Data Center Design - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/21623 en Intel's 800Gbps optical cable could be copper's death knell http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center-design/intels-800gbps-optical-cable-could-be-coppers-death-knell-238177?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="https://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Intel_New_hp.jpg" alt="Intel's 800Gbps optical cable could be copper's death knell" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>For years now, pundits and industry figures alike have been predicting the demise of copper as an interconnection technology in the data center. Data Center Enterprise Architecture Intel Data Center Design FibreChannel Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:55:21 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238177 at http://www.infoworld.com Dell ARMs itself with new proof-of-concept 64-bit 'microserver' http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/dell-arms-itself-new-proof-of-concept-64-bit-microserver-235790?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/dell-logo.jpg" alt="Dell ARMs itself with new proof-of-concept 64-bit 'microserver'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>During the last two years, Dell's been pushing its nose all the more into the low-power 64-bit ARM server tent -- but only by slow inches, much like the rest of the industry.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Dell Data Center Design Servers Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:14:32 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235790 at http://www.infoworld.com Take it from Facebook and Microsoft: The future of hardware is open http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center-design/take-it-facebook-and-microsoft-the-future-of-hardware-open-235389?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/open_source_future_hp.jpg" alt="Take it from Facebook and Microsoft: The future of hardware is open" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Momentum continues to build behind Facebook's Open Compute Project, which capped its fifth Open Compute Summit this week by welcoming a surprise new participant: Microsoft. Computer Hardware Data Center Open Source Software Facebook Microsoft Data Center Design Servers Open Source Software Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235389 at http://www.infoworld.com 4 ways the Open Compute Project will impact hardware design http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center-design/4-ways-the-open-compute-project-will-impact-hardware-design-235301?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 172px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/2235scr.jpg" alt="4 ways the Open Compute Project will impact hardware design" width="243" height="162" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Teerawut Punsorn</p></em></div> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Enterprise Architecture Open Source Software Facebook Data Center Design Open Source Software Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 235301 at http://www.infoworld.com Your data center is too cool http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/your-data-center-too-cool-231694?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/frozen_hardware.jpg" alt="Your data center is too cool" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Zoonar RF</p></em></div> Data Center Data Center Design Systems Management Data Center Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Paul Venezia 231694 at http://www.infoworld.com Hot or not? Know your data center's environment http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/hot-or-not-know-your-data-centers-environment-230529?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Power-Meter-Server_hp.jpg" alt="Hot or not? Know your data center's environment" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Whether we're designing, building, or maintaining data centers, we need to pay attention to a lot more than how and where the bits flow. We also need to know about the physical environment.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Disaster Recovery Systems Management Data Center Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Paul Venezia 230529 at http://www.infoworld.com Oracle eyes optical links as final frontier of data-center scaling http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/oracle-eyes-optical-links-final-frontier-of-data-center-scaling-229618?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Oracle is exploring silicon photonics, an optical technology drawing widespread interest, as a potential weapon in the battle against data-center power consumption.</p> <p>Advances in CPU and memory design could boost efficiency dramatically over the next few years. When they do, the interconnects among components, servers and switches will effectively become the power hogs of the data center, according to Ashok Krishnamoorthy, architect and chief technologist in photonics at Oracle.</p> Data Center Networking Oracle Data Center Design Power Management Networking Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:07:16 +0000 admin 229618 at http://www.infoworld.com Electrical troubles shed light on NSA's data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/electrical-troubles-shed-light-nsas-data-center-228951?source=rss_data_center_design <p>The National Security Agency's new data center in Utah was built for a 65 megawatt load, making it one of the world's largest data centers. But it has had a rough start.</p> <p>The $1.53 billion data center was built on a "very aggressive" schedule, according to the government, with groundbreaking in early 2011 and completion scheduled by the end of this year. But a report of "meltdowns," "flashes of lightning" and damaged equipment caused by arc faults raised questions about the timetable.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Government Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:22:29 +0000 admin 228951 at http://www.infoworld.com How to build an enduring, everlasting data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/how-build-enduring-everlasting-data-center-228567?source=rss_data_center_design <p>If your data center is reaching capacity and you're thinking about cracking open the corporate piggy bank to fund a new data center, stop right there.</p> <p>By following some simple best practices, you may be able to take your existing data center and retrofit it to last pretty much forever, says Gartner analyst David Cappuccio.</p> <p><strong>[ For a quick, smart take on the news you'll be talking about, check out <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/newsletters/subscribe?showlist=infoworld_techbrief&amp;source=ifwelg_fssr">InfoWorld TechBrief</a> -- subscribe today. ]</strong></p> Data Center Data Center Design Data Center Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 admin 228567 at http://www.infoworld.com Data center innovator Ken Brill dies at 68 http://www.infoworld.com/t/green-it/data-center-innovator-ken-brill-dies-68-223979?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Ken Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute and a forward thinker in data center design and operations, died this week at the age of 68, the Institute said on Thursday. The cause was cancer, a spokesman said.</p> <p>Brill was known for his work creating the Uptime Institute's data center tiering system, which provides a way to rate and compare the reliability of computing facilities. It's used by many large companies for their data center planning and selection.