First up today is an article about greenwashing. Just looking at the PR releases flowing in the Twitter stream shows not only egregious greenwash (HP’s Wynyard data center starts off air cooled, then wind cooled, then GLACIAL wind cooled) but high levels of cloudwash as well (I define cloudwash as the attachment of the term “cloud” to things having little or nothing whatsoever to do with cloud computing). Come on folks, can the BS and actually DO something worth the claim!
Next up is the piece about Washington’s data center tax giveaway passing. I hope they have better luck than South Carolina did with Google.
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The tax break incentives in the data center war are getting absolutely crazy. Virginia throws in 10 years of no sales tax on IT equipment, North Carolina ups the ante with $10.3 million for Apple. Given the small number of people actually employed in these facilities, do they really gain more than they give out in corporate welfare?
Have you ever been inspired to write haiku about a data center? Personally, I’ve been inspired to write a few unprintable things by a few of them.
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First up today is reading about WAN optimizing as an on demand service for data center virtual cloud tenants. I’m not sure how this could really apply to a cloud. Certainly not a public cloud, since all the cloud tenants are effectively sharing a massive LAN (albeit likely VPNd). I guess you could refer to the uplinks from a private cloud as WAN, I’m still not sure how or why you’d apply this. As much as the cloud resembles just a large bunch of physical computers, not everything translates across.
Next up is reading about 5 barriers to total virtualization. The question is asked, what kind of mission critical apps can “safely” be virtualized? The short answer is, any of them! Unless you have something the requires draconian security protocols (such as being able to lay your hand on the exact physical disk that holds the data) or is such a server hog that it won’t fit within the capacity of a virtual machine, it should be fair game!
Finally, there’s the piece about states giving away the tax revenue to attract massive data center projects. Aside from a temporary bump in construction jobs, where’s the benefit? Not from employment (Microsoft runs 700K sq ft with only 45 people), not from taxes (already gave those away). In the meantime, they ignore smaller locally based business that might actually do the community some good, in the name of chasing the big name publicity op.