The iPad As A Colocation Platform?

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The iPadColo.net web site. Is the Apple tablet really a colocation platform?

Is the iPad the hot new player in the colocation game? The hype and hope surrounding the new tablet PC from Apple is already so high that the appearance of iPadColo.net attracted attention yesterday. The site offers the iPad as a dedicated server, housed in a “world class data center” with up to 64GB of data and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to be the “envy of your friends.”

The answer to your question, of course, is “No this is not a real site.” It’s a clever bit of viral marketing from MacMiniColo, a Las Vegas colocation company, has been hosting Mac minis since their introduction in January 2005. MacMinicolo houses its servers in a Switch Communications data center. The deception is revealed when visitors reach the iPadColo.net signup page. “You weren’t really going to sign up were you?” it asks. “We think outside of the box here at Macminicolo, but we’re not that crazy.”

About the Author

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.

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  1. John Rath

    for some clever marketing, check out http://www.pomegranatephone.com/ Once the flash finishes - click on 'release date'. :)