With the rise of the cloud, the modern datacentre -- or datacenter -- is undergoing a metamorphosis as companies look to new technologies to help them squeeze the most out of their IT infrastructure. ZDNet has embarked on a year-long datacentre tour to get a handle on which vendors are making it big, which strategies companies are using to cut the costs of running their power-hungry datacentres and how the growth of cloud computing is shaking up the market.
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Digital Realty has opened up a new Tier 3 datacentre 17 miles south west of the capital.
A warehouse north of London is on the verge of completing its transformation into a datacentre
Facebook has published an inside look at how it backs up what it describes as "one of the largest MySQL installations in the world."
Datacentres are the IT palaces that provide the backbone of our working lives. Take a tour of datacentres around the world, from the UK to Iceland to Texas, in this round-up of cutting-edge facilities.
How do you make your datacentre run better, and save money? At IBM's research labs and facilities in upstate New York, three ideas are uppermost on people's minds: energy efficiency, monitoring, and utilisation.
By the end of this decade it could be possible to automate datacentres to the point where humans need never enter them. The robotic datacentre could mean profound changes for the cloud
Building the energy-efficient datacentre created new jobs, and the Victorian technology minister is confident that the facility will continue to do so post-launch.
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ZDNet UK visited Iceland to see how a 100-percent renewable energy-powered free-cooled datacentre fared using Colt's modular design in Iceland's remote, chilly climate
Telstra's Docklands datacentre is being revamped to bring hot and cold aisle separation to its racks and has plans to create a large heat exchanger in the future to further boost efficiency
The London datacentre is being revamped to bring full hot and cold aisle containment to every floor, with the aim of increasing power efficiency without forcing customers to change hardware
The Celebrity Equinox cruise ship has three datacentres serving 17 decks, 1,600 Mac Minis and up to 2,852 passengers
The three-year-old facility is expected to triple in size via a staged expansion to provide spillover capacity from the co-location provider's various London datacentres
The West London datacentre is set to triple in size, so it can serve as a capacity spillover for Telecity's multitude of Docklands and City datacentres
The Slough-based datacentre is the cradle for the Rackspace's UK cloud and is currently being adapted to add further compute capacity and introduce free-air cooling to cut power use