Top 5 Data Center Stories: Week of October 14


Racks of servers inside an IBM SoftLayer data center (Photo: IBM)

For your weekend reading, here are this week’s most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge:

Cloud by the Megawatt: Inside IBM’s Cloud Data Center Strategy – All major US hardware vendors have tried and failed to become formidable rivals to Amazon in the cutthroat cloud infrastructure market; all except IBM, which continues to expand both technological capabilities of its cloud and the global infrastructure that makes it all possible.

Here’s Google’s Plan for Calming Enterprise Cloud Anxiety – It will embed its own experts on cloud customers’ teams to help them deploy and run applications in Google’s cloud data centers in the most reliable way possible.

Cloud Fuels Unprecedented Data Center Boom in Northern Virginia – A convergence of fiber networks, undersea cables, and its many existing data centers continue to attract a disproportionately large share of all data center construction and leasing leasing activity to the area, and today, the market is only getting hotter.

Space Laser Network to Beam Bandwidth into Equinix Data Centers – The world’s bandwidth needs continue to skyrocket, but not every place on the planet is easily accessible for construction of terrestrial networks, prompting some companies to invest in commercializing connectivity via optical signals sent through the air, or, in Laser Light’s case, through the atmosphere.

VMware Gives AWS Keys to Its Enterprise Data Center Kingdom – The move, aimed squarely at the enterprise market, is a strategic about-face for both companies, who in the past viewed each other as competition. As the world’s biggest provider of cloud infrastructure services, Amazon has been perceived as a huge competitive threat to VMware’s ubiquitous presence in enterprise data centers.

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