Ah, Earth Day. It’s not only a time to reflect on the majesty of the natural world, but also a time to consider how we’re treating it. The Earth Day Network, which organizes the global movement, wants us to mobilize to address climate change and protect the Earth for future generations. Having a designated day for citizens to galvanize around that mission is critical to finding our way to sustainable living. Unfortunately, there are already many cases of irreversible damage incurred by our planet. NASA reports that sea levels have risen about 17 centimeters in the last century; acidity of our oceans increased by 30% since the industrial revolution; and Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005. The ramifications are dire and we can already see the negative results through the massive increase of extreme weather events that destroy habitats, households, and businesses.

Almost every personal and professional purchase we make inflicts some sort of negative externality on the natural environment. Now with modern conveniences, it’s impossible to eliminate our environmental footprint completely, but we ought to make decisions that mitigate these ramifications as best we can. ClickClean, Greenpeace’s widely publicized annual data center sustainability report card states that the IT sector in 2017 is estimated to consume approximately 7% of global electricity and 21% of that is attributed to data centers. No one’s saying we should scale back the Internet – that train has left the station and the benefits are staggering. But, going about the aggressive expansion of the digital world in a conscientious manner is essential to mitigating the considerable environmental impact caused by a sector that’s already a major contributor of greenhouse gases by way of its colossal energy requirements.

When searching for a data center partner, companies looking to reduce the environmental impact of their IT operations ought to identify facilities that leverage utility power generated by a healthy mix of renewal energy sources; i.e. not too reliant on coal or petroleum. Next, providers should be assessed on the sophistication of the critical infrastructure systems within the considered data centers. Efficiency gains can most easily be realized by the cooling system in place. Is outside air used to cool the IT equipment? Is hot/cold aisle containment implemented? Are chillers optimized to sensitively scale cooling in conjunction with the IT load? Is cold air directed intelligently to ensure maximum interaction with servers? Finally, even if a data center features the most efficient infrastructure on the market, it’s only as good as the people operating it. Having a team that continually optimizes operations to improve power usage effectiveness (PUE) and other key operational indicators is perhaps most important.

In the midst of climate change, finding an energy efficient data center should not be an environmentally-aware organization’s sole concern. Selecting a site that is protected from a more volatile climate is also crucial. The EPA tracked 32 weather events in the United States that caused at least $1 billion in damages between 1980 and 2012. It’s unclear if data center outages were included in the Agency’s summation, but those costs are nothing to sneeze at. Last year, Data Center Frontier published a report that estimates the average data center outage costs over $740,000 dollars and will only grow as companies rely more on digital applications. This is where site selection comes into play – companies need to pinpoint locations that not only meet their latency requirements, but also provide an environmentally and geologically stable climate.

DataSite not only has facilities in exceptionally safe environments, but also strives to minimize its carbon footprint. The utility power we leverage takes advantage of hydroelectric, wind, and solar sources. We employ the latest cooling strategies to minimize our energy usage including free-air cooling, high-efficiency chillers with variable frequency drives, thermal insulation, chilled water to the rack, plenum and chimney returns, and hot/cold aisle containment. Our seasoned operations team is always seizing efficiency gains, leveraging infrared imaging to both diagnose and document the reduction of bypass airflow in all DataSite facilities. Our customers, in addition to the environment, benefit from our penchant for sustainability. Since PUE is factored into our metered power program, all efficiency gains are passed down. And we’re always looking to drive down our PUE!

As a provider of data center services, we are going to work even harder of Earth Day to reduce our environmental footprint through infrastructural improvements and even more diligent operational procedures. We know the Internet is only going to grow. As a supplier of its most foundational infrastructure, we promise to do our best to minimize the environmental cost. In return, we ask users to make intelligent choices.

