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Government CIOs face data center consolidation challenges

Posted April 14, 2014 - 11:54 am

Federal CIOs face pressure to consolidate their agencies' data center infrastructure. Those challenge are much bigger than just an IT, and experts advise CIOs to develop strategic plans so that consolidation improves application delivery and supports priorities such as cloud computing and virtualization.

Google, Apple, Facebook get Greenpeace Cloud tick, and AWS branded among the dirtiest

Posted April 9, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Greenpeace has marked Google, Apple, and Facebook as the cleanest datacentre operators for transparency, policy, efficiency, and advocacy in its most recent Clicking Clean report, published this month.

Intel and SGI test full-immersion cooling for servers

Posted April 8, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Intel and SGI have been testing a supercomputer that's kept cool by submerging the electronics completely in fluid, a system they say can dramatically reduce energy bills.

Coca Cola jumps on IBM's private cloud

Posted April 8, 2014 - 2:06 pm

IBM has won a five-year contract to manage Coca Cola Amatil's (CCA) mission-critical SAP infrastructure on its private Cloud hosted in its Sydney datacenter.

IT leaders pursue data center innovation to beat the heat

Posted April 2, 2014 - 12:17 pm

The perennial data center quest to beat the heat has sparked a wave of innovation in enterprise computing.

New Cisco switches take aim at big data centers, data applications

Posted March 26, 2014 - 11:07 am

Cisco this week is unveiling two new configurations of its recently-launched Nexus 9000 switches, a new 40G Nexus switch. In addition, Cisco is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its UCS server.

Researchers explore growing solar panels from bacteria

Posted March 25, 2014 - 2:21 pm

MIT researchers have taken the first steps toward creating solar panels from living material by combining bacteria with nonliving materials such as gold that can conduct electricity and emit light.

Dell unveils fabric switch, SDN controller

Posted March 25, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Dell this week rolled out products designed to help customers build and scale cloud environments.

Bank of America sees software-defined data centers as 'irresistible'

Posted March 24, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Driven by a very strong belief in the future of software-defined data center technology, Bank of America is steering its IT to almost total virtualization, from the data center to desktop.

Nissan lends batteries to green data center project

Posted March 24, 2014 - 11:34 am

Nissan has found a green avenue to solve a potential end-of-life cycle problem of lithium-ion batteries installed in electric vehicles.

Riverbed brings branch office storage back to the data center

Posted March 21, 2014 - 9:55 am

Riverbed Granite 2.5 eliminates remote office server administration and backup pains by delivering iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage over the WAN.

IBM Watson has another go at helping solve brain cancer riddles

Posted March 19, 2014 - 12:05 am

IBM is using the powers of its Watson supercomputer service to help solve the mysteries of brain cancer by examining individual genetic mutations.

Adopting 'service' mentality drives greener IT agenda

Posted March 17, 2014 - 2:34 pm

CIOs need to ditch a "server mentality" in favour of a service model for a greener IT agenda to take hold, according to a Credit Suisse IT veteran.

Flashy, storage-happy supercomputers due in 2015

Posted March 13, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Supercomputing speed is typically boosted by adding more processors, but two new systems funded by the National Science Foundation due to go live next January will take an unconventional approach to speed up calculations and data analysis.

How VMware wants to reinvent the SAN

Posted March 13, 2014 - 1:18 pm

VMware has released a virtual Storage Area Network (Virtual SAN), which the company says will usher in a new era of policy-driven and virtual machine-centric storage provisioning.

VMware releases Virtual SAN software defined storage system

Posted March 13, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Targets VDI deployments as plan to virtualize entire data center continues.

Netgear ReadyData review: Making a splash with flash

Posted March 10, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Netgear's better, faster rack-mount NAS and iSCSI SAN makes the case for enterprise workloads with read and write caching and unlimited snapshots

6 IT strategies to stay ahead of data center trends

Posted March 7, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Automation, virtualization, cloud computing -- these technology trends are transforming the data center and enabling companies to lower costs, increase flexibility and improve reliability. However, these shifts require IT, and their outsourcing providers, to rethink traditional strategies.

Revisiting Cisco's newest data center

Posted March 6, 2014 - 12:24 pm

We were last in Cisco's new data center in Allen, Texas, in the fall of 2010 when the company was just putting the finishing touches on the 160,000 square foot building with 35,000 square feet of "raised floor" (they still use that lingo even though this facility doesn't use raised floors).

Network firewalls aren't dead yet

Posted March 6, 2014 - 12:11 pm

After 20-plus years of service, the technology remains a core part of the IT security stack despite its long predicted demise.

At Goldman Sachs SDN is déjà vu all over again

Posted March 6, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Goldman Sachs has been doing SDNs for a long time. It just wasn't called SDNs when the investment giant invested in network programmability. It was just a bunch of APIs, software development kits and other code used to cobble together a large number of various specialized networks – trading, investment banking and the like -- across the globe.

First Look: Cisco ACI re-imagines the enterprise data center network

Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a revolutionary re-thinking of how to provision and manage data center networks. While the early version we looked at has some rough edges, and Cisco still has some hard problems to solve, ACI has the potential to completely change the way that large, highly virtualized data center networks are configured and built.

Programmers say the darndest things

Posted February 26, 2014 - 7:00 am

Developers and managers share some of the silliest answers to technical interview questions that they’ve heard - or given

5 data center gaffes in popular Hollywood movies

Posted February 25, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Hollywood isn't afraid to bend the truth to tell a tale. The data centers depicted in five popular movies prove this point -- as do the ways characters get into them and steal data from them.

Helping data centers cope with big data workloads

Posted February 25, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Big data workloads tend to suck up enormous amounts of compute resources, which can create serious log jams in your data center if the workloads aren't scheduled optimally. Adaptive Computing's Big Workflow is designed to leverage HPC and cloud technologies to help data centers adapt to big data.

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