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  • greenclouddc 5:59 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, , Datacenters, , ,   

    Just how big is a Facebook datacenter? 

    Facebook is fast approaching the 1 billion users mark and perhaps the best way to appreciate just how big Facebook has become is to take a look at the company’s data center campus in Rutherford County (North Carolina) from the air. That’s exactly what North Carolina realtor Bill Wagenseller did after creating similar flyover videos of Apple’s data center in Maiden (North Carolina).

    His video shows one of the two planned 300,000 square foot (28,000 sqms) data center buildings as it nears completion plus the cleared space for the second building:

  • greenclouddc 7:26 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Is IT’s future really in the cloud 

    Blue sky thinking in the boardroomIt’s been said that the future of IT is in software and cloud computing but it is also forgotten that cloud computing software must run on physical hardware and ultimately on physical hardware located in datacenters. In fact, Gartner’s latest datacenter forecast (Forecast: Data Centres, Worldwide, 2010-2015) has new figures to show that IT datacenter sales are heading in just one direction and that is up.

    Just consider some of the following and latest projections from Gartner:

    • Worldwide datacenter hardware spending will rise 12.7% from $87.8 billion in 2010 to hit the $98.9 billion (£62 billion) level by the end of 2011. Moreover, datacenter hardware spending is forecasted to reach $106.4 billion in 2012 and $126.2 billion in 2015.
    • Datacenter spending growth in emerging economies such as the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) will be balanced by continued weakness in both Japan and Western Europe.
    • Datacenter storage will be the major driver for growth. In fact and despite the fact that only a quarter of datacenter hardware spending is on storage, approximately half of the spending growth will be from the storage market.
    • The largest datacenter category (those with more than 500 racks) will see its share of spending rise from 20% in 2010 to 26% in 2015. This growth will be driven by cloud computing along with a move away from internal datacenters to external datacenters.

    In other words, the future of IT might very well be in datacenters and datacenter hardware to run all of those cloud computing applications.

    Sources: eWeek and Gartner

  • greenclouddc 5:44 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Google’s electricity consumption 




    (Hat tip: Green Data Center Blog)

  • greenclouddc 7:10 am on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Datacenters, , Disaster recover   

    How 9/11 changed datacentres and disaster recovery 

    The 9/11 tragedy was a wakeup call for the datacentre industry and the entire IT sector in general. Not only was there a huge loss of life but there was also a huge loss of intellectual property, data and enterprise capability on a scale that had never been conceived of before the attacks.

    In fact and as Arthur Cole noted in a recent article for ITBusinessEdge, firms based in New York and the north-eastern USA, where there is little to fear from natural disasters such as earthquakes and tornadoes, were woefully underprepared for a major data loss in a disaster. For example: Bond trading firm Cantor Fitzgerald LP lost its primary datacentre along with 658 employees in the attack while Merrill Lynch, whose headquarters was not in the World Trade Center but was located right next to ground zero, lost its primary datacentre for six weeks.

    Hence and in the ten years since 9/11, both disaster recovery and cloud storage have become high-growth areas in IT with a recent PC World article noting that ABI Research has predicted the global market for business continuity and disaster data-recovery products will grow from US$24.3 billion in 2009 to more than $39 billion in 2015. Moreover, PC World noted that IDC has estimated that the open networked disk storage market grew 15% from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011 and generated $4.8 billion in revenue.

    However, ComputerWorld has pointed out that post 9/11 disaster recovery thinking, in part due to Katrina and other disasters that followed, has also shifted to keeping workers both working and informed when a disaster strikes and corporate IT systems go down. This has meant creating more flexible work environments to allow employees to work from home through the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), smart phones or other devices as well as the use of emergency notification service companies that offer automated call tree services.

    In other words, post 9/11 disaster recovery thinking has moved beyond just backing up and securing the datacentre to take the whole enterprise and all employees into consideration.

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