Archive for: June 2014

Open Compute – Going Beyond the Hype

How can you create a truly agile and scalable infrastructure? How do you design a platform built around efficiency and growth? What can you do to keep up with the dynamic growth and demand requirements around the modern data center platform?

Let’s delve in and find out.

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DCIM for Small Data Centers

When it comes to running an efficient operation, small data centers have many of the same concerns and challenges as their larger counterparts. One of the greatest challenges that managers of small data centers have is that they typically have limited resources in terms of technology, staffing, and financial support. 

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Water-cooled Solutions for High Density Rack Cooling

Server densities are steadily increasing for HPC applications in legacy, government and institutional data centers. As densities increase, traditional cooling systems are struggling to keep up. Water cooling is a concern for many data center operators. However, the heat transfer rate of water is about 3-4 thousand times that of air so the efficiency of water cooling is compelling.

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Cisco, Juniper: Facebook’s New ‘Wedge’ Switch Is No Threat To Our Business

Facebook Wednesday unveiled a Linux-based, top-of-rack networking switch called Wedge that it plans to make available as an open-source hardware design through its Open Compute Project.

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Rethinking Data Center Cooling

For a long time, the data center platform stayed more or less the same. But over the years, a lot has changed. The current industry revolves around constant connections, growing user bases and far more data. Recently, there has been increased demand for hyper-scale and High Performance Computing “HPC” run­ning on high-density hardware platforms. This demand has driven the need for more powerful and effective cooling systems.

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Rackspace Intros Dedicated Servers That Behave Just Like Cloud VMs

Seeking to make cloud infrastructure performance more predictable for its customers, Rackspace is launching a new “bare-metal” server offering, giving users the ability to spin up and down dedicated servers just like they spin up and down virtual machines in its OpenStack cloud.

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Facebook Breaks the Network Switch Up Into Modules

After it customized servers and storage to optimize for its applications and to enable its developers to roll out new software features at lightning speeds, networking switches were the remaining component of Facebook’s infrastructure that was a “black box,” with tightly coupled vendor-designed proprietary software and hardware.

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Facebook Takes Aim At Cisco, Juniper With Open Source Top-Of-Rack Switch

Facebook, which launched the Open Compute Project with open source server hardware designs three years ago, is now setting its sights on the networking hardware industry.

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Building Blocks: Predictable and Simple Storage for Virtual Environments

Today, virtualization is commonplace in the enterprise data center and its benefits are indisputable. However, several challenges must be addressed to ensure the success of any virtualization initiative.

To accommodate rapid growth and fluctuations in demand, the infrastructure needs to easily support the scaling of individual VMs, as well as the addition of new virtualized workloads. Although network scaling is becoming simplified with software-defined network architectures, scalability continues to be one of the top challenges when increasing the level of virtualization in the modern data center.

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Virtualization And Beyond: The 2014 Virtualization 50

The 2014 Virtualization 50 brings together a wide range of vendors that help customers implement virtual server, storage, desktop, networking and application infrastructures, manage those infrastructures, and make those infrastructures a platform on which cloud and mobility can be built.

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