Codero Hosting Receives $8 Million in Financing

Codero Hosting announced today that it received $8 million in new financing from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Farnam Street Financial.  According to Codero, the $8 million will be used to:

  • Deploy new data centers in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Expand hosting portfolio
  • Serve more customers and multiple data center locations

Codero was able to secure the funding, in part, because of its strong growth over the last few years. According to Codero president and CEO Emil Sayegh,

“We have outpaced our industry’s growth, expanding faster than other hosting and cloud providers due to our commitment to providing customers with unparalleled performance, expertise, support and value,”

Also contributing to Codero’s success and ability attract financing is their industry leading cloud hosting technology. In October, Codero announced the industry’s only true on-demand hybrid cloud hosting service. The new offering – which combines the company’s best-of-breed cloud, networking and dedicated hosting technologies – provides the flexibility and strength of public cloud with the robustness and security of traditional IT infrastructure.

Codero currently operates high-availability data centers in:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ashburn, Virginia
  • Chicago, Illinois

The next phase of growth will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where Codero recently signed a long term lease in an unnamed state of the art facility,

Codero has a lot going for it. They have industry leading tech, a strong growth vector, solid financial backing, presence in key markets and an ambitious, global business plan. We look forward to seeing great things coming up for Codero Hosting.

For more information about Codero Hosting or to request a quote please visit their Data Center Discovery profile here.

Omnis Network Opens Tempe Data Center

Omnis Network, a colocation and hosting provider with data centers in California and Toronto recently announced the acquisition of a new data center in Tempe, AZ.

The data center acquisition allows Omnis access to the vibrant and technology heavy marketplace surrounding Tempe and Arizona State University. According to Shannon Selby with the City of Tempe,

“Tempe is a hotbed for technology. About 20% of our jobs are tech related and about 20% of the companies here are tech companies. From aerospace to nanotechnology, from solar energy research to software development and manufacturing, more than 500 Tempe companies are focused on the future.”

The data center acquisition has also allowed Omnis Network to roll out a suite of new services.  These include:

  • Virtual Private Servers
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Colocation Hosting
  • Business Continuity Services
  • Carrier Neutral Colocation
  • Colocation (1/4, 1/2 and full racks)
  • Disaster Recovery Services
  • Remote Hands

The new data center, the new service portfolio and Omnis Network’s strong track record for providing quality hosting services position Omnis well to take on larger clients and projects.

According to Patrick Chon, marketing manager of Omnis Network,

“The opening of this latest data center provides Omnis with the opportunity to openly offer these additional hosting services that were previously only provided to select customer because of space limitations.  Being situated in Tempe, AZ is an optimal location as it provides a geographical stable site, along with unparalleled network connectivity that the city has developed through its own growth.  This data center provides uninterrupted power and high density cooling for customizable colocation space that can meet any requirement for our globally networked clients.”

We are excited to see Omnis moving upmarket and expect to see great things from them going forward.

For more information about Omnis Network please check out their profile on Data Center Discovery

MLK Day Quote

It’s MLK Day here in the States. In honor of the day and of the man, my favorite Martin Luther King Quote:

“Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”

 

Global Capacity Launches One Marketplace PoP in Ashburn, VA

Global Capacity continues its One Marketplace expansion, deploying four new Points of Presence (PoPs) in the last three months.  While widespread requirements for competitive pricing and low latency connectivity served as key drivers for deployments in San Jose, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA, the platform’s latest PoP in Equinix’s DC6 Ashburn, VA data center (located at 21721 Filigree Ct.) fulfills growing demand for competitive metro access.  According to a recent study by Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, data traffic on metro access will increase 560% by 2017.  With a new hub in Ashburn, One Marketplace offers area businesses a broad range of service attributes to meet these growing network transport needs.

Ashburn offers superior connectivity to key business areas including Washington, D.C. and Metro New York.  By interconnecting to the Ashburn One Marketplace PoP, businesses and service providers benefit from Global Capacity’s connectivity to over three million commercial Ethernet addresses and near-ubiquitous TDM reach.  Customers also gain direct access to Cloud ecosystems such as Amazon Web Services and more than 650 co-located companies including 200 unique network carriers, 100 content and digital media companies and 140 Cloud and IT providers, as well as the largest peering exchange on the East Coast.

