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  • Don't look for Google to make big, quick changes after Alphabet pronouncement

    The announcement Monday that saw Google reorganize under the banner of new holding company Alphabet was Big News, we all seem to agree, but it's much less clear exactly what kind of Big News it is.

  • Cisco indirect infringement case against Arista dismissed

    A federal judge dismissed Cisco's indirect infringement claims against Arista Networks, a complaint that accompanied <a href="">a patent and copyright infringement case</a> against its data center rival.

  • IBM Power Systems GM: Big scale and big data demand OpenPower

    IBM's Power Systems division which sells servers and systems based on the Power system architecture, as opposed to the Intel-based x86 architecture used in most personal computers had been in free-fall for some time, posting year-on-year revenue declines of up to 37% per quarter over the past couple of years. According to the conventional wisdom, Power was another victim along with SPARC and, to a lesser extent, ARM of the inexorable march of the commodity x86 server.

  • Coal plant fires, Google hires

    Google is building a $600 million data center on the grounds of a soon-to-close coal plant in northeastern Alabama. The project may create an iconic image of the shifts in the economy.

  • One in three datacentre servers is a zombie

    A new study says that 30% of all physical servers in data centers are comatose, or are using energy but delivering no useful information. What's remarkable is that that percentage hasn't changed since 2008, when a separate study showed the same thing.

  • Five network trends challenging the enterprise

    As cloud computing, big data and the deployment of mega-scale data centers accelerates, organizations need to continually recalibrate and evolve the network. This challenge has led to the development of new technologies and standards designed to increase and optimize network capacity, security and flexibility, all while keeping a lid on cost. Here are the top five trends as we see them:

  • HP, Arista team to take on Cisco, IBM, EMC in converged infrastructure

    HP has entered into an arrangement with Arista Networks to market Arista's datacentre switches along with HP converged IT infrastructure products.

  • Intel works to end "lost" data center devices

    Many data centers today inventory physical assets the same way grocery stores track food, with barcodes and scanners. It's not efficient and a certain percentage of assets will become "lost" because asset databases haven't been updated.

  • CenturyLink's new data center runs on water

    Communications and data services provider CenturyLink has opened a new data center that gets 85% of its power from nearby dams.

  • Dell takes on Cisco and Juniper with 100G data center switch

    Dell this week extended its arsenal of <a href="">data center Ethernet switches</a>, highlighted by a 100G device with ports dividable into 25G and 50G channels.

  • Apple's U.S. facilities now get 100% of their power from renewables

    All of Apple's U.S. facilities -- and 87% of its operations worldwide -- are now powered by renewable energy, according to an annual report released this week.

  • Does Juniper have too many SDNs?

    After last week's Innovation Day announcements, Juniper Networks has a range of SDN, data center fabric and data center switching products to choose from.

  • Juniper rewires the data center

    Juniper Networks this week rolled out new data center switches to help customers address opportunities and challenges presented by cloud computing.

  • Facebook nets billions in savings from Open Compute Project

    Facebook, by adhering to the Open Compute Project it founded in October 2011, has saved more than $2 billion over the past three years, a company official said Tuesday at the Open Compute Summit Conference in Silicon Valley.

  • HP creates new server line for cloud computing

    As more computing moves to cloud-based data centers, Hewlett-Packard is moving there, too.