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Uber Scaling Up Its Data Center Infrastructure (datacenterfrontier.com) 33

1sockchuck writes: Connected cars generate a lot of data. That's translating into big business for data center providers, as evidenced by a major data center expansion by Uber, which needs more storage and compute power to support its global data platform. Uber drivers' mobile phones send location updates every 4 seconds, which is why the design goal for Uber's geospatial index is to handle a million writes per second. It's a reminder that as our cars become mini data centers, the data isn't staying onboard, but will also be offloaded to the data centers of automakers and software companies.
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Uber Scaling Up Its Data Center Infrastructure

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  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Wednesday January 13, 2016 @04:35PM (#51295637)

    Fortunately, all the servers are contractors. Or the datacenters are anyway.

    >> as our cars become mini data centers

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • I'd assume a 'mini data center' is a server room.

      A 'micro data center' is the cupboard where your router sits.

      • It sounds cute.

        A miniature replica of a data center complete with false floor, wire trellises, HVAC equipment and network gear.

        Collect all the different style mini racks all lovingly duplicated down to the last detail.

        Rage as you realize your mini rails don't fit in the mini rack or are for a slightly different model of mini server.

        • by swb ( 14022 )

          Does it come with a cute little pile of unused cable management arms in the corner?

  • Just me? (Score:5, Informative)

    by JustNiz ( 692889 ) on Wednesday January 13, 2016 @04:40PM (#51295673)

    Is it just me or does anyone else here also have a personal policy to never buy any car that is "connected" or can "phone home"?

  • Are they 3D printing the hardware and financing it by bonds denominated in Bitcoin? Because that's the only way to get girls interested in coding.

  • by bobbied ( 2522392 ) on Wednesday January 13, 2016 @05:13PM (#51296009)

    They already must have an "Uber Data Center", so what do they call this newer bigger data center?

    Somehow "Bigger Uber Data Center" just doesn't seem to convey the proper meaning...

    Maybe "S-Uber D-Uber P-Uber SC-Uber" works here...

  • That would be about 20 servers with a set of SSDs.

    Hardly requires a data center, let alone a data center infrastructure. Perhaps they'll take up a few racks to get everything stored but 1M writes per second isn't all that impressive.

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