Author: Jasmine Russell

As Iowa Leads, Midwest Plays Growing Role in Cloud Geography

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. No one wants to wait for their music or video. That’s why the location of data centers is critical to delivering online services with low latency. As Internet titans seek to distribute large files to support videos, gaming and virtual reality, the center of the country is proving to be the ideal place to add data center capacity. This trend is spurring a data center building boom, pumping billions of dollars into towns across America’s heartland. Five large cloud companies – Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook – are investing more than $11 billion...

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Challenges You Should Be Ready for When Migrating to the Cloud by Christopher Low, Founder and Owner, MyTeamPlan

With the widespread adoption of the cloud, businesses have become more dynamic than ever before. Today, many companies are moving to the cloud in some capacity. Selecting a cloud provider almost always ensures a long-term vendor lock-in. Whether it is the engineers not making appropriate abstractions and generalizations of application layers, or the size of the application data making it difficult to migrate, moving to cloud-based systems is a very challenging task. The following challenges should be taken into account while migrating from a self-hosted system on a local data center to the cloud. Improper Abstractions Failure of abstractions...

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Using What-If Analysis to Address Data Center Capacity Demand

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Voices of the Industry. In this week’s Voices of the Industry, Herman Chan, President of Sunbird Software, discusses the challenges of capacity demand and planning for dynamic IT architectures and why what-if analysis is a critical tool for modern data center capacity management. Technology trends like big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), are generating massive amounts of data that enable organizations to drive business innovation. Yet the benefit to the business often comes as a heavy drain on IT resources. These emerging technologies require significant underlying compute and transactional support from...

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Atlanta to Benefit From New Peering Opportunities

Until recently, Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers and enterprises in the southeastern U.S. have been struggling with a fragmented local peering market. But thanks to a recent development in Atlanta, it will soon become far easier and cost-effective to exchange IP traffic throughout the metro region. EdgeConneX® has announced a new partnership with Community IX and its new Atlanta-based Internet Exchange, CIX-ATL, which will result in the construction of a connectivity node in the EdgeConneX Atlanta Edge Data Center® (EDC). Located just outside of downtown Atlanta, the 29,800-square-foot EDC was specifically built to offer customers a secure colocation...

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How Houston’s Data Centers Weathered the Storm

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. Data center professionals live with risk every day. They brainstorm ways to keep their facilities online during any kind of disaster. They seek to engineer solutions for every imaginable threat. But Hurricane Harvey brought a whole new calculus to disaster risk, slamming the Texas Coast with 125 mile and hour winds and then stalling, drenching parts of the area with more than 50 inches of rain – more than any storm event in American history. In the midst of calamity, the region’s data center teams secured their facilities and kept their customers online,...

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Guide to Intelligent Rack Power Distribution

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman. Change is inevitable, and data centers should be designed with this undeniable concept in mind. Companies that cannot shift with the times or trends because of antiquated technology and infrastructure lose business to more agile competitors. Power management solutions play a fundamental role in implementing more versatile data centers that can quickly evolve to address the demands and challenges of the future. Remember, energy consumption continues to go up. A 2015 NRDC report indicates that data center electricity consumption is projected to increase to roughly 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020. This is the equivalent...

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Capacity Constraints: How Best to Prepare for the Future

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Voices of the Industry. Gordon Moore is not the only one who should take the blame for making capacity planning arguably the hardest job in the data center. There’s also Buckminster Fuller: in 1982, he posited the Knowledge Doubling Curve (which looks strikingly similar to Moore’s Law). Think of “human knowledge” as a book containing everything we know – how often does the book double in length? In 1900, human knowledge doubled every century. By the mid-1900s, it was doubling every 25 years. Today, human knowledge doubles every 13 months. This accelerated pace of human knowledge development goes...

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Richmond Becomes Newest Edge Market

Over the course of the last several years, the problem of ensuring the lowest possible latency and Quality of Experience (QoE) of digital content to local-market consumers and users has become challenging, especially for cable companies and network operators. One solution for these entities is to colocate as close as possible to areas with high concentrations of end-users at the edge of the network, while strengthening interconnectivity through expanded peering options. Thanks to a new partnership between EdgeConneX® and the Richmond Internet Exchange, businesses and consumers in the Richmond, Virginia, region will soon benefit from advanced Internet connectivity and...

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Project Brainwave: Intel FPGAs Accelerate Microsoft’s AI Hardware

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. The artificial intelligence arms race continues, as the largest tech companies explore new ways accelerate AI workloads for cloud platforms. The appetite for more computing horsepower is following several tracks, with major investment in graphics processors (GPUs) as well as custom ASIC chips. Microsoft has been a leader in using FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) to accelerate its cloud and AI workloads. This week Microsoft unveiled Project Brainwave, a deep learning acceleration platform based on its collaboration with Intel on FPGA computing. Microsoft says Project Brainwave represents a “major leap forward” in cloud-based...

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Google Adds Network Tiers to Optimize Cloud Network Costs

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. The network is the new focus in the cloud computing wars. Google today introduced network tiers, providing Google Cloud Platform (GCP) customers with the option to save money by having some traffic delivered over the Internet, rather than Google’s private network. The new service allows customers to assign workloads to different network tiers based on their performance requirements, keeping priority applications on Google’s network while using the Internet to deliver workloads that don’t need a low-latency connection. This kind of tiered segmentation of workloads has been used as a cost management strategy in data...

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