IT & Infrastructure News | Jan ’12

From ‘big data’ to the 12 atom bit, an assortment of stories that have caught our eye over recent weeks from the world of IT and infrastructure…

 ‘Mobile, M2M & Sustainability’ Driving Data Centre Strategies in 2012

A survey of 949 data centre managers in Europe and the Middle East has suggested that datacentres are running out of space for data – with the ‘big data’ boom being driven by “increased interaction between consumers and brands via mobile devices, a surge in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and organisations creating ever greater levels of information within their own processes.”

The survey, carried out by analyst firm Quocirca on behalf of Oracle, also emphasises the role that sustainability is playing in strategy, with almost two-thirds of data centre managers now having sight of the electricity bill that their datacentres generate (with the UK behind comparable countries such as the Nordics, Germany, Switzerland and the Benelux group of countries in this area).



UK Data Centres ‘Won’t Cut Energy Use in 2012’

Sustainability might be high on the agenda, but the majority of data centres in the UK will fail to cut energy use in 2012, according to a survey by Data Centre World.

Although rising energy costs are supposed to be making data centres more energy-conscious, and energy taxes such as the CRC energy efficiency scheme are designed have the same effect, the survey reports that 76 percent of the UK’s data centres expect to use more energy , not less, in 2012.


Datacentre sector generates $12.3bn in 2011 M&A deals

M&A activity in the datacentre sector generated more than USD12.3 billion in deal values globally in 2011.  The most active market was the USA, followed by the UK and Australia.


IBM ‘opens path to 150TB hard drives’

IBM has announced that after five years of work, its researchers have been able to reduce from about one million to 12 the number of atoms required to create a bit of data.

The breakthrough may someday allow data storage hardware manufacturers to produce products with capacities that are orders of magnitude greater than today’s hard disk and flash drives.