Facebook Planning New Eco Data Centre?

Facebook is famed for its social networking, interactive features and breaking news, but along with these features comes the expansive data which Facebook processes each year at its four sizeable facilities which are located Iowa; Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; and Luleå, Sweden.

Facebook has deemed that it also needs a new facility with which to add to its collection and is planning to construct one which boosts its eco credentials. The centre in question is being built-in Forth Worth Texas and is estimated to cost $500 million dollars over a 110 acre site. To stand by its eco claims, Facebook is intending to entirely power its centre with 200 megawatt wind project which is being built on a nearby 17,000-acre site in nearby Clay County.

As you can see from the image below, the centre looks as if the designer looked at the alphabet and thought H will do. This latest project is a wider attempt at decreasing the environmental impact of Facebook’s carbon footprint according to Jay Parikh who is vice president of engineering. He also stated that the company aims to power its data centres with 50 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018.

This step by Facebook is part of a wider issue which could be a problem for the world in a generation, as more services are moved online, so is the need for servers, infrastructure and electricity which could have a major impact on the world. Eco is certainly the way to go but can only be fully implemented by high earning companies at present.  You can be also sure that when Facebook collects your data, it’s not harming the planet in any way.

Thank You Computerworld for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Computerworld and budillionaire

China May Have Hacked the US Government Again

Hacking is something we see on a regular basis, but news about such events start cropping up more and more lately. But since we do have constant leaks from Edward Snowden, it is natural for news to be centred around US government officials now. The latest points to another hack that led to a big data leak in the US government.

US officials have confirmed at the beginning of May that a big chunk of data, namely about 4 million US citizens, may have been compromised. The data comes from the US Government’s Office of Personal Management and is now deemed one of the biggest hacks in history. But who to suspect are the culprits? Well, the US thinks China has been involved yet again.

But this is not your ordinary hack challenge or small-time theft. While some government servers hold a variety of information, the OPM servers hold sensitive data of about 1.5 million US military personnel, which makes matters a bit worrying, especially for the latter individuals. This is why federal agencies around the country have been on high alert since the servers got hacked.

The hack has also affected 1% of the US population, which although may seem a small percentage, it does pose a significant threat to the country and its security. Since then, the hackers are said to have operated on a weekly basis, but on small-scale attacks. But will we see another big one in the future? What are they targeting this time? Let us know your concerns in the comments below.

Thank you TechRadar for providing us with this information

Power Plug PC’s Are Now A Thing Thanks To Microsoft

More and more devices these days use USB chargers, to the point where you can even buy wall plugs with USB plugs built in, allowing you to charge your phone or iPod without needing an adapter. The next thing you plug into the wall socket may not be a power cable for your computer, instead it may simply be an entire computer thanks to the people over at Microsoft.

Computex 2015 is a showcase of technology from all around the world, but the Quanta Compute Plug was a little different. With two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port, the device can easily be plugged into your TV with your favourite mouse and keyboard. To top it off Microsoft say that with a Bluetooth remote or headset you can even use Cortana, their new voice command system that will be rolling out with windows 10, to control the computer no bigger than your average phone charger.

With no word on pricing or the hardware inside, the best guess is the device will be a low power device focused toward the increasing demand for media centres, hopefully with a price to match the dedicated media streaming devices that are becoming more and more accessible to everyday users.

What do you think about it? Would you be interested in plugging in a tiny little power plug if it meant you could stream your movies from into the sitting room? Are you attracted by the small space and wireless command capabilities available make it more appealing than a mini computer with a mouse and keyboard?

Thank you TechSpot for the information.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

Sandisk Release X210 SSD – Optimised For Data Reliability

Press Event: One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of flash storage – Sandisk, who have over 25 years of experience in the trade and now over 5000 employees on their books, have released a new SSD that is set to give the enterprise market exactly what they want – secure data but on a storage platform that is highly reliable.

Over the last few years, Sandisk have been working in the market to provide some of the most reliable drives around and as a result, they now have a 75% market share over flash based storage that is sold to the OEM sector of the market. Naturally the OEM sector is not their only focus and this leads to the enterprise sector of the market and in particular data centres. These customers of Sandisk have a specific demand for their data, they need it secure, fast and most of all on a reliable platform. This is where the new X210 comes in to play, following in the footsteps of the X110, the X210 has been firmware optimised for users who need consistent access to their data such as cloud storage providers and search engine providers.

Based around a Marvell controller, the X210 comes in capacities from 128GB right up to an industry leading 512GB, whilst still providing high random read IOPs of 85k and a sequential read speed of 505MB/s. The 19nm NAND flash that is inside these drives is backed by a 5 year warranty and with the capacity to handle over 80TB of write input, they have a longer life expectancy than the previous generation of drives. With more and more data centres and entry level server users moving over too SSD based storage, the key is finding drives that are also efficient during their lifespan and with a power consumption of <90mW, the X210 is also one of the most power efficient drives that Sandisk have in that sector.

The X210, however, is not just built for the server markets. It is also ideal for business desktop and laptop systems where time is a major factor. With both high read and write sequential speeds, low latency and a 19nm MLC NAND design, the drives are able to offer faster boot times and in the instance of users who do video editing, quicker render times as well.

The X210 series of drives are available now through Sandisk’s commercial business channels and are set to be one of the most cost effective solutions available for a rapidly growing SSD market.