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Megaupload Lawyer Says User Data Will Be Held For Two Weeks

miller60 EFF, Carpathia to Assist Users (94 comments)

The EFF and Carpathia Hosting announced this morning that they're working together to assist users who stored non-infringing files on Megaupload. Users can go to MegaRetrieval.com to connect with the EFF, which will review the cases and try to help resolve issues through their free legal services.“EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken from them without warning and that the government has taken no steps to help them,” said Julie Samuels, Staff Attorney at EFF. “We think it’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”

more than 2 years ago
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Why America Doesn't Need More Tech Giants Like Apple

miller60 Why Politicians Love Data Centers (631 comments)

Data centers have always created very few jobs due to the high level of automation in these facilities. As a result, they don't appear to be a compelling candidate for economic development incentives, which have traditionally been all about job creation. But there's a political component to this. Data centers represent far more than jobs or bricks & mortar. They have become symbols of the new economy, a tangible sign that a community is making a successful transition to the digital economy. Governors and local legislators understand the value of a press conference to announce a new project from Google, Facebook or Apple. That's why North Carolina has hit the data center trifecta with projects for all three of those companies, and continues to offer aggressive incentives for new projects. We've been tracking this trend for years, and there are more states than ever before offering incentives for data centers. That competition will intensify as the Internet continues to transform our economy, and ensure that tax incentives for data center projects are here to stay.

more than 2 years ago
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Want Your Own Bunker Like WikiLeaks Or Pirate Bay?

miller60 It's a buyer's market (54 comments)

There's actually been a bit of a boom in these underground data bunkers in recent years, but there are also plenty of "nuke-proof" data center projects projects that have failed due to cost issues. It's more challenging than you think to prepare a subterranean environment to meet the standards for hosting servers for enterprises - who are usually the target customers due to the high cost of finishing the space. There are plenty of old military facilities available for retrofits, including one that's been listed on eEBay a few times. But the old military facilities are now competing against caves - the state of Missouri has been trying to pass economic incentives to convince developers to covnert the state's many limestone caves into disaster recovery centers.

more than 3 years ago
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Goldman Invests $450m In Facebook

miller60 $450 Million = One New Facebook Data Center (228 comments)

The $450 million number from Goldman is interesting because Facebook just announced plans to invest $450 million over the next 5 years in a huge new data center in North Carolina. Facebook's already spending about $50 million a year on leased data center space, and expects to spend about $200 million building its new Oregon server farm. It takes a lot of infrastructure and servers to support 500 million users.

more than 3 years ago
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YouTube's Bandwidth Bill May be Zero

miller60 Check out the Peering Chart from Arbor (188 comments)

The Wired article is from last fall. Arbor's blog post this week by Labovitz has better information. The most interesting data is a chart showing how 60 percent of Google's traffic takes advantage of direct peering, up from 40 percent a year earlier. Given the volume of traffic, we're talking about, there's some meaningful economics in that change.

more than 4 years ago
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HP's New Data Center Cooled By Glacial Wind

miller60 Not in TFA: It has a 12-foot raised floor (116 comments)

The source article misses some of the coolest design features of this facility. It has the equivalent of a 12-foot high raised floor, using the entire lower level of the facility as a cooling plenum. The fans bring the cool North Sea air into the lower chamber, and they manage the pressure to direct the air up into the server area. There's also a Computerworld story with more details but an erroneous headline that suggests that it's the "first-ever" wind cooled data center. The story makes it clear that the facility has chillers as backup for when the wind dies down or air temperature doesn't support free cooling. Both Microsoft and Google are already running data centers with no on-site chillers.

more than 4 years ago
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How Many Admins Per User/Computer Have You Seen?

miller60 Facebook: 1 engineer per million users (414 comments)

Jeff Rothschild, the vice president of technology at Facebook, said in a recent presentation that Facebook has 230 engineers supporting data for more than 300 million users. He says Facebook seeks to maintain a ratio of one engineer for 1 million or more users. Facebook is vague about exactly how many servers it has, saying it's "more than 30,000." But at 30,000 servers and 230 engineers, that's a ratio of about 130 servers per admin.

