Is Data the currency of the Internet or is it the new oil?

September 28, 2011

I have “long” thought that data is the currency of the Internet, it is what is monetized and when aggregated, parsed and made accessible, where the value lies for businesses and individuals.  I was interested then to read in Rich Miller’s article about another analogy that had recently been drawn:

“Data is the new oil,” said Andreas Weigend, social data guru and former chief scientist at “Oil needs to be refined before it can be useful. Big data startups are the new refineries.”

Another way of putting this might be to say that the internet runs on data.

Just a few thoughts to share over my much needed morning coffee.  Talk amongst yourselves.

Pau for now…

Intel version of Dell’s third gen Microserver now available

July 19, 2011

Over the past three years Dell’s Data Center Solutions group has been designing custom microservers for a select group of web hosters.  The first generation allowed one of France’s largest hosters, to enter a new market and gain double digit market share.  The second generation brought additional capabilities to the original design along with greater performance.

A few months ago we announced that we were taking our microserver designs beyond our custom clients and making these systems available to a wider audience.  Last month the AMD-based PowerEdge C5125 microserver became available and yesterday the Intel-based PowerEdge C5220 microserver made its debut.   Both are ultra-dense 3U systems that pack up to twelve individual servers into one enclosure.

To get a great overview of  both the 12 sled and 8 sled versions of the new C5220 system, let product manager Deania Davidson take you on a quick tour:

Target use-cases and environments

  • Hosting applications such as dedicated, virtualized, shared, static content, and cloud hosting
  • Web 2.0 applications such as front-end web servers
  • Power, space, weight and performance constrained data center environments such as co-los and large public organizations such as universities, and government agencies

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now..,

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