Fry Up: Datacentres on solid ground

Who wants to be a billionaire?

For those of us who live outside Christchurch, the recent earthquake has perhaps made us all wonder if our houses would withstand the kind natural disaster they’ve suffered. Indeed, the community newspaper gave Fry Up a fright over our weetbix this morning, with a front page featuring a photo of the Auckland cityscape that had a red line down the middle and a headline questioning if the city was ready for disaster.

Couldn’t decide what was more surprising, the story or the by-line - Pat Booth, famous as the investigative journalist who wrote extensively on the Crewe Murders case.

Anyway, I digress. If you’re looking for somewhere to locate to that is safe from seismic or volcanic activity then move next door to a new datacentre, because they will definitely be built on solid ground.

The fact sheet supplied by HP on its planned $60 million datacentre in Tuakau in the Waikato states the site was chosen after a seismic study determined the location as low risk for earthquake damage.

In addition IBM has recently built an $80 million datacentre in East Tamaki on a site that is "more than 30 metres above sea level, outside Auckland’s volcanic field and in a low seismic area". Mind you the 5200 square metre facility (pictured below) has four generators for back up power supply, apparently enough to power 266 homes.

On second thoughts, you probably don’t want to move too close.

HP announces new $60m datacentre south of Auckland

Who wants to be a billionaire?

Forbes came out with its richest people in the world list this week. Telecom and tech billionaires took the top two spots. Carlos Slim Helu is number one because he owns the incumbent telecommunications company in Mexico and Bill Gates because he is, well, founder of Microsoft.

Rounding out the top five is Larry Ellison, owner of Oracle. The Google and Facebook founders beat Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs. But you know all this right? You’ve studied the list, you work in IT.

And while these fellas might be getting the money, it’s you and me, and especially them in China, paying the price.

The world's billionaires

Apple's iPad2 provokes IT anxiety: analyst

Do you really need the iPad 2?

In Wired magazine, journalist Joel Johnson pays a visit to the Foxconn factory that makes electronic stuff like motherboards, camera components, MP3 players, and whose partners include Apple. Foxconn is one of China’s biggest employers and is said to be, in terms of infrastructure, by far the best factory in China.

But descriptions of the way the workers at the factory live...

“You work 10 hours or so, depending on overtime. You walk or take a shuttle back to your dorm, where you share a room with up to seven other employees that Foxconn management has selected as you bunkmates. You watch television in a common room with bench seating, on an HDTV that seems insultingly small compared with the giant units you and your coworkers make every day.”

... makes you wonder a little about all the Apple/hi-tech gadgets we enthuse about.

1 million workers. 90 million iphones. 17 suicides. Who’s to blame?

The lighter side of iPad 2

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