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Here's What Data Centers for Edge Computing at the Tower Look Like

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  • Austin-based Vapor IO this year has been busy deploying some of the world’s first wireless tower-connected data center networks for edge computing in multiple US cities.
  • The company has its own ultra-dense pod design for housing IT hardware, called Vapor Chamber, its own shelter design for the pods, and a host of software for managing this highly distributed infrastructure.
  • Its plan is to sell colocation services in its edge data centers to telcos, hyperscalers, and enterprises that need distributed compute power close to where data is generated.
  • More about the company, its technology, and business model here.

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Branded Hybrid Clouds Redraw Data Center Boundaries. Here's How

  • Amazon Web Services’ announcement in November of its Outposts on-premises managed compute and storage racks, preceded by mere weeks by Cisco’s announcement that it was coupling its existing Kubernetes-based Cisco Container Platform (CCP) with Amazon’s Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (AKS), has intensified interest in hybrid cloud solutions.
  • Suddenly, there appear to be several options for data centers co-mingling on-premises assets with public cloud resources, all in one network space, without needing an advanced certification to pull it off.
  • The most significant of these new hybrid cloud solutions are those that extend a single virtual address space across on-premises servers and public cloud-based resources.
  • With Cisco’s new Hybrid Cloud Solution, CCP’s address space may be extended to include AWS territory without IT operators having to exit Cisco’s CloudCenter and enter AWS’s interface to manage it.

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5 Key Ingredients of an Enterprise Edge Computing Infrastructure

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  • You often hear that there’s more than one edge to a data center network.
  • That’s not all that helpful when you’re an enterprise deciding whether building out your processing, storage and networking assets closer to your customers or communications providers makes sense in terms of cost or quality-of-service.
  • But the types of applications for which edge computing makes the most sense requires more addressable data space than even the largest tiers of DRAM would allow — for example, multimedia caching for Web applications geared around rich customer experience (outbound traffic) or machine learning applications spotting suspicious activity in videos (inbound traffic).
  • It’s not an extension of an application running at the core or subservient to the public cloud, so its data storage needs to be ample enough for the job at hand, including supporting any virtual machines involved.

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Disaggregated Data Center Networks are Now a Reality. What’s Next?

  • Conversely, in a disaggregated network, the switches and routers are more like servers, with ordinary “merchant hardware” on the substrate and a replaceable, often open-source network operating system (NOS) as its software, most likely using Linux as its core.
  • “Decoupling” the software, as a developer would put it, enables its vendor (or, in the open-source case, its contributors) to adapt and improve it more frequently — far more often than its proprietary, EEPROM-based counterparts would get re-flashed.
  • Disaggregation allows for the insertion of open-source development into the discussion of network engineering, making the design of enterprise networks a topic of general interest — outside of the locked doors of vendors like Cisco, Arista, and Aruba — for the very first time.

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The Basics of Edge Computing and Data Center Networks

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  • But in the context of the data center network, the edge has a definite meaning: those addressable points along the periphery where data is either entering or exiting.
  • Transporting data from the edge to the core, transforming and processing that data at the core, and then transporting the results to the customer back through the edge are all expensive processes.
  • Do they only serve the purposes of the architecture for which they’re designed rather than re-architecting the network to serve the needs of the users more directly and effectively?
  • These are the questions network engineers are still asking.

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A Crash Course in Persistent Kubernetes Storage

  • Containers worked really well as a platform for hosting front end Web applications, for example, but they were not suitable for hosting things like database applications or anything else that required persistent storage.
  • Kubernetes exposes persistent storage to hosted applications through the use of persistent volumes (which are sometimes referred to as PVs).
  • Like a virtual machine volume, a persistent volume is created to be a specific size.
  • Another way that Kubernetes persistent volumes are similar to virtual machine volumes is how they are provisioned.
  • At this point in the process, the persistent volume does not have a relationship with any other Kubernetes objects, such as applications or pods.
  • A persistent volume claim (which is sometimes abbreviated as PVC) can be made either manually or dynamically, and makes a persistent storage volume available for use by a pod.

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Amazon Cites Trump Bias at ‘Enemy’ Bezos in Cloud Deal Loss

  • Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud unit, claimed in a lawsuit that was made public on Monday that the Defense Department ignored Amazon’s superior technology and awarded the contract to Microsoft Corp.
  • Amazon, which filed its lawsuit under seal last month in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, is seeking to prohibit the Defense Department from proceeding without a new evaluation or award decision.
  • Amazon’s lawsuit also lists other comments and actions by Trump and the Defense Department to make its case that the Pentagon bowed to political pressure when making the award to Microsoft.
  • For example, the lawsuit alleges that months after the Pentagon initially reviewed Amazon’s proposal, the Defense Department changed one of its requirements for hosting sensitive data, which prevented Amazon from leveraging its existing data centers and increased its total proposed price.

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How to Measure Your Cloud Success in Kilowatts

  • You now have the blueprint for moving applications from your own data centers to the cloud: your enterprise cloud strategy.
  • Will you tell them how many servers you’ve shut down in the data center, or how much storage capacity you no longer need to maintain?
  • Perhaps you’ll be able to impress your boss by boasting that you’ve managed to take an entire data center off the company’s books as a result of the cloud effort.
  • Speaking Monday at Gartner’s IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies conference in Las Vegas, Douglas Toombs, a VP analyst at the research and consulting firm, suggested that you should consider kilowatts as your metric for cloud-migration progress.
  • It abstracts away the many variables that make up the total cost of data center operations, while being simple enough for non-technical business executives to understand.

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Amazon Faces Widening US Antitrust Scrutiny in Cloud Business

  • Dina Bass, David McLaughlin and Naomi Nix (Bloomberg) -- U.S. antitrust enforcers have broadened their scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc. beyond its retail operations to include its massive cloud-computing business, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Investigators at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have been asking software companies recently about practices around Amazon’s cloud unit, known as Amazon Web Services, said the people, who declined to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
  • The outreach by the FTC signals that the agency, which is already looking at Amazon’s conduct in its vast online retail business, is taking a broader look at the company to determine whether it could be violating antitrust laws and harming competition.
  • One issue the FTC could look at is whether Amazon has an incentive to discriminate against those software companies, which sell their products to clients of AWS, while at the same time competing with Amazon.

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Bain Capital Plans IPO of Chinese Data Center Operator ChinData

  • Carol Zhong, Julia Fioretti, Cathy Chan (Bloomberg) -- Bain Capital is planning an IPO of Chinese data center operator ChinData Group, people familiar with the matter said.
  • The private equity firm has asked investment banks to pitch for a role on the share sale, which could take place next year, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
  • Any deal would value the company at more than $1 billion, though precise targets haven’t been set, the people said.
  • Bain invested in Beijing-based ChinData earlier this year and merged it with existing portfolio company Bridge Data Centres to form a pan-Asian data-center platform.
  • ChinData would join rival data-center operators GDS Holdings Ltd. and 21Vianet Group Inc. in seeking a public listing to fund expansion.
  • Beijing-based GDS raised $201 million from U.S. IPO in 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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