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Moving from the data centre you have - to the data centre you need

Your data centres are stuck in a rut. Although 90 per cent have had an upgrade in the last three years, the data centre you have isn’t the data centre you want. If you want to build for tomorrow, you shouldn't start from here. The hidden problem is the invisible glue: your network. It was hell to set up. It’s difficult to …
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2013
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Azure Australia data centre undergoing final testing

One of the two data centres Microsoft Australia will use to house antipodean Azure is undergoing final testing, The Reg understands. One recent visitor to a data centre in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde where Azure will operate has told The Reg certain areas of the facility are off-limits, because Microsoft doesn't want …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
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Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

Outsourcing monster Atos has thrown out the overhaul of its own tech infrastructure to Kelway in a five-year deal valued at £150m in total. The London-based reseller giant will refresh the desktop and data centre hardware estates at Atos' managed services biz in the UK and Ireland, and provide associated services. The contract …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014
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THUNDERING GAS destroys disks during data centre incident

A few weeks ago in a Sydney data centre, something started making smoke. As its designers intended, the centre's reservoirs of inert gas started venting to stop any fire spreading. The smoke was contained, but not long afterwards tenants started to complain that some of their disks had not survived the incident, which was odd. …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2014
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Google lobs another €450m at cool Finnish data centre

Google has said that it's planning to spend an extra €450m ($607m, £380m) on its data centre in Finland over the next few years. Google's data centre in Hamina, Finland “As demand grows for our products, from YouTube to Gmail, we’re investing hundreds of millions of euros in expanding our European data centres,” Anni Rokainen …

2013 data centre rental: Rackspace? Microsoft? No. Twitter nom-nommed through most megawatts

Twitter leased the single largest data centre of any tech, cloud or media company during 2013, beating the usual suspects in the size-really-does-matter race. The micro-blogging site topped a tech league table of the industy’s largest hitters, according to a survey of who rented and built what during 2013. One single data …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2014

THIS ONE WEIRD CHIP cuts weight from data centre power bills

A Korean scientist whose CV includes 100 Gbps Ethernet for Finisar says he's created an extremely low-power 100 Gbps clock data recovery (CDR) chip to help cut data centre communications power consumption. As we all know, data centres are power gluttons. Build one as big as the NSA, and keeping it from catching fire is a problem …

We can't go on like this for much longer, boffins cry to data centre designers

The basic equations are easy: as data centres grow they need more computing power, better networking, more electricity and more cooling – a combination which University of California San Diego researchers predict will need whole racks to be shrunk to chip size. Already, there are outstanding examples of what happens when a data …

Quantum crypto pitches for data centre links

The quantum crypto business is hardly crowded, but ID Quantique is hoping to set itself apart with a 100 Gbps-capable unit. This is hardly consumer kit, however: the target market for the QKD-plus-crypto-engine kit is outfits running multiple high capacity links, either at 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps. Think of inter-data-centre …
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Oz government expanding data centre footprint

The Australian government is continuing its cloud rollout with a new tender for data centre services. In line with a policy that's attracted criticism from international providers, the government is sticking with its requirement that Australian government data is kept onshore. The tender, posted on August 30, is looking for …
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Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

At the Excel Centre in London last week, co-location of a different sort was in evidence with Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World sharing floorspace under the same roof. It was the first time that the two events had run simultaneously and, at first glance, co-habitation seemed to make a lot of sense. Yet wandering around …
Bob Dormon, 04 Mar 2014
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Health Sec opens new data centre: Biz not Surrey to be in Godalming

The first phase of the colo data centre set up by new operator Aegis Data in leafy Surrey commute hotspot Goldalming was formally opened by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Friday. The London data centre market, according to the firm's CEO, accounts for over half of the entire European data centre market. Most of the region's …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2014
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Facebook to plonk $1.5bn data centre in Iowa - report

