External Data Center News

The latest industry news from external feeds


Monday, June 23rd


Mon, 6/23/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Server densities are steadily increasing for HPC applications in legacy, government and institutional data centers, writes Graham Whitmore of Motivair Corporation. As densities increase, traditional cooling systems are struggling to keep up. Read More

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Mon, 6/23/14 @ 04:00 - From Computer World

View more Data Center news and analysis from Computerworld.com

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Mon, 6/23/14 @ 00:04 - From Computer World

China continues to dominate the high end of the Top500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, even as the growth of the computing power on the list seems to be stagnating.

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Sunday, June 22nd


Sun, 6/22/14 @ 06:09 - From Computer World

PathSolutions' TotalView provides a path-oriented view into network problems and acts as a superb companion to your traditional network monitoring system

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Saturday, June 21st


Sat, 6/21/14 @ 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, June 20th


Fri, 6/20/14 @ 11:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Fresh off a recapitalization deal, rollup wastes no time, continuing streak of data center acquisitions in underserved markets Read More

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Fri, 6/20/14 @ 10:32 - From Data Center Knowledge

DreamWorks’ latest animated feature also latest in history of technological collaboration with HP Read More

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Fri, 6/20/14 @ 10:45 - From Data Center Knowledge

The (official) arrival of summer is just around the corner and we're in a celebratory mood. Let's ring in the new season with a brand new Friday Funny! Read More

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Fri, 6/20/14 @ 09:15 - From Data Center Knowledge

Patent includes both data center modules and software used to manage the infrastructure Read More

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Fri, 6/20/14 @ 07:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Your data center is evolving - Maybe it's time to rethink data center cooling. Read More

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Fri, 6/20/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

ASG Software started way back in 1986, in mainframes. The company released CloudFactory 8.0, a platform that helps an enterprise manage both legacy and cloud systems from a single place, destroying information silos and helping the transition to hybrid environments. Read More

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Fri, 6/20/14 @ 04:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

One of Silicon Valley’s most vociferous and controversial VCs says people suck at running IT, are too expensive and should be replaced by technology Read More

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Thursday, June 19th


Thu, 6/19/14 @ 11:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

OnMetal service aimed at combining stability and performance of colocation with elasticity of cloud Read More

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Thu, 6/19/14 @ 10:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Solution seeks to bring together disparate network resources and orchestrate them centrally Read More

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Thu, 6/19/14 @ 09:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Google Ventures, Cisco VMware on board for round that nearly doubles the amount the firm has raised to date Read More

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Thu, 6/19/14 @ 04:51 - From Computer World

HP claims that its light-based, next-generation Machine will do everything except scrub the kitchen sink. But given HP's recent innovation track record, why should we believe any of it?

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Wednesday, June 18th


Wed, 6/18/14 @ 10:47 - From Computer World

Breaking with other players in the IT industry, Amazon's CTO has downplayed any impact of the Edward Snowden revelations on its international business.

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Monday, June 16th


Mon, 6/16/14 @ 23:49 - From Computer World

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement in the e-books price-fixing lawsuit with U.S. states and a consumer group ahead of a trial for damages scheduled for July 14, according to records in a New York federal court.

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Friday, June 13th


Fri, 6/13/14 @ 17:47 - From Computer World

A federal judge's order on Friday could force the U.S. government to reveal more information about its widespread collection of citizens' phone records.

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Fri, 6/13/14 @ 10:29 - From Computer World

LinkedIn will have to face a lawsuit that alleges it damaged the image of users by repeatedly sending emails to their contacts inviting them to join the social network.

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Thursday, June 12th


Thu, 6/12/14 @ 15:03 - From Computer World

This week, at its annual Discover user conference, Hewlett-Packard put cloud computing and big data on the top of the agenda, capitalizing on the heavy work it has been doing with these technologies.

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Wednesday, June 11th


Wed, 6/11/14 @ 11:12 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Back in 2011, Mark Thiele (@mthiele10), Jan Wiersma (@jmwiersma) and I shared the stage at a conference in London, England for a panel discussion on the future of data centers. The three of us are founding board members with Data Center … Continue reading →

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Tuesday, June 10th


Tue, 6/10/14 @ 03:04 - From INFRARATI

Data Center 2.0 – The Sustainable Data Center is now available. 

The book is showing up on the websites of Amazon and will soon starts to pop up on websites of other  E-tailers’ .

Data Center 2.0 – The Sustainable Data Center is an in-depth look into the steps needed to transform modern-day data centers into sustainable entities.

