Data Center Industry Links for August 4th

Two Maryland sites eyed for Social Security project, APC announces new PDU units, analysts size up Amazon's cloud operation, Telus taps EdgeCast for CDN market entry, energy proposals could further roil UK data centre market.

Here's our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for August 4th:

  • Two Md. sites finalists for Social Security center - The General Services Administration has selected sites in Woodlawn and Urbana as finalists for the data center, which the delegation members said would create up to 250 new jobs. From the Baltimore Sun.
  • APC Announces Next Generation Rack Power Distribution Platform - APC by Schneider Electric Wednesday announced the Next Generation Rack Power Distribution (PDU) units. APC’s new Rack PDUs solve rack-level power needs while incorporating new intelligent features like real power measurement and environmental monitoring all in a space-efficient zero-U form factor – the most shallow depth form factor in the industry. Press Release.
  • How Big is Amazon’s Cloud Computing Business? - UBS Investment Research analysts Brian Pitz and Brian Fitzgerald released a report which puts revenue numbers against Amazon’s web services. The duo estimate that in 2010, AWS will generated about $500 million in revenues and will grow this to $750 million by 2011. From GigaOm.
  • Telus Enters CDN Space With An Exclusive Reseller Deal With EdgeCast - Chalk up another telco win for EdgeCast. This morning, the company announced that Canadian telco provider Telus would being reselling all of EdgeCast's content delivery services. From Dan Rayburn at The Business Of Online Video.
  • Ryanair kits out data centre with €470,000 storage system - Ryanair has spent almost half a million euro on a new storage deal which the airline says will bring major efficiencies in its data centre. The €470,000 contract was awarded to Dell. From Ireland's Silicon Republic.
  • Solar-Powered Datacenter Launches in Green Internet Network - A rooftop solar-powered datacenter has been connected to Canada’s first “green” powered internet network. From Scientific Computing.
  • Here we go again - solar powered data-centre hype - Ian Bitterlin notes the Canadian "green" project and asks an obvious question: "Who can define a data-centre (even a 'micro' one) as needing 1.84kW of power?" From DataCenterDynamics Focus.
  • Proposed Energy Policy Could Impact UK Data Centers - UK energy secretary Chris Huhne has drawn criticism for raising domestic energy bills by only 1 percent by 2020, while hiking the business rate by as much as 43 percent. Some propose that this could have a dire effect on the local data center industry, which has helped many businesses streamline their operations. From The WHIR.
  • Uptime Institute: Don't fall for data centre spin - Data centres the world over freely advertise their facilities according to a tiered resiliency metric invented by Kenneth Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute, but few are prepared to pay to be judged on it. From ITNews of Australia.
  • Active Power Formally Launches Chinese Operations - To address China’s growing need for power quality, critical backup power systems manufacturer Active Power (ACPW) has created a formal legal entity in China and opened an office in Beijing. The Asia market for UPS (uninterruptible power supplies) systems was worth approximately $2 billion in 2009 with China alone generating over $500 million, according to IMS Research. Press release.
  • Extreme Networks Selected by for Data Center and Cloud Network - Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) today announced that colocation provider has chosen its virtualized 10 Gigabit data center, cloud and storage networking solutions based on its 4 Pillar Data Center strategy, as it rolls out its cloud service. Press release.