BlogSpot Highlight: The new world of datacenters

By Ryan Barbera

May 12, 2011 - Ok so datacenters have been around since the beginning. They originally found their homes in Universities and the basements of geeks and slowly made their way to likes of UUNET, AOL and AT&T. In the old days the major concern was the availability of bandwidth. Server rooms were unreliable and the cost for your internet access were high. With the explosion of the internet in the mid to late 90’s it became increasingly clear that people needed a place to put their systems that was not only secure but could deliver the type of bandwidth people needed. That trend really carried us through most of the last decade.

Today the world is changing. If it doesn’t exist on the web then it just probably doesn’t exist. As fiber becomes more readily available and bandwidth more a commodity people are less concerned with how to get bandwidth and more concerned with how to get power. At the same time the world has gotten smaller so has the size of our servers and infrastructures. As a result the power required to make our systems go has become prohibitive. Combine this with the ever increasing cost of power at a macro level and you have the perfect storm. Welcome to the new world order. As power costs continue to rise and we as technologists need more of it is becoming increasingly important to be in a facility where you can not only get power but a lot of it. Hence the new world order of datacenters.

The battle for your servers is no longer being waged based on bandwidth, heck I have 35 megs at my house, it is now exclusively about the ability to get power at a reasonable rate. This has forced datacenters to approach how facilities are designed and operated and how they are marketed to us. It has also led to major new initiatives in everything from Geothermal datacenters to (gasp) nuclear powered datacenters. Here is the reality, the need for power is going to increase not decrease and as technology requires more computing power energy will continue to be more and more of an issue. This means as consumers we need to not only be prepared to adjust how we think of datacenters but to adjust how we plan for the future. In fact maybe the more appropriate term for the datacenter today is power station. This is evidenced by Pennsylvania Power and Lights foray into datacenters and Hurricane Electric’s dominance in California as both a datacenter facility and power company. The new world order is here are you prepared.

Ryan Barbera
Partner



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Headquartered in the Florida, Intelishift Technologies has over 25 years of datacenter experience. This experience has made Intelishift a leader in developing policies and procedures for thousands of clients. With recent expansion to the west coast, Intelishift is now also able to offer our top class services nationwide. By choosing only the best datacenter and managed services partners, we believe the difference will be evident.

Our Mission Statement
At Intelishift, our mission is easy. We make picking a datacenter partner easy by providing the highest caliber facilities at the best price in the market with experts that are second to none. It is that easy.

Our Approach
By developing long-term relationships and leveraging our years of experience, Intelishift has developed an experience that is just plain different. Most datacenter companies today try to position their clients into "their solution". Not the case with Intelishift. Our approach is to build you a solution that fits your business and at a price that makes sense.

Our Services
Intelishift provides complete management of IT and telecommunications infrastructures including:
> Managed datacenter hosting and collocation in our Tier 3+ datacenter facilities
> Cloud computing and virtual private services (VPS)
> Network design/architecture & relocation services
> Managed Services
> Internet Services
We also provide strategic consulting for all services.

Our Clients
Intelishift serves a diverse set of clients including High-end technology firms, Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and government agencies. If you need a datacenter solution, Intelishift is your strategic partner.