Exodus Communications left its imprint on the data center industry. It had the highest profile of any of the data center builders during the dot-com boom, and made the loudest thud when it filed for bankruptcy in 2001. Exodus’ “gold-plated” data centers lived on, getting bought or leased by companies including Savvis, Google, DuPont Fabros, Cable & Wireless, Sabey Corp., Freddie Mac, Deutsche Bank and many others. A LinkedIn group for Exodus Alumni has more than 1,000 members.
So I thought our readers might in Sramana Mitra’s interview with Exodus founder B.V. Jagadeesh, who is now the CEO of i/o virtualization company 3Leaf Systems. Jagdeesh discusses the development and history of Exodus, including its move into its first major facility, a 15,000 square foot site in Santa Clara:
That was the true birth of the Internet datacenter. In August of 1996 we were halfway through our move, and there was a massive power failure west of Utah because of a grid failure. This area was badly affected. We had a generator, so our brilliant marketing guy made a very big deal of it. BBN, which was based in Palo Alto, went down. They were a government-funded facility and they went down. We had ads blasting in the newspaper, ‘When the whole world went down, Exodus had the lights on.’