Storage Clips: Linux Networx unveils storage appliance

Linux Networx takes wraps off scalable storage; European grid server sales growing fast; VMware to add more processor power.

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Linux Networx unveils storage appliance
Linux Networx announced today the Xilo scalable storage system, which combines storage devices, management software and file systems into a storage appliance. The key benefit of Xilo is its ability to pool capacity from separate storage devices into a large resource, allowing large files to be distributed across multiple storage devices. Xilo also permits scalability in both throughput and capacity.

European grid server sales growing
According to IDC's European Enterprise Server Group forecasts, grid computing will account for $1.8 billion in server revenue by 2008 across both high performance computing (HPC) markets and in commercial applications. The report found that the grid market is beginning to split into three segments: compute, data and optimization. IDC noted that early adoption has largely been in the HPC market for large batch-oriented grids, but predicts an emerging opportunity focused primarily on the pooling and allocation of resources across a variety of business services.

VMware to add more processor power
Server virtualization specialist Vmware, owned by EMC Corp., said it will upgrade its software to provide virtual machines (VMs) that can access four processors. The current version of its top-end ESX Server runs on servers with up to 16 processors, but can allocate only two CPUs per virtual machine. The increased capability is a response to next year's Intel and AMD dual-core launches, which put two processors on a single chip.

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