Like Zynga, Digital Chocolate pulls back from the cloud

It looks like Zynga’s infrastructure strategy is rubbing off on gaming startups. Digital Chocolate, purveyor of social games such as Millionaire City and Pro MMA Fighter, is following in Zynga’s footsteps of launching games in the cloud, then bringing them back in house when demand levels.

Today in Cleantech

An interesting week for green data storage. University of Tokyo researchers have given us a tantalizing peek at our crazy-fast computing future with a new NAND flash writing method that can hit 9.5GBps and lowers energy requirements by 86 percent. Also this week, there have been rumblings that Seagate and Toshiba are prepping SSD-HDD hybrids. If this method of combining the performance and energy-saving benefits of SSD and the capaciousness of hard drives sounds familiar, it should. Samsung worked on similar tech a couple of years ago as a way to help speed up Windows Vista. Let’s hope Seagate and Toshiba can make it a reality for the Windows 7 crowd.

Today in Cleantech

Nimbus wants to reset the expectations of enterprises that think SSD-based networked storage is too spendy for their IT budgets. The firm has just rolled out its very Mercedes-Benz-sounding S-class system, which carries a price tag that’s competitive with disk-based Fibre Channel systems. Factor in some generous energy savings, and the bean counters should be very pleased indeed. Not as pleased as racking up the savings by attending our Green:Net conference tomorrow and applying some bleeding-edge Green IT strategies, mind you…

Today in Cloud

Say what you will about the future of MySpace as a social media platform, but it does continue to teach us a thing or two about building a web infrastructure. Its decision to utilize Fusion-io’s flash storage proves that high performance and energy efficiency are not mutually exclusive. Google and other companies are demonstrating how to achieve efficiency via unique cooling methods, stripped-down servers and the like, but MySpace is one of the first to demonstrate quantitatively the webscale savings of flash storage. Saving $120,000 per year on energy costs while getting far better storage performance is a compelling argument, and we should thank MySpace for going public with its story.