Pentagon’s JEDI Project Running Behind; & More News

Posted by James Ball on Jul 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM
In this week’s data center news roundup, we take a look at a tech team that narrowly avoided disaster when the halon switch was accidentally pulled; an update on the Pentagon’s JEDI contract; some of the worst hacks of 2018 and more.

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Data Center News Roundup for Friday, July 20, 2018  

Return of the Jedi?

Starting off in Washington, D.C., where things have a tendency to move at a snail’s pace, it appears the Pentagon’s much-hyped Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud project is running a bit behind. A month ago, the feds had planned to issue an RFP for the contract, which is expected to run into several billions of dollars, according to Data Center Knowledge. Big names such as Amazon and Oracle are said to be jockeying for the contract, but as yet, there is nothing official to bid on. Pentagon officials downplayed the delay, calling the initial deadline arbitrary. We’ll keep an eye on this one. In the meantime, you can read more on this story here.

Of All the Switches You Could Have Pulled...

Looking for one of those “glad it wasn’t me” moments? Look no further than The Register, which this week features a harrowing tale of a tech team trapped in its own data center as hypoxic gas streamed in. According to the story, the team was repairing a UPS unit when a ladder caught on the emergency power box, pulling the halon switch. Oops. Fortunately, everyone made it out safely, but you can read the entire piece here as a cautionary tale, then thank your lucky stars it wasn’t you.

Liquid Cooling for Servers 101

Liquid cooling has made quite a few inroads in the mainstream over the past several years. Just witness its pervasive use in gaming rigs. As Tech Republic reports this week, liquid cooling for data center servers is, well, heating up, as big names such as Lenovo are unveiling new lines of liquid cooling products. For those considering taking a dip into liquid cooling, Tech Republic offers some advice: firstly, ensure good communication between your facilities team and your IT team; secondly, keep safety paramount; also, know whether your servers are even compatible with liquid cooling, as they may not be. The piece also suggests liquid cooling definitely isn’t for everyone, such as those operating data centers in areas with inexpensive power costs. Read the full story here.

Roundup of 2018 Hacks … So Far

As we round the halfway point of the year, Wired has a pretty fascinating look at the top security breaches and hacks of 2018. Among their worst: Russian hacking of U.S. power utilities, Iranian attacks on more than 300 U.S. universities, unprotected Twitter credentials, the hacking of Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app and VPNFilter, a Russian effort to spy on users on compromised routers. Read more here. (Note: Wired has a paywall allowing four free articles per month).

Until next week!

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