One Marketplace provides network buyers and sellers with market-competitive network solutions, enabling both groups to expand the breadth and reach of their service capabilities while meeting growing supply and demand.  The platform enables customers to take advantage of near-ubiquitous network access by combining an interconnected, physical network aggregation platform with a Cloud application that provides simple, transparent and automated procurement and delivery of cost-effective network connectivity.

Please visit Global Capacity’s profile on Data Center Discovery.

Learn more about interconnecting to Global Capacity’s One Marketplace by visiting www.globalcapacity.com/products-services/interconnection or email solutions@globalcapacity.com.

HQPS praises the marketing power of Data Center Discovery

I had a chance to have breakfast with Mark Cowart at High Quality Power Services (HQPS) earlier this week. HQPS is one of the fastest growing data center equipment and service providers in the Southeast.

Mark had some terrific things to say about his experience with Data Center Discovery. Mark said,

“I can truly say that DCD is by far the most dynamic marketing tool that is out there today for the Data Center Industry. In just a few short months, we are finding it to be our most valuable tool for finding prospects as well as products for our customers. This is something that all other industries have had for a long time and DCD has come in as the pioneer and leader in this market.”

Mark went on say that HQPS has landed new business and forged new business partnerships as a result of their advertisement on Data Center Discovery.

Hundreds of people visit Data Center Discovery each week looking for data center space, equipment, software, contractors, engineers, and manufacturers. We would love for your company to see the same kind of success that HQPS has found. Join us and be among the companies that searchers find when they visit our site. Basic profiles are FREE and easy to set up.

High Quality Power Services is an established strategic power management company headquartered in Roswell, GA that provides a full range of mission critical power solutions for the telecommunications, cable television, colocation, healthcare, industrial, banking, and information services industries.

DataCenterDiscovery.com is a global directory of companies involved in the data center industry. The site is designed to be a resource for data center owners and operators and a powerful way for data center companies to get in front of potential new customers.

Pacnet Deploys Second Facility in Southeast Asia’s Emerging Data Center Hub

Major providers, multinational companies (MNCs) and enterprise businesses are flocking to Singapore to expand their services and take advantage of the high-growth Asia-Pacific market.  According to the 2013 DatacenterDynamics Industry Census of over 5,000 data center owners and operators, the APAC region is home to some of the fastest growing data center markets in the world.  The Lion City leads the region as a data center hub, accounting for more than 60 percent of the market.  Thanks in large part to attractive government initiatives and robust communications infrastructure, the country’s data center space continues to grow at an impressive rate of 10 percent per year.  The rising volume of customers seeking to establish their presence and expand operations in the region has led to rapidly growing demand for data center space.

The newest addition to Singapore’s data center community is Pacnet’s CloudSpace II (SGCS2) – the company’s second data center in the country.  The eight-story, 155,000-square foot facility located at 110 Paya Lebar officially opened its doors on January 14, 2014.  As Singapore’s first and only Tier III Uptime Institute design certified facility, SGCS2 provides high levels of service and availability for customers such as Acclivis and Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ).  The carrier-neutral data center also provides connectivity to multiple, redundant and diverse carrier networks for local access, as well as Pacnet’s subsea cable system and Singapore’s major domestic exchanges and Points of Presence (PoPs).  Along with advanced colocation and connectivity services, SGCS2 offers customers access to Pacnet’s managed services, including Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) and Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN).  PEN is the first Pan-Asia Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) architecture enabling organizations to provision network resources within minutes across multiple sites.  SGCS2 extends its enterprise class data center and private clouds to any external cloud vendors.

In addition to interconnected, advanced data and managed services, the companies expanding in the region are also looking for some of the most advanced data center infrastructure in the industry.  With Singapore serving as one of the region’s leading financial centers, local data centers must also meet the rigorous security requirements of the financial services industry.  SGCS2 features fully redundant power and cooling systems, advanced fire detection and suppression systems, as well as a latest-generation security access system.  The facility was designed in accordance with the BCA Green Mark Scheme and technology risk management guidelines of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).  It has also undergone a threat vulnerability risk assessment (TVRA).

With the addition of SGCS2, Pacnet is currently operating 455,000 square feet of data center space across 18 facilities, 14 cities and 10 countries in the APAC region.  Learn more about Pacnet and its newest Singapore facility by visiting www.pacnet.com.

View Pacnet’s profile on Data Center Discovery here

Virtual Reality in the Data Center?

