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DartPoints Deploys ADVA Ensemble for Pure-Play NFV

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ADVA Optical Networking’s High-Performance Virtualization Solution Creates New Revenue Streams

ADVA Optical Networking today announced that DartPoints is deploying the ADVA Ensemble solution to transform its data center services and generate new revenue opportunities. Dallas-based DartPoints, a leading provider of customized data center solutions, is utilizing the pure-play network functions virtualization (NFV) technology for several new business cases. The ADVA Ensemble product suite will be used to support multi-vendor virtual network functions (VNFs) that can be managed either by DartPoints or by the customer. It will also enable multi-tenancy VNFs. The first of these to be rolled out will be virtual firewalls and routers managed by DartPoints.
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DartPoints CEO Answers The Question: What’s Driving The North Texas Data Center Boom?

This article was originally posted on The Dallas Business Journal. Read it here.

With the city’s booming technology sector, data is keeping the D in Dallas.

The area hosts at least 56 data centers, almost half of all facilities in Texas, according to Data Center Map, a website that has cataloged 2,500 facilities in 90 countries. That figure is also larger than the number of centers in Houston, Austin and San Antonio combined.

Aside from the already-established facilities, additional sites are underway, including QTS’ mega data center on 40 acres in Irving. After completion, it will be one of three mega centers QTS owns in the United States.
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Micro Data Centers: An Innovative Case of Data Center Design and Operations

*Originally posted on Schneider Electric’s blog. Image used courtesy of Schneider Electric. View the original post here.

The most dangerous phrase in our industry is, “we’ve always done it this way,” and as such, we make it our initiative at Schneider Electric to expel the culture of convention from everything we do. Realizing this, and with the need to balance control and flexibility, DartPoints embraced a partnership with Schneider Electric that allows them to have both. They call their unique category of forward-thinking colocation data centers and services the DartPoints Private Colo™.

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“We’re building micro data centers that are built in 100kW chunks so we can expand and contract with customer demand,” DartPoints CEO, Hugh Carspecken explains.
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Why Your Community Needs A Data Center And How To Attract One

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The recent explosive growth in demand for data storage, cloud computing and big data is matched only by the surge in demand for data centers; all of which is outpacing the industry’s rate of expansion. New colocation & cloud providers are emerging everywhere and industry veterans are expanding like mad to capitalize on the market, which Gartner forecasts will grow 4% to $156 billion in 2014. (Source: 2013 InfoTechLead.com) However, even as the demand rises, competition and perceived value are driving down rates across the industry.

Tightening margins and growing demand have companies in the data center space focused on developing unique offerings and competitive advantages to differentiate them from their competitors. Core values like accessibility, supply of redundant power and use of green/clean energy have always been important selling points to colocation and cloud providers in the past. However, demand for services, economic incentives, and a friendly political environment are emerging as the leading criteria for site selection today.
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Expand Into New Markets With Private Colo™

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Despite the growing hype surrounding cloud computing, the colocation industry is still far from becoming irrelevant. In fact, a study from IMS Research (an IHS company), projects that demand for colocation will continue to rise significantly over the next several years.

“The North American colocation sector generated $6.5 billion in revenue in 2012, and is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2017” (Source Data Center Knowledge 2013)

Another report, from Research and Markets, estimates that the colocation industry will grow at a CAGR of 13.36 percent from 2012 to 2016 (Source Research and Markets 2013). The report also indicates that prices for colocation services continue to fall while the demand increases; demonstrating the extreme level of competition that exists between colocation providers today.
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How To Protect Yourself From Data Center Disasters

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Hurricane Sandy (2012) proved that disaster recovery is a very real concern which has the potential to exceed even our worst fears. Overnight millions of dollars of hardware was lost at dozens of data centers throughout New York and New Jersey. Over the following few days, millions more were spent keeping those data centers alive, but running on fumes.

Cloud, colocation and private data centers alike were severely impacted. To their credit, the staff of the affected data centers performed near miraculous acts to prevent loss of data and reduce downtime. However, the scarcity, cost and environmental concerns raised by the use of emergency gas generators should give pause to anyone creating a disaster recovery plan.

The manager of one of the data centers affected by Hurricane Sandy, a significant component in the technology infrastructure of a large international company, was interviewed about the his staff’s experiences during Hurricane Sandy.
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