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Hyperscale cloud operators are saving the planet

Once upon a decade ago, green computing was a big thing. Nowadays it is an actual thing, thanks to the usual suspects: virtualization and cloud computing. Take for example, the United States' data centres: collectively they chewed up about 70 billion kWH in 2014, about 1.8 per cent of total US consumption, according to a June …
Drew Cullen, 28 Jun 2016
australia

New Australian data centres are like buses: none for ages then along come two at once

Australian bit barn builder NextDC has acquired land on which it will build new data centres in Brisbane and Melbourne. The Brisbane bit barn build will bring 6MW of capacity to the city. 1.5MW will be available when the facility reaches “ practical completion … towards the end of the second half of FY17.” The fair suburb of …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
Microsoft's Project Natick underwater data centre

Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

Microsoft has revealed that it's trialled an underwater data centre. Project Natick saw Redmond sink a capsule about a mile offshore from Seattle, an approach felt to have potential because about half of humanity lives on or near coastlines. Microsoft's thinking is that it's a good idea to put data centres near their users, …
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Russian nuke plant operator to build on-site data centre

Russia's sole nuclear power plant operator, Rosenergoatom, has reportedly hit on the idea of building a data centre next to one of its power plants. Telecom Daily reports that that the Kalinin nuclear power plant will gain a ten-thousand-rack, 80-megawatt data centre as a near neighbour. Co-locating power sources and data …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
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Oracle cloud billows into six Equinix bit barns

Oracle and Equinix have thrown the switch on the latter's Cloud Exchange in six new cities: Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, D.C. Cloud Exchange is Equinix's connectivity offering. The bit barn baron is happy to rent any comers a rack in which to stack their kit, but these days also hopes you'll …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Oct 2015
india

Ganges Web Services to launch in 2016

Indian tributary to come online in 2016, but the source of the headwaters Amazon Web Services (AWS) has TEXT signalled it will open a “region” in India some time in 2016. In AWS-speak, a “region” is a nation where it operates data centres. AWS already operates edge services in India, but is yet to deploy its core compute and …
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Speaking in Tech: Amazon's Fire is being snuffed out

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Sarah is out while Ed and Greg are joined by special guest Sam Johnston, director of cloud and IT Services at Equinix. Join us for a discussion on the joys of European air travel, Equinix's deal with Hitachi …
Team Register, 29 Oct 2014

Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

Oracle has become the latest US IT giant to placate European businesses with extra local data centres. According to V3.co.uk, the company's Loïc le Guisquet, EMEA executive veep, told Oracle's OpenWorld conference on Sunday that there will be two new bit barns opened in Germany in the coming weeks. The Frankfurt and Munich …

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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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
One of Facebook's flat-pack data centre frames

Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

Facebook has revealed the design for its new data centre, to be built in the Swedish town of Luleå. The new design was discussed at January’s Open Compute Summit. Facebook has now detailed the design and its ambition for a design process “that would look less like a construction project and more like a manufactured product.” …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2014
fire damaged hard disk drive

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 …
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Bell Labs predicts metro traffic explosion

Bell Labs is predicting that content caching close to users plus continuing deployment of new data centres is going to skyrocket between now and 2017. Of course, Bell Labs has a certain amount of conflict-of-interest here, given Alcatel-Lucent's position in the networking market. However, some of its suggestions seem to make …

Facebook, the BIGGEST WINDBAG on the planet? It'll blow $300m trying

When Facebook's new Iowa data center goes live in 2015, it will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, the social network says. Zuck & Co announced Altoona, Iowa as the site of its fourth major data center in April, saying that the new site will be a massive, 476,000-square-foot affair that will cost a minimum of $299.5m …
Neil McAllister, 14 Nov 2013
cloud

DiData adds DCs in three countries

Dimension Data has announced a global expansion of its data centre footprint to help it create a global cloud. The NTT-owned services provider already has a data centre in Ashburn, Virginia. As part of NTT's desire to embiggen its Australian operations, the next DC to be added to DiData's MCP (managed cloud platform) operation …
Cloud security

Ninefold preps infrastructure to help roll out Rails

On the back of its newly-launched Rails Cloud infrastructure offering, Australian elastic public cloud outfit Ninefold has reconfirmed its ongoing expansion plans, with new presences planned for California, the US east coast and Ireland by July 2014. Ninefold chair Peter James told The Register the data centre expansion plans …

Speaking in Tech: 'I'm not a pimp just because I wear a fedora'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly Wednesday tech news cast, giving you the run-down on everything worth knowing about in the enterprise and consumer tech world this week. This week, co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela are slacking off while Ed Saipetch flies solo …
Team Register, 11 Sep 2013
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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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