Saturday, May 16, 2009

CK installed in the 4th Qtr (Apr-Jun)

from the IV MB, post by yyy60:

>>CK installed in the 4th Qtr (Apr-Jun)

As at today, CK installed in the 4th Qtr (Apr-Jun) are:


- Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham AL
- Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs CO
- Denver CyberKnife Center, Lone Tree CO
- Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, Bakersfield CA
- Centennial Medical Center, Nasville TN


- Nanjing General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command, China

Friday, May 15, 2009

Yearning for earnings

from MarketWatch:

>>Thornburg's Motola steps gingerly among the market's green shoots

Internet service providers and heavily trafficked Web sites need a place to store data, so they rent space in a data center -- essentially a warehouse for computer servers. A global leader in this area is Equinix Inc., one of Motola's key holdings.

Equinix provides major companies with interconnection services for their data management and storage. At the same time, more than 200 of the largest network service providers, such as AT&T and Level 3, terminate their networks at Equinix data centers.

But unlike many of its rivals Equinix is agnostic about which networks its business customers use. Customers welcome that flexibility, Motola said. And, he noted, Equinix corporate customers are able to bypass the network service provider and connect with each other quickly and inexpensively -- a convenience for which companies pay a premium.

This is your pilot speaking....

More news on the Google outage:

This is your pilot speaking. Now, about that holding pattern...

5/14/2009 12:15:00 PM
Imagine if you were trying to fly from New York to San Francisco, but your plane was routed through an airport in Asia. And a bunch of other planes were sent that way too, so your flight was backed up and your journey took much longer than expected. That's basically what happened to some of our users today for about an hour, starting at 7:48 am Pacific time.

An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. As a result, about 14% of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions. We've been working hard to make our services ultrafast and "always on," so it's especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens. We're very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we'll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won't happen again. All planes are back on schedule now.

image from:

The Great GoogleLapse

by Craig Labovitz

Web-hosting firms defy recession

from TechWorld:

>>Web-hosting firms defy recession

Firms continue to build new data centers, although at a slower pace than a few years ago

New data center space is selling out quickly. Equinix announced May 5 that it had completed an $82 million expansion of its Secaucus, N.J., data center, with 50% of the space booked or reserved by customers on opening day.

"We're already looking at phase three of that expansion," says Justin Starr (Jason is the correct name...), senior director of investor relations at Equinix.

Starr says the difference between now and 2001 is that the Web-hosting industry didn't go into the recession with overcapacity. "We've seen stats on the industry where it's above 70% utilization. Some cities are even tighter than that," Starr says.

Equinix provides "a network aggregation opportunity for the enterprise," Starr says. "The savings [customers] get by having access to all of these networks under one roof can offset what they are spending with Equinix."

Starr says it's very difficult to take an application out of an Equinix data center and bring it back in-house. "It's a very sticky business model," he adds.

IMMR invents thermal haptics

HT to cellodude on the IV MB:

>>IMMR invents thermal haptics

[United States Patent Application 20090120105

Ramsay; Erin B. May 14, 2009

Thermal Haptic Effects


A thermal haptic feedback device includes a plurality of cells coupled to a processor. The processor controls each of the cells so that each cell can independently generate heating or cooling effects. Unique haptic effects, such as a simulated wind effect, can be generated by causing some cells to be hot or cold, or changing some of the cells from hot to cold.]

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Internap routing - South America - Web Hosting Talk

Originally Posted by WireSix View Post
You do know that Internap has NO CONTROL over inbound routes, that is your ISP preferencing other paths that are less optimal, most likely cost based routing.
Full disclosure: I am an Internap employee. (Funny this would be an active topic at just about the same time I sorta accidentally jacked a completely different thread.)

As you allude to here, inbound route control is, at best, equivalent to throwing darts at a target while blindfolded. There's no magic inbound route control, so yes, Internap has very limited capability there. We can still try to differentially weight the carriers a bit, of course, if only to spread the load around a bit so no single pipe gets flooded on inbound. The key is not to flat-top so packets get through sanely, and the hope is that the networks on the other end have decent paths available to get to us.