BOISE, ID – April 19, 2017 – DataSite, a wholesale data center space and network service provider that owns and operates world-class colocation facilities in Atlanta, Boise and Orlando, announces that Syringa Networks has established a presence in its Boise data center.  Syringa Networks operates the most robust, facilities-based, self-healing fiber optic communications network that reaches the furthest corners of rural and urban Idaho. Via Syringa Networks’ new presence in DataSite Boise, content delivery networks (CDNs), cloud providers, IT providers, educational institutions, government agencies and Idaho-based enterprises now have sub-millisecond latency options to access the largest, most robust data center in the state of Idaho.

Syringa Networks is the seventh carrier to install network gear at DataSite Boise, providing DataSite’s current customer base with another enterprise-class fiber provider. However, the Syringa Networks is the only carrier that offers connectivity to relatively untapped rural communities within the state of Idaho. Syringa Networks connection to DataSite Boise grants customers full access to DataSite’s array of colocation services.

“We are thrilled to welcome Syringa Networks to our Boise facility,” comments Rob Wilson, Executive Vice President for DataSite. “The DataSite team has long understood the connectivity capabilities of Syringa Networks, particularly the services it provides to rural communities, and we are proud to add them to our growing ecosystem. Although DataSite Boise previously offered a multitude of connectivity options, Syringa Networks’ fiber network serves as the gateway to new areas that many other fiber providers simply cannot reach. The combination of Syringa Networks’ network footprint and DataSite’s Boise facility exposes thousands of potential customers to data center solutions they would not otherwise have access to.”

DataSite Boise offers a trifecta of value including clean, low cost electricity; an ideal free-cooling environment; and zero risk of natural disasters.  Boise is a burgeoning city, ranked as 13 of 200 U.S. cities on the 2016 Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers List. Boise boasts a cost of living 1.8% below the national average and a projected annual job growth rate of 2.6%. Technology is one of the major industries in the city, which underscores the importance of affordable colocation services throughout the region.

Click here to learn more about DataSite’s world-class Boise facility.

 

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About DataSite

DataSite offers secure world-class facilities in Atlanta, Boise and Orlando, capable of accommodating varying needs in wholesale data center space.  DataSite data centers are a unique blend of purpose-built, specially constructed data center facilities and expertly managed data center infrastructure designed to offer affordable colocation options that meet the demanding power density and up-time requirements of the modern computing environment.  DataSite’s Tier III data center design provides completely redundant and continually operating facilities that are concurrently maintainable with zero scheduled downtime.

Visit www.datasitecolo.com to learn more about DataSite’s colocation services. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest company news and updates.

 

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Jaymie Scotto & Associates (JSA)
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Expansion includes additional 10,000 square feet of whitespace, 1MW power expansion and 600kW cooling system expansion

ATLANTA – April 04, 2017 – DataSite, a wholesale data center space provider that owns and operates world-class colocation facilities in Atlanta, Boise and Orlando, announces the expansion of its Atlanta colocation facility. The expansion features an additional 10,000 square feet of data center whitespace as well as a power upgrade of 1MW throughout the facility, and a 600kW cooling system expansion.

The expansion was deployed to accommodate strong, continuous demand from enterprises, content delivery providers, cloud service providers and IT services providers. In addition to the newly deployed expansion, DataSite also has the ability to increase power capacity by an additional two to three megawatts.

DataSite’s Atlanta facility is located in a suburban setting, 13 fiber miles outside of Atlanta’s famous network peering points, providing an added layer of security. The facility offers a wide variety of power and cooling densities ranging from 2kW to 40kW per rack, in addition to varied infrastructure redundancies ranging from N to 2N+1. Single locking cabinets, customer cages and private suites are all available.

“DataSite deploys its capacity expansions based on analysis of market demand as it relates to the needs of our clients,” comments Jeff Burges, President of DataSite. “What our customers value most is flexibility, which we provide by offering varied redundancy and power densities. This expansion underscores the continued value that we strive to provide to our Atlanta customer base.”

DataSite’s Atlanta colocation facility serves a variety of customers across several industries, including, Fortune 500 enterprises, healthcare organizations, content delivery networks, and IT and cloud service providers.

Click here to learn more about our world-class Atlanta facility.

