Data Centers


DIY Storage vs. Hyper-converged Systems

Though DIY and hyper-convergence are two contrasting ways to deal with data growth and storage limitations, each has its merits and both can coexist in the same data center.

Aryaka scores $25M to speed up corporate connections

Aryaka, a startup offering cloud-based wide area network optimization raised $25 million in Series C funding. The round was led by InterWest Partners and brings Aryaka’s funding to $54 million. As the reliance on clouds and remote working grows, Aryaka is poised to succeed.

As web booms, so does demand for data centers

Everywhere you look, you see the web economy booming and growing like never before. And that boom is spurring demand for data centers like never before. A new survey by Campos Research & Analysis on behalf of Digital Realty Trust, has data to back it up.

Big data centers in top 5 US construction projects

From Apple to Amazon, everyone is on a data center building binge. Utah-based NSA Data Center and the Building 2 (second phase) of Facebook’s Prineville, Oregon data center were two of the five largest construction projects in the United States during 2011, according to

Fun facts for data center geeks [infographic]

Did you know that the proceeds from cyber weekend sales surpassed the entire budget of Bulgaria? Or that people will create 1.2 trillion GB of data this year — that’s equivalent to 75 billion 16 GB iPods. These nuggets courtesy of Emerson Network Power.

Facebook scores LEED gold for Oregon data center

Facebook unveiled its green data center in Oregon this Spring, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: it’s been granted a LEED gold certification for the Oregon data center, which uses 52 percent less energy to operate than a standard data center.

Apple hires Yahoo’s data center chief

Scott Noteboom, the man who has been in charge of Yahoo’s data center operations since 2005, has joined Apple as the iconic consumer electronics maker expands into the cloud. This follows Apple’s hiring of Microsoft data center guru Kevin Timmons a few months back.

How to achieve the high availability imperative

Data is changing computing and the Internet, and centers can combine advances in database architecture with commodity server and storage technology. Dr. John Busch, the founder, Chairman, and CTO of Schooner, explains how to achieve the high availability imperative without sacrificing performance, scalability or cost-effectiveness.

‘Zero emissions’ wholesale data center coming to Iceland

Colt, the British data center specialist, is building what it and Verne Global call the world’s first “zero emissions” data center slated to come online in four months. Located on a NATO base in Iceland, it will run solely on geothermal and hydroelectric power.

Broadcom wants NetLogic to handle the real-time cloud

Broadcom, a chipmaker known for wireless chips for cell phones and home networks, today said it will buy NetLogic, which provides silicon for networking gear. An emphasis on real-time data has pressured networking inside and outside the data center, and Broadcom wants to capitalize on that.

VIDEOS: Google’s Energy Efficient Data Centers

Looks like Google is becoming almost as open as Facebook when it comes to revealing the strategies and innovations it has developed around energy-efficient data centers. Here are a half-dozen videos Google released Tuesday morning on their strategies.

Twitter Moves Into Data Center. Goodbye, Fail Whale?

Making good on a pledge last year, Twitter has moved into its own custom-built data center, which the company claims will be the service’s “final nesting ground” — and, hopefully, put an end to its reputation for frequent or extended downtime.

Facebook and Google Want a Say in How Optics Evolve

The giants of the web are taking on the giants in the telecommunications industry when it comes to optical networking. Google and Facebook are unhappy with the way the optical gear makers are building their wares, citing a slow time frame for products and uncessary features.

Transphorm: the New Data Center Waste Power Slayer

An invention that can run data centers more efficiently and cut electric use is no doubt dear to Google’s heart. So it’s not surprising that Google Ventures became a lead investor in a startup called Transphorm, which made its public debut Wednesday.

Is This the Stealthy Return of Hardware Innovation?

In the wake of venture capital firms investing more in 2010 than they had in the previous two years, and some significant funding for hardware startups in the last 12 months, I wondered if underneath the social media frenzy there’s a hardware renaissance taking place.

Dec. 1: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

Every day covering infrastructure forces one to think about what’s next, not just what’s happening right now. Today, that came in the form of thinking about many-core GPUs in mobile devices, and in considering how Big Data tools might find their way to the masses.

What’s Behind The Build-Your-Own Data Center Trend

In the wars of the web, hard goods (or hardware) have become the ammunition of choice. Specifically we see major web and technology companies building their own data centers, a move that appears to be a prerequisite to competing with Internet giants.

For Google, Capex Costs are Worth The Money

Google’s recent push into tablets and mobile along with offering new search services such as Google Instant are pushing up company’s Capex which is slotted to grow almost 184 percent in 2010. Next year will be even higher. And all this spending is a good thing.

Software, Sensors, Partners Drive Greener Data Centers

There are many tech-paved roads that lead to reduced energy use in data centers, from software-centric solutions to those that put sensors on every server and fan. But the paths to commercializing those technologies are, by comparison, relatively few.

Why Intel is a Likely Winner of Tech Recovery

Despite fears of another economic slowdown, corporate spending on information technology is on an upswing. Forrester Research says IT market will grow 7.9 percent worldwide and one of the main reasons is demand for new servers and personal computers. And likely big winner: Intel.

The Pros & Cons of Cow-Powered Data Centers

Well, I sure didn’t see this one coming. HP Labs researchers this week put forth an intriguing idea for powering data centers: harvesting and processing dairy cow waste. But what are the pros and cons of powering data centers with cow power?

Spansion's Green Flash Memory Tech "Nearly Dead": Report

Virident, a green data center startup, has stopped using Spansion’s green Flash memory technology, dubbed EcoRAM, according to EETimes. Is this a blow to the EcoRAM technology or is it a message that data centers aren’t ready for solid-state memory to provide DRAM in servers?

Facebook Matures, Will Build Its Own Data Center

Facebook said today that it would build its first data center, a 147,000-square-foot server farm to be located in Prineville, Ore. The social networking company did not disclose the cost of the data project, but public records value the data center at $188 million.

Meet the Data Center Boss: He Runs the A/C, Too

Privately held startup Zyrion tomorrow plans to announce a new version of its software that helps customers control their data center from the computers to the chillers, a trend brought about by the need to reduce energy consumption and manage data centers like a computer.

LEED for Data Centers Coming Soon?

Data centers are energy hogs, but the country’s most prominent green building standard, LEED, doesn’t adequately address their special design considerations. That…

On the Web, Growth Costs Real Money

Twitter, the San Francisco-based micro-messaging startup, has been growing like a weed, thanks to generous plugs on mainstream media. Data collected by…

Google Data Centers Mapped

Our friends at Royal Pingdom have put together a nifty little map that shows Google’s various data centers around the world. They…

IBM's New Green Machine

IBM today announced a new supercomputer called Hydro-Cluster that uses water to cool down the device and reduce overall energy consumption. Call…