If you really love gadgets and tech, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was the only place to be this week. There are so many unbelievably cool toys here that it’s difficult not to rush form aisle to aisle with wide eyes and slack jaw saying things like, “OMG look at this. OMG look at THIS! Would you look at THAT?!”

One of the most jaw dropping devices at the show was a new prototype headset from crowd-funded, virtual reality firm Oculus VR. Their new device is an update of their Oculus Rift headset that premiered at CES last year. The prototype, known as Crystal Cove, is a major step forward in the world of virtual reality technology.

The Crystal Cove demo ran a space dogfight simulation for an upcoming virtual reality game called EVE: Valkyrie. The sensations of speed and motion while in the EVE virtual environment were totally convincing. The new prototype also features a positional tracking camera which allows the wearer to look anywhere in the virtual environment and maintain correct perspective. The overall effect is a truly immersive virtual reality experience.

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I like dogfights in space, I even like slaying the occasional orc but I can’t help but think that gaming isn’t the end of the road for this tech. I immediately started thinking of excuses valid reasons to start using virtual reality in mission critical environments.

Here are a few I came up with:

  • Data center walkthroughs prior to construction or upgrade
  • Simulation of complex maintenance procedures
  • Emergency procedure drills
  • Infrastructure failure simulations
  • And imagine the possibilities if the virtual reality tech were paired with DCIM and/or CFD software.

Another application came to mind regarding Big Data. One of the challenges of Big Data is visualizing the massive data hoards that are accumulating. At some point, no matter the size a computer screen is simply an inadequate device for analyzing the relationships in vast stores of data. Virtual reality may be a key tool for the Big Data analyst of the future.

The futures imagined by William Gibson and Neal Stephenson are just around the corner!

FiberLight Creates First Optical Network Supporting LINX Multi-Site IX in NoVA

FiberLight, LLC has officially established a fully redundant fiber-optic network for the London Internet Exchange (LINX), the largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the world.

LINX, which operates in the Northern Virginia (NoVA) market of the U.S. as well as London, Manchester and Scotland, covers over 80 percent of the global routing table.  LINX’s NoVA network contains three switching Points of Presence (PoPs) throughout its multiple site locations.  With the help of FiberLight, the three switching PoPs will now be fully connected underground via purpose-built fiber optic cable, which will help facilitate the secure and efficient transfer of global IP traffic in and out of the network.  It is LINX’s first fiber-optic network in the NoVA region.

By partnering with FiberLight, LINX has joined a network with over 500,000 miles of fiber cable in over 44 U.S. cities including Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Georgia and Washington, D.C.  The fiber network will also help LINX expand its operations deeper into the metropolitan region, enabling it to serve one of the most densely concentrated IP traffic regions in the U.S.  Supported by the backbone of fiber-optic connectivity, LINX now has the ability to provide cost effective, performance-enhancing solutions for its clients and customers.  According to LINX Chief Executive Officer John Souter, the decision to partner with FiberLight is key to the organization’s strategic grow throughout the area.

“We look forward to a long-standing relationship with FiberLight as we continue to expand our IX footprint in these new markets,” Souter said.

To view FiberLight’s profile on Data Center Discovery, please click here.

For more information about FiberLight’s service offerings, please click here.

 

No Limits Software expands capability of DCIM tools

Some of the most exciting new products in data center marketplace are found in the area of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions.

Information technology and consulting firm Gartner, defines DCIM as;

“DCIM tools monitor, measure, manage and/or control data center utilization and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment (such as servers, storage and network switches) and facility infrastructure components (such as power distribution units [PDUs] and computer room air conditioners [CRACs]).”

This week I had the pleasure to correspond with Dave Cole, Founder and President of No Limits Software. No Limits Software’s RaMP DCIM solution was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) products.

Dave was pleased to announce that No Limits Software has just released for immediate availability of version 2.6 of their RaMP DCIM solution.

The powerful new release provides support for:

  • placing devices into maintenance mode
  • enhanced ability to retire assets
  • workflow templates for recurring sets of tasks such as adding or moving equipment
  • support for hundreds of new models including PDI PDUs
  • additional contextual help
  • quick links to allow users to navigate directly to an asset from an email alert
  • enhanced support for intelligent cabinets.

We are very glad to see No Limits Software bringing such powerful tools to the data center marketplace.

