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IDF Comes to San Francisco September 22-24

by on Jun.30, 2009, under Storage

IDF Comes to San Francisco September 22-24

For a dozen years, the Intel Developer Forum has been pulling together top rock stars of technology innovation.

It’s happening again September 22-24, when digital enterprise, mobility, digital home, software, manufacturing and research experts come together under the enormous roof of San Francisco’s Moscone Center West.

Leading technologists gather to collaborate and collect insights about Intel’s technology roadmap so they can build new products with the best and latest innovation inside.

IDF is about collaborating, educating, innovating and risk taking to find new ways for technologies to meet real needs in our lives. It’s about meaningful progress, and I feel the pace of innovation quickening when I see highlights from last year’s IDF 2008 in San Francisco:

IDF 2009 theme explores the innovation economy, the enormous impact technology is having on industries, governments and our daily lives.

In addition to keynotes by Intel executives, there are 125 technical sessions, including interactive discussions, hands-on labs and panels.

Day One keynotes:

  • Intel CEO and President Paul Otellini will kick off the opening day keynote slate with a leadership address.
  • “Intel Architecture Innovates and Integrates” by Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, discussing
  • “Silicon Leadership: Delivering Innovation in High Volume” by Bob Baker, senior vice president and general manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group

Day Two keynotes:

  • “The Mobile Computing Revolution” by David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Mobility Group
  • “Developing for the Full Spectrum of Computing” by Renee James, vice president and general manager, Software and Services Group
  • “The Architecture of Television Innovation” by Eric Kim, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Home Group

Day Three keynotes:

  • “The Future of Mobile and Immersive Computing Experiences” by Justin Rattner, Intel senior Fellow and vice president, and Intel Labs director and chief technology officer.

Other highlights during IDF:

  • industry Technology Showcase, home of the latest innovations demonstrated by representatives from leading technology companies.
  • Technology Insights, where attendees get the latest on Intel processor technologies from Intel Fellows
  • Industry Insights feature industry visionaries and Intel Fellows
  • Live & Uncensored (formerly Shop Talk), promises that no question is off-limits.

Music, Meetups and Media

Come see the latest from our IDF Sponsors, who help make IDF possible:

Absolute Software (Gold) Cisco (Gold) Ericsson (Gold) Microsoft Corporation (Gold) Rambus (Gold) Sun Microsystems (Gold) Supermicro (Gold) Hynix (Silver) Lenovo (Silver) Symantec S(ilver) VMware (Silver)

If you’ve been following IDF for years, please share your best memories and what you hope to see happen in September.

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Dell Unleashes Virtualization Offering

by on Jun.17, 2009, under Storage

Dell Unleashes Virtualization Offering



Dell today expanded its enterprise technology portfolio to help organizations become more efficient through the innovative use of technology. The introduction of flexible and modular virtualization and data center consulting services, business-ready virtualization configurations, new Dell PowerEdge servers and EqualLogic PS4000 storage array will further simplify the planning, deployment and management of virtualized and physical IT environments.

The expanded lineup attacks cost and complexity for two key areas of enterprise computing – virtualization and high-performance computing (HPC) – while providing differentiated solutions for small-and-medium sized businesses.

Dell is delivering enhanced virtualization solutions and services to reduce planning time for a faster path to efficient infrastructures, accelerate virtualization adoption and simplify management of virtual environments.

Improved Planning:

  • Dell is introducing new flexible and modular virtualization consulting services. Dell’s technology accelerated Dell ProConsult offerings use electronic discovery, Web based surveys, best practices, comparative data and reference architectures for shorter, more impactful engagements. To help holistically optimize data centers, Dell is introducing a variety of consulting options aimed at reducing the cost to plan, manage and run them:
    • Platform Optimization and Virtualization makes IT infrastructures more effective through an analysis of workload requirements, reference architectures and validated solutions. Dell virtualization services can dramatically reduce total cost of ownership, provision virtual machines in minutes instead of the weeks for traditional machines and help customers build a standards-based virtual environment.
    • Data Center Planning and Management helps customers make IT investment decisions faster based on sound best practices and key technology insights rather than long-term, manual consulting engagements.
    • Disaster Recovery helps customers plan and implement an effective and affordable disaster recovery program balancing people, processes and technology.
    • Data Management quickly diagnoses problems and recommends proven storage solutions to help eliminate unused capacity, provision storage faster, and comply with internal policies and external regulations.
    • Facilities Efficiency resolves space, power and cooling issues in priority order to help customers avoid expensive air conditioning upgrades and help reduce energy consumption.

