Data Centers

DC Networks

  • Building a small DC fabric with four switches. [ipSpace]

  • Thoughts on the collapsed spine. [Russ White]

  • Switching to IP fabrics. [ipSpace] [Namex Bits]

  • Rethinking BGP in the DC. [ipSpace] [CHI-NOG YouTube]

  • Packet bursts in DC fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • Does small packet forwarding performance matter in DC switches? [ipSpace]

  • Rethinking BGP in the DC fabric. [Russ White: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5]

  • Eliminate east-west traffic hair-pinning. [Network Computing]

  • Chasing CRC errors in a DC fabric. [ipSpace]

  • Building secure L2 DC fabrics with Cisco Nexus. [ipSpace]

  • Redundant server connectivity in L3-only fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • What I've learned about scaling OSPF in DCs. [ipSpace]

  • DC switch silicon evolves. [DC Knowledge]

  • The impact of Tomahawk-4 in DC fabric designs. [ipSpace] [Elegant Network]

  • You don't need IP renumbering for DR. [ipSpace]

  • A short history of the spine and leaf. [NANOG YouTube]

  • MPLS in DC fabrics. [NANOG YouTube]

  • Demystifying DC CLOS networks. [NANOG YouTube]

  • Real life data center meltdown. [ipSpace]

  • How common are DC meltdowns? [ipSpace]

  • What designs require BGP in the DC? [Packet Pushers]

  • Disaggregated DC networks are now a reality. [DC Knowledge]

  • Odd number of spines in leaf-and-spine fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • Active-active DCs with VXLAN and EVPN. [ipSpace]

  • Using MPLS+EVPN in the data center fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • 400GE: tips for DC designers. [DC Journal, PDF]

  • Leaf-and-spine fabric myths. [ipSpace: part 1, part 2, part 3]

  • Implications of valley-free routing in DC networks. [ipSpace]

  • DC networks are getting faster and smarter. [DC Knowledge]

  • Do we need leaf-and-spine fabrics? [ipSpace]

  • The year of 100GE in DC networks. [DC Knowledge]

  • Active-active data centers. [Russ White] [NetCraftsmen]

  • What DC operators need to know about migrating to 400GE. [DC Knowledge]

  • Optics and the DC. [DC Journal] [Russ White]

  • Transforming your DC with high-speed migration. [DC Journal]

  • Avoid summarisation in leaf-and-spine fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • Is OSPF or IS-IS good enough for my data centre? [ipSpace]

  • DC design: installing a modern network. [Network Computing]

  • DC interconnect and performance. [Russ White] [NetCraftsmen]

  • Microsegmentation. [Russ White] [Dark Reading]

  • EVPN with MPLS data plane in data centers. [ipSpace]

  • Planning for high-speed data center migration. [DC Knowledge]

  • Let’s pretend we run distributed storage over a thick yellow cable. [ipSpace]

  • Data centers everywhere via fibre. [DC Knowledge]

  • Data center networking challenges. [DC Journal]

  • Cross links in a spine and leaf. [Russ White]

  • Building DC fabrics with SPB. [ipSpace, video]

  • Network convergence: how it affects data centers. [DC Journal]

  • Do we need chassis switches anymore in the DC? [DC Overlords]

  • Meeting the many needs of data centre interconnect. [GazettaByte]

  • Spine and leaf fabrics: implicit or explicit compexity? [ipSpace]

  • Facebook building own fibre network to link data centers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook's split network backbone. [Russ White] [TheNextPlatform]

  • MegaSwitch: an interesting new data center fabric. [Russ White] [MegaSwitch PDF]

  • Overlays in DC fabrics. [ipSpace, video]

  • Why it's a good idea to clear your browser history and cookies. [Graham Cluley]

  • Why is online surveillance more repressive than ever -- NordVPN. [Voxy]

  • Why didn't we have leaf-and-spine fabrics decades ago? [ipSpace]

  • LinkedIn's data center design principles. [Network Computing] [Russ White]

  • Leaf-and-spine networks vs fabric extenders. [ipSpace]

  • Building a Layer-2 DC fabric in 2016. [ipSpace]

  • Do you have a plan for when your ISP goes down? [DC Journal]

  • Ingress traffic flow in multi-DC deployments. [ipSpace]

  • Conducting a DR test. [DC Journal]

  • Scaling L3-only DC networks. [ipSpace]

  • Navigating the data center networking landscape. [DC Knowledge]

  • DC fabric segment routing use case. [Russ White: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5]

