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    1. Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of June 30th

      Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of June 30th

      For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Enjoy! Amazon Data Center Loses Power During Storm – An Amazon Web Services data center in northern Virginia lost power Friday night, causing extended downtime for services includng Netflix, Heroku, Pinterest , Instagram and many others. The incident occurred as a powerful electrical storm struck the Washington, D.C. area, leaving as many as 1.5 million residents without power. The data center in Ashburn, Virginia that hosts the US-East-1 region lost power for about 30 minutes, but customers were affected for a longer period as Amazon worked to recover virtual machine instances.

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    2. Latest outage raises more questions about Amazon cloud

      Latest outage raises more questions about Amazon cloud

      Massive thunderstorms notwithstanding, the fact that Amazon’s U.S. East data center went down again Friday night while other cloud services hosted in the same area kept running raises anew questions about whether Amazon is suffering architectural glitches that go beyond acts of God. While most Amazon services were back up Saturday morning, the company was still working on provisioning the backlog for its ELB load balancers as of 5:31 p.m. eastern time, according to the AWS dashboard.

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    3. The enterprise needs a better network to the cloud

      The enterprise needs a better network to the cloud

      While much of the networking industry today is focused on improving speeds and feeds inside the data center, we need to recognize the importance of improving the networks that connect enterprise data centers to each other, and to the public cloud. If the industry can deliver an elastic network with programmable performance, then the walls between data centers could effectively disappear.

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    4. Bits Blog: Amazon Web Services Knocked Offline by Storms

      Bits Blog: Amazon Web Services Knocked Offline by Storms

      People who tried to watch Netflix on Friday evening saw nothing but red. Instagram users couldn’t upload or view photos. And a number of other Web sites and services were knocked offline. Storms had disrupted Amazon Web Services, which stores vast amounts of data for companies worldwide. The problems first began around 11 p.m., when a roiling storm caused numerous electrical failures on the East Coast that left two million people without power and at least six people dead.

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    5. EBay's green Utah idea

      EBay's green Utah idea

      The company that changed the nature of online shopping is now at work in Utah on a plan that could change the way large data processing facilities consume energy. EBay recently announced it will undertake a massive expansion of its data center in South Jordan, and the new facility will operate entirely on renewable energy. The reaction in technology and energy sectors has been nothing short of electric.

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      Mentions: eBay
    6. Amazon Data Center Loses Power During Storm

      Amazon Data Center Loses Power During Storm

      An Amazon Web Services data center in northern Virginia lost power Friday night, causing extended downtime for services includng Netflix, Heroku, Pinterest , Instagram and many others. The incident occurred as a powerful electrical storm struck the Washington, D.C. area, leaving as many as 1.5 million residents without power. The data center in Ashburn, Virginia that hosts the US-East-1 region lost power for about 30 minutes, but customers were affected for a longer period as Amazon worked to recover virtual machine instances. “We can confirm that a large number of instances in a single Availability Zone have lost power due to electrical storms in the area,” Amazon reported at 8:30 pm Pacific time. An update 20 minutes later said that “power has been restored to the impacted Availability Zone and we are working to bring impacted instances and volumes back online.”

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    7. Severe storms cause Amazon Web Services outage

      Severe storms cause Amazon Web Services outage

      For the second time in less than a month, Amazon’s Northern Virginia data center has suffered an outage and is impacting many popular services. Amazon’s status dashboard shows that the Elastic Compute, Elastic Cache, Elastic MapReduce and Relational Database Services have been out for over an hour. Amazon is blaming the outage on what it describes as “a power event.” Dominion Virginia Power, which is an electricity provider to many data centers in the Virginia region says that severe storms in the region have disrupted power supplies.

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    8. More Problems for Amazon EC2 Cloud

      More Problems for Amazon EC2 Cloud

      Amazon Web Services is reporting another service outage this morning for some customers of its EC2 cloud computing service. Amazon has reported connectivity issues in its US-East-1 availability zone, the same zone which was hit by an outage earlier this month. The problems began at about 10:45 a.m. Eastern time, and were confirmed by Amazon a short time later. “We can confirm network connectivity issues for some EC2 instances in a single Availability Zone in the US-EAST-1 region,” Amazon reported in its Service Health Dashboard. ” Customers may be experiencing impaired read/write access to their EBS (Elastic Block Storage) volumes. New instance launches are also delayed. We are applying mitigations to address the connectivity issues … and connectivity is beginning to recover.” dotCloud also reported downtime due to the AWS problems.

