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Reuven Cohen: Oversubscribing the Cloud

There’s been a bit of a debate raging over whether or not Amazon EC2 has been oversubscribed and is suffering from performance problems because it. The discussion started when Alan Williamson wrote a blog post on Tuesday that said he was experiencing growing performance problems while running a large EC2 deployment for one of his …

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CIO.com: Is Compliance in the Cloud Possible

There is no doubt that cloud computing is dominating today’s IT conversation among C-level security executives. Whether it’s due to the compelling cost saving possibilities in a tough economy, or because of perceived advantages in provisioning flexibility, auto-scaling, and on-demand computing, CSOs are probing the capabilities, costs and restrictions of the cloud. At the same …

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DABCC: The Virtua Data Center, Know What Not to Put in the Cloud

Tonight I was reading on the challenges of cloud computing. I’m not sure how these “security issues” with the data center cloud get blown into these kinds of issues. The first issue is that cloud providers place several customer’s data on the same physical machine and security policy may require that the information be kept …

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Cliff Saran: Datacentres need to do more with less, but lack skills

Businesses are running more datacentre applications with fewer staff and less budget, Symantec’s latest research has found. A study of 1,600 companies conducted by Applied Research for Symantec found that 41% of businesses have more than 1,000 applications in their datacentres. more of the Computer Weekly article from Cliff Saran

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James Hamilton: Very Lower Power Servers Progress

There is a growing gap between memory bandwidth and CPU power and this growing gap makes low power servers both more practical and more efficient than current designs. Per-socket processor performance continues to increase much more rapidly than memory bandwidth and this trend applies across the application spectrum from mobile devices, through client, to servers. …

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eWeek: Money, Virtualization Top Data Center Manager 2010 Wish List

More than a year after the global recession came roaring in and battered their IT budgets, data center managers are hoping to get at least some money back in 2010, according to IT professionals and analysts. They’re also looking at technologies:from virtualization and cloud computing to Cisco’s UCS and Intel’s “Nehalem EX” that will save …

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Arthur Cole: The Beginning of the End of IT as We Know It

Continuing with our look at year-end reviews and predictions, I’m struck by the way many of these reports focus on individual technologies but not on the data center in general. If your focus is on, say, the future of servers or virtualization in 2010, there’s no shortage of opinion out there. But as an infrastructure …

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New year, new data center strategy

New year, new data center strategy: The coming of the new year offers a time for both reflection and for planning. Data center strategy is changing for many organizations. What changes do you envision for your data center in the coming years? Your customers, staff and vendors expect your information technology applications to be available …

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Colocation power costs can justify the trouble of moving a data center

Good data center strategy includes considering the long-term costs of power for the data center, and managing those costs on a long-term basis. Many companies have found that outsource data center facilities (colocation) can help them reduce data center power costs, while improving critical systems availability (uptime). Companies that pay over 6 centers per kilowatt …

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