Cloud Computing: Why Moving Instagram to Facebook's Data Center Was Worth It

Grazed from WallStreet CheatSheet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Facebook has quietly migrated Instagram and its 20 billion photos from Amazon’s cloud computing service to its own data center. The transition took about a year in planning and a month for the actual migration, and Instagram’s 200 million users didn’t notice a thing. Wired reports that the company calls the transition the “Instagration,” and the migration was unlike any that Facebook had previously undertaken. In moving other properties that it had acquired, like FriendFeed, Facebook was able to shut down the service before migrating it to its own data centers.

But moving Instagram, which Facebook bought in 2012, was a much bigger operation. The process involved moving the service from thousands of virtual machines on Amazon’s cloud computing service, where it was originally built, to a private data center operated by Facebook, all while avoiding disruptions to a service used by 200 million people. According to Wired, the move gives Instagram access to the wide range of software tools built into Facebook’s infrastructure...

Cloud Computing: Creating a More Efficient Data Center

Grazed from SmartDataCollective. Author: Cameron Graham.

As the world increasingly relies on technology, the need for data storage has exploded. In fact, 90 percent of the data stored today was generated in the past two years. Cloud computing has become the norm, and corporations and private citizens regularly use virtual machines throughout their day.

What we often don’t consider is how that data collection and storage affects other aspects of our lives. We get excited about having access to huge quantities of on-demand media (think Spotify, or Netflix), but we rarely stop to think about where that information is stored. In the end, even data has to reside in a physical location...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Launches Azure Data Center in Southern Brazil

Grazed from NearShoreAmericas. Author: Narayan Ammachchi.

Microsoft has launched its Azure data center in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, promising to provide fully secured cloud computing services to Brazilian companies concerned about cyber spying. The new data center will store data within the country and provide customers with better performance through reduced latency.

Microsoft Azure, formerly Windows Azure, is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Internet security has become a sensitive issue in Brazil after news emerged that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on its President Dilma Rousseff and the state-owned oil company Petrobras...

Cloud Computing: HP launches new products for software-defined datacentres

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Archana Venkatraman.

Analyst firm Gartner recently predicted datacentre hardware spending on new types of products and big data deployments will reach $9.4bn in 2014. At HP's annual conference, Bill Veghte, executive vice-president and general manager for Enterprise Group of HP said: “As customers look ahead, they need business outcome-driven infrastructure that enables the New Style of IT.”

Big data, mobility, security and cloud computing are forcing organisations to rethink their approach to technology, causing them to invest heavily in IT infrastructure, according to HP. The services it has launched are aimed at reducing IT complexity, Veghte said. Among the new products launched is HP Apollo, a new family of HPC solutions to address power and datacentre efficiency challenges...

CenturyLink's new data center will keep 'the cloud' safe

Grazed from StarTribune.  Author: Steve Alexander.

In an effort to make computing services nearly as reliable as the telephone, CenturyLink last week opened Minnesota’s first high-reliability “Tier 3” public data center in Shakopee.

CenturyLink, based in Monroe, La., is best known to Minnesotans as the state’s largest telephone company. But it has bet its future on the belief that data center services such as “cloud computing will make up for a decline in the use of its traditional phone service caused by cellphones. And it believes opening a rare Tier 3 data center will be a lure for computing customers in the Twin Cities...

Affect of Government's Plan to Cut Carbon Dioxide Pollution on Cloud Computing and Data Centers

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

The White House plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 30% seeks to meet its goals, in part, through efficiency improvements. This could put further pressure on data centers to improve efficiency, many of which are powering servers that are doing very little work or none at all.

For instance, a recent Uptime Institute survey asked enterprise data professionals: "What percentage of your servers are likely comatose?" About 60% of respondents said the number of comatose servers was under 5%. But nearly 25% put at least 10% of their servers were into that category...

Cloud Computing: 6 Models Of The Modern Data Center

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

The cloud hasn't killed the company-owned data center. Companies from General Motors to Fidelity are taking the best infrastructure ideas from Web giants such as Facebook and Google and adapting them to their very different business needs in order to build a new generation of data centers.

To highlight the different approaches and strategies these companies are taking, we looked at six companies beyond the Web giants that have made or are planning major data center investments. Our point isn't that data center construction is booming; Gartner forecasts only 2.3% growth in data center spending in 2014, to $143 billion. Companies will spend more than twice that on enterprise software, by comparison, at a growth rate of nearly 7%...

The Effect of Cloud Computing on the Data Center

Grazed from WebHostingGeeks. Author: Editorial Staff.

In May of 2012, I have published a blog post and discussed the types and the evolution of the data center. In this article, I will take the discussion further and try to see what will be the impact of the cloud on the data center. There are a lot of scenarios about the data center and the cloud, you can either take a service from the cloud or move everything to a hoster.

Depending on your business strategy, your environment, legal requirements, security concerns, loss of data control issues your cloud adaptation most probably be unique to your company. Many reports have been issued by trusted companies such as Attunity, TechTarget and Gartner, which give numbers that are hard to ignore:...

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Huawei Makes Cloud Computing Simple with the Latest Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution was launched at the Huawei Network Congress 2014 (HNC) in Beijing on May 25. The Cloud Connect Solution is designed to simplify the process for the construction of cloud service systems among enterprises by using Huawei's advanced CloudEngine series of data center switches, Huawei Agile Controller cloud applications, cloud platforms, and data center network resources that can be integrated with improved automation.

"With the rapid development of cloud computing, Big Data, and mobility, data center infrastructures are facing unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities. Currently, enterprise servers, storage devices, and switches in data centers are highly virtualized. These devices form a virtual world to support cloud computing. However, there are still a large number of independent physical network devices in data centers, and the distinction between the virtual and physical worlds makes it difficult to implement fast service deployment, unified resource allocation, fault isolation and diagnosis, and automated service optimization," said by Mr. Liu Shaowei, president of Huawei Enterprise Networking Product Line...

Cloud Computing: Feds Could Save $20 Billion With Better IT Infrastructure Initiatives

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Frank Konkel.

Perhaps data center consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access and infrastructure diversification aren’t the sexiest terms in the federal repertoire, but they do hold the keys to as much as $20 billion in annual savings, according to a study by Meritalk. The study, underwritten by Brocade, is based on survey results from 300 federal network managers who estimate that if the government were to fully leverage all five initiatives, it could save about 24 percent of the government’s $80 billion information technology budget.

The survey’s results sound promising, but there’s a caveat: Two-thirds of the surveyed network managers reported their networks are ill-equipped to meet current mission needs, and much further away from being able to fully embrace newer tech initiatives like cloud computing. If network managers could magically flip a switch and significantly increase network speed by approximately 26 percent, the survey claims the government could cash in $11 billion in savings in one year...