  • Optimise your data center: reduce the number of uplinks. [ipSpace, video]

  • Building WAN infrastructure for the cloud. [Network Computing]

  • Nokia’s new case for GPON shrinking data center footprints. [DC Knowledge]

  • DAC cables and modules at 50Gbps / 200Gbps. [The Register]

  • Inside Facebook networking. [EtherealMind]

  • Data center fabrics and SDN. [ipSpace]

  • 25GE data center deployment scenarios. [Network Computing]

  • The data center network of networks. [EtherealMind]

  • Data center interconnect design considerations. [Network Computing]

  • Using BGP in data center fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • Facebook shifts switch to 100G. [EE Times] [DC Knowledge]

  • Anyone can now build Facbook's data center switch. [DC Knowledge]

  • All you need are two switches. [ipSpace, presentation] [ipSpace, text]

  • Next-gen DC interconnect tech enables explosion of online video and cloud services. [DC Knowledge]

  • What happens when a data center switch fabric fails? [ipSpace]

  • Addressing the top five DCI challenges. [DC Knowledge]

  • Details on Google’s massive cloud infrastructure revealed. [ExtremeTech]

  • Why firewalls won't matter in a few years. [EtherealMind]

  • Design considerations for north/south flows in the data center. [Lost In Transit]

  • Design challenge: multiple data centers connected with slow links. [ipSpace]

  • How the network now defines the data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook launches new Iowa data center with entirely new network architecture. [DC Knowledge] [TechCrunch] [Gizmodo]

    • Facebook's new data center is bad news for Cisco. [Wired]

    • Photo tour of FB's new Iowa data center. [DC Knowledge]

    • Facebook's next-gen fabric. [ipSpace]

  • All you need are two top-of-rack switches. [ipSpace]

  • The role of internet exchanges in the data center interconnect market. [DC Knowledge]

  • Evolving the data center network core. [The Open Fabric]

  • The power of port replication in the data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Cisco Nexus data center -- please help validate my design. [Reddit]

  • Juniper vs Cisco for DC/Core. [Reddit]

  • Is the data center "one network" or "connected smaller networks"? [EtherealMind]

  • Is hyperscale possible in networking? [Network Computing]

  • Cisco-threatening open switch coming from Facebook, Intel, and Broadcom. [Ars Technica]

  • Wikipedia's Internet infrastructure. [DC Knowledge]

  • Data acceleration: a game changer for converged infrastructure. [DC Knowledge]

  • IPv6-only data centers: deployment guidelines. [ipSpace] [ipSpace Video]

  • SNAT vs PBR for server load balancing. [StackExchange]

  • How much data center bandwidth do you really need? [ipSpace]

  • Design options in dual-stack data centers. [ipSpace] [ipSpace MP4]

  • A closer look at data center high availability and service delivery. [DC Knowledge]

  • The software defined data center meets disaster recovery. [DC Knowledge]

  • Upgrading from 10GB/s to 40GB/s and beyond. [DC Knowledge]

  • Secure solutions for data center interconnect. [DC Knowledge]

  • Optimal solutions for data center connect (DCC). [DC Knowledge]

  • Data center networks are getting flatter and fitter. [The Register]

  • VM BPDU spoofing attack works quite nicely in HA clusters. [ipSpace]

  • Intel wants to kill the traditional server rack with 100Gbps links. [Ars Technica]

  • Consolidation: shrinking our way to Data Center 3.0. [DC Knowledge]

  • The world's biggest fibre LAN lives at a nuclear weapons research lab. [Gizmodo]

  • WAN routing in data centers with Layer 2 DCI. [ipSpace]

  • Making the case for DDoS protection. [DC Knowledge]

    • Why anti-DDoS services matter in today's business environment. [DC Knowledge]

  • Preventing a botnet attack on your data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Merchant silicon evolution, 40GigE arriving in 2015, and impact on data center design. [EtherealMind]

  • Global strategies: communications and network design considerations. [DC Knowledge]

  • Intra-spine links in leaf-and-spine fabrics. [ipSpace]

  • The migration path from 10G to 40G and beyond. [DC Knowledge]

  • Cisco's open networking fabric for data centers and clouds. [Cisco]

    • Scale your data center. [Cisco]

  • Long-distance vMotion, stretched HA clusters, and business needs. [ipSpace]

  • Network virtualisation: a next generation modular platform for the data center virtual network. [Brad Hedlund]

  • How Google and Facebook will make the leap to lightspeed. [Wired]

  • Five questions to ask about your 10GE data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Redundant data center Internet connectivity -- problem overview. [ipSpace]

