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  • 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: , Datacentres, 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.

  • greenclouddc 6:58 am on October 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How many servers does Google have? 

    Datacentre Knowledge recently noted that the latest estimate for the number of servers being used by Google has been revised downward from 1 million servers to 900,000 based upon data about the company’s Internet usage.

  • greenclouddc 6:57 am on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CO2, Datacentres, , , Red Tape, Regulation   

    Will government stifle the growth of datacentres in the UK? 

    Red TapeAccording to a recent article in the Financial Times, high taxes and uncertainty about carbon reduction regulations are making IT companies reluctant to build datacentres in the UK – just as cloud computing is dramatically taking off.

    Specifically, the UK’s carbon reduction commitment came into force last year and forces large energy users such as banks, datacentres and supermarkets to pay a levy that is based upon the amount of carbon they use. The new levy is expected to generate approximately £1 billion in revenue for the government and could cause energy costs for datacentres to rise by 10%.

    However, the main complaint from datacentres is not the increased costs but the frequent changes the UK government makes to carbon reduction regulations along with the relative lack of acknowledgement of the savings that they have already generated. And while big centralized datacentres are more efficient than several smaller ones, bigger datacentres will use more energy and fall under the government’s carbon reduction scheme. Hence, there is little incentive for companies to pool IT resources into bigger and more efficient datacentres.

    Moreover and in a recent Data Centre Risk Index report from global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield, the UK ranked fifth globally on a list of 20 desirable locations for datacentres. And while a fifth place ranking is not that bad, the report also warned that high tax, energy and labour costs in the UK could prompt some companies to look elsewhere to build their datacentres or relocate existing ones in order to reduce their overheads.

    Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the Datacentre Knowledge recently reported that Digital Realty Trust has just paid £12.9 million ($21 million) for a 130,000 square foot datacentre facility in Chessington, England – approximately 17 miles southwest of central London. However, the Financial Times article also quoted Adam Levine, the vice-president for European sales at Digital Realty Trust, as saying that the UK is making it more challenging for datacentre operators to do business in the country.

  • greenclouddc 5:32 pm on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Datacentres, Growth, US   

    US government to close 800 data centres 

    Last summer, the New York Times reported that the federal government in the USA is planning to 40% or 800 of its 2,000 data centers over the next four years. If the plan is implemented, it could save billions of dollars a year and free up acres of real estate.

  • greenclouddc 7:09 am on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Datacentres, News   

    Investment in datacentres set to skyrocket 

    According to the recently released report, DatacenterDynamics Industry Census 2011, datacentre investments are beating the economic downturn with new investment in datacentres set to exceed $35 billion (£22 billion) next year and grow 16% over the next 12 months.

    Specifically, the Western USA will receive the largest amount of new datacentre investment at $3.5 billion (£2.5 billion) followed by the UK at $3.35 billion (£2.1 billion) and China at $3.1 billion (£1.9 billion). However and percentage terms, South East Asia will see the most datacentre growth at 118% – far higher than any other region in the world.

    Datacentre Market World Growth Rankings 2011-2012


    Source: DatacenterDynamics Global Industry Census 2011 http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/research/market-growth-2011-2012

    According to DatacenterDynamics, the seven markets where the greatest increase in datacentre facilities and racks will occur will all be developing economies where the existing infrastructure is inadequate to cope with current IT capacity requirements. Moreover, all of the fastest growing datacentre markets are projected by the World Bank to have the highest GDP increases over the next 12 months.



    Source: DatacenterDynamics Global Industry Census 2011 http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/research/market-growth-2011-2012

    Nevertheless and while developing markets will see spectacular datacentre growth, DatacenterDynamics did note that even developed economies still have considerable room for growth as IT functions continue to expand.

    Hence, datacentres are increasingly looking like the one bright spot on the global economy that will continue to see strong growth for the foreseeable future.

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