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Friday, October 24th


Fri, 10/24/14 @ 13:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

2nd Watch now using New Relic application performance data as part of managed services offering for workloads running on Amazon’s public cloud. Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 13:53 - From Data Center Knowledge

Cisco and VMware to remain partners and investors in five-year-old joint Cisco-EMC joint venture Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 12:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Canadian Web Hosting launches pre-production Enterprise Public Cloud service running on OpenStack Icehouse called AURO. Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 11:27 - From Data Center Knowledge

Customers in 10 Equinix data centers around Germany can connect to cloud directly, bypassing the public Internet Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 10:16 - From Data Center Knowledge

RagingWire Ashburn turned two years old in style with a who's who of the Northern Virginia Scene on hand. Construction on data center campus-doubling VA2 commences. Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 09:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

It has been a busy week here at Data Center Knowledge and we're in a Friday Funny mood! Let’s finish the week out strong with our DCK Caption Contest! Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 10/20/2014 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/10/the-enterprise-cio-needs-a-comprehensive-strategic-plan-and-quick/ There are many who profess to know what goes on within the mind of the CIO and across the IT organization as a whole. The challenge is: If you have not been responsible … Continue reading →

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

To win share in crowded market, provider offers 90 days of free data center space Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 05:42 - From Data Center Knowledge

The expo hall contained a wide variety of vendors and exhibits to assist attendees with their unique problems and day-to-day challenges. Read More

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Fri, 10/24/14 @ 05:43 - From Data Center Knowledge

Attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida to network and attend sessions with a variety of facilities and data center management topics. Read More

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Sunday, October 19th


Sun, 10/19/14 @ 05:22 - From (Dutch) Tussen facilitair en IT technologie

In the last year multiple companies started serving German customers out of Germany based datacenter locations.

There seems to be a specifically strong sentiment around security & privacy with German companies after the Edward Sonwden leaks. The kneejerk reaction is to mandate that servers should sit within German borders, as that would take any security & privacy concern away. Cloud providers are now starting to follow this customer demand.

Interestingly this reaction is more sentiment driven as there is no legal ground to request this. Especially as more and more German companies are putting this in place as a default policy, regardless of what type of data (privacy sensitive or not…)

Looking at the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz in German) (“BDSG”) it states that certain transfer of data (like personal data) outside of the EU needs to be reported and approved and Data controllers must take appropriate technical and organizational measures against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. Nothing says servers need to be in Germany.

Looking at other EU countries, Germany seems to be the only country where organizations express such behavior. The only next inline could be Switzerland.

Talking to my industry peers in Germany is a surreal experience on this front. I always like the risk analysis approach to privacy & security, and that leads to interesting conversations on what the benefit would be around hosting the data in your own country. Some know there is no legal need but state they feel safer that way. If we take the NSA paranoia a few levels up then I could ask:

– Does your German datacenter provider use any IBM/HP/Dell/Cisco/… equipment? The answer is mostly yes. So then you would be NSA vulnerable anyway. (German article)

– Is your German datacenter provider actually a German company or is it owned by a non-Germany company? (or has offices outside of Germany). Then it seems the US can mandate data handover.

There are multiple other ‘scare’ scenarios possible for people to get their hands on the data, like accessing the data on laptops that travel across border.

This all focuses on the NSA spying on you, but neglects the fact that the Bundesnachrichtendienst has full local authority to access the German based data… but that is not perceived as an issue.

The real obvious one is the internet connection it self; I would assume non of the German hosted servers are connected to the internet, as that would be the easy road in to the data for government agencies and hackers. I would also assume no travelling employees or remote offices are accessing this data…

But I seem to assume allot… as most companies actually do this, but again it isn’t perceived as a problem.

As data flows free across borders by the nature of ‘the Internet’, my advise to the overly sensitive CIO’s in Germany is that they actually need to take it up one level;

Germany should start with Internet border patrol, executed by the Government. Every packet travelling in & out of Germany should be inspected for sensitive content. Obviously encrypted packets should be dropped and no VPN’s allowed. This is the only way to circumvent the risk your trying to capture by moving servers in to Germany specifically. I think the Bundesnachrichtendienst would appreciate this effort.

We are eagerly waiting the launch of new data regulation from the EU that should unify regulation across Europe. See: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/index_en.htm

Hopefully then my German peers will start threating this with some common sense. The EU at least seems to get it:

Protecting your personal data – a fundamental right!

The free flow of personal data – a common good!

Note:

My team recently asked if certain server racks in the datacenter could be turned over to a specific countries embassy… so it could be covered under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. That would be interesting from a maintenance perspective

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Saturday, October 18th


Sat, 10/18/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, October 17th


Fri, 10/17/14 @ 16:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

As it enters the facility management business, QTS Realty sees its new Princeton campus as an ideal showcase for its approach to data center services. Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 15:33 - From Data Center Knowledge

French hosting giant preparing to launch cloud services for big data, HPC, database workloads Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 14:31 - From Data Center Knowledge

DCIM Solutions to build 3D data center models for clients and measure them against the three ACE dimensions Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 12:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Rackspace announces launch of OnMetal Cloud Big Data Platform at the Strata + Hadoop World conference this week. Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 11:51 - From Data Center Knowledge

Commissions first 30,000 square feet of pre-leased space Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 10:58 - From Data Center Knowledge

