External Data Center News

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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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Tue, 4/8/14 @ 03:19 - From Network 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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Monday, April 7th


Mon, 4/7/14 @ 13:11 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

The past 60 days or so have shown a wave of changes at Microsoft. But are they enough to maintain interest by enterprise customers that Microsoft has long since courted…and counted on for the bulk of their revenue? Revenue Breakdown … Continue reading →

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Mon, 4/7/14 @ 05:31 - From Network World

Raspberry Pi -- popular for its US$25 PC -- plans later this year to ship new hardware in the form of a smaller board that plugs into a custom motherboard slot, which could appeal to a new audience of makers, enthusiasts and enterprise users.

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Mon, 4/7/14 @ 04:01 - From Computer World

Apple and Samsung were back in San Jose federal court last week arguing over more patents and another set of devices. Apple is demanding more than $2 billion in damages, in the second case between the companies in California.

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Mon, 4/7/14 @ 00:05 - From Network World

Intel is bringing peer-to-peer computer networking capabilities to Thunderbolt 2 with a feature that allows Macs -- and soon, PCs -- to connect directly for high-speed data transfers.

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Wednesday, April 2nd


Wed, 4/2/14 @ 03:34 - From Network World

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change summarizes the growing consequences of global warming -- rising sea levels and threats to health, food supplies, water resources and species.

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Wed, 4/2/14 @ 01:59 - From Network World

A six-astronaut crew has begun a four-month "mission" in remote area of Hawaii to investigate how they would interact and survive long-duration space exploration, such as a trip to Mars.

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Tuesday, April 1st


Tue, 4/1/14 @ 12:38 - From Computer World

With the help of DigiWorksCorp, the Norman Rockwell Museum leveraged its transactional data and big data analytics to increase second-time purchasers by 150 percent and revenue by 49 percent.

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Thursday, March 27th


Thu, 3/27/14 @ 10:00 - From Computer World

Intel is investing in distributed computing software company Cloudera as it looks to tune more software to its x86 processors.

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Tuesday, March 25th


Tue, 3/25/14 @ 01:49 - From INFRARATI

There have been some debate about the source of electricity a data center is using and the CO2 emissions it is causing.

Recently some interesting figures came available by the International Energy Agency. These are the CO2 emissions per kWh electricity generation. Published in the 2013 edition of “CO2 emissions from fuel combustion – Highlights”.

It isn’t easy to find consistent and complete time series. A lot of the data that can be found is using different definitions and/or different time periods what makes it difficult to aggregate these figures. IEA has published time series for the period 1990 – 2011.

To make some comparisons a selection from different parts of the world is showed in table 1. Remarkable differences in CO2 emissions can be found. Some countries show a huge decrease of CO2/kwH emission during the period 1990 – 2011 whereas others show an increase. Also within a region the differences are considerable. Zooming in on the E.U. countries with Tier 1 data center markets; United Kingdom, France, Germany and The Netherlands, (with the DC hubs London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam) we see a CO2/kwH reduction of 34.4%, 41.9%, 21.4% and 33.4%. Differences in emissions and emissions trends are caused by different energy policies and different compositions of the power plant fleet.

Table 1. CO2 emission per kWh from electricity generation, source IEA.

  2011kg CO2 /kwH Difference 1990 -2011

% E.U. 0.352 -21.4 United Kingdom 0.441 -34.4 France 0.061 -41.9 Germany 0.477 -21.4 The Netherlands 0.404 -33.4 Russian Federation 0.437 7.6 U.S.A. 0.503 -13.6 Canada 0.167 -14.8 Australia 0.823 0.7 Singapore 0.500 -44.9 Japan 0.497 14.3 Korea 0.545 4.8 India 0.856 5.4 China 0.764 -14.5

 

The figures that are showed are averages. The CO2 emission of a data center depends on the power plants that are really used to deliver electricity to the data center. Depending on the electricity demand the power supplier will assign different power plants. The assignment of power plants is according to their production efficiencies (short-run marginal costs of production) and capacity and this production mix will influence the CO2 emission per kwH.

CO2 emission per server

To get an impression of the CO2 emission per server in different parts of the world we making use of the report ”Estimating total power consumption by servers in the U.S. and the world” of J.G. Koomey of Stanford University, the power usage of low, mid and high range server are estimated on 180, 420, and 4800 Watt. This will lead to the figures in table 2 based on a 24 hours x 365 days usage.

Table 2. Yearly CO2 emission per server.

Kg CO2/year Low range server Medium range server High range server E.U. 555 1295 14801 United Kingdom 695 1623 18543 France 96 224 2565 Germany 752 1755 20057 The Netherlands 637 1486 16987 Russian Federation 689 1608 18375 U.S.A. 793 1851 21150 Canada 263 614 7022 Australia 1298 3028 34606 Singapore 788 1840 21024 Japan 784 1829 20898 Korea 859 2005 22916 India 1350 3149 35993 China 1205 2811 32125

 

Data center use case

What do all these figures mean for a data center? Lets take for example a data center of 1000 servers with a PUE of 1.8. In this case we use a server mix of 95% low range, 4% mid range and 1% high range servers. Besides servers the data center will also use storage and network components. The ratio of the energy use of servers versus the energy use of storage and network components is set to 75:15:10.

We can define a worst-case scenario when electricity is created with conventional coal combustion; in that case 1kW of electricity is equivalent to 1 kg CO2 emission. For the data center in this use case, that would be an upper limit of 4957 ton CO2 per year. In reality power suppliers are using a mix of different energy sources. As we can see in table 3, the lowest emission is 302 ton and the highest emission is 4244 ton. A difference with a factor 14!

Table 3. CO2 emission of a data center.

