The data centre of tomorrow: More power, fewer humans

Moore’s Law has become the golden rule by which processing has increased and, in fact, modern statistics suggest this rise sees more of an 18-month cycle.

Today, there is more processing power in a single handheld device than that which NASA had at its disposal during the moon landings. So, as this increase continues, where does that leave our data centres in the future?

There are many considerations; not least the structure of the data centre but also the purpose of our data usage.

In addition, we will...

By Steve Kyprianou, 23 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Five steps to gain data centre power chain management and risk assessment

It is a simple fact that data centre power outages will cause major business disruption in our connected and web delivered world. It’s very likely that a severe data centre power outage can cause a major loss of customers and damage the brand – as well as the stock price.

Everyone must face these facts, because there is no silver lining to a power loss incident. The potential ramifications might be irreversible and include that loss of trust, market share and reputation that are hard to quantify...

By Robert Neave, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

Kolos project aims to build world’s largest data centre in Norway

The Nordics have long been a popular location for data centres – and a new development from Kolos could see the world’s biggest data centre being built in the Arctic Circle.

According to a BBC report, the proposed site, in the Norwegian town of Ballangen, is set to cover 600,000 square miles, or 6.46 million square feet, and stretch across four storeys. The current largest data centre in operation is in Langfang, China, with a size of 6.3m sq ft. The...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Economy, Europe, Infrastructure.

Intel runs rule over new data centre storage design

It is not quite available yet – but Intel has shed some light on its plans in the data centre storage space with the announcement of a new form factor which could enable up to one petabyte of storage in a 1U rack unit.

The new ‘ruler’ form factor (above), named as such for self-evident reasons, “shifts storage from the legacy 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch form factors that follow traditional hard disk drives” and “delivers on the promise of non-volatile storage technologies to...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure, Storage.

Rackspace and OVH launch new European data centres

Rackspace and OVH have announced the openings of new data centres in Frankfurt and London respectively.

The former cited EU and Swiss data protection regulations as part of the reason for its move, while the latter said that ‘in spite of Brexit’ it was still committed to the UK market.

“This marks a significant step forward for OVH in supporting UK customers with a local dedicated gateway into our worldwide network,” said Hiren Parekh, director cloud EMEA at OVH. “We are offering...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure.

How enterprises can catch up on user experience – by reengineering the network

In today’s digital marketplace, business agility is praised above all else. Agility, after all, provides the opportunity to change services on a dime and ensure that customer needs are met, and expectations exceeded. But agility is a big concept and often it can be ill-defined and poorly executed upon. However, if your company wants to keep its competitive edge, it has to achieve this goal. As such, the question becomes, how do you do it?

The answer might be simpler than you think. It lies in better user experience....

By Steve Foster, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Enterprise, Hardware, Infrastructure.

IBM adds four new cloud data centres as second quarter results hit

IBM has issued its financial results for Q217, with revenues down 5% year over year but with its cloud arm leading ‘continued growth in strategic imperatives’.

According to the release (pdf), total revenues were at $19.3 billion (£14.9bn), compared to $20.2bn this time last year. The first half of the year totalled $37.4bn, down from $38.9bn in 2016. IBM said its second quarter cloud revenues were at $3.9 billion, up 15%, with cloud...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Google Cloud catches up to AWS with Transfer Appliance

Google Cloud has caught up to AWS with a physical ‘Transfer Appliance’ to move your data from your own local servers into the giant’s cloud.

Amazon already has a solution which it calls ‘Snowball’ and features 50TB or 80TB capacities in a ruggedised appliance which the company sends to your premises so you can fill it with your data locally before it heads back to your preferred AWS data centre. The idea, of course, is that you can benefit from a much quicker transfer without the...

By Cloud Tech, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Industry.

Google opens doors on London data centre

Google has opened the doors on its London data centre, joining Brussels as its second European site with more to follow.

The region will have three zones – as is the case with each region, although some initially operate with two – and will offer compute – App Engine, Compute Engine and Container Engine – big data, storage, and networking capabilities for customers.

“Incredible user experiences hinge of performant infrastructure,”

By James Bourne, 14 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Google, Infrastructure.

Why serverless cloud solutions will reduce IT costs

The public cloud computing sector is in a constant state of evolution, as vendors design new IT infrastructure architectures and service providers deploy them in their own unique hyperscale data centre facilities.

According to the latest analysis of cloud pricing by 451 Research, for the majority of new applications, a serverless solution offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than both virtual machines (VMs) or containers.

Severless cloud market development

When analyzing serverless offerings from the...

By David H Deans, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Developers, Hybrid, Research.