No, it's not likely that you're going to pick up HGST's new 1.8TB hard drive for your build, not unless you're erecting a data center. While we've moved on to solid state drives at home, enterprise customers still have a high level of interest in certain mechanical hard drives due, in part, to the price-to-performance ratio. It's those customers that HGST is targeting with its Ultrastar C10K1800 HDD.
Cloud backup company Backblaze has a secret and it's a big one. How big? Try an exabyte. That's how much data Backblaze hopes to be able to store at its relatively new data center in the Sacramento area. We didn't know about it because Backblaze never revealed any details about the facility until now. It's located just outside of Sacramento and away from any earthquake fault zones and flood plains.
Helium filled hard drives will find homes in cloud data centers
HGST just made every home consumer a little bit jealous today by announcing that it's now shipping the 6TB Ultrastar He6 hard drive to massive scale-out data center environments. For the time being, you can't head over to your favorite online vendor or local electronics store and pick up a 6TB drive with helium inside, but perhaps this technology -- and the resulting capacities -- will trickle into home user territory. In the meantime, these drives will end up being utilized by companies like HP, Netflix, Huawei Unified Storage, CERN, Green Revolution Cooling, and Code42, all of which are working with Western Digital's subsidiary to qualify the drive.
Web hosting company invites us to Kansas to check out its 55,000 square-foot facility
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary in the United States, web hosting company 1&1 invited us to check out its sophisticated 55,000 square-foot data center in Lenexa, Kansas.
If you’re unfamiliar with 1&1, the company started in Germany in 1988 and focuses on helping people and small-to-medium businesses build websites. The company’s research shows that many small-to-medium companies want to build professional-quality sites, but are intimidated by the process.
Intel this week announced a new line of solid state drives for data centers and cloud computing servers. Dubbed DC S3500, the new series of SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications such as web hosting, cloud computing, and data center virtualization, the Santa Clara chip maker says. The S3500 line is also being billed as a cost-effective replacement for traditional hard drives.
The FirePro R5000 can remote up to four 1920x1200 resolution displays per user.
Amid the blitz of mobile products that will be announced this week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) today introduced its FirePro R5000 remote graphics card. AMD's pitching its latest GPU offering as a flexible, manageable solution designed and engineered to power remote 3D graphics workflows and full computing experiences over IP networks. It does this by combining AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture with Teradici's PCoIP technology.
This. Is. Awesome. If you follow a rainbow all the way to the end, you're supposed to discover a pot of gold, only no one ever seems to get that lucky. By that same token, if you were to trace the Internet's many roads and highways, you'd find that many of them end up at one of Google's data centers, and like that elusive pot of gold, you never get to actually see it. Until now.
Planes, trains, and automobiles are often singled out as technologies that are destroying the planet, but whether we care to admit it or not, data centers are increasingly becoming part of the problem. An individuals lifetime of Google searches probably doesn’t add up to much, but multiply that across a billion inquiry’s per day, and you’ve got a carbon footprint big enough to give mother nature quite the ass kicking. Many companies have talked about ways to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to keep our massive server farms running, but Verne Global thinks they’ve found the answer, build it in Iceland.
How could Intel let IDF pass by without announcing a new solid state drive? Turns out it couldn't, and while the event wraps up, the Santa Clara chip maker rolled out a replacement SSD series for its existing single-level cell (SLC) X25-E Extreme drive. Taking the X25-E's place is Intel's new 710 SSD, a purpose-built multi-level cell (MLC) drive for data centers.
Back in 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a report (PDF) to Congress noting that energy usage at data centers had doubled between 2000 and 2006, and warned it would double again by 2011, due in part to the growing use of the Internet. The federal government would then be on the hook for $740 million a year just to pay for electricity for these servers and data centers. Well, here we are in the second half of 2011, and it appears the EPA was wrong.