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Data Center Apparatus

In this data center blog, find news, expert insights and commentary about data center management, servers, facilities, mainframes and other timely topics.

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  • Colocation and cloud providers experience outage woes

    Austin Allen - Assistant Site Editor 26 Jan 2016
  • High profile outages of cloud infrastructure in 2015 still have some businesses spooked, even though cloud providers increased the resiliency of their offerings.

  • Is your dream geek gift on the list?

    Meredith Courtemanche - Executive Editor 08 Dec 2015
  • Each year, SearchDataCenter ushers in the holiday season with a geek gift guide by Beth Pariseau, who enjoys a brief break from breaking stories about AWS public cloud to tell you about what to ...

  • A great time to be a geek

    Stephen J. Bigelow - Senior Technology Editor 15 Jun 2015
  • The problem with getting older is that I sometimes find myself set in my ways -- gravitating toward things that I knew (or was at least interested in). I confess that I sometimes feel a little ...

  • The 19 variables that most affect Google data centers' PUE

    Meredith Courtemanche - Executive Editor 12 Jun 2015
  • Google used machine learning to parse the multitudinous data inputs on its data center operations, as a way to bust through a plateau in energy efficiency evidenced by its measured power usage ...

  • Converted-mine data center tour amidst rocks and racks

    Meredith Courtemanche - Executive Editor 25 Apr 2014
  • Data center colocation providers have gotten creative with where they place facilities to save energy or increase security, and one cloud provider has found its home underground. Lightedge ...

  • IBM roadmap coming to a fork in the road between software and hardware

    Ed Scannell - Senior Executive Editor 03 Dec 2013
  • Over its 100-year history, IBM has reinvented itself numerous times to remain competitive in hot, emerging markets or, more rarely, just to survive and remain whole. The last reinvention 20 years ...

  • The trouble with server efficiency and performance

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 05 Sep 2013
  • The tradeoff between the high cost of better performance and the forward-thinking energy efficiency is something IT shops must ponder when deciding what servers to buy. As chips shrink and become ...

  • Go thin or go home -- that's the graphene way

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 05 Apr 2013
  • Some analysts estimate that Moore's Law  -- the ability of manufacturers to double the number of transistors on a chip every 18 months -- will end in 10 years. At a certain point, the electrons of ...

  • Qualcomm enters 64-bit ARM chip fray

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 31 Jan 2013
  • Chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm has listed job openings for ARMv8 engineers, which makes it the latest vendor to show interest in building 64-bit processors with ARM's latest design. Though ...

  • The petaflops of citizen science

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 03 Jan 2013
  • It's hard work discovering the secrets of the universe, and now the Einstein@Home distributed computing project has broken the petaflop – the compute power of approximately 61 million iPad 2 ...

  • Data center fright night, part two "Total Shutdown"

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 31 Oct 2012
  • Did you enjoy yesterday's spine-tingler? Then you'll enjoy today's terrifying tale of data center despair. "Total shutdown: A cautionary tale" Sander van Vugt Don managed a small data center for a ...

  • Prepare to be scared: Night of the living data center

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 30 Oct 2012
  • Grab a flashlight, head to your nearest lights-out data center, and hunker down for some creepy data center horror stories courtesy of some data center experts. Are these true tales? Stay tuned for ...

  • Can IT support disruption?

    Tom Walat - Site Editor 23 Oct 2012
  • IT must be ready for fundamental shifts in business and technological paradigms. Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Editor IT professionals are used to change – the reality of change is as old ...

  • Oracle labels Xsigo as SDN, backlash ensues

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 30 Jul 2012
  • Oracle acquired Xsigo on Monday and positioned the company’s product as “software defined networking.” Let the flaming begin! Early reports on the acquisition picked up this definition of Xsigo’s ...

  • Water-cooling woos IT shops with energy savings

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 20 Jul 2012
  • The IT world has had a decades-long love triangle with air- and water-cooling. Air-cooling takes IT to the prom, but now water-cooling is holding up a boom box outside IT's window to win it back. ...

  • How AI could change the face of data center infrastructure

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 13 Jul 2012
  • Because speculation is fun, let's talk a little about artificial intelligence and its potential in data centers. Automation and DCIM tools have come a long way, but as those technologies evolve, ...

  • Lego data centers and Minecraft computers

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 05 Jul 2012
  • Building a new data center is a costly endeavor, as evidenced by Apple's data center bid in Reno, Nev. But here's a novel idea: If you don't have the cash, build your data center out of Lego® ...

