Posted by: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
I ran across an article on Forbes.com by Joe McKendrick that discusses how IT departments are now devoting a good portion of their budgets to the cloud. 1102 GRAND is a Midwest colocation facility and Internet hub, and we have seen quite a few new and existing customers building out their own private cloud which resides at 1102 GRAND. Some of our customers offer their private cloud as a solution for those companies that need to adhere to PCI, HIPPA, SOX or other compliances and are not able to utilize public cloud. The offerings are evolving daily, so if you have a need and want to learn more, let me know and I would be happy to help. We offer the best of both worlds. You can collocate your company’s equipment in our data center facility and have full control of it, but you can also tap into the multiple private cloud offerings at 1102 GRAND as you wish. I would be happy to work on a solution for you and your company. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies are investing heavily in cloud computing, a new survey of 1,650 IT and business executives shows. On average, they report, more than a third, 34%, of their current IT budgets are now allocated to cloud computing solutions.
These are some of the findings of the IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study, conducted in January 2012. Most of these budgets are going to private clouds hosted within the walls of enterprises. Private cloud deployments are currently where the majority of information is stored in the cloud (24%), and the trend will continue to dominate 18 months from now (33%).
The fact that cloud now comprises more than one-third slice of IT budgets suggests the computing approach has gained serious traction within enterprises. And cloud isn’t just being brought in to enhance applications or to save money. One-fourth of respondents from the business side, in fact, report they believe cloud will play a critical role in shaping business strategy.
Cloud may grab an even bigger slice of IT budgets in the next few years. Close to two-thirds of companies expect to increase cloud spending in the next 12 months. On average, organizations will increase cloud computing spending by 16%.
By: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
I would be willing to bet if you asked ten people what their definition of cloud computing technology is, you would probably get ten different answers. There are a number of reasons why this is the case and there are quite a few levels to understand. There are a number of ways we are seeing our clients at 1102 GRAND develop their cloud strategies. The two we have seen to be the most popular are:
1) Clients have their own private cloud, utilizing their infrastructure that physically resides in private rack or cage space at 1102 GRAND. Some are building out their private cloud for internal uses and others are offering private cloud as a service to their customers.
2) Clients are developing a hybrid cloud approach, utilizing private cloud for their sensitive information and using the public cloud for other data.
I ran across an article, “Forget Public Cloud or Private Cloud, It’s All About Hyper-Hybrid,” by Thor Olav of CIO, that dives deeper into the hybrid approach.
Cloud is certainly not a one size fits all approach, and each company will have to decide what will work best for their overall strategy. If you want to be in touch with companies that are offering private cloud services at 1102 GRAND, I would be happy to make the connection for you. Also, if you would like to check out 1102 GRAND, let me know at email@example.com.
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I believe cloud computing has a place in today’s market, but I still firmly believe it is more buzz than reality. I’m not saying that it does not exist because of course it does and some are doing it very well. Instead, I am merely saying that it still represents a very small portion of the market although I expect cloud computing to grow once it evolves. Until then, I still stand by the fact that most companies are best suited for a hybrid collocation model (primarily collocation with certain elements in a hosted or cloud environment).
According to a Data Center Knowledge Article, “Go Daddy & The Power of Uncloudy Infrastructure,” “Cloud computing has provided exciting new opportunities for developers and start-ups, and is gaining meaningful traction with enterprise customers. But for the moment, cloud computing’s mindshare is bigger than its market share. As of June of 2010, Tier 1 Research estimated that cloud computing represented 2 percent of the IT infrastructure market. Even if it has doubled in size over the past year – as suggested bydata shared by Amazon- that still suggests market share of about 5 percent.”
“IDC has somewhat higher estimates, saying cloud represented 5 percent of IT spending in 2009 and will increase its share to 10 percent by 2o13. That would still leave 90 percent of IT spending focused on other delivery methods.”
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
I want to share the recent event calendar of summer training courses for SecureSkills hosted by Fishnet Security. The first upcoming event in Kansas City is the National F5 Networks Course from May 17-21, 2010.
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
By: Greg Elliott
Hi, I’m Greg Elliott with 1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s carrier hotel and collocation facility. Thanks for taking the time to join me for another podcast concerning what we’re seeing out there in the collocation industry. Today, I’m going to focus on why networking events are important to 1102 GRAND to facilitate the growth of the IT and the telecom community in the area. 1102 GRAND is a major hub for voice and data traffic in the midwest and we see a lot of deals come through the doors and we offer to help in any way we can. Whether it’s a potential customer who needs cabinet or cage space, or just needs a recommendation on who they should go to for their solution to their problem. We always try and help.
For years, we have sponsored networking events to help bring people together. We have our annual golf tournament, our Boulevard Brewery event, along with other informal events throughout the year. We find that when you bring individuals together in a relaxed atmosphere people share ideas, and in turn, deals happen. So we feel it’s our place in the community to be a hub for the commerce, as well as a hub for the internet. I invite you to come take a look at what we’re building at 1102 GRAND.
Click here to register for the April 1st networking event at Boulevard Brewery
By: Darren Bonawitz
Here are some ways to go green.
1. Start with a energy audit to determine current carbon footprint and serve as a baseline for
2. Install blanking panels to prevent air mixing between hot and cold aisles
3. Maintain proper under floor static pressure
4. Ensure the area under raised floors are as free from debris/congestion as possible
5. Replace older computer room air conditioners (CRACs) with newer and more energy efficient models
6. Implement hot aisle/cold aisle concepts including containment strategies
7. Utilize virtualization to reduce server footprint
8. Utilize low power servers when applicable
9. Convert from three-way to two-way valve CRAC Units
10. Invest in a robust environmental monitoring and control system
11. Measure temperature at the front of the cabinets and make temperature control decisions on that data
12. Replace older networking gear with more energy efficient models
13. Utilize “free cooling” if the geographical environment makes it possible
14. Evaluate replacing metal-halide fluorescent fixtures with T5HO lighting
15. Determine reasonable goals and a realistic plan and get going on a set date rather than always waiting
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Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
A few days ago, I was featured in an article written by Sixto Ortiz Jr. on processor.com focusing on energy savings in the data center. Thank you so much for the feature. The following is an excerpt where I’m featured. To read the entire article, click “read more” at the bottom of this post.
Energy Savings In The Data Center
Power and cooling in the data center go hand in hand. Servers need power to function but also need plenty of cooling so power dissipated as excess heat does not interfere with server functionality. So, energy savings can easily be captured by performing tasks that optimize power management and cooling.
Darren Bonawitz, principal owner of a Kansas City data center called 1102 GRAND (www.1102grand.com), says administrators should install blanking panels to prevent air mixing between hot and cold aisles, maintain proper under-floor static pressure, remove debris and congestion from the area under raised floors, replace older computer room air conditioners with newer and more energy-efficient models, and utilize low-power servers. (read more)
Welcome to Darren Bonawitz’s podcast.
By: Darren Bonawitz
Hi, this is Darren Bonawitz, co-owner at 1102 GRAND, which if you’re not familiar with us, were one of the primary Internet hubs in the Midwest. Also, a collocation facility that offers cabinets, cages, private suites and raw space for customer build outs.
In this particular podcast I wanted to talk about the announcement Microsoft made regarding their collaboration with the U.S. National Science Foundation or the NSF. Essentially, researchers are going to be selected by the NSF and those that are so lucky will then have free access to Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing platform, which is a nice perk. The interesting thing to me on this is the fact that the cloud-computing platform itself is still relatively young in its own infancy, but utilizing it for research in this manner is an interesting way to go about it.