Showing posts from December, 2011

Cloud Computing and Data Center Predictions for 2012

Solid State Drives Go Mainstream 
The terrible flooding in Thailand has caused a shortage in hard drives. Hard drive prices have increased. I expect price increases from SAN manufactures such as NetApp, EMC, HP, and others. These shortages will also increase costs for Cloud Computing providers like Rackspace, Google, and Amazon.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, LSI CEO Abhi Talwalker said that companies are turning to solid state drives to relieve some of the hard drive back log. SanDisk, Marvell, and Micron have stated they have seen or expect to see increasing demand for SSD. InfoWorld reported on IDC market research that SSD shipments increased 66% in Q3 with the biggest advances coming from Enterprise (storage and servers) and Client (PCs). Price increases in traditional hard drives will provide a boost to solid state drive adoption rates in consumer PCs and SANs deployed in enterprise and service provider clouds. Also the increasing volume of SSD shipments will be accompan…

Cisco Overtakes HP in Data Center Market

The global data center infrastructure hit US$26.2 billion in the third quarter of 2011, with Cisco Systems overtaking HP on aggregated revenue to take pole position, according to Canalys. In a report released Wednesday, the research firm said worldwide data center infrastructure market grew 2.7 percent from US$25.5 billion in second-quarter 2011. Data center virtualization and consolidation, as part of efforts to migrate to private cloud, data center refresh and optimization project helped drive overall growth. Industry standard servers remained the biggest part of the market in the third quarter, accounting for 39 percent of total investment, followed by storage at 25 percent, and Ethernet networking at 21 percent, Canalys said.

On an annual basis, industry standard server revenue increased by about 9 percent, but the strongest growth was in server virtualization which rose by approximately 30 percent. Delvi…

Putty Beta 0.62 Released

Putty version 0.62 has been released by Simon Tatham. Putty is my favorite Telnet, SSH, Serial Terminal Emulation client.