Rackspace Alum Targets Social Networking

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Richard Yoo is known to many observers of the hosting and data center industries as a co-founder and CEO of Rackspace Managed Hosting and founder of ServerBeach. Yoo has been in stealth mode with a Houston-area company called Hush Labs, whose first venture is a service called Natuba that links and profiles and activities across major social networking sites and aggregates it in a single interface. The service, which has been in beta since the spring, was featured this week in the Houston Chronicle.

There are a number of other efforts at building an effective aggregator for social network activity, including Spokeo, ProfileLinker and a rumored service from Google. Yoo sold his interest in Rackspace in 2005, and is targeting a niche that could be rewarding for the provider that nails the concept and execution properly.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.