Oct. 14: What We’re Reading About Infrastructure

Aside from the big news we covered here this morning, today also brought some interesting nuggets about Verizon’s data center plans, Twitter’s new data format and yet another scale-out storage vendor — this time MaxiScale — getting acquired. Further, there’s a lot to be learned from Ars Technica’s analysis of Intel’s huge recession profits and Cloudscaling’s cloud-benchmarking proofpoints.

How Intel Clawed Huge Profits from the Global Downturn (From Ars Technica) It helps to be among the most important companies in a field that will never decrease in importance. Intel was poised to strike whichever iron was hot, even during the downturn.

Cloudharmony: KT’s Cloud Faster than Amazon, Rackspace (From the Cloudscaling blog) The point here isn’t to illustrate that internal clouds are faster than public clouds (they probably should be), but that you can achieve this performance using commodity gear and building for failure.

Twitter Solves its Data Formatting Challenge (From Computerworld) The decision to choose the Google-created protocol buffers was based on the 12TB of data Twitter stores each day. If you’re wondering why it relies so heavily on NoSQL and Hadoop, here’s a big reason.

Overland Storage Announces Acquisition of MaxiScale Inc. (From Marketwire) That didn’t take long. MaxiScale has been around for about a year (or thereabouts) and it’s already been bought. We shouldn’t be surprised. If you have good scale-out storage technology, you’re on somebody’s list.

Verizon Reveals Plans for Massive NY Data Center (From the Web Host Industry Review) Verizon has been building out its cloud footprint lately; is this new data center part of that strategy? Of course, it has another business that might need additional capacity …

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