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Friday, September 12th


Fri, 9/12/14 @ 15:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Offers credit to early-stage firms backed by major VCs, incubators, accelerators Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 15:38 - From Data Center Knowledge

Audit finds USPS cloud contracts not compliant with the agency's security standards. Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 11:25 - From Data Center Knowledge

After a series of vendor acquisitions, the company says it will build cloud solutions for OEMs. Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 10:43 - From Data Center Knowledge

Already an active OpenStack contributor, automation start-up StackStorm teams up with one of the most popular open source cloud software distribution firms. Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 9/7/2014 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/09/cios-ill-equip…curity-threats/ ‎ Security, or Information Security (InfoSec) as the more formal term, is going through a period of massive change. In recent months, the public has become keenly aware of the risks from Information Security. … Continue reading →

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 07:15 - From Data Center Knowledge

Friday afternoon is upon us again and fall is in the air! Let's roll into another weekend of fun with our Data Center Knowledge Caption Contest. Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 06:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

French giant opens doors to new Andover R&D center, which will also serve as the new North American headquarters Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Insight warns of key things to consider for migration of the 23.8 million instances of the old server operating system. Read More

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Fri, 9/12/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Company claims to have solved Stash scalability issues. Running on a cluster, it can scale from one to thousands of developers. Read More

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Thursday, September 11th


Thu, 9/11/14 @ 13:57 - From Data Center Knowledge

Open source software firm’s CEO Mickos to take helm of HP’s Helion cloud business Read More

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Saturday, September 6th


Sat, 9/6/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Here's a look at some of the most popular articles on Data Center Knowledge this week. Read More

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Friday, September 5th


Fri, 9/5/14 @ 11:55 - From Data Center Knowledge

Vendors say IPMI is inadequate for modern IT systems, offer Redfish as new standard Read More

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 10:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

It may be September but that's not stopping Kip and Gary from attempting to spring-clean! Let's wash down another great week with a brand new Friday Funny. Read More

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 09:10 - From Data Center Knowledge

Provider accelerates expansion plans in the market, adding sizable data center footprint to recently purchased meet-me-room in major Jacksonville carrier hotel. Read More

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally published @ Gigaom Research 9/1/2014 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/09/three-harmonious-factors-that-change-the-cio-octave/ Wikipedia: The term harmony derives from the Greek ‘harmonia’, meaning “joint, agreement, concord”, from the verb ‘harmozo’, “to fit together, to join. The future of the CIO role comes down to this very … Continue reading →

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 08:41 - From Data Center Knowledge

QTS acquired the site on the cheap and plans to spend a ton of money on turning it into a data center. Read More

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 06:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

The integrated infrastructure steamlines deployment and operation of OpenStack clouds Read More

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

A Facebook data center contributes millions to the local economy and creates thousands of jobs. Read More

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Fri, 9/5/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Provider considers Cleveland an underserved and growing market Read More

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Thursday, September 4th


Thu, 9/4/14 @ 14:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

The agency has been testing a novel cooling technology for its massive data centers, dunking servers in tanks of dielectric coolant fluid similar to mineral oil. Read More

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Thu, 9/4/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Web-scale Linux distro one of the most requested features ever on popular developer cloud. Read More

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Saturday, August 30th


Sat, 8/30/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Here's a look at some of the most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge this week. Read More

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Sat, 8/30/14 @ 09:00 - From Computer World

View more Data Center news and analysis from Computerworld.com

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Friday, August 29th


Fri, 8/29/14 @ 13:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

DCK contributor Bill Kleyman looks at all the non-Hollywood-friendly but real ways the Internet could be taken down. Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 10:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a three-day vacation! Let’s start this Labor Day weekend right with our Data Center Knowledge Caption Contest. Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 10:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Join Brad Thrash, Senior Product Manager at GE Critical Power, on Tuesday, September 9, at 2 p.m. EST for a special one-hour webinar. Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 8/25/14 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/08/seven-things-the-cio-should-consider-when-adopting-a-holistic-cloud-strategy/   As conversations about cloud computing continues to focus on IT’s inability at holistic adoption, organizations outside of IT continue their cloud adoption trek outside the prevue of IT. While many of these … Continue reading →

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 09:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Demands around your data center are changing fast. Now, find out the six critical steps to evolving capacity management! Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 06:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT has acquired two properties from data center provider IO, which will continue to use the facilities through a long-term lease. Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 06:59 - From Data Center Knowledge

Cloud is a quickly growing segment for the Chinese e-commerce giant. The company continues to open data center locations in support. Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 05:12 - From Data Center Knowledge

VMware launches an integrated OpenStack solution as a way to augment its larger vision for the software-defined data center and architecture for building private, hybrid or public clouds. Read More

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Fri, 8/29/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Called Watson Discovery Advisor, the first Watson cloud service is for research teams needing to analyze large amounts of data to identify patterns and come up with research ideas. Read More

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Thursday, August 28th


Thu, 8/28/14 @ 13:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

IO's current data center project in Slough, England, will be its last company-built data center. The company will focus on partnerships with service providers for future expansion into new markets. Read More

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Thu, 8/28/14 @ 10:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

At the Data Center Jobs Board, we have a new job listing from CBRE, which is seeking an Owners Representative/Data Center Project Manager in The Dalles, Oregon. Read More

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Tuesday, August 26th


Tue, 8/26/14 @ 06:30 - From Computer World

U.S. data centers use more electricity than they need, a new report finds, and IT managers are too cautious about managing power and businesses are unwilling to invest in energy conservation.

