C7 Data Centers Update 10/3/2012

October 3rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in C7 Data Centers - (1 Comments)
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C7 Data Centers just announced an injection of $25 Million from MCG Capital for capital expenditures. Currently C7 owns and operates 3 data centers in Utah, totaling some 85,000 sq. ft. of data center floor space, and needed the additional capital for building additional data center space. “We’re growing faster than we can build facilities, …
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Why Cloud Lock-In Is A Bad Idea

August 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Rackspace - (0 Comments)
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Many times, cloud providers and even private organizations set up their cloud to model Amazon’s Web Servers (AWS). While AWS has some strengths, locking yourself into using one cloud provider is a huge mistake in a sector poised for so much growth. As Lew Moorman, president of Rackspace, is quoted saying in Wired: “Trouble is, …
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Virtualization is a term that has exploded into the public consciousness over the past few years. Though the promise of the necessary technology has existed for decades, only now can consumers and businesses take full advantage of virtualized storage solutions. Companies that must save massive amounts of data are looking for ways to store the …
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GoGrid Update: Job Openings

August 6th, 2012 | Posted by admin in GoGrid - (0 Comments)
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As of Early 2012, GoGrid has been expanding their operations. Their San Francisco headquarters currently has numerous job openings available: Senior Software Engineer- (San Francisco): This jobs primary responsibility includes working directly with the research and development team to help support cloud platform services. Furthermore, candidates will also spend time looking for new emerging open …
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ViaWest Update

July 25th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Viawest - (0 Comments)
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In May 2012, ViaWest signed a lease on an 110,000 square foot facility in Las Vegas that will house their new energy efficient data center. In addition to being their second such facility in the greater Las Vegas area, it also will house a state-of-the-art design that is LEED and Energy Star certified. ViaWest has …
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ActiveState's Stackato PaaS

Colo and Cloud spent some time with Toph Whitmore, and asked about ActiveState’s Stackato PaaS. How did Stackato come about? ActiveState has been making products focused on solving developers’ needs for 15 years. Developers told us that it was too difficult to develop, deploy, and manage cloud applications — They spent far too much time …
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100TB Update

July 24th, 2012 | Posted by admin in 100TB - (0 Comments)
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In May 2012, 100TB announced that they were extending their hosting services reach to include Southeast Asia in the countries that they cover. Not only does this give potential users in that region another hosting leader to choose from, but it also creates a promising scenario for consumers, as the increased competition can lower prices …
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On June 12th, 2012 PEER 1 Hosting launched their HPC Cloud offering. It’s an impressive system, here are some of its features: – Signup and start using it in 15 minues – Hourly Billing – nVidia GPU’s (full speed) – Robust physical servers – Hybrid model supported – 665 T-Flops Now what strikes me most …
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BitNami

BitNami CEO, Erica Brescia was kind enough to allow an interview with Colo & Cloud and answer some questions about their great PaaS open-source cloud software. How did BitNami come about? Back in 2005, we started building native ‘stack installers’ for the leading open source companies, such as SugarCRM, Alfresco, MySQL, JasperSoft and many others. …
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PEER 1 Hosting just released news of their acquisition of NetBenefit, and Fabio Banducci, President and CEO of PEER 1 was kind enough to grant an interview to Colo & Cloud. Q. PEER 1 Hosting’s acquisition of NetBenefit is impressive. How does it play into your international growth strategy? It plays very nicely. This acquisition …
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Flash storage has been making a comeback in tech circles lately with news of EMC’s recent acquisition of XtremIO and PureStorage’s second generation FlashArray 300-Series system. While flash storage is nothing new, since it’s been in portable flash drives, smartphones, tablets and laptops for years, it’s been sneaking its way into the enterprise and midsize …
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Red Hat has been doing some awesome things with their OpenShift PaaS, and OpenShift evangelist, Mark Atwood was kind enough to spend a moment for an interview. Q. How did OpenShift come about? Red Hat is always looking for ways to bring powerful and disruptive open-source technology to where it can be used. Cloud computing …
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Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service (Paas), along with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (Saas), make up the three primary service models of cloud computing. Although each serve an equally vital role in the overall cloud model, this article will focus on what Paas is, as well as a brief overview of …
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Ansible

