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IBM adds WebSphere to zBX repertoire: News in brief

IBM qualifies WebSphere for its zEnterprise caboose, AMD cranks the Opteron 6100 clock, and HP offers soup-to-nuts data center build-out services.

IBM qualifies WebSphere for zBX
IBM will offer its WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance X150 for the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX).

With this move, administrators will be able to run and manage the WebSphere middleware as part of a zEnterprise mainframe environment. The WebSphere DataPower Integration Appliance joins other workloads that have been qualified to run on zBX, including select Power7 blades and the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer.

IBM also announced a pre-configured eX5 Blade System for database applications and the Storwize Rapid Application Storage solution, which combines the IBM Storwize V7000 with Tivoli Storage Productivity Center and Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager. In addition, the company unveiled new top-of-rack Ethernet switches for IBM servers and storage from newly acquired Blade Network Technologies.

AMD boosts Opteron 6100 processor speeds
With its next-generation Bulldozer cores expected to begin sampling in the second quarter, AMD improved the clock speeds on five of its existing eight- and 12-core Opteron 6100 series processors. The new 12-core models consist of the high-performance 6180 SE at 2.5 Ghz, the mainstream 6176 running at 2.3 Ghz and the low-power 6166 HE at 1.8 Ghz. New in the eight-core Opteron camp are the mainstream 6140 running at 2.6 Ghz and the low-power 2.2 Ghz 6132 HE. All the new chips are available immediately through distribution.

Hewlett-Packard to oversee data center build-outs
Building on the data center facilities expertise it acquired with EYP Mission Critical Facilities in 2007, Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will act as a single source for data center build-outs in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia using its Critical Facilities Services. The new Critical Facilities Implementation service will now oversee data center design-and-build projects from start to finish, both for greenfield and retrofit data centers, the company said.

Equinix expands into Brazil
Data center managed services provider Equinix acquired a controlling interest of ALOG Data Centers of Brazil for $127 million, expanding its reach to 37 global markets with 95 data centers. ALOG currently operates two data centers in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and is building a third, for a total of 67,000 square feet of data center space. Brazil is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest economy by the end of this decade, according to J.P. Morgan.

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