By STEVE ROSENBUSH WSJ
Facebook Inc.FB -0.82% is investing heavily, no, make that massively, in cloud-based data centers that are capable of delivering video and other complex digital services to its billion-plus users. Total costs and expenses rose 83% from the year-earlier period, far outpacing a 42% increase in revenue, and research and development spending more than doubled, to $1.06 billion, the WSJ’s Alistair Barr and Deepa Seetharaman report.
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A technician works on a computer while testing servers at the Facebook Inc. hardware labs in Menlo Park, Calif., April 7, 2014.
“Lurking in the background, though, is Facebook’s heavy spending on data centers to deliver services and long-term projects such as virtual reality and Internet access beamed from solar-powered drones. Facebook needs lots of computers, places to run them, and the means to connect them to end users around the world,” they say.
Such technology is steadily making its way into the corporate mainstream. Bank of America Corp. is considering the ideas behind Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Ore., as it remakes its own IT infrastructure, as CIO Journal reported. Open standards, commodity hardware, and compute, storage and networking systems that scale out to accommodate wild levels of user demand are the order of the day.
Addressing the California drought requires access to accurate data. California, now in its fourth year of drought, is collecting more data than ever from utilities, municipalities and other water providers about just how much water flows through their pipes. But some say the data-collection process, built on monthly self-reporting and spreadsheets, could be better, allowing for more effective, fine-tuned management of water. “More data and better data will allow for more nuanced approaches and potentially allow the water system to function more efficiently,” said Ted Grantham, a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, tells CIO Journal.
EMC CEO says IT in midst of big secular shift. History wasn’t particularly kind to EMC Corp. during the latest quarter, but CEO Joe Tucci says medium and long-term investments in areas such as an open, cloud-based software development platform, security and software-defined everything will pay off.