USA running out of power, are datacenters to blame? | Real world performance of Ryzen 9 vs. Dual Intel Xeon servers | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: USA running out of power, are datacenters to blame? | Real world performance of Ryzen 9 vs. Dual Intel Xeon servers | News from around the hosting industry
Date: April 3rd 2024


USA running out of power, are datacenters to blame?

Roy spotted a report saying that vast swaths of the United States are at risk of running short of power as electricity-hungry data centers and clean-technology factories proliferate around the country, leaving utilities and regulators grasping for credible plans to expand the nation's creaking power grid. The soaring demand is touching off a scramble to try to squeeze more juice out of the USA's aging power grid while pushing commercial customers to go to extraordinary lengths to lock down energy sources, such as building their own power plants. Truth be known, this increasing dilemma is not unique to the USA, with many countries struggling to keep up with increasing power demands whilst still recovering from the energy crisis, and needing to face demand created by new technology like AI and the fluctuating crypto industry. Many of the big players in the datacenter field are now focusing their searches for new DC sites which are adjacent to power stations, or where they might consider building their own. Do the concerns of future power availability affect choices of location when considering colo space? Is the USA's struggle for power actually pushing potential business away to other countries and continents?

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Real world performance of Ryzen 9 vs. Dual Intel Xeon servers

Rbstern, a WHT veteran fast approaching his 2-decades of membership anniversary, is looking for feedback on real world experience with Ryzen 9 performance for bare metal hosting. His hosting has almost exclusively been on dual Xeon E5-26xx for a number of years now, but he finds himself needing more capacity and see that single Ryzen 9 has become somewhat mainstream as a high-end hosting option with a number of bare metal providers. In benchmarking, the single Ryzen 9 outperforms the dual Xeon setups he's used to deploying, but he finds himself wondering what the real world implications are. This is primarily for shared web and mySQL database hosting. Core counts don't matter because he's not selling vCPUs. And 128MB RAM is enough for his needs, so RAM limit doesn't matter, either. Who can help him make this comparison/transition?

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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:

  • World's largest subsea cable network lands in Portugal - The 2Africa subsea cable, the world's largest cable network at 45,000km, recently made landfall in Carcavelos, Portugal. This Meta-led initiative will connect 33 countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia with 46 landing points. The project was announced in 2020 and involves key players such as Telecom Egypt, China Mobile International, Vodafone, Orange and others, and is on track to encircle the African continent.
  • OpenAI and Microsoft planning data center with AI supercomputer "Stargate" - They are plotting a U.S.-based data center project predicted to reach as high as $100B in costs, with Microsoft financing a project costing 100 times more than some large data centers of today. To put that in perspective, it could cost more than three times what Microsoft spent in 2023 on capital expenditures for servers, buildings and other equipment. The artificial intelligence supercomputer is set to launch in 2028.
  • STACK Infrastructure announces new San Jose data center - The global data center operator broke ground on its San Jose data center last week. The expansion brings an additional 60MW of critical capacity, includes two data centers, an advanced manufacturing facility, and a parking structure, bringing the total campus to 100MW across 19 acres. STACK says the campus supports a variety of cooling solutions, meeting the growing demand for cloud and high-density workloads.
  • BREAKING NEWS: We couldn't close this section this week without mentioning the news that Colohouse have acquired Hivelocity to create a next-generation service provider, per their announcement here.

Got some news of your own to share? If it's news from your own company it belongs in Web Hosting Industry Announcements (no ads please!). If you've scooped some news about something else going on in the hosting industry we'd love for you to share it in our Industry News section! Also look out for threads marked with our new [NEWS] tag, when members have posted newsworthy items in various sections of the forum. You can search for them using Advanced Search, search by prefix "NEWS", and "show results as posts".

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