General Motors is bringing the company’s IT affairs back in-house after nearly two decades of outsourcing. The automaker is actively working to consolidate its IT operations from 23 datacenters around the globe (most of which are leased) down to just two by 2015.
On Monday, AMD announced it is adding ARM-based Opterons to its portfolio, the first non-x86 server chips in the company’s history. The new processors, due out in 2014, will use 64-bit ARM SoCs on top of its SeaMicro Freedom Fabric technology, and will be aimed at the datacenter and cloud space.
The software platform promises to turn commodity hardware and storage components into agile cloud-based datacenters.
Networking sage talks about Moore’s Law, switch buffers and merchant chips.
Automaker looks to Iceland for energy savings.
The combined LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference, which took place in San Diego last week, provided a forum for valuable keynotes on the state of Linux and cloud, many informative booths, and a wide array of interesting activities and sessions. On the first day of the three-day event, a panel on Cloud APIs had everyone talking about what it means to be open or closed in this increasingly connected world.
EU project offers software that makes datacenters more energy-efficient.
Holyoke datacenter will serve up HPC to MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts
On Tuesday, Dell announced a prototype low-power server built with ARM processors, code-named “Copper,” aimed at the hyperscale datacenter space. Enterprises running large Web, cloud and big data environments are looking to custom-built servers as a means of lowering the cost of computing. Dell will not be selling the ARM server outright, but will provide units to select customers and partners for application development and benchmarking.
Company looks to renewable energy to power its computing infrastructure.