Mike Manos has a post on AOL's Data Center independence. The micro data center looks like it has a 50KW capacity which could support a configuration like 100 dual proc 128 GB RAM, dual HD servers, network switch, and storage appliance. 16 processor cores would give the micro data center 1,600 VM cores with 8 GB of RAM. Slide in some SSD's to make the environment energy efficient and higher performing. This is a nice cloud environment as modules to deploy. I think Mike learned that a 40' container is not as flexible. You can air ship a micro data center and it is much easier to deploy. Air shipping a 40' container is really really expensive and can be difficult to deploy.
AOL’s Data Center Independence Day
July 5, 2012 by mmanos
Now you may say where would you put AOL's micro data center. One place AOL could put them is at cell tower locations.
It is reasonable in the future that in major metropolitan areas there will be a local data center presence. Netflix has been expanding its network WW.
Open Connect Peering Locations
Private Network Interconnect Sites
City Provider Site Identifier Ashburn Equinix DC Campus Atlanta Telx 56 Marrietta Chicago Equinix CH1/CH2/CH4 London Telecity Sovereign House London Telecity Harbour Exchange Los Angeles Coresite One Wilshire Los Angeles Equinix LA1 Miami Terremark NAP Of The Americas New York Telx 111 8th Avenue San Jose Equinix SV1/SV5
City Exchange IPv4 Address IPv6 Address Ashburn Equinix Internet Exchange 184.108.40.206 2001:504:0:2::2906:1 Atlanta Telx Internet Exchange Chicago Equinix Internet Exchange 220.127.116.11 2001:504:0:4::2906:1 London LINX Juniper LAN 18.104.22.168 2001:7f8:4::b5a:1 London LONAP 22.214.171.124 2001:7f8:17::b5a:1 Los Angeles Coresite Any2 126.96.36.199 2001:504:13:0:0:0:0:215 Miami NOTA 188.8.131.52 2001:478:124::1071 New York Telx Internet Exchange New York Telehouse NYIIX San Jose Equinix Internet Exchange 184.108.40.206 2001:504:0:1::2906:2
One of the top limits for where companies can deploy data centers is the local resource requirement. Mike's team has an option, where as long as they get power and network, their micro data center will run, managed remotely.
- It redefines software architecture for greater resiliency
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- It further reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint emissions (important as taxation evolves around the world, as well as ongoing operational costs)
- Gives us the ability to drive Edge Computing delivery to potentially bypass CDNs for certain content.
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The race that is going on between the Google, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, and Apple is to get the low latency presence to users. AOL is a player in this game as well.