Here's a quick roundup of a few links of interest from this week:
- Low latency trading specialist 7ticks has expanded its services to the Equinix Frankfurt-North (FR2) International Business Exchange data center, offering high-speed connections between its U.S. based network and the Eurex in Frankfurt, Germany, which is one of the world's leading derivatives exchanges. "The expansion of 7ticks’ services to Equinix’s FR2 IBX center builds upon the successful partnership that the two companies have in the U.S., where 7ticks is deployed at Equinix’s Chicago centers," said John Knuff, director of business development for Equinix (EQIX).
- Terremark Worldwide (TMRK) said Tuesday that it has introduced Dynamic Capacity Management in its Enterprise Cloud service, allowing customers to access on-demand computing capacity with greater flexibility. Dynamic Capacity Management provides a flexible "burst mode" for Enterprise Cloud-based computing environments, allowing clients to access additional computing power as needed.
- On Tuesday Raritan introduced new reporting and analytics capabilities to its Power IQ Energy Management Software. Power IQ tracks power information from multiple platforms to help IT and operations managers analyze power-related issues, ranging from IT energy costs to rack capacity to IT equipment health. “The cost and supply of energy are critical problems for corporate data centers and hosting companies,” said James Cerwinski, Senior Product Manager at Raritan. “Detailed power information turned into useful insight is how Power IQ can help customers solve today’s energy-related data center issues.”
- Verizon has announced its partner program to provide content publishers and CDNs a direct conenction to its Internet backbone. "While many of the major CDNs already connect to Verizon via peering connections and NAPs, this new service offers CDNs a lot cheaper transport costs than just a traditional IP transit link they would negotiate with Verizon," writes Dan Rayburn. "Since these new connections would be all outbound traffic and not inbound, Verizon can manage their network differently and offer a lower price. CDNs have the ability to connect to Verizon from ten data centers in the U.S., most of which are Equinix facilities."
- A couple of notes from the blogosphere. TechHermit is back from a year-end break, and offers his predictions for the data center industry in 2009. Also, cloud computing blogger Geva Perry has left GigaSpaces and may be doing more writing for GigaOm.