Posted by: Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND
Event Date & Location:
Technology Entrepreneur Speaker Series: Crossing the Clean Technology Chasm
August 16th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Polsinelli Shughart P.C.
Kansas City, MO
$25 Advance Registration, $30 On-Site Registration
Hear from Patrick J. Piper of QM Power and learn more about managing the risks in an early stage Clean Technology venture. P.J. will share examples from his own background and those of other clean technology entrepreneurs.
Attendees will learn about:
•Leveraging Government contracts for commercial success
•The pros and cons of venture capital
•Commercial and academic partnering
•Building your team
•The outlook for clean technologies and alternative energy
By: Darren Bonawitz
Here is a special feature about Stallard Technologies, Inc. detailing who its client are, how it’s associated with 1102 GRAND and why Kansas City is the place to do business.
Description about the company: Stallard Technologies, Inc. buys and sells new and pre-owned Dell servers, workstations, and storage solutions. Customers can choose from 30 different models at 40% – 60% savings over new equipment. Dell certified technicians re-configure the equipment to your exact specifications and conduct a 20 point inspection of each unit. A FREE one year STI Limited Warranty is included with each system. Save Green, Go Green, Stallard Technologies.
Who are your clients? Stallard Technologies works with small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the US and all around the world. We can ship from one computer part to 2000 Dell servers(Germany) at a time.
How is your company associated with 1102 GRAND? We share many mutual customers by providing the IT hardware that 1102 GRAND host and maintains.
Why are you in Kansas City? The company was started by James Stallard out of his father-in-laws garage in Overland Park, Kansas in January 2003.
What is the best part of doing business in Kansas City? Friendly, hard working people who desire to do things with excellence.
What are the benefits of working in Kansas City? Good place to raise a family and great quality of life.
What are the financial or economic incentives to living in Kansas City or the metro area?Reasonable cost of living and good business opportunities.
By: Darren Bonawitz
1102 GRAND, Kansas City’s Data Center and Midwestern Internet Hub, hosted its 5th Annual Technology Golf Tournament at Deer Creek Country Club Tuesday, June 8, 2010 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event was organized for technology companies and IT professionals who wanted to reconnect with colleagues and network.
Bill Cameron, Director of Engineering Services at ATNI, and one of many participants said, “”We enjoy the trip from Denver to Kansas City for the golf tournament. We like networking with new people who are leaders in the technology business and who want the industry to grow. The core community we have done business with through 1102 Grand have always be reputable and reliable.”
Rex Schick, owner of K&W Underground, has sponsored many of 1102 GRAND’s events over the years and said, “1102 GRAND does an excellent job connecting the technology community and other related businesses. It helps us stay connected to our current customers and meet new potential customers. We like to show our support by sponsoring events important to this group.”
1102 GRAND is a Midwestern carrier hotel and network neutral collocation facility specifically enhanced with the infrastructure to host and provide services to an array of global network operators including carriers, service providers and enterprise customers who demand highly secure and connected, customized solutions for their core networking equipment. 1102 GRAND offers a wide array of collocation options including cabinets, cage space, suites and space for private data centers, all of which are connected to a carrier neutral Meet Me Room, housing carriers and service providers including AT&T, Level (3), Verizon Business, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communication, and Qwest.
By: Greg Elliott
1102 GRAND (www.1102Grand.com), a Midwest Internet Hub and Collocation Facility, and CPI Communications (www.cpitelecom.net), co-hosted a lunch and tour for the Kansas City Association of Call Center Professionals (ACCP)
ACCP is a professional, non-profit association whose members represent customer contact organizations and the vendors who support them. Membership consists of organizations of all sizes, from a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, financial, outsource, legal, technology, staffing and more. The company has first and third-party focused members, including telemarketing, call centers, collections, customer service facilities, help desks, client retention, etc.
1102 GRAND shared the benefits that a carrier hotel can offer:
CPI Communications shared the benefits that a carrier neutral telecommunications provider can offer clients:
After the lunch, ACCP members embarked on a guided tour of 1102 GRAND’s collocation areas including private cabinets, cage space, and the 1102 GRAND Network Operations Center.
Thank you to the KCACCP for visiting 1102 GRAND!
By Darren Bonawitz
I want to provide some insight on why Kansas City is a good place to establish a data center or collocation presence.
By: Darren Bonawitz
I want to share this article from whir.com written by Justin Lee about IBM’s data center on display at Disney’s Epcot Center. It appears data centers are going mainstream, they are not just for nerds anymore.
(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — An energy-efficient data center is currently on display at Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World, as part of IBM’s SmarterPlanet (www.ibm.com/smarterplanet) exhibit, according to a report by Data Center Knowledge.
The attraction is intended to give visitors a greater understanding of the increasing role technology plays in their daily lives, helping to tackle challenges such as reducing traffic and crime, and improving food safety and local water supplies.
