Are Carrier Hotels Reliable Enough?

John Savageau is a veteran of the telecom and data center industries, and has a unique understanding of the importance of big-city “carrier hotels” – the major data center hubs that tie networks together in the world’s most important business markets. Savageau, who spent many years at CoreSite, recently shared his thoughts on the dual role of carrier hotels, which operate as both commercial real estate and critical national infrastructure.

“While MMRs have improved greatly during the past few years, the reality is we have a tremendous amount of national infrastructure being built into properties not designed for the telecom industry – infrastructure that will continue being more and more essential to our ability both as a nation, and as a member of the global economic and social community,” John writes. “The United States should view telecom and cloud computing as a utility, critical to the national infrastructure.  Standards that follow the same principles of roads, water, and electrical distribution must be applied to the telecom industry, including carrier hotels and other implementations contributing to the Fourth Utility.”

Read more on The Future of Carrier Hotels and Mixed-Use Office Buildings on the Technology Innovations blog.


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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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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