Posts about Data Centers

Across Europe and beyond, businesses are moving their mission-critical data to the Nordics. With cheaper land prices and cold conditions ideal for cooling servers, the cost advantages offered by data centers in Scandinavia and the Baltics are impossible to ignore. Even more significant is the low price of electricity, which makes running a data center near the North Pole incredibly efficient – in many cases, up to 50% cheaper when compared with central Europe ...
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These days it feels like the cloud is everywhere. We use it to store our music and to watch our movies. We host our applications in the cloud, and we expect them to be accessible always and everywhere. Lost in the ubiquity of the cloud is a very simple fact: the cloud depends on connectivity. The dependence of cloud on connectivity is obvious when you step back and ask the question: What is the cloud? A simple answer is ...
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Author’s Note: There’s a lot of talk and plenty of noise related to NFV in the telecom industry. It’s a time of market transformation with many executives and marketers making claims for how their companies are doing NFV better than others, or how they are ahead of the competition in one or more ways. I think we are missing an important voice: The CTOs ...
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Nearly the entire history of enterprise networking has been about streamlining and optimizing north/south communications; that is, from the user to the server to storage and back again. To be sure, east/west architectures between various data resources have existed for some time, but in most cases their load requirements have been modest. That all started to change around the turn of the century as distributed architectures and virtualization added complexity and abstraction to the once "simple" data environments that ruled the enterprise. Today, east/west communication is driven by a plethora of developments, such as virtual desktops, parallel and multi-threaded workloads, new generations of machine-to-machine and intelligent resource management solutions, plus automated mirroring and replication between storage arrays. To make matters even more challenging, the enterprise is now looking to duplicate this functionality in the cloud, enabling not just communication between data centers, but between servers and virtual machines within those data centers. Small wonder, then, that traditional hierarchical networking architectures are giving way to fabric-based constructs. A good place to catch a glimpse of the future is Amazon. The company has kept its self-made infrastructure rather close to the vest, but Network World's Brandon Butler gleaned some of the details from ...
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Big data is the latest Big Concept to sweep the business world. It's the collection of data sets so large -- scary large, as I like to think about it -- that it becomes difficult to process using traditional applications. Dedicated server farms are necessary to collect, store, and process through terabytes to petabytes of information to spot patterns, extract pertinent results, and everything else one might want.
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