 

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About DataSite

DataSite offers secure world-class facilities in Atlanta, Boise and Orlando, capable of accommodating varying needs in wholesale data center space.  DataSite data centers are a unique blend of purpose-built, specially constructed data center facilities and expertly managed data center infrastructure designed to offer affordable colocation options that meet the demanding power density and up-time requirements of the modern computing environment.  DataSite’s Tier III data center design provides completely redundant and continually operating facilities that are concurrently maintainable with zero scheduled downtime.

Visit www.datasitecolo.com to learn more about DataSite’s colocation services. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest company news and updates.

 

DataSite Media Contact:

Jaymie Scotto & Associates (JSA)
+1 866.695.3629 ext. 21
jsa_datasite@jaymiescotto.com

The times they are a changin’”. Back in 1964 when Bob Dylan first sang these words, we might not have imagined a world in which information is created, shared and utilized in a matter of seconds.

It is equally hard to imagine that digital data or IT infrastructure would become a company’s most valuable asset. network-cables

But what a brave new world it has become.

The High Performance Computing (HPC) or Supercomputing landscape is changing rapidly and companies need more advanced security and IT infrastructure than ever.

The good news is that as the needs of consumers change with time, so does HPC.

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High performance computing has proliferated to the point where it even hosts an annual international conference.  Starting in 1989, 29 years ago, the SC conference series, (sponsored by ACM SIGHPC and IEEE Computer Society) has met every year to discuss the ever-changing landscape that makes up the HPC industry.  From computer hardware design & operations to the best mission-critical facility environments, including water cooling and other ways to manage the high-density power & compute requirements the conference supports the ever-growing march of technology. 

This year, SC16 is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The dates of the conference are November 13 – 18, 2016.  Scientists, computer engineers, mission-critical facility operators, communication specialists and a myriad of other high -tech professionals will gather at the conference to discuss new and emerging opportunities and technologies in the HPC industry.  Together, they will brainstorm on problem solving and collaborate on interesting and innovative ways to utilize the tremendous capabilities of Supercomputing technologies!

HPC and Innovation

Before HPC gained full-scale popularity, it was used by geologists, meteorologists and medical researchers to create complex algorithms to solve scientific problems.

Now, HPC is being embraced by small businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors. It has been called by some “the key to future innovation.”

Car manufacturers, for example, use High Performance Computing to perform virtual crash tests on their vehicles. A safety test that cost Ford Motor Company $60,000 just 20 years ago, costs around $10 today.

This is all thanks to HPC.

Similarly, Dumont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred has turned to HPC to help farmers increase their biofuels production. Through a series of simulations, researchers are working to create a hybrid seed that can withstand floods, disease, insects and drought.

Instead of spending years analyzing massive amounts of data, they use HPC to obtain answers in a matter of weeks, days or even hours.

Thanks to HPC, Pioneer Hi-Bred has created a research program that is up to 50 times bigger than what they could have achieved without the new computing technologies available today.

Corporations are turning to HPC to solve their business and infrastructural challenges.

For example, PING, a golf club manufacturer, is using HPC to test their new prototype ideas.  If a prototype performs poorly in a simulation, they can save $20,000 to $30,000 by eliminating the need to send a potentially flawed product to production. Goodyear is following the same pattern by using HPC to test new tire designs.

Of course, medical researchers and providers will continue to use HPC to determine if an idea is even worth moving to the testing phase.

As HPC starts to gain a foot hold in mainstream commerce we are starting to see the signs of rapid adoption and the proliferation of supercomputing.  At DataSite, for example, all of our data center facilities throughout the United States (Atlanta, Georgia;  Boise, Idaho and Orlando, Florida) are designed to deliver the massive amounts of power to these super computers.  All the data center areas are supplied with chilled water taps to help cool the intense heat of the supercomputing processor chips.  HPC users leverage the DataSite colocation facilities for Department of Defense style physical security to protect these multi-million dollar machines as well as huge amounts of clean & uninterrupted power required to operate this IT infrastructure.