Facebook is reportedly building a $1.5bn data centre in the US state of Iowa - but for now the company is remaining quiet about its plans. According to local newspaper, the Des Moines Register - which cited legislative sources - the free content ad network is apparently behind "the most technologically advanced data centre in …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2013
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Ultra-green Europeans scorn Facebook's data centre blueprint

Facebook’s Open Compute Project has found little overt support in Europe to date, the firm’s data centre boss said today, in part because of those crazy continentals’ obsession with carbon neutrality over efficiency. Tom Furlong, Facebook’s veep of site operations, told the Datacenter Dynamics Conference in London that the …
Joe Fay, 21 Nov 2013
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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

Speaking in Tech: Cisco buys out Insieme. To UNCLOAK data centre tech, just press PLAY

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week's podcast brings you piping hot enterprise news. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch – Sarah Vela is out this week – got the scoop on Cisco's new "spin-in" Insieme straight from the horse's mouth when they chatted to Cisco's Amy Lewis and Insieme's Joe …
Team Register, 06 Nov 2013
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Put your feet up and make the virtual data centre work for you

Many of the companies I have worked and consulted for over the years have rented server space from service providers. You are only really likely to do that, though, if you are a relatively small company. Larger organisations are able to buy multi-tiered services so they control not just the configuration of the apps on the …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Mar 2014
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Servers coming online at Microsoft's Australian Azure data centre

Work on Microsoft's promised Australian data centre for its Azure cloud service has reached the stage at which servers are being installed. Sources close to the matter have whispered to The Register that the installation process is ongoing and the service is not yet live, but that some servers are up and running. We also …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013

Microsoft's Windows Azure Plan B: A hard drive, a courier and a data-centre monkey

Microsoft, Amazon and Apple have spent tens of billions of dollars rolling out state-of-the art data centres over the past few years. These companies are building massive facilities housing thousands of servers with dedicated fibre and Ethernet connections that shunt tens of gigabytes per second. But when customers are …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2013
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Prepare your data centre to face the future

When you are trying to persuade your company to spend a pile of cash on a new installation, you can be certain it will want to be sure the installation can support the business for the coming years. Given that the average technology crystal ball is cloudy at best, how do you evolve your data centre while protecting against a …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Mar 2014
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Facebook reveals plan for new archival data centre

Facebook has discussed details of a new data centre it is building to house photos nobody looks at any more. The Social Network TM already has two data centres in the spot the new one will splash down, namely the town of Prineville, Oregon. Facebook's going back to Prineville because the town's altitude and climate mean its air …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2013

Hungry Six Degrees swallows data centre biz BIS

Hungry mid-market managed voice and data hosting specialist Six Degrees has swallowed London-based colo data centre operator BIS. This is the thirteenth buy racked up by the management team led by CEO Alastair Mills since it launched in the summer of 2011, with £50m backing from private equity house Penta Capital. Previously …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2013

Microsoft FAILS to encrypt data centre links despite NSA snooping

Microsoft has admitted it doesn't yet encrypt "server-to-server" communications, although it plans to review its security arrangements in the wake of ongoing revelations about NSA spying. The non-cryption admission, made by a senior Microsoft legal officer during an EU inquiry, comes shortly after leaks by whistleblower Edward …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013
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Japanese government pushes SDN out of data centre

The world's still getting a handle on what software defined networking (SDN) means for the data centre, but Japan would like to take it further. The nation's government is getting together with five of the country's big names in tech to work out what's needed to take SDN to the wide area. Members of the project include NEC, NTT …
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Services fuel the next generation data centre

In its basic form, a data centre is just a big room full of cages and cabinets, with highly reliable power, efficient security, fire and flood protection and a variety of internal and external network connectivity. In recent years providers have tried to differentiate their offerings but there is not really that much you can do …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Nov 2013
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The dream of the automated data centre

