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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/5/2016 6:45:55 PM
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Re: Autonomous data centers...
The only undersea data centers so far have been experimental, I think, but people have put a bunch of undersea internet cables on the ocean floor -- so I assume the "encvironmental impact" factor isn't a huge deal when the economic impact is more near term.

(Also, presumably, undersea data centers would be located near undersea internet cables to get the fastest connections...)

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Ariella
Ariella
4/5/2016 3:54:34 PM
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Re: increased data
@JohnBarnes, Hello! It's great to see you here. You always have such great insight.

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Ariella
Ariella
4/5/2016 3:53:30 PM
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Re: Autonomous data centers...
<t may be difficult to operate data centers underwater > @mhhf1ve That gives me an image of the submarine in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." If there were one set up, I'm sure it will be necessary to review the environmental impact on the sea and the creatures surrounding it. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/5/2016 3:29:25 PM
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Re: Autonomous data centers...
It may be difficult to operate data centers underwater -- but maybe it won't be as difficult to get them into autonomous drones? Mobile data centers that can go wherever you need them! Maybe not flying? Just imagine the Knight Rider's semi-truck beaming data wirelessly while filled with modular computers.... Okay.. probably not great for energy efficiency, but Sun Microsystems almost made a containerized data center that could work on trains/ships/etc....

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/5/2016 3:25:03 PM
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Autonomous data centers...
> "Is CenturyLink going to throw a data center in the ocean, like Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) did with Project Natick?"

Maybe no one else is thinking about making their data centers capable of operating underwater, but "lights out" data centers are already becoming the norm -- and getting them to be as autonomous as possible is certainly a admirable goal, even if they're not going to be dumped in the ocean.....

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DHagar
DHagar
4/5/2016 1:11:06 PM
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Re: increased data
@JohnBarnes, thank you for that insightful response.

I believe that data is a key part, as the product of technology.  So I agree that they are interdependent.  I further see data as the trigger for expanded use of technology by decision makers to better manage operations and, with predictive analytics, understand the choices that will enable them to get maximum advantage.  When it affects the operations in a positive way I believe the value of both the data and technology will be recognized.

I believe data/technology solutions will continue to be interdependent and advance our use of technology in new and innovative ways.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/5/2016 7:29:18 AM
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Re: increased data
@afwriter, @DHagar, I don't think it's so much that the technical world is putting all its eggs in the data basket, as that, at the moment, that's where the lucrative eggs are. The best and fastest algorithms for processing big data have to have access to big data (obviously), and every time there are gains in meeting client/user need with better, more intensive use of data, the marginal return to more-and-better-data-faster goes up.  So data gets more valuable as it gets bigger, and bigger as it gets more valuable, and there's a high-profit virtuous circle running at the moment. Eventually the rewards will be elsewhere -- the location of maximum reward has always been shifting since the industry came into being -- but right now the rising wave is in data center size, speed, and responsivity, and that's where the capital is going to flow.

The fire department doesn't worry that they only go out to buildings that are burning. ("Shouldn't we be going to buildings with other problems too? Seems like we're committing all our resources to this fire thing.") They just don't plan that every building that is on fire right now will always be on fire.

 

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DHagar
DHagar
4/4/2016 1:52:11 PM
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Re: increased data
@afwriter, good points about data being one point.  It is the product of our infrastructure and use of technology.  If we don't build the right capabilities we will not produce good data.

Good data is golden, but developing the systems to collect/aggregate, interpret, and connect users all impact the value of data.

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DHagar
DHagar
4/4/2016 1:48:49 PM
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Re: data center
@clrmoney, I agree that the data centers open the doors to more effective use of data and hosts new technology configurations.

One of the areas I would thing CentryLink could offer as well would be the higher levels of security, which further protects the data with virtualization.

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afwriter
afwriter
4/3/2016 10:11:14 PM
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Re: increased data
@clrmoney, I mostly agree with you, but it worries me when we put all of our chips into data and don't look at every angle.  Data is only one piece of a big pie.

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