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Saturday, August 23rd


Sat, 8/23/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, August 22nd


Fri, 8/22/14 @ 13:04 - From Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft seeks to improve Azure's appeal with developers Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 13:05 - From Data Center Knowledge

Q&A with Ben Golub on the company’s role in the enterprise market and its future. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 10:57 - From Data Center Knowledge

Provider adds another 5,000 square feet in West Chester and has a contract for 22,000 square feet of space in an adjacent building. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 09:01 - From Data Center Knowledge

Let’s start the weekend right with some Friday Funny humor. Submit your best caption for this week's cartoon! Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 08:02 - From Data Center Knowledge

CyrusOne continues to build out space in Texas, adding 5,000 square feet of white space to its Austin II facility. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 07:29 - From Data Center Knowledge

Couchbase announces new partnerships with CumuLogic, ElastiBox and Cloudsoft to help business deploy Couchbase Server to a cloud of choice, whether on-premise, public or hybrid. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 06:56 - From Data Center Knowledge

Large particle accelerator operator DESY collaborates with IBM to handle the flood of data generated from x-rays with atomic resolution. Read More

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Fri, 8/22/14 @ 01:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 8/18/14 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/08/cloud-is-now-a-boardroom-discussion-and-more-are-requesting-cio-adoption/ Cloud computing and the board of directors may seem like an odd match. However, it is not the first time that executives and technology have met up. It may come as a surprise, … Continue reading →

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Thursday, August 21st


Thu, 8/21/14 @ 12:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

With the number of clouds referred to as "OpenStack clouds" growing, the OpenStack Foundation is on a quest to define what technologies actually qualify to use the trademark. Read More

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Thu, 8/21/14 @ 11:55 - From Data Center Knowledge

Premier Elite-branded facility one of three of its kind in the U.S. distinguished by particular focus on hands-on managed hosting services. Read More

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Thu, 8/21/14 @ 09:06 - From INFRARATI

Thomson Reuters made a nice visualisation on Europe’s aging nuclear reactors. Currently the EU operates 131 reactors with an average age of 30 years.

It reminded me on a report I wrote in 2012 for Broadgroup about the power market and data centers in Europe. The quality and availability of the data center stands or falls with the quality and availability of the power supply to the data center. So the power market is something to watch closely.

Depending on the power technology that is being used, power plants have different life cycles. Coal-fired plants have a life cycle of about 40 years, gas-fired: 30 years, nuclear: 40 years, hydro: 80 years, and renewables are estimated on 25 years. Based on this life cycle estimates we can say that Europe has an ageing power plant fleet. A report of RWE states that for hard coal power plants more than 70% are in their half of their life cycle, for lignite and gas/oil more than 60% and more than 50% of the plants are in their half of their life cycle. For hard coal plants, based on the EU Large Combustion Plants Directive, 
replacement of all these plants is needed by 2030.

There is the expectation that the nuclear reactor lifetime is 40 years or more. The implication of a forty-year life expectancy is that in the next ten years (from 2012 onwards) forty nuclear power plants will be closed or 30% of the current nuclear power plant fleet. This would be a decommissioning of 30207 Mw net capacity, or 24.5% of the nuclear power capacity.

Given the fact that the average age of the 130 units that already have been closed worldwide is about 22 years, the projected operational lifetime of 40 year or more appears rather optimistic.

The decommissioning of nuclear power plants, has an impact on the carbon policies and targets and can create a shortage in power and a rise of the electricity price if proper counter measures are not taken.

Number of nuclear power plants EOL with a forty-year life expectation scenario (Broadgroup 2012)

A special case is Belgium. Two nuclear reactors were closed for a second time in march 2014 because of cracks in the steel reactor casings. The nuclear reactors Doel 3 and Tihange 2 in Belgium will be restarted earliest in the spring of 2015 and there is an increased chance that will be closed forever.

In august another nuclear reactor, Doel 4, has to be shut down after major damage to its turbine because of oil leakage. Electrabel said its Doel 4 nuclear reactor would stay offline at least until the end of this year, with the cause confirmed as sabotage.

As a result of this just over 3 GW of power is offline, more than half of the nuclear power supply. Whereas nuclear power contributes about 50% of the electricity produced domestically.

So there is the possibility of blackouts this winter so Belgium will have to boost interconnection capacity with neighbouring countries to prevent power shortages.

According to the Minister of Energy Johan Vande Lanotte the last electricity consumption record was recorded on 17 January 2013, “On such a cold winter day, we consume about 14,000 megawatts. With the current production we come 1000 too short.”

Much depends on the weather, potential problems are to be expected from the end of october or early november according to Elia, Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator.

See Power market, power pricing and data centers in Europe. Broadgroup 2012, for more information about the electricity market and data centers in Europe.


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Monday, August 18th


Mon, 8/18/14 @ 11:56 - From Computer World

Google is drawing from the work of the open-source community to offer its cloud customers a service to better manage their clusters of virtual servers.

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Sunday, August 17th


Sun, 8/17/14 @ 09:42 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 8/11/14 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/08/the-number-of-9s-dont-matter-but-business-metrics-do/ Information Technology (IT) organizations across the globe use a number of metrics to measure their success, failure and standing. One of the more popular metrics is the ‘number of 9’s’ as a measure of … Continue reading →

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Saturday, August 16th


Sat, 8/16/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, August 15th


Fri, 8/15/14 @ 15:34 - From Data Center Knowledge

Hosted in a Frankfurt data center, the service is separated from provider's Netherlands and U.S. clouds to address privacy concerns. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 14:33 - From Computer World

Lenovo's planned acquisition of IBM's x86 server business for US$2.3 billion has cleared a major U.S. regulatory hurdle, paving the way for the deal to close by the end of the year.

