Data centers are being reinvented via virtualization, servers with better performance per watt and the increasingly popularity of cloud computing. Key vendors such as Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, VMware and others are all pushing to make the data center more efficient. Who will be the leader in next-gen data centers?
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The North Carolina data center is built upon the bare bones, power-optimized premise of the Open Compute Project, with design efficiencies that Facebook says saved $1.2 billion in infrastructure costs.
Facebook's sprawling Forest City, North Carolina data center is designed to be a beacon of energy friendliness in the watt-sucking world of server farms. On a recent media tour of the facility, officials showed off green-computing practices that they say have saved the company more than $1 billion.
Like most new technologies, the enthusiasm for new developments usually outpaces the revolution. Microservers will play out the same way, but ultimately have a big impact on the data center.
IBM is a work in progress for sure as only the software division delivered any growth. Hardware remains a problem for Big Blue.
The insurance giant will build its private cloud infrastructure on IBM's PureFlex System and use a bevy of services.
KVM, Linux's built-in hypervisor for the x86 chip family will be available at the end of this quarter for IBM's Power chip family.
The NSW government is giving more than 50 industry companies the opportunity to offer on-premise cloud services through its GovDC Marketplace to its agencies.
It's been a busy time for the cloud giant, which is finding itself fighting off competitors increasingly these days.
Plans for a new datacenter facility at the University of Delaware face stiff grassroots opposition.
VMware launches Horizon 6, its flagship virtual desktop application, and adds app virtualization. The end result: VMware's approach looks very similar to what Citrix does.
3M's Novec fluid combined with two-phase immersion cooling could shrink data center footprints and consume a lot less energy. A proof-of-concept supercomputer will be tested this month.
Worldwide semiconductor equipment spending slumped to $33.8 billion last year, down 11.5 percent, as chipmakers focused more on upgrades and new-technology buys rather than ramping up capacity.
How did one system architecture remain current and interesting for 50 years? It's partly about the hardware. It's partly about the software. It's totally about a company dedicated to remaining current, vital and of value to its customers.
Hadoop veteran Arun Murthy says Apache Slider will have a major bearing on the future versatility and take-up of the distributed big-data technology.
IT spending is definitely on the rise this year, but how businesses are upgrading is changing dramatically, based on a new forecast from Gartner.