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Incero, a privately held IaaS and colocation provider, announced today that it has rolled out a "Free Remote Hands" service. Remote hands services are typically used by colocation clients to diagnose troubles with their hardware, rack servers, replace or upgrade drives and RAM, attach KVM devices, and much more.

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As a child, I vividly remember being mesmerized by the design of Cray supercomputers. Most famous for their iconic designs, these machines looked like they’d been plucked straight from a Doctor Who set. The phrase “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore” certainly applies here.

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Back in 1985 when the Cray 2 was first sold, these multi-million-dollar devices boasted cutting-edge specs such as an 80MHz clock speed and 2 gigabytes of RAM and could be found in the offices of NASA and the DoD.

If you’re reading this on an iPad then you might be assured (and probably not surprised) to know that what you’re holding in your hand far outperforms what was the fastest computer in the world 30 years ago. Another advantage the iPad holds is power usage. An iPad uses approximately 2 watts of electricity. The Cray 2 used approximately 200 kilowatts.

This power consumption, coupled with an extremely component-dense design, meant that air cooling would be impractical and led Seymour Cray to use liquid cooling in his design, proudly exhibited with the large “waterfall” heat exchanger that sat next to every Cray 2. For me, this only added to the (ahem) coolness factor.

So, it has been somewhat disappointing for me that over the last 30 years since the Cray 2, liquid cooling has failed to find mainstream usage in data centers. Is this situation about to change?

For anyone reading who isn’t familiar with the science behind liquid cooling, here’s a quick primer on why it matters. When we talk about liquid cooling, we are talking about the use of a liquid to transfer heat from something that is hot (such as a processor). Most cooling solutions use air, mainly because air is free and easy to obtain. Why would anyone want to use a liquid? It all comes down to specific heat capacity. Specific heat capacity (SHC) is a property of materials that tells us how much heat is needed to raise the temperature of a certain mass of a given material by 1°C.

As you can see, a higher specific heat capacity will result in a smaller temperature change for the same mass and energy transfer.

The specific heat capacity of water is more than four times that of air at room temperature and this is the crux of why Seymour Cray elected to use it in his pioneering design. You’d have to force a lot of air through these tiny gaps to keep everything cool.

liquid cooling

So water is just better at carrying heat. Simple! Air is a terrible conductor of heat and has a low specific heat capacity compared with water. This is why your CPU can run at 65°C but you have to keep the room at 27°C—a bit silly isn’t it?

So why hasn’t liquid cooling taken off then? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Limited flexibility
    1. Most systems either are totally sealed, which makes it hard to quickly change a dodgy RAM stick, or are submerged in a futuristic but not very practical bath of mineral oil; submerged systems also must be accessed from the top.
  2. Direct systems are limited to solid-state components
    1. That is, no spinning hard-disk drives
  3. Most people can’t stomach the idea of liquid and computers together, even if it’s not an electrically conductive liquid. It’s just what we’ve been conditioned to!

These are all important points—even the last one—in an organization where there’s often at least one data-center “layman” involved in the decision-making process. So if air cooling “ain’t broke,” why fix it?

Well, the data center of the future might not look like the ones we have today. Water cooling is also finding much use in today’s high-performance-computing (HPC) applications, carrying the torch of the Cray 2. Despite advances in efficiency, today’s supercomputers still use an incredible amount of power in a relatively small physical space. The advantages of liquid cooling are still great in these applications.

Outside of supercomputers, there has long been the promise of high-density data centers that would also begin to push the boundaries of power density. Some doubts linger as to whether high-density data centers will ever become mainstream, but if and when they do, you can be sure that many of them will use water cooling.

Looking more speculatively, as IT becomes more virtualized, there may be less need for lots of different types of hardware and it will become much more practical to just buy standard building blocks and link them all together virtually in a private-cloud environment. If and when the industry moves in that direction, many of the practical obstacles to water cooling will fall away.

So, from a purely engineering perspective, liquid cooling is ideal. From a practical perspective, it might not be ideal for the majority of applications today. But there is hope on the horizon for water cooling, led by companies such as Iceotope.

Leading article image courtesy of highlander411 under a Creative Commons license

About the Author

liquid coolingRoss Momtahan writes on behalf of DCIM supplier Geist Global.

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Los Angeles hosting provider Media Temple announced last week that it has relaunched its VPS and dedicated server hosting solutions with major upgrades including double RAM.

