Docker is making waves. The company’s container technology, based on an old open source model, has raised them millions in just 18 months and is causing some to call virtual machines outdated and ineffective. But just what are containers? With VMware professing its support and intent to integrate Docker with VMware management tools, we interviewed CTO Cortney Thompson to get the lowdown on this hot cloud technology and how it compares to virtual machines.
Innovating the data center industry means we have to pay attention to all the great things other companies are doing to improve operations and increase energy efficiency. There are lot of organizations pursuing greener IT, and this semi-monthly roundup of green data center stories will keep you in the loop with the latest.
This month we have a look inside Apple's solar farms, ways to improve data center cooling, how to tame your inefficient "accidental" data center in the back room of company HQ, and more. Here are August's top 4 green data center stories so far:
Patching is necessary to keep servers secure from attackers and viruses as well as free from bugs, which can sap productivity. Designing your server and virtual machine infrastructure to suit service levels and future change management will save you time and potential outages when the time comes to patch—and when it does, these simple best practices will help smooth the process.
As seminal punk band NOFX once sang, “Electricity / All we need to live today / A gift for man to throw away.” The data center industry has a love-hate relationship with electricity. It’s obviously a crucial resource that enables the productivity and innovation gains of cloud and large-scale computing, but it comes from polluting power plants, it’s expensive, and it’s delivered from an increasingly unreliable power grid in the United States. Data centers are also using more and more electricity every day.
New developments in electric generation and delivery as well as data center design innovations could help develop the much-hyped smart grid, bringing cost savings, increased reliability, and cleaner power generation. How can data centers and the electric grid work together to create the future of electricity?
On July 30th, 2014, we welcomed Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, customers, friends, and family to our brand new data center and headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The event included speeches from President Shawn Mills and Governor Mead, a flag raising by local scout troop 221, beer from New Belgium, snacks, and private VIP tours. The new 35,000 square foot building is already 1/4 full and will launch with 5MW capacity, expandable to 8MW. It is four times larger than the original facility.
"We started with just one customer," said CEO Shawn Mills, "Today, we're very excited to say we count over 350 customers from around the world, including five countries and 26 states."