Cruise Ships Data Centers, 9 months of planning, testing, and installing

Data Center Knowledge has a post on a cruise ships data center. Reading the post it is a classic active-active design with locations is stern and bow. The IT company has installed the system in 6 ships.

Heider’s team deployed DataCore’s SAN virtualization software to simplify storage management and ensure high availability. The software synchronously mirrors data across two data centers on each ship, so if one of them fails, the other takes over automatically. “It’s really good software and easy to use,” he said.

BSH spent the last four to five years upgrading and installing the data center infrastructure in TUI cruise ships. It takes about nine months to plan, test, and install the technology on each vessel, Heider said.

What was an interesting fact is there are 9 months allowed for planning, testing, and installing.

What comes to mind is the huge opportunity to apply cloud methods. the below image is from a DCD webinar.

Where is AWS in its Renewable Energy efforts

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft all have renewable energy efforts.

Found AWS has a summary in their sustainability page.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Wind and Solar Farms

AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint. We’ve made a lot of progress on this commitment. AWS exceeded its goal of 40% renewable energy by the end of 2016, and set a new goal to be powered by 50% renewable energy by the end of 2017.

In 2015, AWS announced the construction of Amazon Solar Farm US East, Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, Amazon Wind Farm US Central and Amazon Wind Farm US East, located in Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina respectively. Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge became operational January 1, 2016, and Amazon Solar Farm US East went into operation in October, 2016.

In 2016, AWS announced the construction of Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2, a 189 MW wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio. We also announced five additional solar farms: Amazon Solar Farm US East 2, Amazon Solar Farm US East 3, Amazon Solar Farm US East 4, Amazon Solar Farm US East 5 each have a capacity of 20 MW and are located in New Kent, Buckingham, Sussex, and Powhatan counties in Virginia. Amazon Solar Farm US East 6 is a 100 MW facility in Southampton County, Virginia.

These ten renewable energy projects will deliver a total of 2.6 million MWh of energy annually onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. The electricity produced from these projects is enough to power the equivalent of over 240,000 U.S. homes annually, which is approximately the size of the city of Portland, Oregon.
— https://www.amazon.com/p/feature/gkkwdp34z5ou7ug

Raging Wire Goes Open and Transparent to see in its Data Center

Data Center Frontier has a post on Ragiing Wire's latest data center that has lots of windows.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – At first, it looks like any other hallway. But as you step onto a glass-enclosed catwalk, your entire field of view is filled with Internet infrastructure. Glance in either direction and you suddenly have a birds-eye view of an entire data hall, gazing down upon cabinets, cages and IT equipment.

Walk a few more feet ahead, and you enter a round observatory with dueling portals of critical infrastructure – cooling on one side, power on the other. Just a short walk ahead is a door that opens on a view of the entire equipment yard, including emergency backup generators and cooling towers.

— http://datacenterfrontier.com/the-cut-away-data-center/

You can do a 3D walk through from a browser here.

Will look for Doug and other Raging Wire people at DCD SF and see how this effort is working.

Three Cloud Companies present at Geekwire Cloud Summit - Amazon, Google, Microsoft

I went to Geekwire Cloud Summit and it was a mini reunion of Gigaom's publishing staff. Barb Darrow posted on the big 3.

It is no understatement to say that public cloud computing is revolutionizing how technology is used. Executives from the top three public cloud providers—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform—spoke at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit in Bellevue, Wash. this week.
Here are three lessons you need to learn now.
Managing partnerships is critical—and hard
Microsoft (MSFT, -0.13%) and Amazon are courting major software companies to run their operations on their respective clouds, and many—Tableau (DATA, +1.44%), Salesforce (CRM, -0.44%), Workday (WDAY, +0.92%)—are doing so.
”We want to win both big customers and the software companies selling to those customers,” Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, said at the conference.
— http://fortune.com/2017/06/08/cloud-amazon-microsoft-google/

Another good talk was the VC chat which had 3 people I used to work at Microsoft.

Cloud computing is changing the technology world and creating opportunity for hundreds of new companies — so how are investors thinking about which ones to put their investment behind?

Three Seattle-area venture capitalists — Frank Artale of Ignition Partners; S. “Soma” Somasegar of Madrona Venture Group; and Sheila Gulati of Tola Capital — spoke on stage Wednesday at the inaugural GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit about the state of the cloud computing industry and opportunities they see for related technologies and startups.

The panelists all agreed that it’s an exciting time for cloud technology — and that this is only the beginning.

“We are early in this game, and it’s a game that is fundamentally changing how computing happens,” Gulati said. “Cloud is the new operating system.”

The discussion, moderated by Seattle angel investor Charles Fitzgerald, ranged from the most attractive cloud-related areas of investment to how Seattle is becoming the cloud capital of the world.
— https://www.geekwire.com/2017/heres-venture-capitalists-thinking-cloud-computing-companies-technologies/