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CenturyLink is the latest public cloud provider to join in the price cutting wars, announcing lower prices for CenturyLink Cloud CPU, RAM, block storage and bandwidth. The new price cuts will see a typical CenturyLink Cloud VM cost at least 60 percent less than before, and bandwidth will be $0.05 GB out per month starting mid-June.

 

Bitronic Technologies has just released a new shared hosting stack. Thier new Shared Cloud Hosting stack is based on CloudLinux. CloudLinux offers some major benefits over CentOS. With CL each account or site is an isolated virtual machine in the CloudLinux LVE. The site is allotted it's own RAM, processor and disk IO. The ability to select a PHP stack and extensions independent of other users …

 

(The Hosting News) - WiredTree, a provider of managed Virtual Private Servers, dedicated servers, and Hybrid servers, announced that its VPS and Hybrid server hosting plans have received a significant resource upgrade. In addition to the recent inclusion of SSD acceleration for VPS and Hybrid server plans, clients will also receive an increase in guaranteed RAM, disk space, and bandwidth transfer. Because the upgrades are the most recent example of WiredTree’s commitment to providing the best available server hardware and resource allocation, they are happy to give all clients a performance boost without a matching price hike.

WiredTree managed virtual private servers will have their available storage and RAM increased during a comprehensive “Level Up” of VPS hosting plans. VPS1000 plans will become VPS1500 plans, with a 50% increase in memory to 1536 MB. Disk space will be increased to 100 GB of RAID–10 storage, and transfer allowances will increase to 4000 GB. All VPS plans will be given an equivalent increase in resource allocation. VPS clients will experience a significant boost to the performance of their servers as the RAM upgrades and the addition of SSD caching increases responsiveness.

“These improvements to our managed VPS and Hybrid server plans are part of WiredTree’s continuing commitment to provide cutting edge hosting performance,” says Zac Cogswell, President of WiredTree, “We regularly “level up” our hardware and server plans to ensure that our clients always have access to industry-leading performance and reliability.”

WiredTree managed Hybrid servers, which use enterprise-grade hardware to provide dedicated server performance at lower prices, will also benefit from upgraded memory and data transfer. Hybrid plans, which currently include 3 GB of guaranteed RAM, will be upgraded to 4 GB, and the Premium data transfer allocation will double to 10 GB. In addition to increased RAM and bandwidth transfer, managed Hybrid servers plans will also be upgraded to include SSD acceleration, making them an even better option for clients who need enterprise performance without the price tag of a dedicated server.

“Delivering the fastest and most reliable user experience is important to WiredTree’s hosting clients, so it’s important to us that we provide the technology to enable that. It’s part of our mission as a company to stay on the cutting edge of server technology and we’re happy to pass on the extra capacity to our clients at no extra cost.”

About WiredTree

WiredTree specializes in delivering managed hosting experience that places the client in complete command; covering virtual, hybrid, and dedicated web hosting.  As champions of customer care, it’s no wonder that more than 5,000 clients enjoy WiredTree’s free hardware level-ups and a <15 minute average ticket response time.  All of this is built on top of only the highest-performing technologies, including LightSpeed web server, MariaDB, memcached, SSD-driven hardware, and an in-house management system called Grove.  To learn more about what WiredTree can do for your site, visit http://www.wiredtree.com.

WiredTree Unveils Free Storage & Memory Upgrades

 

(The Hosting News) - WiredTree, a provider of managed Virtual Private Servers, dedicated servers, and Hybrid servers, announced that its VPS and Hybrid server hosting plans have received a significant resource upgrade. In addition to the recent inclusion of SSD acceleration for VPS and Hybrid server plans, clients will also receive an increase in guaranteed RAM, disk space, and bandwidth transfer. Because the upgrades are the most recent example of WiredTree’s commitment to providing the best available server hardware and resource allocation, they are happy to give all clients a performance boost without a matching price hike.

WiredTree managed virtual private servers will have their available storage and RAM increased during a comprehensive “Level Up” of VPS hosting plans. VPS1000 plans will become VPS1500 plans, with a 50% increase in memory to 1536 MB. Disk space will be increased to 100 GB of RAID–10 storage, and transfer allowances will increase to 4000 GB. All VPS plans will be given an equivalent increase in resource allocation. VPS clients will experience a significant boost to the performance of their servers as the RAM upgrades and the addition of SSD caching increases responsiveness.