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Green IT Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:16:29 +0000 admin 223979 at http://www.infoworld.com The 3 keys to designing a private cloud -- or data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/the-3-keys-designing-private-cloud-or-data-center-221806?source=rss_data_center_design <p>As much as the public cloud has started to work its way into the fabric of many enterprise computing infrastructures, a wide array of workloads still can't be moved into the cloud. Chief among them are those that center around specific performance requirements, security implications (especially in regulated industries), and getting a hold of and paying for high-speed network access to the cloud. However, even in these cases, it's highly desirable for business units to self-manage their computing resources and pay only for the resources they use.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Data Explosion Data Center Design Private Cloud Virtualization IDG Insider Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 221806 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft investing over $670 million in Iowa data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/microsoft-investing-over-670-million-in-iowa-data-center-221309?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Microsoft is investing $678 million in the expansion of its data center in West Des Moines, Iowa.</p> <p>The plan, dubbed Project Mountain, was awarded tax benefits and is expected to create 29 new jobs, the board of the Iowa Economic Development Authority said in a statement on Friday.</p> Data Center Microsoft Data Center Design Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:32:05 +0000 admin 221309 at http://www.infoworld.com What you need to know to build a solid Ethernet WAN http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/what-you-need-know-build-solid-ethernet-wan-218398?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Building a resilient, high-capacity WAN has never been what I'd call simple. In the old days (you know, 10 years ago), it was typically a mishmash of frame-relay and point-to-point leased line circuits mixed with ATM in higher-end, converged applications. Today, those technologies and their successors are being displaced by a variety of IP-based Ethernet circuits. Although I think this shift to Ethernet-based WAN implementations is hugely liberating when it comes to WAN design, it has its drawbacks.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Networking Data Center Design Wide Area Networking IDG Insider Mon, 13 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 218398 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel aims for easy server upgrades http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/intel-aims-easy-server-upgrades-216139?source=rss_data_center_design <p>To make server upgrades easier, Intel introduced a rack reference architecture that speeds up data throughput while reducing energy and maintenance costs in data centers.</p> <p>The architecture, announced on Tuesday, calls for decoupling processors, memory and storage, and putting them in separate boxes. That is a change from the industry-standard server design, in which the processor and memory reside in a single chassis.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Intel Data Center Design Processors Servers Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:58:53 +0000 admin 216139 at http://www.infoworld.com Oracle brings data center fabric to Sparc systems http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/oracle-brings-data-center-fabric-sparc-systems-215798?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Oracle has extended its data center fabric to its Sparc-based Unix platforms, promising to let enterprises tie more servers and applications into the high-speed infrastructure.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Networking Virtualization Oracle Data Center Design Servers Networking Virtualization Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:13:14 +0000 admin 215798 at http://www.infoworld.com Beware the CEO who knows 'everything about tech' http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/beware-the-ceo-who-knows-everything-about-tech-215673?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/businessmanpanic.jpg" alt="Beware the CEO who knows 'everything about tech'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /> <br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> your IT tales Data Center Design IT Jobs IT Management IT Training Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 215673 at http://www.infoworld.com It's twilight for small in-house data centers http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/its-twilight-small-in-house-data-centers-215380?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Virtualization, cloud services, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) are making it much easier to shift IT infrastructure operations to service providers, and that is exactly what many users are doing.</p> <p>This trend is being felt the most at in-house data centers in small- to mid-size companies. These firms may be trying to shut down their data centers, or shift a major portion of their workloads to external providers.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Virtualization Data Center Design IT Jobs IT Management Server Virtualization SaaS Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:25:12 +0000 admin 215380 at http://www.infoworld.com Didn't test? Then don't deploy http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/didnt-test-then-dont-deploy-214571?source=rss_data_center_design <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/rj45_cables_networking.jpg" alt="TITLE" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Data Center Networking Open Source Software Storage Virtualization Data Center Design Open Source Software Networking Storage Virtualization Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Paul Venezia 214571 at http://www.infoworld.com Data center planning: Surprising tools of the trade http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/data-center-planning-surprising-tools-of-the-trade-210151?source=rss_data_center_design <p>The last time you applied for a tech job (or evaluated a résumé of someone applying for one), how much weight did you apply to expressing your skill with basic productivity tools like <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/first-look-microsoft-office-2013-197802">Microsoft Office</a> or <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/open-office-dilemma-openofficeorg-vs-libreoffice-716">OpenOffice</a>? My guess would be very little. In the résumés I've seen from prospective applicants, it's sometimes not even mentioned.</p> Applications Data Explosion Data Center Design Network Architecture Storage Management Office Software IDG Insider Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 210151 at http://www.infoworld.com Inside the DreamWorks data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/inside-the-dreamworks-data-center-206441?source=rss_data_center_design <p>Conventional wisdom would likely conclude that a creative, IT-driven company like DreamWorks Imagination Studios must embrace all of the latest computing trends and that cutting-edge technologies like the cloud, virtualization and solid-state storage play leading roles in its data center.</p> <p>Conventional wisdom would be mostly wrong.</p><p><strong>[ Keep up on the day's tech news headlines with InfoWorld's <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/newsletters/subscribe?showlist=infoworld_todays_headlines_wrap_up&amp;source=ifwelg_fssr">Today's Headlines: Wrap Up newsletter</a>. ]</strong></p> Data Center Data Center Design Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:41:18 +0000 admin 206441 at http://www.infoworld.com