The writing was on the wall as far back as the ‘80s: IPv4, the fourth version of the Internet Protocol, a standards-based routing method for the vast majority of Internet traffic, was going to run out of addresses. Finally, last year, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ran out of their supply of IPv4 addresses. Although official exhaustion was reached in 2011, network design and routing tricks prolonged the supply, as did the trading of IP addresses on the open market.
Read on to learn how the switch to the relatively new IPv6 affects data centers. But first, a quick primer on IP addresses in general.
What grabbed your attention the most in 2015? Our most popular posts from the year are below, along with a wrap up of the industry's biggest headlines.
This year didn't bring massive upheaval in the data center realm, but there was a fair share of news that caused ripples or at least garnered a lot of clicks and retweets. In the industry at large, big news included the Dell-EMC merger, telcos selling off data centers, and the Uptime Institute killing off tiers.
On our humble blog, our most popular posts covered Ubuntu VM optimization, CloudStack vs. vCloud, disaster recovery, and more. Read on for a full list of 2015's biggest data center stories.
Snapchats themselves are actually pretty small fish in the world of mobile data, with images using just tens of kilobytes and videos about 2 MB. But combined, social media activity and streaming media account for an insane amount of data use, which in turn has a heftier environmental impact than you might think. If current trends continue, a family of four will have the same CO2 emissions from their combined cellular data as they will from the family minivan within 3 years.
The electricity at stake isn’t simply charging your phone: when you send that Snap of your cat falling off the counter (which is admittedly pretty hilarious), it’s beaming over various paths through wireless networks that use a ton of energy to a data center that uses a ton of energy and back to those dozens of other phones.
Like many data center providers, Green House Data works closely with government organizations large and small. In the past few years this trend has accelerated dramatically, as the federal government pursues data center consolidation projects and government CIOs, like their private counterparts, realize the attractive flexibility and ease of use found in the cloud.
Early this year, Department of Defense CIO Terry Halvorsen even mentioned his intent to pilot a public-private partnership, where private hosting companies operate within a highly secure DoD data center. What might a public-private partnership for IT services look like, and how else can government organizations and hosting service providers cooperate to reach their respective goals?
Beginning around 2011, the mainstream media and activist outlets began paying attention to data centers, putting the pressure on industry leaders like Apple, Microsoft, and Google to clean up their power sources. These companies were already pursuing efficient operations – after all, every saved watt is saved money. But the increased coverage did seem to push them towards using renewables, as the general public realized that data centers use a staggering amount of energy and produce thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
We’ve covered all that before, and we’ve also touched on the swelling focus on data center water use, as well (facilities often require significant water use for cooling systems). But the environmental footprint of a data center goes beyond electricity or water. With systems this complex and engineering designed for 24/7, year-round operation, there are many additional factors that can often have negative impact on the planet.
Here are eight overlooked areas of the data center that have significant environmental implications.