Data Center Links: Utility Primer, CoreLink

A primer on utility capacity and charges, CoreLink extends deal with Getty Images, data center challenges for fading social sites, consultant says Washington state data center oversized, EMC pulls "Cloud in a Box" video.

Here's our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for January 24th:

  • Utility Facility Charges: A Primer - From Mark Bramfitt's Utilities & IT blog: "If you ask a utility to install a given amount of electric capacity, to what extent are you "on the hook" for it if you don't end up using it all? The answer is 'to a large degree!'
  • Is Massive Infrastructure Always an Asset? - What do social-media sites do with their expansive infrastructures once they no longer need them to meet high demand. They can’t just scale them back, can they? From GigaOm.
  • Consultant: Wash. data center bigger than needed - A consultant has found that the new Washington State Data Center being built in Olympia is much larger than what the state requires for its future computer needs and that some excess space could be leased to businesses. The Olympian says the report estimates the state might need less than 10 percent of the high-cost space being built for information storage and computer operations, because technological advances allow more data and processes to be consolidated on scattered computer servers. Even if less consolidation takes place, the state could still get by with just one-quarter of the space at the $225 million project, the report by Excipio Consulting LLC says. From the Seattle Times.
  • EMC Pulls "Cloud in aBox" Video Making Fun of Ellison - EMC Greenplum has pulled a YouTube video it produced that depicted Larry Ellison with a gift box tied to the fly of his pants. It was supposed to be a joke about Oracle's "cloud in a box," strategy. Now it has turned out to be an embarrassment and EMC has removed it. From ReadWrite Web.
  • CoreLink Data Centers Secures Extension with Getty Images - National data center service provider CoreLink Data Centers has signed Getty Images to a multi-year contract extension to provide the leading creator and distributor of digital content with top tier, scalable colocation solutions for its IT infrastructure. “Getty Images has been a valued, long-term customer and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to continue our relationship together,” said Michael Duckett, president and COO at CoreLink Data Centers, a national provider of data center services.