“These improvements to our managed VPS and Hybrid server plans are part of WiredTree’s continuing commitment to provide cutting edge hosting performance,” says Zac Cogswell, President of WiredTree, “We regularly “level up” our hardware and server plans to ensure that our clients always have access to industry-leading performance and reliability.”

WiredTree managed Hybrid servers, which use enterprise-grade hardware to provide dedicated server performance at lower prices, will also benefit from upgraded memory and data transfer. Hybrid plans, which currently include 3 GB of guaranteed RAM, will be upgraded to 4 GB, and the Premium data transfer allocation will double to 10 GB. In addition to increased RAM and bandwidth transfer, managed Hybrid servers plans will also be upgraded to include SSD acceleration, making them an even better option for clients who need enterprise performance without the price tag of a dedicated server.

“Delivering the fastest and most reliable user experience is important to WiredTree’s hosting clients, so it’s important to us that we provide the technology to enable that. It’s part of our mission as a company to stay on the cutting edge of server technology and we’re happy to pass on the extra capacity to our clients at no extra cost.”

About WiredTree

WiredTree specializes in delivering managed hosting experience that places the client in complete command; covering virtual, hybrid, and dedicated web hosting.  As champions of customer care, it’s no wonder that more than 5,000 clients enjoy WiredTree’s free hardware level-ups and a <15 minute average ticket response time.  All of this is built on top of only the highest-performing technologies, including LightSpeed web server, MariaDB, memcached, SSD-driven hardware, and an in-house management system called Grove.  To learn more about what WiredTree can do for your site, visit http://www.wiredtree.com.

Source: WiredTree Unveils Free Storage & Memory Upgrades

 

July 31, 2013 — Infrastructure as a service provider ProfitBricks announced cuts to its pricing on CPU and RAM on Wednesday, making it roughly 50 percent cheaper than major cloud providers Amazon and Rackspace.

Keep on reading: ProfitBricks Talks Cloud Price Cuts

 

(The Hosting News) - ServerPoint.com, a leading cloud hosting provider offering high quality cloud hosting services since 1998, announces that ColossusCloud is now available in Virginia, United States.

“ColossusCloud is a third generation cloud virtualization platform designed to make it easy and fast to deploy Linux and Windows virtual machines in multiple zones, including Las Vegas, NV, to serve the west coast of the United States and Asia, and now, the east coast of the United States”, says Erik Johnson, CTO at ServerPoint.com. The new ColossusCloud zone is located in Ashburn, VA, at the heart of data center valley. It provides for fast access to all major Internet peering points, reducing latency and increasing responsiveness.

The new location is based on ServerPoint’s well known philosophy of designing infrastructures for maximum uptime. Our Ashburn, VA location is powered by our own network, with multiple routers and 10gigabit uplinks via Cogent and Zayo, along with our own IP space. ColossusCloud’s hypervisors are fully redundant, powered by Xeon E5 CPUs with up to 256GBs of RAM and RAID10 storage devices with SSD acceleration.

The Ashburn, VA zone is now available to all clients and also provides intra LAN private networking as well as all the Linux and Windows templates provided in our other zones. Virtual machines can be deployed with up to eight CPU cores and up to 192GBs of RAM.

About ServerPoint.com
Established in 1998, ServerPoint.com is a respected web hosting and cloud infrastructure company that offers the highest quality Linux and Windows web hosting services, dedicated server hosting and cloud VPS hosting services to thousands of customers worldwide. ServerPoint.com’s core values are aimed at providing customer-focused, high-performance web hosting services tailored to meet specific needs of each individual customer. With a fully redundant network, top quality server hardware and professional support, ServerPoint.com provides customers with improved service levels and a powerful and secure hosting environment.

For more information about ColossusCloud, visit serverpoint.com/en/vps-hosting/features.phtml

Source: ServerPoint.com introduces ColossusCloud Generation 3, Now available in Virginia

 

July 19, 2013 — For the week ending July 19, Trustwave is offering its Premium EV SSL certificates for $90 per year, Daily Internet is offering double the RAM on all one year Linux and Windows VPS packages, CrocWeb is offering a one-time discount of 20 percent off its LiteSpeed SSD reseller hosting plans, and Action Web Group is offering a 10 percent discount for all new customers.

Keep on reading: Web Hosting Sales and Promos Roundup – July 19, 2013

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