June 10, 2013 |
Facebook and other major tech companies have data centers to support what they like to call "cloud" computing, or the ability for users to store and work with files remotely. But in the early days of Facebook's first data center, an actual indoor rain cloud brought down the company's Web cloud, Jay Parikh, Facebook vice president of infrastructure engineering, recently said. In summer 2011, Facebook's Prineville, Ore., data center suffered a problem in the building management system that caused the air used to cool the servers to reach temperatures of more than 80 degrees and the humidity to exceed 95%. As a result, the air condensed and formed a rain cloud inside the data center.
June 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Operating under secret court orders, the National Security Agency has access to a large segment of U.S. and global Internet traffic, allowing the giant spy agency to intercept specific information for counter-terrorism and foreign intelligence purposes, according to current and former intelligence officials. News leaks this week revealed a highly classified NSA program code-named PRISM that allows it to mine data from domestic Internet and social media companies under certain circumstances.
January 17, 2013 |
Each day seems to bring another development that emphasizes the staggering impact that the shift to mobile is having on traditional computing leaders. Earlier this week, it was rumored that Dell, which has struggled to transform itself away from its dependence on PC sales, might go private. On Thursday, it was Intel Corp.'s earnings report . While beating analyst expectations, the chip giant still saw revenue and profit fall as its...
October 19, 2012 |
Apple has broken ground on a $68-million, 338,000-foot data storage complex in Prineville, Ore., across the highway from where Facebook opened its corporate data center last year, according to local reports. The center will be twice the size of a Costco store, the Oregonian reports. The $68-million price tag covers the cost of the facility and two "data halls" inside, according to plans filed with the city and Crook County last year. Apple has plans for a second data center of similar size at the site.
October 17, 2012 |
For the first time, Google has invited the world to explore its secretive data centers. The Internet giant Wednesday took several steps to show users how its data centers work, including putting out a YouTube video, which you can see above. Among the video's highlights, at the 1:15 mark you can see how Google destroys its hard drives after they break so no one can steal the data. Recently, Google and others in the tech sphere have come under criticism for their energy-hogging data centers.
October 3, 2012 |
A federal domestic security effort to help state and local law enforcement catch terrorists by setting up more than 70 information-sharing centers around the country has threatened civil liberties while doing little to combat terrorism, a two-year examination by a Senate subcommittee found. The so-called fusion centers were created in 2003 after the Sept. 11 commission concluded that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies needed to collaborate more in counter-terrorism efforts.