The spotlight falls on data centre resiliency as data keeps growing

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It’s hard to imagine the sheer scale of data created on a daily basis. In just one second 747 Instagram photos are uploaded, 7,380 tweets are sent and 38,864GB of traffic is processed across the internet. This equates to 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. With IoT connections booming, this number is expected to keep growing exponentially. Almost all this data travels through a data centre at some point.

Businesses are handing the...

By Adrian Barker, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Software-defined storage, hybrid clouds, and getting the performance right: A guide

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In today’s data-intensive, hyper-connected world, storage solutions built on the vertical scaling model have become impractical and expensive. Enterprises are driven by the need to remain competitive while storing and managing petabytes of data. In this vein, ESG senior analyst Mark Peters believes that there is at last a straight line between how storage is configured and business value – if organisations can...

By Stefan Bernbo, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Facebook to expand data centre empire to Denmark with Odense site

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Facebook has announced it will build a new energy-efficient data centre in Odense, Denmark, marking a continued expansion for tech firms choosing to store their data in the Nordic regions.

According to a report from Reuters, Niall McEntegart, Facebook director of data centre operations, told local authorities that the Odense data centre will be “one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centres in the...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

Oracle announces new UK, US and Turkey cloud regions, adds product enhancements

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Software giant Oracle has made a series of announcements at its Oracle CloudWorld event in New York, with the standout being the launch of three new cloud regions including the UK.

The new regions, in Virginia, London, and Turkey to be more precise, are expected to go live by the middle of 2017, while the company adds it expects further regions, in APAC, the Middle East, and North America, to be launched a year later.

Oracle adds that the new regions will comprise at least three high...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Building your data castle: Protecting from ransomware and restoring data after a breach

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The data centre is the castle. You can pull up the drawbridge, fill up the moat, or pull down the portcullis. But at some point, you have to let data in and out, and this opens up the opportunity for ransomware attacks.

No longer is it a matter of pride and peer recognition in the hacker community for circumnavigating and exposing the security of an organisation because it is now a fully-fledged industry in its own right with the use of...

By David Trossell, 11 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Equinix, Digital Realty and NTT extend lead in colocation market, research says

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The top three players in the colocation space – Equinix, Digital Realty and NTT – have grown three times as fast as the overall market over the last four quarters, according to the latest note from Synergy Research.

The research firm, which cast its eye over the overall cloud market earlier this month, found that while the total colocation market grew 9% from the previous year, the three leaders in aggregate grew colocation revenues by 28%.

Synergy adds that the...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research.

Equinix buys 29 data centres from Verizon for $3.6 billion

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Data centre firm Equinix has announced its intention to purchase 24 data centre sites, consisting of 29 data centre buildings, from Verizon for $3.6 billion (£2.85bn).

The portfolio includes approximately 900 customers and are based exclusively in the US and Latin America. Equinix will open three new markets, in Culpeper in Virginia, Houston, and Bogota, and will add almost 2.5 million gross square feet to the company’s overall footprint.

“This unique opportunity...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The key to defending your data centre against the Internet of Things

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Opinion The Internet of Things has the potential to revolutionise society once it surmounts its initial growing pains. Unfortunately, one of those involves security.

DDOS attacks are one of the oldest and most enduring things on the web, like that creepy uncle who no one can get rid of at family reunions. And like that uncle, they’re getting progressively worse as time goes on. This past summer saw the largest DDOS attack in history, one so large that it forced content delivery network...

By Tim Mullahy, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

UpCloud raises £3.4m in series A for competitive high performance cloud

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Say hello to UpCloud. The Finland-based cloud provider has secured €4 million (£3.4m) in a series A funding round, and is looking to expand its team with the proceeds.

The startup, which was founded in 2011, currently has four data centres in Chicago, Frankfurt, Helsinki, and London, and was recently named by Deloitte as one of the top three fastest growing technology firms in Finland.

UpCloud aims squarely at the ‘cost-effective, high performance’ space, and is naturally...

By James Bourne, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, M&A.

Sweden confirms tax break for data centres following government study

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Swedish data centre operators are to enjoy a vastly reduced electricity tax rate for providing their services after Sweden’s parliament confirmed new legislation.

The move will see the rate for data centres in Sweden move to 0.005 krona, or 0.00054 US dollars per kWh, as of January 1 2017 at a 97% cut.

