'The new Cisco SAN technology includes three Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gigabit-per-second (8-Gbps) Fibre Channel switching modules and new capabilities in Cisco’s SAN operating system, which has been re-branded NX-OS. These new SAN capabilities, combined with Cisco’s data center-class MDS and Nexus platforms, will help IT managers evolve towards a single operating system and a unified data center fabric, simplifying data center management and reducing costs."
The 3 new Cisco modules are a 24 or 48 port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module, and a 4/44 Port 8-Gbps Host-Optimized Fibre Channel Switching Module. CNNMoney has an article on the press release here.
VMWare announced their Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS -- because we need a few more acronyms in the industry). "The Virtual Datacenter OS allows businesses to efficiently pool all types of hardware resources - servers, storage and network – into an aggregated on-premise cloud – and, when needed, safely federate workloads to external clouds for additional compute capacity. Datacenters running on the Virtual Datacenter OS are highly elastic, self-managing and self-healing." Check out the complete press release here. Another announcement they made was their vCloud Initiative for Enterprise-class Cloud Computing. It's a pretty cool initiative -- the press release can be found here. In a VMWorld keynote, President Paul Maritz described internal and external clouds, as well as "giant computers" :) VMWare stock ended up 2.41% for the day.
The blogosphere was busy with all of this news as well: