Recent dispatches from the outside world...
Can managing server data in a virtual world really be more efficient than the usual means? I mentally shrugged when I first read the news that IBM was creating a 3D data center running on Open Simulator, an outgrowth of Second Life's open source initiative. I understand the power of modeling certain kinds of information in 3D, to make it more immediately understandable and comprehensive. But IBM is claiming that doing this with server data will have a practical utility, too:
"3-D data centers are better able to consolidate the footprint of large numbers of machines only being used at, for instance, 10 percent capacity, to get rid of extraneous machines, and to monitor power and cooling, distribute workload between data centers, and even move processing to cooler sites when weather conditions are unfavorable." At this, I share the ZDNet blogger's bemusement, who wonders:
"Again, though, there's no explanation of why being 3D is any better than a conventional monitoring tool."
But maybe we're missing something, so I yield the floor to my readers with far strong tech kung fu than me. In plain English, how exactly is this a good idea?
Pictured: a server tower model on IBM's continent in Second Life.