Says Sentilla’s IT management tool complements its cloud management and network performance analytics software Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 10/13/2014 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/10/what-do-cloud-consolidation-and-disruption-have-in-common/ One thing is for sure, we can expect to see much more of cloud consolidation and disruption happening in the IT space over the coming months and years. Recently, Cisco, EMC, HP and … Continue reading →

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 09:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Another weekend is (practically) here and we're in a Friday Funny mood. Submit your best caption for this week's Kip and Gary cartoon! Read More

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Fri, 10/17/14 @ 09:59 - From Data Center Knowledge

Partners plan to integrate Red Hat's OpenStack distribution with Cloudera's Hadoop tools for enterprises Read More

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Thursday, October 16th


Thu, 10/16/14 @ 16:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

In one of the largest colocation deals ever, photo editing and sharing service Shutterfly Inc. is deploying 1,000 cabinets at the SUPERNAP data center campus in Las Vegas. Read More

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Saturday, October 11th


Sat, 10/11/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, October 10th


Fri, 10/10/14 @ 15:07 - From Data Center Knowledge

Makes 4MW in Quincy, Washington, available for mining ASIC hosting Read More

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 11:19 - From Data Center Knowledge

The company's Patchview+ network management product now tightly coupled with its CenterView DCIM Read More

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 11:49 - From Data Center Knowledge

Says demand for data center capacity in Science Park drove it to accelerate expansion project Read More

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 10:33 - From Data Center Knowledge

Enterprise Hadoop platform and famous data warehouse now tightly integrated, companies start cross-selling each other's products Read More

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research http://research.gigaom.com/2014/10/8-reasons-not-to-move-to-cloud/ Cloud-based solutions present the largest opportunity today for the enterprise, business, IT and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Recent conversations have posed the question about cloud adoption in the enterprise. On the whole, just … Continue reading →

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 09:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

It's a bit dreary in the Midwestern states but that's not ruining our mood. Let's add a little sunshine to this rainy afternoon with our Friday Funny Caption Contest. Read More

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 09:56 - From Data Center Knowledge

RightScale breaks down the reboot's effects on its users Read More

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Fri, 10/10/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Yes, everything IS moving to the cloud, and no, leasing is NOT much cheaper than building Read More

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Thursday, October 9th


Thu, 10/9/14 @ 14:03 - From Data Center Knowledge

Gains more flexibility in funding multiple U.S. construction projects Read More

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Thu, 10/9/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Amid price declines, Bitcoin miners see a future shaped by transaction fees and a more enterprise-friendly mining data center network Read More

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Thu, 10/9/14 @ 10:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 10/8/2014 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/10/could-rackspace-start-the-cloud-vertical-movement/ There are plenty of other posts detailing whether Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) should sell or split. I detailed my own thoughts here back in May 2014. With the speculation continuing to twist in different … Continue reading →

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Saturday, October 4th


Sat, 10/4/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

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Friday, October 3rd


Fri, 10/3/14 @ 12:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Provider invests $10M in data center and upgrades, including EMC and Cisco UCS cloud infrastructure Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 12:31 - From Data Center Knowledge

AWS reboot to apply a patch to Xen included reboot of 218 of Netflix's Cassandra nodes, but the system persevered Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 11:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Deal brings Python-based Big Data tools into Cloudera's portfolio and Python experts to its talent pool Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 10:03 - From Data Center Knowledge

Makes "technical preview" of yet unnamed upcoming Windows Server and System Center releases available for public testing Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 10:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Every size, from one rack to several megawatts, will be available at the 350,000 sq ft Houston 2 facility Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 10:51 - From Data Center Knowledge

Unveils first server based on the OpenPOWER stack, claims better performance than Xeon-based systems Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 09:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

It's hard to believe, data center friends, but October is upon us again. Let's get in the Halloween spirit with this week's Friday Funny! Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 09:00 - From Information Technology Strategic Thinking

Originally posted @ Gigaom Research 9/29/2014 http://research.gigaom.com/2014/09/is-the-cloud-instable-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/   The recent major reboots of cloud-based infrastructure by Amazon and Rackspace has resurfaced the question about cloud instability. Days before the reboot, both Amazon and Rackspace noted that the reboots were due … Continue reading →

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 08:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Outside of a small number of players, Big Data is not really all that big, writes Michael Bushong of Plexxi. But that doesn’t mean that architects building out infrastructure for a Big Data era can ignore scale altogether. Read More

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Fri, 10/3/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

CoreSite leaves nothing off the table when optimizing data centers for energy efficiency Read More

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Thursday, October 2nd


Thu, 10/2/14 @ 14:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Operator plans to fine-tune economization, VFDs and containment to reach 20% energy reduction goal Read More

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Wednesday, October 1st


Wed, 10/1/14 @ 05:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Company pushes strategy to provide a single platform for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS for enterprises Read More

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Wed, 10/1/14 @ 00:00 - From Data Center Knowledge

Platform provides visibility into containers that are running and the host's behavior Read More

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Tuesday, September 30th


Tue, 9/30/14 @ 14:19 - From Data Center Knowledge

Pledge, along with 17 other organizations, to cut data center energy use by 20 percent Read More

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Tue, 9/30/14 @ 14:30 - From Data Center Knowledge

Company considering partnerships with local service providers Read More

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