Fast Deployment:

  • Two business-ready virtualization configurations simplify the design, procurement and deployment of virtual enterprise infrastructures.
    • Data Center Virtualization Configuration: The unified virtualization platform with pre-configured architectures combines Dell PowerEdge M-series blades and EqualLogic PS6000 iSCSI storage technology, with Cisco Catalyst networking switches, VMware vSphere 4 and Platespin Migrate from Novell to achieve an intelligent, automated data center.
    • Small and Medium Business Virtualization Configuration: The Dell virtualization configuration combines the PowerEdge R710, Dell PowerVault MD3000i, PowerVault DL2000 powered by Symantec for backup and PowerConnect networking technology together with Microsoft’s virtualization suite, including Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System Center Essentials and System Center-Virtual Machine Manager 2008, to reduce cost and simplify management of virtualization.
  • Dell is announcing additional virtualization solutions including:
    • Enhanced Hypervisors: Support for VMware vSphere 4 and Citrix Essentials for XenServer5.0, and will support Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to help customers deploy the latest virtualization software solutions. Dell now supports VMware vSphere 4 across 37 Dell PowerEdge platforms to help customers deploy the latest virtualization software solutions for both enterprise and small and medium business customers. VMware vSphere 4 helps customers of all sizes transform their datacenters into internal private clouds.
    • Disaster Recovery: Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager 2.0 for VMware vSphere 4 simplifies data protection and recovery through automation and integration with VMware vSphere 4. It delivers “Always On IT” for reduced application downtime and data protection managed under a single pane of glass for simplified and affordable disaster recovery. Dell EqualLogic arrays integrate with the VMware platform through support for the VMware vStorage APIs, enabling disaster recovery support for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and enhanced performance with the EqualLogic Multipathing Extension Module for VMware vSphere 4.
    • Application Virtualization: Dell helps companies make critical decisions for virtualizing business applications with published best practices and validated workloads for Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server applications for faster and more cost effective deployment.

Simplified Management:

  • Dell helps eliminate the complexity from managing virtual infrastructure by providing tailored management solution that best fit individual business needs.
    • Dell Virtualization Management toolkit: A choice of Dell and partner management tools that include Dell OpenManage and EqualLogic storage management, with key systems management platforms such as Dell Management Console, Microsoft, Symantec, and VMware, so you can easily manage virtual and physical environments.
    • Virtual infrastructure capabilities: Solutions from Novell and Vizioncore provide data protection with OEM virtual to physical, physical to virtual and physical to physical conversion solutions.
    • Virtual Server Remote Monitoring and Reporting: Dell ProManage Virtual Server Remote Monitoring and Reporting helps to provide improved visibility into VM performance and determine average utilization for processor, memory, network and disk at the VM level for better virtual and physical asset management. It also provides complete end-to-end VM reporting, monitoring and management 24X7 by Dell’s Service Operations Center. As a result, IT staff can be freed up from day-to-day administrative tasks and focus on driving strategic company value.

Small and Medium Business: With new Dell products and services, small-and-medium businesses can more efficiently deploy and manage technology with limited IT resources.

