As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look at the stories making the rounds in the data center world for the last week of December.
Data Center News Roundup for Dec. 28, 2018
Well, here it is: the end of one year and the beginning of another. As this year comes to a close, here’s a look at the top stories in the data center world, including what Facebook has been up to this year; how inefficient many data centers really are; some of the top stories from the year.
Facebook’s Big Year
Facebook was in the news this year. A lot. And, despite the saying, “there’s no such thing as bad press,” Facebook’s PR team probably stayed on high alert 24/7 in 2018. Still, the social media giant saw tremendous growth on a global scale, Data Center Frontier notes. Some of Facebook’s more positive accomplishment in the data center space: the start of a $750 million campus near Atlanta; five new cloud facility announcements; the development of a distributed networking system to ease the flow of data between its facilities; new cooling technologies; expansion in Singapore and many more. Get the full scoop here.
The Environmental Factor
Be honest. How much of a consideration is the carbon footprint of hardware you purchase for your data center? If you’re like 62 percent of those surveyed by Supermicro, you likely said, “not much at all.” This attitude, Tech Republic says, is harmful to the environment. This also results in wasted energy and subpar tech performance. Vik Malaya, VP of Field Application Engineering for Supermicro told Tech Republic most mid-sized enterprises are “not utilizing the data center in terms of the density that it can provide.” Which probably isn’t news to most people, but the real problem is that PUEs continue to rise annually. Supermicro proposes a new KPI - the Total Cost to Environment, or TCE. Learn more here.
Top Stories of 2018
A year can’t go by without marking the highlights - and lowlights - of the past 365 days, and that’s what Data Center Frontier has done with its “Top 10 Data Center Stories of 2018” piece out this week. In short, Northern Virginia continued its boom and megascale data centers continued to rise to prominence. Other top stories: Facebook’s cloud expansion; Google’s adoption of liquid cooling for AI data analysis; edge computing chipping away at the cloud; Uber’s data center growth; liquid cooling and more. Read the full rundown here.
How Clean is the Cloud?
This week, Clean Technica shined a spotlight on a little-discussed fact in the data center world: namely, that the cloud isn’t exactly the most environmentally-friendly place it’s cracked up to be. Thanks in part to all nines uptime requirements and the need for redundancy, it takes a lot of power to keep backup data centers running. Although renewable resources are often employed for backups, many still remain on diesel, according to the article’s author, Nicolas Zart. The problem, Zart argues, is that these backups require testing on a monthly basis, which means they have to be turned on for up to two hours at a time every 30 days. While this isn’t enough energy to bring about an environmental apocalypse, it all adds up over time, Zart says. Also, the resulting pollution from these tests can be problematic. Still, there are some promising developments on the backup facility front, including XGEN, a bit of technology that has long been used to reduce emissions on ships at sea. Get the full story here.