The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a request for tenders for a new supercomputer, which will be nearly 20 times faster than its current system, to help more accurately forecast natural disasters.
Despite increasing demands on data centres and the rapidly increasing cost of energy, it is possible to limit the impact of power costs in data centres.
The NSW Government has launched the second stage of its purpose-built Silverwater data centre, and agencies from all departments have commenced migration to the new facility.
A new system developed by MIT researchers could reduce data-transmission delays across server farms by 99.6%.
Pacnet has been picked to join the Australian Government Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel, allowing it to provide data centre services to public sector organisations.
IBM will spend $3.2bn to research sub-7-nanometre transistors, post-silicon chips, cognitive and quantum computing and other ways to keep Moore's Law going while transforming how computers are designed.
The Australian data centre services market recorded revenues of $698 million in 2013 - a growth of 17.2% over 2012 - while revenue from co-location services increased by almost 17% during 2013.
Nearly 60% of Australian IT decision-makers expect to increase their data centre budgets by 5-10% in the next 12 months, with big data investments and virtualisation driving data centre growth.
The rapid proliferation of 'Internet of Things' devices and the large volumes of data they generate will transform data centres from centralised systems to distributed environments, Gartner predicts.
The existence of and potential for participation in a data centre community will be a potential opportunity for CIOs and IT managers to add competitive value for their organisations.