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    9. Capital One Picks Virginia for $150 Million Project

      Capital One Picks Virginia for $150 Million Project

      It looks like Virginia’s recent updating of its data center incentives is continuing to pay dividends. This week Capital One Financial said it will invest more than $150 million to build a new data center in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The facility will help the huge credit card provider consolidate IT infrastructure in the wake of its recent acquisitions of ING Direct and HSBC’s US credit card portfolio. Capital One chose Virginia over Texas for the project, which will create at least 50 new jobs. “In today’s environment, information technology is a competitive advantage,” said Rob Alexander, Chief Information Officer of Capital One. “With the new Chesterfield data center as a key element of the company’s simplified and automated infrastructure, we are proud to continue our strong relationship with Virginia and expand our workforce here.”

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    10. UK Universities Launch Intel Supercomputer For Hire

      UK Universities Launch Intel Supercomputer For Hire

      The University of Cambridge and Imperial College London have announced a partnership that will see their High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructures combined to create CORE, a world-class cloud supercomputer, available for hire. CORE is the 93rd most powerful HPC system in the world, and the fastest Intel-based HPC system in the UK, with 22,000 cores, amounting to over 300 teraflops of sustained computational throughout. It was launched yesterday and is now being offered to SMEs, industry and academia as a pay-per-use service. CORE also provides complete technical support for its supercomputing cloud, by the same experienced team that manages the universities’ resources.

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      Mentions: Europe
    11. Customer Wins: Data Foundry, FORTRUST, ViaWest, Interxion

      Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the data center industry: Bazaarvoice Chooses Data Foundry for Infrastructure: Austin-based Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV), a global Software-as-a-Service provider, has selected Data Foundry’s Texas 1 data center to house its core IT infrastructure. Bazaarvoice is a social software and data analytics company that helps its clients to create, syndicate and analyze online activity. With business booming internationally, the company needed to relocate their IT infrastructure into a data center that would provide consistent power and cooling, as well as room for additional growth. “We want the best for our company, and we are very pleased with our choice in Data Foundry and their new facility,” states Rich Robinson, VP of Business Technology at Bazaarvoice. “The Data Foundry team has been highly responsive and has exceeded our expectations. We take comfort in knowing that our core IT infrastructure ...

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    12. Telehouse Expands in CoreSite Space in Manhattan

      Telehouse Expands in CoreSite Space in Manhattan

      Data center service provider TELEHOUSE America is expanding its New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) into the CoreSite Realty data center at 32 Avenue of the Americas. The addition of the NYIIX, the largest public internet exchange in the New York metro market, will boost connectivity at CoreSite’s 32 Avenue of the Americas data center by deploying the peering fabric with redundant equipment and dark fiber. The addition of NYIIX is part of CoreSite’s larger program to build its Open Internet Exchange Hub, providing direct access to and bringing together internet exchanges from Europe, North America, and other leading global carriers. The Open Internet Exchange Hub launched this week, and will provide customers with a broader range of interconnection and peering opportunities

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      Mentions: Europe At&T
    13. Health Care: What HIPAA Means for Data Centers

      Health Care: What HIPAA Means for Data Centers

      For the health care industry, the increasing pressure to implement meaningful use, reduce healthcare costs, and improve care outcomes while protecting patient interests has led to strategic review and overhaul by many healthcare providers and vendors. Balancing the benefits of outsourcing data center and hosting services with the risks of engaging an off-premise business associate is daunting. That’s especially true in the wake of penalties and fines imposed by the Department of Health & Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights for PHI (protected health information) breaches. Protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI) is the essence of the HIPAA Security Rule. Since data centers typically store, transmit or process ePHI, they must comply with the HITECH standards and citations to meet HIPAA compliance. The same risk analysis, administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, technical safeguards and ongoing due diligence apply just as much in the ...

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    14. In Hollywood, keeping Tinseltown's treasures safe forever

      In Hollywood, keeping Tinseltown's treasures safe forever

      Deep inside a series of very cold vaults, surrounded by thick concrete and protected from fire and water damage, more than 76,000 movies sit on shelves, preserved for future generations to enjoy. Welcome to the Academy Film Archive, the storage arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On your right is a stack of cans containing several reels of the 1962 classic "Lawrence of Arabia." On your left are several cans comprising a copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

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      Mentions: CNET News
    15. Google Challenges Amazon With Compute Engine

      Google Challenges Amazon With Compute Engine

      Google today announced the long-awaited expansion of its cloud computing services to compete directly with Amazon Web Services and its industry-leading suite of cloud services. At its Google I/O conference, the company rolled out Google Compute Engine, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering that allows users to run applications in virtual machines hosted in Google’s data centers. The new compute service will combine with existing offerings – including Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage and Google BigQuery – to form the Google Cloud Platform.

