March 21st
by Mark Thiele

As if baidu’s stock increase since the google departure wasn’t enough, now China is messing with gmail ;

March 18, 2011 6:45:57 AM EDT | insideHPC
When Moore’s Law Gives Way to May’s Law
by Rich Brueckner

Doug Eadline over at Linux World has written an interesting post on the concept of May’s Law, a frustrating corollary to the more famous Moore’s Law of semiconductor growth:

David May states his law as follows, “Software efficiency halves every 18 months, compensating for Moore’s Law.”

March 19th
by Ron Vokoun

Lack of natural disasters helps make Chicago a #data #center hub.

March 14th
by Vanessa Eixman

FiberMedia to unveil 2 new datacenters in the NY metro area. Schedule a tour now -

March 14, 2011 4:26:15 PM EDT | National Data Center Practice
So just what are Tax Incentives Worth – Georgia?
by Ken Baudry

As everyone knows, tax incentives and low power costs are big drivers for data center site selection. We have talked about power costs before on our blog (and will likely do so again) but have not spent much time on what tax incentives may be worth. First most states offer incentives only if you are a real catch (e.g., biggest of the big). Georgia’s minimum spending qualifier is relative low and as a result Georgia lands a lot of mid size (20,000 – 100,000 sf) Enterprise Data Center deals!

March 14, 2011 8:06:02 PM EDT | Green Data Center News
Is HP Ready to Take on Amazon in the Cloud?

Perhaps the biggest news from the event was Apotheker’s promise to take on all rivals and make HP a premier provider across a range of cloud services. Not only does HP plan to roll out cloud services in competition with Amazon Web Services, the company also plans to have an online app marketplace that would compete with Apple for consumers, SMB, and enterprise applications and services.

March 14, 2011 1:37:00 PM EDT | MS Datacenters
How Big is the Datacenter Construction Business?
By Christian Belady General Manager, Data Center Research, Global Foundation Services

As the demand for cloud services continues to grow, there are many companies in the datacenter industry (particularly start-ups) that have met with me to discuss their businesses. Their proposals usually included huge expectations on what they think can be generated from revenue opportunities in constructing datacenters. It seems that most of the time, these vendors assume that their niche business projections will have great impact, when in reality they are relatively small to the actual market opportunity. Having worked in the datacenter industry for a long time, I generally do my best to try to help them understand that they are over estimating the market opportunity, but when they pressed for the numbers to back up that claim, I didn’t have any.

March 12th
by Matt Childs

I filmed the tsunami surges here in Hawaii this afternoon. Small, amazing, and rare… #mattyadventures

March 8, 2011 11:52:36 AM EST | insideHPC
by RichB
When Better Code Beats Moore’s Law
By Kevin Timmons, general manager of datacenter services

Steve Lohr over at the New York Times writes that performance gains from algorithm improvements often far outpace application speedups from faster processors attributable to Moore’s Law.

There are no such laws in software. But the White House advisory report cited research, including a study of progress over a 15-year span on a benchmark production-planning task. Over that time, the speed of completing the calculations improved by a factor of 43 million. Of the total, a factor of roughly 1,000 was attributable to faster processor speeds, according to the research by Martin Grotschel, a German scientist and mathematician. Yet a factor of 43,000 was due to improvements in the efficiency of software algorithms.

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