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Bill St. Arnaud is a R&E Network and Green IT consultant who works with clients on a variety of subjects such as the next generation research and education and Internet networks. He also works with clients to develop practical solutions to reduce GHG emissions such as free broadband and dynamiccharging of eVehicles (See . View my complete profile

Monday, February 6, 2012

More companies deploying follow the wind/follow the sun technology

[It is exciting to see more companies embrace the concepts of software defined networks, network virtualization and follow the wind/follow the sun networks pioneered by CANARIE through its UCLP (Argia) and Greenstar network initiatives.
Big companies like Hewlett-Packard, AMD, Ericsson as well as many start-ups such as ConteXtream, Embrane, Big Switch, and now NIcria are now starting to deploy this technology. “NTT, which operates data centers around the world, uses Nicira’s software to move its desktop-as-a-service offering from data center to data center within Tokyo ahead of rolling brown outs in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. That’s right, we’re talking about cloudbursting — or moving a workloads on the fly from one data center to another.” The Nicria announcement also uses a concept originally developed by a research project called Mantychore in Europe where users can purchase virtual network resources as required, rather than paying for them upfront as a capital resource. These technologies will play an increasingly important future role in integrated WiFi/3G networks and enabling integrated remoted data centers as universities and business start to address the challenge of adapting to climate change – BSA]

Nicra annoucement

Use of Network Virtualization and Software Defined Networks to enable universities to adapt to climate change


Argia and High Performance Digital Media

Harmony UCLP Argia

Greenstar Network

Mantychore Project

Hewlett-Packard, AMD and Clarkson University Project
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