  • Amazon outage due to data center generator problems

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 03 Jul 2012
  • An outage at Amazon’s Virginia data center last Friday which affected Web services including Pinterest, Netflix and Instagram was due to a multi-generator failure, the company reported Monday. It ...

  • HP gives Intel Atom processors a leg up on ARM with Project Gemini

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 19 Jun 2012
  • Data center managers interested in highly dense, low-power system configurations will have another option to choose from later this year, according to an announcement made today by HP and Intel. ...

  • Dell floats ARM server trial balloon

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 30 May 2012
  • Dell has shipped its “Copper” ARM-based server to a limited list of customers and partners, with the goal of sussing out uses for the low-power chip in enterprise environments. The 32-bit Advanced ...

  • UPDATE: Blizzard servers groan on Diablo III release

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 15 May 2012
  • UPDATE: June 12th's server maintenance brought in patch 1.02c with a "fix" for everybody's favorite Error 37. How did they fix it? That depends on your definition of "Fix." Quoth the patch ...

  • Cloud computing? How about Earth computing?

    Alex Barrett - Modern Infrastructure Editor-in-Chief 28 Mar 2012
  • Whenever I look up a see a beautiful sky with puffy clouds I think, "That's where my iTunes are." I read this tweet from filmmaker Albert Brooks the other day, and it made me laugh, because, ...

  • We're doing lots of science, but we can't store the results

    Erin Watkins - TechTarget 28 Mar 2012
  • Last year's flooding in Thailand was a terrible reminder of what nature can do. Besides affecting millions of lives, it destroyed businesses and factories and left the rest of the world with an ...

  • Hack the memeframe, er, mainframe

    Tom Walat - Site Editor 21 Mar 2012
  •  The shrinking number of workers who can program and administer a mainframe, sometimes referred to as the “red-haired stepchild of IT,” are members of an exclusive club with a language and sense of ...

  • Cisco Fabric Extender finally available for HP BladeSystem

    Alex Barrett - Modern Infrastructure Editor-in-Chief 18 Oct 2011
  • HP c-Class BladeSystem shops will finally be able to connect their systems to a Cisco Unified Fabric, using the new Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender (FEX) for HP announced on Friday. This is not a ...

  • RISC servers for data center efficiency

    Nicole Harding - TechTarget 07 Sep 2011
  •   If you think RISC servers are taking a back seat to specialized mainframe transaction processors and inexpensive, general-purpose x86 processors, think again.   RISC microprocessors specialize in ...

  • Data center dilemma: To build or box?

    Nick Martin - Editorial Director 22 Jul 2011
  • Modular data centers have been around for a few years now, but they are much different than they were just a few years ago. The Blackbox was the mysterious sounding name that Sun Microsystems gave ...

  • Raised floor resiliency

    Nick Martin - Editorial Director 10 Jun 2011
  • Industry experts long ago predicated the demise of raised floor cooling. Today, there are viable cooling alternatives, but raised floor cooling continues to keep its hold in the data center. Just ...

  • The true costs of data center downtime

    Nick Martin - Editorial Director 01 Jun 2011
  • IT professionals know that unplanned data center downtime is expensive, with the true costs associated with downtime often far exceeding the price of replacing faulty equipment. The time and effort ...

  • Soft is hard, hard is easy

    Stephen J. Bigelow - Senior Technology Editor 19 May 2011
  •   So you want to be a CTO or CIO someday? Have you ever wondered what it takes to climb that IT career ladder successfully? Maybe I have an answer for you. I recently listened to a panel of CEOs ...

  • Questions left unanswered

    Stephen J. Bigelow - Senior Technology Editor 19 May 2011
  •  I always welcome a fresh perspective, especially when it comes from professionals that know more about a topic than I do. But sometimes a new perspective can be challenging, and it can raise ...

  • Did Oracle go too far by dropping Itanium?

    Alex Barrett - Modern Infrastructure Editor-in-Chief 05 May 2011
  • Oracle’s shenanigans de-supporting Intel Itanium and by extension HP-UX on Integrity certainly hasn’t earned it any friends, but experts are divided on whether the database giant has gone too far. ...

  • A leg-up on raised floors?

    Stephen J. Bigelow - Senior Technology Editor 03 Feb 2011
  • Are raised floors going the way of the Dodo? It just might happen. Data center technologies are continuing to evolve, and the traditional benefits of raised floors are quickly being overshadowed by ...

  • Self-service in IT workload management: Is user control dangerous?

    Ryan Arsenault - TechTarget 26 Jan 2011
  • The concept of IT workload automation management is nothing brand new – admins have been able to adjust and maneuver computing resources to optimize workloads for a while.  But self-service brought ...