Mar
30
2018
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Azure’s availability zones are now generally available

No matter what cloud you build on, if you want to build something that’s highly available, you’re always going to opt to put your applications and data in at least two physically separated regions. Otherwise, if a region goes down, your app goes down, too. All of the big clouds also offer a concept called ‘availability zones’ in their regions to offer developers the option to host their applications in two separate data centers in the same zone for a bit of extra resilience. All big clouds, that is, except for Azure, which is only launching its availability zones feature into general availability today after first announcing a beta last September.

Ahead of today’s launch, Julia White, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Azure, told me that the company’s design philosophy behind its data center network was always about servicing commercial customers with the widest possible range of regions to allow them to be close to their customers and to comply with local data sovereignty and privacy laws. That’s one of the reasons why Azure today offers more regions than any of its competitors, with 38 generally available regions and 12 announced ones.

“Microsoft started its infrastructure approach focused on enterprise organizations and built lots of regions because of that,” White said. “We didn’t pick this regional approach because it’s easy or because it’s simple, but because we believe this is what our customers really want.”

Every availability zone has its own network connection and power backup, so if one zone in a region goes down, the others should remain unaffected. A regional disaster could shut down all of the zones in a single region, though, so most business will surely want to keep their data in at least one additional region.

Dec
11
2017
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Iron Mountain acquires IO Data Centers’ US operations for $1.3 billion

 Iron Mountain announced today that it’s acquiring the U.S. data center assets of IO Data Centers for a cool $1.3 billion — and the price tag could potentially go higher. With today’s purchase, Iron Mountain gets some serious assets, including four state-of-the-art data centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Edison, New Jersey; and Columbus, Ohio. Read More

Sep
15
2017
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Why Dropbox decided to drop AWS and build its own infrastructure and network

 There is always a tension inside companies about whether to build or to buy, whatever the need. A few years ago Dropbox decided it was going to move the majority of its infrastructure requirements from AWS into its own data centers. As you can imagine, it took a monumental effort, but the company believed that the advantages of controlling its own destiny would be worth all of the challenges… Read More

Jul
18
2017
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IBM expands its cloud footprint with new data centers in London, Sydney and San Jose

 IBM reported its quarterly earnings this week and, while the company’s overall results were once again disappointing, cloud revenue was up 15 percent year-over-year and accounted for $3.9 billion in revenue. It’s no surprise, then, that IBM is doubling down on its cloud strategy; to keep its momentum going, the company today announced the launch of four new data centers for its… Read More

May
01
2017
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Equinix completes $3.6 billion deal to buy 29 data centers from Verizon

Data center Equinix, an international data center company based in Redwood City, California, announced today that it has completed the purchase of 29 data centers from Verizon for $3.6 billion. The acquisition greatly expands Equinix’s footprint, including giving it access to Latin America through a data center in Bogota, Colombia, along with a new presence in Houston, Texas and Culpeper, Virginia. Read More

Feb
07
2017
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SnapRoute secures $25 million Series A investment for open source network OS

Server room in data center SnapRoute, a startup that builds open source software that enables network engineers to customize commodity networking switches and routers to meet their exact requirements, announced a $25 million A round today, led by Norwest Venture partners.
Lightspeed, AT&T and Microsoft Ventures also participated in the round and Norwest’s Rama Sekhar will join the SnapRoute board of… Read More

Nov
21
2016
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IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

BRUSSELS - JANUARY 12:  IBM headquarters stands January 12, 2003 in Brussels, Belgium. IBM developes and manufactures information technologies including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics.  (Picture by Mark Renders/Getty Images) IBM today announced that it is launching four new data centers in the U.K. This brings IBM’s total data center footprint in the U.K. to six, in addition to 16 other locations across Europe. This is yet another example of the company’s increasing infrastructure investment. The first of these new U.K. locations in Fareham will go online in December, with the other three U.K.… Read More

Oct
31
2016
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Microsoft open sources its next-gen cloud hardware design

80527689-6b4f-4ac8-bb93-25556376560c Microsoft today open sourced its next-gen hyperscale cloud hardware design and contributed it to the Open Compute Project (OCP). Microsoft joined the OCP, which also includes Facebook, Google, Intel, IBM, Rackspace and many other cloud vendors, back in 2014. Over the last two years, it already contributed a number of server, networking and data center designs. With this new contribution,… Read More

Jun
01
2016
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CoreOS launches Torus, a new open source distributed storage system

containers CoreOS today announced the launch of Torus, its latest open source project. Just like CoreOS’s other projects, Torus is all about giving startups and enterprises access to the same kind of technologies that web-scale companies like Google already use internally. In the case of Torus, that’s distributed storage.
The idea behind Torus is to give developers access to a reliable and… Read More

Feb
23
2015
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Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark

7709686744_9d5f6a5611_h Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars in profit, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to develop two new 100% renewable energy data centers in Europe. The centers — which will use wind power and other green fuel sources — will… Read More

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