Microsoft says it has automated its data center operations to the point where its admins can each manage between 1,000 and 2,000 servers. That matters, as the company may pack more than 300,000 servers into its new container data center in Chicago. It expects to support that facility with about 30 employees, including admins and facility maintenance staff.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Patent Reveals New Data Center Innovations

miller60 Re:At least we know the DB servers are cool (82 comments)

Yes, we were down. The previous database turned out to be a girly man database. We're back now with a (hopefully) manlier database.

more than 4 years ago
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U.S. Government Sets Up Online 'App Store'

miller60 Kundra video: Cloud=Good, Datacenters=Bad! (138 comments)

It's interesting how the government is portraying data centers as the problem. The video Kundra showed is like a bad political ad: when the data centers appear, the music turns ominous and the background grows dark. But when cloud computing is mentioned, the music turns happy and the landscape becomes green. I'm all for eliminating redundant technology spending, but where does Kundra believe these "clouds" actually live?

more than 4 years ago
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Stock Market Manipulation By Millisecond Trading

miller60 Microseconds, not Milliseconds (624 comments)

Automated trading has been a growth engine for data center colo providers, who market "proximity hosting" space within their facilities to hedge funds who believe that they can get an edge by being physically closer to the exchange's servers than their trading rivals. In other words, once you max out the wire speed, it's about physical distance. Savvis says its ultra-low latency offerings can reduce connection speed to microseconds, rather than milliseconds. The NYSE's data center expansion purportedly will enable it to offer colo space to low latency trading operations.

more than 4 years ago
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'Power Capping' the Datacenter

miller60 Re:Power management (112 comments)

It does make sense. That's exactly what i/o Data Centers is doing in Phoenix. They're installing a thermal storage system at their huge Phoenix ONE data center. The building chillers will cool a solution of water and 28 percent glycol. The thermal storage tank contains Cryogel ice balls, which freeze when the system is charging at night, and then cool the glycol solution during the day. The glycol solution is then pumped through a heat exchanger, which chills water in a separate loop used in the data center.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Wants Patent For Inserting Ads Into Books

miller60 There Were Ads in Books in the 80s (219 comments)

Not sure if this serves as prior art re e-books, but Chris Whittle was including ads in books in the late 1980s, before Amazon was launched and e-books existed in a meaningful commercial form.

about 5 years ago
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RC Submarine Lays Fiber Through Sewers In Italy

miller60 Other Toilet ISPs (122 comments)

This recalls Google's Toilet ISP April Fool's prank. But there was actually a broadband-via-sewer called CityNet, which raised $375 million back in 2001. It also used robots to run the cabling. This story recaps that initiative, and can serve as topical reading while TFA is Slashdotted.

about 5 years ago
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James Bond Villain Data Center

miller60 About Data Center Pulse (103 comments)

We're featuring this video on Data Center Knowledge, but it was shot by Dean Nelson of Data Center Pulse, a relatively new industry group focused on information-sharing between end users (vendors and consultants are excluded). DCP started last fall as a group on LinkedIn, and also has a channel on YouTube with weekly webcasts and some other interesting videos. The group has more than 800 members already.

more than 5 years ago
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The Chinese (Web Servers) Are Coming

miller60 Re:The GeoCities of China? (231 comments)

Netcraft's actual site report for qq.com shows it using Apache on Linux, so odds are qzhttp is either customized Apache or using altered headers.

Spoofing headers to fool Netcraft is nothing new. Bruce Perens did it with his Open Source Parking project. He was using lighttpd but wanted to help Apache's numbers.

more than 5 years ago
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DC Power Poised To Bring Savings To Datacenters

miller60 Commercial DC Data Center solutions (287 comments)

There are a number of companies providing commercial DC solutions for data centers. Validus DC Power is providing products for DC power distribution, while Power Loft is building a brand new data center optimized for DC power.

more than 5 years ago
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Are Newspapers Doomed?

miller60 Porting Journalism to the Web (338 comments)

We'veindeed reached the moment at which Internet news is putting print news out of business. The problem is that much of the genuine value found in print publications hasn't been ported to the new medium. Most web-only publications are making money, but still can't afford to hire trained journalists or underwrite investigative journalism. The reason you see less worthwhile investigative work in print is that these units were easy targets when newspapers cut staff.

