It’s all about the data center this week as Twitter finds itself in a pickle, MD Anderson builds a megacloud, hot data center trends were announced for 2011, and the truth about cross connects is revealed. Here’s What We’re Reading….

Twitter’s datacenter plans “spiral out of control”

  • Many popular tech start-ups feel the pains associated with tremendous growth. Twitter knows this best as optimizing its infrastructure has been the focus for many months now. The social giant’s failing data center project out of Utah has stalled product development and forced the company to relocate to a data center on the west coast. Read more about the botched move…

Cancer center builds Texas-sized cloud

  • MD Anderson is opening a third 12-15,000 sq.ft. data center this summer to support its private cloud initiatives (at the same time that we open our new colocation data center doors). What’s even more impressive is the specialty hospital is talking about a half-dozen shared large memory machines, 8,000 processors and hundreds of terabytes of data storage. After all, it’s no easy task to “make cancer history.” Lynn Vogel, vice president and CIO of MD Anderson, said, “We’re currently implementing the largest high-performance computing environment in the world devoted exclusively to cancer.” Read more about the plans for deployment…

What will be the big trends in data center design and operations in 2011?

  • Data Center Knowledge reports the leading data center trends sure to make news this year. Cost and simplification are the driving forces behind many initiatives that promise improved efficiency metrics, tighter integration of resources, cheaper hardware, and faster time-to-market new data centers.
  • Cloud computing leads the list of topics sure to make waves in 2011. Some predict we’ll see the implication of what the cloud really will be as enterprises ease concerns surrounding security and compliance.
  • The industrialization of data centers hits close to home as wholesale data center providers abandon time-consuming custom builds for new facilities. Companies like Digital Realty Trust – who is building our new FIBERTOWN colocation data center in North Houston – are incorporating supply-chain logistics and standard components to design and build a quality space in record time. Read the in-depth dive into these tops trends…

Co-location, Content Delivery via Cross Connects, U.S. and European

  • No one likes paying cross connect fees, but they’re a necessary evil in the colocation business. This article shows why the infamous cross connect fee may not be such a demon after all, and can really be a cost-effective effective tool. Read the full analysis…
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