With the advancement and growth in IT world there are more devices in the market, more connections to the internet and hence generation of an amount of data that continues to skyrocket.
This is the BIG DATA- a collection of large and complex data that is difficult to process through traditional database & software techniques. Technically Big Data is at least in Petabytes(1024 terabytes)which consists of billions to trillions of records from different sources like Web, Sales, Social Media, Mobile Data etc. Although it is a technology which includes tools & processes that an organisation requires in handling the large amount of data storage facilities.
Dedicated Server Hosting companies occupy an important spot in the big data storage and analysis process, frequently providing that space where the data is stored. By partnering with software vendors to provide their own big data solutions, web hosts have an opportunity to grab a piece of the more than $100 billion global market.
Organisations need to keep this data safe since this big data has the potential to help companies improve their operations and make faster, more intelligent decisions. More data leads to more accurate analysis and hence much assured decision making which finally paves the way to greater operational efficiencies, cost reductions and reduced risks. This big data is very much useful in fields like Science & Research, Government & Private Sectors etc which helps to reveal relationships, dependencies and predict various outcomes and behaviours for analysing better future results.
Due to these large datasets, organisations face difficulties in creating, manipulating and managing this data. The three Vs namely volume, velocity, variety are the major characteristics of big data. With the present online scenario in India these three are the major issues of concentration. Growth in data volumes, high user expectations for speed and uptime, governing different varieties of data are topics being focussed greatly by the Data Center providers in India, which in turn is achieved by data driven approach to IT operations management through Big Data Technologies. Although there are a few companies like RackBank® that provide dedicated servers in India for the Big Data, but those existing are doing well through high density computing, advanced types of networking methodologies and many other efficient ways. With the advancements in cloud computing, IT consumerization and increase in the data, it’s only the DataCenter infrastructures which are helping to meet today’s business demands and are making the Big data-not a big deal.
As we know that Google is rewards the websites, which have faster load time than others. According to the recent data released by Google, desktop websites are still 1.5 times faster than mobile sites.
As indicated by Google this is unacceptable and speed must turn into a critical metric when designing your site, particularly for mobile. Although, speed is often connected to performance. If your current business or enterprise site is still hosted on a shared server, you may be restricting resource expansion furthermore providing your clients slow loading pages.
Here are five reasons why you ought to consider a dedicated server hosting to drive your website and private/open applications successfully:
You are the boss and can choose what’s best for your business. Select from monthly, quarterly or yearly plans on dedicated servers or seek after a specific business methodology.
Rackbank data center ensures you can run at full capacity. Rackbank does not isolate your amount in the middle of upstream and downstream traffic. Your traffic will never be bargained by shady transfer speed limitations while choosing dedicated server hosting.
All assets on the server are allotted to you-
What’s more, Rackbank Dedicated Server Hosting in India incorporates every minute of every day support. On the off chance that you select our managed hosting, you’ll additionally get regular operating system updates and security patches.
If you have thought about purchasing your own server, you might have decided not to do so because you do not have the room to store it safely. A server must be kept in a climate-controlled environment and kept away from moisture. Servers also take up space that most small and midsize business owners do not have. When you use a dedicated hosting plan, you get all the benefits of having your own server without the need to store the server in your office or home. The hosting company keeps the server secure and makes sure that condensation, extreme temperatures, and other environmental conditions do not affect the server’s performance. This makes dedicated hosting well worth the investment.
On the off chance that your site gets a lot of traffic or uses asset serious applications, a shared hosting plan may not be sufficient to address your needs. A dedicated server provides for you included unwavering quality, wipes out the need to store a server on your premises, and makes it conceivable to introduce projects and screen asset use, making this sort of facilitating a significant business venture.
You hope to be an enormous business soon –
Perhaps you haven’t begun your web presence till now, but since of the sheer volume of business you have offline you know very well that your site will be on fire from the very first day. When you have notoriety for being a pioneer in your field, the exact opposite thing you need to do is launch a broken site that can’t deal with the heap being tossed at it. This is harming to your brand image, and could really negatively affect your business instead of improving it, which a website should always do.
Multiple options. Contradictory advice. And a deadline that’s approaching fast. Many taxpayers find themselves in this situation at the beginning of the year when they have to make tax-saving investments.
Are you also confused? Before you make a choice, go through our cover story to know which is the best option for you. We have ranked 10 of the most common investments under Section 80C on five basic parameters: returns, safety, flexibility, liquidity and taxability. Every investment has its pros and cons.