    • Response: redundant data center Internet connectivity. [EtherealMind]

    • Redundant data center Internet connectivity -- high-level design. [ipSpace] [ipSpace]

  • Extending the data center into the cloud. [DC Knowledge]

  • How to build a zero downtime data center network. [DC Knowledge]

  • Link aggregation with stackable data center top-of-rack switches. [ipSpace]

  • Building a data center network for 10GBe servers. [DC Knowledge]

  • WAN technologies help data centers grow and evolve. [DC Knowledge]

  • Data center modernisation: from smart data centers to enterprise smart grids. [DC Knowledge]

  • SDN technologies bring data centers closer together. [DC Knowledge]

  • Prepare your network for hyperconvergence with WAN optimisation. [DC Knowledge]

  • IBM: nanophotonics will smash data center bottlenecks. [ReadWriteWeb] [DC Knowledge]

  • Who needs 16 uplinks? Welcome to the 10GE world! [ipSpace]

  • Large leaf-and-spine fabrics with Dell Force10 switches using 10GE uplinks. [ipSpace]

  • Stackable data center switches? Do the math! [ipSpace]

  • Benefits of deploying SFP+ fibre vs 10GBase-T. [DC Knowledge]

  • Big data for CERN requires a bit network. [DC Knowledge]

  • Basic introduction to leaf/spine data center networking fabric design. [Brad Hedlund]

  • Skip the transition: build IPv6-only data centers. [ipSpace]

  • Is layer-3 DCI safe? [ipSpace]

  • Don't use IPv6 RA on server LANs. [ipSpace]

  • Making the case for DDoS protection. [DC Knowledge]

  • Brocade's data center Ethernet strategy. [EtherealMind]

  • State of IPv6 in data center gear. [ipSpace]

  • Data center fabric presentations available online. [ipSpace]

  • QFabric behind the curtain: I was spot-on. [ipSpace]

  • High velocity trading rendered visceral. [BoingBoing] [BBC Podcasts]

  • How to optimise Internet performance. [DC Knowledge]

  • Virtualisation of data centers: new options in the control and data planes. [DC Knowledge]

  • Big bandwidth: unlocking a new competitive advantage. [WSJ ATD]

  • Meeting security challenges in virtualised data centers. [DC Knowledge]

  • How WAN optimisation can transform disaster recovery. [DC Knowledge]

  • Rethinking core economics of network growth. [DC Knowledge]

  • How the QFabric system enables a high-performance, scalable big data infrastructure. [Juniper]

    • Juniper updates QFabric for mid-sized data centers. [DC Knowledge]

    • The fastest data center in the west world. [Juniper]

  • Cisco puts a virtual router in the clouds. [The Register] [DC Knowledge]

  • High-speed trading: it's all about the nanoseconds. [DC Knowledge]

  • Network virtualisation. [Network Heresy]

  • IPv6-only data center. [ipSpace]

  • Architecting data center networks in the era of big data and cloud. [Brad Hedlund]

  • What is a virtual network? It's not what you think it is. [Wired]

  • Exercises to keep your data center on its toes. [The Register]

  • Optical networks and low latency for data centers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Full mesh is the worst possible fabric architecture. [ipSpace]

  • Google, Amazon, and Microsoft swarm China for network gear. [Wired]

  • Using FC, FCoE or iSCSCI when deploying new gear in existing data center. [ipSpace]

  • Network convergence: challenges and solutions. [DC Knowledge]

  • MPLS/VPN in the data center? Maybe not in the hypervisors. [ipSpace]

  • Super-secret Google builds servers in the dark. [Wired] [Gizmodo]

  • Server naming conventions, revisited. [DC Knowledge]

  • The new data center geography. [DC Knowledge]

  • 5 best practices for data center migration. [DC Knowledge: part 1, part 2]

  • Microsoft network load balancing behind the scenes. [ipSpace]

  • The network's role in data center efficiency. [DC Knowledge]

  • Simplify the future by unifying the data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • IP renumbering in disaster avoidance data center designs. [ipSpace]

  • Is your network WAN optimisation really helping? [DC Knowledge]

  • Tips for simplifying your cloud network. [DC Knowledge]

  • Defining "fabric" in the era of overlays. [Network Heresy]

  • VM-aware networking improves IAAS cloud scalability. [ipSpace]

  • Ethernet reaches for the hyper-scale cloud. [The Register]

  • What are 10 Gigabit ultra short reach (USR) optics? [EtherealMind]

