judgecorp writes: The Mobyl Data Center,.designed for the US Department of Defense, puts a data center in a rugged suitcase-sized box, and it will shortly be available commercially. The box includes up to 88 Xeon cores a maximum of 176 GB of RAM, and 2.8 TB of SSD storage with 12TB of hard disk as an option. The system uses credit-card sized MobylPC server units, sealed in epoxy, and rated to survive 300g of shock, but apparently proprietary to the vendor, Arnouse Digital Devices Corp. Link to Original Source
Agreed. I wrote TFA and did the WEE-PUE headline for fun.
You are also right - this is a sort of false accounting, designed to match wishful thinking by DX vendors and data center operators in unfavourable climates.
judgecorp writes: A proposed revision to the data center efficiency standard will delight the infantile by adding WEE to PUE. Seriously, PUE is widely used to compare data center efficiency, but critics say it is unfairly biased to sites in the Northern Hemisphere which can use evaporative cooling, and ignores the environmental impact of water use by data centers. Simply adding the evaporative energy of water to a measure based on electrical energy will face a lot of opposition however — on various grounds including science and marketing. Link to Original Source
judgecorp writes: The Open Compute Project, the Facebook-backed effort to create low-cost open source hardware for data centers has come under fire for a slack testing regime. The criticism was first aired at The Register where an anonymous test engineer described the Projects testing as a 'complete and total joke'. The founding director of the project, Cole Crawford has penned an open letter in reply. The issue seems to be that the testing for standard highly-reliable hardware used by telcos and the like is very thorough and expensive. Some want the OCP to use more rigorous testing to replicate that level of reliability. Crawford argues that web-scale data centers are designed to cope with hardware failures, and 'Tier 1' reliability would be a waste of effort Link to Original Source
judgecorp writes: Remember the danger from embedded systems in power stations and other infrastructure — controlled by insecure protocols such as SCADA? The problem could also affect data centers, according to Singapore-based critical systems expert Ed Ansett. The IT kit in data centers may be secure — but it is placed in a building whose heating and power systems, installed by non-IT people, may include unsecured embedded network access. In these sites, the data may be secure, but the systems could be shut down by attackers interfering with temperature controls or power supplies, Ansett warns. Link to Original Source
judgecorp writes: A British firm claims that Facebook stole its designs for modular data centers to build its efficient data center in Lulea, Sweden — and then shared them with the whole industry. BladeRoom Group has been making modular power-efficient data centers for some years, and says its technology has distinctive features it developed earlier in work for hospitals and other buildings. Facebook's data center opened last year,using pre-fabricated "flatpack" designs, which have been shared through the Open Compute Project. Link to Original Source
Whatever the drawbacks, it's worth pointing out that there are at least three other companies in this field, two of them are already offering service.
Qarnot Computing of France has around 300 Q-Rad servers installed in homes, offices and schools, carrying out specialised work, including risk calculations for a French bank http://www.datacenterdynamics....
In Germany Cloud&Heat offers a generic OpenStack service to "cloud customers", and free heat to "heat customers" who have its cabinets installed in their buildings. http://www.datacenterdynamics....
judgecorp writes: A Bavarian fish farmer has filed a law suit complaining that a planned data center will kill his trout. Service provider e-shelter plans to build a data center cooled by groundwater, but Anton Kurz says it will warm his water by two degrees Celsius — which is enough to reduce the yield of his fish eggs by increasing the risk of disease. Kurz's lawsuit will be heard on 3 March. Link to Original Source
judgecorp writes: Project Exergy promises to reclaim the heat generated in computing by distributing cloud servers to homes and offices where heat is needed. It has an air-cooled prototype, and is about to launch a Kickstarter request for $2 million to build a liquid cooled version. The concept could eliminate the real-estate required for cloud data centers, and heating bills for homes — at least in theory. The New York based Exergy folks have some good ideas, but they should be aware of two European projects promising the same deal: Qarnot in France and Cloud&Heat in Germany. Link to Original Source
judgecorp writes: Upside Energy of the UK promises you can get money from the battery power of your UPS (uninterruptible power supply). The National Grid suffers huge peaks, during which times old, expensive and polluting power stations have to be switched on. The Grid already offers a financial incentive for large organisations to use less power during these times; smaller firms have a UPS that can power the company for about 15 minutes. Run on the UPS during peak power load times, and the utility will pay you — and you test your UPS at the same time. Upside promises software which will manage the process, including claiming rebates from the electricity companies for going off-grid for short periods.. Link to Original Source
judgecorp writes: Canonical just announced a new Ubuntu Core which uses containers instead of packages. It's the biggest Ubuntu shakeup for 20 years, says Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth, and is based on a tiny core, which will run Docker and other container technology better, quicker and with greater security than other Linuxes. Delivered as alpha code today, it's going to become a supported product, designed to compete with both CoreOS and Red Hat Atomic, the two leading container-friendly Linux approaches. Shuttleworth says it came about because Canonical found it had solved the "cloud" problems (delivering and updating apps and keeping security) by accident — in its work on a mobile version of Ubuntu Link to Original Source