Cloud Computing: Future of the server - the data centre is the server

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Servers have been a key part of the data centre for so long that it is easy to see them as an immutable part of the IT landscape. They might get a faster processor, more memory or more storage with each hardware generation, but the underlying architecture has changed remarkably little since the days of the first PC servers in the 1980s.

That could soon change, as developments in the data centre related to cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure are driving a move towards more modular and less monolithic servers. Rather than being the 'atomic' building block of the data centre as they are today, tomorrow's servers may be just a collection of hardware resources that form part of a larger system that could extend across the entire data centre...

Alibaba Eyeing Data Center in India to Take on Amazon, Microsoft

Grazed from Yibada. Author: Editorial Staff.

Alibaba is reportedly trying to cement its cloud business with plans to open a data center in India this year. According to Indian newspaper Business Line, China's e-commerce titan has plans to boost its cloud computing business in India likely through an acquisition. "When they start on-boarding millions of sellers and suppliers on the platform, it is clear they will need a means to support that kind of data," said Greyhound Research's CEO Sanchit Vir Gogia in an interview with Business Line.

"It is less expensive compared to relying on a third-party data center and also there are no issues of data theft." The move is now seen as an attempt to shake the presence of Microsoft and Amazon, two of Alibaba's biggest competitors in cloud computing, in the Indian market, added the newspaper...

Cloud Computing: Busan City to House Subsea Data Center of Microsoft

Grazed from BusinessKorea. Author: Cho Jin-young.

Microsoft Korea CEO Ko Soon-dong had a press conference in Seoul on May 11 and announced that Microsoft would provide more stable and fast cloud computing services by opening new data centers in Seoul and Busan early next year with demands for cloud computing services on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region including South Korea.

The construction of the new data centers constitutes its Project Natick. That in Busan is scheduled to be the first subsea data center in the world. Busan City is regarded as a perfect choice for the project in that it is home to 90% of submarine power cables in South Korea and a global cloud data center demonstration model.

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Cloud Computing: Is it time for virtual reality to influence the data centre?

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Editorial Staff.

The part virtual reality (VR) can play in the evolution of the data centre has been mooted as far back as 2013 – but now the future looks good so long as organisations’ infrastructure can stand up to it, according to Aegis Data. Three years ago, writing for Data Center Knowledge, Rich Miller reported on data centre provider IO, whose latest innovation was to provide a 3D visual representation and walkthrough of a customer’s specific environment, with IO describing it as a “gamification of the data centre.”

And according to Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data, the data centre industry has the potential to be the largest beneficiary of VR – but it will take time. “As a concept, its presence has been felt for a long time but limited computing power combined with slow connectivity speeds means there has always been a cap as to what can be achieved,” said McCulloch...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Names Data Center Sustainability Chief

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Jim Hanna, former sustainability exec for Starbucks, joins Microsoft to help the tech titan float greener clouds.  Jim Hanna has joined Microsoft as the director of data center sustainability, a newly created position.  Hanna previously served as the director of environmental affairs for Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee chain.

"Over the past decade, he has driven global strategies to address sustainability issues across the company, from the supply chain to energy and water reduction to policy engagements," stated Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, in a blog post. At Microsoft, Hanna will work to minimize the environmental impact of the company's globe-spanning network of cloud data centers...

Microsoft's underwater data center could solve some of the cloud's biggest problems

Grazed from Bizjournals. Author: Ashley Stewart.

Microsoft may have found a solution for some of the cloud computing industry’s biggest problems by moving its clouds under the sea. The Redmond company on Monday released details about a prototype for an underwater data center. Throughout a one-year pilot, called Project Natick, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) built and submerged a 10-by-7-foot, 38,000-pound data center about a half-mile off the Pacific Coast.

As Microsoft's cloud business ­– which reached $6.3 billion in revenue during the most recent quarter – continues to grow, so does the company’s need to store data. Underwater data centers, Microsoft found, decrease cooling and power costs, use more renewable energy, reduce latency and can be set up more quickly...

Data centre is heading to the cloud: Sanjay Poonen, VMware

Grazed from FinancialExpress. Author: PP Thimmaya.

The growing number of connected devices has given an entirely new dimension to the mobile strategy of enterprises. Any device which is plugged onto the internet becomes a mini-computer and has become the new point for end-user computing. The rapid adoption of a mobility strategy has thrown open a huge market opportunity for virtualisation software company Vmware, who enable the running of the applications and securing it on any mobile device. Sanjay Poonen, executive vice-president and general manager, end-user computing, VMware talks about mobility strategy of enterprises and how they are expanding their reach in an interview with PP Thimmaya. Excerpts:

How is VMware expanding its reach into the fast growing area of end-user computing?

VMware is the fourth largest software company and fastest growing. We have built innovative software where we have grown out of the data centre which is now heading to the cloud. The newer area of end user computing has now become the fastest growing big business inside the company...

Cloud Computing: Intel beats expectations, but data center sales slow

Grazed from MarketPlace. Author: Ben Johnson.

Intel reported fourth quarter earnings after the market closed Thursday, that showed a continuing decline in its PC chip sales and only a slight growth in its data center business. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker reported that it’s net income in the fourth quarter fell 1 percent to $3.6 billion, or 74 cents earnings per share, compared to $3.7 billion, or 74 cents earnings per share, in the quarter a year earlier. The company posted revenue of $14.9 billion, up 1 percent from the previous year.

Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected earnings of 63 cents per share on $14.8 billion in revenue. Full year revenue was $55.4 billion, down 1 percent. Net income was $11.4 billion, down 2 percent. Despite the earnings beat, shares fell 4.61 percent in the after-hours period to $31.22, after trading up 2.6 percent to $32.74 in Thursday’s session...

Cloud Computing: The Future of Data Centers

Grazed from SysCon. Author: Pavan Kumar.

The future of data centers looks very exciting. Data Centers are turning out to be increasingly important in today's connected world as we can store and process a lot of consumer and commercial data. Data centers seem to be either becoming huge or very small. In general, marketing cloud storage and cloud computing services are likely to increase the profit margins and favor the large players. There is an increasing need for superior Data center competence as we are more dependent on cloud-based applications and huge Data center services.

The companies will view data as a resource to be extracted for insight, innovation and opportunities are extracted from the future Data centers. The future Data centers can be used as infrastructure as a service (IaaS) with pay-per-use model. It will help companies to meet the business requirements and to control the cost, scalability and service level objectives...

Cloud Computing: VCE Taps Cisco ACI for New Vblock System, More Secure Data Centers

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

The next evolution of VCE's Vblock System has emerged with a little help from Cisco. This version integrates the networking giant’s Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure, or ACI, to help developers build secure, flexible data centers that can adapt more rapidly -- and with less effort -- to business and app requirements as they change.

That sounds like a tall order but it’s the potential fruit that the partnership between Cisco and VCE could deliver by tapping into software-defined innovations to drive operational efficiencies. The proposed endgame: to help customers be more successful in a competitive cloud era...