From around the world of data center news, this week we take a look at Amazon's cloud servers in Bahrain, Facebook's rural data center experiment, how an infected USB stick can ruin your day and the Army's logistics deal with IBM.
Bahrain, Facebook, the Army + IBM, More Data Center News
First up this week, a look at Amazon’s plans to bring cloud data centers to Bahrain, the ultra wealthy monarchy on the Persian Gulf. With this move, the retail giant plans to bring the first cloud availability to the region. The idea behind the expansion is to bring improved performance while providing local application hosting to customers who are required by law to host their data inside their country’s borders. Alibaba already has a similar service in Dubai, but, as Data Center Knowledge explains, this expands Amazon’s AWS presence from its already impressive 16 regions, making it second only to Azure.
Also from DC Knowledge: Google has announced its acquisition of cloud identity management startup Bitium, bringing more single sign-on and more identity management tools to the megalithic search engine, which recently celebrated its 19th birthday. Google said it would continue to work with existing identity management partners despite the acquisition.
Nearly seven years ago, Facebook announced a $450 million data center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural North Carolina. The area, which had been devastated by the Great Recession, was suffering from a nearly 20 percent unemployment rate, which prompted local officials to offer sizeable tax breaks to Facebook for its plan. The promise? 42 total jobs - 21 directly with Facebook and 21 with outside vendors and contractors. Bloomberg runs down how the deal hasn’t turned out so well for North Carolina, which has brought in $13.9 million in taxes but paid back $13.5 million in grants, effectively creating a wash.
Is your data center safe? We all like to think so, but Forbes has a different idea. According to a recent piece, much of the confidence in DC security lies in a secure perimeter and identity management plus access control. But, as the article points out, it’s often the little things that get you. In 2009, a massive cyber assault on the US military was caused by an infected USB stick in a laptop in the Middle East, creating a beachhead into classified and unclassified servers via a Trojan-laced email. The article offers other examples with even more real world impact, including the phishing expedition that led to the hack of the Democratic National Committee's servers last year.
Speaking of the military, the U.S. Army’s logistics division has re-upped its deal with IBM, this time for $135 million. The new deal adds Jeopardy champion Watson into the mix as Data Center Dynamics reports in its fascinating talk with Robert Kleppinger, the man behind the deal.
Stay tuned to the Instor blog for more news from around the data center world as this ever-changing industry evolves.