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*Peer 1 Hosting has announced its participation inthe VMware Service Provider Program to offer customers private cloud solutions.The company said this relationship will provide customers with access andvisibility of their hosted VMware environments augmented by Peer 1 Hosting’s managedservices. Customers will be able to manage and monitor their private cloudusing VMware vSphere. Peer 1 Hosting’s private clouds powered by VMware arehosted on the company’s 10Gb SuperNetworkTM backbone to ensure fasterperformance, low latency and no single point of failure. In addition, customerswill benefit from in-house VMware Certified Professionals and 24x7x365FirstCall Support.

*Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) announced that itwill offer Symantec ApplicationHA and Symantec VirtualStore, two solutions tohelp customers virtualize their business-critical applications and minimizestorage costs on the VMware platform. ApplicationHA and VirtualStore are theresult of extensive collaboration between Symantec and VMware, as the companieswork closely to help customers accelerate the adoption of virtualization tomainstream applications. Symantec ApplicationHA, based on Veritas ClusterServer technology, will provide high availability for business criticalapplications through application level visibility and control in VMware environments.Symantec VirtualStore, based on Veritas Storage Foundation technology, is asoftware-based storage management solution for VMware virtual machines thatwill provide rapid provisioning of servers and virtual desktops, efficientcloning and accelerated boot up of virtual machines. Both ApplicationHA andVirtualStore are seamlessly with VMware management tools such as VMware vCenterServer, enabling customers to deploy these tools without impact to theiroperational model.

*IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced several new Power7 systemsdesigned to compete with high-end systems from HP and Oracle, and several developmentsto cement IBM’s commitment to the Unix market. The offerings include the IBMPower 795 system; four entry-level POWER7 processor-based servers designedspecifically for mid-market clients; and a POWER7 processor-basedworkload-optimized Smart Analytics System that helps businesses draw real-timeinformation from massive amounts of data. The 256-core IBM Power 795 uses IBM'sEnergyScale technology that varies frequencies depending upon workloads andsupports up to 8 terabytes of memory. IBM also announced Power Flex, a newenvironment composed of two or more Power 795 systems, PowerVM Live PartitionMobility and a Flex Capacity Upgrade on Demand option. This solution enablesclients to shift running applications from one system to another to performsystem maintenance without downtime, helping to balance workloads and more easilyhandle peaks in demand.

*Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) has announced a new security gateway, the Check Point Series 80Appliance, designed for remote and branch offices and delivering 1.5 gigabitperformance for under $2,500. The new Series 80 Appliance is based on the CheckPoint Software Blade Architecture and provides the same security andflexibility enjoyed by larger offices and enterprises. The Series 80 includesseveral software blades including firewall, IPS, VPN, anti-virus andanti-malware, URL filtering, anti-spam and email security software. It offers highport density with 10 GbE ports to manage the entire branch network in oneappliance and comes in a small desktop form factor ideal for remote branchoffices.

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