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  • Microsoft set to fire up Dublin data center

    Microsoft has opened up for business its new Dublin data center, a massive 550,000-square-foot facility dedicated to serving primarily European customers.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk24 Sept. 09 13:00
  • Novel way to cool data centers passes first test

    A team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has successfully tested a novel system that they say could greatly improve the efficiency of data center cooling.

    Written by James Niccolai11 Sept. 09 13:53
  • Inside Cisco’s Sydney data and technical support centre

    Networking giant Cisco Systems has a secret gem hidden within its global operations – a $120 million technical assistance centre (TAC) in the northern Sydney suburb of Chatswood. One of only four such centres in the world, the Sydney TAC handles Cisco’s customer support load for six hours of every day. The Sydney location also has a data centre which is used for development, problem solving and interoperability testing. The data centre is the first in Australia to demonstrate Cisco’s entrance into the server space - the Unified Computing System.

    Written by Rodney Gedda28 Aug. 09 09:13
  • With recent outages, big data service providers take hits

    When eBay Inc.'s PayPal unit suffered an outage Aug. 3, one of the companies affected was Sailrite Enterprises Inc., a sailing supply company in Churubusco, Ind. Sailrite lost its customer payment services for six hours.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau18 Aug. 09 13:22
  • Cloud computing, Google Apps, turn into an election issue

    Washington State breaks ground this month on a new data center and office complex that two state lawmakers have called a "mistake." A better approach, they argue, might include turning over some of the state's computing resources to commercial cloud providers, such as Google Inc. or local favorites, Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau06 Aug. 09 08:10
  • Water cooling, virtualisation saves Uni data centre

    Explosive business growth has caught up with Open Universities Australia which has used a combination of blade servers, water cooling and virtualisation to save its in-house data centre and a million dollar outsourcing contract.

    Written by Rodney Gedda29 July 09 14:05
  • Microsoft to open two new data centers

    After postponing the development of one data center and losing a couple of high-level managers in its data center group, Microsoft said it will soon open new facilities in Dublin, Ireland, and Chicago.

    Written by Nancy Gohring30 June 09 07:12
  • HP uses outside air, big fans, 12-foot raised floor to cool servers

    Just off the North Sea coast in the United Kingdom, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s EDS unit has built a data center that largely relies on cold sea air to keep servers chilled and -- by doing so -- cut the center's cooling power needs in half.

    Written by Patrick Thibodeau03 June 09 07:44
  • Data center talent pool shrinks faster than expected

    The talent pool of senior data center pros is shrinking faster than anticipated as budget cuts have forced businesses to close their doors and shed older workers, the ones with the most knowledge and experience, according to the AFCOM Data Center Institute (DCI).

    Written by Jon Brodkin13 March 09 04:35