Does datacenter location matter when using a CDN? | RAID failure alerts | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: Does datacenter location matter when using a CDN? | RAID failure alerts | News from around the hosting industry
Date: May 8th 2024

May 8th 2024

Does datacenter location matter when using a CDN?

The majority of Joel's WordPress clients are in Australia and hence he's looking at Australian-based reseller hosting. But he's using a CDN, Cloudflare in his case, for DNS management and that comes in handy if it really does also serve to clients from their nearest CDN-node location. He's also noted that this matters for SEO purposes too. So he asks if the actual web hosting server location matters if he's using a CDN/proxy service. The reason behind the questions, more so due to being based in Australia where bandwidth and hosting pricing can be higher, is if he could just use a host with an offshore (to him) location and save on those costs comparatively. This could apply to many folks offering hosting - Whilst many will tell you that server location is important because of latency, and to have your server based locally to your visitor base, have CDNs developed sufficiently now to negate that requirement? Should we be shopping for CDN node locations rather than hosting locations these days?

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RAID failure alerts

iRexta is seeking advice on managing RAID failure alerts, particularly in scenarios with a large number of hard disks. Is there a method to automatically receive email or SMS notifications when a hard disk is failing? He's looking for some real world insights from members who've set up such alerts, and can recommend any software or routines that will work reliably. Software or hardware RAID soon becomes a contributing factor in the thread, as each seems to have different ways to monitor and alert, but is there one central method to monitor all drives and provide a uniform selection of alert modes that covers all? And do you have a particular software, free or paid, that you would always turn to? Help those finding this thread by explaining what you use, 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:

  • Micron debuts 128GB DDR5 RDIMM memory, optimized for AI data centers - Micron is now shipping its high-capacity, monolithic 32Gb DRAM die-based 128GB DDR5 RDIMM memory, offering speeds up to 5,600 MT/s on leading server platforms. Built on Micron's innovative 1-beta technology, this advanced memory module would boast significant improvements in bit density, enhanced energy efficiency, and reduced latency. The company's comprehensive data center memory portfolio includes various options across DDR5 RDIMMs, MCRDIMMs, MRDIMMs, CXL, and LPDDR5x, providing customers with optimized solutions for AI and high-performance computing (HPC) applications that meet specific requirements for bandwidth, capacity, and power optimization.
  • T5 Data Centers announces Chicago expansion - They've unveiled plans to establish a new data center northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Spanning across a 160-acre site, the campus will accommodate up to 480MW of critical IT capacity distributed across multiple data center buildings. Its focus will be on addressing the escalating demand for large-scale data center capacity to support cloud computing and artificial intelligence workloads. Development is starting now, with the initial phase targeting the delivery of 60MW of data center capacity by Q4 2027, supported by an onsite electrical substation to ensure efficient and redundant utility power.
  • Stack announces ambitious 220MW data center campus in Texas - The development spans over 100 acres in the Lancaster community and aims to meet the increasing demands of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. Stack's other global projects include a 48MW data center in Santa Clara, California, with immediate shell space availability and an on-site substation, and a 56MW campus in Toronto, which spans 19 acres and includes an 8MW data center with plans for a 48MW expansion. In Portland, a 200MW campus over 55 acres offers 24MW of available capacity. Another 48MW campus in the Dallas/Fort Worth area offers abundant power and connectivity, while in New Albany, Ohio, a 58MW data center campus provides immediate capacity and potential for further expansion.
  • Newspapers sue OpenAI for copyright infringement and 'fake news' hallucinations - Microsoft and OpenAI face yet another lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement. Eight newspapers, including the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, and the Denver Post, accuse the companies of training ChatGPT models on their content without permission or compensation. In addition, ChatGPT allegedly harms the plaintiffs' reputations by linking them to fake news. The list of complainants includes record labels, book authors, visual artists, a chip maker, and news publications. These rightsholders all object to the presumed use of their work without proper compensation.

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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