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  • In pictures: The (mostly) cool history of the IBM mainframe

    In its 50-year history the IBM mainframe has been hailed and vilified. It has been born, reborn (many times) and pronounced dead. And yet the Big Iron remains a key computing resource for many large companies and will do so for many years. Here we take a look at the mainframe’s long history, from its use with the US space program to its prominence inside large business datacentres. Take a look.

  • Relocating data centre to safer zone is 'futile': Revera CEO

    Many businesses are looking to relocate their data centres to the 'safe' zone of New Zealand's upper North Island. But Revera CEO Robin Cockayne says relocating data centre equipment to a safer zone is a waste of time, indeed “futile”.

  • Australian datacentres withstand dust storm

    The largest dust storm in recorded history hit the east coast of Australia last week, but datacentre providers are reporting that customer servers have come through unscathed.
    Aidan Tudehope, managing director of hosting for Macquarie Telecom, says the Macquarie Hosting data centre in Sydney did not experience any adverse affects from the dust storm.
    “The Macquarie Hosting data centre in Sydney is operationally equipped for air quality issues,” Tudehope says. “We predominantly recycle air for cooling purposes and our air conditioners have filtration systems to remove any dust particles from the air.”
    With reliability being obviously critical to customers, the hosting company has also undertaken precautionary measures to ensure service levels are maintained.
    “We shut off external mechanical ventilation systems to prevent dust entering the environment,” Trudehope says. “Staff were on heightened alert for any issues in the facility and a response plan was in place.”
    Despite being based in Melbourne, Primus Telecom wasn't taking any chances, according to its datacentre team.
    “Our computer room fresh air intake is filtered and an air-conditioning technician was on-site all day yesterday ensuring that the intake filters servicing the building did not clog,” the team told Computerworld Australia in an email.
    “Air-conditioning unit coils were inspected during the day for build-up of dust. Our computer rooms also have positive pressure to exclude dust ingress from within the building as well as sticky mats at ingress points,” the email says.

  • Feature: New datacentres demand new servers

    The University of Auckland has overhauled its enterprise architecture, focusing on its datacentre, server and storage management and disaster recovery and reducing hundreds of physical servers down to 26.

  • Fujitsu to monitor datacentre heat with optical fibre

    Fujitsu is looking to optical fibre to help increase efficiency in the cooling of large datacentres. The company has developed a prototype monitoring system that can measure the temperature in up to 10,000 points using a single optical fibre connected to a measuring device.

  • Labour consolidates datacentres and support services

    The Department of Labour is moving to consolidate what it describes as "fragmented" environments created by a federal ICT services model, where each business looked after its own ICT, used up until 2004.

  • Unisys lays out services-led plan for datacentres

    Unisys has announced new servers and a suite of infrastructure management software aimed at giving it a bigger role in customers' datacentres, where it will compete more directly with Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.