BDPrime writes: Oracle's largest internal database is 101 terabytes large, and it runs Oracle's own email and collaboration software called Beehive. It handles more than 140,000 users and 3.5 million emails per day. Oh, and it runs on nine Oracle Exadatas, the company's big integrated database servers.
BDPrime writes: IT pros say the new memory management features and virtualization capabilities in the latest x86 processors are welcome, but the complexity involved can be challenging. One of them is dealing with VMware's memory management when running on Intel's Nehalem and AMD's Opteron chips, where features become confusing and perceptions can become a problem.
The data center will have 65 megawatts of potential load, enough to power all the homes in Salt Lake City. It will be located at Camp Williams, a military base just south of Salt Lake City. Initial spending for the facility, to be located on a 200-acre site, is $169.5 million. Officials hope to begin construction in September and finish next May."
BDPrime writes: When people think about energy savings, data center air-conditioning fans don't necessarily leap to mind. But choosing the right fan design can save up to $50,000 per fan over a 15-year lifespan.
Up to 37% of a data center's energy costs can be attributed to cooling infrastructure, according to EYP Mission Critical Facilities. A central part of cooling data centers is moving the air, and a big part of air movement is the cooling unit's fans. Incremental changes in the type of fan, airflow direction and fan speed offer opportunities for energy efficiency in the data center.
BDPrime writes: "SearchDataCenter.com has a humorous video of some aging mainframers going for a jog early in the morning at a mainframe user group conference. With a supposed lack of new blood coming to the platform, these old fogeys have to stay as healthy as they possibly can."
BDPrime writes: "Michael Manos, Microsoft's director of data center services, shows a 3-D rendering of the company's upcoming containerized data center, which is like a facility full of shipping containers. He also demos Scry, Microsoft's internal data center analytics tool that lets the company monitor the data center's energy use, carbon footprint and power bill.
Mark writes: "The EPA has released a draft Energy Star specification for servers. It's been thinking about doing this for almost two years now. At first it looked like it might just be for 1U and 2U servers, but the draft indicates that it could encompass larger machines as well."
BDPrime writes: "SearchDataCenter.com produced a Google map listing the pros and cons of planting your data center in various locations around the world. The map goes with a story about international data centers. Click on the bubble above Antarctica in the map for an amusing pro and con."