernet switches; Brocade FastIron SX Series as IBM s-series Ethenet switches, and Brocade FastIron GS Series as IBM g-series Ethernet switches. Products will be added over time.

IBM expects to make these products available to customers in May 2009.

IBM beefs up dynamic infrastructure products
IBM updated its dynamic infrastructure products and services, and launched new IBM Power servers and new System x appliances Tuesday. IBM's Dynamic Infrastructure offerings include a new consulting service -- the IT Optimization Business Value Roadmap -- to help clients evaluate, prioritize and map future IT projects based on business priorities. In addition, IBM's Service Management Center for Cloud Computing includes new IBM Tivoli Identity and Access Assurance, IBM Tivoli Data and Application Security, and IBM Tivoli Security Management for z/OS and cloud environments.

IBM also launched two new System x appliances for system and application monitoring and service request management, as well as new servers, including the IBM Power 520 and 550 Express servers. The new servers use the 4.7 GHz and 5.0 GHz Power6 processor, respectively. As part of today's announcement IBM also introduced new financing options to help pay for dynamic infrastructure products and services.

Fortune unveils new 'green' data center
Fortune Data Centers opened the doors of its new "green" data center colocation facility in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, which the company expects will earn a Gold rating under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards.

The recently completed first phase provides 43,000 square feet of IT floor space in a 78,000-square-foot building. The facility was built with blade servers in mind and will support a minimum energy density of 185 W per square foot. When fully complete, the facility will support more than 140,000 square feet in three buildings.

Fortune prides the new 2001 Fortune Drive-based facility on its efficiency; the data center's power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating is 1.37, which is better than the EPA's 2011 target of 1.45, the company reported.

Fortune also submitted documentation to achieve a Gold rating under the LEED program. If granted, this would be the first operational data center in California to achieve the LEED Gold certification, according to Fortune.

Cassatt moves toward bankruptcy
Cassatt Corp., a data center energy management software company, is reportedly close to declaring bankruptcy.

According to a Forbes article posted on Monday, Cassatt CEO William Coleman says his company has looked for suitors but thus far has been unsuccessful.

"I have talked with about a dozen companies -- all the usual suspects," Coleman told Forbes. "There are one or two possible buyers and a couple of flickers of interest, but pretty soon I have to think about what's best for my shareholders."

The company made its name by selling software that controlled a server's power consumption by putting it to sleep when it wasn't processing any work.

Digital Realty Trust uses Lee Technologies for data center operation
Data center real estate and colocation company giant Digital Realty Trust has tapped Lee Technologies to operate 10 of its data center facilities in the U.S., the companies announced on Monday.

Digital gave Lee Technologies the task of readying 35 data center professionals in 30 days to support the data centers, which include locations in Phoenix, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Houston. Lee already staffs Digital data centers in Paris and Dublin.

Switch and Data builds its financial customer base
Switch and Data, a data center colocation and Internet exchange company, said Monday that QuantHouse has expanded its operations within Switch and Data's Manhattan location.

QuantHouse runs QuantFEED, a hosted application that provides financial firms with quick access to fiscal market data.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer and Mark Fontecchio, News Writer.

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