Went to visit a new data centre last week. Built by Star, the 10,000 square foot facility has not much in it yet, but it's been built with the notion of high density blades crammed into every rack - up to 7KW per rack.
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Another thought about virtualisation - following my last blog, I started to think about mainframes. Should the mainframe be an option when considering virtualisation projects?
Research and analysis house Gartner invented the hype cycle in 1995 to describe how technologies tend to pass through various phases, all the way from invention through to doing useful work.The hype cycle curve goes as follows: it starts with invention, rocketing to the summit of the peak of inflated expectations, plunges into the trough of disillusionment, climbs up the slope of enlightenment and finally levels out on the plateau of productivity.
Straws in the wind suggest that the desktop virtualisation market is starting to warm up.We're quite accustomed to the idea of virtual servers today: data centres are filling up with hefty, high-powered devices whose job increasingly is to host a number of guest servers, replacing separate lumps of hardware.
Make servers that run hotter, is the demand from some companies. At least that's the view from Rumsey Engineers, a group describing itself as consisting of "uniquely qualified and dedicated professionals with a passion for high performance, environmentally sustainable and energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning system designs".
Data centre management is all about power and cooling - most data centres seem to have the data side of things sorted. It's the energy draw that hurts the budget most.
It's now a year or two since Dell made the move into blade servers, so has it succeeded – or at least started to succeed? And if so, does it matter to anyone apart from those at Dell?
Back in the bad old days when you deployed one app per server, you might have been a bit peevish about the idea that malware could start spraying itself around your data centre.Now we're all going virtual (or at least - let's get real - we will be at some point), for a hosting company or an enterprise, malware poses an even greater challenge.
It hasn't taken long for the security vendors to wake to the potential of Google's new ChromeOS. The potential that is, to create FUD – fear uncertainty and doubt.
I've been watching my server's temperature charts with mild interest over recent weeks. As summer has truly kicked in, so the fans have been working harder as the internal temperature has climbed.