  • Dell, a leading provider of storage solutions and the number one vendor for iSCSI SAN solutions* – the fastest-growing segment of storage hardware, is expanding its industry-leading architecture and product portfolio.
  • Dell is introducing the new EqualLogic PS4000 storage array and PowerVault NX3000 network attached storage (NAS) device to help SMBs and remote office customers meet the ever-growing demand for storage.
    • The EqualLogic PS4000 includes enterprise-class storage virtualization, thin provisioning and management capabilities and integrates seamlessly into existing EqualLogic storage area networks (SANs). The family is designed to address three key customer requirements:
      • Server Virtualization: PS4000 SANs act serve virtual storage for virtual servers in remote offices with advanced integration and data protection capabilities for virtual servers including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. They can load balance workloads dynamically and automatically across disks and multiple arrays in a pool, eliminating the need for manual re-distributing capacity or application workloads which can incur downtime and services costs.
      • Consolidation: The peer scaling ability of the EqualLogic line allows small or remote office IT organizations to buy only what capacity or performance they need without huge upfront costs, and grow their SAN with additional PS Series arrays as business needs dictate. As data requirements increase, customers can easily add a second PS4000 or a high-end PS6000.
      • Data Protection and Disaster Recovery: The PS4000 includes full snapshot, replication and application and hypervisor integration features for simplified, automated, cost-effective data protection and disaster recovery. With built-in Auto-Replication, corporate IT managers can alleviate the risks, administrative burdens and slow recovery of backup at remote offices by replicating branch data to a centralized backup location.
    • The PowerVault NX3000 shares files across Windows and non-Windows clients and reduces duplicate files with Single-Instant Storage (SIS) technology. Additionally, the NX3000 is capable of serving as an optional iSCSI target to support application data.
  • Dell is extending its 11th generation PowerEdge portfolio with Intel Xeon 5500 series processors to include the PowerEdge T410 and T710 tower servers and R410 rack server. The new systems meet the unique needs of SMBs and remote office locations with enhanced performance for general business applications.
    • Performance: The Dell PowerEdge T410 provides an average of 11 percent greater performance* and is 16 percent more energy efficient (performance/watt)* than the HP ProLiant ML150 G6 .
    • Compact design: Standing only 24 inches deep with an interactive LCD panel, the PowerEdge T410 is an ideal choice for small businesses looking for technology that fits in tight work spaces. The PowerEdge R410 features a short chassis that fits in small spaces like closets, shallow racks, mobile server enclosures, wall server enclosures and A/V racks.
    • Easy to manage and use: The PowerEdge servers include Lifecycle Controller for one-button deployment, easy-to-manage technology that helps improve productivity. The new rollback features provides confidence during the deployment of critical system updates with fall back to the last known good state.
    • Grow with your business: The PowerEdge T710 has the capability to include 16 drives for large local storage capacity to allow remote offices and growing business with large internal storage to scale as they grow.
    • Virtualization for Small Business: New Dell ProConsult service provides a simple tool to remotely evaluate business’ existing IT environment and quantify the return on investment for implementing virtualization.

High Performance Computing: Dell believes future high performance computing clusters will be powered by standards-based cluster technology. For HPC and technical computing environments within the public and private sectors, Dell is adding the PowerEdge R410, a powerful, compact and quiet rack server that provides the right balance of features and performance, to its HPC server line-up.

  • Balanced Performance: Configured to increase productivity for intensive HPC workloads, the R410 has the raw computational horsepower needed for technical computing, with up to 80 percent performance improvements* over last generation servers. It is designed to save energy with policy-based power and thermal management, and standards-based Energy Smart components.
  • Increased scalability and performance: High-speed interconnects such as InfiniBand QDR and DDR provide the throughput needed for communication-intensive applications using PCIe gen2 I/O slots that double the theoretical I/O bandwidth of PCI gen1.
  • Simplified Management: The server comes pre-loaded with Dell Management Console (DMC) and Dell Lifecycle Controller for simplified management.
  • Inspired Design: Rack servers are designed with system and image commonality and an LCD screen positioned to provide aisle-level access for diagnostics. Convenient placement of interface ports and power make installation and redeployment easier. Clutter-free cable routing reduces complexity and makes airflow and maintenance more efficient.

The new PowerEdge T410 and R410 servers are available today on starting at $999. The PowerEdge T710 server will be available in the coming weeks. The new EqualLogic PS 4000 is available today starting at $10,000. Servers, storage, virtualization solutions and Dell services are available through Dell or any of the company’s more than 49,000 Global PartnerDirect Channel Partners.


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Where’s Red Hat This June?

by on Jun.01, 2009, under Storage

Where’s Red Hat This June?

The summer solstice is closing in up in the Northern Hemisphere, but not before Red Hat turns the open source heat up around the world! We have an action-packed month ahead. Check out where you can catch Red Hat this June, and don’t forget to register for the annual Red Hat Summit and JBoss World in September!

