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Google puts kibosh on Hong Kong data center plan, says it's too costly

Google has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to build a new data center in Hong Kong, citing the cost and difficulty of acquiring land for the facility. Taj Meadows, a Google communications manager for the Asia-Pacific region, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the Hong Kong effort, which it first announced …
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013

Rackspace seals new UK data center in frosty air-cooled TOMB

Cloud and hosting provider Rackspace will put the chilly air of England to work cooling servers in a new facility – though its approach differs from other energy-saving techniques used by Google and Facebook. The company announced on Wednesday that it had broken ground on a new data center site in Crawley, West Sussex, with …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014
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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

Google may be constructing a floating data center on a large barge in the San Francisco bay. The multistory structure was spotted on a vessel moored off the city's Treasure Island, and some shoe-leather reporting by Cnet suggests the web advertising giant is behind the project. Google patented a design for a floating data …
Jack Clark, 25 Oct 2013

eBay unveils data center that runs on fuel cells

Online bid bazaar eBay has plugged a much-hyped fuel cell technology into its new data center, as the company tries to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of its colossal bit barns. The announcement of the new facility was made by eBay at a press event in Utah on Thursday. The company revealed that along …
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013

Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

Apple has announced that it will partner with Nevada's largest power company to build a solar farm to juice its data center in Reno, Nevada. The new photovoltaic power source, to be built in partnership with NV Energy, will pump 43.5 million kilowatt hours per year into the grid that will power the data center, Reuters reports …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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HP rides data center growth out of sludgy IT market

HP has reported better than expected financial results on the back of strong server sales and – unexpectedly – good performance in the struggling PC market. The IT company reported an earnings-per-share of $0.90 and a net revenue of $28.2 billion on Thursday for its first fiscal quarter results, beating analyst expectations of $ …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER

IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs. "This is the biggest technology …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

Garantia lassoos IBM data-center for Microsoft-beating Redis tech

Though IBM bought SoftLayer six months ago, that hasn't prevented Big Blue from quickly inking deals with third-party software providers to make its newly acquired cloud competitive with Amazon, Microsoft and other big rivals. The latest step forward comes in the form of a Redis-as-a-Service tech courtesy of Redis experts …
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014
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Facebook plans vast data center in Iowa

Facebook's fourth gigantic data center will be in Iowa, a state already favored by major infrastructure operators due to its renewable utility options. The new data center in Altoona, Iowa, will be the company's fourth dedicated bit barn, along with facilities in Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; and Luleå, Sweden …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2013
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Facebook's first data center DRENCHED by ACTUAL CLOUD

Facebook's first data center ran into problems of a distinctly ironic nature when a literal cloud formed in the IT room and started to rain on servers. Though Facebook has previously hinted at this via references to a "humidity event" within its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, the social network's infrastructure king …
Jack Clark, 08 Jun 2013

Microsoft hooks up with AT&T, gazes into YOUR data center

Microsoft and AT&T have announced a strategic alliance that should let punters shift workloads from their data center into AT&T's cloud and then into Windows Azure. The unnamed service is due to launch in 2014, and was announced by Microsoft in a fluffy blog post on Wednesday. The technology lets people "access Windows Azure as …
Jack Clark, 20 Sep 2013

Google Research: Three things that MUST BE DONE to save the data center of the future

One prominent member of Google Research is more concerned with the challenges of speedily answering queries from vast stores of data than he is about finding business intelligence hidden inside the complexities of that omnipresent buzzword, "big data". In fact, Google Fellow Luiz André Barroso, speaking at ISSCC on Sunday night …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2014

Facebook launches data center ticker tape

Facebook has heaped pressure on major data center operators to be more transparent, publishing a dashboard that gives up-to-the-minute figures on the efficiency of the social network's gigantic bit barns. The dashboards for the company's Prineville, Oregon, and Forest City, North Carolina, datacenters were made available on …
Jack Clark, 18 Apr 2013
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Google data center spies on ITSELF: 'Like a boring version of Doom'

