Data Center and Cloud

Petabytes on budget 2.0

I posted few years ago How to build cheap cloud storage. That article talks about how Backblaze decided to build their own custom Backblaze (67 terabyte) Storage Pods. Their Petabytes on a budget: How to build cheap cloud storage gives quite good view on the special design they used. At the time I was really

Who's who of cloud market

Seemingly every tech vendor seems to have a cloud strategy, with new products and services dubbed “cloud” coming out every week. But who are the real market leaders in this business? Gartner’s IaaS Magic Quadrant: a who’s who of cloud market article shows Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IaaS. Research firm Gartner’s answer lies in its

Google Data Center Gallery

Google has 13 data centers around the world (7 in the Americas, 3 in Asia and 3 in Europe) running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it’s fascinating to see how the world’s biggest Internet company is powered. I have earlier posted some limited details of Google data centers in Google Efficient Data

AC vs DC power in data center

There has been a debate going on for some years if the traditional AC or new DC power distribution is best approach to power a data center. The DC power side has been pushing their technology with claims of quite considerable power savings. In many published articles, expected improvements of 10% to 30% in efficiency

EU cloud plans and legislation

All of Europe’s data in US servers? We’re OK with that – EC bod ‘It shouldn’t matter where your files are held’ article tells that there is a new data protection legislation currently making its way through the European Parliament (expected to be in use in 2-3 years and replace the old one). The rules

Can Maintenance Make Data Centers Less Reliable?

Is preventive maintenance on data center equipment not really that preventive after all? Can Maintenance Make Data Centers Less Reliable? With human error cited as a leading cause of downtime, a vigorous maintenance schedule can actually make a data center less reliable, according to some industry experts. Is Maintenance Making Your Facility Less Reliable? article