Data Center Industry Links for June 14

Here’s our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for June 14th:

  • VMware in Talks to Acquire EngineYard – VMware is back on the hunt for new startups as it looks to further raise its profile in the platform-as-a-service market. Sources tell me its latest target is EngineYard, the Ruby on Rails cloud provider that’s raised $37 million from the likes of Amazon, Benchmark, DAG Ventures and Bay Partners. From GigaOm.
  • Cincinnati Bell closes acquisition of CyrusOne – US telecom and data center provider Cincinnati Bell has completed its acquisition of Texas colocation provider CyrusOne from the private equity investment firm Abry Partners for about $525m. From DataCenterDynamics.
  • Intellifiber Takes Low Latency Beyond NYC – Today Intellifiber formally announced the turn-up of a new low latency network between Chicago and Washington DC. The new connection, rated at 13.7ms, fits alongside their 17.2ms NYC/Chicago route and is apparently just the beginning. From Telecom Ramblings.
  • Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers – The same graphics processors that power today’s games are finding new homes in data center servers. From seismic processing to financial modeling, today’s calculation-intensive data center applications can enjoy dramatic speed-ups thanks to these graphics chips. From CIO.
  • Can speed be regulated? – The SEC needs “to explore whether bids and orders should be regulated on speed so there is less incentive to engage in this microsecond arms race that might undermine long-term investors and the market’s capital-formation function,” said Mary Schapiro said yesterday at a conference in Montreal. From FierceFinanceIT
  • Study finds biomass power not carbon neutral – Forested regions around the world are pursuing biomass as a renewable energy source but a study finds that the carbon footprint from burning biomass can be worse for global warming than coal. From CNet.
  • Supercomputer named for Pioneer Grace Hopper – NERSC’s new supercomputer will be named after computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, developer of the first compiler and originator of the concept of machine-independent programming languages. From InsideHPC.
  • The VMotion Myth – Among the many innovations that virtualization has brought to the data center is server mobility, or the ability to live-migrate virtual machines (VMs) across physical servers. While at some point that will undoubtedly be true, it’s far from an operational reality today.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.