Google has drawn back the curtain on one of its US data center complexes, with a Street-View-style tour of its tentacle in Lenoir, North Carolina. One Reg reader described the whole experience as "like a boring version of Doom", and an initial shufti appeared to confirm this analysis: Google data center with empty chair and …
Lester Haines, 18 Oct 2012

CloudVelocity rips apps from data center, spews them onto Amazon cloud

Moving applications from your data center to a public cloud – a process generally called onboarding – requires a lot of manual setup of the public cloud and tweaking of the operating system, middleware, and application software to make the jump. CloudVelocity, which came out of stealth mode in December and which is now shipping …
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NSA, UK hacked Yahoo! and Google data center interconnects – report

British and US intelligence agencies managed to tap into the connections between data centers run by Yahoo! and Google, and in one month this year slurped 181,280,466 records, including metadata and the contents of communications, according to new documents from Edward Snowden. A report dated January 9, 2013, from NSA’s …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2013
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Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center

Microsoft is spending $5.5m to build a data center in the Wyoming hills that's powered by methane created from the waste of its nearby residents, and sees a lot of opportunity for mixing computing and crap. The methane produced by decomposing waste at sewage farms has traditionally either been left to float off into the …
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2012

Apple breaks ground on massive Oregon data center

Apple has broken ground on a massive new data-center complex on a bluff overlooking the town of Prineville, Oregon, home to just over 9,000 souls, as well as to another data center owned and operated by social-networking megagiant Facebook. Portland's The Oregonian reports that the first phase of the project will cost $68m, and …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Oct 2012

Apple building 'tactical' data center with 'mantrap' doors

Apple has filed permit papers revealing that it plans to build a high-security "tactical" data center on the grounds of its humongous $1bn center in Maiden, North Carolina. Although dwarfed by the main Maiden data center's 500,000 square feet, the new 21,030 square foot building – budgeted for a mere $1,885,129, according to the …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2012
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Facebook beats the heat in North Carolina data center

The techies at Facebook may like to "move fast and break things" as company founder Mark Zuckerberg admonished them to do three years ago before the social media juggernaut went public, but the one thing they don't want to do is break a data center and all of the servers and storage running inside of it. But using outdoor air …
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Today: Get REAL about data location in the cloud

We get it. Whenever we do a Regcast that deals with moving your data to the cloud, you tell us that you can't move your data around like that. Performance, compliance, privacy, cost and reputation all matter, and they're all different for all of you. When you think we are too enthusiastic about moving data to the cloud, some of …
David Gordon, 27 Feb 2014
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Microsoft expands Dublin bit barn to slurp Euro-Data

Microsoft plans to fork out $230m to add a fourth mega datahall to its Dublin bit-barn campus. The expansion was announced on Tuesday and will add a further 20 people to the 80 on-site staff, as well as create temporary employment for 380 building-related jobs. The expansion will add around 169,000 square feet of IT space to …
Jack Clark, 03 Dec 2013
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Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

If you're building systems to run at a large scale, then rather than waste time and money trying to avoid any failure, you need to suck it up and accept that faults will happen – and make sure you've got enough cheap gear to recover. So says Salesforce, which argued that this strategy can save you a bunch of cash you'd otherwise …
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013
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Amazon's Virginia cloud data center knocked out – again

Amazon Web Services' Ashburn, Virginia, data center is giving the retailing and cloud computing giant headaches again, and Bezos can't blame the fickleness and severity of the weather this time around as he could back in late June when a hurricane-like line of thunderstorms ripped across the Ohio Valley and knocked out power to …
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Compuware teases package for data center performance anxiety

Compuware has developed an app monitoring tech to help admins with performance anxiety spot problems in their infrastructure. The "PureStack" technology was announced by Compuware on Tuesday and sees the application performance management (APM) company try to tackle app monitoring with an agent-based technology that works across …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013
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Google charms Greenpeace with wind powered data center deal

