data centres

Building The Part Of Facebook No One Ever Sees

Ever since we humans gave up the nomadic life and started building homes, architecture had one goal: To make life better for humans. But now a new architecture is taking shape in remote, frozen corners of the world. And it’s not designed for humans. It’s for machines. In this case, for the remote machines that keep Facebook churning.


How Much It Costs The NSA To Store An Entire Country's Phone Calls

On Monday, we learnt that the NSA is recording every single phone call in the Bahamas and storing the data for a month. This news arrives just six weeks after we learned that the NSA was recording every single phone call, text and email in Iraq. In fact, the spy agency is engaged in similar efforts in five different countries around the world. So how many taxpayer dollars does that come out to?


Is The NSA's Data Centre Melting Down Because It's Spying Too Much?

This is embarrassingly funny. The WSJ reports that the NSA’s new Utah data centre has suffered 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months because of electrical surges. The NSA is basically using so much power in its spying efforts that it is poetically killing its data centres. Seriously, the surges have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in machinery.


Check Out The Floor Plans For The NSA's Huge New Data Centre

Construction is underway for a sprawling and seriously expensive National Security Agency data center in the Utah desert, and a set of floor plans just hit the web. It all looks appropriately intimidating.


The Architecture Of Surveillance

This past week, major documents were leaked detailing PRISM, a top-secret government program that directed tech companies to spy on Americans by turning over their data to the National Security Agency, among other branches of the Department of Homeland Security. Despite obvious threats to the right to privacy, the Fourth Amendment (against illegal search and seizure), and the trust of the American people, the spy program has been going ahead with the full approval of two presidents as well as US Congress.


IBM Uses Hacked Roombas To Hunt Down Overheating Data Centres

To ensure the cooling and ventilation systems in the company’s data centres are running at peak efficiency, IBM now employs autonomous temperature-monitoring robots built on the iRobot Create platform to hunt down problematic areas. Fitted with a 2m tall pole laden with temperature and other sensors, the robots wander collect data on temperature and humidity that can later be mapped in 3D to determine cold spots where cooling is being wasted, or hot spots where ventilation needs to be improved.


Microsoft Blames 16-Hour Email Outage On Overheating Data Centre

Microsoft’s Outlook.com email service suffered a massive 16-hour outage yesterday, which saw users unable to access parts of SkyDrive, Hotmail and Outlook. Microsoft has revealed that it was the result of a mischievous firmware upgrade, which caused “a rapid and substantial temperature spike” in the data centre.


This Custom Data Centre Rack Crams In 160 Mac Minis

If you’re hankering for an Xserve, you’ve been out of luck since 2011. But there’s always an alternative. You can make your own by squeezing a whole 160 Mac Minis into a custom rack, for instance. That’s what a fellow named Steve did, and the results are staggering.


Data Centres Are Wasteful And Require Ridiculous Amounts Of Energy

There is a lot of data out there, and more is being created every day. It takes a lot of resources to make sure that we can access the data we want, when we want, with minimal downtime. Naturally, this takes a lot of energy, but the New York Times looked into exactly how much. It’s a ridiculous amount.


This Is What A 20MW Solar Farm Looks Like

One of the key features of Apple’s upcoming North Carolina data centre is its mammoth field of solar panels, which aim to provide the data centre with the majority of its power. Although the solar farm in progress is a whopping 100 acres and aims to put out 20 megawatts, that’s only 60 per cent of the data centre’s expected draw.