Posted By Darren Bonawitz
Here is an article I want to share from Web Hosting Industry Review written by Justin Lee about Facebook beginning construction of its own data centers.
UPDATE: Facebook confirmed via its blog that it has broken ground on a 117,000 square foot data center in Prineville.
(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Social network Facebook (www.facebook.com) is building its own data centers, and may reveal the details of its first data center as early as Friday, according to a report by Data Center Knowledge.
The massive social network has previously housed its servers at wholesale data center providers, but is now at the point where it would be more cost-effective to invest in a custom-built infrastructure.
Welcome to Darren Bonawitz’s weekly podcast.
By: Darren Bonawitz
Hi. This is Darren Bonawitz again, with 1102 GRAND. I’m one of the owners of the facility. For those of you not familiar with 1102 GRAND, we are one of the Midwest’s major Internet hubs and co-location facilities. This series of podcasts talks about different industry trends and topics that I find interesting as I stay up on the news and discussion with people in the industry.
Today I want to talk about what I call “low-power consumption and high heat servers.” These are the servers that are coming out that use less power and cooling in a data center. Generally, the ones I’ve been seeing are based on AMD’s Opteron and Intel’s Atom Processor lines. The reason I want to talk about them today is because I think they are a solid first step, as data centers are looking for ways to cut their carbon-footprint, or become more energy efficient. In the past, the metric that really mattered in the “server world,” was Total Processing Power. No matter what, that’s seemed to matter. Every new series of servers that came out really had to deal with how much processing-power it had, but if you look, especially as things with personalization evolved, one of the things that makes virtualization so interesting is that CPU usage on the server is generally low. So, what I think is interesting with these processors is that they are still powerful processors that use lower power, but at the same time, they’re going at it from a different angle. Really, what they are trying to do is figure out a way to increase performance per watt of power used. So, I think it’s really something that’s really relevant in today’s world, with “green” being such a big topic in datacenters. The thing I wanted to make people know is that while these servers are a great first step, just keep in mind that there is not going to be a single “silver bullet” that’s going to solve the issue of controlling heat in the datacenter. With that said, processor temperatures are definitely one of the big targets, and they are certainly one of the major culprits of the heat-generation. This is a solid first step. There are also new technologies that may be more “liable.” I guess that is what I would call it. That has to do with technologies that I would call “fail-in-place servers.” I’m not going to go into that today, but if you have time, go on and Google it. Check “fail-in-place server platform,” and read-up, and that’s something that I’ll be doing in the meantime as well, and we’ll be talking about how to do this. See when it makes sense and when it doesn’t make sense to use these servers.
The one thing that comes to mind for me today are legacy-datacenters that don’t have the ability to handle high-density heat loads. These servers, because of their cost and their price-point, make it so you can actually divide these servers and span them across the series of cabinets, and spread your heat-load and prevent heat-spots. I think that’s definitely something that folks that are battling cooling issues, but still have some floor space, can use as a possible avenue to combat this. If you have other ideas, or if you’ve been using these servers and could give some feedback, please let us know. As always, we welcome your feedback and future ideas for topics to discuss at podcast@1102Grand.com Thanks a lot, and have a good day.
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
Earlier this month, I was featured in an article by pacificra.com about five things to know about data center temperature. I really appreciate the feature. Here is a link to the article.
Temperature is a critical factor in the modern data center, and it is only becoming more so. Increased processor speeds, smaller server form factors, and higher server rack densities have all contributed to tremendous challenges for data center administrators in the areas of cooling and air movement.
These physical challenges, and management’s mandate to maintain asset availability at all times, means data center administrators must strive to make environmental factors such as temperature and humidity priority No. 1.
But how can data center administrators start making the right decisions in terms of temperature and humidity? Where should the appropriate limits be set? What technologies are available to tackle these issues?
Posted By: Darren Bonawitz
Here’s an announcement that should prove beneficial to all parties involved by putting together two forward thinking groups that will hopefully serve as an example of how collaboration breeds progress. The Green Grid is working towards increased data center efficiency along with standardized measurements that are adopted by the industry, and Data Center Pulse is the industry’s users. In less than a year and a half, Data Center Pulse has done an amazing job of pulling together data center professionals who influence decisions within data centers and trends in the industry as a whole. They work hard to enforce their “no vendor” rule which helps keep discussions as unbiased as possible so people interact without hidden agendas, and they clearly understand the value of peers helping peers and shaping an industry together. Here is the article written by Justin Lee form Web Host Industry Review.
(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Data Center Pulse (http://datacenterpulse.org) announced on Friday it has entered into an agreement with The Green Grid (www.thegreengrid.org) to further enhance its ability to influence the industry via collaboration on data center challenges.
The Green Grid is an international organization of IT companies that work toward advancing energy efficiency for data centers and business computing systems, with over 175 members.
Data Center Pulse is a global end user community of data center owners and operators focused on impacting the industry through the customer’s perspective, with 1350 members.