  • Data center fabric architectures -- almost there. [IOS Hints]

  • Hadoop network design challenge. [Brad Hedlund]

  • You can't sell multi-hop FCoE even though it's a consultant's dream. [EtherealMind]

  • Busting layer-2 data center interconnect myths. [IOS Hints]

  • Can network architectures break the speed limit? [The Register]

  • IPv6 adoption in the data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Switch fabrics: I/O queues and buffers. [EtherealMind]

  • FCoE networking elements classification. [IOS Hints]

  • The battle for the converged data center network. [DC Knowledge]

  • Packet-Optical data center interconnect networks. [DC Knowledge]

  • Do we really want 100Gig Ethernet? [The Register]

  • What is the definition of a switch fabric? [EtherealMind]

  • Cisco's latest 'fabric'. Really? [Juniper]

  • Data centers and IPv6: why it matters to you. [DC Knowledge]

  • High & low: performance and latency matter. [DC Knowledge]

  • On data center scale, OpenFlow, and SDN. [Brad Hedlund]

  • How many 10GE ports do you really need? [EtherealMind]

  • Distributed firewalls: how badly do you want to fail? [IOS Hints]

  • (V)Cloud architects, ever heard of MPLS? [IOS Hints]

    • MPLS/VPN in data center interconnect (DCI) designs. [IOS Hints]

  • When is a fabric not a fabric? [Juniper]

  • Comparing data center fabrics from Juniper, Brocade and Cisco. [Etherealmind]

    • Inverse virtualisation for Internet-scale applications. [Brad Hedlund]

  • Cisco launches two more IPv4-only data center products. [IOS Hints]

  • How would you use VPLS transport in L2 DCI? [IOS Hints]

  • FCoE:

    • FCoMPLS -- attack of the zombies. [IOS Hints]

    • Why would FC/FCoE scale better than iSCSI? [IOS Hints]

    • FCoE between data centers? Forget it! [IOS Hints]

    • FCoE, QCN and frame relay analogies. [IOS Hints]

    • Is FC switching bridging or routing? [IOS Hints]

  • So what part of Layer 3 don't they get? [Juniper]

  • The two roles of the data center network. [Juniper]

  • Here's now a datacentre network works. [The Register]

  • Futures review on 40 and 100 gigabit Ethernet. [Etherealmind]

  • DCI encryption. [DC Knowledge]

  • The next wave of network convergence. [DC Knowledge]

  • Ethernet adapts to many data center applications. [Network World]

  • Routed or switched access layers -- why not both? [PacketLife]

  • ATAoE for converged DC networks? No way. [IOS Hints]

  • Google eyes ‘optical express’ for its network. [DC Knowledge]

  • How Google routes around outages. [DC Knowledge]

Miscellaneous Articles

Network Virtualisation

  • VNFs and containers: heptagonal pegs and triangle holes. [ipSpace]

  • Making the dream of NFV a reality. [DC Journal]

  • A guide to the key elements of NFV usage. [GazettaByte]

  • Network Function Virtualisation - NFV:

  • How useful is microsegmentation? [ipSpace]

  • Software-defined data centers: VMware designs. [Network Computing]

  • Virtualization in the WAN: where it's headed. [Network Computing]

  • Hyperconvergence in the network. [Russ White] [ECI Telecom]

  • Hyperconverged infrastructure: what companies should think. [DC Journal]

  • What is a hyperconverged infrastructure? [ipSpace]

  • Three key things to rethink in an era of hyperconverged infrastructure. [DC Knowledge]

  • To YANG or not YANG, that is the question. [ipSpace]

  • IT automation: what to automate and when? [DC Knowledge]

  • One third of AT&T's network is now virtualised. [DC Knowledge]

  • L3 virtualisation and VRFs. [ipSpace]

  • Deploying network virtualization in the enterprise. [Network Computing]

  • Running BGP between virtual machine and ToR switch. [ipSpace]

  • Server virtualisation slides. [The Next Platform]

  • STP on virtual switches. [ipSpace]

  • SSL termination on virtual appliances -- another myth busted. [ipSpace]

  • Do you speak NFV? Time to go back to school and learn. [The Register]

  • Can virtual routers compete with physical hardware? [ipSpace]

  • Learning by doing: orphaned DVS uplink. [Network Inferno]

  • Virtual appliances and shorter lifecycles. [EtherealMind]

  • Should I use a traditional firewall in a microsegmented environment? [ipSpace]

  • Do we still need subnets in virtualised networks? [ipSpace]

