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Upon first glance, a barn full of cows might seem worlds away from the fluorescent lights and metal infrastructure of a data center. Take another look, however, and you’ll find that there is actually more in common between the two than meets the eye.
That’s because for both the data center manager and dairy farmer, the work is never done. One of the tasks that plague both is the accumulation of bacteria called biofilm in water. A naturally occurring slime, biofilm can accrue on both living and nonliving things, meaning it can easily grow in untreated water.
While biofilm itself is not-toxic, if left untreated in data center cooling towers it can reduce the overall effectiveness of its cooling capabilities. Likewise, cows that consume biofilm are prone to poorer health and will in turn produce less milk. Therefore, both data centers and farms require an efficient solution for safely destroying biofilm without using dangerous chemicals.
The answer to this problem is the Silver Bullet solution, which passes air through a UV lit processor. After a diffusion process, water is transformed into hydrogen peroxide, which acts as a natural, non-toxic, bacteria-killing biocide that does not leave behind any odor or taste. This safe and efficient solution can drastically reduce the amount of cleaning time that is typically required in cooling towers.
Just like an optimized data center will produce more money for a company, a cow that drinks healthy water will in turn produce more milk. After using Silver Bullet, for example, Bijou Hill Dairy farm claimed a 10,000-fold reduction of Coliforms, a 100-fold reduction in HPC and a tenfold reduction in both Staph and E.Coli. Listeria has been nullified as well.
In addition to helping companies considerably drive down their CAPEX budgets, Silver Bullet minimizes water usage and brings significant energy savings thanks to the cost savings achieved through water and energy rebate programs. On the data center side, Lerner Enterprises, one of the largest private real estate developers in Washington, D.C., saved enough water to fill more than 75 Olympic-sized swimming pools after using the Silver Bullet system for only 16 months. The technology also saves the company more than 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity on an annual basis. Additionally, Lerner is able to realize substantial cost savings across manual labor, significantly reducing the time that it would otherwise have to spend cleansing its data centers.
To learn more about Silver Bullet and its water treatment technology, visit www.silverbulletcorp.com.
Presentation Addressing the Value of NaaS and SDN to Meet Growing ICT Demand in Asia-Pacific
HONG KONG, 08 November 2013 – Pacnet announces its President of Enterprise Markets, Cardi Prinzi, has been selected to give a keynote presentation at Light Reading India’s Next Generation Packet Transport Networks India (NGPT) 2013, taking place at The Leela Kempinski in Gurgaon on November 12, 2013 and at The Leela in Mumbai on November 14, 2013.
Mr. Prinzi will deliver the International Service Provider keynote ‘Moving up the Value Chain with SDN’ at 2:50 PM local time at The Leela Kempinski in Gurgaon on November 12 and at 2:25 PM local time at The Leela in Mumbai on November 14.
Mr. Prinzi’s ‘Moving up the Value Chain with SDN’ keynote will:
- Discuss the growing demand for cloud, and challenges and requirements of Asian customers;
- Address the growing interest in dynamic and scalable compute, storage and network resources in the market;
- Present revenue-generating opportunities to capture this demand ¾ for local and international service providers; and
- Explain how an SDN architecture can provide a better customer experience through on-demand bandwidth delivery, real-time provisioning of network, compute and storage resources.
As more enterprises embrace cloud computing to meet their business needs, the rapidly increasing volume and complexity of data traffic place severe strains on networks that are based on traditional hierarchical architectures. Pacnet’s newly launched Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) puts companies at the forefront of industry efforts to meet the networking challenges prompted by the growth of cloud computing.
For more information about Pacnet, visit www.pacnet.com.
For more information about NGPT 2013, please visit http://events.lightreading.in/ngpt2013.
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In today’s business world, corporations are making a widespread effort to remove employee desktops from physical user devices and transfer them to the cloud. This is because virtualizing employee desktops creates both efficiency as well as resilience while reducing overall costs.
Unfortunately, many business executives are afraid to make the jump to cloud-based desktop virtualization. There is a lot of resistance occurring that is preventing a greater widespread adoption of what is now referred to as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).
