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    1. Stephen Fry Explains the 4,700 Year Lead-Up to Cloud Computing

      Stephen Fry Explains the 4,700 Year Lead-Up to Cloud Computing

      English actor and comedian Stephen Fry can be heard in the ad for UK cloud services provider Databarracks explaining the general concept of cloud computing and how it can be traced back thousands of years to the Sumerians' use of numbers to abstractly represent things. While the Sumerians probably didn't have cloud computing in mind when they were working out numbers on their abacuses, they certainly set our mathematical history in the right direction.

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    2. The Green Quotient

      Considering the recent spate of growth in business data, India is set to witness an explosion in the number of data centers. That said, the fact remains that data centers are energy guzzlers. The growth in data center space also means that power consumption will skyrocket. Unfortunately, power is a scarce resource in India. Hence, the need for energy-efficient or green data centers becomes all the more critical. Greening a data center will make it energy-efficient with minimal environmental impact. It is also a big cost saver. For enterprises, the demand for green data centers are driven by the high operational cost.

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      Mentions: Intel Gartner Cisco
    3. Roundup: Equinix, Hexagrid, CoreLink, Online Tech

      Roundup: Equinix, Hexagrid, CoreLink, Online Tech

      Here’s our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for March 28th: Equinix and Tier 3 Partner to Accelerate Cloud Adoption - Equinix, Inc. and Tier 3 today announced a partnership to create an enterprise-ready gateway to the cloud by offering Tier 3’s Enterprise Cloud Platform via Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. The partnership enables enterprise customers to take advantage of the business agility and cost efficiency cloud technologies offer by using Tier 3’s enterprise-grade Infrastructure as a Service across Platform Equinix. Initially, Tier 3’s solution will be available in Equinix’s Chicago and New York data centers with plans to expand globally, first into Europe and later to Asia. Tier 3 serves the enterprise market with a public cloud solution known for its high-availability and built-in business continuity, as well as security features that enable isolated environments for each customer. Through a ...

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    4. Michael Dell, end-to-end, PC to the Data Center

      Michael Dell, end-to-end, PC to the Data Center
      Michael Dell gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, and there is blog post summarizing his presentation. Michael emphasizes they go embrace the PC. 2. We Still Love Hardware: Without mentioning Hewlett-Packard by name, Dell took a few shots at HP’s potential PC division spin-out. Dell said his company has rapidly evolved from PCs to servers to cloud solutions. “There are many reasons to stay committed to the PC, he said. “There will be two billion PCs in a few years.” Dell estimated that 95 percent of disk drives are in PCs, and five percent are in servers. A company without PCs can’t gain volume pricing advantages for server components, Dell asserted. “The client offers enormous scale,” said Dell. “Give up that scale and you need to raise your prices.” Data Center is not specifically mentioned, but implied in this statement. 3. Total Picture: “Dell is not a PC ...
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    5. Pharmas Lead in Enterprise Cloud Adoption

      Pharmas Lead in Enterprise Cloud Adoption
      Ellen Rubin is the founder and Vice President of Products for CloudSwitch, which allows enterprises to run applications in the cloud without re-architecting the application or changing existing management tools. Pharmaceutical companies are finding that cloud computing is meeting their needs for massive computing power that is scaleable as well as for quick turnaround in deploying infrastructure.Enterprises across many industries have taken their first steps into the cloud. As comfort levels grow, companies are starting to move beyond small, experimental projects to full-scale adoption and deployments. Pharma is emerging as the breakout industry that is leading the way. What Makes Cloud Work for Pharma?
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    6. APC Unveils New InfraStruxure Offerings

      APC Unveils New InfraStruxure Offerings
      APC by Schneider Electric has introduced the next generation of its InfraStruxure architecture, a modular data center infrastructure system that integrates power, cooling, racks, security and management. APC also introduced new features to the InfraStruxure management software portfolio offering additional energy management and efficiency tools. “APC pioneered scalable and modular data centers with the introduction of InfraStruxure in 2002 and we continue to invest and evolve the architecture,”” said Jim Simonelli, Chief Technology Officer, APC by Schneider Electric. “As data center challenges escalate with increasing server densities, virtualization, and a new focus on efficiency, it has become a priority for data center managers to align their power and cooling infrastructure designs with their IT requirements. This next generation of InfraStruxure makes it easier than ever before to meet these new dynamic challenges while achieving desired availability levels and deliver maximum efficiency.”
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      Mentions: Netherlands
    7. UB Center Receives $11 Million to Dramatically Boost Computational Research