  • Open platforms, open networks: the new IP. [ReadWriteWeb]

  • VMs compared. [The Register]

  • Hardware gateways in overlay virtual networks. [ipSpace, video]

  • Purge all the firewall rules. [Network Inferno: part 1, part 2]

  • How do I get started with SDN and virtualisation? [ipSpace]

  • The pros and cons of Open Compute. [The Register]

  • Availability zones in overlay virtual networks. [ipSpace, video]

  • Overlay networking as a method to scale flow networking and handling. [EtherealMind]

  • Myths that refuse to die: scalability of overlay networking. [ipSpace]

  • Cisco puts elastic in the fabric. [The Register]

  • Telco heavyweights pass packets in NFV demo. [The Register]

  • Why Cisco is warming to non-ACI data center SDN. [DC Knowledge]

  • Scaling overlay networks: the problem. [ipSpace, video]

  • OVN brings networking function to OVS. [Network Inferno] [Network Heresy] [Open vSwitch]

  • Implementing a zero-trust security architecture. [Network Inferno]

  • Overlay virtual networks in software-defined data centers. [ipSpace]

  • The network iceberg -- virtualisation. [Network Static]

  • Network programmability:

  • Phase 1: the configured network. [ipSpace]

  • Phase 2: the provisioned network. [ipSpace]

  • Connecting virtual routers to the outside world. [ipSpace]

  • Geneve -- ecosystem support has arrived. [Network Heresy]

  • Finally: a virtual switch that supports BPDU Guard. [ipSpace]

  • Physical networks in the virtualized networking world. [Network Heresy]

  • Virtual switch 101. [ipSpace]

  • An introduction to Zero Trust virtualization-centric security. [Brad Hedlund]

  • The DCK guide to the as-a-service revolution. [DC Knowledge]

  • Complex routing in Hyper-V network virtualisation. [ipSpace]

  • Is Open vSwitch control plane in-band or out-of-band? [ipSpace]

  • Overlay virtual networking solutions overview. [ipSpace]

  • Overlay networking & VXLAN means MPLS in the data center is dead. [EtherealMind]

  • Death to vMotion. [DC Overlords]

  • Packet forwarding in Amazon VPC. [ipSpace]

  • Virtual packet forwarding in Hyper-V network virtualisation. [ipSpace]

  • An update on using GRE tunnels with Open vSwitch. [Scott Lowe]

  • Network virtualisation and the end-to-end principle. [Network Heresy]

  • Can OpenStack be saved from itself? [ReadWriteWeb]

  • Don't leave network virtualisation to server admins. [Network Computing]

  • OpenStack adds F5 as member. [The Register]

  • The power of a consumable data center network design. [DC Knowledge]

  • OpenStack Quantum (Neutron) plug-in: there can only be one. [ipSpace]

  • What are the benefits of enterprise-level virtualisation? [Lifehacker]

  • Migrating a cold VM into a foreign subnet. [ipSpace]

  • Why is network virtualisation so hard? [ipSpace]

  • Network virtualisation gets physical. [Network Heresy]

  • Software defined data centers and the blending of cultures. [Network Janitor]

  • Visibility, debugging, and network virtualisation. [Network Heresy: part 1, part 2]

  • Smart fabrics vs overlay virtual networks. [ipSpace]

  • What is a distributed firewall? [Brad Hedlund]

  • Virtualisation acceleration in the real world. [DC Knowledge]

  • Selling management on virtualised infrastructure. [DC Knowledge]

  • Network virtualisation and spaghetti wall. [ipSpace]

  • What is the software defined data center, and why is it important? [WSJ ATD]

  • The secret to OpenStack's success. [ReadWriteWeb]

  • Dynamic routing with virtual appliances. [ipSpace]

  • Introduction to how overlay networking and tunnel fabrics work. [EtherealMind]

  • Network virtualisation at TOR switches? Makes as much sense as IP-over-APPN. [ipSpace]

  • Scale, SDN, and network virtualisation. [Network Heresy]

  • What is network virtualisation? [Brad Hedlund] [ipSpace]

  • Hyper-V 3.0 extensible virtual switch. [ipSpace]

  • Open Compute will begin building network switches. [DC Knowledge]

  • Server Guy's guide to virtual networks. [ipSpace: PDF]

  • Open vSwitch under the hood. [ipSpace]

  • Virtual firewall presentation from Troopers 13. [ipSpace] [ipSpace PDF]

  • Resiliency of VM NIC firewalls. [ipSpace]

  • OpenStack: control freak is a platform, just like Android and iOS. [The Register]

