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Intel dishes on Itanium "Poulson" chip: News in brief

Intel discussed key details about its upcoming Itanium processor, code-name Poulson, and other data center news.

Intel previews Itanium “Poulson” chip
Intel talked up key aspects of its next-generation Itanium processor, code-named “Poulson.” The new chip doubles the number of cores from four in the previous “Tukwilla” to eight, features 54 MB of onboard memory, improves bandwidth by 33% through higher bus speeds and doubles the number of instructions down its execution pipeline from six to 12, the company said. The processor will be manufactured using 32-nanometer process technology, and is socket-compatible with the previous 9300 “Tukwilla” line, such that developers need not recompile applications. Intel declined to comment on when Poulson will be generally available.

Raritan secures remote management appliance
Raritan updated its Dominion KSX II remote management appliance to meet the security needs of government and financial institutions. Dominion KSX II now supports FIPS 140-2 encryption, a U.S. government mandate for security encryption; Smart Card/Common Access Card (CAC) authentication to comply with U.S. Department of Defense standards and help agencies comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12)]; as well as 256-bit AES encryption. For organizations with multiple remote locations, Raritan announced CommandCenter Secure Gateway 5.1, a VMware-based virtual appliance that provides a consolidated view of IT equipment managed by the KSX II appliances. With it, administrators can manage, troubleshoot and configure remote IT equipment, including servers, blades, switches, routers, network appliances, PBXs, firewalls, load balancers and power distribution units, with a single Web-based log-on.

The Dominion KSX II comes in two models: the DKSX2-144 with four serial ports and four KVM ports; and the DKSX2-188  with eight serial ports and eight KVM ports.

Eaton offers top-entry preassembled UPS
Eaton Corp.’s BladeUPS system now comes in a pre-assembled system cabinet, for easier installation in non-raised-floor data centers. Targeted at small and medium businesses, the BladeUPS Top-Entry Preassembled System offers power protection from 12 to 60 kW in a single 19-inch rack. Its top-entry configuration gives electricians the flexibility to feed cables from overhead, and simplifies data center moves, additions, and changes, the company said.

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