We're near the tipping point at which online news sites need to hire or acquire the talent that supported print publications. The recession will speed the demise of newspapers, making lots of talent available. Can web companies afford to seize this opportunity and invest in staff? It can happen. The Politico is one example of this opportunity.

But the bottom line is that there are a number of lean years ahead for journalists, who will likely face pay cuts as they shift from print to online.

more than 5 years ago

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As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 2 months ago

miller60 (554835) writes "Citing strong demand from cryptocurrency miners, data center and colocation providers are beginning to accept Bitcojn as payment for large chunks of data center space. It's a sign that the data center industry sees an emerging opportunity in catering to the hosting needs of crypto miners, who typically seek high-density space with cheap power. While many web hosting companies accept Bitcoin, larger data center players have been slower to embrace cryptocurrency. Utah-based C7 Data Centers says it's accepting Bitcoin because of surging demand. The Utah-based company says it now hosts about 4.5 megawatts of mining gear, just down the road from the NSA data center."
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Facebook is Hacking Data Center Construction

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 5 months ago

miller60 (554835) writes "As it continues its global expansion, Facebook wants to be able to build twice the data center capacity in the same amount of time. So it's hacking data center construction, assembling teams of designers and experts in lean construction. The outcome: Facebook is evaluating two new concepts for building its future server farms. One involves modular construction, shipping large pre-fabricated “building blocks” that can be rapidly put together, much like Legos. The second design focuses on the use of IKEA-style kits filled with lightweight parts that can be assembled on-site. Either could mean that Facebook ditches its distinctive two-story "penthouse" cooling system."
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As Bitcoin Infrastructure Booms, Mining Heads to the Data Center

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 6 months ago

miller60 (554835) writes "After getting started in garages and server closets, Bitcoin mining is moving into data centers and the cloud. Large mining operations are beginning to follow the example of their forerunners in hyperscale computing, shifting compute capacity to remote areas with cheap power, including Iceland and central Washington. Some are using leasing data centers from major providers, while some bitcoin entrepreneurs are developing custom facilities to house high-density hardware, ranging from makeshift server farms in warehouses packed with fans, all the way to futuristic racks of sleek, liquid-cooled immersion rigs in Hong Kong."
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New Approach to Immersion Cooling Powers HPC in a High Rise

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 8 months ago

miller60 (554835) writes "How do you cool a high-density server installation inside a high rise in Hong Kong? You dunk the servers, immersing them in fluid to create an extremely efficient HPC environment in a hot, humid location. Hong Kong's Allied Control developed its immersion cooling solution using a technique called open bath immersion (OBI), which uses 3M's Novec fluid. OBI is an example of passive two-phase cooling, which uses a boiling liquid to remove heat from a surface and then condenses the liquid for reuse, all without a pump. It's a slightly different approach to immersion cooling than the Green Revolution technique being tested by Intel and deployed at scale by energy companies. Other players in immersion cooling include Iceotope and Hardcore (now LiquidCool)."
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Microsoft Developing Self-Powered Racks With on-Board Fuel Cells

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 8 months ago

miller60 (554835) writes "Microsoft wants to bring power generation inside the rack. The company says it will test racks with built-in fuel cells, a move that would eliminate the need for expensive power distribution systems seen in traditional data centers. Using a rack-level fuel cell can “collapse the entire energy supply chain, from the power plant to the server motherboard, into the confines of a single server cabinet,” says Microsoft, which plans to use biogas as fuel. The plan builds on Microsoft's plan for poop-powered data centers built alongside water treatment plants. The company has published a white paper describing its research."
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London Internet Exchange Brings Euro-Style Exchange Model to US

