Roundup: GoGrid, Netriplex, Telx, Uptime
August 13th, 2009 By: John Rath
Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:
- GoGrid announces version 2.0. The goal of version 2.0 was to make GoGrid easier to use, with new features include GoGrid Server Images, improved server deployment times and IP addresses in passwords tab. Linux servers are now deployed in less than 2 minutes and Windows servers instantiate in less than 5 minutes. Last month Gartner listed GoGrid in the Magic Quadrant for web hosting and hosted cloud system infrastructure services (on demand).
- Netriplex extends fiber network to Washington DC. IT infrastructure hosting provider Netriplex announced Wednesday plans to extend its high-capacity fiber connectivity from its Asheville, NC data center to the Washington DC area and north east United States. The initial phase will be a leased OC-192 optical fiber circuit to the Equinix facility in Ashburn, Virginia. Netriplex CTO Jonathan Hppe said “our northward expansion opens up access for government industry point to point circuits between the Washington, DC area and our disaster recovery data center in Asheville.”
- Advantage Futures doubles its colocation space with Telx in Chicago. Leading futures brokerage firm Advantage Futures has expanded its network footprint by 100% in Telx’s facility at 350 E. Cermak Street in downtown Chicago. The company now uses approximately 520 square feet of space. The larger footprint will accommodate increased trade volume and business growth. Telx grows their Financial Business Exchange in Chicago and offers low latency access to all of the leading exchanges, which makes scalability and business growth possible.
- Defending the Data Center. Forbes has a commentary article by Kenneth Brill of the Uptime Institute. Ken describes many scenarios, safe-guards and best practices that data centers use, or should use in defending the data center against physical or virtual attack. “Cyber attacks are asymmetrical, meaning they can be carried out anonymously by individuals, small groups or nations with relatively little investment”. Ken goes on to explain that the old science fiction attacks of biological agents, EMP’s and explosives are now very credible. “We are currently living through the economic chaos caused by a loss of confidence in our banking system,” he writes. “A similar panic could be caused by disabling multiple data centers.” Brill describes a $100 million data center that was located in the middle of 80 acres of farm land and the benefits that this brought in protecting the facility.
“A similar panic could be caused by disabling multiple data centers.”
Oh please. Step back and analyze this rationally. A coordinated attack on a dozen McDonalds’ would have FAR more emotional impact than attacks on datacenters, and cost significantly less to achieve. Brill seems to have completely forgotten the purpose and goal of terrorism. Terrorists do not attack infrastructure. Nation-states at war do, but not terrorists. Terrorists seek to sow fear and provoke asymmetrical response through low-cost, high impact VISCERAL/VISUAL violence. Datacenters, Telecommunications Infrastructure, Carrier Hotels, Long-Haul Fiber-Optic Circuits, will never be terrorism targets. Ever. They have ZERO emotional value. Their disablement or even destruction provokes no visceral emotional reaction or outrage (except in the people like ourselves who must build and maintain them of course.) Even if the facilities targeted provide major financial transaction support, the reality is that those facilities are NOT as critical as people think, nor are they easy and cheap targets to find, damage, or destroy in a swift, coordinated manner.
I’ve said this before but here’s a litmus test to ask when this subject comes up: Ask yourself this: If the 9/11 hijackers flew those planes into One Wilshire, The Westin Building, and a Google Datacenter would we be fighting wars in two middle-eastern countries today? The answer is: “No.” In fact it may not have even been seen as a terrorist act at first, instead being seen as a random set of accidents. It would not have been seen live on TV around the world, and people would not have even been affected much technically and certainly not emotionally.
Today it would be one of those dimly recalled events of yesteryear. “Oh, remember when those plane crashes made the Internet slow for a few hours?”