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POLLUTION AFFECTING SERVERS IN DATA CENTERS
Intel updates corrosion testing procedures established in the 1980s. The change is required to address higher contaminant levels found in data centers. These factors impact the speed of corrosion of circuit boards affecting servers. The natural environments of the Asia-Pacificregion with its higher temperature and humidity has shown an abnormal increase in corrosion rates of computer circuit boards over the past two years. Intel states this is an industry wide concern that will likely see some type of new standard or recommendation adopted to address survivability in environments with higher corrosive contaminants such as sulfur oxide and hydrogen sulfide caused by increasing pollution levels.
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ZeroVM presented its demo at the April 2013 OpenStack Summit in Portland, OR
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Cloud operator Rackspace has hopped over to Israel and returned with a secret weapon that could give it capabilities hard to find in Amazon and Microsoft clouds.
The weapon? ZeroVM, an open-source lightweight hypervisor that presents a single-threaded environment and can be spun up in as little as 5 milliseconds. It is based on Google’s Chromium “Native Client” project.
The acquisition of the team behind ZeroVM was announced this week, and gives Rackspace access to software that reduces the time it takes to boot a virtual server application, can isolate app data on a per-user rather than per VM basis, and is host-OS neutral.
It looks like Google has been working on an oversize secret project on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. A water-based data center? Could well be.
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The Register | By OUT-LAW.COM, 17th October 2013
The European Commission has outlined its aim for the EU to become a “world leading” cloud computing market on matters relating to data protection and security.
However, it said it is opposed to the EU closing its market to cloud providers that are based and store data abroad – despite recent revelations about the accessibility of data held by US technology giants such as Google and Microsoft to US intelligence body the National Security Agency (NSA).
The Commission said that the leaked details about the NSA’s use of “Prism”, a computer program used to analyse data and communications stored by some major US-based cloud providers had “aggravated” the existing concerns of organisations within the EU about the “security and confidentiality of information in the cloud”.
From The Register
NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges ‘melt metal, zap racks’
'Flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box' causes year-long delays
By John Leyden, 8th October 2013
Electrical surges at the National Security Agency’s massive data centre in Utah have delayed the opening of the facility for a year as well as destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kit, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Ten “meltdowns” in the past 13 months have repeatedly delayed the Herculean effort to get the spy agency’s colossal snooping facility up and running, according to project documents reviewed by the WSJ.
One anonymous project official told the paper that electrical failures created fiery explosions, melted metal and caused circuits to fail. He described these so-called arc fault failures as “a flash of lightning inside a two-foot box”.
The first electrical arc fault struck the Utah plant in August 2012, according to project documents. The nine further failures since then, the most recently of which struck on 25 September, caused as much as $100,000 in damage, according to a project official quizzed by the WSJ.
Investigators took six months to work out the causes of two of the failures. As further problems occurred, the civilian contractors at the sharp end of the project hired more than 30 independent experts to run 160 tests that chewed up 50,000 man-hours – without reaching a definitive conclusion about the cause of the problem, or how to prevent it.
Efforts to “fast-track” the Utah project bypassed regular quality controls in design and construction and meant that the weren’t any clear plans about the design of the electrical system, the report said. This, in turn, ensured that the consequences of any changes to the electrical system were unclear – and made problems more or less inevitable as a result.
The installation of devices to isolate components in the event of an failure are nothing better than a stop gap, the army engineers argue. The causes of the incidents “are not yet sufficiently understood to ensure that [the NSA] can expect to avoid these incidents in the future,” a report by the Army Corps of Engineer’s Tiger Team warned.
The Utah facility, one of the Pentagon’s biggest ever construction projects, will cost $1.4bn (excluding the Cray supercomputers it will host) and span more than one million square feet. It’s become a powerful symbol of the NSA’s controversial dragnet surveillance programme in the wake of ongoing leaks from NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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