On paper the benefits of data centre automation are easy to see. But we don't build data centres on paper. That is why our Regcast on 23 January at 11:00 GMT examines how to build a data centre and maintain it throughout its life in the private cloud environment. What, if anything, has the cloud changed? What are the costs of …
David Gordon, 09 Jan 2013

2e2 rescue deal: Daisy swoops in, grabs data centre ops

Acquisitive telco player Daisy Group is taking control of defunct 2e2's data centre operations. Under the terms of the deal, Peter Dubens, owner of Oakley Capital and chairman at Daisy Group has created a special purpose vehicle Daisy Data Centre Solutions to buy the business and assets which include server farms in Gateshead …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013
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SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening

Microsoft's throwing $677.6m into an Iowa data centre expansion just as internet rivals Google and Facebook have begun bulking up. State governor Terry Branstad and West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer copped to the news here, extending a hearty Midwest welcome to Microsoft - and its jobs and cash - after Redmond's decision to …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2013

A data centre that takes care of itself? It's...the dream

On paper the benefits of data centre automation are easy to see. But we don't build data centres on paper. That is why our Regcast on 23 January at 11:00 GMT examines how to build a data centre and maintain it throughout its life in the private cloud environment. What, if anything, has the cloud changed? What are the costs of …
David Gordon, 11 Dec 2012

IBM pumps $1.2bn into 15 new data centres

IBM plans to grow its data centre estate to 40 sites throughout the world, after it confirmed today that it was investing $1.5bn in the strategy. It means Big Blue will soon have 15 new data centres churning out SoftLayer cloud services, including its web hosting tech, across the globe. China, India and Japan are among the …
Team Register, 17 Jan 2014
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Speaking in Tech: So you've built a data centre - but is it UNDER THE SEA?

Welcome back - it's another Speaking In Tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed has taken over the podcast with this special - and shorter - episode from Structure Europe 2012 in Amsterdam. Our special guests this week are Sam Johnston, director of cloud and IT services at Equinix, and Lane …
Team Register, 07 Dec 2012

How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

The rise of Facebook helped to ruin the data centre hardware market, caused IBM to sell its x86 business to Lenovo, spurred HP to embark on an ambitious "Moonshot" server, and encouraged Dell to go private. With the recent acquisition of WhatsApp, it's also adding momentum to the drive of OTT mobile messaging, which is …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014
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Upstart Aerospoke flings NoSQL ninja star into data-centre rings

A NoSQL startup is upping its game with a feature update allowing biz types to share data across multiple data centres. Aerospike has released Enterprise Edition 2.6 with the addition of star topologies. The architecture allows one data centre to simultaneously replicate information to multiple data centres – a move the company …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2013
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Australian PM opens SYSADMIN-KILLER data centre

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has opened a data centre in Sydney and proclaimed it is the perfect embodiment of the kind of thing Australia needs to do to create high-value jobs. But the owner of the centre, business telco and managed services outfit Macquarie Telecom, seems to have other plans for Australian jobs. …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2012
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AGIMO picks two data centre providers

The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has announced two providers for its Whole-of-Government Data Centre Facilities Panel. The two happy companies are Canberra Data Centres and TransACT Capital Communications, both of which are now in the box seat to scoop hosting gigs from government agencies that are …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Aug 2012
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TransACT beefs up data centre for Dept of Finance

The Australian Department of Finance and Deregulation has amplified its data centre requirements signing a AUD$8.6 million deal with iiNet owned TransACT for the provision of data centre services. TransACT secured the ten year agreement after being selected by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) to be …

Rip-'n'-replace box maker gets $58m to make data centre poison cubes

Do-it-all converged server-storage-networking upstart SimpliVity has raised $58m in a C-round. The cash will be used to bolster the OmniCube's engineering team, expand its service and support organisation, and boost its field team. The OmniCube is a replacement for existing point IT server, storage and networking products and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2013
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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