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      Mentions: Amazon.com Google
    16. Data Center Links: Codero, IO, Silver Linings, AIS

      Here’s our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for June 28th: Codero Opening New Data Center in Ashburn - Codero Hosting, a provider of dedicated, managed, and cloud hosting services, announced today that it will open a new data center location in Ashburn, Va. This will be the company’s third U.S. site for its rapidly growing, worldwide customer base. The new Ashburn data center is located in the Dulles Technology Corridor, home to many high-tech corporations and government agencies, where 60 percent of all Internet traffic passes through making it one of the most important technology hubs in the U.S.

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    17. KC Mares: the Internet's power buyer

      The how-to book for building data centers and buying energy to run them was only written over the past 17 years or so. The process continues, of course, but whatever has been written so far has been done by a handful of key companies and key people that have worked there. One of the people that had to make it up as they went along was KC Mares. Mares is well-known in the data center industry for his work as chair of the data center efficiency program at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a prominent high-tech industry organization founded in the late 1970s by HP’s David Packard. He is one of the industry’s most vociferous spokespeople for energy efficiency and sustainability. There are two reaons he speaks out. The first is his concern for the environment; the second is that since the late 1990s he has directed ...

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    18. Cloud Condenses To Reality

      Cloud Condenses To Reality

      On TechWeekEurope, we normally have a low tolerance for cloud computing surveys. Any given week, one or two cloud vendors will usually email us, and phone us (and usually phone us again…) about yet another bit of market research that puports to prove their particular brand of cloud computing is just what users are crying out for. This sort of research is the last resort of the vendor with no news to report. “Nothing’s happening,” says the PR. “Let’s do a survey. Maybe Peter and the TechWeekTeam haven’t got anything better to write about!”

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    19. Energy Efficiency in Today's Data Center

      At the end of my last column on renewable energy in today’s data center, I stated that energy efficiency should always be addressed before implementing renewable energy. The reason is that energy efficiency is where sustainability pays for itself and the return on investment (ROI) is measured in weeks or months and not years. Also, using less energy as a whole means less renewable energy will be required to power your data center. In this column, I will elaborate on aspects of measuring and addressing efficiency in energy, cooling and water-use related to energy.

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    20. Mixed Greens: IPART lifts 'fair value' of solar PV

      The NSW pricing regulator IPART has raised what it considers to be the “fair value” of solar electricity exported from rooftop installations back into the grid, but has fallen sort of industry claims it should be on a 1:1 basis. IPART says its new range for 2012/13 is 7.7c-12.9c/kWh. This is higher than the 5.2c-10.3c/kWh range for 2011/12, mostly because of the introduction of the carbon price and its impact on wholesale prices. The fair value range is merely a guide for consumers, and energy retailers are not required to pay that sum. Most offer around 6c/kWh as a voluntary payment. Some offer nothing, although all will be required to publish their offerings on a web set so that customers can shop around.

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    21. Looks like Apple will make a big bet on clean power in Reno, too

      Looks like Apple will make a big bet on clean power in Reno, too

      Apple is producing enough clean power, through solar panels and fuel cells, at its data center in North Carolina that it says it can cover 60 percent of the total energy needs of the data center. Will the tech giant be doing the same thing at its new planned $1 billion data center just outside of Reno, Nevada? While details are few at this point, it sure looks like Apple is looking to have a significant amount of its data center power needs met with clean, and grid-independent, power.

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    22. Stream Data Centers Begins Construction on Houston Data Center

      Stream Data Centers Begins Construction on Houston Data Center

      Data center operator Stream Data Centers announced on Tuesday it has started construction of a fully-commissioned private data center development in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb located 35 miles north of downtown Houston. Stream announced in January it acquired 7.6 acres of land for the data center project, as well as offered some preliminary details about the data center build. This is Stream’s fifth data center development in Texas in the last four years, which includes a recent build in the Dallas market, along with facilities in Denver and San Antonio.

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      Mentions: LEED
    23. Keeping a Data Center Cool in the Summertime City

      In pursuit of lower operating costs, companies are building data centers in remote locations where they can take advantage of free cooling. Yahoo put its first “chicken coop” data center in Lockport, New York—a few miles from Lake Erie, where the July high temperatures only average 80 degrees, allowing it to operate with 100% outside air and no chillers. Facebook is going even further for free cooling, building its first European data center in Lulea, Sweden, about sixty miles from the Arctic Circle with July highs averaging in the mid-sixties. That approach works great when building a brand new facility and when you don’t need to have the data center close to a population center. But what happens when you must be located in urban areas where space is at a premium and summer temperatures soar?

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