Wednesday, July 30, 2008
This news (of course) made me think.... how cool would it be to combine this wireless mesh of sensors, with Autodesk's Revit (Building Information Modeling software), and OpenSimulator - like IBM is using to present a virtual data center. I am a visual learner and big fan of the virtual world stuff like OpenSimulator offers. I've played around in SecondLife - but have not been 'overly' impressed just yet. The vision that IBM has started with OpenSimulator/Virtual Worlds is pretty cool - and the potential to integrate other products (monitoring/management) into that is pretty exciting (for a geek like me).
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There is an update now on how the company is coming with the idea, and they also do a nice job of explaining how it is accomplished and some of what the value proposition is. I asked questions about the business model, security and fiber, and they have addressed those in the comments section.
Check out the update and answers here.
Bill Leaver, president and chief operating officer of IHS, says that as data management needs continue to grow, TEAM appears to be a "natural partner" that will best meet those needs, while allowing IHS to save capital for other investments, such as the purchase of clinical equipment that will directly benefit patients. "When we're dealing with millions of records every year that contain confidential and critical information, it requires the utmost care and expertise," Leaver said. "Iowa Health System and TEAM Technologies thoroughly and completely understand the responsibility associated with maintaining and managing this data. We don't take that lightly and never will."Check out the Business Record article here
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Jeff Feinman at Systems Management News has an excellent article on the recent Cloud outages, specifically at Amazon and Apple. Check it out here.
There was also a very good article on GigaOm about why the Enterprise is not ready to trust the cloud.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Bay area was ideal for CRG West because of the high demand, lower-cost power and densely populated peering opportunities. CRG West provides wholesale data center and retail colocation space, connectivity and and an Internet Peering Exchange.
"At this campus CRG West will provide data-center and peering solutions to its customers along the continuum from single-cabinet colocation space through custom-built cages of any size up to blocks of wholesale data center space up to 20 MW. Additionally, CRG West can construct one of the planned buildings to meet the exact specifications of a single user for any corporation that wishes to design its data center but lease it rather than fund the up-front capital required to construct it."
It looks like the data center will be built next to a MidAmerican power substation and the Waukee Mayor is excited to bring the server farm to his town.
Check out the WHO-TV article and video here
and the MSNBC article here.
I was in Des Moines / Urbandale this weekend. I really can't think that West Des Moines is going to be the site they select -- my guess is either Urbandale or Waukee.
If I don't go crazy first - I'll post here the second I hear anything!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
- Zimory - This one REALLY intrigues me.....will have to read up on it more, but definitely check it out.
- Amazon White Paper on Cloud Architectures and best practices of Amazon S3, EC2, SimpleDB and SQS
- Cloudy Times: Markus Klems - I found this one via his post on the "Classification of Cloud Computing Stakeholders"
- Dell - In the Clouds - Condensing ideas on the future of cloud computing
- Elastic Vapor - Life in the Cloud - from Enomaly's Reuven Choen
- an EXCELLENT post on the future of Enterprise applications and clouds - Gianpaolo's MSDN blog
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- First and foremost, my apologies for getting some figures wrong in my Systems Management News article. I said that Microsoft has 220 containers and 30,000 servers ; well, let's just say I need to stop writing articles so late at night. :) Going back to my own post of the AFCOM keynote that Michael Manos gave, at 1000 to 2000 systems per container it is more like 300,000 servers total.
- Containers were a hot story today, as HP announced the POD (Performance Optimized Datacenter).
- There were a couple of good articles on Cloud Computing I ran across. The first one, from Douglas Gourlay at Cisco is a nice wrap-up of the hype-filled term and how it is really just a technology shift that is happening across many layers and industries. I agree that the term cloud doesn't really mean much today -- I think we'll look back in a few years and realize that things were really just getting moving in terms of true Cloud Computing. He mentions workload portability, which I have been intrigued with for a while and was why I followed Platespin, who was acquired by Novell back in February. Doug's mention of the fictional Skynet made me realize that Cisco is so good that aiming for clouds isn't enough - they are into outter space newtorking!
- Another Cisco story this week is the press release about enhancements to IP over DWDM. I am still (somewhere in my spare time) trying to pursue my CCDA certification and DWDM technology is well..... pretty cool stuff. You should read the press release for yourself, but the main news is that they have doubled the reach of the CRS-1 40Gbps IPoDWDM to an industry leading 2,000 kilometers without regeneration.
- The second cloud computing article was very interesting -- for some rumors! Reuven Cohen from Enomoly gossips about project "Red Dog" from Microsoft. I remember reading about this before (because of the Clifford the Big Red Dog reference). It's basically saying that this project is meant to be an "EC2 for Windows" cloud offering. The second rumor is that of a Chinese cloud project "under a hydro dam", which when complete may exceed a million servers. For whatever reason, my hunch is that Sun is involved in this.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Check out the column here
"John Morency, a research director at Gartner, says the need for quicker response and recovery times is driving many companies to weigh the cost of their existing contracts with external providers against the expense of doing the work internally. Plus, many IT staffs want added flexibility to manage and test their disaster recovery processes, rather than being subjected to the rigid time frames of many third-party agreements."
Mariott found that the cost of the 10 year colo deal was neutral to its existing agreement for disaster recovery. Because the ambient temperature of the mine is 55 to 60 degrees Mariott will be able to reduce energy consumption, as well as lower operating costs.
Now, if they could just make it so you load some container data centers into the mountain, we're set!
Check out the CIO case study here.
Monday, July 14, 2008
“Surging fiber and infrastructure build-out required to deliver cloud computing is driving demand for mission-critical solutions providers with the capability to design, build and operate data centers and other mission-critical facilities on a global scale,” said Lee Kirby, Vice President & GM, Lee Technologies, and the new head of LTSI. “After providing mission-critical solutions to leading commercial enterprises and government agencies throughout North America for a quarter-century, LTSI represents a tremendous opportunity to extend our capabilities overseas.”
Lee Technologies is an infrastructure solution provider for large enterprise and government organizations.
Check out the press release here.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Iowa Health, which operates 11 hospitals and 135 clinics across the state, stored some of its critical data in a building in downtown Cedar Rapids, but also duplicate data stored at Team Technologies, said Jim Mormann, vice president and chief information officer at Iowa Health.Check out the Waterloo / Cedar Falls Courier article here.
"We called Team when we knew our building in Cedar Rapids was going to flood," Mormann said. "We moved 130 servers from the basement of our office in downtown Cedar Rapids to the Team data center in Cedar Falls. It was quite the effort, but our servers were running again within 12 hours thanks to the staff at Team."
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Check out the rest of the information here:
US Cert Vulnerability Note VU#800113
Systems Management News article
Monday, July 07, 2008
Check out the Government Computer News article here
Sunday, July 06, 2008
“Loan guarantees from the Department will enable project developers to bridge the financing gap between pilot and demonstration projects to full commercially viable projects that employ new or significantly improved energy technologies,” said Jeffrey Kupfer, the Acting Deputy Secretary of Energy.Check out the complete article on the site that is becoming a regular stop for me - RenewableEnergyworld.com
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Check out the article here.
The news was all over today, but check it out at Data Center Knowledge, the Seattle Times, Des Moines Register (complete with usual bickering about taxes) and Tech Hermit.