Thursday, July 3, 2008

CB Richard Ellis Reports Lowest London Data Centre Take-Up Since Statistics Began

>>“The European Data Centre Market appears to be showing some signs of resilience compared with the overall real estate market. The strong levels of take up we have seen in Frankfurt since the middle of last year are continuing, with encouraging figures in Paris and Madrid and as such, the Tier 1 data centre market remains buoyant despite the effects of the credit crunch on the corporate sector.”

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Samsung readies budget Win Mobile touch phone for US

>>The i740 would nonetheless have the GPS navigation support of the Omnia as well as its FM radio, a microSD slot, and haptic feedback to simulate button presses on the display.

Healthy Lifestyles, 7/1/2008

Healthy Lifestyles, 7/1/2008
Molly Reppard, from the Cyber Knife Center at United Health Services talks about prostate cancer and a relatively new technology for treatment of tumors.

Casinos Retrofit Popular Slot Games with Tactile Feedback Enhancement from 3M

Old news, with a picture of the system:

Casinos Retrofit Popular Slot Games with Tactile Feedback Enhancement from 3M
Casinos Retrofit Popular Slot Games with Tactile Feedback Enhancement from 3M

Montecito Medical Ventures Announces Alliance With Accuray, a Leading Developer of Cancer Treatment Technology

DALLAS, TX, Jul 01, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) --

Montecito Medical Ventures (MMV), a joint venture of Montecito Medical Investment Company (MMIC), announced today that it has formed an alliance by purchasing two placement contracts from medical technology company Accuray, manufacturers of the CyberKnife(R) radiosurgery system. The purchase has created a program that gives healthcare providers that are affiliated with Montecito Medical access to medical technologies through its financing program. MMV will make a pool of investment capital for healthcare transactions available to providers interested in acquiring CyberKnife or other advanced medical technologies.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is the world's only radiosurgery system that can treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. Using image guidance technology and computer controlled robotics, the CyberKnife System is designed to continuously track the tumor, detect its location and automatically make needed adjustments throughout the procedure. Because it is so precise, the CyberKnife system enables surgeons to be less invasive in their surgical procedures, and allows them to target tumors in any part of the body, including the head, neck, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. CyberKnife also provides an additional option for patients diagnosed with tumors believed to be inoperable, or for patients looking for an alternative to surgery.

"One of our principal goals at Montecito Medical Ventures is to give our provider partners access to the world's best medical technology, and capital to acquire the technology and expand their operations," said Michael Burress, Managing Partner of Montecito Medical Ventures. "With CyberKnife, Accuray has had a dramatic impact on how surgeons approach cancer surgery. We are very pleased that through this acquisition we can make Accuray's technological innovations more widely available to physicians and their patients."

MMV was launched in October 2007 to provide venture capital and partnership opportunities to physician groups in key markets across the country. A joint venture of the California-based Montecito Medical Investment Company, MMV targets resources where it has determined there is a need for expanded medical services, and where it has identified strong partners that have medical products or technologies that will benefit healthcare providers affiliated with MMIC. Capital investments will be targeted to real estate acquisition and development, and structured finance in medical technology.

The CyberKnife System was developed in 1987 by Dr. John Adler, professor of neurosurgery and radiation oncology at Stanford University Medical Center. In 1990, Adler teamed up with a group from Stanford to form Accuray. Since creating the CyberKnife System, Adler and Accuray have enhanced its performance by taking advantage of new technologies and faster computers in order to provide the best system for radiosurgery treatments. To date, Accuray has brought the CyberKnife System to more than 40,000 patients around the world.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Group Suggests an Exchange to Trade Internet Capacity

A few interesting comments on the possibility of "traffic jams" on the Internet. From the new York Times:

>>Why not an exchange for the trading of digital bits and bytes?

Mr. Touré said the database could play an essential role in helping networks manage capacity and plan new investments at a time when telecommunications traffic is surging, and when some experts are warning that the growth of voice, data and particularly video traffic threatens to create traffic jams.

Nemertes Research, based in a suburb of Chicago, has predicted that over the next three to five years, Internet users in North America could experience “brownouts” unless telecommunications operators significantly step up their infrastructure investments.

“There are a lot of megabytes sitting in a lot of places that are underutilized,” Mr. TourĂ© said. “It would be good to have a better knowledge of this.”

Analysts said some telecommunications carriers might be reluctant to take part for fear of revealing sensitive information to competitors. Some might prefer to continue operating the way they do now, trading capacity as needed, usually with one counterparty, rather than making details about their networks available to all.

Data Center Stocks

As usual, Data Center Knowledge reports the quarterly performance of data center stocks:

>>After a dismal first quarter of 2008, data center stocks roared back to huge gains in the second quarter, with 9 out of 12 publicly held companies scoring double-digit gains. All but one industry stock beat the Dow, which declined 7.44 percent in the second quarter, while the S&P 500 fell 3.3 percent and the NASDAQ managed a 0.6 percent gain.


Data center tour: Equinix shows off its upside down data center

>>Check out this eight-and-a-half minute video tour of the Equinix data center

a short article and a video from The data center featured is the new Chicago (Elk Grove) one.

Inside Microsoft’s Internet Infrastructure

An interesting interview (with video) discussing Microsoft's Internet Infrastructure at Giga OM:

>>Data centers are already becoming a scarce resource.”
Google realized this a long time ago; Microsoft is now demonstrating how it can put money to work and build an advantage over others.

Monday, June 30, 2008

WBS Connect, LLC

Company Name WBS Connect, LLC
Also Known As
Company Website
Primary ASN 19080
Network Type NSP
Approx Prefixes 450
Traffic Levels 20-50 Gbps
Traffic Ratios Balanced
Geographic Scope North America
Looking Glass URL
Route Server URL
Notes We will peer privately at any North American Equinix facility, provided minimum criteria is met.

Please set max. prefixes for 1500.

Public Peering Exchange Points

Equinix Ashburn 19080 COMING.JUL.08 1000
Equinix Chicago 19080 1000
Equinix San Jose 19080 COMING.AUG.08 1000

Russell 1000

Ansys Inc., Equinix Inc., Flir Systems Inc., Nuance Communications Inc., ON Semiconductor Corp. and SAIC Inc. are being added to the Russell 1000, all moving up from the small-stock Russell 2000.