If you’re near Luleå, Sweden, you could witness the first Facebook data center being built using a new kind of architecture.
Rapid deployment data center design (RDDC) is a new kind of building concept from Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of technology companies that is creating cost and energy efficient designs and sharing them for free under an open source model. This new design idea that will allow Facebook to expand its capacity twice as fast. The concept was discussed during the Open Compute Summit in January. This will be the second data center building in Luleå, but the first using this new architecture.
This new approach to data center design will enable Facebook to construct and deploy new capacity twice as fast at its previous approach. It will be much more site-agnostic and reduce the amount of of materials used during construction.
The RDDC concept for Facebook began with a hack. In October 2012, Open Compute’s data center strategic engineering and development team and several construction experts came together to hack on a design for a data center that would look less like a construction project and more like a manufactured product. From this hack, a couple of core ideas for streamlining and simplifying the build process emerged.
The first idea developed during the hack was using pre-assembled steel frames. This concept is similar to that of a car on a chassis, where the frame is built and components are attached via an assembly line. In this model, cable trays, power bus ways, containment panels, and even lighting are preinstalled in a factory.
The second idea was Ikea-inspired flat-pack assemblies. Instead of creating a data center where all the weight is carried by the roof, Open Compute sought to develop a concept where the walls of a data center would be paneled to fit into standard modules that would be easily transportable to a site, much like an Ikea bookshelf fits neatly into one box.
Construction on the Luleå data center is expect to being soon using RDDC designs.
Article courtesy of Inside Facebook
Amazon today announced a new service for mobile developers at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas today. Amazon AppStream, which uses the company’s recently launched g2 EC2 instances, allows developers to easily stream their applications in high definition from the cloud to any mobile devices. Amazon is specifically marketing this for mobile developers, but there’s no reason desktop apps couldn’t use this service, too.
The service is now in limited preview and developers can sign up for access here.
This new service, Amazon says, will allow developers to “build high-fidelity, graphically rich applications that run on a wide variety of devices, start instantly, and have access to all of the compute and storage resources of the AWS Cloud.”
Using Amazon STX, a new protocol developed by the company’s engineers, developers can now stream anything from the interactive HD video of complex 3D games to just the computationally intensive parts of their apps right from the cloud. Using Amazon’s g2 instances on EC2, developers can now just render all their graphics in the cloud.
Apps using AppStream can use all of the device’s sensors, too, and then send this data back to the cloud.
This, as Amazon’s VP of Amazon Web Services Andy Jassy noted in his keynote today, means mobile developers now have easy access to resources that wouldn’t otherwise be available on a mobile device. As mobile devices get smaller, he argues, the cloud becomes more important. Many of the most popular apps are already running on top of the cloud (and AWS specifically). This, the company says, means an “application is not constrained by the compute power, storage, or graphical rendering capabilities of the device.”
Article courtesy of TechCrunch
The VMworld annual virtualization geek out begins this week in San Francisco. The big topic that will dominate all others: the radical transformation of the data center as a flood of data makes the old IT ways just seem antiquated and ill-fitted to the reality of a new mobile-first world.
A host of startups are emerging that leverage VMware’s dominant position in the enterprise. Here are ten worth tracking this week and the months ahead:
All of these startups reflect how virtualization and the advancements in software have made it possible to manage data at a granular level. It’s a wholesale change, reflective of significant overall change in the enterprise.
Update: Please add any startups to the comments that I do not have on this list.
Article courtesy of TechCrunch
Google is bringing Debian to Google Compute Engine and is making it the default OS for developers using the service. Google will support both Debian 6.0 and Debian 7.0, which was released this week.
There are some pretty clear reasons why Google is making Debian the default OS. First of all, it’s free, said Krishnan Subramanian, a cloud analyst and founder of Rishidot Research. “With Ubuntu and Red Hat, Google has to deal with the vendors who want to make money themselves,” he said. Further, Debian has a large customer base. And it fits with Google’s geeky culture.
In its blog post, Google cites improvements in the Debian 7.0 “wheezy,” release. It has hardened security, better 32/64-bit compatibility and it addresses community feedback.
Google states that it will evaluate other operating systems that it can enable with Google Compute Engine.
It’s important to note that Google Compute Engine is only available for subscribers to the $400 Gold Support package.
This all looks like a tune up for next week’s Google I/O event where there are expected to be announcements about Google’s cloud computing strategy.
Debian competes with other Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora. According to DistroWatch, Debian ranks fifth in page hits. Mint is in the top spot.
Article courtesy of TechCrunch
At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google launched Compute Engine, a cloud computing platform that allows developers to run their apps on Linux virtual machines hosted on Google’s massive infrastructure. This was a limited launch, however, and developers had to either get an invitation or go through Google’s sales teams to get access to this service. Starting today, developers who subscribe to Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package with 24