Green developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy has announced plans to construct the world's first sea-powered hyperscale data centre in the north of Scotland.
The site in the Caithness region of Scotland will be powered by electricity generated from MeyGen, a tidal energy project SIMEC Atlantis launched 2010 at an offshore site between Scotland's northernmost coast and the island of Stroma.
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The energy consumed by data centres in China is projected to exceed that consumed by Australia last year, a new report has claimed.
Greenpeace East Asia and the North China Electric Power University, which jointly penned the report, estimate the sector’s electricity consumption to jump to 267 terawatt-hours (TWh) by 2023, surpassing the 261 TWh consumed by Australian homes and businesses in 2018.
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Western Digital announced it will sample 18TB and 20TB hard drives by the end of the year as it edges closer to becoming the first hard disk manufacturer to break the 20TB storage threshold.
Select companies will get their hands on the 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550 CMR HDD and 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 SMR HDDs by 2020 with WD planning to start production in the first half of 2020.
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OneWeb, a startup that aims to deliver broadband globally via a fleet of micro-satellites, has launched the first commercial service of its space-based internet service.
The London-based startup, which closed a $1.25 billion funding round in March, will begin delivering 'fiber-like' connectivity to 48 percent of the Arctic in 2020 and plans to supply full coverage to every part of the Arctic Circle by early 2021.
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Keppel Corp is in discussions to construct a floating hyperscale data centre off the coast of Singapore.
Two years ago Keppel Data Centres, a subsidiary of the communications conglomerate, invested $10 million into Nautilus Data Technologies, a Californian floating data centre startup that in December filed a proposal to moor a facility at Ted Russell Dock in Ireland.
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UK companies using Oracle and Microsoft Azure clouds are about to benefit from a huge boost in performance after the two companies announced they are bringing their multi-cloud partnership to the capital.
The companies said that London customers will be able to connect their Azure and Oracle infrastructure as they announced further support for their multi-cloud service across the world.
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VMware laces data centre networking software with intelligent load balancing, security and analytics28-Aug-201910:41
At VMware world in San Francisco, VMware announced a range of updates to its NSX networking software that look to improve the security and management of cloud application traffic running on virtual machines, containers or bare metal.
VMware said the updates mean its networking software is now a "complete software-defined networking and security stack built for multi-cloud era", as the company ramps up its data centre network-virtualisation efforts with software that enables customers to automate data centre workload deployment across edge sites, private data centres and public clouds.
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Microsoft is to open an additional 31 Azure edge sites, bringing its total portfolio of edge nodes to 150 across 50 counties and sub-30 milliseconds latency to 80 percent of the global GDP, the company announced.
"We are adding new edges every week, and our ambition is to provide this level of performance to all of our global audience," said Yousef Khalidi, corporate VP, Azure Networking.
Nvidia and VMware today announced the launch of accelerated GPU services on VMware Cloud on AWS, forming an advanced hybrid cloud infrastructure for machine learning workloads.
The new services will allow organisations to migrate VMware vSphere-based applications and containers to VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware's cloud service that runs on bare metal infrastructure in AWS data centres,
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With the Internet of Things (IoT) generating more data than ever before, organisations must seriously consider what edge computing has to offer. According to a study from the International Data Corporation (IDC), 45 percent of all data created by IoT devices will be stored, processed, analysed and acted upon close to or at the edge of a network by 2020.
In a world that is increasingly data-driven, a large amount of data is being generated outside of the traditional data centre. Edge computing places the physical computing infrastructure at the edges of the network where the data is being generated, and in many cases, this is where the data is needed most.
Riello UPS’s Leo Craig on why data centre operators should use the increasing popularity of smart grids to rethink the role of their uninterruptible power supplies, transforming an underutilised asset into a valuable money-maker In the next five years, the number of connected devices in the UK will more than double from 270 million at... Read More
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Innovation is central to data centre evolution. The focus, however, tends to be on the latest hardware products rather than maintenance.
But what about day-to-day maintenance and management—those “keeping the lights on” functions that can eat up 80 percent of IT spending? Can they be modernised, optimised, and enhanced with new technologies and approaches?
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Digital transformation is proving a gamechanger for small businesses and franchise owners who operate at the edge, but it brings with it a distinct set of challenges. Those that can combine digital tools with their existing strengths and local market knowledge will be well positioned to compete and win.
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Architects have always been an important stakeholder during the transition from the design phase to the building phase of data centres, where they help translate a client’s brief (including floor plan, security, space planning and maintenance access for cooling and power requirements) into detailed design documents. However, they have seldom been asked for their opinions on the requirements themselves. But as data centres become ever more complex and the pressure to cut costs mounts, the creative mind of the architect is increasingly being called upon.
The Uptime Institute espouses its tiering structure to describe a data centre’s physical resilience; however, this is a rather narrow scope when considering ‘availability’.
Building a resilient, highly-available data centre is only the initial, embryonic phase of its lifetime. For the following 15-20 years, how one operates and maintains a data centre is far more important than how it was built (that said, it does need to be built right in order to be operated to its maximum potential).
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Steve Weiner, senior lead product manager, colocation services at Cyxtera, looks at the importance of continual learning and communication Data centre staff have grown accustomed to constant changes in our industry. From mainframe to the client server model, from full rack units to blades and virtualisation, from ‘spinning disc’ storage to solid state drives, there’s... Read More
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