Whether a client requires a one-rack solution or a full-scale customized data center environment, DataSite is positioned to support the intense high-power density data center space required to day and wall into the future.

Over time, high performance computing has proven to be key to economic development around the world.  It has been proven that Countries which invest in HPC gain a clear advantage over countries that do not.

According to a report from market consultancy company Intersect 360, the U.S. must embrace HPC in order to maintain a competitive edge in the global market place.

High performance computing is inextricably linked to innovation, fueling breakthroughs in science, engineering and business,” as stated in Intersect’s report.

In other words, obtaining and developing HPC systems should be at or near the top of every developed country’s priority list.  It could also be what sets a nation apart from its economic competitors across the globe.

 

 

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Once again Jeff Burges, President and Founder of DataSite will be joining other industry professionals to discuss issues that are currently impacting, or will impact in the future, the mission critical facilities industry.  CapRate’s 5th Annual Southwest Data Center Summit will be held in Phoenix, Arizona November 9th & 10th, 2016 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

This year Jeff will be a panelist for “The Impact of Connectivity Innovations on Data Centers: Analysis of Network Configurations to Support Evolving Needs and General Latency and Bandwidth Improvements“. Some of the proposed discussion points are:

  • What are the challenges facing enterprises adopting hybrid cloud topologies, and how can data center and connectivity companies respond?
  • Software defined networking (Networking virtualization with on-demand characteristics): What is the impact of a software defined network on the data center?
  • What steps are the data center or the connectivity companies taking to prepare for software defined networking?
  • Cost of deploying MPLS tends to be high: What are the challenges enterprises face in deploying hybrid cloud?
  • Analysis: Migrations are complex without convenience waiver
  • How do we make a cost effective data center interconnect in order to bring cloud services more efficiently?
  • How do cloud migration needs impact connectivity contracts, and how can network companies respond?
  • What does private cloud actually mean, and how can it be effectively combined with public cloud?

Don’t miss this important discussion!  Register today!  We hope to see you there!

IMN - Information Management NetworkOnce again President and Founder of DataSite, Jeff Burges will bring his knowledge and insight to IMN’s 7th Annual Provider Forum on Data Centers & Cloud Services Infrastructure (West) October 17 – 18 in Santa Rosa, California.  This year Jeff will be participating in the “Services, Corporate- & Facility-Level Expansion as Business Models Change… Acquisitions vs. Organic Growth vs. Attracting Buyers & Capital: What Is Being Funded & Which Way to Go When” at 12:15 pm on Monday.  He will be sitting along side Rob Morris of Skybox Datacenters, Adrian Polak of Strattam Capital, Aaron Wangeheim of T5 Data Centers and James Grice of Lathrop & Gage who will be moderating the panel.

Some of the discuss will be around:

  • Reviewing the last year of mergers: Public- vs. private-based activity … Can we find any commonalities?
  • What kind of returns, revenue per user and yield benchmarks does capital look for?
  • Equity joint venture structures
  • Sourcing deals
  • Time to market for organic growth vs. Outside acquisitions from initial deal talks to integration
  • Cross border activities and inherent complexities
  • A heavy attraction to asset-light managed services? Markets that you should be in; Verticals that are attractive today
  • Paying for the acquisition and the impact on earnings
  • The low cost REIT structure and its impact
  • What is your appetite to start a new data center entity?
  • The devil is in the details-Merger integration
 We hope you will join DataSite at this interesting and informative event.  If you haven’t already register, don’t miss out – click on this link – https://www.imn.org/real-estate/conference/Financing-Investing-Data-Centers-Cloud-Services-Infrastructure-West-2016/Register.html – and get signed up today!     We look forward to seeing you there!

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For the third year in a row, President and Founder of DataSite, Jeff Burges will be speaking at the Critical Facilities Summit in Charlotte, NC.  This year, his presentation “The Colocation Market. Defined.” will be on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 am.

