One of the topics we covered this week at the Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference was cloud computing. A benefit of cloud computing is that the physical infrastructure – the storage and compute resources – can be located almost anywhere as long as there is reliable network access. Several countries are leveraging their low cost green power to grow their economies with new data center facilities. A publicly announced example of this is Facebook which has built an enormous facility in northern Sweden. Iceland with its cooler temperatures and green geothermal power, plus ideal location between North America and Europe has seen a significant growth in its data center industry. However, being an island nation it faces a challenge to ensure that sufficient cost-effective network capacity is available to connect off-island users with its storage and compute resources.
Happy Friday Everyone! With the United States Memorial Day approaching this weekend, the Cisco Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (VETS ERG) is preparing care packages to send to deployed military service members. As part of that drive, Cisco assembled a video of Cisco employees saying “Thank you!” to all of our deployed troops. Happy Memorial Day!
It was another busy week! Check out our top news stories.
In just two years, sales of Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) are outpacing market growth for x86 blades and Cisco has become the #3 player worldwide in x86 blade server factory revenue. Check out this infographic to learn more about the progress of UCS.
Another week…another News@Cisco recap!
The top stories of the week included a feature on the growth in mobile commerce, an interactive infographic on greener data centers and a contributed article in Network World by John Chambers on the value of the network.
Reducing the amount of energy that data centers consume is a top priority for many corporations because the cost savings and environmental benefits are significant. Integrating technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and Cisco Unified Fabric into data centers can dramatically lower energy consumption. Take a look at the amount of energy each technology can save.
Happy Friday the 13th! Hope no one is superstitious! Cisco’s top stories of the week include a feature on the greening of data centers, a video on the value proposition for Cisco partners and the single-purpose network; the myth of the good-enough network was also outlined. Cisco and Xerox also announced a strategic alliance to deliver cloud services.
Government and industry are pushing to develop metrics that will state definitively whether a data center is energy efficient or not. Ideally, they would like to get some generally-accepted measures, equivalent to the auto industry’s miles-per-gallon standards, that make it clear how efficiently a particular data center uses energy. Read more here.
I have been involved in a lot of Data Center projects over the years and during the design discussions someone almost invariably observes: “it’s not rocket science. We’re just building a Data Center.”
It turns out there is rocket science in some Data Centers after all.
A handful of server environments now incorporate hydrogen fuel cells, the same technology that helped U.S. spacecraft reach the moon as part of the Gemini and Apollo space missions in the 1960s and are still used in space shuttles today. Data Center industry publications have in recent years reported fuel cells helping power server environments belonging to the First National Bank of Omaha, Fujitsu and Verizon.
Hydrogen fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity and produce heat and water as byproducts. They typically run on natural gas, which although not a renewable energy does emits less carbon, sulfur and nitrogen than other sources. Probably the best known fuel cell on the market is Bloom Energy’s “Bloom Box” that was profiled by 60 Minutes in 2010.
So, are we at Cisco using fuel cells in Data Centers? Watch below to see why or why not.