      UB Center Receives $11 Million to Dramatically Boost Computational Research
      As it passes its 10th year in operation, the University at Buffalo's Center for Computational Research has plenty to celebrate: in the past 12 months, it has received more than $11 million in new funding, including two major competitive federal grants for advancing computational science and a New York State grant to make supercomputing more environmentally friendly.
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    8. Eddie Gets Power Boost, Goes Green

      Eddie Gets Power Boost, Goes Green
      Multi-disciplinary researchers from across the University of Edinburgh -- working in areas including bioinformatics, speech processing, particle physics, material physics, chemistry, cosmology, medical imaging and psychiatry -- will now benefit from a significant upgrade to the University's shared, high performance computer (HPC) system known as "Eddie." The new HPC system, operational from July 2010, immediately doubles the compute power available to researchers enabling them to run more complex computer simulations and scenarios, and obtain research results more quickly. A second planned upgrade for 2011 is expected to result in at least five times the current compute power of Eddie being available to researchers.
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      Mentions: Europe Intel IBM
    9. The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

      The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem
      In the run-up to the two next Cloud Expos, 6th Cloud Expo (June 21–22, 2010) in Prague, Czech Republic and 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
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    10. Sustainability — An Opportunity For The Pharma Industry

      Sustainability — An Opportunity For The Pharma Industry
      It’s fair to say that the pharmaceutical industry has an image issue, generally ranking just above the tobacco industry in public opinion surveys. One recent Harris Interactive poll reported that only 26% of Americans view pharma favorably. Even worse, 52% of respondents expressed a negative opinion of the drug industry. And this for an industry that enhances health and extends life! Low public esteem may stem from a perception of excessively high prices for life-saving medications or negative media coverage and inflammatory political oratory. At the same time, drug-safety scares and product recalls have undermined the public’s faith in drug therapies. Clearly, the pharmaceutical industry has some serious work to do to reverse the trend of declining public opinion.
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      Mentions: Cisco
    11. Sungard Builds Grid From DR Workstations

      Sungard Builds Grid From DR Workstations
      As a disaster recovery specialist, Sungard Availability Services has an armada of workstations in its facilities for that “what if” moment, ready to provide an instant operations center in the event a disaster affects a client. But what about the rest of the time? The company has decided to put these computers to work through a new initiative called the Responsible Computing Project. Sungard is using more than 1,000 disaster recovery workstations in its Philadelphia, New York and Chicago data centers to create a computing grid that will perform processing for scientific and humanitarian projects.
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      Mentions: SunGard
    12. The Company Behind Moab® Unified Intelligent Automation Software Expands Its Scope of Operations to Data Center and Cloud Computing Environments

      The Company Behind Moab® Unified Intelligent Automation Software Expands Its Scope of Operations to Data Center and Cloud Computing Environments
      Cluster Resources, the company behind the Moab® unified intelligent automation technology, today announced a strategic move into the commercial data center market with a new name and brand identity, Adaptive Computing, and an upgraded software suite focused on extending the value of Moab to the data center, private and public cloud environments. The company’s robust Moab Adaptive Computing Suite™ platform for data centers and private clouds now allows a wider range of organizations to leverage Moab’s proven management and automation capabilities in order to create dynamic, intelligent IT environments.
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    13. Beyond Going Virtual by carol wilson

      Beyond Going Virtual by carol wilson
      Last week, I talked about how today’s data centers can be located almost anywhere, through the power of virtualization. We are certainly seeing this trend play out in the news. Just this week, Apple ended weeks of speculation by announcing its plans to base a data center in North Carolina. That state, and many others, are competing for these projects, offering tax incentives and more, because of the jobs they bring to the region. While Apple is saying the new facility will mean about 50 jobs, North Carolina officials expect the Apple data center project to generate more than 3000 total jobs, including construction jobs to build the facility – not something to sneeze at in this economy. What’s good for economic development isn’t always what’s best for the environment, however. One part of the appeal of the North Carolina site is the available power grid, as ...
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      Mentions: Carol Wilson
    14. Virtues of Virtual by Carol Wilson

      Virtues of Virtual by Carol Wilson
      Virtual reality is one of those terms forever associated with science fiction and gaming – I immediately think of the hologram deck on the USS Enterprise of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series. But “going virtual” as a networking and data center concept is a powerful idea that can reshape how and where data centers are built, and the way in which networks are used. By making more intelligent use of virtualization and smart networking, network operators and enterprises alike can not only save money but also reduce carbon emissions. The key is to consider the network as a seamless whole, and the data resources hanging off that network as shared facilities. Virtualization already does this within the data center – servers are no longer dedicated to individual applications, rather the virtualized server resources are shared across applications and thus used more efficiently. There is no under-utilized server capacity sitting idly ...
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