Small businesses drop data centers for advantages of cloud computing

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

Access to production servers from anywhere on the globe via a cloud service provider can help small businesses expand their reach. In this part two of this three-part series, small businesses discuss the advantages of cloud computing and how they affect growth potential.

This was the case for Leica Geosystems SmartNet North America, proprietors of a precision GPS service for surveyors, engineers, construction and precision agriculture. The service corrects the 100-foot accuracy of most commercially sold GPS systems down to as little as half an inch, broadcasting from a network of 600 stations in the U.S. and Canada...

Cloud Computing: New Data Center Innovation Stack Could Redefine IT

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Chris Preimesberger.

The words "innovation" and "stack" are now starting to be used together to form a new IT industry term. This IT stack—not particularly new for more progressive IT shops but certainly new for many midrange and smaller enterprises—is defined as such: a heterogeneous infrastructure that combines IT from best-of-breed vendors and/or open-source communities at each layer to deliver a sophisticated architectural model that addresses the full needs of the data center.

Parts of this have been called "converged infrastructure." As virtualized/distributed computing becomes more common, this virtualized stack is making new and existing IT hardware much more efficient and cloud-ready. At the same time, new business requirements, operational challenges and data complexities are rising to new levels, forcing new thought about refreshing older data centers...

Cloud Computing: 3M, Intel and SGI launch computer coolant

Grazed from StarTribune. Author: Dee Depass.

In a potentially major breakthrough for data centers, 3M Co. today announced a new cooling fluid for large computer systems that reduces the need for powerful air conditioners and slashes energy costs. The technology is being portrayed as a game changer for massive data centers, which have proliferated with the rise of cloud-based networks for businesses and consumers and as storage for so-called “big data” applications used by business and government.

Such centers today use lots of energy to run computer servers and storage arrays and also to cool off those machines from the heat they generate. 3M will demonstrate its new 3M Novec Engineered Fluid at its Maplewood headquarters later today along with partners IntelCorp. and SGI...

Interoute launches new VDC in Hong Kong, expands global footprint

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

Cloud services provider Interoute has announced the launch of a new virtual data centre (VDC) in Hong Kong, joining other vendors in setting up shop in the lucrative Asian region.   The company also announced that its customers can move data and apps across the entire services platform, across VDC zones, for no cost.

Lee Myall, the general manager of Interoute’s enterprise app store CloudStore, told CloudTech that while European expansion was still key, this was big news for Interoute on a global scale...

New Cloud Data Centre Platform in Québec, Canada

Grazed from PRNewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Fonds de solidarité FTQ Investissements croissance (FSIC) and FSIC partner Investissements W2 are backing COLO-D, a company headquartered in Drummondville, Québec. Their financial support will fuel the growth of this new economy firm.

"COLO-D offers a new generation of server colocation services. Our strength is the flexibility of our products and services. We help our customers set up their high-density infrastructures, from a single cabinet to the deployment of many megawatts in dedicated corporate suites," said COLO-D's chief executive, Patrick David...

VMware's Gelsinger: Datacenters Face 'Tectonic Shift'

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger says virtualization and cloud computing have produced a "tectonic shift" in IT operations that will result in software-defined datacenters replacing hardware-defined datacenters. That will be the main topic of his keynote address on April 3 at the Interop conference and exhibition in Las Vegas.

"We think we're entering an unprecedented phase of IT. The transition from client/server computing to mobile/cloud computing affects everything IT does. It's a tectonic shift in IT. Our strategy is to build the software-defined datacenter, versus the hardware-defined datacenter," he told InformationWeek in a pre-show interview...

Cloud Computing: OnRamp Announces Opening of Second Austin Data Center

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

OnRamp, a leading Data Center operations company headquartered in Austin, TX, announced today that it will open a 42,000-square-foot Data Center in Austin with an invitation-only grand opening celebration on March 20, 2014. The facility will be the company’s second Data Center in Austin and third Data Center in the US. Design of the Data Center began in the fall of 2012.

OnRamp built the facility to meet the growing demand for its services, which include high security hosting, cloud computing, high density colocation and disaster recovery services. “We are excited to open a second, enterprise-class Data Center in Austin,” said OnRamp CEO Lucas Braun. “We’re an Austin-based company, and a large percentage of our managed and cloud hosting and high security hosting services are delivered by our teams in Austin.”...

Cloud Carib Ltd. Attains VMware vCloud Powered Validation for Offshore Cloud Datacenters in The Bahamas

Grazed from HeroldOnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud Carib Ltd., an Offshore Cloud Provider, today announced that its Bahamas-based public cloud service has achieved VMware vCloud® Powered status, illustrating to customers that the company’s cloud services are underpinned by VMware’s leading virtualization and cloud computing technology, namely VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud Director. A member of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP), Cloud Carib Ltd. provides its VMware vCloud Powered service as a set of cloud computing services across a common platform, supporting the largest set of existing applications and offering distinctive application mobility uniquely available from VMware.

“We are thrilled to receive this important validation for our service”, said Stelios Xeroudakis, Director with Cloud Carib Ltd. “We believe with the increased global awareness for data protection, the demand for advanced cloud services in offshore jurisdictions is only going to grow. This validation exhibits our commitment to provide advanced, secure cloud services based on VMware’s leading technology to customers looking for data protection in the cloud.”...

8 Data Centers For Cloud's Toughest Jobs

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Keith Dawson.

Companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook don't just innovate with products: Just look at their data centers. The designs and operations playbooks of these new centers aim to lower costs, increase reliability and maintainability, and improve agility, while reducing energy use and carbon footprint.

As big data and cloud computing push the limits of traditional data centers, new trends in data center innovation have followed. Google started the ball rolling when it scaled up its search operations starting in the late 1990s. By 2001, Google, still three years away from its IPO, was building its own servers from piece-parts, seeking not only economy but also reliability and ease of maintenance. Prior to 2003, Google was investigating putting large numbers of servers in a shipping container. That year it applied for a patent on the idea of the modular, drop-in-place data center...

Cloud Computing: Data Center Efficacy - Cracking the 20 Percent Code

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: David Bonderud.

Cloud-based data centers suffer from an efficiency problem. Despite massive resource pools, many offer utilization rates that are no higher than 20 percent, which in turn drives up cloud costs for midsize businesses and increases server sprawl. Now, a team of researchers from Stanford University may have found a way to improve data center efficacy while still meeting strict performance goals.

No More Reservations

According to a recent Stanford News article, Associate Professor Christos Kozyrakis and doctoral student Christina Delimitrou have developed a cluster management system called Quasar that can theoretically triple server efficiency without affecting service reliability. How? It starts with a move away from the "reservation model." Used by many cloud providers, this model starts with a question to IT professionals: How much resource capacity does a specific application need? IT administrators understandably overestimate in their efforts to mitigate potential issues, but a new problem is emerging — data centers bursting with resources that no one is using...