March was a busy month on the data center news front, with word of Kaspersky working to claw back trust after a government ban, some new ideas on how legacy and cloud mix well, after all, spring data center cleaning tips and some potentially exciting breakthroughs that would let Internet of Things sensors create power literally out of thin air.
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File this under “sci-fi comes to life:” Network World’s Patrick Nelson says scientists at MIT have uncovered a potentially game-changing concept called thermal resonating, which harvests electricity out of the air without the need for batteries or sunlight. Initial experiments have created nearly 1.3 milliwatts of power, which could be enough to run communication gear in hard-to-access parts of the world and could eventually power the Internet of Things with a small device. Read more about the technology here.
Could cloud infrastructure tools keep your data center cleaner? That’s the opinion offered up by Jeff Klaus in a recent Network World piece. Instead of participating in the time-honored ritual of a spring data center cleaning, Klaus opines that you should consider more efficient methods that benefit “from granular operational data and analytics.” Some of the tips offered up: use cloud infrastructure tools to “utilize power profiles per server, rack, floor, workload or applications to find new ways to be efficient.” Klau argues that these optimizations help reduce electricity costs, which are the fastest-rising data center expenses. He also proposes re-organizing closets to boost rack density, dding real-time power and thermal monitoring and partaking in regular health monitoring. Read Jeff’s piece here. And, when you’re ready for a full data center cleaning, check out Instor’s capabilities here.
Why do legacy and cloud mix so well? That’s the question posed by David Trossell in a recent Data Center Journal article. The piece argues that despite the cloud’s oft-promised cost savings and scalability, most companies are not ready to say goodbye to existing applications they already have massive investments in. Read the story here.
With its reputation having taken a hit stateside thanks to the U.S. government’s banning of its software by federal agencies, Kaspersky Lab is gearing up to build a Swiss data center in literally neutral territory. You might recall the Department of Homeland Security banning the software last fall after learning that Russian intelligence agencies were using the software to harvest potentially sensitive information. The idea with the new data center is that American and European clients’ data will be securely stored, out of the reach of the Russians. Meanwhile, the security giant is still challenging the U.S. decision in court. In the meantime, see how they plan to win back the public’s trust.
Finally, Bitfury, a giant in the world of Bitcoin mining, is set to build a $35 million data center in Norway to harvest even more of the cryptocurrencies, according to Bitcoin Magazine. Despite the roller-coaster ride that has been cryptos over the past year combined with concerns over the amount of power required to harvest a single coin, Bitfury is doubling down on Bitcoin. It addresses the power concerns by stating that the new data center boasts a 1.05 PUE, making it what they call “one of the world’s most energy-efficient” in the world. Learn more in the article here.