Tagged With data centres

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The rise of cloud storage means that individuals and corporations are buying fewer hard drives, while the operators of cloud services are purchasing them in massive quantities. Now Google is arguing that as a consequence, hard drives really need to become less reliable -- and that's not quite as insane as it first sounds.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Data centre equipment in Australia is a $2.5 billion a year business, but it ain't the business it once was. Growing demand for cloud rather than building your own data centre means that we're seeing a decline in building activity, especially for larger centres.

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We've all seen network cabinets that should be renamed "Spaghetti Junction", with a tangle of cables that is destined to ruin someone's weekend in the near future. One way to avoid that issue is to actually adopt a style guide for all network cabling.

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The world's largest science experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, has potentially delivered one of physics' "Holy Grails" in the form of the Higgs boson. Much of the science came down to one number -- 126, the Higgs boson's mass as measured in gigaelectronvolts. But this three-digit number rested upon something very much larger and more complicated: the more than 60,000 trillion bytes (60 petabytes) of data produced by colliding subatomic particles in four years of experiments, and the enormous computer power needed to make sense of it all.

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As Lifehacker covered in 'The Next Five Years Of IT', the modern data centre is no longer a static environment. To stay competitive, you need an agile data centre which can deploy on-premises, pure cloud or hybrid technologies as the need arises. But what's the best way to effectively manage and deploy those resources? Here's how to control your data across all major platforms and protect against security breaches, loss of data and business downtime.

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One problem with data centres is excess heat. The problem with liquified natural gas terminals is excess cold. In a perfect world, one problem would neatly cancel out the other -- which is exactly the world imagined by Massachusetts-based TeraCool. Coupling data with liquified gas could make a lot of energy sense.

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We know data centres are becoming more important, and we know that many of them are becoming bigger and more densely-populated as a result -- but what do terms such as "large" and "high density" really mean? A new set of proposed standards might help answer the question. Are you large, massive or mega?