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Want to vent about how data-centre plans aren't being done right?

Promo In this rapidly changing, data-centric world, relentlessly driven by new technologies and applications, IT decision makers are increasingly having to anticipate developments and implement solutions that harness the power of data to drive productivity. What actions are you planning to take over the next three years to modernise …
David Gordon, 27 Sep 2018

London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

London will remain the most important European market for data, according to a report from data centre giant Equinix – even with Brexit looming and Frankfurt catching up. The firm yesterday published its second annual Global Interconnection Index, which measures global traffic exchange, interconnection, or direct and private …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
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400GbE party. Loud knock at the door. Music stops. In jumps Juniper

The next round of bonkers-fast upgrades to data center networks is going to be 400Gbps Ethernet – and Juniper Networks has joined the party with a suitable roadmap. This year has been something of a Year Of 400 Gbps Announcements, with Arista saying in February it expects trial deployments of its 400Gbps kit to start next year …
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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

Never let it be said that techies aren't agile or innovative – and perhaps a little slapdash – when solving problems on a tight budget. Only this week, El Reg was given early sight of a pre-patented swanky new cooling system. IT departments at businesses that asked to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons, have devised a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jul 2018
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AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion. The US carrier announced the deal late last week and said the arrangement means the buyer will maintain the colocation business. The …
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Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

Visa has said a “very rare” partial network switch failure in one of its two data centres led to the fiasco earlier this month that caused millions of transactions in Europe to be declined. The outage, which lasted for about ten hours on Friday, June 1, sent panic among European pub-goers, as apparently about 10 per cent of 51 …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2018
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Facebook's new data centre cooling system takes the heat like Zuck in front of Congress

Market-leading data slurper Facebook is hoping to save energy and water by using indirect evaporative cooling in its data centres. Zuck & Co's bit barns typically employ direct evaporative cooling processes to prevent racks overheating, but it isn't feasible in some climates because atmospheric air varies in temperature and …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jun 2018
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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

HostingUK and its big brother, iomart, are still struggling to restore online services more than 12 hours after a bit barn blackout. A fibre cable break took down the St Asaph data centre in Wales last night and, judging by the howling on social media, pretty much all of HostingUK. Users began reporting problems from 2055 UK …
Richard Speed, 1 Jun 2018

Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

Apple has torn up a blueprint to build a €850m (£742m) data centre in Ireland, blaming delays in the planning process that have stalled the project for almost three years. The Cupertino-HQ'd biz announced plans for 166,296m2 (1.79 million ft2) Galway-based bit barn in 2015, intending to use green energy sources to sate its …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2018
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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

This Damn War Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. It's a law most IT people would understand and perhaps even fear. It was my third day as the new network manager for a reasonably sized estate across several sites, most inhabited by weirdy beardies who had jobs like counting bats, frogs and other animals you may never have heard of. It …
Stuart Burns, 5 Apr 2018
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On-premises hardware sales about to boom says Morgan Stanley

Financial Services colossus Morgan Stanley reckons on-premises hardware vendors are about to have their best sales season for a decade. The firm popped out a research note on Monday February 26th in which head of North American Technology Hardware Equity Research Katy L. Huberty said that while "every $1 of revenue growth for …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2018

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
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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

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
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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 …

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