Russia dumping x86 for ARM won't work because Pirated x86 SW is huge

Electronics Weekly reports on Russia saying it will switch to the ARM processor.

Russians to dump x86 for ARM

Concerned about US spying, Vladimir Putin has decided to build a Russian processor to supplant x86 in government computers.

Russia believes that x86 processors may have back doors in them to send back information to the Americans.


There are many who think this means the end of x86 processors in Russia.  What few know is the amount of pirated enterprise SW running in markets like Russia and China on x86 processors.  When you switch to ARM all that SW is now worthless.  

You can bet there are Russian IT folks who are sweating how to get their enterprise SW running on Linux ARM, and the budgets they need to increase.

Latency impacts Rollout of EA's Titanfall, South Africa orders cancelled

Arstechnica reports on EA’s Titanfall being pulled from the South Africa market due to latency connecting to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud.

EA nixes Titanfall for South Africa after poor network performance

Lack of local Microsoft Azure data centers seems to be feeding latency issues.

"After conducting recent online tests for Titanfall, we found that the performance rates in South Africa were not as high as we need to guarantee a great experience, so we have decided not to releaseTitanfall in South Africa at this time," the post reads. "We understand this is a disappointment for local fans and will keep fans posted on any future plans regarding the release of Titanfall in South Africa."

Australians lucked out even though there is no Azure data center.

Australia is similarly lacking in local Microsoft servers, having to rely on a Microsoft data center in nearby Singapore, but Microsoft has announced plans for two new data centers for New South Wales and Victoria. "We'll have good news soon for Aussies," Zampella tweeted in response to a question about the server situation there.

Asia's Data Center Power Infrastructure

I have been staring at this post on DCD for a while to write my own post, then I realized the post was written by Schneider Electric SVP for APAC, Philippe Arsonneau.




Will power will take on new importance in 2014?


10 February 2014 by Schneider Electric SVP for APAC, Philippe Arsonneau




Asia Pacific’s power challenge
burning power: Singapore at night

One of the major trends we see for businesses moving into the New Year is the need for green, efficient IT, especially in Asia Pacific.  As IT demands increase, so too does the data center’s power expenditure. Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan notes that more than 80% of the major data centers in Asia Pacific are running at close to 90% capacity. Companies across the region are struggling to cope with changes while data center capacity is constrained by inefficient equipment and stranded power.


I found this post useful to provide information on what is the current state of power in Asia that I have heard from friends.  Until I find a public disclosure though, I didn't feel comfortable writing about the situation.

Here are some good facts.

In terms of energy efficient data centers, parts of Asia – particularly the developing South East Asian countries – are falling behind due to a combination of factors including poor internet connectivity infrastructure (Indonesia), unstable power and inadequate power supply (Malaysia), developing standards (Vietnam). The more established countries include the likes of Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. But that’s not to say they don’t also face challenges.

Part of why companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have built data centers in Singapore is the stable power infrastructure.

Singapore is a very mature market in terms of technology compared to emerging countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. The Singapore IDA initiated its iN2015 master plan in 2005 to grow the infocomm sector and build up IT infrastructure. This initiative encouraged many major players to set up their data centers as early as almost a decade ago.

The call to action is good.  You can’t just think of the data center in isolation of the IT load.  The opportunities are to think of the synergy between the facilities and the IT load.

What is required in 2014? 
Effective and comprehensive energy management goes beyond IT. As such, senior IT executives will need to work closely with their facility management colleagues to put in place a comprehensive energy management strategy.  They will also need to develop a more holistic and end-to-end approach towards their data center strategy and energy management as opposed to seeking piecemeal solutions such as server virtualization or DCIM.

To operate energy efficient and reliable data centers that are able to cope with the exponential growth of data brought on by smart cities, it is important that business take a holistic and end-to-end approach towards their data center strategy.

98% of Egypt's Fresh Water is imported, an Ethiopian Dam brings change

National Geographic has a post on a new dam on the Nile River in Ethiopia.

Water Wars: Egyptians Condemn Ethiopia's Nile Dam Project

Aerial photograph of the Blue Nile river in Northern Ethiopia.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam along the Nile has ignited a water debate between Egypt and Ethiopia.

Photograph by Cameron Davidson, Corbis

As the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam takes shape, tempers rise.



What caught my eye was how much fresh water is imported to Egypt.

A total of "98 percent of Egypt's freshwater comes from outside its borders, and it has exceptionally little leverage," said Angus Blair, an economic and political analyst at Cairo's Signet Institute.

Besides the water supply the dam will change power generation capacities.

Egypt fears that storing water behind the Ethiopian dam will reduce the capacity of its own Lake Nasser (thereby reducing the power-generating capacity of Egypt's giant hydroelectric plant at Aswan). Ethiopian officials have sought to allay fears by pointing out that storing water in the cooler climes of the Ethiopian lowlands will ensure much less water is lost to evaporation, but Egyptians are unconvinced.

"The production of electricity at the Aswan High Dam is likely to drop by almost 40 percent should the Ethiopian dam be built," concluded Nader Noureddin, a professor of agriculture at Cairo University.



OMG, data center god is identified, clients include Apple, Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft - Scott Noteboom leaves Apple to start his own company

Digital Journal covers the press release Scott  Noteboom leaving Apple to be CEO of Litbit.  Scott has god-like powers serving Apple, Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft.

Noteboom will serve as founder and Chief Executive Officer, bringing to LitBit global experience of having led development and/or operations of many of the world's largest and most innovative data centers, which have served companies including: Apple, Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft.

Noteboom can provide a 10x lower environmental impact.

Our goal is to enable the next billion users of digital technology to emerge with a 10x lower environmental impact than the first billion," said Noteboom.

Keep this date in mind.  It is the birth of Christ.  The enlightenment of Buddha.  A data center god has struck out on his own.

Note: the Litbit service looks like it is just for the emerging markets.  So, those of us in USA and Europe will find it difficult to see the data center powers demonstrated.

LitBit was created to bring next generation converged infrastructure technology into emerging markets that require cleaner environment, greater efficiency and lower economics.

Looks like Scott is in China according to his LinkedIn profile.

Scott Noteboom