Google has signed a contract to obtain 48 megawatts of wind energy from the Canadian Hills Wind Project in Oklahoma to power its data center in that state. This is the first time Google has actually bought wind power from a utility, in this case the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), rather than direct from a wind farm itself. It …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2012
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Amazon goes south with São Paulo data center

Amazon's expanded its server footprint for a second time just over a month, this time opening a data center serving customers in South America. The cloud pioneer that everybody's now racing to catch has opened its first South American Region facility with a server farm running in São Paulo. Amazon arranges the provision of its …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Dec 2011
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Ken Brill, 'the father of data centers', powers down at 69

Ken Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute and the man who literally set the standards for modern data center design, has died at the age of 69 after developing cancer. "Ken Brill was inspired in his thinking, and resolute in his principles. As a personality and an innovator, he left an indelible imprint on the IT and data …
Iain Thomson, 02 Aug 2013
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New Apple data center to snuggle with Facebook?

Apple is reported to be planning a massive data center just a quarter-mile south of Facebook's facility in Prineville, Oregon. So say a pair of sources "with direct knowledge of Apple's plans," speaking with Oregon Live, the online news service of The Oregonian. Apple and Facebook are already data-center neighbors – but in …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2011
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Amazon slides first flash hardness into Redshift data muncher

Amazon has added compute nodes with flash drives to its cloudy data warehouse Redshift – as the e-retailer turned computer-renter takes on Teradata, Greenplum, Oracle, IBM and the like. The two "Dense Compute Nodes" were announced today by Bezos & Co: these are solid-state-drive-backed server options to sit alongside the disk- …
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
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Google cools data center with bathtubs, dishwashers

Google has partnered with a local water-treatment utility to cool a massive data center using greywater – that's water recycled from residential bathtubs, showers, washing machines, and the like. The data center in question is located in Douglas County, Georgia – that's the Georgia of Sherman's March to the Sea, not the Georgia …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2012
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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

It is refreshing to see that someone pays attention in the server racket. It is also annoying that it has taken a top-tier server maker so long to get a true system out the door that is suitable for small and midrange businesses. But Dell may have finally done it with its PowerEdge VRTX. A typical branch or SMB data closet A …

ARM servers: From li'l Acorns big data center disruptions grow

The ARM collective doesn't just want to get into the data center. It wants to utterly transform it and help companies "manage down the legacy" of existing systems, as Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth put it during a live chat hosted by ARM Holdings to close out the Mobile World Congress extravaganza in Barcelona on Thursday. "I …
HP's net-zero energy data center concept

HP boffins create net-zero energy data center

Farmers make hay when the sun shines, and maybe data centers should crunch data and do the bulk of their work then, too. That's what the techies at HP Labs, who have been marrying renewable energy and data centers together in a testbed, are beginning to think. The HP boffins have managed to talk at least one of the recent CEOs …

Microsoft control freaks Server 2012 clouds with System Center SP1

Redmond is pushing out a Service Pack 1 update to System Center to get all of the functionality it has been talking about out the door. It was only last September when Windows Server 2012 was launched with much fanfare and the combination of System Center 2012, Microsoft's server and hypervisor control freak, was billed as "the …
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Data-centre biz Phoenix NAP's storage takes a nap, service goes titsup

Faulty hardware at data-centre operator Phoenix NAP has knackered storage systems for customers' virtual machines. A message on the cloud-hosting biz's status page blamed the outage on equipment at its data centre in Amsterdam. The service fell over at 5pm MST, or midnight UK time, on Tuesday. Amsterdam is one of three Phoenix …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2013
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Facebook triple stuffs Swedish data center

In concert with the launch of the Open Compute Foundation on Thursday in New York, social media giant Facebook announced it is building a data center in Sweden close to the Arctic Circle, its first outside of the United States. The massive data center, which will be three times the size of the 300,000 square footer that Facebook …
The Register breaking news