  • Virtualisation: the next frontier. [DC Knowledge]

  • Ericsson readies carrier-grade OpenStack for telcos and SPs. [The Register]

  • Steps to protect your data center after virtualisation. [DC Knowledge]

  • OpenStack isn't our saviour from lock-in or support costs. [EtherealMind]

  • OpenCompute servers and the impact on networking. [EtherealMind]

  • OpenStack 101: what is OpenStack? [DC Knowledge]

  • Hyper-V network virtualisation (WNV/NVGRE): simply amazing. [ipSpace]

  • The truth about virtualisation security. [Juniper]

  • Virtual firewall taxonomy. [ipSpace]

    • What exactly are virtual firewalls? [ipSpace]

  • Monitoring virtual data centers: how to avoid the virtual blind spot. [DC Knowledge]

  • Cisco rolls up its own OpenStack distro. [The Register]

  • Tunneling for network virtualisation. [Network Heresy]

  • Free, open-source VirtualBox lags behind VMware and Parallels. [Ars Technica]

  • OpenStack 1.0 specification available now. [EtherealMind] [Open Compute Project]

  • OpenStack rolls out new features with Folsom. [DC Knowledge] [The Register]

  • Infrastructure-as-code with OpenStack. [DC Knowledge]

  • OpenStack gets real. [GigaOM]

  • Security implications of virtualisation. [Juniper]

  • First look: Hyper-V 2012 targets VMware's air supply. [Ars Technica]

  • New ways to disaster recovery using virtualisation. [ReadWriteWeb]

  • OpenStack gains global traction. [DC Knowledge]

  • Designing scalable web applications. [ipSpace] [Scribd]

  • Ex-Akamai man: stop being faithful to your CDN. [The Register]

  • The great disk drive in the sky: how web giants are storing big -- and we mean big -- data. [Ars Technica]

Servers and Storage

  • Battle of the Infinibands. [Russ White] [TNP]

  • Infiniband quantum leap. [Russ White] [TNP]

  • Server performance vs health. [Network Computing]

  • Routing on hosts deep dive. [ipSpace, ipSpace MP4]

  • The smart way to move virtual machines. [DC Journal]

  • Server storage I/O converged / hyper-converged overview. [DC Journal]

  • Microsoft's open source data center hardware. [DC Knowledge]

  • FSAN unveils roadmap plans. [GazettaByte]

  • SAN and NAS basics. [Russ White] [FlackBox]

  • Serverless architecture pros and cons. [Network Computing]

  • Scale-out storage architectures. [Network Computing]

  • Networking advances that improve storage performance. [Network Computing]

  • Server virtualisation slides. [The Next Platform]

  • Fibre channel: what is it good for? [DC Overlords]

  • 2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations. [The Register]

  • VSAN: as always, latency is the real killer. [ipSpace]

  • Google gives the world a peek at its secret servers. [Engadget] [Google Blog]

  • Data centre disk use is spinning down – Wikibon report. [The Register]

  • At Facebook data centers, new protocol helps add servers faster. [DC Knowledge]

  • Snowden's NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world. [The Register]

  • A quick introduction to CoreOS. [Scott Lowe]

  • IBM demos 154TB tape. [The Register]

  • Sony nanotechnicians invent magnetic tape that stores 148 Gb per square inch. [The Register]

  • Connecting legacy servers to overlay virtual networks. [ipSpace]

  • It's storage's holy grail: VSANs, PSANs and virtual silos. [The Register]

  • Will micro servers put blade servers out to pasture? [Network Computing]

  • SSDs: a guide to using flash in the data center. [Network Computing]

  • FCoE vs FC farce. [DC Overlords]

  • Redundant server-to-network connectivity. [ipSpace]

  • Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search. [The Register] [GigaOM]

  • How Dropbox stores stuff for 200 million users. [DC Knowledge]

  • Storage disaggregation in the data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Paradoxes of big data. [Schneier] [SSRN]

  • Google strengthens compute engine with load balancing. [DC Knowledge]

  • Planning for a cloud-ready distributed storage infrastructure. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook explains how 'TAO' serves social workloads, data requests. [ZDNet] [The Register]

  • Presto: Facebook reveals exabyte-scale query engine. [The Register]

  • Virtual appliance performance is becoming a non-issue. [ipSpace]

  • Google will track every task on ever data center server. [The Register]

  • How storage is shaping the cloud data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • As cloud wars heat up, server OEMs bet on OpenStack. [DC Knowledge]

  • Exposing the six myths of deduplication. [DC Knowledge]