Electrical surges at the National Security Agency's massive data centre in Utah have delayed the opening of the facility for a year as well as destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kit, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ten "meltdowns" in the past 13 months have repeatedly delayed the Herculean effort to get the spy …
John Leyden, 08 Oct 2013
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Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

A new video from internet search giant Google shows off the tape libraries where all the "important stuff" is looked after in its new Lenoir data centre. And it looks like the tape it has chosen is the very same stuff it used to restore lost emails during The Great Gmail Out(r)age of 2011. The Chocolate Factory has released a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
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Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble

Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m). Word on the street was that US-based giant Arrow had been locked in buyout talks with the privately-owned, Germany-based player earlier in the summer, but the deal was only confirmed late last …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
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The Register flicks switch on Data Centre channel

Our sharper-eyed readers - the sort that care about storage, servers, HPC and the like - will have noticed The Register has launched a Data Centre section. This pulls our enterprise systems coverage together in one place, while our PC, mobile and client news continues under the Hardware banner. You can find links to these …
Joe Fay, 05 Sep 2012

Hybrid heaven: Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure

On 14 November at 11.00 GMT we will be broadcasting a live training session on the Microsoft network virtualization technologies of Windows Hyper-V, Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVM) and Windows Azure – all working together in Hybrid data centre solution. For you, dear reader, it’s free to watch from the comfort of …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013
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Metronode opens eco-friendly data centre for Victoria

Leighton’s data centre subsidiary Metronode has opened its second wholesale data centre in Melbourne. Investment in the new facility, the M2, is between AUD$150- $180 million and is part of Metronode’s capital intensive, four year, $500 million national data centre rollout. In May, Metronode announced it would invest $183 …
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VMware wants to play 'Server Tetris' in your data centre

VMware chief technology officer Steve Herrod wants to play Tetris with your data centre, in the hope that if he can get your workloads lined up just right some of your costs will disappear. Herrod explained his new game at a press lunch in Sydney today, where he outlined some of VMware's future plans. While he never strayed far …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2012
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Want a unified data centre? Don't forget to defrag the admins

An effective data centre is more than just some racks of servers with a bit of networking and storage attached. It needs to be versatile, easy and quick to flex and reconfigure, both manually and automatically, and it needs to keep up with the demands of the applications that run there. Historically, though, many of the …
Dave Cartwright, 03 Nov 2013
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Tracing the direction of data centre travel

The data centre has been evolving constantly but for almost 15 years networking has not. But even networking will have to adapt to the times eventually, so The Register sat down with Brocade's Julian Starr to understand where we are and where we are going. Starr's first statement after the inititial pleasantries was: "What you …
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013

Forget what vendors think: What’s YOUR vision for the data centre?

Given the chance, any IT vendor or service provider will launch into their company’s vision for the future... your future. If it’s Salesforce.com or Google, that will be a future in which you wave goodbye to all of your servers, storage and networking kit. If it’s IBM, HP or Microsoft, their crystal ball will envision you …
David Gordon, 09 Nov 2012
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Vulture bags Storagebod, downloads his data centre

El Reg storage desk will be running excerpts from Martin Glassborow's Storagebod blog and is pleased as punch to do so. Martin has built up an enviable reputation as one of the foremost storage bloggers because of his position working to implement a large scale media archive for a multi-media company, and his ability to touch on …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2012

Give them a cold trouser blast and data centre bosses WILL dial up the juice

If you've ever looked at putting your servers and other infrastructure in a data centre, you'll have come across the power limitation they place upon you: they'll only allow your kit to suck up a certain amount before they cut you off. Generally, they'll tell you that you can have three or four kilowatts per cabinet, and even if …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Jul 2013
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RAC's Bristol data centre breaks down

Motor insurance biz RAC suffered a day-long outage after something went kaput in its data centre in Bristol. The server farm is still titsup, an RAC spokesperson told The Reg, and the cause of the cock-up is unknown. The RAC website is working but services involving sales and member accounts have been affected by the downtime. …
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012