The PPF may not have a very high return, but its tax-free status, flexibility of investment and liquidity by way of loans and withdrawals, gives it the crown in our beauty pageant. Equity-linked saving schemes come in second because of their high returns, flexibility, liquidity and tax-free status. However, traditional insurance policies, an all-time favourite of Indian taxpayers, manage the ninth place because of the low returns they offer and their rigidity.
Some readers might be surprised that the much reviled Ulips are in the third place. The Ulip remains a mystery and its returns are seldom tracked. We checked Morningstar’s data on Ulips and found that the returns have not been very good in the past 1-5 years. Even so, it can be a useful instrument for the smart investor who shifts his money between equity and debt without incurring any tax.
We have tried to separate the chaff from the grain by assigning a star rating to the various tax-saving options. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned investor, you will find it useful. It will help you cut through the clutter and choose the investment option that best suits your financial situation.
What the ratings mean:
PUBLIC PROVIDENT FUND
RETURNS: 8.7% (for 2013-14)
This all-time favourite became even more attractive after the interest rate was linked to bond yields in the secondary market.
The PPF is our top choice as a tax saver in 2014. It scores well on almost all parameters. This small saving scheme has always been a favourite tax-saving tool, but the linking of its interest rate to the bond yield in the secondary market has made it even better. This ensures that the PPF returns are in line with the prevailing market rates.
This year, the PPF will earn 8.7 per cent, 25 basis points above the average benchmark yield in the previous fiscal year. The benchmark yield had shot up in July and has mostly remained above 8.5 per cent in the past six months. Although the yield is unlikely to sustain at the current levels, analysts don’t expect it to fall below 8.25 per cent within the next 2-3 months. So it is reasonable to expect that the PPF rate would be hiked marginally in 2014-15.
The PPF offers investors a lot of flexibility. You can open an account in a post office branch or a bank. However, the commission payable to an agent for opening this account has been discontinued, so you will have to manage the paperwork yourself. The good news is that some private banks, such as ICICI Bank, allow online investments in the PPF accounts with them. There’s flexibility even in the quantum and periodicity of investment.
The maximum investment of Rs 1 lakh in a year can be done as a lump sum or as instalments on any working day of the year. Just make sure you invest the minimum Rs 500 in your PPF account in a year, otherwise you will be slapped with a nominal, but irksome, penalty of Rs 50. Though the PPF account matures in 15 years, you can extend it in blocks of five years each. However, this facility is no longer available to HUFs.
BOSTON: Fidelity’s $110 Billion Contrafund has trimmed its stake in Google Inc, its largest holding, as portfolio manager Will Danoff sees a potentially choppy market for the stock over the short term.
Contrafund is the largest U.S. mutual fund investor in the stock.
“We trimmed the position based on our view that the stock’s short-term performance could remain choppy as investors digest the company’s increased investment in data centers, as well as other initiatives not directly tied to its core search business,” the fund said in its fourth quarter update for investors.
Google remains Contrafund’s largest holding, accounting for about 4.8 percent of the fund’s assets. At the end of November, the fund held Google stock worth $7.06 billion, according to the latest holdings update.
A bright red salwar kameez, big bindi, kohl-lined eyes and mangalsutra may not be the attire of choice for power women in corporate India but Jayshree Ullal, 46, senior VP, data centre, switching and security technology group, Cisco, doesn’t shying away from her Indian identity.
Ullal, amongst the three highest-ranking Indians in Cisco today, heads a business that contributes one-third to Cisco’s $33 billion revenue. Named as one of the twenty Powerful Women to Watch in 2001 by Newsweek magazine, Ullal is one of the four women on CEO John Chambers’s executive leadership team. And with age on her side, we’ll put our monies on her going to the very top at Cisco.
The data centre which Ullal heads is a critical part of a company’s IT strategy, and the rise of Internet and web-based technologies have only made it more critical. “The data centre is the spine that connects everything in an enterprise,” explains Ullal. Last month Cisco unveiled a new data centre network architecture called the Data Center version 3.0.
Cisco expects the new data centre products to improve business productivity by optimising application performance and efficiency. Take a simple application like creating a PowerPoint presentation by a team. The same file travels back and forth several times after each team member makes changes slowing down the wide area links significantly. Instead, Cisco has come up with an innovation that only mails the changes to the presentation instead of the whole file. As a result the file that took minutes to send now takes only seconds.