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North America

JBoss will host a “Mini-Theater” at its booth this year at JavaOne in San Francisco, June 2-5. Swing by booth #510 to hear JBoss experts discuss a variety of topics.

We’re hitting the road to visit a city near you for a JBoss and Dell lunch series. Rob Cardwell, VP Development, JBoss, will provide a 40-minute overview of the latest JBoss product updates as well as key points explaining why JBoss on Dell is a great combination. Visit us in the following cities:

June 10, Atlanta

June 16, Toronto

June 23, New York

June 25, Nashville

Red Hat’s Carl Trieloff, senior consulting engineer, will deliver a keynote at STAC Performance Summit on June 4 in New York. STAC meetings bring together the industry leaders who are building and using the latest low-latency, high-performance solutions.

JBoss will be exhibiting at the Gartner Portal Content & Collaboration Summit, June 8-10, in Orlando, FL. JBoss wil be located at booth K on the conference floor, and will be hosting a speaking session on Wednesday morning, 9:45- 10:00 a.m., entitled, “Open Source Portal- Way More Value than just Free Bits.” Register here.

Red Hat and the Fedora Project are sponsors of this year’s SouthEast LinuxFest being hosted at Clemson University on June 13. This is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and free and open source software. Paul Frields, Fedora Project Leader, will deliver the keynote address.

Visit Red Hat at booth #501 at the HP Technology Forum & Expo in Las Vegas, June 15-18. This is the largest event for IT professionals using HP technologies. Customers and partners from around the world will gather to take an in-depth look at the newest IT solutions and emerging technologies.

JBoss is a silver sponsor at this year’s HP Software Universe, June 16-18, in Las Vegas, NV. JBoss will be located in booth #402 and will be hosting a 30-minute speaking session on the show floor Tuesday evening, 7:30-8:00 p.m.

Red Hat’s Carl Trieloff will deliver the keynote address at SIFMA Technology Management Conference & Exhibit in New York on Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 a.m. Hear Carl discuss building financial use cases directly into messaging software for better performance and productivity.

Check out all of the North America events in June:

June 11, US Census Bureau IT Security Conference & Expo, Suitland, MD

June 16, Symantec Government Symposium, Washington, D.C.

June 17-19, Open Source Bridge, Portland, OR

June 18, NRO/CTO Innovations Showcase, Chantilly, VA

June 23, Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), Washington, D.C.

June 28- July 1, NECC 2009 – National Educational Computing Conference, Washington, D.C.

For more information on North American events, visit here.


FUDCon Berlin 2009 will be held in conjunction with LinuxTag June 24-27. FUDCon Berlin is the largest Fedora specific conference event in Europe this year, with presenters from across the continent and the United States.

Check out other events in EMEA this June:

June 2-3, SAP World Tour 09 à Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

June 8, SAP World Tour 2009 in Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

June 9, Open Source Day Italy, Rome, Italy

June 9, Red Hat Tech Happy Hour, Paris, France

June 11, Carve out Costs with Red Hat, Paris, France

June 16, Open Source Forum, London, UK

June 18, Red Hat Tech Happy Hour, Madrid, Spain

To see more upcoming Red Hat EMEA events, click here.


For information on Red Hat’s APAC events, visit here.

Latin America

FUDCon for Latin America will be held June 24-27 in Porto Alegre, Brazil in conjunction with FISL. It will feature hackfests to work on specific Fedora features and community initiatives, a BarCamp “unconference” with demonstrations and presentations of technologies and techniques, and speakers from around LATAM and the United States, including Red Hat’s vice president of Open Source Affairs, Michael Tiemann. Red Hat will present on global open source policy status and progress, including the Open Source Index with a focus on Brazil.

Other LATAM events in June include:

June 3, Dell Colección 2009, Casa Piedra, Santiago de Chile

June 4, Red Hat Road Show Colombia 2009, Bogotá, Colombia

June 23, Red Hat Road Show Chile 2009, Santiago de Chile

For information on Red Hat’s events in Latin America, visit here.

Interested in speaking to Red Hat at or about one of these events? Email


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