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is teaming with Dutch data center provider EvoSwitch to start a European-style neutral internet exchange in northern Virginia. In the European model, traffic exchanges are managed by participants, rather than the colocation providers hosting the infrastructure. LINX will launch in EvoSwitch's Manassas facility, but also build a fiber ring to expand the exchange to at least two other sites in Virginia. The project is part of a broader effort to launch Euro-style exchanges as an alternative to Equinix and other commercial network hubs focused in single facilities. In London, the LINX spans 10 data centers run by four different colo providers."
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Quirky Anime Tradition Triggers Epic Tweetstorm - 143,000 Tweets Per Second

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "It lasted just 10 seconds. But a barrage of Tweets from fans of Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 anime film "Castle in the Sky" set an all-time Twitter traffic record on Aug.3, hitting 143,199 Tweets per second. The event provided an unusual test of Twitter's infrastructure, which has been broadly retooled since a series of embarrassing outages during the 2010 World Cup. The focused Tweetstorm during "Castle in the Sky" is tied to the practice of tweeting a key line of dialogue as it is spoken in the film."
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How the Leap Second Bug Led Facebook to Build DCIM Tools

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "On July 1, 2012 the leap second time-handling bug caused many Linux servers to get stuck in a loop. Large data centers saw power usage spike, sometimes by megawatts. The resulting "server storm” prompted Facebook to develop new software for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) to manage its infrastructure, providing real-time data on everything from the servers to the generators. The incident also offered insights into the value of flexible power design in its server farmss, which kept the status updates flowing as the company nearly maxed out its power capacity."
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U.S. Government Data Center Count Rises to 7,000

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "The U.S. government keeps finding more data centers. Federal agencies have about 7,000 data centers, according to the latest stats from the ongoing IT consolidation process. The number started at 432 in 1999, but soon began to rise as agencies found more facilities, and exploded once the Obama administration decided to include server closets as well as dedicated data centers. The latest estimate is more than double the 3,300 facilities the government thought it had last year. The process has led to the closure of 484 data centers thus far, with another 855 planned over the next year. The GAO continues to call for the process to look beyond the number of facilities and focus on savings."
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Fidelity Now Selling Mutual Funds, Data Centers

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "Mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments has developed its own factory-built data centers and will begin selling them to other companies. The company liked the benefits of modular data center design, including faster deployment and the ability to adapt to new technology, but was unsatisfied with the leading offerings, so it built its own. After using the design in its own facilities, Fidelity is commercializing its pre-fab units as Centercore. Fidelity's move follows the recent decision by another giant US brand, the retailer Sears Holdings, to enter the data center real estate market."
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Sears is Turning Shuttered Stores Into Data Centers

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "Servers may soon fill the aisles where shoppers once roamed. Sears Holdings is seeking to convert former Sears and Kmart stores into Internet data hubs. Some stand-alone stores and distribution centers may be repurposed as data centers, while mall-based stores can be converted into disaster recovery sites, the company says, offering access to stores and eateries for displaced workers who may be on site for weeks. Then there's the wireless tower opportunity. Seventy percent of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a Sears or Kmart store, and these rooftops can be leased to fill gaps in cell coverage. It's not the first effort to convert stores into IT infrastructure, as Rackspace is headquartered in an old mall, and companies have built data centers in malls in Indiana and Maryland. But Sears, which operates 25 million square feet of real estate, hopes to make this strategy work at scale."
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'Data Center in a Box' Brings Colo to the Customer

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year ago

miller60 (554835) writes "What if your company could have a data center delivered to its doorstep in less than 120 days? That's what IO has done for LexisNexis, using modular data centers to create a Tier III data center just minutes from the company's global headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. LexisNexis, which provides database and disaster recovery services for law firms, is the prototype customer for the on-site offering from IO, whose "data center in a box" offering is being adopted by Goldman Sachs and the Securities & Exchange Commission, which will use modules to house its EDGAR database. The concept has come a long way since Sun introduced the Blackbox container in 2006."
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Data Centers Springing Up in Old Chip Fabs

