Vern Burke, SwiftWater Telecom
First up today is a piece about solar power efficiency and whether it is practical to run a data center from 100% solar (it’s worth noting that all of the “100% solar” data centers that I’ve seen are very tiny). It’s going to take a long time before photovoltaic solar power is efficient enough to run a large load like a data center but any load you can shed is a benefit to the bottom line, not to mention shading the data center roof to cut down cooling costs.
Next up is the piece about virtual machine ghosts in the data center. There’s no substitute for paying attention and keeping control of what you’re doing, this isn’t rocket science. These people would have to do exactly the same thing with physical servers, why is it such an awful strain to do it with virtual ones?
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