See the press release:

Some nice endorsements were received:

“Data Center 2.0, is not so much about technology but about people, society and economic development. By helping readers understand that even if Data Centers, enabling the Digital economy, are contributing a lot to energy saving, they need to be sustainable themselves; Rien Dijkstra is on the right track. When explaining how to build sustainable Data Centers, through multi disciplinary approach, breaking the usual silos of the different expertise, Rien Dijkstra is proposing the change of behavior needed to build sustainable Data Centers. Definitely it is about people, not technology.” 

Paul-Francois Cattier, Global Senior Vice-President Data Center – Schneider Electric

“In Data Center 2.0 The Sustainable Data Center author Rien Dijkstra has gone several steps further in viewing the data center from the perspective of long term ownership and efficiency in combination with treating it as a system. It’s an excellent read with many sections that could be extracted and utilized in their own right. I highly recommend this read for IT leaders who are struggling with the questions of whether to add capacity (co-locate, buy, build, or lease) or how to create a stronger organizational ownership model for existing data center capacity. The questions get more complex every year and the risks more serious for the business. The fact that you’re making a business critical decision that must stand the test of technology and business change over 15 years is something you shouldn’t take lightly.” 

Mark Thiele, President and Founder Data Center Pulse

“Data centers used to be buildings to house computer servers along with network and storage systems, a physical manifestation of the Digital Economy. Internet of Things, the digitization of about everything in and around us, brings many profound changes. A data center is the place where it all comes together. Physical and digital life, fueled by energy and IT, economical and social demands and needs and not to forget sustainability considerations. Sustainable data centers have a great potential to help society to optimize the use of resources and to eliminate or reduce wastes of capital, human labor and energy. A data center in that sense is much more than just a building for servers. It has become a new business model. Data center 2.0 is a remarkable book that describes the steps and phases to facilitate and achieve this paradigm.” 

John Post, Managing Director – Foundation Green IT Amsterdam region


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Tuesday, June 3rd


Tue, 6/3/14 @ 00:31 - From INFRARATI

Data Center 2.0: The Sustainable Data Center is an in-depth look into the steps needed to transform modern-day data centers into sustainable entities.

To get an impression of the book you can read the prologue right here.

Prologue

In large parts of the world, computers, Internet services, mobile communication, and cloud computing have become a part of our daily lives, professional and private. Information and communication technology has invaded our life and is recognized as a crucial enabler of economic and social activities across all sectors of our society. The opportunity of anytime, anywhere being connected to communicate and interact and to exchange data is changing the world.

During the last two decades, a digital information infrastructure has been created whose functioning is critical to our society, governmental, and business processes and services, which depend on computers. Data centers, buildings to house computer servers along with network and storage systems, are a crucial part of this critical digital infrastructure. They are the physical manifestation of the digital economy and the virtual and digital information infrastructure, were data is processed, stored, and transmitted.

A data center is a very peculiar and special place. It is the place were different worlds meet each other. It is a place where organizational (and individual) information needs and demands are translated in bits and bytes that are subsequently translated in electrons that are moved around the world. It is the place where the business, IT, and energy worlds come together. Jointly they form a jigsaw puzzle of stakeholders with different and sometimes conflicting interests and objectives that are hard to manage and to control.

Electricity is the foundation of all digital information processing and digital services that are mostly provided from data centers. The quality and availability of the data center stands or falls with the quality and availability of the power supply to the data center.

For data centers, the observation is made that the annualized costs of power-related infrastructure has, in some cases, grown to equal the annualized capital costs of the IT equipment itself. Data centers have reached the point that the electricity costs of a server over its lifetime will equal or pass the price of the hardware. Also, it is estimated that data centers are responsible for about 2% of the total world electricity consumption.

It is therefore easy to understand why the topic of electricity usage of data centers is a subject of discussion.

Electricity is still mostly generated with fossil fuel-based primary energy resources such as coal, gas, and oil. But this carbon-constrained power sector is under pressure. Resilience to a changing climate makes the decarburization of these energy sources mandatory to ensure sustainability.

From different parts of society the sustainability of data centers is questioned. Energy efficiency and indirect CO2 emissions caused by the consumption of carbon-based electricity are criticized.

The data center industry is working hard on these issues. According to the common view, it comes down to implementing technical measures. The idea is that more efficient power usage of servers, storage and network components, improved utilization, and better power and cooling management in data centers will solve the problems.

This idea can be questioned. Data centers are part of complex supply chains and have many stakeholders with differing perspectives, incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements and complex interdependencies. In this situation there is no simple, clear definition of data center efficiency, and there is no simple right or optimal solution.

According to the Brundtland Commision of the United Nations, sustainability is “to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Given the fact that we are living in a world with limited resources and the demand for digital infrastructure is growing exponentially, there will be limits that will be encountered. The limiting factor to future economic development is the availability and the functioning of natural capital. Therefore, we need a new and better industrial model.

Creating sustainable data centers is not a technical problem but an economic problem to be solved.

