Monthly Archives: January 2016
Similar to open source software, the open source hardware movement encourages crowdsourcing and collaboration, opening the door for faster advancements. As enterprises move workloads into public clouds, there is less need for telecos to connect them. To remain competitive, telecom providers need to adopt network technologies such as software-defined networking and network functions virtualization.
GOOGLE RUNS ONE of the largest computer networks on Earth, a web of machines that extends from Oregon to Finland to Taiwan. This is how it delivers so many Internet services to so many people in so many countries so quickly, from Google Search to Google Maps to YouTube. The irony is that Google built this vast network without much help from companies like Cisco, Dell, HP, and IBM—companies that supply the hardware for most of the world’s computer networks. Google, you see,designs its own hardware.
More bang for the buck when it comes to data center gear. Mobile phone carriers are feeling the pain as more people watch their favorite movies and TV shows on their smartphones. One way AT&T and Verizon are responding to that huge appetite for data is by experimenting with new open source softwaretechnologies that are typically created by researchers and volunteers and made available for free. Those technologies gives data center operators more flexibility for less money.
Social media titan Facebook will soon have a touch of green to go with its trademark blue. The company announced over the weekend that it will open a new European data center in the Irish town of Clonee, not quite 10 miles west of Dublin, Ireland’s capital. The new facility will mark the sixth data center that Facebook operates globally. Construction is slated to start soon, with completion estimated in about two years.
Penguin Computing has renewed as a Platinum Member of Open Compute Project (OCP). Leading with the OCP-based TundraExtreme Scale (ES) Series, Penguin was recently awarded the CTS-1 contract with the NNSA to bolster computing for national security at Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.