And now for this week’s data center news roundup for Friday, May 3, 2019…
Departure of the JEDI
Four years ago, Chris Lynch took over the Pentagon’s highly-touted JEDI cloud project, which had the aim of unifying the military’s mission-critical workloads in a single cloud provider, Data Center Knowledge reports this week. Lynch’s position was always considered temporary, so the departure is not exactly breaking news, but the position will be assumed by former Open Table CIO (and former Chicago police officer!) Brett Goldstein. Since bidding opened for the project, the Pentagon has narrowed the contractors down to Amazon and Microsoft. Details here.
New Builds in the Netherlands
According to Data Center Dynamics, QTS Realty Trust (ticker symbol QTS) recently picked up a pair of existing data centers near Amsterdam for a cool $44 million, placing the price at $2 million per megawatt after some recommissioning work. The first of the two facilities runs 10 MW in 45,000 square feet with 20 colo tenants. The other facility, located in nearby Eemshaven, has a 20 MW capability and more than 100K square feet of raised floor space. This area, incidentally, is home to Google’s billion-dollar data center, which is expected to nearly double over the next couple of years. Full scoop here.
Cisco Issues Rare Security Warning
In other data center news, if you use Nexus switches or Firepower firewalls and a handful of other Cisco products, listen up. The tech giant recently issued a rare set of security warnings rated at a 9.8 out of 10 on the critical scale. The vulnerabilities are found in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Application Centric Infrastructure Mode switches, according to IT World. These warning center around the ability for an attacker to quietly gain access to system resources and impacts switches running software versions 14.1 and prior. There are other warnings, as well. Read about them in detail here.
Efficiency is a perennial problem in the data center world. Between balancing power concerns with costs, latency and doing your best to protect your top line, it’s a bit of a juggling act. This week, GCN offers some tips for improving overall data center efficiency. Among the findings: new data center management software Shenango may be worth a look. Developed by MIT’s AI labs, this software is designed to “improve communications between servers and the processes running on those servers.” By using Artificial Intelligence, well, intelligently, the system offers true visibility into what each server is up to. It’s all based on an AI algorithm created by the team to help data center managers reach true efficiency. Check it out.