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Prineville progressing on new data center projects

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Pineville is positioning itself as a key data center construction location.

Sometimes, having a major data center built in a region can catapult an area to the forefront of the industry. Such a circumstance could be emerging in Prineville, Oregon, the site of Facebook's highly publicized new data center.

Currently, city officials are involved in talks with two other companies they are trying to bring to the region, the Bend Bulletin reports. If these negotiations are successful, there could be an influx of server racks, power supplies and other data center equipment coming into the area.

Steve Forrester, city manager of Prineville, told the news source city officials are close to reaching deals with at least two companies working on new data centers, but he would not identify the organizations until the deals were finalized. Currently, talks are far enough along that the new data center projects have been given codenames – "Project Cambell" and "Cloud."

Building a major new data center can define a region's economy. Soon, Fall River, Massachusetts, will play host to a new data center being built over the city's old industrial economic facade. The Granite Block Global Data Center company is close to completing a new facility that is built in an old factory in the town, the Herald News reports.

Granite Block Global Data Center close to opening

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
The Granite Block data center is close to opening.

Fall River, Massachusetts, features a landscape filled with crumbling, old manufacturing facilities that have been unused for years. However, one such facility is experiencing new life as it is being converted into the Granite Block Global Data Center, the Herald News reports.

The new facility is close to opening and is already equipped with rack shelves and two, 2-megawatt power generators.

Roland Patenaude, president of Granite Block, told the news source that the facility's power infrastructure is so redundant that four separate outages would be needed to shut the facility down. Furthermore, each individual power unit can provide enough energy to run two hospitals, he said.

When the 163,000-square-foot data center opens, it will be the largest in New England, Patenaude told the news source.

Currently, the data center's primary purposes include providing disaster recovery systems, storage capabilities and telecommunications hosting services.

Building a prolific new data center can sometimes lead to other new projects in the region. For example, regional authorities in Prineville, Oregon, where Facebook recently built a new data center, are hoping that project's success will lead to more new facilities in the region, the Bend Bulletin reports.

New trends emerging to guide the data center industry

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Virtualization is emerging as an industry-changing trend in the data center.

A new decade is expected to bring significant changes in the data center, and equipment on rack shelves will be faced with a new set of expectations.

According to Continuity Central, a few trends will dramatically impact the next decade of data center design and implementation. Among those trends are automation and instant service delivery.

Many data center managers are turning to automation solutions because growing trends toward virtualization are creating more complex IT infrastructure that demands simplification. As a result, automation is emerging as a key management practice to handle virtual environments.

As virtualization increases the pace that IT can move, more businesses are expecting almost instant changes to IT services. Therefore, the next decade will see a growing number of data centers designed to change rapidly to meet even the most demanding organizations.

The growing trends mentions in the Continuity Central report are built on a foundation of virtualization. According to a recent survey from Brocade and McAfee, businesses that are unprepared to manage virtual servers face challenging security and network management issues.

Virtualization presents security challenges

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Server virtualization creates unique security challenges in the data center.

Virtualizating servers is becoming more popular in enterprise settings, but many businesses do not recognize the impact virtualization has on their server infrastructure and inadvertently create new security challenges.

According to a recent survey from IBM and Brocade, approximately 50 percent of respondents said they are using server virtualization in some form.

However, many of those respondents fail to recognize the problems associated with server virtualization. As a result, the report said, companies often end up with network bottlenecks, security loopholes and inconsistent network policies when servers are no longer tied to the physical device on the rack shelf.

The report said increased virtualization is leading 62 percent of respondents to expand or upgrade data centers. However, investing in new server racks is not going to help businesses deal with the challenges associated with deploying virtual systems if they are unprepared to support them, the report said.

"Companies investing in full scale virtualization are now running into network and security challenges," said Rees Johnson, senior vice president and general manager for network security at McAfee.

Virtualization is a key part of data center consolidation plans. According to Government Computing News, consolidation could deliver on its potential to reduce operating costs and use virtualization to increase flexibility in the data center.

Energy management critical in cloud data centers

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Cloud computing is making energy management even more important than normal in the data center.

Industry studies from Microsoft and other technology leaders have claimed that cloud computing helps equipment stored in server racks run more efficiently abound, but cloud service providers have been lax in releasing details about cloud efficiency.

At the recent Green Economy – 2nd Annual Business & Leadership Briefing, industry expert, Tom Rafferty, said cloud providers need to reveal such information or risk reducing the validity of claims that the technology is more efficient.

Rafferty said he understands that the core elements of cloud computing can make data centers and servers more efficient, but he still wants to see documented results.

One of the key ways that cloud computing can support efficiency in the data center is by improving server utilization rates. Typically servers are only operated at approximately 8 percent capacity, he said, wasting significant amounts of energy. However, cloud computing allows data center managers to utilize servers fully and maximize productivity.

Cloud computing is currently set to be one of the major trends in the data center industry during the next decade, Continuity Central reports. The report anticipates private, public and hybrid clouds to all develop a lasting place in the data center industry.

