Saturday, August 26, 2006

1&1 Internet to Open New Data Center in Kansas City

Web hosting provider 1&1 Internet plans to open a new data center in Kansas City. The 55,000-square-foot center chosen will employ 15 people and cater for 40,000 servers. It is scheduled to open early 2007.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Netriplex picks Asheville for new data center

Here is another article show casing my curiosity on Data Center site location. Netriplex has Data Centers in major cities all over the U.S. and even Canada and Paris. Citing a need for locating to a city that wasn't on the top 25 terrorist targets, Netriplex "announced plans to move its international network operation center from Boston into a 10,000-square-foot space at Biltmore Park this fall. "

Other reasons that Asheville, NC was selected was a high quality of life and the massive fiber-0ptic network of the Education and Research Consortium. While some of their top managers are relocating, they expect to hire technical staff locally.

So once again, the big city is bypassed for site selection, and a connectivity and quality people are cited as top reasons for selection. Not being a terrorist target in a big city is clearly a good reason for not setting up shop there. However, I still wonder if they researched the natural disasters, possible brown outs and cost of power in Asheville.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Verizon Facility Uses Fuel Cells for Power

Rich Miller has (yet another) interesting article on how Verizon has been using fuel cell technology. Very interesting read.... check it out here

Unsinkable Data Center Crashes in Seattle

I have to thank the boss for this link. Check out an article at E-Commerce Times about a Data Center in Seattle that crashed on July 30th due to a "string of malfunctions in the facility's electrical power system."

I continue to think back to what makes people decide on location when picking a data center for their infrastructure. Brown-outs in Texas, power issues in Seattle, hurricanes in the south.... and yet these mega Data Centers still go up in these places. is a very good article with a time-line of events that surrounded the outage.