  • Does dedicated iSCSI infrastructure make sense? [ipSpace]

  • Behind Blue Waters: assembly of Cray XE6 blades. [DC Knowledge]

  • 6 tips for selecting HDD and SSD drives. [DC Knowledge]

  • 7 considerations for big data adoption. [DC Knowledge]

  • Creating an effective data center warehouse strategy. [DC Knowledge]

  • Hot and cold VM mobility. [ipSpace]

  • Facebook reveals plan for new archival data center. [The Register]

  • Who needs HP and Dell? Facebook now designs all its own servers. [Ars Technica]

  • Big data: why it's not always that big, nor even that clever. [The Register]

  • Debugging Microsoft network load balancing. [ipSpace]

  • Facebook scales servers with retooled Chef. [DC Knowledge]

  • Experiencing heavy server load? Just slow down time. [DC Knowledge]

  • Truly these are the golden years of storage. [The Register]

  • Google reveals tape-tastic data center in video. [The Register]

  • The taxonomy of exascalar. [DC Knowledge]

  • Hyve brings Facebook's servers to your racks. [DC Knowledge]

  • Has big data reached its moment of disillusionment? [WSJ ATD]

  • Video: servers stacked like books on a shelf. [DC Knowledge]

  • Silicon photonics: the data center at light speed. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook builds exabyte data centers for cold storage. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook shatters the computer server into tiny pieces. [Wired] [HardOCP] [OCP] [Engadget] [DC Knowledge] [ReadWriteWeb] [The Register]

    • OpenCompute servers and the impact on networking. [EtherealMind]

  • Solid state storage is taking over the data center -- slowly. [ReadWriteWeb]

  • This custom data center rack has 160 Mac Minis crammed inside of it. [Gizmodo]

  • What is big data? [Gizmodo]

  • Video: Facebook's next-generation servers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Beyond hardware: software defined storage. [DC Knowledge]

  • How Amazon followed Google into the world of secret servers. [Wired]

  • Peta, exa, yotta, and beyond: big data reaches cosmic proportions. [ReadWriteWeb]

  • Video: big thinkers on big data. [DC Knowledge] [YouTube]

  • The sticking power of tape storage int he age of big data. [DC Knowledge]

  • Unlock your capacity by unplugging your ghost servers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Don't use IPv6 RA on server LANs. [ipSpace]

  • Why everyone -- not just geeks -- should care about big data. [Wired]

  • Dell's blade data-center-in-a-box better than HPs. [The Register]

  • The "appliance" approach to big data and private cloud. [Brad Hedlund]

  • Big data bites back -- how to handle those unwieldy digits. [The Register]

  • Sparse Data -- the next big thing is small. [DC Knowledge]

  • Google's Dremel makes big data look small. [Wired]

  • How big data became so big. [NYT]

  • Virtualisation of data centers: new options in the control and data planes. [DC Knowledge]

  • Hypervisor 101: understanding the virtualisation market. [DC Knowledge]

  • Big data: what do you think it is? [ReadWriteWeb]

  • VMware vs Microsoft: Ars OpenForum debates who's best at virtualisation. [Ars Technica]

  • At Amazon, SSD boosts cloud power for database apps. [DC Knowledge]

  • Meeting security challenges in virtualised data centers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Where in the world is Google building servers? [Wired]

  • Google set up 'raw' server service. [BBC News]

  • Facebook's new server, storage designs. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook's new windmill server design. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook's storage design prototype. [DC Knowledge]

  • HP unveils next phase in extreme low-energy server initiative. [GeekZone]

  • Server efficiency: aligning energy use with workloads. [DC Knowledge]

  • New DoS tool lets a single PC bring down an Apache server. [Ars Technica]

  • Storage: a secret weapon to lower TCO in the data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Study: server failures don't rise along with the heat. [DC Knowledge]

  • Reducing server power consumption. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook: server management systems 'a big headache'. [The Register]

  • What will the servers of the future look like? [DC Knowledge]

  • Blade servers 101. [DC Knowledge]

  • Server virtualisation is not enough. [The Register]

  • Surprise -- Cisco's blade servers are number three in the market. [WSJ ATD]

  • A UNIX comparison -- HP, AIX and Solaris. [DC Knowledge]

  • Big data meets big storage: an in-depth look at Isilon's scale-out storage solution. [Ars Technica]

  • SeaMicro servers power launch of Firefox 4. [DC Knowledge]

