Issue 5, Aug/Sep 2009
FOCUS NEWS NORTH AMERICA
Hosting firm Rackspace suffered an outage when its Dallas data center went offline for at least 45 minutes on 29 June, the company said. The firm updated customers through its Twitter account. For a period of about three hours the Dallas data center was moving between grid and generator power. The firm described it as “a partial outage at one of its data centers”. Dallas is the company’s largest site covering about 140,000 sq ft.
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C7, a Lindon, Utah-based colocation provider, has expanded its disaster recovery offering by partnering with SolutionPro, a data center operator in Boise, Idaho.
Internap deployed energy saving solutions during an expansion, “greening” a facility located in a Manhattan carrier hotel, and is expecting a rebate from a state energy research organisation. The data center was expanded by 8,500 sq ft and was fitted with an ultrasonic humidification system.
Shopzilla, a California online comparison shopping service, has completed a migration of its data center equipment from a Los Angeles colocation facility to a site in Tukwila, near Seattle. The project – involving de-installation, transportation of more than 600 devices and their re-installation – was executed by Walnut Creek, California-based Silverback Migration Solutions in about 96 hours.
A Hernon, Virginia-based fibre optic network solutions provider, announced availability of a new colocation space in Newark, New Jersey. RCN Metro Optical Networks opened a colocation space also in Newark – its 24th to date.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is buying Sun
i/o Data Centers held a grand opening ceremony for its 538,000 sq ft Phoenix ONE Data Center facility with the city’s Mayor attending the ceremony. “We are delighted to have our Phoenix ONE facility up and running and appreciate the warm welcome we have received from the city, our partners and our customers,” said Anthony Wanger, president and founder of i/o Data Centers. “Phoenix is an ideal location
for a data center of this magnitude because of its abundant power supply, outstanding network access and lack of natural disasters.”
The International Securities Exchange (ISE) signed Equinix as its primary data center supplier for its new Global Trading System, due to start rolling out in late 2010.
It also announced a deal with fellow trading platform Direct Edge with Telx to provide disaster recovery data center services as part of a comprehensive new data center strategy programme. Equinix will provide a Tier 3+,
state of the art facility that is highly reliable and will accommodate future growth requirements of the ISE. The new data center will also
ORACLE QUIETLY HALTS CONSTRUCTION OF UTAH DATA CENTER
Oracle quietly stopped construction of its planned giant data center in Utah.
The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that the state’s economic development spokesman said Oracle has “put it on hold for a little while”.
The $300m data center was to be located in West Jordan and suspension of construction was linked to the planned
support colocation for ISE member firms as well as connectivity to other financial exchanges and market data providers. The joint deal between ISE and
Direct Edge and Telx extends the facilities management agreement between the two firms.
Buffalo, New York will be the location for a major Yahoo! data center, which the firm said will target a PUE as low as 1.1. The search company said that 90% of the power to the building will be used to power servers that will be cooled using 100% outside air.
In a blog post, Yahoo! chief and co-founder David Filo, said the interior of the building would look like a chicken coop – angled “to take advantage of the Buffalo microclimate”.
Construction will begin in August and operations are scheduled to begin in May 2010.
NYSE Euronext signed with Juniper Networks for a core network for its consolidated data centers. Two new data centers in London and New York will be the primary operational infrastructure following its global data center
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takeover of hardware maker Sun Microsystems by the Californian software giant. Sun has recently completed a data center in Colorado and announced plans for another.
Oracle was in line to receive tax rebates for building in Utah, but state officials said no money would change hands until the facility was completed. Back in August 2008 Oracle broke ground on the 200,000 sq ft facility.
consolidation project that will slash its footprint from 10 to four sites. The two centers are due to begin operation next year. Juniper’s Data Center Infra- structure Solutions and advanced data center fabric technology will support an internal latency of 50 microseconds roundtrip, where it currently stands at 150 microseconds. By collapsing the multiple switching layers present in traditional network architectures, the new simplified network requires fewer devices.
Outdoor gear and apparel retailer L.L. Bean announced its new data center in Freeport, Maine, has achieved US Green Building Council’s LEED silver certification. The facility was designed by Boston, Massachusetts-based architecture and engineering firm Integrated Design Group.
Security giant Symantec announced that its Springfield, Oregon site achieved LEED gold certification. It is the firm’s second facility to receive recognition from the USGBC. Its Culver City, California data center achieved LEED gold certification in July 2008.
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