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 10:28 - From Data Center Knowledge

Says customers should not worry about data privacy since data stored with Chinese cloud service provider is encrypted. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 09:23 - From Data Center Knowledge

Another busy week is nearing its end and that can only mean one thing (hint: starts with Friday, ends with Funny)! Let’s finish the week out strong with our DCK Caption Contest! Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 09:56 - From Data Center Knowledge

Future 70,000-square-foot facility will be the largest on the company's 15-acre Oklahoma campus in the city. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 08:50 - From Data Center Knowledge

How do you manage what you can't measure? Now, find out a new predictive approach to energy efficiency. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 06:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

As Redis grows in importance among developers, the company offers to take on the minutiae of day-to-day Redis management. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 06:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Said to be few years away from IPO, Nasuni has raised $53 million to date. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Data center provider Latisys lands a colocation deal with mining services company Rocky Mountain Miners. Read More

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Fri, 8/15/14 @ 05:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Data center supporting the HPC system in the nation’s newest technology and science school features liquid cooling and unusual electrical design. Read More

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Thursday, August 14th


Thu, 8/14/14 @ 12:47 - From Computer World

Ferguson, Mo., the city now in the midst of protests over a fatal police shooting, runs the type of IT department that gets almost no attention.

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Thu, 8/14/14 @ 06:59 - From Computer World

The prescription for continuous testing is deceptively simple: Automated unit tests, version control and a continuous integration server. We wanted to first get past the buzzwords and talk about how to actually do it, by getting started with Ruby and GitHub.

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Thu, 8/14/14 @ 06:59 - From Computer World

This article provides supplemental instructions to the piece How to Expedite Continuous Testing. Specifically, it explains how to install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows (as opposed to a Mac or Linux environment).

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Thu, 8/14/14 @ 03:15 - From Computer World

The state of Wyoming is planning to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its physical equipment to commercial colocation facilities.

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Thu, 8/14/14 @ 02:45 - From Computer World

Intel has agreed to acquire for $650 million in cash a networking business and related assets from Avago Technologies, the companies said Wednesday.

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Saturday, August 9th


Sat, 8/9/14 @ 14:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Sat, 8/9/14 @ 09:01 - From Computer World

Much like my experience with learning to hack at RSA, learning to pick locks was something that I was very interested in learning how to do, but approached with much trepidation given that I had zero experience with the practice. Nevertheless I thought I'd give it a shot, so I headed down to the Lockpicking Village at this year's DEFCON 22 so I could be shown the ropes.

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Friday, August 8th


Fri, 8/8/14 @ 16:13 - From Computer World

A seemingly constant stream of data breaches and this week's news that Russian hackers have amassed a database of 1.2 billion Internet credentials has many people asking: Isn't it time we dumped the user name and password?

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 16:56 - From Computer World

In rejecting a proposed settlement in Silicon Valley's closely watched "no hire" case, District Judge Lucy Koh said on Friday there's strong evidence that Steve Jobs was a central figure, if not "the" central figure, in the alleged conspiracy to suppress workers' wages.

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 12:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Data center team finds way to do load balancing with energy efficiency in mind. Read More

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 11:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

TSS performed $12 million worth of power and cooling upgrades to DataSite's 130,000 square foot data center in Orlando. Read More

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 10:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

We’re adding extra color to our Friday fun with this week’s caption contest. Help us complete our Kip and Gary cartoon – submit your caption below! Read More

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 10:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Provider adds 6,000 square feet of raised floor, upgrades security and building layout. Read More

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 09:15 - From Data Center Knowledge

Company says this will be the first time multiple emergency call-centers will colocate. Read More

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 08:26 - From Computer World

The differences that Tesla represents to the auto market fascinate me. The firm is run more like a cutting-edge Apple than a typical car company such as Jaguar a and, in fact, exceeds Apple in the application of advanced technologies such as analytics. This is largely how Tesla has succeeded where most new car companies, including Fisker, have failed.

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 07:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

At the Data Center Jobs Board, we have a new job listing from Allstate Insurance Company, which is seeking an Data Center Facilities Leader in Rochelle, Illinois. Read More

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Fri, 8/8/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Updated with details on Apple's construction in Reno Technology Park from local planning official. Read More

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Thursday, August 7th


Thu, 8/7/14 @ 13:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Digital stabilizing as younger rivals continue aggressive expansion. Read More

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Thu, 8/7/14 @ 12:06 - From Data Center Knowledge

The company says it will focus on wholesale deals bigger than 5,000 square feet, targeting the energy sector. Read More

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Thu, 8/7/14 @ 06:12 - From Computer World

With Microsoft moving into a "mobile first, cloud first" world, an Apple smartwatch coming any day now and everyone else buying into the cloud computing hype, it can be easy to lose sight of what all of these developments do: Drive business forward by enabling employees to be more productive. Essentially, it's about the future of work.

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Wednesday, August 6th


Wed, 8/6/14 @ 18:05 - From Computer World

A security review of network-attached storage (NAS) devices from multiple manufacturers revealed that they typically have more vulnerabilities than home routers, a class of devices known for poor security and vulnerable code.

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Saturday, August 2nd


Sat, 8/2/14 @ 19:28 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, August 1st


Fri, 8/1/14 @ 15:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Leading mining ASIC supplier launches massive data center in the Republic of Georgia. Read More

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Fri, 8/1/14 @ 14:21 - From Data Center Knowledge

NextFort and Gray Matter team up to offer fully remote mining server management. Read More

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Fri, 8/1/14 @ 13:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

New Ethernet services give Comcast customers elsewhere access to provider’s flagship facility. Read More

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