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    Cloud Power – News of the Week, 3/10/17

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Mar 10, 2017 6:07:00 AM
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    dreamstime_xxl_69082903_crop300.jpgPower – what does it mean to you?

    It could be simple electrical power from an outlet, or the power of market dominance, or the power of leading by example and influencing how others decide to do things.

    Read on for a look at the power of the cloud, in three different flavors.

    The Cloud Becomes a Major Force in Green Energy 

    Data Center Frontier | Data centers in general consume a lot of electricity. The hyperscale data centers run by cloud providers, while pushing the limits of energy efficiency, still need a lot of power to provide all of the cloud-based services business and consumers alike have come to rely on. Rich Miller discusses the many ways cloud providers are now driving the alternative energy market.

    AWS Apologizes for February 28 Outage 

    VentureBeat | Sometimes the power to dominate the market is also the power to mess it up royally, as just about everybody with an Internet connection noticed last week. Jordan Novet was one of the many writers reporting on AWS’ apology for widespread disruptions caused by a small mistake made by one of their team members. Fortunately, in addition to apologizing and explaining, they are taking concrete steps to prevent similar problems in the future.

    Hyperscale vs. Microscale 

    DatacenterDynamics | In this interesting piece, David Chernicoff suggests that the hyperscale approach to data center design is all about scalability – not about size. As such, cloud providers and the innovations they develop for use at web scale are actually blazing a trail that enterprise and other small operators can follow. The title – Hyperscale vs. Microscale – is a little misleading, since in the end he argues that the two can thrive when treated as complementary solutions, rather than competitors.

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    Topics: Industry News, Cloud