Cloud Computing: The Myth Of The Green Datacenter

Grazed from EnterpriseTech.  Author: George Leopold.

Here’s the reality when it comes to datacenter energy consumption: If the cloud industry were a country, according to a recent study, it would be the fifth largest energy consumer in the world.

The survey of datacenter energy consumption has a definite slant: It was funded by the National Mining Association and something called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy. Still, the reality in the U.S. and emerging markets like China is that most of the electricity the industry consumes is produced in coal-fired plants. Moreover, energy consumption at datacenters will only increase as more users with more wireless devices tap into cloud services...

How OpenStack integration can create smarter cloud data centres

Grazed from ITWire. Author: Greg Barnes.

Integrating OpenStack, the free open source cloud computing software platform, with an advanced cloud architecture based on application delivery controller (ADC) technology offers significant advantages for cloud data centre operators.  While OpenStack gives IT professionals an open and standards-based approach to scalable and agile cloud deployment, an ADC-based architecture utilises L4-L7 network application services to provide a consistent solution for cloud provisioning and management.

Their integration allows cloud data centre operators to combine application networking services seamlessly with their other infrastructure, permitting them to meet service-level agreements (SLA’s) and compliance. A choice of form factor provides the flexibility to create a tailored offering in a high-density multi-tenant environment...

Data Centers and Cloud: A Perfect Storm

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Colleen Miller.

The cloud computing marketplace is continuing to evolve and the heavyweights are not sitting on the sidelines. As DCK noted this week, Digital Realty is partnering with Carpathia to provide hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions, and 365 Data Centers entered the cloud storage business. This is just the latest among many moves, including IBM’s purchase of SoftLayer, in the cloud infrastructure space.

Cloud computing definitely has an influence on data center operators and owners, said Jack Story of the AFCOM Data Center Institute (DCI) Board of Directors and HP Distinguished Technologist. Story, with 24-plus years of experience in outsourcing and the service provider industry, will lead a panel titled, “Data Centers and Cloud: A Perfect Storm” at the Orlando Data Center World Conference next month...

Cloud Computing: Physical data centers, how quaint

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Is the physical data center an anachronism? Some industry leaders say there's no longer a need for enterprises to have data centers at all -- that everything they need is in the cloud. That's the word from Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, and a regular advisor to the European Commission on ICT research and innovation. In an interview conducted by TechRadar's Desire Athow, Finnie says cloud computing is more than adequately filling the need data centers once fulfilled.

Of course, the "cloud" is not operating in a vacuum --- it's powered by multiple data centers. But Finnie's point is that enterprises should not worry about all that underlying infrastructure. While Finnie's business is running virtual data centers for clients, it's interesting to get his take on how these opportunities are unfolding:...

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Plexxi Pulse—Adding Flexibility to the Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media.  Author: Michael Bushong.

It’s been a busy week here at Plexxi. On Tuesday, we announced our partnership with, a high-performance, scalable and flexible hosting platform based on Microsoft Cloud OS.’s newly released CARIcloud service is powered by Plexxi and uses software-defined networking to allow companies to automatically adjust to conditions on their networks and make sure that the most important applications are never starved for performance. The platform enables customers to manage organizations and scale their data centers without being restricted to a single cloud service provider...

Alibaba to launch fifth cloud datacentre

Grazed from BusinessCloud. Editorial Staff.

The Shenzhen datacentre will house approximately 10,000 servers and will provide a number of cloud services including infrastructure as a service, load balancing, relational database service, open storage service and open caching service among others. “As part of our ongoing commitment to enhance our services to better serve the cloud computing needs of users, we have chosen to open a datacentre in Shenzhen to provide customers with more options for network nodes and further enhance the reliability of user application services and response speed,” said Ben Wang, president of AliCloud.

“For users in Southern China and the Pearl River Delta region, using Shenzhen nodes will lower network latency, reduce data transmission time, and greatly enhance the user experience,” Wang added. The datacentre in Shenzhen comes just a few months after the company announced its first foray outside of mainland China with the construction of a Hong Kong cloud facility. The company has three other cloud computing datacentres in Hangzhou, Qingdao, and Beijing...

Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Dan Heilman.

Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged that it has started to store the personal data Relevant Products/Services of some Chinese users on servers in China. Reuters initially reported that Apple’s success in China led to the first iCloud data center Relevant Products/Services to be located on mainland China. The center was built by Apple and a state-owned telecommunications company, China Telecom, the country's third-largest wireless carrier.

Apple told Reuters in a statement that China Telecom was added to its list of data center providers in order to improve its iCloud service, which lets users store and access photos and other personal files from multiple devices. Apple said storing the data closer to the iCloud users gives them quicker and more reliable access to it...

QTS Now Offers Hybrid Connectivity for Enterprise Cloud Solution

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Koblalka.

Data center services provider QTS Realty Trust (QTS) has added hybrid connectivity features to its Enterprise Cloud service. QTS Hybrid Network Connectivity provides high-performance networking options that allow customers to integrate seamlessly with a variety of IT architectures, according to the company.

"Connectivity continues to be a key component in our customers' business strategy, and by utilizing QTS Hybrid Network Connectivity, enterprises can easily manage their public and private cloud as a single environment, creating higher performance at a lower cost," Jim Reinhart, chief operating officer for QTS's development and operations, said in a prepared statement...

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SDN networks set cloud apart from the old data center

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Pankaj Shroff.

SDN networks arose from a demand for connectivity that current switches, routers, network protocols and segmentation tools could not satisfy. Cloud-ready data centers enable an always-on and available-anywhere world of information and productivity. The cloud computing model delivers efficiency and value with economies of scale by pooling compute, storage and networking resources, distributing them where they are most needed, maximizing their use across multiple groups and abstracting away the underlying physical infrastructure.

Some of the biggest inefficiencies and costs of traditional networks arise from tedious, manual configuration and management, performance bottlenecks, connectivity and bandwidth costs, lack of service agility and threats to security. To fully realize the benefits offered by cloud computing, IT teams must overcome networking challenges with virtualization...

Cloud Computing: Storage is the heart of the next generation data centre

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Jeramiah Dooley.

Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?

To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be flexible and scalable with rapid automation to meet the needs of its users. Storage has a key role to play here, with a sophisticated management layer that can separate performance and capacity - independently controlling access speeds and available drive space on an app-by-app basis - it has now become possible to virtualise performance independent of capacity...