About No Limits Software:  No Limits Software is a leading provider of data center management solutions, including asset and change management, capacity planning and real-time monitoring. No Limits Software provides a unique solution through the automation of asset and change management, including the discovery of the asset location down to the rack unit. Their RaMP DCIM solution allows you to understand and more effectively operate your data center.

You can learn more at http://datacenterdiscovery.com/myaccount/profile.php?user_id=205

10 Data Center Predictions for 2014

Data Center Discovery Logo on TopMy top ten predictions for the data center industry in 2014. In order from “extremely likely” to “I’m totally guessing here”.

Okay. Let’s dispense with a few sure bets first,

1.    Big Data will continue to be a challenge and an opportunity.

The past few years have seen dramatic growth in the amount of raw data produced and stored by corporations, individuals, governments and scientists. IBM estimates that a staggering 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day around the world. All that data obviously has to be stored somewhere. Which points toward a continuing demand for most types of data center space and data storage devices.

For corporations, it’s not unusual for a single US business to have more than 100,000 gigabytes of stored data.  Warehousing these vast stores of data is relatively straightforward and becoming easier and cheaper as the cost of memory nears the vanishing point. The challenge lies in putting that data to work. The relational databases and desktop applications that processed and helped visualize data in the past are increasingly unsuitable for dealing with the scale of modern data hoards.

Simply analyzing massive volumes of data is a true challenge. But the problem goes deeper. The data is also arriving at increasing velocity and in an increasing variety of formats. Making good strategic use of Big Data requires that the analytics tools be capable of analyzing the vast volume of data in real time and across a variety of data types.

In 2013 investment in Big Data neared $1.4B USD. In 2014, the companies that bring analytics tools to market that successfully capture, analyze and visualize Big Data will see increased investment and demand for services.

2.    Cloud Computing will continue to grow.

All types of cloud computing solutions will see strong growth in 2014. However, growth in the area of cloud based data storage will be particularly strong.  Market research firm ABI forecasts that cloud based data storage will triple in volume in the next 5 years. ABI is expecting 4 billion personal accounts holding a whopping 3500 petabytes of data to be in place by 2018.

Further driving growth in cloud computing will be an increasing trend among enterprises, SMBs and startups to decide against owning and maintaining their own stack of silicon. Business will see that the costs associated with owning IT infrastructure as an impediment to the pursuit of their core mission. These firms will continue the rapidly adopt PaaS, SaaS and HaaS cloud solutions.

3.    Colocation and managed hosting will continue to grow.

Perceived security and reliability concerns will cause many companies to remain reluctant to make a full commitment to the cloud. However, these companies will still see the logic in deciding to forgo the expense of building, operating and maintaining the infrastructure needed for their own private data center. These companies will turn to hybrid cloud, colocation and hosting providers for their technology backbone.

Growth for colos in 2014 should be strong in all geographies. For example, a recent study by Research and Markets indicates an expected 16.5% CAGR for European colocation providers through 2016.

4.    Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Market to Grow

Data center operators will continue to look for strategies that allow them to squeeze as much efficiency out of their existing infrastructure as possible. Maximizing the use of existing electrical, mechanical and compute infrastructure requires careful planning, thoughtful deployment and a clear view of available resources. A number of DCIM technology platforms have demonstrated significant capability provide this vision and planning capability. As a result, the DCIM market has exploded in the past two years

In December, Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm, stated that the market for DCIM products is already to more than 1B$.  Look for DCIM to continue its upward trend in 2014.

A little less obvious…

5.    A single provider for Colo, Cloud and Big Data Analytics

These first 3 predictions comprise what I see as a winning business model for the IT infrastructure outsourcing firm of the future. Companies will emerge that wrap all of these services together into a tidy package and own their customer’s IT relationship from physical layer through advanced data analytics.

A market leader will emerge that provides:

  • Colocation and managed services for those customers seeking a conservative approach to IT infrastructure outsourcing
  • Help those customers gradually transition to a hybrid cloud solution
  • Help customers transition from hybrid cloud to a fully functional cloud solution
  • Provide in-house Big Data analysis and consulting

Will companies like AWS that provide cloud and big data analytics move down the technology ladder to provide traditional colocation services? Will companies like Equinix that provide colocation and cloud services move up the technology ladder to provide big data analytics? 2014 should tell us.