Last year Ullal’s unit spent $1 billion on R&D some of which went into work on new products like Data Center 3.0. Bangalore, Cisco’s second largest development centre outside San Jose, has contributed significantly in that development. Of the 3,000 employees in India, 600 work for Ullal’s division. “India contributes between 10-30 percent of our development, we are looking at increasing it to 50-80 percent. In the next few years we may move our entire switching platforms to India. The engineers here will own the product definition, development and go-to-market strategy,” says Ullal.
Ullal joined Cisco in 1993 after it acquired Crescendo Communications where she was VP marketing. Crescendo was Cisco’s first acquisition and since then it has bought over about 100 companies. “I never imagined I would stay with Cisco for so long. The beauty of this company is that it transforms and changes every two-three years so I get to work on something new and different” she says.
Ullal came to the US in the late seventies to get a bachelor’s degree in engineering from San Francisco State University and Master’s from Santa Clara University. She then worked for eleven years at AMD and Fairchild Semiconductor. “When I was at AMD and made my transition from engineering to business and marketing it was scary. For an engineer everything is black and white, in business and marketing everything is shades of gray” she says.
Ullal admits that the high tech industry is extremely competitive. “It is a constant treadmill, every year I have to grow my business by $1-2 billion. I am tough on myself and my teams,” she says. One of the ways Ullal has succeeded is by not paying too much attention to her gender. “Often the barriers constructed by women are their own,” she says. “I have been in industries where gender did matter. The semiconductor industry was much more stodgy, whereas IT and networking do not care about that too much because they are growing so fast” she says. 13 percent of VPs and above at Cisco are women.
Ullal personally credits Chambers, who she says is her mentor, for her rapid rise at Cisco. She says Chambers tried to recruit her for years when she was at Ungermann-Bass but she wouldn’t join because it was Cisco’s competitor. “He jokes that he had to buy a company to get me to join, but I more than repaid that” she says. From 1993 to 2000, she grew the Catalyst LAN switching business from zero to $7 billion.
Ullal says that she is constantly looking to hire more women managers. “I am not able to do enough because the pipeline is ridiculously small,” she says. The problem according to her starts in middle and high school because women are turned off by science and math. “Then you lose them to motherhood and their belief that they won’t be able to balance work and home” she says.
Ullal admits to taking several shortcuts in juggling work and her household duties. “I wasn’t a superwoman in all departments, we didn’t eat fresh food everyday and I couldn’t keep a clean house”, she says. There were moments when she questioned her choices. In March 2000 Ullal took a long leave to clear her head and devote more time to her two daughters. She grew restless within eight months.
“I realized that I was a better mother if I could balance work and home. Anyway I wasn’t that great a homemaker,” she says. “My mom to this day bemoans my inability to do art and needlework but I have to channel my energies into what I am good at” she says with a laugh. Chambers wouldn’t mind that at all.
Polish cloud and colocation specialist Beyond.pl has started building the country’s largest data center on the outskirts of Poznań.
According to local news agency Rpkom.pl, the facility dubbed Data Center 2 will cost more than $27 million and eventually offer 6,300 square meters (a bout 60,000 sq ft) of server space.
The construction work is expected to finish before the end of the year.
Bigger is better
Beyond.pl opened the first carrier-neutral data center in Poland in 2007. The company also runs the Information Technology Research Center, an initiative that aims to commercialize IT technology developed by local universities.
Its second data center in Poznań will offer enough space to host 1000 racks, with 14 MW of power supply. The facility was designed to meet Tier VI requirements, but the PUE expectations are set fairly high, at less than 1.5.
Data Center 2 will offer connectivity through several Tier 1 Internet providers including Level3 and Telia Sonera, as well as regional providers like ATM, Exatel, GTS Energis and Netia. It has already started accepting first customers, and Beyond.pl hopes to fill quarter of the facility by the time it goes online.
The company is considering further expansion, looking at potential sites in Warsaw and even as far as Iceland.
2 February 2015 by Peter Judge and Nick Booth
New York-based inventor and engineer Lawrence Orsini has proposed installing distributed supercomputers in domestic property that will provide heat, while also handling cloud computing tasks.
