Cloud takes backup role as cities remake data centers

Grazed from GCN. Author: John Moore.

With pressure on government to streamline IT operations to control costs and spur performance, a growing number of city IT managers are pursuing the latest hardware architectures and tools to renovate their legacy data centers. But while the emphasis on physical devices may seem like a hardware renaissance, the cloud is still very much a part of data center overhauls.

In such cases, agencies are using cloud in a backup role, a resource that soaks up spikes in data center workload or as a disaster recovery utility. The city of Asheville, N.C. , for example, found that traditional disaster recovery involved a high, fixed capital expense. As a consequence, city’s budget only supported disaster recovery plans for applications it absolutely needed to protect – enterprise resource planning (ERP), for example, said Jonathan Feldman, Asheville’s CIO...

Cloud Computing: Construction begins on China Mobile's New Data Center in Chongqing

Grazed from DataCenterDynamics. Author: Laura Luo.

China Mobile’s Chongqing Data Center broke ground in the Chongqing Liangjiang International Cloud Computing Industrial Park on June 30th. This is one of the key projects for developing Chongqing’s cloud computing and big data industries. China Mobile’s new data center will cover an area of 120,000sqm and will be built in two phases. It is estimated that 4800 racks capable of hosting about 32,000 servers will be put into use when phase one is completed in 2016.

A total of 13,000 racks accommodating 130,000 servers will be brought online once the project is finished. The new data center is expected to provide an infrastructure and open platform for cloud computing related industries in Chongqing as envisioned by the Chongqing Municipal Government’s “Cloud Plan”. In 2011 the Chongqing Municipal government signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Mobile in Beijing with the aim of transforming Chongqing into a smart city based on cloud technologies.

Re-thinking Colocation in the Age of Cloud Computing

Grazed from GreenDataCenterNews. Author: Keao Caindec.

Cloud computing has swept through the IT infrastructure industry and made it easier for companies to use servers, storage and software applications on demand and “as-a-service.” But what about the data center colocation industry? It has changed very little over the last eight years and remains as inflexible as ever with multi-year term agreements and big minimum space requirements.

Businesses want more flexibility to run temporary workloads, build private clouds and have a less risky path to migrating applications to a hybrid public-private cloud model. What can be done to make colocation easier and more “cloud-like?”...

Cloud Computing: Why Moving Instagram to Facebook's Data Center Was Worth It

Grazed from WallStreet CheatSheet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Facebook has quietly migrated Instagram and its 20 billion photos from Amazon’s cloud computing service to its own data center. The transition took about a year in planning and a month for the actual migration, and Instagram’s 200 million users didn’t notice a thing. Wired reports that the company calls the transition the “Instagration,” and the migration was unlike any that Facebook had previously undertaken. In moving other properties that it had acquired, like FriendFeed, Facebook was able to shut down the service before migrating it to its own data centers.

But moving Instagram, which Facebook bought in 2012, was a much bigger operation. The process involved moving the service from thousands of virtual machines on Amazon’s cloud computing service, where it was originally built, to a private data center operated by Facebook, all while avoiding disruptions to a service used by 200 million people. According to Wired, the move gives Instagram access to the wide range of software tools built into Facebook’s infrastructure...

Cloud Computing: Creating a More Efficient Data Center

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Cameron Graham.

As the world increasingly relies on technology, the need for data storage has exploded. In fact, 90 percent of the data stored today was generated in the past two years. Cloud computing has become the norm, and corporations and private citizens regularly use virtual machines throughout their day.

What we often don’t consider is how that data collection and storage affects other aspects of our lives. We get excited about having access to huge quantities of on-demand media (think Spotify, or Netflix), but we rarely stop to think about where that information is stored. In the end, even data has to reside in a physical location...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Launches Azure Data Center in Southern Brazil

Grazed from NearShoreAmericas. Author: Narayan Ammachchi.

Microsoft has launched its Azure data center in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, promising to provide fully secured cloud computing services to Brazilian companies concerned about cyber spying. The new data center will store data within the country and provide customers with better performance through reduced latency.

Microsoft Azure, formerly Windows Azure, is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Internet security has become a sensitive issue in Brazil after news emerged that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on its President Dilma Rousseff and the state-owned oil company Petrobras...

Cloud Computing: HP launches new products for software-defined datacentres

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

Analyst firm Gartner recently predicted datacentre hardware spending on new types of products and big data deployments will reach $9.4bn in 2014. At HP's annual conference, Bill Veghte, executive vice-president and general manager for Enterprise Group of HP said: “As customers look ahead, they need business outcome-driven infrastructure that enables the New Style of IT.”

Big data, mobility, security and cloud computing are forcing organisations to rethink their approach to technology, causing them to invest heavily in IT infrastructure, according to HP. The services it has launched are aimed at reducing IT complexity, Veghte said. Among the new products launched is HP Apollo, a new family of HPC solutions to address power and datacentre efficiency challenges...

CenturyLink's new data center will keep 'the cloud' safe

Grazed from StarTribune.  Author: Steve Alexander.

In an effort to make computing services nearly as reliable as the telephone, CenturyLink last week opened Minnesota’s first high-reliability “Tier 3” public data center in Shakopee.

CenturyLink, based in Monroe, La., is best known to Minnesotans as the state’s largest telephone company. But it has bet its future on the belief that data center services such as “cloud computing will make up for a decline in the use of its traditional phone service caused by cellphones. And it believes opening a rare Tier 3 data center will be a lure for computing customers in the Twin Cities...

Affect of Government's Plan to Cut Carbon Dioxide Pollution on Cloud Computing and Data Centers

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

The White House plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 30% seeks to meet its goals, in part, through efficiency improvements. This could put further pressure on data centers to improve efficiency, many of which are powering servers that are doing very little work or none at all.

For instance, a recent Uptime Institute survey asked enterprise data professionals: "What percentage of your servers are likely comatose?" About 60% of respondents said the number of comatose servers was under 5%. But nearly 25% put at least 10% of their servers were into that category...

Cloud Computing: 6 Models Of The Modern Data Center

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

The cloud hasn't killed the company-owned data center. Companies from General Motors to Fidelity are taking the best infrastructure ideas from Web giants such as Facebook and Google and adapting them to their very different business needs in order to build a new generation of data centers.

To highlight the different approaches and strategies these companies are taking, we looked at six companies beyond the Web giants that have made or are planning major data center investments. Our point isn't that data center construction is booming; Gartner forecasts only 2.3% growth in data center spending in 2014, to $143 billion. Companies will spend more than twice that on enterprise software, by comparison, at a growth rate of nearly 7%...