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.
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We know Google has enormous data centres. A new blog post from the search giant reveals a key strategy in how it manages networking within those centres: by ignoring standards.
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.
Software-defined networking (SDN) has been a buzzword for some time, and now we're increasingly hearing about the virtues of the software-defined data centre (SDDC). However, the vast majority of businesses won't need to think about implementing an SDDC -- that's what cloud providers are for.
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.
When IBM opened its first Australian SoftLayer data centre in Melbourne last year, it promised a second Sydney centre would be open by the end of the year. A few months behind schedule, the Sydney site is now live.
The good news? Microsoft's Australian Azure data centres in Sydney and Melbourne are finally open today. The bad news? You'll pay extra to use them in many cases, and not every service is available at launch. Here's what you need to know.
We've been waiting quite a while for this, and now it looks like it's finally happening: Microsoft's Australian Azure data centres in Melbourne and Sydney will officially launch next week.
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.
If your data centre was flooded or lost power , the business impact would be significant. But how can you accurately measure and manage that risk, and how can you discuss it with other parts of the business?
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.
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?