6.    The Internet of Things (IoT) inches closer

As previously noted, Big Data will continue to be a focus for technology firms in 2014 and beyond. Perhaps the biggest data hoard that this tech will be tasked with taming is the deluge of data poised to arrive when nearly every object in the world is part of the Internet of Things and is actively recording and reporting data.

Gartner estimates that by 2020, 26 billion devices will be on the IoT.

The IoT will inch closer in 2014 with two key conferences:

These conferences will incubate ideas, demonstrate capabilities and establish common protocols for IoT tech.

As noted above, cascades of data lead directly to demand for data center space and boom times for data center designers and infrastructure providers.

7.    Rise of the Robots!

According to the Uptime Institute’s Abnormal Incident Reporting (AIR) database, human error accounts for 70% of unplanned data center downtime. (As Uptime’s Hank Seader points out, at root cause, nearly ALL data center failures can be attributed to human error.) 

There are some strategies that will help reduce these errors. For example;

  • As Schneider Electric points out, knowledgeable, highly trained data center operators using tested, formal operating procedures can go a long way toward reducing unplanned downtime.
  • DCIM tools that provide actionable, accurate and timely data regarding infrastructure conditions can also decrease human error.

But if you really want to start reducing data center downtime due to human error we need to consider replacing data center humans with data center robots.

We have already starting to see a few robots creep into data center electrical rooms.  Remote circuit breaker racking solutions such as those offered by CBS ArcSafe are technically robots.

But more significantly, in 2013 Google quietly purchased 8 robotics companies including the industry leader, Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics created the spooky Big Dog and Cheetah robots and the DARPA competition ATLAS robots.

Library2Google has been tight-lipped regarding its plans for their newly acquired robot tech. But I’m betting that the data centers on Google’s drawing board will look more like the robot controlled library at the University of Chicago or the inside of a tape drive silo.

Imagine robots racking and stacking servers in 50’ tall racks.

8.    Data Center Energy efficiency shifts focus to the left side of the PUE decimal place

Ever since the EPA dropped its report to Congress in 2009, a steady stream of green metrics, technologies and strategies have emerged. Most of this tech is focused on reducing the power consumption associated with the mechanical, electrical and other ancillary systems that data centers require. Incredible feats have been accomplished and energy use has been reduced greatly. As a result, many new data centers are seeing legitimate <1.1 PUEs.

However, many late model data centers are tapped out when it comes to mechanical and electrical system energy efficiency. It’s time for the IT manufacturers to start making reliable, innovative leaps forward in server efficiency. In 2014, I expect to see companies like Servergy lead a march into a new era of data center efficiency.

Finally, some harsh truths for a couple of groups that are not likely see growth…

9.    Local and regional manufacturer’s rep firms feel the pinch.

The increasing number of small and medium businesses that decide against building their own data centers and server rooms is bad news for the local manufacturer’s representatives. The guys that sell racks, power strips, servers, UPS systems and other infrastructure to this marketplace are in for a bumpy ride as their marketplace rapidly shrinks.

Manufacturer’s reps will need to move upmarket and fight it out for the business of the growing colos and cloud providers if they hope to survive. Unfortunately, the manufacturer rep firms will find that the colo and cloud owners are extremely adept at finding the margin in infrastructure deals and cutting it out.

As a result, most of the colo and cloud accounts are being taken direct by the manufacturers who are also struggling in an increasingly savvy and competitive marketplace.

10.    Fewer data center facilities personnel needed

Any time an industry adopts a technology that radically increases efficiency and automates tasks that were previously done by labor, jobs disappear.  In fact, the whole point behind developing efficiency and automation is to reduce the amount of labor needed. Reduced labor is another term for fewer jobs.

DCIM, robots and other automation tools are allowing data centers to squeeze efficiency from their infrastructure and will eventually allow them to trim their labor force.

If a significant part of your job consists of walking around a data center with a clipboard and taking readings from data center infrastructure GUIs, somewhere someone is pitching the idea that a DCIM sensor and software package can replace you.

The sheer number of data centers that are needed to house all of our data should result in a net gain in data center jobs. However, the days when data center personnel could be “facilities” only are rapidly drawing to close. To be competitive in the 2014, workers must understand the infrastructure, the software that monitors and controls it and the mission critical loads it supports.

That’s that I think. What do you think 2014 holds for us?