On October 23rd, cloud service provider Ajubeo released a live webinar hosted by President & CEO Chuck Price and Danny Allan, Senior Director of End-User Computing at VMware, in which they answered 10 questions currently facing the virtual desktop and Desktop-as-a-Service industry. The webinar was designed to mitigate concern and promote the benefits of the DaaS solutions.
Here are the top three questions that the webinar addressed:
Q: Can the cloud deliver the same amount of uptime as my data center can?
A: Many executives are currently under the impression that the cloud cannot provide the same amount of guaranteed uptime of which data centers are capable. In fact, uptime could actually increase depending on the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that is selected. Right now, 59 percent of Fortune 500 companies have an average of 1.6 hours of network downtime every week. As the webinar explains, a typical cloud provider will offer a guaranteed 99.95 percent uptime service level agreement (SLA). For that matter, Ajubeo offers 100 percent uptime.
Q: Can cloud use be riskier due to the threat of network downtime?
A: The fact is that when your corporate network crashes, your whole business will stop producing. Virtual networks avoid this problem by searching for Internet connections and establishing one before the network shuts down. Additionally, cloud networks will have numerous Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in order to ensure that uptime is a non-issue.
Q: Will the Internet slow cloud activity?
A: One reason why executives are afraid to jump to the cloud is the concern that their Internet speed will slow their cloud’s performance. For a 100-employee company, however, only 20Mbps is needed to ensure zero latency. While companies may need to purchase more dedicated Internet access (DIA) to ensure an optimal experience, there is no risk of the Internet slowing cloud speed.
Do you have additional questions about the cloud? Email email@example.com.
For more information about Ajubeo and its cloud-based Virtual Desktops, visit www.ajubeo.com.
London Internet Exchange (LINX) to Build an Internet Exchange at DuPont Fabros Technology’s Ashburn Corporate Campus
WASHINGTON, DC – October 30, 2013 – DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT), and LINX USA, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for LINX to build and operate a member-owned Internet Exchange in Ashburn, Virginia on DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.’s (“DFT”) Ashburn Corporate Campus (“ACC”).
The LINX NoVA node will be built at DFT’s ACC5 data center and will become part of LINX NoVA, a member-owned internet exchange point for the Northern Virginia region. LINX is the world’s largest Internet exchange, reaching more of the global routing table than any other point on the globe and currently connects over 480 networks from nearly 60 countries with more than 1,100 ports. Internet Exchanges, such as LINX, allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Content Distribution Networks (CDNs), content providers, eye-ball networks and other organizations to connect directly to one another to exchange Internet traffic.
DFT’s Ashburn Corporate Campus has a robust multi-lateral underground conduit system that interconnects each of the company’s five data center facilities located on its ACC campus. This conduit system provides diverse fiber entry points into each DFT data center on the campus, and will include ACC7 which is currently under development. At present there are 26 network carriers on DFT’s Ashburn campus providing connectivity services to DFT customers.
The newly-formed Open Internet Exchange (Open-IX) Association is a member-governed non-profit organization working to drive the expansion of business-neutral Internet Exchanges, reduce interconnection complexity and cost, and improve access to networks within critical interconnection markets. LINX’s agreement supports DFT’s plan to host an Open-IX certified Internet Exchange in each of its four markets. The LINX node at DFT’s ACC5 data center is expected to be live before the end of 2013 and LINX will offer incentivized port pricing through the end of 2014.
“Ashburn has been high on our list of potential sites since the beginning of the LINX NoVA project. We are pleased to be partnering with DFT to build a LINX node in their Ashburn campus, which will contribute significantly to the number of networks able to join the LINX NoVA exchange,” said John Souter, CEO at LINX.
“We are very excited to be partnering with LINX NoVA to provide our customers and the Internet community a neutral Internet exchange ready for Open-IX certification in the fiber- and content-rich Ashburn region,” said Vinay Nagpal, Director of Carrier Relations at DFT. “The LINX NoVA node will enhance network density at our Ashburn campus. In addition to providing our customers with additional connectivity and peering options, we anticipate the exchange to attract additional content, network and cable providers to our campus to connect to LINX for cost-effective peering and improved network performance.”
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