A sustainable data center should be environmentally viable, economically equitable, and socially bearable.

This book takes a conceptual approach to the subject of data centers and sustainability. The proposition of the book is that we must fundamentally rethink the “data center equation” of “people, planet, profit” in order to become sustainable.

The scope of this search goes beyond the walls of the data center itself. Given the great potential of information technology to transform today’s society into one characterized by sustainability what is the position of data centers?

The data center is the place where it all comes together: energy, IT, and societal demands and needs.

Sustainable data centers have a great potential to help society to optimize the use of resources and to eliminate or reduce wastes of capital, human labor and energy.

The idea is that a sustainable data center is based on economics, organization, people and technology. This book offers at least multiple views and aspects on sustainable data centers to allow readers to gain a better understanding and provoke thoughts on how to create sustainable data centers.

Creating a sustainable data center calls for a multidisciplinary approach and for different views and perspectives in order to obtain a good understanding of what is at stake.

The solution is, at the end of the day, a question of commitment.


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Saturday, May 17th


Sat, 5/17/14 @ 01:31 - From INFRARATI

Data Center 2.0: The Sustainable Data Center is an in-depth look into the steps needed to transform modern-day data centers into sustainable entities. The book will be published at the beginning of the summer.

To get an impression see the following slide deck.


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Friday, May 16th


Fri, 5/16/14 @ 09:29 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

In the past week, the conversation around cloud computing has pulled the spotlight toward Rackspace (NYSE: RAX). Today alone, the stock is trading up 20%. So, why all attention in an otherwise mixed field of great innovators and steady stalwarts? … Continue reading →

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Wednesday, May 7th


Wed, 5/7/14 @ 09:12 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Today, HP takes a huge step forward to address the broad and evolving enterprise cloud demand through their HP Helion announcement. HP Helion presents HP’s strategy to provide a comprehensive cloud portfolio. As HP’s CEO Meg Whitman mentioned, “HP is … Continue reading →

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Tuesday, May 6th


Tue, 5/6/14 @ 17:43 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Ok, that sounds like doom and gloom…but is Twitter too big to fail? Today marks six months since Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) went public. Twitter priced their IPO at $26 per share. On the first day of trading, their stock reached … Continue reading →

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Monday, May 5th


Mon, 5/5/14 @ 12:52 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

EMC World, EMC’s core annual conference is this week in Las Vegas and there are a number of very core things to watch out for. EMC’s presence in the enterprise space is legendary. However the enterprise space is gaining momentum … Continue reading →

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Tuesday, April 29th


Tue, 4/29/14 @ 09:14 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

This week is IBM’s Impact Conference in Las Vegas. In past years, IBM conveyed components of different strategies around Mobile and Cloud. However, they have since moved to an integrated approach. This integrated approach is great, but offers a few … Continue reading →

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Tue, 4/29/14 @ 08:57 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

While the cloud storage wars have simmered between Box and Dropbox for sometime, someone just poured gas on the fire. And that someone is Microsoft. With today’s announcement, Microsoft has just put Box and Dropbox in their crosshairs. The competition … Continue reading →

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Thursday, April 24th


Thu, 4/24/14 @ 10:00 - From INFRARATI


Currently busy with the final steps to get the forthcoming book ‘Data Center 2.0 – The Sustainable Data Center’ (ISBN 978-1499224689) published at the beginning of the summer.

Some quotes from the book:

“A data center is a very peculiar and special place. It is the place where different worlds meet each other. A place where organizational (and individual) information needs and demands are translated in bits and bytes that are subsequently translated in electrons that are moved around the world. It is the place where the business, IT and energy world come together. Jointly they form a jigsaw puzzle of stakeholders with different and sometimes conflicting interests and objectives that are hard to manage and to control.

Given the great potential of Information Technology to transform today’s society into one characterised by sustainability what is the position of data centers?

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The data center is the place were it all comes together: energy, IT and societal demands and needs.

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A sustainable data center should be environmentally viable, economically equitable, and socially bearable. To become sustainable, the data center industry must free itself from the shackles of 19th century based ideas and concepts of production. They are too simple for our 21th century world.

The combination of service-dominant logic and cradle-to-cradle makes it possible to create a sustainability data center industry.

Creating sustainable data centers is not a technical problem but an economic problem to be solved.”

The book takes a conceptual approach on the subject of data centers and sustainability. It offers at least multiple views and aspects on sustainable data centers to allow readers to gain a better understanding and provoke thoughts on how to create sustainable data centers.

The book has already received endorsements of Paul-Francois Cattier Global Senior, Vice President Data Center of Schneider Electric and John Post, Managing Director of Foundation  Green IT Amsterdam region.