Configuration systems play an important role in cloud management and automation. We’ve compared Func, MCollective, Salt and RunDeck, and we’ve had a great interview with Salt’s author as well, a Black Duck 2011 rookie of the year. Now we’re excited to showcase another open source configuration management system called Ansible, with an interview of its …
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Team Silverback Data Center Migration

This editorial was contributed by Industry Thought Leader and Data Center Migration Specialist, Kenneth Jamaca. Data Center migrations are not something anyone should take for granted. A poorly planned and/or executed migration can have lasting impacts, including: unexpected downtime, interruption to revenue, and customer satisfaction losses. With corporate data centers and co-location facilities housing the …
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CoreLink was selected by Seattle Computing to provide network infrastructure support. Seattle Computing supports companies that require intensive IT infrastructure support, and CoreLink’s Seattle data center facility will provide a facility and highly available infrastructure for Seattle Computing’s customers. “CoreLink and Seattle Computing are both dedicated to delivering unmatched service levels that our respective companies …
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CoreLink was selected by Planet Logic to provide customized and scalable infrastructure support to Planet Logic, LLC. In the service level agreement, CoreLink is to provide 100% uptime, and guarantee full and uninterrupted availability of their services hosted in CoreLink’s Chicago data center facility. This is a big win for CoreLink, as Planet Logic provides …
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Salt Stack

On January 18th, 2012 Salt was named a Black Duck 2011 Open Source Rookie of The Year. Below is an interview with Thomas Hatch, author of Salt, on January 26th, 2012. Q. What Makes Salt so interesting? Salt is gaining traction because of a few specific things, primarily the fact that it is a very …
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Colo & Cloud News

New Executive Hirings Lots of new executive hirings in the data center industry: Willner to chair Data Center Alliance, Gray becomes a principal of ID Group, Duggan becomes CoreLink’s new VP of Sales and Howarth will chair 8 Solutions. Read More IO Data Centers Receives Award IO Data Centers is awarded Datacenter Dynamics’ 2011 “Extreme …
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – January 24, 2012 – C7 Data Centers (C7) today announced it has been selected to provide data center services to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). This multi-year service contract was awarded following an extensive national evaluation and selection process provided by DataCenterAndColocation, a colocation consulting company, involving multiple data …
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In the data center industry you’ll see a lot of creative data center implementations. Bahnhof has embraced the futuristic / Sci-fi design with their Pionen data center and their new venture into modular data center design, complete with pictures of Storm Troopers posed in the mock-ups of the command module’s interior. I didn’t make this …
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Colo & Cloud News

A selection of news on colocation and cloud computing from around the web. How hot is the data center segment? Read Stream Data Centers purchases 7.6 acres for a 72,500 sq. ft. data center facility and up to 9MW or power. Read Power Assure predicts top trends with data center energy management. Read Blue Waters …
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Jan. 9, 2012 Colo & Cloud News Roundup

January 9th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)
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Here is a roundup of a few select news items from today. Read story – Active Power gets $10 million dollar flywheel order. Speculation says that Yahoo is the customer. Read story – Mergers and Acquisitions in the data center market generated $12.3 billion in deal value in 2011. Read story – Cloud computing lifts …
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There are a wide variety of solutions that leverage “cloud” technologies. Positioning your cloud product to catch the attention of your target audience will take some clear communication in a field so crowded with “buy me” noise and hype. As I have researched the cloud, and spoken to many companies that offer cloud products, there …
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California Colocation

December 27th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Editorial - (2 Comments)
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With a giant tech industry in Silicon Valley, and the heart of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, millions of square feet of data center floor space have been built to service the demands for California colocation. California Colocation Hot Spots The popular places in California for colocation include metro areas such as Sacramento, San …
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IO Anywhere deployments for Red Cloud

IO, a leading modular data center technology and service provider has announced a contract with Australian-based data center and cloud services provider, Red Cloud. As part of the agreement IO will provide Red Cloud with IO Anywhere® power and data modules and the IO OS® to manage and improve Red Cloud’s modular data center infrastructure …
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Quincy Data Center Facilities

Quincy, WA is the location of several giant data center facilities from industry titans such as Microsoft, Intuit, Vantage Data Centers, Yahoo!, Sabey, and Dell. There is around 2,308,000 sq. ft. of data center facility space (including current projects and additional phase build-outs). Not bad for an area predominantly known for it’s U.S. leading potato …
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Colo, colocation, collocation, co-location, co location

