Data center temperature rise | CloudLinux pros and cons | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: Data center temperature rise | CloudLinux pros and cons | News from around the hosting industry
Date: November 15th 2023

November 15th 2023

Data center temperature rise

iRexta is facing what he describes as "a big crisis" at the colocation facilities they use in a data center in India. They've been with them for over a year to be able to service their Asian customers, and have three full racks adjacent to each other. For about two weeks now the temperature near the server racks has increased abnormally to 29-30 degrees Celsius. The technical department of the data center was informed about this but they appear to be ignoring it. They keep saying this temperature is perfect for servers, but last week the motherboards of several servers went down. His guess is that the problem with such malfunctions is due to temperature rise. He asks if this temperature is suitable for servers? A number of questions arise within the thread, with mentions of datacenters possibly (and gradually) increasing the temperature within their DCs to decrease the cost of cooling, and whether certain server hardware is better able to cope with higher latent temperatures than others. Have you implemented or experienced temperature increases within  facilities?

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CloudLinux pros and cons

CloudLinux is BoxFly's favorite OS but he points out that a lot of hosts uses AlamaLinux on their dedicated servers meaning that they need to control PHP versions and such. He asks why don't all hosts use CloudLinux on their dedicated servers for their customers? One of the obvious answers is cost, with prices starting from $4 per month for bulk users of solo accounts up to $18 a month for a single server Shared Pro customer. Some of the features of CL are also present in other hosting software, notably DirectAdmin and Enhance, so, with rising licence and operating costs across the industry, hosts are finding ways to not have to use commercial software and are opting for free alternatives. Which route have you taken, and why?

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially our Web Hosting Lounge. Here we highlight just a selection of some of the interesting items from around the forum:

  • Your inactive Gmail account will be deleted next month - Google will be following through on its plan to delete inactive Gmail accounts, including photos and videos, in December.  Accounts that haven't been used by their users in at least two years will be deactivated as part of a major security update. Abandoned accounts are often vulnerable to attack as they are less likely to have two-factor authentication enabled, and because they typically use old passwords that may have been subject to a security breach. It's worth considering if you have any data stored in a dormant account, including backups from old mobile phones, etc., or photos from times gone by that you'll miss once they're gone.
  • Large data center campus proposed for Arizona by unknown operator - A 178-acre campus has been proposed in Mesa, Arizona. Landowner Pacific Proving LLC has proposed the site with plans for six data centers containing 32 data halls totaling 1.4 million square feet of server space. It is unknown what entity is interested in building and operating the data centers however the plans involve 360 megawatts of capacity indicating that it could be for a hyperscaler.
  • Iron Mountain storage facility to become a data center - They plan to convert a former records storage facility in Miami, Florida into a DC. The facility will offer 16MW but no timelines for development were shared. The company operates around 1,400 facilities around the globe, and its CEO said that up to 20 percent of its properties are constantly under evaluation, hinting this could be a new trend. Iron Mountain operates around 225MW of data center capacity across 17 facilities totaling 3.4 million sq ft with a further 259.9MW currently under development.
  • CtrlS plans 10MW data center in India - The company has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Uttarakhand government for the construction of an Edge data center in the region. The proposed facility, designed to be environmentally friendly, is anticipated to be developed over the next eight to ten years, boasting a substantial capacity of 10MW. CtrlS, with an operational footprint spanning 1.2 million sq ft and an additional five million sq ft under construction throughout India, currently manages data centers in various cities including Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Noida. Additionally, the company operates two Edge facilities, one in Patna and another in Lucknow.

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