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Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

Data centre operators are going green because renewable energy costs less, receives tax subsidies and customers like the idea, according to a report by analysts at IHS Markit. The research notes that Apple has been using fully renewable energy in its data centres since 2013. Google reached the 100 per cent point last year, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2018
Bunch of roses

This Valentine's day Oracle's given you 12 big red data centres

Oracle has announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres. The company's not said if it plans to break ground by itself or co-locate in existing data centres, or how it plans to pay for the expansion. Investors don't seem to object to the likely multi-billion-dollar spend, as Oracle's shares ticked up just under half …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2018
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Open NFV kit and software gets verification program

The community working to develop open network function virtualisation has crafted a solution certification suite and published its associated test software. The OVP – OPNFV Verified Program – is the spawn of the Linux Foundation's Open Platform for NFV group. The program covers the gamut of technologies in an NFV (Network …
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Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

Scripting is now the first choice for clued-up administrators who want to get things done quickly and in an automated fashion. However, scripting does bring its own set of issues. One only need look here or here to feel the pain. Software-defined data centres exist purely in code (obviously with hardware underneath) so to help …
Stuart Burns, 23 Nov 2017

No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

Even using the most conservative estimates, the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans. Machines are communicating more with other machines than they are with humans. It's therefore reasonable to assume that, eventually, data centres will exist specifically to cater to machine communication, and those …
Trevor Pott, 6 Nov 2017

Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

Exclusive A crippling data center power failure knackered SourceForge's equipment yesterday and earlier today, knocking the site offline. The code repository for free and open-source software projects crashed yesterday morning (around 0645 Pacific Time) after unspecified "issues" hit its hosting provider's power distribution unit, …
Andrew Silver, 27 Sep 2017
White box

D-Link in Pluribus-powered white box play to target enterprise sales

D-Link has decided that white-box open networking might just be its ticket out of the consumer and small business ghettos, and into the rich enterprise market. To that effect, the outfit has linked up with Pluribus, meaning its newly-launched DXS-5000 switch is certified to run Pluribus' Netvisor network operating system. The …

IBM signs up for EU Cloud Code of Conduct, opens four data centres

IBM has signed up to an EU Cloud Provider Code of Conduct initiative and is announcing four new data centres in the UK, Australia and Silicon Valley for the IBM Cloud. There are two in London, one in Sydney and the fourth in San Jose and they are open now. They take the IBM Cloud global data centre total to almost 60 in 19 …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017
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Apple building data centre in China to comply with tough cybersecurity laws

Apple has announced plans to set up its first data centre as part of a $1bn investment in the Chinese province of Guizhou. The centre will be built in partnership with local data management firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry to comply with new cybersecurity regulations introduced last month. These say that data on Chinese …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2017
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Australian Dept Defence pulling kit out of China-owned Global Switch

Paranoia will set the Australian government back AU$200 million between now and 2020, with the country's defence department deciding Chinese part-ownership of data hotel Global Switch represents a security risk. Global Switch is one of many companies with a place on the Federal government's data centre panel, and has operated …
Green data centre

Data centre locations: In the city or up the country?

Sponsored article The obvious difference between using a data centre in the city centre compared to the country is cost, but other factors such as proximity to fibre connections, accessibility, security and just plain convenience, might well lure you back to the centre. Let’s help you decide whether you’d prefer your infrastructure to be uptown, …
David Gordon, 16 Feb 2017

UK.gov still drowning in legacy tech because no one's boarding Blighty's £700m data centre Ark

Analysis Only in IT is “legacy” a pejorative term, where it is used to condemn ageing systems and forgotten workarounds. In the UK government, as with banks, increasingly difficult-to-maintain mission-critical systems are a huge problem. Not least because of the dwindling number of folk who remember how the damn things work. One …
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2017
LG Roboking Turbo+Homeview

Could a robot vacuum cleaner monitor your data centre?

Can you monitor a data centre with a vacuum cleaner? The Register decided that question had to be answered after learning about LG's Roboking Turbo+Homeview (model VR66803VMNP), a robot vacuum cleaner packing a webcam and WiFi so the images the camera captures can be viewed from afar. Robot vacuums now are well-known product …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2016
Snake oil salesman

So. A new tech upstart wants 'feedback'. Um, maybe it actually does

Sysadmin Blog I have met the enemy, and he is me. I stand astride a line. On one side I am an "IT decision-maker", on the other an "evangelist" for some startups I truly believe in. This year, I have learned a lot more about how the data centre sausage is truly made. As the recipient of the unending stream of sales phone calls, surveys and …
Trevor Pott, 8 Dec 2016
World's tallest data center

The future of the data centre is within

Promo Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it’s now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours. The advantage – and the problem – with technology is that it’s always improving. Your latest server will always be replaced by a newer, faster model, and the next …
Marcus Austin, 6 Dec 2016

Stay out of my server room!

Sysadmin blog We always design our data centres and server rooms with the best of intentions. A nice, enclosed space with excellent ventilation and air conditioning, sufficient power points to ensure circuits are never overloaded, and enough space to get at both the front and back sides of the rack – ideally all cordoned off into its own room …
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2016
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Fire alarm sparked data centre meltdown emergency

This Damn War Fire alarm tests are a good idea; you generally want the warm feeling that when something decides to combust, you'll be able to tell people about it with a loud ringing or wailing noise. I used to run what you might consider a traditional machine room. We had a pile of ageing Sun kit – socking big CPU units and cabinets full …
Dave Cartwright, 10 Nov 2016
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OpenPOWER sees bright future

HPC blog I attended the OpenPOWER Foundation Europe Summit in semi-sunny Barcelona at the end of October. The event drew what looked like about 250 fans, which is a pretty good number since it was taking place at the same time as the OpenStack Summit at the neighbouring convention centre. I filmed a bunch of the sessions and have …
Dan Olds, 10 Nov 2016

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