Colocation is a mess of a word. It’s also the most common term used to describe outsourcing a company’s IT infrastructure to a data center facility, e.g. “I’d like to get a quote for colocation at your data center facility”. Every now and then, I get emails from people who simply guess at the spelling …
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Func, MCollective, Salt and RunDeck

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by admin in Editorial - (6 Comments)
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Remote execution is an often underestimated component of cloud computing. Some compare it to the foundation of a building that easily gets looked over, but facilitates the construction of the edifice placed on top. The goal of a remote execution system is to have a means to execute commands on large numbers of desktops/servers without …
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Unique Data Centers

Data centers are adapting to the requirements around them with creative solutions to security, technology and efficiency. Let’s take a quick look at a sample of ten interesting data center implementations from around the world. Sci-fi Themeing 1. Bahnhof’s Pionen made the list for having a James Bond / Silent Running data center theme. The …
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The Open Source Cloud

November 22nd, 2011 | Posted by admin in Editorial - (3 Comments)
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The cloud as a whole is very complex, with several open source projects taking on its various aspects. In general we can break down the cloud complexities to a few core components: 1. Virtualization 2. Network Services 3. Configuration Management 4. Storage 5. Monitoring 6. Communication / remote execution Each of these components are used …
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – November 15, 2011 – IO, announced today that it has contracted with Binary Pulse, LLC, a private cloud and IT solutions provider, to provide IO Anywhere® modular data center services. “IO’s modular data center platform allows us to only buy what we require to eliminate over provisioning and significantly reduce total cost …
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IO Anywhere®

Challenge Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, wanted to expand its cloud solution environment to support the ever-growing demand from its customers. With an immediate need to expand their growing cloud computing services, they needed a data center solution – and fast. Logicalis needed a provider that …
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Open Source Cloud Platforms (IaaS, PaaS)

November 11th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Editorial - (2 Comments)
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Most people have heard of Openstack, the cloud platform built by Rackspace and NASA. XCP and KVM are other popular open source platforms. But beyond the first two or three common open source platforms, it is difficult to name others. So here’s a little list of well know and not-so well known open-source cloud platforms …
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5 Awesome Movie Data Centers

November 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Editorial - (9 Comments)
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Do you remember the crazy supercomputer in Superman III that was so smart that it could transform a human into a robot, but didn’t understand that it needed a disaster recovery plan? What about the Tron Legacy Encom tower server room that makes poor use of space? It’s always fun to see how impractical movie …
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Will the “server hugger” go extinct?

October 17th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Editorial - (6 Comments)
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You’ve heard of “server huggers” right? They’re the IT personality type that has a difficult time feeling comfortable with colocating their servers to a remote data center, opting to have the servers on-site or in a local data center facility. Well, so in 2008, the popular tech site GigaOM.com wrote an interesting article on the …
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By: Nathan Hatch—Executive Chairman, C7 Data Centers, Inc. Cloud formations come in different varieties—nimbus, cumulus, and cirrus, to name a few. These clouds are wondrous in their formation and sometimes inexplicable in their detail. Cloud Computing, by its description, may seem just as amazing and mysterious. But it is in knowing just what you are …
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Data center cold-row containment system

Situation: By 2005, Bay Area Internet Solutions (BAIS) had become an established player in Silicon Valley’s competitive co-location industry. Supported by a single, 24,000-square-foot internet datacenter (IDC), the company served hundreds of customers from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. By late 2007 BAIS had reached its maximum capacity. To accommodate the growing need for …
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Cloud Money

The economy is miserable and the future looks quite uneasy for today’s IT professionals and consultants, many of whom are operating as if it’s still 1999. Cloud computing has gained a foothold and the rules of the IT game are changing rapidly. The savvy IT professional sees this and realizes he or she must adapt …
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ViaWest has expanded their data center presence in Utah. This article takes a look at ViaWest’s efforts to solidify their position as a market leader in Utah.
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Waveform Technology, a colocation data center provider in Michigan writes about the benefits of a colocating in a data center in Michigan.
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eBay's Topaz Data Center in Utah

A 50% decrease in data center costs is incredible. So let’s look at three reasons why eBay’s costs for the Topaz facility are so low, and hopefully uncover why Utah provides data centers a distinctive advantage.
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Bahnhof’s Pionen data center has been nicknamed “The James Bond Villian Data Center”, but was it a smart decision to theme their data center that way?
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