AWS: Servers dictate datacentres' monthly costs
Servers are responsible for over half the monthly cost of running a large datacentre, according to a new model from Amazon Web Services' distinguished engineer James Hamilton.Hamilton's model crunched the numbers on a 50,000-server facility, and found that after servers, a distant second for cost was the infrastructure required for power distribution and cooling, followed by power.
Hadoop used to calculate Pi's two quadrillionth bit
Pi has been sequenced to its two quadrillionth bit, and the value has been found to be zero.Yahoo engineer Tsz Wo Sze announced on his Apache developer page in August that using a MapReduce programe named DistBdp and idle computer cycles in Yahoo's Hadoop clusters, he was able to calculate the two quadrillionth bit of Pi.
Interxion: Financial datacentres about "customer community"
Datacentre provider Interxion is currently in the process of leasing its second site in the UK, but the company faces some tough decisions due to financial companies, which make up an important segment of its UK customer base.For its new site, one of Interxion's targets for business will be High Frequency Trading (HFTs) operations, Greg McCulloch, Interxion's managing director for the UK told ZDNet UK Tuesday.
Qualcomm may use MediaFLO spectrum for data
Qualcomm is currently contemplating using the spectrum assigned to its MediaFLO service to serve mobile data.Last Friday, the chipmaker and service provider, said that it was in discussions with mobile and media operators to use the chunk of UK 'L-band' spectrum that it owns to serve data to mobile devices.
Finalists announced for eBay modular datacentre
Six finalists have been announced for the eBay's recent request for proposals (RFP) for a new, high-density, modular, containerised datacentre.On Wednesday, Dean Nelson, eBay's senior director of global datacentre strategy, announced that the finalists had been picked for eBay's new datacentre.
IDC pours water on reports of stellar Apple growth
IDC has played down reports of Apple's growth within the government and enterprise sectors, following articles trumpeting a major growth in shipments.On Monday, Charlie Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Company, issued a note to clients around IDC's figures for the second quarter of the worldwide computer market, zoning in on the apparent major growth by Apple products in the enterprise space.
Microsoft developing 'Orleans' cloud programming model
Microsoft is working on a programming model to make it easier to migrate clumps of computation and data storage between datacentres.The model, named 'Orleans', creates a programming layer that can sit between Microsoft's Common Language Runtime (CLR) environment and Microsoft's cloud platform Azure.
Solaris 11 confirmed for 2011
John Fowler, executive vice president of Systems at Oracle has confirmed that Oracle Solaris 11 will ship in 2011, though Oracle are going to initiate an "early program soon so enterprise customers can get used to it."Fowler was speaking at a live Oracle Systems Strategy Update Webcast on Tuesday.
Google help to solve Rubik's Cube 'God Number'
A team of researchers, including a Google engineer, has produced a proof that shows that no initial Rubik's Cube position needs over 20 moves to solve.Prior to this, researchers had narrowed down the lower bound of the number to 20 and the upper bound to 22.
Analysts forecast revenue growth for Amazon's cloud
Amazon's web services division could become an important earner for the company, according to a report released today by UBS Investment Research.Analysts Brian Pitz and Brian Fitzgerald predict AWS revenues of $500m (£313m) in 2010, rising to $750m (£470) by 2011.
Dell 'temporarily' cuts online Ubuntu offerings
Dell has cut the online shopping choices it provides to users searching for a laptop pre-installed with Ubuntu.The company now only offers one laptop with pre-installed Linux through its online store — the Dell Latitude 2100, which comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 9.