LightEdge Solutions signs lease in Kansas City area LightEdge Solutions, drawn by Google, signs lease in Kansas City area

A Des Moines-based information technology company with its eyes on Google Inc.’s incoming ultra-fast network has selected a permanent sales office space in Corporate Woods in Overland Park.

LightEdge Solutions Inc.  has signed a three-year lease for roughly 2,500 square feet at 9393 W. 110th St., effective April 1.

Four employees will move into the office in April, but LightEdge, which is spending $40,000 on space improvements, plans to hire about six more employees for the location, marketing director Scott Riedel said.

Jennifer Carroll of Stoltz Management, which runs Corporate Woods, represented both the landlord and tenant in the transaction.

LightEdge entered the Kansas City market in September as a way to test a new company model for metropolitan locations.

The company, which needs a lot of bandwidth to provide managed IT and cloud computing services, identified Kansas City because of the 1-gigabit broadband network Google is building in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., and because of its proximity to LightEdge’s Iowa headquarters.

The company, which has built data centers in Des Moines, Minneapolis and Moline, Ill., tentatively is planning to build a data center in Kansas City — a potential investment of $18 million to $20 million — if customer needs warrant more data center space.

In the meantime, LightEdge is leasing local data center space from 1102 Grand LLC in Kansas City, where it plans to access the Google Fiber network.

Read the article at Kansas City Business Journal

The Internet Is Out of Addresses, But Don’t Panic

You would have thought 4,294,967,295 internet addresses was plenty. But less than 30 years after the Internet Protocol was adopted and barely 15 years after the internet went mainstream, the pool of numerical addresses that allow PCs, servers, and an ever-growing flood of mobile devices to find each other on the net has been all but exhausted (graph below). The good news is the solution is at hand, and while consumers may barely notice the change, it will require a long-overdue reworking of some crucial internet infrastructure.

The solution is a different, if not really new, addressing scheme, Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPv6. (The original, and still current, version is 4; version 5 was never implemented.) It makes a number of changes in networking procedures to provide for more efficiency and greater security. But the big change is quadrupling the length of addresses to 128 bits, which provides many trillions of addresses for every person on earth.

IP addresses are a bit like phone numbers. When you want to open, say, www.cisco.com, your browser requests its numerical address from the distributed directory called the Domain Name System. Routers then use the address to connect to the appropriate server. All devices on the network—computers, phones, TV set top boxes, printers, routers, servers—need their own address. My two-person household is more gadget-intensive than most, but as I write this, I have 19 devices assigned addresses on my home network.

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