Last year, a government-led study advocated the move, arguing that the data centre industry should be on an equal footing to the likes of manufacturing, which already has tax breaks on its power...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Rackspace becomes latest cloud firm to build Frankfurt data centre

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Managed cloud services provider Rackspace has announced it is to open a data centre in Germany, citing the strict data protection laws in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region as key to the move.

While it is Rackspace’s first foray into continental Europe in this manner, the company will join a host of other players in Frankfurt, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and IBM. Alibaba announced a similar move

By James Bourne, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Europe, Infrastructure.

AI may help create more sustainable data centres – but work still to do

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Enterprise data centre provider Aegis Data argues in its latest note that utilising artificial intelligence (AI) could be key in winning the battle for sustainable data centres.

“There’s no escaping the reality that as more connected devices and technology trends sweep the market, more demands will be placed on the data centre to provide the high-powered servers and cooling systems required,” said Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis. “But in the pursuit of...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

IBM launches four new UK data centres fused with AI

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IBM has announced it is to add four new cloud data centres in the UK, tripling its capacity and aiming to keep up with client demand.

The announcement comes almost two months to the day since the Armonk giant committed to a cloud data centre in Norway citing rising demand in the Nordics, and one day after eCommerce behemoth Alibaba

By James Bourne, 22 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe.

Alibaba cloud goes global, launching four new data centres by end of 2016

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Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba has beefed up its cloud operations with the announcement of four new data centres opening by the end of 2016 in Germany, the Middle East, Australia, and Japan.

The German data centre, located in Frankfurt, will be run in partnership with Vodafone, while Sydney will host the Australian data centre with a dedicated team. Japan’s data centre opening will continue Alibaba’s partnership with SoftBank announced earlier this year, while the launch...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, IaaS, Infrastructure.

CenturyLink buys Level 3 Communications – and then sells its data centres

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Updated Nov 8 Louisiana-based CenturyLink has been particularly busy over the past week. The telco has announced, within days of each other, the acquisition of Level 3 Communications, while also agreeing to sell 57 of its data centres to a consortium led by BC Partners and Medina Capital.

The two moves are linked; CenturyLink says the funding from getting rid of its data centres – priced at $2.15 billion – will be used as part of the Level 3 deal, rated at an eye-watering $34...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Putting the ‘converged’ in hyperconverged support: What to do on the second day

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By Geoff Smith, Senior Manager, Managed Services Business Development

Today’s hyperconverged technologies are here to stay it seems.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to employ a novel technology approach that ‘consolidates all required functionality’ into a single infrastructure appliance that provides an ‘efficient, elastic pool of x86’ resources controlled by a ‘software-centric’ architecture?  I mean, outside of the x86 component,...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure.

Will your virtual data traffic take the detour around your firewalls?

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We’re soon going to need a new descriptor going forward when we refer to the “data centre”. This rings true because network virtualisation across private and public environments means the locations of compute and storage resources to facilitate “on-demand” networking do not sit statically in what could be considered a typical data centre anymore. Virtual workloads now dart around like bees in a field of clover. It’s no longer a question of...

By Yoav Shay Daniely, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Data Management, Private, Public.

Why a new era of computing has arrived with the software-defined data centre

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The delivery of IT services on-demand is becoming an increasingly common ambition for enterprises. As businesses are introduced to public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, they are expecting the same flexibility, real-time delivery and cost savings from services across the entire IT landscape.

In turn, this is leading to a brand new world of computing, one in which old client-server models are being turned on their heads, replaced by mobile and cloud computing. By necessity,...

By Martin Cooper, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, Software.

The power of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the data centre

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Data is everywhere – masses of it. And it’s helping businesses to make better decisions across departments. Marketing can utilise data to discover the effectiveness of email campaigns, finance can analyse past trends to make predictions and projections for the future, and sales can target their follow-up with detailed information on prospective customers.

But data is only useful when business tools transform it into valuable information. Data intelligence through algorithms...

By Richard Jenkins, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

Volta sees post-Brexit opportunity as data centre expansion revealed

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IP EXPO Never mind Brexit – London-based Volta Data Centres says an opportunity is afoot after launching another floor of its data centre site.

The vendor, which operates off a single site in central London, says enquiries have gone up by around 50% since the referendum result in June. Jonathan Arnold, Volta managing director, explains: “I think those [enquiries] that are linked to Brexit are very much looking at planning for the future because there is clearly still that...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Europe.