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Networking Hardware

Who Actually Has the Greenest Datacentre of Them All?

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Who Actually Has the Greenest Datacentre of Them All?

Move over Google and Facebook, a German startup claims the crown of greenest datacentre operator-- Cloud&Heat says its datacentre in Dresden uses the least energy, undercutting Google records by over 40%.

“The latest results measured in our data center at Wallotstraße in Dresden undercut the energy values of the most modern and efficient server facilities significantly. Also, those of Google and Facebook,“ the company says. “We have achieved a sensational Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.01 and Energy Reuse Effectiveness (ERE) of 0.62, with regard to a year. This is the lowest measured value worldwide. We have not reached this value in cool Scandinavia or Alaska but in our datacentre in Dresden, Germany, with a current expansion stage of 60%.”

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Kramer vs Kramer – Meet the AV Over IP Network

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Kramer vs Kramer – Meet the AV Over IP Network

Meet the Kramer Network, an enterprise management platform for AV over IP solutions introduced at ISE 2016.

Kramer Network is an enterprise software platform that lets you route, manage, control, operate and maintain all your Pro AV, IT and IP solutions with one convenient web-based interface: the one platform that they say can manage everything.

Kramer Network is designed to be a hybrid approach to AV networking as it manages both legacy AV devices and newer IP-based AV devices. (Now you get our “Kramer vs Kramer” headline. Kramer Network might let a legacy Kramer AV product talk to the new Kramer IP products, for example.)

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Dell Intros Mid-Range DSS 9000 Infrastructure

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Dell Intros Mid-Range DSS 9000 Infrastructure

Dell presents the DSS 9000 ahead of MWC 2016-- a modular rack-level infrastructure aimed at mid-size and large customers featuring compute and storage sleds, built-in networking and shared power/cooling.

Designed as a flexible solution for carriers and cloud service providers, the system ships open management APIs allowing users to create composable infrastructure at rack-level from Intel's Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) and Redfish. Customers can configure racks according to how much processing or storage capabilities are required, with each rack holding up to 80 compute or 40 storage modules.

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Whose Test Datacentre Lives Under the Sea?

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Whose Test Datacentre Lives Under the Sea?

Let's talk datacentres, shall we? They take too much space, require constant cooling and use too much power to run. Microsoft reckons it would be better for all if such oversized computers would be put under the sea, where they bother no one. Yes, really.

Of course such an idea demands at least some testing-- which is what Microsoft did on August 2015, when it dumped a a datacentre packed inside an experimental vessel in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Christened "Leona Philpot" (after a character from the Halo game series), the datacentre operated on the seafloor for 105 days, and is described as a reflection of Microsoft's "ongoing quest for cloud datacenter solutions that offer rapid provisioning, lower costs, high responsiveness, and are more environmentally sustainable."

The idea for underwater datacentres comes from a number of Microsoft employees, including one with experience working on Navy submarines. This makes sense, since submarines are all about running sophisticated electronics under water, and of course we all know of the century-old tradition of lying cables on ocean floors all over the world.

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Control4 Buys Pakedge for $32.7 Million

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Control4 Buys Pakedge for $32.7 Million

It’s a win-win deal. Control4 Corporation will buy Pakedge Device & Software, a maker of networking products and cloud network-management services for both wireless and wired networking solutions for the connected home and business, for $32.7 million.

Pakedge had approximately $18.5 million in sales in 2015 via its professional sales and installation channel of 1700 independent dealers, 560 of which are also Control4 certified dealers.

“The connected consumer, connected home, and connected business opportunity is expanding along with th Read more...

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