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Submission + - It's twilight for small in-house data centers (

dcblogs writes: Virtualization, cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) is making it much easier to shift IT infrastructure operations to service providers, and that is exactly what many users are doing. Service providers are growing dramatically. Of the new data center space being built in the U.S., service providers accounted for about 13% of it last year, but by 2017 they will be responsible for more than 30% of this new space, says IDC. "We are definitely seeing a trend away from in-house data centers toward external data centers, external provisioning," said Gartner analyst Jon Hardcastle. Among those planning for a transition is the University of Kentucky's CIO, who wants to reduce his data center footprint by half to two thirds. He expects in three to five years service provider pricing models "will be very attractive to us and allow us to take most of our computing off of our data center." IT managers says a big reason for the shift is IT pros don't want to work in data centers at small-to-mid size firms that can't offer them a career path. Hank Seader, managing principal of the Uptime Institute, said that it takes a "certain set of legacy skills, a certain commitment to the less than glorious career fields to make data centers work, and it's hard to find people to do it."

Submission + - Was saving this data center worth the risk? ( 1

dcblogs writes: The effort to keep a data center running in a flood damaged building at 75 Broad St. in lower Manhattan is certainly inspiring. The basement was flooded, disabling a fuel pumping system that supplied a generator on the roof. Customers and data center staff carried fuel up 17 flights of steps, via a bucket brigade, to keep a rooftop generator running. They clearly saved the day. But was it worth the risk? This building was either directly in the evacuation zone or on the cusp.The flood waters reached a height of four feet in the lobby, so it is fair to say that the building was clearly in a high risk area and flooding was anticipated. What was the condition of the building fire suppression systems? Was the fire alarm system operational? What if a fuel bucket had been dropped and fuel spilled down the steps?

Submission + - Big data job advice from founder of first US grad program in analytics (

dcblogs writes: Michael Rappa, who created the nation’s firms Masters in Data Analytics program at North Carolina State University, explained in an interview the types of training that students seeking big data jobs will need. For undergrads, his advice “is to line-up your coursework with the necessary prerequisites in math, statistics and computer science, to prepare for graduate education. This means going beyond a year of calculus and into linear and matrix algebra. Don't stop with the mandatory course in probability and statistics, which is common with many majors. Take additional courses in areas like multivariate regression and statistical programming.” He believes many will need advanced degrees in data analysis as well. Some occupational roles will require additional computer and statistical programming skills, other roles will require new data management and data cleaning skills, and yet other roles will require skills in data visualization and interpretation.

Submission + - Big data to create 1.9M IT jobs in U.S. by 2015, says Gartner (

dcblogs writes: By 2015, big data is expected to create 4.4 million IT jobs globally, of which 1.9 million will be in the U.S., according to Gartner Inc. Applying an economic multiplier to those jobs, Gartner expects that each big data IT job added to the economy will create employment for three more people outside the tech industry in the U.S., adding six million jobs to the economy. That's the kind of estimate that presidential candidates, if they focused on IT's impact on the economy instead of fossil fuel fracking and pipelines, might jump on. But this estimate included a caveat — namely, that there's a shortage of skilled workers. Only a third of the big data jobs will be filled. "There is not enough talent in the industry," said Peter Sondergaard, Gartner's research director. "[Education] is failing us." The demand for big data skills is being drive by many things, including the "Internet of things," as companies integrate data from diverse sources, such as sensors and RFID tags, as well as work to turn digital assets into new sources of revenue.

Submission + - Set-top boxes use 27 billion kWh in U.S. (

dcblogs writes: The Natural Resources Defense Council says cable company supplied set-top boxes use 446 kWh annually because they never shut down. That's 27 billion kWh nationally for all 160 million of them. Set-top boxes are likely using more power than desktop and laptop computers, and their power usage is about equal to 25% of the power used by a two-socket server. The last time the government estimated the energy use of all servers in the U.S., it put total kWh usage at 24 billion kWh


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