Author: Jasmine Russell

PacketFabric Grows as SDN Simplifies Data Center Networking

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. The way William Charnock sees it, the rise of cloud computing changed the way customers think about IT infrastructure. By allowing users to quickly provision compute capacity through an online portal, the cloud made it inevitable that this on-demand paradigm would come to the network. “We witnessed this evolution in how people started using compute as a service,” said Charnock, the CEO and co-founder of PacketFabric. “On-demand was a revolutionary idea. We felt networking would be next, and we could automate things. We set out to build a software-defined carrier...

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How to Get the Most Out of Data Center Conferences

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman. I’ve been in the IT industry for well over a decade, and over those years, I’ve attended a lot of conferences. As an industry analyst, architect, and now CTO at mid-sized consulting firm, I get the chance to both attend and speak at a variety of industry events. In fact, I have an office hook that holds ALL of my badges and lanyards. It looks like an amazing conference IT Christmas tree. It really feels like an email about a conference comes into my inbox on an hourly basis. There...

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Elements of a Hyperscale Data Center

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman. This is the final of three entries in a Data Center Frontier series that explores how hyperscale will disrupt the data center market. This series, compiled in a complete Guide, also covers understanding major hyperscale trends and how to select a hyperscale partner. The below post focuses on the different elements of a hyperscale data center. A new service model that has emerged from this increase in demand: Hyperscale Service Provider (HSP). Hyperscale has come to mean a lot of things, but at its core is the ability to scale...

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Iron Mountain Steps Up Its Data Center Ambitions

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. MANASSAS, Va. – As you arrive at the newest data center in Northern Virginia, it’s hard to miss the name of the facility operator. Iron Mountain’s name is emblazoned on the front of the building, a change from many data centers that bear no exterior identification. Iron Mountain sees the value in leading with its brand. Iron Mountain is ready to make its presence felt in the data center business. After several years of building its operations and proving out its business assumptions, the company is ramping up its investment...

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Digital Realty Readies Massive Expansion in Ashburn

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. ASHBURN, Va. – There’s a new colossus rising along Loudoun County Parkway. The massive data center is the first building on Digital Realty’s new expansion campus in Northern Virginia’s “Data Center Alley.” The two-story structure will support 36 megawatts of IT capacity, making it the largest data center the company has ever built. The project, known as Building L, is the first of eight data centers planned for Digital Loudoun III, a 238-acre campus spanning some of the most connected real estate in the country. The company’s site plan envisions...

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Colovore Pre-Leases New Phase of Water-Cooled Data Center

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. In a sign of strengthening demand for water-cooled racks, high-density hosting specialist Colovore has fully pre-leased a 2 megawatt expansion phase of its data center in Santa Clara, Calif., the company announced this week. Colovore will deliver the new data hall in the fourth quarter of this year, and is now starting work on Phase 3, which will provide another 2 megawatts of IT capacity. The strong leasing at Colovore is the latest sign that new technologies are driving higher rack power densities in the data center. Both the second...

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Central Colo Becomes Element Critical, Eyes More Deals

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller. The ongoing wave of data center acquisitions is enabling the industry’s big players to get even bigger. Ken Parent believes this trend creates opportunities for smaller providers. “The choices are really dwindling,” said Parent, the CEO of the newly-rebranded Element Critical. “We live in a world where one size doesn’t fit all, and the combination of data center elements change more frequently than ever before.” Element Critical, previously known as Central Colo, is an expansion-minded data center provider backed by global investment firm Safanad Capital and San Francisco private equity...

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Selecting the Right Hyperscale Partner

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman. This is the second of three entries in a Data Center Frontier series that explores how hyperscale will disrupt the data center market. This series, compiled in a complete Guide, also covers understanding major hyperscale trends and the elements of a hyperscale data center. This post focuses on how to select the right hyperscale partner. The rapid pace of our evolving infrastructure is forcing data center administrators to make infrastructure decisions at a blistering pace. In fact, many organizations are re-creating their business plans around the direct capabilities of the...

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Maximizing SAN Performance With Gen 6 Fibre Channel

By Uli Schlegel, PLM Director, ADVA Optical Networking

Despite being nearly 60 years old, Moore’s Law is still going strong. Nowhere is the rapid and relentless growth of information processing technology more evident than in today’s data centers, where the need for enhanced speed and performance has been met with the development of all-flash arrays. These flash drives, or solid state discs (SSDs), arrived at the perfect moment for an industry desperately in need of improved efficiency, reliability and power consumption. With no moving parts, SSDs increase throughput, reduce latency and fragmentation, and are far more durable compared to traditional storage technology. They also use up less...

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Is the Culture War Between IT and Facilities Sabotaging Data Center Operations?

By Dave Eastman, VP, InCommand™, Serverfarm

Many of you know what I’m talking about when I say that facilities personnel are from one culture and IT personnel from another. The facilities culture walks around touching things, taking readings, using their senses to discover problems. Facilities personnel are mechanical and electrical experts in their respective trades who want to be in the field, not at a desk. On the other hand, IT personnel stare at screens, write code, make their discoveries at the keyboard, trust digital metrics over manual readings, and deplore time wasted in physical inspections, wanting everything to be digitally monitored. The Demands of...

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