The company said it will build four new data center facilities this year, with major expansion at three other locations, giving its platform physical footprint in 24 states.
This is a big week for Oracle’s cloud angle, the latest being a new family of offerings that provide CIOs with choices for enterprise software deployment, and what Oracle calls an easy path for moving applications to the cloud.
This new family of offerings is referred to as Oracle Cloud at Customer. It’s designed to make it easier for organizations to move to the cloud, gaining the benefits of the Oracle Public Cloud Services from the Oracle Cloud or their own datacenter.
We’ve seen it many times before; first generation technology products creating huge untapped marketplaces but eventually being bettered either by their originators or competitors. Think VCRs and then CDRs, both were usurped by DVRs and streaming, or the first mobile phones becoming the smartphones of today – the list goes on.
Cloud computing is no exception. The original ‘product’ concept remains very much in vogue but the technology and infrastructure holding it together keeps on getting faster, more functional, more reliable – put simply, better. Growing user and cloud service provider maturity is seeing to that. After 10 years of cloud, the industry and users have learned valuable lessons on what does and doesn’t work. They still like it and want much more of it but there’s no longer room for a one size fits all approach.
Project Natick capsules put data center servers underwater for five years at a time.
Microsoft Research has a new concept that could bring data centers powering cloud services closer to roughly half of the world’s population. All it requires is a custom submarine capsule designed to go five years at a time without a visit from a technician.
The company’s R&D department recently went public with Project Natick, a data center enclosed in a steel capsule that sits on the ocean floor.
A well-established – and unsettling – metric we anecdotally hear from organisations is that analysts spend 70% or more of their time hunting and gathering data and less than 30% of its time deriving insights.
The relationship between green energy and the data centers is in an early stage, but there has been a growing interest in using renewables in the data centers.
Most experts believe that the data center as we know today will undergo major changes over the next decade.
“Moving to the cloud isn’t necessarily greener,” warns Andie Stephens from Carbon Trust.
According to Adrian Thirkill, managing director of Easynet Global Services UK while earlier companies are sought to be innovators in the field of green businesses (investing in wand farms, replanting forests, carbon neutral business), nowadays more and more company’s environmental commitment theme was removed from the board agenda.
According to the latest news Google has just received municipal approval for the expansion of its data center in the capital city of Ireland, Dublin.