Providing large scale, secure space and power has been the focus of wholesale data center providers for many years. Until recently, innovation in wholesale data center solutions has centered on developing data center designs that improve power resiliency and building efficiency. The result being that wholesale customers today are receiving data centers that are more flexible, scalable, and cost effective than ever before.
When evaluating your data center connectivity, there are many reasons to consider dark fiber, including cost control, flexibility, security, and scalability. To quickly understanding the basics of fiber optics, see my blog posting, “Tech Primer: Dark Fiber, Lit and Wavelengths.”
According to the Uptime Institute 70% of enterprise workloads are running in corporate data centers. Colocation data centers have 20% of enterprise applications, and cloud providers have 9%.
Some IT colleagues have asked me, “What is dark fiber and what’s the difference between lit and wavelengths?” Let’s begin by understanding the basic concepts of fiber optics and the difference between dark and lit fiber.
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One of the more interesting developments in the data center industry over the last few years has been the emergence of the wholesale data center market.
Think of wholesale data centers in the context of the traditional retail data center market. Wholesale data centers offer dedicated, multi-megawatt deployments spread out over large footprints of multiple thousands of square feet. These deployments are configured as secured vaults, private suites and cages, and entire buildings.
Enterprise customers who are searching for a data center for a 200kW or higher critical infrastructure, have a wide range of wholesale colocation providers to choose from. Besides deciding on the physical location to house their infrastructure, these customers must have some important questions to ask a colocation provider such as redundancy, power billing options, network connectivity, high density availability, scalability and services such as DCIM or remote hands.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a severe earthquake in the Bay Area, but today, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck 6 miles southwest of Napa. If you’ve never experienced an earthquake, trust me, 6.1 is a big one and scary! We live in Napa and our whole house was shaking at 3.20 AM!
Since the birth of the integrated circuit in the 1950s, Silicon Valley has become the destination for high tech entrepreneurship. Located in Northern California, the term "Silicon Valley" was coined in the 1970s and gained popularity in the 1980’s with the emergence of the personal computer. In Silicon Valley, capacity and capability came together to create some of the greatest technical innovations in history.
We are in the era of on-demand data delivery. The proliferation of cloud computing and information sharing has created a sort of data center boom. There are more users, more devices and a lot more services being delivered from the modern data center environment.
It’s been an interesting week or two of data center news! “London Internet Exchange takes space in EvoSwitch.” “Digital Realty announces Open Internet Exhange.” “Open-IX movement goes public.”
So what is happening here? What is the problem that is solved with “open” internet exchanges?