Metric ton CO2/year Servers Storage Network Data center E.U. 727 145 97 1745 United Kingdom 911 182 121 2186 France 126 25 17 302 Germany 985 197 131 2365 The Netherlands 835 167 111 2003 Russian Federation 903 181 120 2166 U.S.A. 1039 208 139 2494 Canada 345 69 46 828 Australia 1700 340 227 4080 Singapore 1033 207 138 2479 Japan 1027 205 137 2464 Korea 1126 225 150 2702 India 1768 354 236 4244 China 1578 316 210 3787

 

Zero emission

There is of course the alternative case of zero CO2 emissions if the electricity supply is completely based on nuclear, hydro or renewable energy. Some countries like Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland have extreme low CO2/kwH emission (1, 13, 17 and 30 gram).

 


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Monday, March 24th


Mon, 3/24/14 @ 18:24 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

With the recent S-1 filing by Box for their Initial Public Offering (IPO) the question of a Cloud Storage Bubble is raised once again. But is it really a bubble? And should enterprise customers take note and run for the … Continue reading →

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Mon, 3/24/14 @ 15:10 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

The story of Converged Infrastructure (CI) continues to gain steam within the Information Technology (IT) industry…and for good reason. Converged solutions present a relatively easy way to manage complex infrastructure solutions. While some providers focus on CI as an opportunity … Continue reading →

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Tuesday, February 25th


Tue, 2/25/14 @ 15:14 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

IBM’s conference on cloud is taking place this week in Las Vegas at the MGM Convention Center. There are two core parts to the conference; The main Pulse general conference and the Dev@Pulse conference which is specifically targeting developers. The … Continue reading →

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Tue, 2/25/14 @ 15:17 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

The Dev@Pulse conference is IBM’s developer conference tagging onto the core IBM Pulse conference. This is IBM’s first year trying to hold a developer-centric conference (Dev@Pulse) alongside their flagship cloud conference (IBM Pulse). Dev@Pulse is about as far away physically … Continue reading →

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Tuesday, January 28th


Tue, 1/28/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

At the Data Center Jobs Board, we have a new job listing from McKinstry, which is seeking a Assistant Critical Facility Manager.

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Tue, 1/28/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

The rapid transition to cloud computing and virtualization has led many data centers to begin replacing existing three-tier networks with “new” flat topologies – ironically, these are the same “outdated” topologies they abandoned years ago, writes Tal Harel of RiT Technologies.

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Monday, January 27th


Mon, 1/27/14 @ 22:10 - From Computer World

Microsoft is contributing the designs of the cloud servers that run some of its services like Bing and Windows Azure to the Open Compute Project, in a bid to help standardize and reduce hardware costs.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 17:21 - From Data Center Knowledge

In a dramatic move that illustrates how cloud computing has altered the data center landscape, Microsoft is opening up the server and rack designs that power its vast online platforms and sharing them with the world.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 17:53 - From Data Center Knowledge

As it joins the Open Compute Project, Microsoft can now show the world the custom server and storage designs that power its global armada of more than 1 million servers. Here's a closer look.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 08:15 - From Data Center Knowledge

To truly understand compliance and regulation – it’s important to apply it to your business, technological model, and know how all of this will impact you.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 08:15 - From Data Center Knowledge

Ciena GeoMesh helps Tata Communications push 100 gigabits per second from the U.S. to Japan, Alcatel-Lucent and BT set a world record for 1.4 terabits per second, and AMS-IX New York selects Zayo as a fiber provider to connect multiple data centers.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 07:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

A small town in the Netherlands may be the future site of a European data center for Apple (AAPL), according to a local report.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 06:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

This month's unusual weather pattern has brought frigid air to parts of the U.S. that don't normally see extreme cold snaps. Not to worry. Many data centers operate just fine in brutally cold weather, and your colleagues from these colder climates have tips on how to adapt.

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

At the Data Center Jobs Board, we have a new job listing from Another Source, which is seeking a Critical Facility Engineer (HVAC and Data Center Controls).

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Mon, 1/27/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

By expanding their attention on uptime to include energy efficiency, data center operators can actually maximize uptime and save money at the same time, writes Sarah Rambacher of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Friday, January 24th


Fri, 1/24/14 @ 13:12 - From Data Center Knowledge

SunGard Data Systems will split off its Availability Services business, which operates its data centers and disaster recovery business. The Sungard Availability business unit will be spun off into a separate company to its existing stockholders, including its private equity owners, in a tax-free...

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Fri, 1/24/14 @ 13:01 - From Data Center Knowledge

So how does a widely-used app like Gmail go down, as it has today? There have been a number of Gmail outages over the years, usually involving software updates or networking issues.

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Fri, 1/24/14 @ 12:15 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Cloud computing has taken off like wildfire. In that vein there is a bit of discrepancy between who the largest cloud company is and isn’t. Is perception reality? One could argue that perception is reality. And the perception today is … Continue reading →

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Fri, 1/24/14 @ 12:16 - From Data Center Knowledge

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! As the work week ends, it's time for a little humor. Our Data Center Knowledge cartoon contest is a great way for readers to have a chuckle on this winter Friday. Before you take off, please vote for the best reader suggestion for the caption.

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Fri, 1/24/14 @ 09:52 - From Computer World

Hewlett-Packard has launched a set of services designed to help organizations manage their data centers more efficiently, using the principles of DCIM (data center infrastructure management).

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Fri, 1/24/14 @ 09:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

For some geeky fun, why not set up a tiny Raspberry Pi computer? The little case-less computer that can fit in your pocket can pack enough punch to support your home media center, a VPN, and a lot more.

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Fri, 1/24/14 @ 09:52 - From Network World

Hewlett-Packard has launched a set of services designed to help organizations manage their data centers more efficiently, using the principles of DCIM (data center infrastructure management).

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