That said, the traceroutes provided are useful data and I'll forward them along.

Originally Posted by iansltx View Post
Not trying to flame anyone, but sounds like you should call up InterNAP and ask why they don't have Telefonica in their mix.
I've already taken note to tell the appropriate folks. Internap is aware that our South American reach is pretty much at the mercy of a scant few transit carriers, and there are efforts already underway to alleviate that problem.

Businesses Quit Slashing IT Budgets

Interesting article from the WSJ:

>>Businesses Quit Slashing IT Budgets

Worst Is Over, Corporate Tech Executives Say, But They Want to See Stability Over Several Quarters

[IT spending]

Top 10 selling cellphones in U.S.

HT to cellodude on the IV MB:

>>Top 10 selling cellphones in U.S.

[The following list is derived from Nielsen's Mobile Device Insights platform. Starting at No. 10, it ranks the top-selling touchscreen phones in the United States, according to responses collected between January and March from 75,000 mobile subscribers.]
Orange = IMMR
1. Apple iPhone 3G

2. LG Voyager

3. LG VX9700 (Dare)

4. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Storm

5. LG Vu Series (CU915, CU920)

6. Samsung Behold

7. Samsung Instinct

8. HTC Touch Pro

9. Palm Centro

10. T-Mobile G1

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More on Haptic feedback for touch screens

from the EDS blog. HT to swissalpine2 on the IV MB:

>>More on Haptic feedback for touch screens

by Charlie Bess

A number of years ago, former EDS Fellow, Randy wrote a blog entry about touch feedback being a problem for virtual screens. It looks like those haptic feedback are coming a bit closer to production.

It's funny how adding another dimension to the user interaction experience can make it so much more rewarding. Enabling a touch screen to "touch back", and provide a range of textures for your experience and provide new depth to a virtual reality experience could have some very interesting applications. The article in IEEE Spectrum describes how eventually you could use the display to "tell how a garment feels".

It looks like LG, Samsung, and many others are doing this in a small way on their phones, but if all they're doing is using the phones vibration ringer to provide gross vibration feedback, it could be added to all the Smartphone devices before long.

I can just imagine the possibilities for feedback you can provide a user on their interaction with corporate systems if touch screen devices become more common in the workplace.

SaaS, cloud computing lead to cuts in application hosting pricing

from TechTarget:

Application hosting pricing is expected to decrease by up to 20% over the next two years thanks to increased competition on a number of fronts, including the advent of cloud computing, as well as reduced provider expenses, according to Gartner Inc. But not everyone will be in a position to renegotiate their contracts and take advantage of the cuts.

But Chamberlin cautioned that not all companies will be able to renegotiate with their application hosting providers, which range from traditional providers such as IBM, Computer Sciences Corp., NaviSite Inc. and Electronic Data Systems to telcos such as AT&T, which bought ASP USinternetworking, and niche providers such as SunGard and Secure-24 Inc., which specialize in SAP.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Yahoo Data Center Planned for New York

from the Wall Street Journal:

>>ALBANY, N.Y. -- State officials are working with Internet giant Yahoo Inc. to establish a data center in Western New York.

The center would house computer systems and other equipment. State officials say it wouldn't result in many jobs, but the symbolism of luring the big-name company could help with other economic development efforts.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Statement from Equinix on the Passing of Co-Founder Al Avery

FOSTER CITY, CA – May 5, 2009 –

It is with sadness that Equinix announces that Al Avery, one of the co-founders of Equinix, has passed away. Al, who retired from Equinix in 2003, had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and had recently received a lung transplant. He battled this illness valiantly, but passed on peacefully earlier this week with family at his side.

Al and Jay Adelson started Equinix in 1998 when they worked together as facilities managers at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where they developed the idea for a Neutral Internet Exchange (NIX) to create a physical place for networks to exchange critical information. Their critical work helped the Internet grow and today, the company Al helped build is the home to the mission-critical infrastructure of over 2,300 customers, many of which are vital to the information-driven world. Equinix has Al's legacy to thank.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in Al's name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.