Google launches ‘private on-ramp’ to its cloud with Dedicated Interconnect

Google has launched Interconnect Dedicated, a new service which aims to help organisations establish a private network connection direct to its cloud.

The service differs from its previous interconnect operation – now called Carrier Peering – with the direct link, while it differs from Google Cloud VPN, which securely connects on-premises networks to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) virtual private cloud (VPC) network, through having a minimum deployment per location of 10 Gbps in...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Google, Infrastructure, Private, Public.

British Medical Journal expands to China with help of Alibaba Cloud and Datapipe

More and more companies are trying to get a foothold in China as part of their international expansion – and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is one, having worked with managed cloud services provider Datapipe to enter the Chinese market using Alibaba Cloud.

Datapipe has been working with Alibaba as a global managed service provider of its cloud arm since 2016, and was also named the leading Asia Pacific managed cloud company by Frost & Sullivan. For BMJ, the concept was straightforward, needing a...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

New MIT research proposes flash memory caching model to make data centres more efficient

A new piece of research from MIT’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (CSAIL) has proffered a new system for data centre caching using flash memory – potentially meaning more energy efficient and economical computing.

According to the researchers, the system they created, dubbed BlueCache, is able to keep up with requests flooding the data centre by ‘pipelining’, allowing the next instructions to be fetched while the processor performs arithmetic operations.


By James Bourne, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Software, Storage.

Living on the edge: The changing face of the data centre and public cloud

Due in part to the increased prevalence of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it seems that more computing capacity is moving to the edge than ever before – and a lot of this is happening in the data centres that increasingly cloud-savvy organisations now rely upon. There are many drivers behind this change, including governance, security, regulation and IP protection.

Reducing latency

Moving datacentres closer to the edge can solve various issues, not least of which is latency. Looking into the near...

By Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Public.

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.