Datacenters

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...

Cloud Computing: The future of the data centre - Sustainability, the IoT, and downsizing

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

The push is on to better streamline unused data centre capacity – and according to a missive from network provider Emerson Network Power, 2016 will see a greater emphasis on shared service distributed cloud computing models. According to the company’s five trends shaping the data centre landscape for 2016, enterprises which have data centres either as ‘comatose’ – buildings which have not delivered computing services for at least six months – or data centres with free room will be able to sell excess capacity on the open market as the evolution from basic software as a service to more hybrid environments intensifies.

Recent Stanford research found 30% of physical servers were comatose. This greater use of resources is seen elsewhere in Emerson Network Power’s predictions. No longer are companies focused on efficiency, but a greater emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility is key – and the company argues this trend will not just be limited to on-premise technology decisions...

Cloud Computing: How data centre investments are transforming IT industry - and why it won’t slow down

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

As global spend on cloud infrastructure continues to rocket, leading cloud providers have to up their game and invest billions of dollars in expanding their network of hyperscale data centres. That’s according to the latest data released by Synergy Research. The company notes the top four cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM – have approximately 110 data centres located in 20 different countries.

More than $25 billion has been spent in recent merger and acquisitions related to data centres, Synergy argues, with Equinix, Digital Realty, NTT and IBM at the head of operations. IBM’s $2bn acquisition of SoftLayer in 2013, while NTT’s spree of acquisitions over the past five years includes Dimension Data ($3.2bn), Raging Wire ($0.4bn) and e-shelter ($0.5bn)...

Part 1: The Cloud, The IoE, And You - Why everything is becoming inextricably woven, especially in the datacenter

Grazed from SemiEngineering. Author: Ernest Worthman.

If you’re anywhere in the high-tech biz, the two terms that are rocking your world are the Internet of Everything and the Cloud. Whether you are on the inside track of these, or on the sidelines, they are going to be two of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. The cloud is already here and gaining momentum.

Some people will argue that the cloud has been here since the inception of the Internet—or that it is the Internet. They define cloud computing as, simply, having access to data and programs via the Internet rather than going to your computer’s hard drive. While that has some element of accuracy, the original representation of the cloud can be traced back to early explanations and drawings of the Internet. It was a big, puffy, white cloud, interconnected to everything and existing above everything...

What the FCC can teach other feds about moving to the cloud

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Greg Otto.

The on-premise data centers at the Federal Communication Commission’s headquarters are a mess. Wires are hanging out of the floor, discarded monitors are strewn about and server racks are all out of place. FCC chief information officer David Bray loves this mess. It means the agency’s data center is empty and the move to the cloud was successful.

There was a time over this past Labor Day weekend where it looked like that move could have been a failure. During the process of moving 200 servers and 60 racks to a commercial data center in West Virginia, Bray’s team of agency IT staff and contract workers rescued the project after spending 55 consecutive hours replacing all the cabling necessary to turn the system back on...

Alibaba to Open Second Silicon Valley Data Center to Meet Rising Cloud Demand

Grazed from DigitalJournal. Author: Editorial Staff.

AliCloud, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, today announced that it has launched its second data center based in Silicon Valley in the United States, addressing increasing demand for affordable and secure, mission-critical cloud computing while creating an infrastructure for high availability and effective disaster recovery. Cloud customers can apply for the center’s services starting Monday (October 12).

The new facility is AliCloud’s ninth globally and the fourth data center announced in 2015, after its first U.S. data center in March 2015, a Singapore data center announced in August, and an environmentally-friendly lakewater-cooled data center at Qiandao Lake, China in early September. AliCloud also maintains data centers in Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Shanghai in China, and plans more facilities in other international locations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe in the future...

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