Data Centers: A look inside the factors companies consider for site selection

Data centers for Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. have already made their homes in Iowa’s low-cost market, and a recent study suggests the state could soon see more similar projects.

The Boyd Co. Inc., a corporate location consultant based in New Jersey, conducted a study to find highly secure, cost-effective sites on which to build data security centers to support the banking and finance industry — with several Midwestern cities landing in the top 10.

The Ames area was in the No. 3 spot, behind Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tulsa, Okla. Council Bluffs placed fourth, and Omaha took the No. 8 spot.

Based on operating costs alone, Des Moines ranked No. 9 out of 45 cities in the survey, while Ames ranked No. 6. (see chart below)

Read more:http://www.businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=52&SubSectionID=285&ArticleID=16980&TM=44312.2#ixzz1qbMwkPkk

Enough Already! Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

The following is a list of facts pulled from an IBM source.  It’s easy to see that vendors like IBM, Microsoft, Amazon an Cisco are putting massive efforts behind “the cloud”, but also that businesses are now pulling the trigger and implementing cloud solutions for some of their IT infrastructure.

  • According to AMD (1/12), 70 percent of businesses are either using or investigating cloud computing solutions.
  • According to an IBM survey (2011) of 2,000 midsize companies, two-thirds were planning or had already deployed cloud-based technologies, and 70 percent were actively pursuing cloud-based analytics for greater insight and efficiency.
  • 90 percent of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget was spent on cloud computing strategy and products.
  • In a 2011 Avanade-commissioned study of C-level executives from 18 countries to learn how cloud computing is being used in the enterprise, it found:
    • 60% reported cloud computing as their highest IT priority.
    • 74% are already using some form of cloud computing technology.
    • 64% are investing in training new and current employees on their cloud expertise.
  • Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.
  • 30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.
  • A study by Mimecast in 2010 found that 70 pecent of companies that were using cloud computing services are willing to and will move new applications to the cloud.
  • 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.
  • 41 percent of senior executives say they are using or plan on using some kind of private cloud.
  • Cloud providers have increased personnel from nil in 2007 to over 550,000 in 2010.

 

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Iowa in running for $1.2 billion data center; is it Facebook? Apple?

It could be Apple. It could be Facebook. It could even be the U.S. government that’s considering Iowa for a $1.2 billion data center, say industry experts.

“It’s all very cloak-and-dagger stuff,” says Clyde Evans, West Des Moines’ economic development leader. The city, already home to a $200 million Microsoft center, has fielded interest recently from three or four site selectors looking to locate large data center projects. “We get contacted by a real estate agent, they won’t give us a card or a last name. We never know who they represent.”

Nebraska lawmakers, who are pushing through incentives they hope will match Iowa’s data center tax breaks, call the proposed mega-center “Project Edge,” according to the Omaha World Herald. Debi Durham, Iowa’s economic development leader, confirmed Thursday that Iowa was competing against Nebraska for the data center, but declined to name the company behind the project.

She told the Associated Press it wasn’t the massive high-tech companies already in Iowa, like Microsoft in West Des Moines, Google, with a $600 million data center in Council Bluffs, or IBM, with a $42 million high-tech hub in Dubuque.

Read the rest of the article at the Des Moines Register

LightEdge’s VP of Engineering to participate in Heartland GreenUp Conference

Learn how  your company can improve profits and boost the economy by signing up for the 2011 Heartland GreenUp today!

Go beyond recycling aluminum, plastic and paper to catch discussion on clean technology, business strategies and ideas brought to you by some of the industry’s most thought-provoking leaders.  See the almost complete speaker lineup:

 

Click here to see speaker bios.  For complete event details, go to theheartlandgreenup.com.

REGISTER NOW AT THEHEARTLANDGREENUP.COM!

Where: Meadows Event Center, Des Moines (or online for all you virtual attendees)
When:  June 2, 8am – 5pm

EMC Real World Solutions – Avamar, Data Domain and NetWorker

Watch this EMC customer success video and learn how Loomis Armored US addressed remote office, virtualization and tape backup and recovery challenges with EMC Backup and Recovery solutions. Already successful with EMC Avamar, Data Domain, NetWorker and Data Protection Advisor, Loomis looks to enhance their data protection environment with the new integration and performance capabilities of Avamar 6.0.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04sNPoeJH5s

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