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

miller60 (554835) writes "A growing number of former semiconductor fabs are becoming server farms. A data center company will convert a former fab near Dallas into a massive data center that will offer between 700,000 and 1.4 million square feet of server space. The company, QTS, followed a similar path with a huge former Qimonda facility in Richmond. In Silicon Valley, Facebook's servers live in an old Seagate plant converted by Fortune Data Centers. Up in Oregon, a former Hynix chip plant is becoming a data center. These facilities offer several attributes that make them good covnersion prospects: lots of existing power and cooling capacity, with raised floor already available in many faciltiies. Data center companies says this existing infrastructure saves them money, leaving less to retrofit."
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Titan is New Champ in Supercomputing's Top500

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

miller60 (554835) writes "The new Top500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers is out, and the new champion is Titan, the new and improved system that previously ruled the Top500 as Jaguar. Oak Ridge Labs' Titan knocked Livermore Labs' Sequoia system out of the top spot, with a Linpack benchmark of more than 17 petaflops a second. Check out the full list, or an illustrated guide to the top 10."
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New York Data Centers Battle Floods, Utility Outages

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

miller60 (554835) writes "At least three data center buildings in lower Manhattan are struggling with power problems amid widespread flooding and utility outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Flooded basements at two sites took out diesel fuel pumps, leaving them unable to refuel generators on higher levels. One of these was Datagram, which knocked out Buzzfeed and the Gawker network of sites. At 111 8th Avenue, some tenants lost power when Equinix briefly experienced generator problems."
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Rack Falls Down, Goes Boom - From 18 Stories

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 2 years ago

miller60 (554835) writes "In the name of failover science, Symantec dropped a rack of expensive IT gear off the roof of an 18-story building in San Jose. This experiment confirmed the results of 2007 research by HP, which blew up racks of IT gear to see whether auto-failover features would work. Perhaps some IT staff simply long to see their servers explode or fly through the air."
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Newspaper Publisher Enters the Data Center Business

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 2 years ago

miller60 (554835) writes "Want some servers with your news? While some newspaper companies are struggling with the digital transition, a Missouri publisher is getting into the data center business. The News-Press & Gazette will invest $20 million in Online Tech, a data center service provider. The News-Press, a 100-year old family-owned company, runs newspapers and TV stations in secondary markets. "The News-Press has seen that journalism is more and more becoming digital, and at the heart of everything that's digital is data centers," said Mike Klein, CEO of Online Tech."
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Go Daddy: Network Issues, Not Hacks or DDoS, Caused Downtime

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 2 years ago

miller60 (554835) writes "GoDaddy says yesterday's downtime was caused by internal network problems that corrupted data in router tables. "The service outage was not caused by external influences,” said Scott Wagner, Go Daddy’s Interim CEO. “It was not a ‘hack’ and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS)." The outage lasted for at least 6 hours, and affected web sites and email for customers of the huge domain registrar."
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Server Farms Step Up Efforts to Reduce Water Waste

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 2 years ago

miller60 (554835) writes "How much water does your data center use? Is it more or less than last year? The largest data centers are working to slash their water use, and the industry has developed metrics and best practices in hopes of reducing the impact of server farms on local potable water supplies and sewer capacity. Facebook sees data center design as the key to reduced water impact, and last week published data on its water use and efficiency, Google and Microsoft have focused their efforts on using recycled "gray water" in their cooling systems, rather than potable water."
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Power Outage Causes Downtime for Salesforce.com

miller60 miller60 writes  |  about 2 years ago

miller60 (554835) writes "It's already been a tough summer for uptime. Salesforce.com experienced a lengthy service outage this morning, attributed to a power outage at an Equinix data center in Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, a UPS failure knocked out power at a Level 3 facility in London. The outages come less than two weeks after major downtime for some cloud computing customers of Amazon Web Services. So far 2012 is looking like a replay of the summer of 2009, when major data centers suffered a series of power failures in late June and early July."
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