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Microsoft gives pointers; Dell introduces new infrastructure products

Headlines: Microsoft's hosting summit offers success strategies; Dell introduces new infrastructure products; HP throws freebies into thin clients.

IT channel news briefs for March 5, 2009

Microsoft's hosting summit offers success strategies

At the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009 taking place this week, Microsoft Corp. will give tips to hosting providers on how they can adjust to the industry shift toward software plus services. The company will also outline how partners can benefit the most from new and existing programs and investments in platform technologies. Among the new programs is the Dynamic Data Center Tool Kit, which provides technical expertise and marketing support to hosting partners. Recent updates to Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V and Microsoft's services provider license agreement will also take center stage.

Dell introduces new infrastructure products

Dell rolled out two new data center infrastructure products -- the Dell PowerEdge 4220 42U and PowerEdge 2420 24U rack enclosures. The products' features include 80% front-and-rear-door perforation and a deeper measurement than previous Dell racks -- 1071 mm versus 1000 mm. The PowerEdge 4220 rack has a static load rating of 2,500 pounds and the PowerEdge 2420 rates at 1,500 pounds.

"With the launch of our new rack enclosures, businesses of all sizes can best manage their data centers in a cost effective and energy efficient way," said Albert Esser, vice president of data center infrastructure at Dell.

HP throws freebies into thin clients

This week, Hewlett-Packard tried to bring light to a bleak economy by announcing several freebies that it will incorporate into its thin clients.

Device Manager 4.0 will be integrated into Microsoft's Active Directory, giving IT managers access to more detailed information about thin clients on their networks. According to, HP has also made improvements with the connectivity and communications functions of its TeemTalk terminal emulation software. The final freebie is the new version of Remote Desktop Protocol, which will save money for IT managers that use VMware's View, according to Nelson Ruest, a Victoria, BC-based IT consultant.

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