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Intel, Dell, Riverbed go on buying spree: News in brief

Data center bigwigs made a series of acquisitions this week; and other data center news in brief.

Intel, Dell, Riverbed, make acquisitions
Data center bigshots made a series of acquisitions this week. Intel Corp. acquired Fulcrum MicroSystems, a privately held fabless semiconductor company that designs Ethernet switch silicon for data center network providers. Dell entered into the networking space by acquiring 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switching provider Force10 Networks. And in a bid to increase its application performance management story, WAN optimization player Riverbed acquired load-balancing and traffic-management vendor Zeus Technology.

IBM BladeCenter gets new Emulex 10 GbE adapter
IBM BladeCenter shops can now select Emulex’s second-generation Virtual Fabric Adapter (VFA), a 10 GbE network interface card (NIC) to which users can also add Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI protocol support.When combined with IBM switching modules, the VFA supports IBM’s virtual NIC capabilities for simplified management, optimized performance and more scalable virtual environments thanks to automatic point-to-point virtual LANs.The VFA also enables Single Root I/O Virtualization, or SR-IOV, which allows PCIe devices to appear as multiple virtual devices while providing direct I/O for VMs.

APC PDU meters by outlet
APC’s latest power distribution unit features metering-by-outlet capabilities, providing device-level power monitoring and energy-use logging to help IT managers isolate and evaluate the power usage and efficiency of data center infrastructures. In addition, the new switched Rack PDU includes software that shows consumption and efficiency, and provides remote management capabilties for individual outlets, including power on/off in a sequenced fashion.

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