This week's data center news roundup covers Microsoft's attempt to bring gas power to data centers, while experts are warning that healthcare organizations across the globe are ill-prepared for futher ransomware and othercyber security threats.
Recent Ransomware Attacks May Be Just the Beginning
Data centers are hungry beasts at times, consuming power in the same way Pac-Man eats those little, white pellets. Although numbers vary depending on who you ask, data centers generally consume at least two percent of America’s power each year.
One idea to counter this consumption is to consider alternative power sources, such as natural gas-powered fuel cells that might someday let data center operators get “off the grid,” so to speak. That’s the focus of a recent article in the Seattle Times, which describes how Microsoft is looking to pioneer this approach that would also cut carbon emissions. In Seattle’s SoDo district, Microsoft has built a 20-rack server room that features steel frames above each rack. Inside each of these is a natural gas-powered fuel cell. Learn more about this innovative approach and why Microsoft thinks it might just work in the piece.
Healthcare organizations are among the most vulnerable of all industries to cyber security threats. So says Data Center Journal in a recent post. Citing Merck’s recent Petya ransomware attack and the WannaCry ransomware attack that nearly crippled healthcare systems in Europe and North America this summer, the article warns that healthcare providers are not fully prepared to handle the risks that lie ahead. The article terms these threats the “Internet of Bodies,” which are medical devices implanted in the body. The article highlights seven ways healthcare businesses can mitigate against such future attacks. Read it here.
Data Center Journal also recently wrote about four things to consider in the ever-changing digital landscape. The piece delves into what future data centers may look like, including “lean, mean virtual machines” that can handle consumers’ insatiable appetite for compute and storage resources. It also discusses the trends of consolidations and moves to colocation centers. It goes on to describe how many of these choices can be short-sighted and can lead to unintended consequences for businesses, including higher support costs. The piece concludes with advice to keep an open mind at all times. Check out the article here.
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