Stories by Chris Mellor

Datacentres to take to the high seas

International Data Security, a US start-up, plans to open the first of 50 ship-borne floating datacentres at Pier 50 in San Francisco in April.

SAN concept turned on head by vendor

French start-up Seanodes has a product that combines storage on many Linux servers into a single shared pool of storage, making networked storage unnecessary.

Sun to set up datacentre in coal mine

Sun Microsystems and a consortium of other organisations are going to lower an enclosed self-contained datacentre into a Japanese coal mine. The goal is to set up an underground datacentre, using up to 50% less power than a ground-level one.

HDS launches simple storage for SMBs

Hitachi Data Systems has launched a new SMS 100 array which, the company claims, needs no on-site service. HDS also says the product will run for up to five years with plug-in replacement disk drives for failed drives.

HDS introduces power-saving feature

Hitachi Data Systems is enhancing its Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) and Workgroup Modular Storage (WMS) mid-range products to reduce energy consumption and cooling costs.

New USB standard planned

Intel and other companies have formed a group to promote the USB 3.0, which should deliver more than 10 times the speed of the existing USB 2.0 standard.

Cisco announces third-generation datacentre

Cisco has announced a platform to provision server, storage and network resources as virtualised services in the datacentre. It is part of its Data Center 3.0 strategy, one aimed at the real-time, dynamic orchestration of infrastructure services from shared pools of virtualised server, storage and network resources, while optimising application service-levels, efficiency and collaboration.

One chip does three memory jobs

Memory system designer SST has combined NAND and NOR-like flash memory with RAM to produce a single chip with three memory applications.