Container Data Centers: “Waiting for Godot” meets “The Price is Right”

Regular readers of this blog will know that we are strong advocates of container data centers as a step toward modular data center design and as a facility component for extremely dense data processing.¬† Earlier posts talked about 2008 as a breakout year for containers (it wasn’t) and containers used as facility components in cargo ship data centers (haven’t seen them either).

It seems that 2009 isn’t going to click for containers either.¬† We’ve seen reaffirmations from Microsoft and select others that containers are still a planned component in the construction of data centers for very high density data processing, but this too seems to be lagging.

…Where are the containers?¬† They’re coming.¬† When?¬† They’re coming.

Oracle and Sun?

Early news wires this morning report the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle at a $9.50 USD/share price. While many of us were watching the dance between IBM and Sun over the past few months, this deal with Oracle leaves me scratching my head. Oracle’s Larry Ellison says, “The acquisition of Sun transforms the IT…

Netbooks and The Cloud

Posted by Bob Landstrom

The attention and interest in netbooks has been on the sharp increase over the past six months. A recent post in IT Business Edge makes the claim that netbook sales can be credited with the resiliency the PC market has had through the recent recession.

When one looks for the reasons why netbooks are appealing, it’s easy to notice their conveniently small size (many will fit into a large jacket pocket or a purse), the full QWERTY keyboard (as opposed to the thumb typing PDA form factors), and ease of connectivity through now nearly ubiquitous free WIFI. They’re a blogger’s dream, since they can be easily carried (when compared to a conventional laptop PC) and area always connected… aligning well with the kind of spontaneous editorializing in which bloggers delight.¬† Let’s not forget too that they are affordably priced (under $400 at this writing).

Detractors have their voice too, pointing out that as a computing device netbooks are simply less capable, citing the inability to carry large stores of data and workhorse applications as well as their having much smaller screens.¬† While both the advocates and detractors are correct in their assessments of these gadgets, there is more to this than just another product form factor serving a user preference niche.¬† I suggest that what we’re looking at is the next evolutionary step in a new usage model for the holistic computing platform, and one closely linked with the migration of enterprise storage and applications into the cloud (I’m referring here to cloud computing, including any xAAS paradigm you prefer to imagine when thinking about cloud computing).

Data Center Tier Levels and Real Availability

Data Center consolidation and Data Center outsourcing are top of mind for many CIO’s these days. Many companies have ’90s vintage IT facilities that not only do not have the availability to align with the Business‚ operating model but also are struggling to keep up with the power and cooling demands of contemporary computing systems.
The deployment of multi-core processors and blade-based systems has pulled the rug out from beneath many a facility manager. The rapidly growing consumption and cost of energy due to the Data Center have caused many a CFO to define facility operational costs as an IT problem.

Whatever the motivation for the Data Center project, one will have to become familiar with the spirit of the TIA-942 tier classifications as well as the nuances thereof
to exercise the proper degree of due care necessary in planning these very expensive projects. In many cases, the enterprise may be focused on the minutia of TIA-942 because of the desire to align the Business with the proper availability of the IT facility, but this may take place at the expense of pragmatism.