Data Center? We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Data Center.

I’ve often wondered why companies really want to own their computers. HP has voiced the same rhetorical question by launching AIaaS.

Why Do They Put Those Data Centers There?
But Atlanta? Is power really that cheap in Atlanta? It must be all that cheap hydroelectric power down there.

What’s This Have To Do With Oracle?
This is an Oracle-related blog, but I can’t answer that question. I’m watching just like you all are.

The Irony
I find it very ironic that HP announced this hosting initiative at their Technology@work Conference in Barcelona Spain considering the other hot news about the HP DL785 which is an 8-socket “Barcelona” Socket-F based Server. I am happy to see Proliant 8-socket Servers.

More on the DL785

More on the “Barcelona” Quad-Core.

6 Responses to “Data Center? We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Data Center.”

  1. 1 Tim Hall March 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I thought they were going to mention data centers without mentioning virtualization for a minute. I was almost paralyzed with shock until I got to the third paragraph and life returned to normal.

    I notice there was no mention of twitter or friendfeed, which are surely the only reason to require a data center these days… 🙂



  2. 2 Noons March 19, 2008 at 1:27 am

    data centre == tax grants

    a very important factor that is often forgotten in all the rationalizations about outsourcing the kitchen sink…


    Excellent blog, Kevin. As usual.

  3. 3 kevinclosson March 19, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Noons!

  4. 4 Alex Gorbachev March 22, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Is power really that cheap in Atlanta?

    Kevin, do you think the power and other direct costs are the most important? What about “let do the job to ones that can do it best”? I think that’s often forgotten with outsourcing in favor of cheaper labor, cheaper electricity and other direct cost factors.

    Unfortunately, some (should I say most?) outsourcers (i.e. “insourcers”) forget about it as well.

    Btw, thanks for bringing our attention to those new AMD based rockets. I had a chance to play with 8 socket Barcelona modules half a year ago but those were terribly expensive and from another league I would say. DL 785 looks very attractive!

  5. 5 kevinclosson March 22, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Yes Alex, I honestly do think the cost of power is more important in this case. You can relocate and recruit skills. You can’t ship megawatts of power for thousands of servers… it is a real, huge problem.

    But, I’m a gadfly…oh, hold it, what about all those Google operations getting set up in the Columbia Gorge of the Pacific Northwest (US). Maybe they did some arithmetic 🙂

  6. 6 antonio romero March 11, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Speculation: The Google boys manage their data centers remotely, 100% hands off… I’ll bet there’s nothing but robot forklifts patrolling the aisles, removing racks of dead servers.

    Yes, yes, I know I’m responding to an ancient post. So sue me. 🙂

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