Project Exergy, which held its launch event on 1February, wants to raise $100,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and promises to solve home heating bills and data center real estate costs by distributing computing tasks to servers located in homes and offices, where their waste heat can be used to heat the building.
If that sounds familiar, DatacenterDnamics readers have already met two European projects promising to do exactly this. Datacenter Dynamics spoke to Orsini – and he assured us that he is well aware of the European projects, but has distinct design goals of his own.
Burning fuel only once
Orsini has built a prototype called Henry, essentially a very fancy PC which swaps cooling fans for a more efficient system of heat exchange, and feeds warm air into a heating system. According to the plans outlined by Orsini’s Project Exergy promotional video, homes and apartment blocks will become the hosts for “the computation that would otherwise take place in data centers.”
Orsini’s prototype systems would be used to ‘power the cloud’ and run everything from cell texts to live TV streaming, while making better use of the 60% of the input energy that is used for cooling in data centers.
Every megabyte of data consumed is the equivalent of burning of one charcoal briquette, claims Project Exergy’s publicity campaign. The project aims to use that heat, so people don’t burn the equivalent of another briquette warming their homes. Project Exergy is looking for further funding from a Kickstarter that aims to raise US$100,000 (with a “stretch” goal of $2 million).
The project is the latest in a number of similar initiatives to close the circle on heat waste from computing and energy consumption for domestic heating – and two European projects are furether developed, with actual heaters installed in homes and offices.
Europe does it first?
French company Qarnot and Germany’s Cloud & Heat have both developed offerings that aim to recycle energy. Cloud&Heat, based in Germany, offers free hot water to companies that agree to host elements of a distributed data center (namely servers) within their premises. While the servers process data for Cloud&Heat’s clients, the energy dissipated is used to heat the host’s building. The logic of the deal is that cloud customers get cheap pay-per-use computing service (based on OpenStack) while the hosts save money on heating.
In France Qarnot is offering domestic heating with a wall-mounted four-processor radiator more suitable for the home environment. Qarnot’s version of the concept uses more specialised supercomputing tasks, including image processing for movies.
Orsini spoke to Datacenter Dynamics and told uas that his systems will be configured to extract the maximum heat by running the processors at a higher temperature: “By designing a computer to work hard all the time and to get its processors hot while doing so, we have created an extremely efficient source of heat and have significantly reduced energy wastage and energy bills,” said Orsini.
In future, Exergy hopes to use specially designed high-termperature chips that operate at temperatures up to 250F, which will allow for more efficient and re-usable heat in the form of very hot water.
The video of Henry appears to show a system which has been configured with multiple GPUs which any home hardware enthusiast knows will run at high temperatures. The press materials claim that Henry reclaims 70 percent of the heat generated, and promise that a second beta product will increase this to 90 percent.
As well as the Henry prototype there is also a prototype of a heat storage system called the Thermal Pig. This stores water in a hot water tank – and a future version will use a phase change material to store the heat.
(Reuters) – AT&T Inc is selling some data centers worth about $2 billion as it continues its streak of asset sales, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
AT&T, the No. 2 U.S wireless provider, has been exploring options to pay down its debt and raise funds for investments in recent months. The company declined to comment.
The three sources requested anonymity because the matter is not public.
AT&T and its rival Verizon have been selling non-core assets in recent months. Verizon is close to announcing divestitures of wireless towers and wireline markets worth $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
AT&T hired a financial adviser to assist in the sale.
Following spectrum investments and pending acquisitions, AT&T’s debt ratio may rise in the near term, the company said last week after spending close to half of the total bids in the record-setting $44.9 billion spectrum sale that concluded last week.
AT&T emerged the top bidder in the AWS-3 spectrum auction by bagging 251 licenses worth $18.2 billion.
The company has also been investing to expand its footprint in Mexico to grow its business, as the U.S. wireless market reaches saturation. It said last month it would buy bankrupt NII Holdings Inc’s wireless business in Mexico for $1.875 billion.
AT&T also sold its wireline operations in Connecticut to regional telephone operator Frontier Communications for $2 billion in late 2013 to raise cash for network upgrades.
In 2013, AT&T completed a $4.85 billion sale of some of its towers to tower operator Crown Castle [CRCST.UL] and preserved its right to lease and operate them for about 28 years.
The Wall Street Journal first reported AT&T’s plans to sell its data centers on Monday.
(Reporting by Liana B. Baker in New York and Malathi Nayak in San Francisco; Editing by Richard Chang)