European Data Centres: Hybrid Support Spanning Traditional and Cloud Services Will Be Crucial

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The gradual movement of data centres from on-premise services toward hosted services such as colocation, managed hosting and cloud is an important shift in enterprise IT infrastructure, compelling data centre service providers to expand their portfolios to support hybrid environments. With enterprise IT infrastructure currently being a combination of traditional and cloud services, providers need to tailor their solutions to offer management and technical aid for a complex setup.

European Data Centre Services Market, is the new analysis that is part of the IT Services & Applications Growth Partnership Service program, which also includes subjects such as enterprise infrastructure transformation, physical to virtual back-up software, managed security services, mobile device management, software-defined networking and cloud computing...

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Mad Rush For Data Centers Signals Coming-of-Age For Cloud Computing

Grazed from CXOToday. Author: Muqbil Ahmar.

On June 28, Internet services major Amazon launched its first set of data centers in India, saying that it is spending ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to set up data centers in the country. “The data center will help accelerate growth,” said Shane Owenby, managing director-APAC, AWS in an interview. In India, Microsoft by now has three data centers, IBM has two, whereas many others such as Japan’s NTT also have big data center operations in the country. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group too is reportedly planning to announce its India entry with a data center.

India is not unique to this as these days the Asia-pacific region has become a favourite destination for setting up of data centers. According to APAC Reach, a marketing and research company focused on assisting expansion throughout the Asia Pacific region, has reported a marked increase in European clients interested in data center investments in the area following the UK Brexit referendum...

Alibaba Cloud rolls out second Singapore data center availability zone

Grazed from DataCenterNews. Author: Sara Barker.

Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company's Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region's growing need for cloud and big data requirements. The second availability zone enables Alibaba Cloud to provide enterprise customers with higher capacity for disaster recovery and high availability, which the company says will meet worldwide demands, says Sicheng Yu, vice president of Alibaba Group and general manager of Alibaba Cloud International.

"The expansion of our Singapore data center enables us to meet the rapidly growing demand for cloud computing resources in Southeast Asia. This expansion also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing one-stop global cloud and big data services to both Chinese and international enterprises. We will continue to grow our coverage worldwide," Yu says...

Cloud Computing Efficiency Lowers Energy Use in Data Centers

Grazed from PointandBeyond. Author: Jeff Bertolucci.

Cloud computing efficiency is helping data centers reduce energy consumption across the U.S. According to the new United States Data Center Energy Usage Report, their electricity usage only increased by around 4 percent from 2010 to 2014 — a significant improvement over the 24 percent increase from 2005 to 2010 and the nearly 90 percent jump from 2000 to 2005. Even better, the report notes data center energy usage should remain constant through 2020. These energy savings are happening as there is a dramatic rise in demand for data center services nationwide.

Cloud Computing Efficiency Matters

In addition to better cloud computing efficiency, several technologies are driving these trends. According to Computerworld, the most conspicuous change may be the slow growth in the number of servers operating in data centers. For instance, while shipments of new servers to data centers continue to rise, the growth rate has fallen steadily over the past 15 years:..

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Cloud Computing: Future of the server - the data centre is the server

Grazed from Author: Daniel Robinson.

Servers have been a key part of the data centre for so long that it is easy to see them as an immutable part of the IT landscape. They might get a faster processor, more memory or more storage with each hardware generation, but the underlying architecture has changed remarkably little since the days of the first PC servers in the 1980s.

That could soon change, as developments in the data centre related to cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure are driving a move towards more modular and less monolithic servers. Rather than being the 'atomic' building block of the data centre as they are today, tomorrow's servers may be just a collection of hardware resources that form part of a larger system that could extend across the entire data centre...

Alibaba Eyeing Data Center in India to Take on Amazon, Microsoft

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Alibaba is reportedly trying to cement its cloud business with plans to open a data center in India this year. According to Indian newspaper Business Line, China's e-commerce titan has plans to boost its cloud computing business in India likely through an acquisition. "When they start on-boarding millions of sellers and suppliers on the platform, it is clear they will need a means to support that kind of data," said Greyhound Research's CEO Sanchit Vir Gogia in an interview with Business Line.

"It is less expensive compared to relying on a third-party data center and also there are no issues of data theft." The move is now seen as an attempt to shake the presence of Microsoft and Amazon, two of Alibaba's biggest competitors in cloud computing, in the Indian market, added the newspaper...

Cloud Computing: Busan City to House Subsea Data Center of Microsoft

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Microsoft Korea CEO Ko Soon-dong had a press conference in Seoul on May 11 and announced that Microsoft would provide more stable and fast cloud computing services by opening new data centers in Seoul and Busan early next year with demands for cloud computing services on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region including South Korea.

The construction of the new data centers constitutes its Project Natick. That in Busan is scheduled to be the first subsea data center in the world. Busan City is regarded as a perfect choice for the project in that it is home to 90% of submarine power cables in South Korea and a global cloud data center demonstration model.

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Cloud Computing: Is it time for virtual reality to influence the data centre?

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The part virtual reality (VR) can play in the evolution of the data centre has been mooted as far back as 2013 – but now the future looks good so long as organisations’ infrastructure can stand up to it, according to Aegis Data. Three years ago, writing for Data Center Knowledge, Rich Miller reported on data centre provider IO, whose latest innovation was to provide a 3D visual representation and walkthrough of a customer’s specific environment, with IO describing it as a “gamification of the data centre.”

And according to Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data, the data centre industry has the potential to be the largest beneficiary of VR – but it will take time. “As a concept, its presence has been felt for a long time but limited computing power combined with slow connectivity speeds means there has always been a cap as to what can be achieved,” said McCulloch...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Names Data Center Sustainability Chief

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Jim Hanna, former sustainability exec for Starbucks, joins Microsoft to help the tech titan float greener clouds.  Jim Hanna has joined Microsoft as the director of data center sustainability, a newly created position.  Hanna previously served as the director of environmental affairs for Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee chain.

"Over the past decade, he has driven global strategies to address sustainability issues across the company, from the supply chain to energy and water reduction to policy engagements," stated Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, in a blog post. At Microsoft, Hanna will work to minimize the environmental impact of the company's globe-spanning network of cloud data centers...

Microsoft's underwater data center could solve some of the cloud's biggest problems

Grazed from Bizjournals. Author: Ashley Stewart.

Microsoft may have found a solution for some of the cloud computing industry’s biggest problems by moving its clouds under the sea. The Redmond company on Monday released details about a prototype for an underwater data center. Throughout a one-year pilot, called Project Natick, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) built and submerged a 10-by-7-foot, 38,000-pound data center about a half-mile off the Pacific Coast.

As Microsoft's cloud business ­– which reached $6.3 billion in revenue during the most recent quarter – continues to grow, so does the company’s need to store data. Underwater data centers, Microsoft found, decrease cooling and power costs, use more renewable energy, reduce latency and can be set up more quickly...