Posts about Colocation

Data loads are getting larger, data ecosystems are becoming more distributed and data users are demanding real-time performance. For the enterprise, this is the triple-play of bad news because it puts the pressure on legacy network architectures to function in ways that their designers could scarcely imagine ...
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Across Europe and beyond, businesses are moving their mission-critical data to the Nordics. With cheaper land prices and cold conditions ideal for cooling servers, the cost advantages offered by data centers in Scandinavia and the Baltics are impossible to ignore. Even more significant is the low price of electricity, which makes running a data center near the North Pole incredibly efficient – in many cases, up to 50% cheaper when compared with central Europe ...
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In recent years, we’ve seen a huge boom in the number of businesses – both big and small – looking to invest in Nordic data centers. Perhaps the two most recognizable names to build facilities in and around the “Node Pole” are Google, which opened a huge data center in Hamina on Finland’s southern coastline, and Facebook, that opened its first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. The rush to locate these facilities near the Arctic Circle is no coincidence ...
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As mentioned in my last post, data center interconnect (DCI) is a growing market for the entire optical value chain – from carriers to optical component suppliers. Standard OTN, DWDM, Carrier Ethernet or legacy SONET/SDH platforms alone cannot address the high-bandwidth, low-power, low-cost and high-density demands of DCI. As a result, many network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) have developed specific solutions to address it. Some of the most common solutions are described below ...
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Data centers have become the largest target client sector for equipment manufacturers and components suppliers over the past ten years. Yet many of these vendors still do not understand that when it comes to data centers, none are the same. And, while there are large categories of data centers, within them there can be much variation in networking needs. In fact, some of the largest data centers network asset acquisition trends have changed drastically in this time period. For this first post in a series, we examine the large categories of data centers and what their data center interconnect (DCI) requirements are ...

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