  • A visit to Silicon Valley’s hot new hardware company: hyper energy-efficient microserver maker SeaMicro. [Scobleizer]

  • The value of UNIX for mission-critical workloads. [DC Knowledge]

  • Digging deeper into Microsoft's server designs. [DC Knowledge]

  • Introduction to Ethernet storage. [The Register]

  • A look inside a microserver-powered data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Skype: overloaded servers caused ripple effect. [DC Knowledge]

  • Network ZEN -- storage traffic isn't so important. [Etherealmind]

  • Should a networking engineer care about servers and storage? [Etherealmind]

Power / Energy / PUE

  • Rethinking DCs as resilient sustainable facilities. [DC Knowledge]

  • Basics of selecting rack-mount PDUs and power strips. [DC Knowledge]

  • 3-phase PDU solutions. [Server Technology]

  • The basics of selecting rack-mount PDUs and power strips. [DC Knowledge] [DC Knowledge]

  • Advances in UPS Technology for critical IT applications. [Network Computing]

  • How Microsoft is keeping its cloud more efficient than your data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Know the difference between three-phase and single-phase power. [DC Knowledge]

  • Energy efficient data centers. [Russ White] [DC Journal]

  • Latest Microsoft data center design gets close to unity PUE. [DC Knowledge]

  • Performance indicator, Green Grid’s new data center metric explained. [DC Knowledge]

  • Why reliable power protection is critical for data center operators. [DC Knowledge]

  • Large UPS battery considerations. [DC Journal]

  • Facebook data centers: huge scale at low power density. [DC Knowledge]

  • Stop making a big stink about data center PUE. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook's new Fort Worth data center will be powered entirely by wind. [Gizmodo] [Facebook]

  • How Microsoft got rid of big data center UPS. [DC Knowledge]

  • Why Your high-efficiency data center needs good PDUs. [DC Knowledge]

  • Google using machine learning to boost data center efficiency. [DC Knowledge] [Ars Technica] [Engadget] [Wired] [The Register]

  • Safeguarding equipment while reducing power consumption. [DC Knowledge]

  • Apple, Google, Facebook earn high marks from Greenpeace. [DC Knowledge]

  • The evolving PUE of containerised data centers. [Network Computing]

  • Ultra-green Europeans scorn Facebook's data centre blueprint. [The Register]

  • Taking a truly holistic view of data center efficiency. [DC Knowledge]

  • An overlooked problem: dynamic power variations. [DC Knowledge]

  • Augmenting power monitoring and control at data centers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Greenpeace to Facebook: 100% renewable is not green enough. [DC Knowledge]

  • Google powering Finnish server farm with Swedish wind farm. [DC Knowledge]

  • Are you suffering from PUE envy? [DC Knowledge]

  • Going off the grid: Delaware data center will generate its own power. [DC Knowledge]

  • Gaining more efficiency from power distribution within data centers. [DC Knowledge]

  • Design for efficient operational energy management. [DC Knowledge]

  • Microsoft: centralisation is driving energy efficiency. [DC Knowledge]

  • Facebook unveils live dashboard for PUE, water use. [DC Knowledge] [Wired]

  • A model-based approach to data center energy management. [DC Knowledge]

  • Mapping a course to data center efficiency. [DC Knowledge]

  • Visualising trends in "energy per operation". [DC Knowledge]

  • Take the heat from data centers' PUE pitch. [The Register]

  • Video: solving power connector confusion. [Network Sherpa] [YouTube]

  • Are low PUE ratings hitting their limit? [DC Knowledge]

  • Data center efficiency: the past and the future. [DC Knowledge]

  • Follow-the-moon scheduling to lower energy costs. [DC Knowledge]

  • Retrofitting on-site power systems. [DC Knowledge]

  • The truth about dual power feeds. [DC Knowledge]

  • Google answers critics with wind power. [Wired] [The Register]

  • Joyent uses Trellis to peer into app power use. [DC Knowledge]

  • Factors that impact data center energy efficiency. [DC Knowledge]

  • Energy efficiency: measuring a facility's power use. [DC Knowledge]

  • Power when you need it: parallel generators expand options. [DC Knowledge]

  • Greenpeace under fire again after regrading of Apple's data center energy plans. [MacRumors]

  • Energy efficiency in today's data center. [DC Knowledge]

  • Debunking data center power myths. [DC Knowledge]

  • Impact of a data center's energy cost on TCO. [DC Knowledge]

  • Annals of bad luck: when primary, backup and second packup power fail. [Ars Technica]

  • Microsoft data plants will tap landfills, sewage for power. [