External Data Center News

The latest industry news from external feeds


Saturday, August 30th


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

View more Data Center news and analysis from Computerworld.com

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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 →

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

Saturday, August 23rd


Sat, 8/23/14 @ 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

Read More

Friday, August 22nd


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

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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 →

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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.


Read More

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.

Read More

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 →

Read More

Saturday, August 16th


Sat, 8/16/14 @ 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

Read More

Friday, August 15th


Fri, 8/15/14 @ 15:34 - From Data Center Knowledge

Hosted in a Frankfurt data center, the service is separated from provider's Netherlands and U.S. clouds to address privacy concerns. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 14:33 - From Computer World

Lenovo's planned acquisition of IBM's x86 server business for US$2.3 billion has cleared a major U.S. regulatory hurdle, paving the way for the deal to close by the end of the year.

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 10:28 - From Data Center Knowledge

Says customers should not worry about data privacy since data stored with Chinese cloud service provider is encrypted. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 09:23 - From Data Center Knowledge

Another busy week is nearing its end and that can only mean one thing (hint: starts with Friday, ends with Funny)! Let’s finish the week out strong with our DCK Caption Contest! Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 09:56 - From Data Center Knowledge

Future 70,000-square-foot facility will be the largest on the company's 15-acre Oklahoma campus in the city. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 08:50 - From Data Center Knowledge

How do you manage what you can't measure? Now, find out a new predictive approach to energy efficiency. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 06:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

As Redis grows in importance among developers, the company offers to take on the minutiae of day-to-day Redis management. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Said to be few years away from IPO, Nasuni has raised $53 million to date. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Data center provider Latisys lands a colocation deal with mining services company Rocky Mountain Miners. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/15/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Data center supporting the HPC system in the nation’s newest technology and science school features liquid cooling and unusual electrical design. Read More

Read More

Thursday, August 14th


Thu, 8/14/14 @ 12:47 - From Computer World

Ferguson, Mo., the city now in the midst of protests over a fatal police shooting, runs the type of IT department that gets almost no attention.

Read More

Thu, 8/14/14 @ 06:59 - From Computer World

The prescription for continuous testing is deceptively simple: Automated unit tests, version control and a continuous integration server. We wanted to first get past the buzzwords and talk about how to actually do it, by getting started with Ruby and GitHub.

Read More

Thu, 8/14/14 @ 06:59 - From Computer World

This article provides supplemental instructions to the piece How to Expedite Continuous Testing. Specifically, it explains how to install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows (as opposed to a Mac or Linux environment).

Read More

Thu, 8/14/14 @ 03:15 - From Computer World

The state of Wyoming is planning to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its physical equipment to commercial colocation facilities.

Read More

Thu, 8/14/14 @ 02:45 - From Computer World

Intel has agreed to acquire for $650 million in cash a networking business and related assets from Avago Technologies, the companies said Wednesday.

Read More

Saturday, August 9th


Sat, 8/9/14 @ 14:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Here are five of the most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge this week. Read More

Read More

Sat, 8/9/14 @ 09:01 - From Computer World

Much like my experience with learning to hack at RSA, learning to pick locks was something that I was very interested in learning how to do, but approached with much trepidation given that I had zero experience with the practice. Nevertheless I thought I'd give it a shot, so I headed down to the Lockpicking Village at this year's DEFCON 22 so I could be shown the ropes.

Read More

Friday, August 8th


Fri, 8/8/14 @ 16:13 - From Computer World

A seemingly constant stream of data breaches and this week's news that Russian hackers have amassed a database of 1.2 billion Internet credentials has many people asking: Isn't it time we dumped the user name and password?

Read More

Fri, 8/8/14 @ 16:56 - From Computer World

In rejecting a proposed settlement in Silicon Valley's closely watched "no hire" case, District Judge Lucy Koh said on Friday there's strong evidence that Steve Jobs was a central figure, if not "the" central figure, in the alleged conspiracy to suppress workers' wages.

Read More

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

Data center team finds way to do load balancing with energy efficiency in mind. Read More

Read More

Fri, 8/8/14 @ 11:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

TSS performed $12 million worth of power and cooling upgrades to DataSite's 130,000 square foot data center in Orlando. Read More

Read More

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

We’re adding extra color to our Friday fun with this week’s caption contest. Help us complete our Kip and Gary cartoon – submit your caption below! Read More

Read More