Seamless operation of data centres is a must, according to large businesses like Goldman Sachs Group, investment bank that has recently launched a long-term datacentre strategy for its U.K., U.S. and Singapore divisions. With new high availability data centres, the company is expected to “enhance its online banking capabilities”, Nationwide building society believes.
Data centres are must-have solutions that allow companies to “confidently seize the business benefits offered by virtualisation”, commented Said Rechchad, acting general manager for Cisco Nigeria. Virtualisation is expected to bring “a nearly 3000 per cent increase in application traffic and network connections per second by 2015”.
According to Don Duet, global co-chief operating officer of the technology division at Goldman Sachs, going virtual with data centres allows businesses to scale their operations more efficiently, and “further advance the firm’s broader commitment to environmental stewardship and reduced carbon footprint”.
A Facebook engineer contributed to the seamless operation of data centres by developing heat-map software called Claspin to identify server, rack and cluster failures. The tool uses the heat map format to quickly find potential problems in data centres.
The heat map shows the operational status of every component represented as a cell on a large matrix. The colour of the cells helps figure out whether each component is operating properly: a green cell corresponds to proper component operation, while a red sell is a sign that something is not operating correctly.
With this new technology being a success within Facebook, more and more engineering groups begin to use heat maps to optimise data centres. The good news is that Facebook is going to release Claspin as open source, though it might be difficult as the tool was developed specifically for Facebook infrastructure.
A lot of companies have realised how important it is to protect data stored online. For instance, Australian intelligent agency ASIO decided to force companies to store phone and Internet data for two years to do just that.
Cisco believes that security of data centres is the main principle of their operation, that’s why the company chose to ensure data protection by unifying physical and virtual worlds.