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Saturday, August 23rd


Sat, 8/23/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, August 22nd


Fri, 8/22/14 @ 13:04 - From Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft seeks to improve Azure's appeal with developers Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 13:05 - From Data Center Knowledge

Q&A with Ben Golub on the company’s role in the enterprise market and its future. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 10:57 - From Data Center Knowledge

Provider adds another 5,000 square feet in West Chester and has a contract for 22,000 square feet of space in an adjacent building. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 09:01 - From Data Center Knowledge

Let’s start the weekend right with some Friday Funny humor. Submit your best caption for this week's cartoon! Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 08:02 - From Data Center Knowledge

CyrusOne continues to build out space in Texas, adding 5,000 square feet of white space to its Austin II facility. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 07:29 - From Data Center Knowledge

Couchbase announces new partnerships with CumuLogic, ElastiBox and Cloudsoft to help business deploy Couchbase Server to a cloud of choice, whether on-premise, public or hybrid. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 06:56 - From Data Center Knowledge

Large particle accelerator operator DESY collaborates with IBM to handle the flood of data generated from x-rays with atomic resolution. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 01:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 8/18/14 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/08/cloud-is-now-a-boardroom-discussion-and-more-are-requesting-cio-adoption/ Cloud computing and the board of directors may seem like an odd match. However, it is not the first time that executives and technology have met up. It may come as a surprise, … Continue reading →

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Thursday, August 21st


Thu, 8/21/14 @ 12:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

With the number of clouds referred to as "OpenStack clouds" growing, the OpenStack Foundation is on a quest to define what technologies actually qualify to use the trademark. Read More

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Thu, 8/21/14 @ 11:55 - From Data Center Knowledge

Premier Elite-branded facility one of three of its kind in the U.S. distinguished by particular focus on hands-on managed hosting services. Read More

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Thu, 8/21/14 @ 09:06 - From INFRARATI

Thomson Reuters made a nice visualisation on Europe’s aging nuclear reactors. Currently the EU operates 131 reactors with an average age of 30 years.

It reminded me on a report I wrote in 2012 for Broadgroup about the power market and data centers in Europe. The quality and availability of the data center stands or falls with the quality and availability of the power supply to the data center. So the power market is something to watch closely.

Depending on the power technology that is being used, power plants have different life cycles. Coal-fired plants have a life cycle of about 40 years, gas-fired: 30 years, nuclear: 40 years, hydro: 80 years, and renewables are estimated on 25 years. Based on this life cycle estimates we can say that Europe has an ageing power plant fleet. A report of RWE states that for hard coal power plants more than 70% are in their half of their life cycle, for lignite and gas/oil more than 60% and more than 50% of the plants are in their half of their life cycle. For hard coal plants, based on the EU Large Combustion Plants Directive, 
replacement of all these plants is needed by 2030.

There is the expectation that the nuclear reactor lifetime is 40 years or more. The implication of a forty-year life expectancy is that in the next ten years (from 2012 onwards) forty nuclear power plants will be closed or 30% of the current nuclear power plant fleet. This would be a decommissioning of 30207 Mw net capacity, or 24.5% of the nuclear power capacity.

Given the fact that the average age of the 130 units that already have been closed worldwide is about 22 years, the projected operational lifetime of 40 year or more appears rather optimistic.

The decommissioning of nuclear power plants, has an impact on the carbon policies and targets and can create a shortage in power and a rise of the electricity price if proper counter measures are not taken.

Number of nuclear power plants EOL with a forty-year life expectation scenario (Broadgroup 2012)

A special case is Belgium. Two nuclear reactors were closed for a second time in march 2014 because of cracks in the steel reactor casings. The nuclear reactors Doel 3 and Tihange 2 in Belgium will be restarted earliest in the spring of 2015 and there is an increased chance that will be closed forever.

In august another nuclear reactor, Doel 4, has to be shut down after major damage to its turbine because of oil leakage. Electrabel said its Doel 4 nuclear reactor would stay offline at least until the end of this year, with the cause confirmed as sabotage.

As a result of this just over 3 GW of power is offline, more than half of the nuclear power supply. Whereas nuclear power contributes about 50% of the electricity produced domestically.

So there is the possibility of blackouts this winter so Belgium will have to boost interconnection capacity with neighbouring countries to prevent power shortages.

According to the Minister of Energy Johan Vande Lanotte the last electricity consumption record was recorded on 17 January 2013, “On such a cold winter day, we consume about 14,000 megawatts. With the current production we come 1000 too short.”

Much depends on the weather, potential problems are to be expected from the end of october or early november according to Elia, Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator.

See Power market, power pricing and data centers in Europe. Broadgroup 2012, for more information about the electricity market and data centers in Europe.


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Monday, August 18th


Mon, 8/18/14 @ 11:56 - From Computer World

Google is drawing from the work of the open-source community to offer its cloud customers a service to better manage their clusters of virtual servers.

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Sunday, August 17th


Sun, 8/17/14 @ 09:42 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 8/11/14 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/08/the-number-of-9s-dont-matter-but-business-metrics-do/ Information Technology (IT) organizations across the globe use a number of metrics to measure their success, failure and standing. One of the more popular metrics is the ‘number of 9’s’ as a measure of … Continue reading →

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Saturday, August 16th


Sat, 8/16/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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