Apple leases space in new Silicon Valley data center

Apple has leased space in a new Silicon Valley data center, according to a report citing "multiple industry sources". Data Center Knowledge reports that Apple has signed a seven-year lease for space in a new data center being built in by DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT). DFT discussed the lease in reporting its first quarter …
Cade Metz, 18 May 2011
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Global data center building booms

The Great Recession didn't just throw cold water on server spending, it also slammed the brakes on data center buildouts. While server spending picked up in late 2009 and shipments recovered in 2011 to their pre-recession levels, it takes a bit longer to fund data center projects. But it looks like brick-and-mortar – and …

Apple to beef up its North Carolina megadatacenter – again

Apple has filed plans in Catawba County, North Carolina – where its massive 500,000 square foot data center can be found in the town of Maiden – to add another "tactical data center" to the aforementioned huge installation. This report comes to us from The Hickory Daily Record of Hickory, North Carolina, a pleasant 15-minute …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2014

Cisco salivates over exploding data center traffic

Switch and router powerhouse Cisco Systems has released its data center traffic forecast – the "Global Cloud Index" – which shows data center traffic growing in leaps and bounds, and set to explode in coming years. Cisco puts a lot of effort into casing and analyzing trends in data center networking, which is why it has bought …
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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

In the high desert of Oregon, Facebook will store in a cold low-power digital morgue the photos of you, me, and everyone else on its content farm. This tomb is not a typical one, but instead a "cold storage" addition to the company's sprawling data center complex in the state's city of Prineville. We first reported on the new …
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013
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Cisco rolls out data center pods

Server wannabee Cisco Systems is now a containerized data center wannabe too. The company has rolled up and rolled out its own variant of modular data centers for its own server, storage, and networking gear (as well as that for its competitors) using standard metal shipping containers. The aptly named Containerized Data Center …
The Register breaking news

A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center

At the very end of his keynote address at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs flashed up some photos of the exterior and interior of the new $1bn data center the company has built in Maiden, North Carolina to support its new iCloud storage cloud. "If you don't think we're …
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Data centers can't save Intel's first quarter

The "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 replacement ramp for servers is nearly a year old now and clearly hit its stride in the first quarter for Intel, which turned in some pretty sad figures for its PC chip and chipset business. It is a pity that the Data Center and Connected Systems business was not already twice as large, as Intel hopes …
The Register breaking news

Facebook unfriends 19-inch data center racks

Social media giant Facebook had built precisely one data center in its short life, the one in Prineville, Oregon, before it had had enough of an industry standard that was part of the railroad infrastructure and then the telephone infrastructure build outs and bubbles: The 19-inch rack for mounting electronic equipment. Open …
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Microsoft goes global with System Center 2012 at MMC

Microsoft announced the global release of System Center 2012 at its 10th annual Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas this morning, and has confirmed that the server version of Windows 8 will be released as Windows Server 2012. As with the beta, the new System Center 2012 is now available globally in standard and data center …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2012

Facebook turns on frigid Swedish ice-maidens in new data centre

If you Like this post, some of the processing that spams it all over your Facebook wall could now take place in Europe, thanks to the opening of Facebook's new data center near the Arctic circle. The social networking giant announced on Wednesday that its 900,000 square foot facility in Lulea, Sweden, is now "handling live …
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2013
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Google: 'We'll track EVERY task on EVERY data center server'

Google has wired its worldwide fleet of servers up with monitoring technology that inspects every task running on every machine, and eventually hopes to use this data to selectively throttle or even kill processes that cause disruptions for other tasks running on the same CPU. The search giant gave details on how it had …
Jack Clark, 12 Apr 2013
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Facebook joins Apple and Google in data center wonderland

Facebook has announced plans for a second custom-built data center, saying it will build a $450 million facility in western North Carolina, which is suddenly a big-name data-center hot bed. Apple and Google have already built high-profile data centers in the Great North State, which isn't really in the North. It's in the South. …
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2010