Table of contents

1 Prologue 2 Signs Of The Time 3 Data Centers, 21th Century Factories 4 Data Centers A Critical Infrastructure 5 Data Centers And The IT Supply Chain 6 The Core Processes Of A Data Center 7 Externalities 8 A Look At Data Center Management 9 Data Center Analysis 10 Data Center Monitoring and Control 11 The Willingness To Change 12 On The Move: Data Center 1.5 13 IT Is Transforming Now! 14 Dominant Logic Under Pressure 15 Away From The Dominant Logic 16 A New Industrial Model 17 Data Center 2.0

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Saturday, April 12th


Sat, 4/12/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: Using boiling liquid to cool servers, preparing high schoolers to work in data centers, a modular approach to bitcoin mining, Westeros meets MineCraft at Linode, new Amazon tool provides cost clarity. Read More

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Friday, April 11th


Fri, 4/11/14 @ 08:47 - From Data Center Knowledge

Datapod has recently completed a modular data center deployment for an Australian Federal Government Department in Australia, where the customer required densities of 15kW to 30kW per rack. Read More

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Fri, 4/11/14 @ 07:04 - From Data Center Knowledge

Cloud services brokerage company AppDirect raises $35 million to continue its rapid growth in the market, IBM adds to its enterprise marketing portfolio by acquiring Silverpop, and Amazon Web Services launches the next generation of EC2 Memory-optimized instances. Read More

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Fri, 4/11/14 @ 07:26 - From Data Center Knowledge

Well, folks, it's finally Friday. And we on the East Coast of the States are celebrating spring's arrival. Let's take a moment from our happy dance, and have our cartoon contest. Read More

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Fri, 4/11/14 @ 06:45 - From Data Center Knowledge

Colocation and managed services provider ViaWest broke out the giant scissors this week as it opened the doors on its newest data center in the Minneapolis market in Chaska, Minnesota. Read More

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Fri, 4/11/14 @ 05:46 - From Data Center Knowledge

Enabling enterprises to apply sophisticated analytics on fine-grained data and then proactively act on those insights, Apigee launched a major new version of its Insights big data analytics platform Read More

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Fri, 4/11/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

The secret to realizing the opportunities of petabyte-scale storage, and to overcoming its challenges, is to evolve from storing all data in the same way to storing different kinds of data in different ways, writes Jeff Flowers of SageCloud. Read More

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Thursday, April 10th


Thu, 4/10/14 @ 08:07 - From Data Center Knowledge

Oracle (ORCL) has added new features and improvements to its Oracle CPQ (Configure, Price, and Quote) Cloud, which was enhanced last year after acquiring Big Machines software. Read More

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Thu, 4/10/14 @ 08:54 - From Data Center Knowledge

Rackspace Hosting added key staff this week, including Microsoft veteran Will Knight as VP of channel partner sales and Ryan Neading as CIO. Read More

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Thu, 4/10/14 @ 08:47 - From Data Center Knowledge

Fujitsu and Oracle accelerate Fujitsu M10 SPARC servers, Violin Memory is selected by iTalkBB to improve performance for on-demand video streaming, and Scality integrates Aspera FASP high performance file transfers for large media content distribution. Read More

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Thu, 4/10/14 @ 04:39 - From Network World

If you've been waiting impatiently to get a pair of Google Glass, mark your calendar and grab your checkbook.

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Thu, 4/10/14 @ 02:33 - From Network World

Wearable computers "took a huge step forward" in 2013 and shipments of smartwatches and related devices will grow by 78% a year until 2018, IDC said Thursday.

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Wednesday, April 9th


Wed, 4/9/14 @ 22:14 - From Network World

Federal CIOs face pressure to consolidate their agencies' data center infrastructure. Those challenge are much bigger than just an IT, and experts advise CIOs to develop strategic plans so that consolidation improves application delivery and supports priorities such as cloud computing and virtualization.

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Wed, 4/9/14 @ 14:50 - From Computer World

VMware is about to release a new version of its Horizon VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software that will allow administrators to manage VDI and non-VDI deployments in a unified manner, by using multiple VMware technologies.

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Wed, 4/9/14 @ 11:32 - From Computer World

The proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast would give the company huge market power to determine broadband prices and Internet content, a group of U.S. senators said Wednesday.

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Tuesday, April 8th


Tue, 4/8/14 @ 15:19 - From Computer World

Intel and SGI have been testing a supercomputer that's kept cool by submerging the electronics completely in fluid, a system they say can dramatically reduce energy bills.

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Tue, 4/8/14 @ 08:02 - From Network World

The Micro is being touted by its inventors as the first true mainstream 3D printer; apparently, people donating to the Kickstarter project agree.

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Tue, 4/8/14 @ 07:56 - From Network World

Ever wish you could get your hands on the software that NASA used to launch its Apollo lunar missions or to get robots working on Mars? If so, NASA has something for you.

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