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Data centers look to mobile phones for tomorrow’s tech

BalticServers_data_centerMore computing power doesn’t necessarily mean bigger servers. With more data and computing resources heating things up, data centers need to find new ways to keep things cool. WIRED reports:

Still, the significant shift here isn’t just in going from bigger to smaller. It’s about eliminating all vestiges of the proprietary hardware used in networking and storage in favor of commodity components available through the mobile supply chain. It’s about this commodity hardware performing the function of proprietary systems today.

Picture a bunch of dirt cheap, cell-phone-like machines—all connected together with sophisticated software—instead of those power-sucking, refrigerator-sized boxes.

Ever seen a mobile phone with a fan or on-board cooling device? No, because they’re designed to operate at great temperature variations, which translates into power and cooling optimizations. Those power and cooling costs will therefore be drastically reduced from today, and these datacenters will use much less power and probably also less floor space per unit of CPU. The new mobile-defined datacenter will therefore be more efficient to operate and cheaper to make because the baseline hardware comes directly from the mobile supply chain.

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Phone unlocking law will give consumers more mobility

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Last week, President Obama signed a bill making it legal for consumers to “unlock” their phones and take them to different carriers:

The bill, known as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, reverses a decision made by the Library of Congress two years ago that said it was illegal for consumers to “unlock” their cell phones for use on other networks without their service provider’s permission. That means that providers like AT&T or Verizon could legally keep a consumer’s phone “locked,” in which case the person would face large costs switching carriers or attempting to link to other carriers overseas while traveling.

Not only is this law good for consumers but it is good for the environment. Previously, consumers with no power to unlock their devices might have simply thrown them away. Laura Moy, an attorney at Public Knowledge says this law should, “keep millions of devices out of landfills.”

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