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Equinix lowers guidance due to higher than expected churn in its data centers and price erosion on higher end customers.  Microsoft continues to promote hosted solutions and cloud computing.  Companies from Lee Technologies, CirraScale, Dell, HP, and SGI are producing containerized data centers to improve efficiency, cost, and manageability of high density server deployments. The data center is facing a challenge.  The idea of a raised floor, cabinet-based data center is rapidly giving way to virtualization and highly expandable, easy to maintain, container farms. The impact of cloud computing will be felt across every part of life, not least the data center which faces a degree of automation not yet seen.” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer believes “the transition to the cloud fundamentally changing the nature of data center deployment.” (Data Center Dynamics) As ... (more)

Expanding the 4th Utility to Include Cloud Computing

A lot has been said the past couple months about broadband as the fourth utility. The same status as roads, water, and electricity. As an American, the next generation will have broadband network access as an entitlement. But is it enough? Carr, in “the Big Switch” discusses cloud computing being analogous to the power grid. The only difference is for cloud computing to be really useful, it has to be connected. Connected to networks, homes, businesses, SaaS, and people. So the next logical extension for a fourth utility, beyond simply referring to broadband network access as a b... (more)

The Cloud Opportunity Window is Now Officially Open

Having gone through a couple of decades worth of technology conferences, a familiar cycle occurs. For the first couple years, technology-related conferences are attended by engineers and operations people. Only after the technology has passed a couple of feasibility gates and begun to hit the business cycle do sales and marketing people take over. Cloud is now officially past the engineering phase, well into the sales phase – and the business community is scrambling to understand the implications of a virtualized world. At the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, ... (more)

A Swift Kick to the IPv6 Backside

The institutional horror stories continue, the old Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) address space is nearly gone, and if we do not transition to IPv6 with its nearly unlimited address space the Internet will grind to a halt. A recent survey in Europe by the European Commission concludes that even in technology-progressive European countries "few companies are prepared for the switch from the current naming protocol, IPv4, to the new regime (protocol), IPv6." ARIN (the US-based Internet Registry) agrees, reminding us that "with less than 15% of IPv4 address space remaining, ARIN ... (more)

The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Chris Ueland, President of netDNA

Pacific-Tier Communications is pleased to present our series highlighting and introducing entrepreneurs providing thought leadership and innovative ideas in technology, communications, and environment-related industries. Pacific-Tier met up with Chris Ueland at his offices in Studio City, California Pacific-Tier: Chris, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where did you come from? Chris Ueland: Sure, absolutely. I am a New York native, and I moved to LA when I was 18. I started on the Internet with an open source project called ML.ORG, when I was a young teenager, and that g... (more)