Posts Tagged Data Center
It isn’t the zombie apocalypse, but for too long, IT administrators have been shackled to infrastructure that was as friendly and stable as the stumbling undead. The coordination between application, infrastructure and physical data center was poor, leading to over 70% of resources being spent on adjusting configurations and trying to keep the lights on. Hyperscale cloud providers were built for scalability from day 1, so they had to be able to manage orders of magnitude more gear with a smaller IT staff. While cloud providers can customize new applications, enterprise users are burdened with a portfolio of legacy applications. The transformation to a scalable, agile and fast methodology isn’t simple, there are lessons and technologies that the enterprise can learn from the largest IT shops.
With more than 845 million users and counting, Facebook generates a lot of Big Data. Managing it all takes a lot of space and a lot of energy. After 16 months, Facebook’s new data center is up and running. It only took 2,000 people, and 1.2 million hours, to get the server farms online. Facebook now has two data centers in the United States. The first is located in Prineville, Oregon; the new one is in Forest City, North Carolina.
The power of Green, it’s working! That’s right, growth of the world’s electricity consumed by data centers has slowed substantially despite the rapid growth in the number and power of data centers. The electricity conservation is directly linked to the adoption of Green friendly tactics of powering and cooling of many forward-thinking data centers.
A recent study executed by Stanford Professor Jonathan G. Koomey, PhD by request of the New York Times found that approximately 1.3% of the world’s electricity is being consumed by data centers. However, the growth rate from 2000-2005 indicated that by 2010, data centers should have been consuming 2.2% of the world’s electricity. What slowed the growth? Well the recession actually helped (maybe the only time anyone will ever say that) but more significantly, through an industry-wide effort to make data centers more eco-friendly via various energy saving techniques.
We are in the middle of a Data Center boom where tech companies all over the world are trying to compete for bigger, better, and more efficient info storage facilities. These Data Centers are used to accomplish a variety of online needs ranging from storing Facebook pages to Cloud technology. Take a glimpse into the innovative future of Data Storage with this list of Data Centers newly completed and still under construction worldwide.
A couple of weeks ago, we showed you pictures of some of the most artfully organized cables we could find. Today, we’re taking the opposite approach. We’ve all been guilty of the disorganized cable and wire heap, and frankly, it is a crime to be ashamed of. Most of us respectful citizens will clean up our act sooner or later, however, some others don’t. These serial tanglers have earned a notorious reputation because of their unrivaled skill at creating clutter. We’ve tracked down some of the worst cases of cable abuse and narrowed it down to the ten worst. Think you have cable clutter worse than these? Let us know in the comments!
The data center. Featuring state-of-the art technology, multiple millions of square feet of space, the requirement of holding billions of pieces of business and customer information.
What goes into data center infrastructure? Think about rooftop arrays of solar panels generating as much as 4.5 megawatts of power. Lightning prevention systems that detract strikes from a 300 foot radius. Structures designed to withstand a category 5 earthquake.
Check out Wikibon’s latest infographic, highlighting some of the innovative information behind five of North America’s largest data centers.
In past blog posts, we’ve shown you some of the largest data centers and some of the most energy efficient data centers. Today, we’re going to look at a different aspect of data centers, the network cabling. As you’ll see in the first picture, Ethernet cables can be a nightmare if they aren’t carefully organized. However, when they are organized, they can transform into clever pieces of modern art. That’s exactly what we’re going to show you, a list of ten of the most artfully organized cabling systems we could find! At the end, be sure to let us know which are your favorites in the comments!
With VMworld beginning in Las Vegas this week, we are sure to hear all about new and innovative ways to expand your organization’s approach to cloud computing. “Project Horizon” was previewed at last year’s VMworld, a cloud-based management service that aims to establish a users cloud identity. With Project Horizon and the seemingly thousands of other cloud projects occurring, the demand for massive data centers is on the rise. As their need continues to grow, the immense power they use has become so much of an issue that metrics were created to measure how efficient data centers are. One of these metrics is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), a ratio of total amount of power used by the facility to the power delivered to computing equipment. An ideal PUE is 1.0, which would mean the computing equipment is using all of the power coming into the facility. However, a PUE of 1.0 is very difficult to achieve due to the need for lighting, cooling, and other various systems used in the facilities that are not considered computing devices. An additional way companies are trying to reduce cost and power consumption is by building modular data centers. The modular data center approach adds capacity as it is needed in manageable, cost-effective increments. Below you will see five traditional data centers that use alternative energy as a power source, as well as a brief look at currently available modular data centers.
Data centers touch all our lives. Businesses rely on data centers to house mission critical information and run operational initiatives across the organization.Today’s largest data centers feature state-of-the-art technology, operation rooms spanning thousands of square meters, and are required to hold billions of pieces of customer and business information. As demand for cloud services increase these centers comprise tens or sometimes hundreds of thousands of servers, multi-petabyte storage systems and increasingly are situated in locations where cheap energy is plentiful.
In pictures, here is an inside look at ten of the world’s largest data centers.