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'Big Iron' used to be the term applied to very large (and expensive) 'scale-up' UNIX systems that used to rule in the datacenters - This topic is all about the tren we're now seeing : growth of mega data centers for "cloud computing"
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Microsoft Enabling Linux on its Azure Cloud in 2012

Microsoft Enabling Linux on its Azure Cloud in 2012 | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Microsoft Addition to Cloud Platform Windows Azure Enables Use of Other Operating Systems, Finally!
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China’s data center expansion includes eye on efficiencies, partners with Green Grid and LBNL

China’s data center expansion includes eye on efficiencies, partners with Green Grid and LBNL | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Just yesterday, I posted this blog about China’s efforts to ramp up the number of big data centers there.
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HPC in the Cloud: 2012 Cloud Forecast - Big Datacenter, Big Data, More SaaS players, Smart(er) Grid

HPC in the Cloud: 2012 Cloud Forecast - Big Datacenter, Big Data, More SaaS players, Smart(er) Grid | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
2011 may have been cloud's fifth birthday, but in 2012, the six-year-old will start making a truly distinctive name for itself.
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Linux News: Enterprise: Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012

Linux News: Enterprise: Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012 | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Linux continues to grow both its reach and credibility among enterprise IT users and customers, bringing competition, price and time-to-market pressure and options to key markets such as cloud computing and mobile software.
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IDC, Gartner (and GigaOM) Cloud & "Big Data" predictions for 2015

IDC, Gartner (and GigaOM) Cloud & "Big Data" predictions for 2015 | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Analyst powerhouses IDC and Gartner both rolled out their latest cloud computing and big data predictions and statistics Thursday morning, and while some are bold, others should have you saying "Duh." Here's what they have to say, and how that...
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Cisco sees UCS (based on #Xeon) as key cloud building block

With scores of new cloud companies popping up and so many existing players jumping on the cloud bandwagon, we wondered where the traditional enterprise networking vendors stood?
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Are fuel cells ready for datacenter primetime? ClearEdge brings in modular smaller than Bloom (5KW) fuel cells | ZDNet

Are fuel cells ready for datacenter primetime?  ClearEdge brings in modular smaller than Bloom (5KW) fuel cells | ZDNet | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
ClearEdge looks to bring self-generation of power to the mainstream datacenter market...
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Linux Server Revenues Grow, but Unix Still has More Share - InternetNews.

Linux Server Revenues Grow, but Unix Still has More Share - InternetNews. | NewBigIron | Scoop.it

I assume average cost for a 'UNIX' server is substantially more than a 'Linux' server, the revenue difference now being ~2% is significant !

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Top 10 Cloud Predictions for 2012: The awkward teenage years are upon us | Forrester Blogs

The oh so fun "teen age years" of cloud computing.
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IBM doing Hadoop as a service in its cloud

IBM doing Hadoop as a service in its cloud | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
IBM joined the big-data-in-the-cloud fray, announcing Monday that its Hadoop-based InfoSphere BigInsights product will be available as a service on the IBM SmartCloud platform.
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Supercomputing firms see challenges in cloud adoption - "HPC must adopt a different model to use cloud platforms"

Supercomputing firms see challenges in cloud adoption - "HPC must adopt a different model to use cloud platforms" | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Energy efficiency and programming difficulties loom, vendors warn...
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Open Source Challenger to Dropbox and Box.net: ownCloud - ReadWriteCloud

Open Source Challenger to Dropbox and Box.net: ownCloud - ReadWriteCloud | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
The file sharing, synchronization market led by Dropbox is a popular target these days. For many companies, it's a chance to horn in on a growing market and ...
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IBM Talks Up Three Paths Toward alternative to Si for sub-10 nm Chips : graphene, nanowires and 'racetrack memory'

IBM Talks Up Three Paths Toward alternative to Si for sub-10 nm Chips : graphene, nanowires and 'racetrack memory' | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Few experts believe the customary ways of improving computer chips will go on forever. IBM has been particularly vocal about the issue, and on Monday is disclosing what it believes are breakthroughs in three promising areas of research.
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Which Countries Are the World's Most Aggressive IT Deployers? | Cloud Computing Journal

Which Countries Are the World's Most Aggressive IT Deployers? | Cloud Computing Journal | NewBigIron | Scoop.it

Tau Index: Countries are compared to one another in terms of their IT expenditures weighed against the size and composition of their local economies with surprising results - Bangladesh, Morocco, and Morocco emerged at the top of the heap. Honduras emerged as the most aggressive IT deployer in the Americas. Three of the four BRIC countries did OK; Brazil did not. The US looked stagnant, Western Europe even more so. Eastern Europe looked dynamic. Asia was a house on fire.

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Apple might build Oregon datacenter near Facebook, Google | Electronista

Apple might build Oregon datacenter near Facebook, Google | Electronista | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
Apple was claimed Saturday to be considering another major datacenter in Prineville, Oregon.
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Cisco: Global cloud traffic will swell twelvefold by 2015 #CloudComputing - InfoWorld

Cisco: Global cloud traffic will swell twelvefold by 2015 #CloudComputing - InfoWorld | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
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Risks & Rewards of Cloud & Hybrid Data Centers | BrightTALK

Risks & Rewards of Cloud & Hybrid Data Centers | BrightTALK | NewBigIron | Scoop.it
An agile data center shouldn't mean compromised service, but new technology adoption isn't an easy process.
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Cloud Computing: A Comparison of Computing Models | SYS-CON MEDIA

SYS-CON Media, NJ, The world's leading i-technology media company on breaking technology news.
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ARM attempting server CPUs - but lots of challenges remain and success is by no means assured

ARMv8 comes with 64-bit architecture support, but by the time there are production versions along with all the other 'accoutrements' of server platforms - larger caches, RAS features, better I/O etc, ARM's performance/watt may be severly minimized relative to Intel CPU's , especially with Intel on track to introduce 22nm or lower process technology by then.

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