Category Archives: Datacenters

How The Shift to the Cloud has Fueled IT Asset Disposal

How times change… When the technology rolled into town, not many businesses were willing to entrust their sensitive data to another party. As the years wore on, however, more and more businesses have found themselves relying on the cloud for their various needs. Those that haven’t joined the bandwagon are planning to do so in…
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What are You Gonna Do With Your Win 2003 Server After July 14?

Come July 14, there might be a lot of people wondering what to do with their old server hardware. That’s the last date of support for Windows Server 2003, the Microsoft Corp. server OS that is still running on 40 per cent of servers in Canada, according to Microsoft. With so many companies waiting until…
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What should you do with old servers and outdated data center equipment?

Complications arise when replacing nonfunctional data center equipment. Decide what to do with the old equipment and how to handle retrofits. For problems encountered when renovating data center facilities to choosing between reducing, reusing or recycling assets, SearchDataCenter offers guidance on the process. We've gathered several helpful tips into this list of frequently asked questions…
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See how much money you company loses by using outdated equipment

The world of IT is a fast moving business and one of the most difficult issues facing Technology Support Companies and Managed Service Companies (MSP) is getting clients to upgrade or replace aging IT equipment such as servers, firewalls, desktops and laptops. Very often clients get sticker shock, not only from the equipment and licensing…
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Power, Pollution and the Internet

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Rothschild’s machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt. The company had been packing a 40-by-60-foot rental space here with racks of computer servers that were needed to store and process information from members’ accounts. The electricity pouring into the…
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AT&T to Sell $2B Worth of Data Center Assets

AT&T wants to sell about $2 billion worth of data center assets as it looks for ways to pay down debt after making huge investments in spectrum and acquisitions, Reutersreported, citing three anonymous sources. No details about the planned AT&T data center sale have been made public. A company spokesperson declined to comment. Excess Logic continues…
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Why Hybrid Cloud Continues to Grow: A Look at Real Use-Cases

Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere. In fact, there are more cloud platforms, services and environments being developed each and every day. The evolution of the cloud has seen many organizations evolve from private to public and now hybrid cloud platforms. In reality, almost every cloud environment within a pubic cloud has some sort of connection…
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Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool

Google today launched PerfKit, an open-source cloud-benchmarking tool that, in Google’s words, is an “effort to define a canonical set of benchmarks to measure and compare cloud offerings.” The PerfKit tools currently support Google’s own Compute Engine, Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure clouds. Google says it has worked on this project with over 30 researchers, companies and…
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SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM derailed, company banned from shipping hardware to US

We’ve previously discussed SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM technology on several occasions. Developed by Diablo Technologies, this approach allows for a large SSD cache to run via a RAM slot rather than a conventional SATA drive. The reason for taking this approach is that it can drastically improve access latencies and speed data transfers, key factors for the…
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Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

Facebook revealed the final piece in its scalable data redesign today, one that completes its vision of redefining traditional hardware and software to make it more flexible to meet the needs of Facebook’s scale. To that end, they announced a new open-source modular switch platform called 6-pack. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups and…
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Facebook Outage Affects Sites That Used Social Network’s Log-In System

Facebook, Instagram and other high-profile sites using Facebook’s log-in system suffered outages lasting around 45 minutes to an hour Monday evening Pacific Time. Dynatrace analysis showed that over 7,500 websites were impacted by the Facebook outage because they were using Facebook as a third-party service. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups and new…
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Gartner, IDC: Hyperscale Data Centers Drive Server Sales

Both IDC and Gartner think growth in the server market is being driven primarily by investment in hyperscale data centers. The top four customers in the server market are cloud service providers, accounting for a fifth of all servers shipped, according to IDC. The two research firms released their third-quarter worldwide server revenue figures this…
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Big Data company proposes servers in space, we have no idea why

Space technology is cool. Whether you’re a fan of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, NASA’s Curiosity, or the ESA’s ongoing exploration of Comet 67P, ongoing space exploration is at the heart of some of humanity’s most impressive endeavors. This, however, doesn’t makeevery space-based idea a good idea. We’re honestly scratching our heads over how Big Data analytics…
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How Data Center Operators Can Avoid Energy Price Hikes This Winter

Energy consumption is one of the largest operating expenses for a data center, contributing to nearly 50 percent of total operating expenses. Due to last winter’s “polar vortex” that caused a deep freeze in much of the U.S., many large energy consumers in unregulated markets saw their energy prices quadruple. In fact, we have seen…
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Hard drive failure rates point to clear winners and losers in 2014

One of the most common questions we’re asked about hardware reliability is whether there’s a real difference between the various storage manufacturers. This information is typically locked up like Fort Knox, which is one reason why Backblaze’s ongoing storage reports have garnered widespread attention. Most drive reliability studies are either small scale, take place over limited…
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Web caching: Facebook’s Problem of a Thousand Servers

Distributed computing systems at extreme scale are governed by a different set of rules than small-scale systems. One of the differences Facebook has discovered is the role of web caching. Traditionally used to take some load off database servers and load websites quicker, web caching has become a necessity for the site rather than a…
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What Pundits Think: Cloud Predictions 2015

While some trends in the cloud market in 2015 will signal maturity – trends like consolidation and cloud service portfolio pruning, for example – some are shifts of non-organic nature. Examples of the latter include a growing focus on Asia and the effects of new data privacy legislation around the world on cloud decisions. Excess…
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Top 10 Data Center Predictions for 2015

Ron Vokoun DBIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads the Mission Critical Market for at JE Dunn Construction. With the arrival of a new year, organizations are making plans to address the explosion of enterprise data in 2015. A big question is how those plans will differ from your data center operations this past year. Excess Logic continues…
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The Facebook Data Center FAQ

With more than 900 million active users, Facebook is the busiest site on the Internet and has built an extensive infrastructure to support this rapid growth. The social networking site was launched in February 2004, initially out of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room at Harvard University and using a single server. The company’s web servers and storage units…
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