Apple's new 1.7 billion European data centers will power cloud services

Grazed from BetaNews. Author: Mihaita Bamburic.

Colder regions make great places for building data centers. Operators can leverage the colder air outside to cool those hot servers, without relying much on costly tools like air conditioners and the like. When we're talking about thousands of servers all running in the same place, the savings are substantial. And so is the positive impact on the environment, thanks to a healthy decrease in energy requirements and emissions.

It should come as no surprise that Apple has announced Denmark and Ireland as the locations of choice for its two new European data centers. The two countries are also favored by other players in the tech industry, like Google and Microsoft. Apple's new data centers will power online services for European customers...

Cloud Computing and Data Center infographic

Grazed from Emerald-Technology.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Inforgraphic covers topics such as Cloud Computing Industry Valuation, Storage Trends, Customer Profiles, Data Center Sizing, Cloud Computing Job Creation by Industry, and much more...

To view the cloud computing and datacenter infographic, visit

Cloud Computing: 7 Crazy Cool Data Centers

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Kelly Sheridan.

All data centers share a few commonalities: They generate massive amounts of heat while draining equally large amounts of energy. However, some businesses are getting creative with how and where they store data. Data centers are more than just massive facilities packed with overheating servers and air conditioners.

Most contain the best hardware and software available in modern technology, with the capacity to send and receive millions of pieces of data per second, which is especially important as cloud computing matures and more companies invest in moving apps and data to the cloud. As more businesses begin to invest in cloud capabilities, the use of data centers becomes less of an option and more of a priority. Small and midsize businesses are especially exhibiting a strong growing interest in new forms of data storage...

Europe's largest infrastructure networking and deal making event focuses on explosive cloud and datacentre transformation

Grazed from DataCloudCongress. Author: PR Announcement.

Datacloud 2015 creates the largest European platform for datacentre and cloud IT infrastructure end users and business leaders. The conference June 3 and 4, aims to explore the very latest in technologies and markets, to inspire through rich content and hosts 2,000 senior executives to meet, connect, collaborate and do deals.

Extensively covering data and cyber security, cost, application management and performance, scalability of cloud technologies, enterprise IT control, and energy management, the datacentre remains at the epicentre of both the event and today’s businesses, enabling and securing the applications and services that are critical to operations and poised to transform radically through the explosive levels of new demand...

Cloud Computing: The 2015 Rules of Data Center Migration

Grazed from Baseline.  Author: Kent Weaver.

Organizations planning to make a bold digital splash in 2015 are also likely to need another upgrade: their data centers. As new technologies enter the marketplace, many enterprises are planning—and budgeting—for the next big thing.

However, data center migrations are, in many ways, both easier and more complex than ever. Technologies such as virtualization may eliminate the need for moving physical equipment, but the vast array of other options, such as hybrid and cloud solutions, make the process inherently more complex than it was before...

Models for Efficient Data Replication in Cloud Computing Datacenters

Grazed from University of Luxembourg.  Author:  Dejene Boru, Dzmitry Kliazovich, Fabrizio Granelli, Pascal Bouvry, Albert Y. Zomaya.

Cloud computing is a computing model where users access ICT services and resources without regard to where the services are hosted. Communication resources often become a bottleneck in service provisioning for many cloud applications. Therefore, data replication which brings data (e.g., databases) closer to data consumers (e.g., cloud applications) is seen as a promising solution.

In this paper we present models for energy consumption and bandwidth demand of database access in cloud computing datacenter. In addition we propose an energy efficient replication strategy based on the proposed models which results in improved Quality of Service (QoS) with reduced communication delays...

Cloud Computing: Amazon data center on fire in Virginia

Grazed from Click2Houston.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A large fire lit up the roof of an Amazon data center that's still under construction in a Virginia suburb outside Washington, D.C.  No one was hurt in the blaze, according to the local fire department, which was able to put out the fire in under an hour.  Amazon said the facility was in the early stages of becoming an Amazon Web Services cloud computing center.

The company noted that the incident didn't impact company production or shipping.  The nondescript building will one day be one of Amazon's massive data centers -- the kind that keep websites running and store computer information for companies...

Cloud Computing: The 10 Most Popular Data Center Stories of 2014

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Bri Pennington.

From Google abandoning MapReduce to Facebook switching off its data center, here’s a look back at the 10 most popular articles on Data Center Knowledge during 2014. Enjoy!

Google Dumps MapReduce in Favor of New Hyper-Scale Analytics System – Google has abandoned MapReduce, the system for running data analytics jobs spread across many servers the company developed and later open sourced, in favor of a new cloud analytics system it has built called Cloud Dataflow...

Cloud Computing: Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy

Grazed from CIO. Author: Diane Bryant.

I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy. We are in the midst of a bold industry transformation as IT evolves from supporting the business to being the business. This transformation and the move to cloud computing calls into question many of the fundamental principles of data center architecture.

Two significant changes are the move to software defined infrastructure (SDI) and the move to scale-out, distributed applications. The speed of application development and deployment of new services is rapid. The infrastructure must keep pace. It must move from statically configured to dynamic, from manually operated to fully automated, and from fixed function to open standard. As we have many times in our history, Intel is embracing this transformation and driving technology innovation to re-architect today's data centers for the future...

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Center With SoftLayer in Japan

Grazed from MarketWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Today IBM announced the opening of its first cloud data center with SoftLayer in Japan, located in Tokyo. This announcement comes on the heels of recent SoftLayer cloud data center launches in Melbourne and Paris and represents the next step in IBM's $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint.

The facility in Tokyo complements other SoftLayer resources located in cities within the Asia-Pacific region, including Singapore, Hong Kong, and Melbourne and broadens data redundancy options and geographic diversity within IBM's growing number of cloud data centers worldwide...