Weekly News Scan: June 3, 2016

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This is a weekly browsing of recent relevant industry news articles, helpful for educating ourselves as well as for sharing with our peers. Please post any thoughts in the comments section!


Forbes: Public Cloud Computing Growing Almost 50 Percent Annually, Cisco Says

If there were any lingering doubts about the embrace of cloud computing across all industry sectors, the latest market analysis from Cisco ought to lay them to rest. Within the next three years, the study concludes, more than four-fifths of all data center traffic, 83 percent, will be based in the cloud. What’s more, most of this action will be going to public cloud services – there will be more workloads (56 percent) in the public cloud than in private clouds (44 percent). These are some of the many takeaways of Cisco’s survey of data center traffic, which estimates that more than 500 zettabytes (ZBs) of data will be generated by all people, machines, and things by 2019, almost five times the 135 ZBs generated in 2014. Roughly three to four zettabytes of it moves across data networks at this time, a number projected to grow to 10 ZBs within three years.


ComputerWeekly: It makes sense to go hyperscale/hyper-converged

Hyperscale computing is a tempting prospect. Moreover, almost everyone thinks they know the story. The likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft achieved massive efficiency gains by opting for distributed and loosely-coupled architectures. Instead of the monolithic, high-availability systems historically favoured in datacentres, they spread storage, computing and networking across hundreds and thousands of commodity server-based nodes.


Fortune: Good News and Bad News for Server Makers

The number of servers sold worldwide grew just a scooch in the first quarter, while total server revenue dipped, according to new numbers from market research firm Gartner. For the first quarter of 2016, Gartner said revenue from server sales fell 2.3% to $13 billion from almost $13.4 billion for the comparable period last year. But the number of total boxes shipped rose 1.7% to just over 2.7 million from 2.66 million.


Reuters: Oracle hit with whistleblower lawsuit over cloud accounting

Oracle Corp was sued on Wednesday by a former senior finance manager who claimed she was terminated in retaliation for complaining about improper accounting practices in Oracle's cloud services business. Shares of Oracle fell about 2.6 percent to $39.23 in after-hours trading. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the former executive, Svetlana Blackburn, accused upper management of trying to push her to "fit square data into round holes" to make Oracle Cloud Services' results look better.


Data Center Knowledge: CenturyLink Commits to Data Center Efficiency Targets under Federal Challenge

CenturyLink has committed to improving energy efficiency of its entire US data center portfolio by 25 percent by joining a voluntary US Department of Energy program that promotes investment in more efficient energy use in buildings. The Monroe, Louisiana-based telco has been upgrading its sprawling data center portfolio to improve efficiency since last year, despite the possibility that it may sell some or all of those sites. CenturyLink management has been evaluating numerous alternatives to owning its data centers.

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