Network consolidation -- "flattening" -- is not the only component, but it is a key element of simplifying data center operations and improving data center performance, some industry experts say.
A $122 million project, the first of three Energy Department R&D programs to be announced this year, will use the world's fastest supercomputers to create a high-fidelity "virtual reactor" to help engineers improve the performance and safety of current nuclear reactors and design the next generation.
Data Center Knowledge details a list of the 10 largest data centers in the world. How big can they get?
Federal agencies are benefitting from a program that allows agency IT departments to purchase new data servers and receive offsetting carbon emissions credits.
The established mentality of standardizing on inefficient platforms is killing our data centers and networks in terms of power, space, and cooling, says Criterion HPS President Mike Dillard, former chairman of the CIA’s Information Policy Board. Unless organizations better tune their systems, no power grid will be able to support the massive amounts of processing and data crunching that is coming.
A consortium of international interests has chosen a standardized energy efficiency metric.
The chips are Intel's first server and workstation processors built on 32-nanometer technology, and include Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions and Trusted Execution Technology, which Intel said will add security to cloud computing environments.
Virtualization has reduced data center footprints, but little has been done to disentangle the duplication and complexity of information and applications sitting in those servers, observes Francis Hsu, an information executive working for the Homeland Security Department.
The GCN Lab offers a few ideas on new products worth checking out during this year's FOSE exposition.
Microsoft said SQL Server 2008 R2, the next version of its database, will be generally available in May.
Intel pushed the outer limits of computing by unveiling an experimental, 48-core processor it described as a single-chip cloud computer.
IBM has extended partnerships with providers of data center infrastructure technology to expand the deployment of the company's Portable Modular Data Center worldwide.
With the advent of cloud computing, rich Internet applications, service-oriented architectures and virtualization, data center operations are becoming more dynamic with fluid boundaries. The shifting form of computing adds layers of complexity that have broad implications for how IT managers secure the components that make up a data center.
Cloud computing still has a lot of uncertainties -- among them a lack of maturity among many of its potential services -- but the path toward this nest era of enterprise computing is beginning to take shape.