Jeff will bring his usual engaging and informational style as he speaks about what exactly colocation is, driving forces, Edge Data Centers and much more. The industry has come a long way from where it started and continues to grow and DataSite is excited to be a part of it!  We are also happy to be able to participate again at this incredible event! We all can only get better if we share our knowledge to better understand the opportunities and challenges and come up with best practices that allow our industry to continue growing.

We hope you will join us!  For more information on the event or to register please go to Critical Facilities Summit’s website – http://www.criticalfacilitiessummit.com. 

High Power Density Colocation

 

Delta made headlines around the world when their data center had a significant power outage that resulted in grounding all flights, stranding millions of travelers and costing Delta millions and millions of dollars and bad publicity. 

Almost every company around the globe relies on access to digital assets to conduct their day to day business.  What happens to your business if that connectivity, for whatever reason, goes down?  You don’t have to be a multi-billion dollar company to understand that business continuity and disaster recovery is a top priority in your overall business strategy.  If you aren’t a multi-billion dollar company, the financial impact of such an event could be much more devastating to your companies viability.

How do you go about putting a plan in place that will allow you to continue to conduct business in the event the unthinkable should happen?  Whether it is mother nature, equipment failure or human error; these things happen.  You don’t want to be caught playing the “Could’ve/Should’ve” game, when it is too late and you have already lost money, time, data, goodwill and customers.

When looking for a secondary data center for your disaster recovery/business continuity plan here are a list of things to consider:

  1. Location: Is the data center you choose far enough away from your primary that it won’t be effected by the same events should your primary system go down for some reason?
  2. Power Density: Is the data center able to handle a variety of power density requirements such as HPC, mainframe systems, blade servers and the latest technology platforms?
  3. Redundancy: Choosing a mission critical facility for you DR footprint will require understanding the redundancy of critical infrastructure such as HVAC, UPS, Generators and Batteries. A data center with a minimum of N+1 (what you “Need” + 1 spare) redundancy on all of their physical infrastructure from power and cooling to incoming fiber is important to your peace of mind.
  4. Accessibility: This will be critical should you need to switch operations over during a disaster.  Is there an airport nearby that is easy to get to? Is it close enough to drive?  Are there hazards that may prevent you from accessing your backup systems?
  5. Access to Third Parties: Having interaction with third party service providers is mandatory at a data center site. Will you have access to the vendors you need, when you need them?
  6. Scalability: As your business grows, your digital footprint will grow as well. Will you have the ability to expand your computing platform in the future? Do you have the ability to add more space, racks, power &/or cooling?

DataSite understands the importance of your digital assets, both primary and secondary.  We can help your organization obtain exactly what you need for your disaster recovery footprint. Everything from a single locking cabinet to a private suite delivering multiple megawatts to thousands of servers, DataSite has the space, power, cooling and security to ensure that access to your primary and backup systems is available 24/7/365.

Don’t take chances with your business, make sure you have a DR plan in place and a colocation site that is here to help ensure your business’ continued success.

Contact us today at 877-DS4-COLO (374-3656) or request an online quote today!

DataSite Atlanta hosted a networking event at Top Golf in Atlanta yesterday and it was a rousing success!  The big winner of the day was Bob Cowles of BRC who’s name was drawn to take home an Amazon Echo, provided by Schneider Electric!  Hope you enjoy it Bob!!DataSite Atlanta Winner of Amazon Echo Bob Cowles

 

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us, as well as Schneider Electric for their support in making it happen!

MCDC Expo Atlanta

DataSite’s president and founder, Jeff Burges is bringing his experience and expertise to the 2016 MCDC Expo again.  This time in Chicago, May 4, 2016 at the Marriot Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.

The topic for his keynote speech is “Don’t Own Your Next Data Center” discussing the pros and cons of building verses utilizing already built, mission critical facilities like data centers and wholesale colocation, to house your important IT infrastructure.

As a former MCDC Expo participant Jeff is excited to once again be a part of the MCDC Expo. DataSite believes in participating in industry events as a way to share information, help find solutions for existing issues and examine insights for the future.

If you haven’t registered contact PNG Inc. today and reserve  your spot! We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!