Data center consolidation delivering

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Data center consolidation is already beginning to deliver on its promises of savings and improved efficiency.

Data center consolidation and its accompanying technologies – virtualization and cloud computing – have potential to deliver on their ambitious promises for equipment on server racks, Government Computing News reports.

According to the report, all three data center trends make large promises to offer cost savings, improve efficiency and provide other similar benefits. It is quickly becoming clear that these promises are more than just hype and could be the genuine result of deploying the technologies in the public sector, the report said.

Overall, data center consolidation should be capable of reducing operating costs, according to the report. Server virtualization should also come through with its claims to improve flexibility, and the cloud will reduce IT infrastructure spending.

However, to achieve these benefits, the report said, government agencies may need to align their financial models more closely with the way these three technologies will change business processes.

Centralizing resources is a key part of data center consolidation and is rapidly growing as a key industry trend. According to a recent Continuity Central report, centralizing resource management will also emerge as a major data center trend during the next decade.

IBM building new data center in New Zealand

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
IBM is bringing server racks to New Zealand, where it is building a new data center.

IBM recently revealed it is constructing a new data center intended to provide hosted services for customers in Auckland, New Zealand, and the surrounding region.

The new data center features 5,200 square meters of raised floor space for server racks and other data center, storage hardware. It also boasts some of the most advanced technologies available to support intelligent building design and high sustainability standards.

Brett O'Riley, CEO for New Zealand's Information and Communication Technology group, said IBM's new facility is important on a national scale because it shows how the country's natural renewable resources can contribute to data center design.

"The IBM data center reinforces the importance of green ICT for New Zealand in seeking to host data nationally and for major international players," said O'Riley.

The facility uses two natural resources to support its cooling infrastructure. The first is free cooling using outside air. IBM also uses rainwater collectors that filter rainfall into underground pipes that distribute the water to cool servers and other equipment.

Free cooling is emerging as a popular tactic to reduce data center energy consumption. Recently, Interxion completed a new data center in Germany that makes ample use of free cooling systems.

Power reduction breeds success

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Reducing power consumption can dramatically improve a data center's overall success.

Reducing power consumption in the data center can be critical to a facility's financial and technological success, according to a recent TechRepublic report.

Power consumption is a growing problem in the data center because a number of industry trends are coming together to create data center conditions that use significant amounts of power.

However, adopting policies that overcome these issues and reduce power consumption in the data center can help an organization improve its revenues by cutting down the power bill. Such policies will also help companies add new data center capacity.

According to the report, adding new hardware to server racks can be challenging for data center managers whose facilities are already operating at maximum capacity. Integrating technologies that reduce power consumption can free the administration to add necessary hardware, the report said.

To reduce power in one of its data centers, Google turned to seawater as a cooling mechanism. By locating the facility in an old industrial plant with access to cold seawater, the company was able to convert the water into cooling infrastructure to keep equipment at low temperatures without significant energy use.

Interxion expands data center in Germany

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Interxion recently expanded its data center footprint in Germany.

Interxion recently completed a major project to expand its data center in Germany.

The company is a carrier-neutral, colocation provider, giving it a somewhat unique position in the market. This position has created increased demand for its services, and the company upgraded the data center to handle a larger capacity of customers renting space on equipment racks.

The expansion was completed in the company's data center in Dusseldorf, Germany. The facility is one of the only data centers in the region that supports two of the most prominent local internet exchanges, making its colocation services especially important.

Peter Knapp, managing director of Interxion Germany, elaborated on the technologies that went into the data center's design.

"Our Dusseldorf data center combines state-of-the-art infrastructure with outstanding connectivity and provides the ideal environment for existing and prospective customers demanding robust infrastructure and optimum connectivity," said Knapp.

Matching a data center with the right location can be a key part of a facility's success. According to a recent AreaDevelopment report, energy reliability and cost are typically the most prominent factors in any data center location strategy. However, tax incentives and factors can also influence where a data center is built.

Clear strategies needed for data center consolidation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Focused strategies are needed to make data center consolidation a success.

Consolidating servers, network hardware and other components on equipment racks is a growing trend in the data center. However, successful data center consolidation projects need to begin with a clear strategy that defines goals and processes that will inform the procedure, Government Computing News reports.

According to GCN, defining a clear strategy should be followed by beginning the virtualization process. Server virtualization is typically the first tangible step in a consolidation project because it allows administrators to get the most out of hardware.

Within that ideal of maximizing hardware, the report said, consolidation projects should also include updating any legacy hardware systems. Retiring and replacing outdated systems is key to limiting the maintenance needs of the new facility and reducing costs, the report said.

The report also advised using the data center consolidation process to create revenue. By leasing the extra space created by consolidation to other companies working to reduce their hardware quantities, the company can create more profits and become a leader in the consolidation sector.

Managing virtual machines is one of the critical parts of any successful data center consolidation project. According to a recent InformationWeek report, virtualization management is become so challenging that cloud-based applications may be needed to manage virtual servers.