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Data centre Ethernet speed club signs Brocade

The industry consortium formed to boost cloud data centre Ethernet links has signed another member: Brocade Networks. With the current 10/40 Gbps Ethernet spec under stress from growing cloud loads, the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium (a snappy name sure to become more familiar than WiFi) is laying down specs for 25 Gbps (single …

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

Brit data centre biz Pulsant sold to private equity house

The ownership of mid-market co-lo player Pulsant has changed hands, with private equity house BDC Capital selling up to Oak Hill Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. As revealed last month, BDC enlisted investment bank Jeffries to advise on a sale and seek interested buyers, more than three-and-a-half years after it snapped …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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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

Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices

Australia last week repealed its carbon tax, a wildly controversial piece of legislation that required the nation's largest polluters to pay up for the privilege of pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. But data centre operators don't think the repeal will see their prices fall. The nation's government has promised that the tax's …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 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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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 …
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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

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
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Summer of data centre acquisitions on the cards in the UK

The business climate for acquisitions is mirroring the hotter weather outside, with a sales process for data centre providers Pulsant and VTesse Networks taking shape, multiple sources are telling us. Investment bank Jeffries has distributed an Information Memorandum for co-location player Pulsant, with private equity owner …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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Microsoft diverts research funds to data centre efficiency studies

Microsoft has handed out four grants of $US40,000 apiece to university researchers looking into various ways to make data centres more energy-efficient. Redmond, like many large vendors, regularly funds academic research. This year, Microsoft has expanded the efforts it usually conducts through the Software Engineering …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 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 …
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A Google-style hyper-scale data centre... but WITHOUT the Google

Another startup has emerged on the hyperconverged system block: Austin-based NIMBOXX, which claims its customers can increase IO performance by up to 500 per cent. All and any companies can enjoy a Google-style hyper-scale data centre now, it claims. NIMBOXX_box NIMBOXX box The box, which it dubs “the atomic unit of the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2014

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 …
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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 …

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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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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The cloud's between your ears, not in your data centre

Hyperscale data centres are wondrous. Gartner's Sydney IT Operations and Data Centre summit this week heard that the likes of Google and Facebook have a sysdamin:server ratio of around 1:24,000, compared to the 1:500 common in the most efficient and virtualised enterprise bit barns. Hyperscale data centres can run at a power …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 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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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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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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HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

An unearthed HP presentation session shows HP is envisaging cold data storage, archiving, using flash. Here’s the TB4642 - Enabling the flash transformed data centre - session description extract; What will soon further ramp the adoption of flash are the superior storage densities offered by solid state drives as they expand to …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 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
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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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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

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

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
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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

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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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

Hello?! Converged data centre peeps? Dell likes US too, says VMware

On the day that Nutanix and Dell announced their new relationship, VMware chose to remind world+dog that Dell likes it too by releasing a new list of VSAN Ready Nodes, the disk-packed servers signed off as suitable to run its virtual storage area network. The new list (PDF) of VSAN Ready Nodes is notable for a few reasons. One …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jun 2014

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

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
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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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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
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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
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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 …

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

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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Kill queues for fast data centres: MIT boffins

MIT researchers hope to speed up networking inside the data centre with concepts that will look familiar to old networking hacks: they propose a central arbiter for network traffic that picks out a predetermined path before a packet is transmitted. The boffins call the scheme Fastpass, and its other characteristic is that the …

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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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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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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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