Future of the Data Center; Rolling Out an E-Records System
Opinion: Learning lessons from the MySpace.com outage; a look at the possible data center of the future; how an investment in e-records is paying off.Few Internet userseveryone from IT managers downloading white papers to teens desperately trying to find friends onlinehave ever concerned themselves with where or how their bits of data are flowing. For many dot-com CEOs, VPs of sales, accountants and other money changers, however, the data center is the business. When its not running, theres no business. MySpace.com, one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the Web, found that out the hard way July 23 when it was hit by a power outage. eWEEK Editorial Director Eric Lundquist asks why it had to happen in his weekly Up Front column, and points out that the event should be a warning to all IT managers: Spare no expense when it comes to the data center. Google certainly isnt. Its building a data center the size of two to three football fields. The bigger the better, right?
If Hewlett-Packards George Daniels vision is correct, the data centers of tomorrow may require not a football stadium to house them, but merely a conference table. Senior Editor Jeffrey Burt details one possible future in his story. In it, servers are "cells," and racks resemble snowflake-shaped structures only about 1 foot high and 18 inches wide, considerably reducing not only size but power and cooling costs as well.