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Data Centre content from The Stack


Data centres – putting less in but getting more out

A lot of attention is being paid to the green credentials of data centres in particular their power usage effectiveness (PUE) as a rating of how much energy is wasted – and with waste comes costs. Nick Razey advises on what is best practice in minimising inefficiency  Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data… Read More


Microsoft adds data centre efficiency to research project awards

Software and cloud giant Microsoft has given grants worth $160,000 to four academic university projects focusing on making data centres more efficient. The money comes the Microsoft Research Award for the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) which traditionally supported academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices and teaching methods. However, this year it expanded… Read More


C4L POPs up in LDeX Group data centre

Data centre solutions provider C4L has opened a point of presence (POP) at colocation group LDeX Group. C4L will provide private fibre-optic network connectivity solutions to run alongside LDeX’s existing portfolio of carriers and ISPs with POPs in LDeX1 based in Staples Corner in London.  C4L currently has over 100 points of presence in the… Read More


UBS selects Juniper to network global data centres

Juniper Networks has won a contract from global financial services firm UBS to build a “next generation enterprise data centre network infrastructure”. Under the deal Juniper will build a “carrier-class, ultra-scalable, network architecture” for the financial services giant. Its networking architecture will form the backbone of a plan to virtualise UBS data centre network across… Read More


We just discovered what ‘4-D Printing’ is, and our mind is blown

For many of us still getting around our heads around 3D printing, the concept has taken on a whole new dimension, literally. It is the collective mind of Business Insider that has suffered the trauma as it explains that 4D printing takes “smart” materials from a 3D printer that can assemble themselves to create shapes and… Read More


Equinix moves to unleash potential of high performance hybrid cloud

Leading data centre operator Equinix is to offer an interconnection solution that allows ‘seamless, on-demand and direct access’ to multiple clouds and networks across the globe. Called Equinix Cloud Exchange, it brings together the automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed service providers and advanced service orchestration to let cloud consumers create automatic, private, high-performance connections… Read More


The £15.7bn UK data centre market – a festival of big numbers

Here’s a host of big numbers that can be used to justify a range of propositions and proposals – not sure I’d base a business plan on them though… I have read the piece several times and am still a little confused as to what is included and what isn’t – and why. It doesn’t… Read More


Six futuristic construction materials that will change the way we build stuff

One for science lovers, yes, but this is aimed at the technologists and engineers wrestling with today’s industry, business and environmental challenges. This Business Insider article by Dina Spector gives a quick, simplistic run down of what these materials are, what makes them unique and some ideas for their potential application. Some, like graphene have received… Read More


Tweet: Amazon joins other web giants in trying to design its own chips

Nice piece of journalistic work from Stacey Higgingbotham and the team at GigaOm that concludes that Amazon is turning its hand to chip design. It has reportedly been recruiting designers from Calxeda, an ARM-based server start-up in Austin, Texas that closed last year. Plus it is advertising on LinkedIn for its Silicon Optimization team (in Austin) that… Read More


Amazon branded “dirtiest” web firm – major rejects “inaccurate data”

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has slated Amazon Web Services (AWS) as “the dirtiest and least transparent” web firm, saying it is “far behind its major competitors, with zero reporting of its energy or environmental footprint to any source or stakeholder.” The cloud major has reacted angrily to the claims slamming Greenpeace’s US arm’s report Clicking… Read More


Dimension Data continues push into Americas with Nexus takeover

An IT services player with global ambitions, Dimension Data has made a major advance into the US market with the acquisition of California based data centre and IT specialist Nexus. Terms were not disclosed – Nexus is privately-owned – but the move expands Dimension Data’s operations in the US by 40%, with particular gains the… Read More


Green data centre planned for Glenrothes this summer

Work is due to start on a £40m green data centre in Glenrothes this summer after AOC Group submitted a planning application for a 75,000 sq ft facility. AOC Group director Alan O’Connor says the plans have had an “extremely positive response from planners and Council officials in Fife”. He said the development will create up… Read More