Friday, September 4, 2009

Milliseconds are focus in algorithmic trades

from Reuters, the data center mentioned is probably SAVVIS:

>>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Algorithmic trading, in which computers execute orders at lightning speeds, has financial exchanges relocating computer systems to shave milliseconds off execution times, executives said this week at the Reuters Exchanges and Trading Summit.


The focus on milliseconds is so intense that trading platforms like the Philadelphia exchange and Kansas City-based BATS have moved their servers closer to broker-dealer hubs in the New York City region.

Cummings said BATS' matching engines are in Weehawken, New Jersey, across the Hudson river from Manhattan, adding that the same building hosted servers from NYSE Arca, an electronic exchange. "We chose that building strategically. A lot of our customers already had their servers in that building."

When Frucher began revamping the Philadelphia exchange's equity trading platform about 18 months ago, he realized that a three-millisecond delay between Philadelphia and the New York City region -- about 100 miles away -- was noncompetitive

First Cyberknife in Czech Republic

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>First Cyberknife in Czech Republic

*** translated from Czech ***

University Hospital buys dozens of devices

Ostrava - People who are treated at the University Hospital Ostrava, can count on the fact that doctors will soon have to hand other top device. The hospital should arrive in November and a unique robotic Cyberknife irradiator.

Aggressive modernization of University Hospital Ostrava continues. Last year was completed repair infectious clinics and central laboratories, this year, the hospital embarked on a reconstruction of the oncology clinic. The makeshift conditions, and infectious pulmonary clinic would be the new office of oncology should move in November. There there will be not only more waiting rooms or rooms with private bathroom, but the cancer clinic and a number of new devices.

Unique instrument

This nejočekávanějším the Cyberknife, the first of its kind in the Central and Eastern Europe. Should arrive in November, but then wait another month of tests.

Internap CEO details expansion, turnaround strategy

The second part of Eric Cooney's interview with Telephonyonline is available at this link.

Some random comments:

>>On how to spend $50 million: Over the next 18 months, we’ll acquire, build or buy Internap-controlled space in two or three markets. There will probably be at least one expansion of an existing Internap market and probably one new market.

not giving out any detail on the most important thing, location. Let's assume they are still working on a few options. Existing "own" locations: Seattle, Atlanta (but using partner QTS site...), Houston, New York, Boston. Just opened expansions in a couple of them.

>>On the current market for data center assets: Some peer-group data-center providers need to offload assets to reduce their leverage, so it’s essentially a balance-sheet restructuring exercise [for them] that has nothing to do with the market, and they probably would prefer not to be selling those assets.

sounds like a reference to Navisite or other Companies in a similar situation. It remains to be seen if any customer (i.e. revenue) would be coming included with such acquisition.

>>On the impact of the expansion: It clearly will move our mix [of data centers] to [become] predominantly company-controlled assets. It’s about 50-50 [today]. Just throwing rough numbers at you, $20 million dollars [or more] in incremental revenue on an annualized basis could likely come from a $50-million buildout. Twenty million dollars in incremental revenue on a data center business that today is generating roughly $120 million in annual revenue and a 50-50 split [between company-controlled and resold data centers], we go to 80-60, rough-split. That’s the impact, orders of magnitude, of this incremental investment. The more important point is, from a strategic direction, the future dollars of data center revenue our sales force sells will be predominantly company-controlled data centers, which is a significant divergence from our historic approach. The margins we derive from our company-controlled assets are in the same ballpark as [those in] our peer group -- in the 50s. The market leader, Equinix, delivers [more than] 60%. Reselling somebody else’s data center space, the margins are relatively thin. You can see [that] in the gross margins of our data center business – 25% in Q2.

I assume (English not my mother language...) that Mr. Cooney is saying that he expects this expansion to add about $20 million in revenues per year, in the "own data center" category, bringing revenues to 140 million (from $120 million, right now - so we get the $80 million "own", $ 60 million partner sites numbers). That's assuming full capacity for the new expansions, of course. Not clear if this vision includes "transferring" customers from partner sites into the own facilities. Doesn't sound so, if we understand correctly. If he hopes to get from 60% to 80% of revenues in the "owned" data centers category, that's a different story, and includes transferring customers/reducing the number of partner sites. Assuming stable revenues ($120 million), 60% is $ 72 million (from $ 60 million) - 80% is $96 million, which is $ 36 million more than today, and probably needs additional capacity made available to be achievable.

Cooney says Internap "own" data centers enjoy margins in the 50% range (slightly less than Equinix, the best performing Company in the sector, but similar to other peers). If that's correct, as Internap "is generating roughly $120 million in annual revenue and a 50-50 split [between company-controlled and resold data centers]", and "You can see [that] in the gross margins of our data center business – 25% in Q2.", it looks like partner sites are re-sold at cost, bringing a 0 (zero) margin to the mix. That should also include the wholesale deals like 365 Main and QTS. We just can't believe it, or they'd better dump this side of the business.

Going on with this "logic", adding $20 million in revenues at 50% margin would push margins (assuming $140 million per year for colo, and the 80-60 split) in the 28.6% range, assuming the rest of the mix is unchanged.

Still low.

Back in time:

>>Jim DeBlasio

Now as I mentioned on the call, we have a considerable effort to move into a position where we are selling predominantly our own space going forward.

Internap 3Q 2008 conference call, transcript by Seeking Alpha.

Since that c.c., Internap has mainly sold space in partner sites (at no margin?). We'll see if they execute better this time.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital First in Houston to Offer Cyberknife

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital First in Houston to Offer Cyberknife

"We are pleased to be the first to offer the CyberKnife((R)) to the Houston
community," says Mark LaRocco, PhD, vice president and patient safety officer,
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. "This innovative technology offers our patients
a new level of treatment and a new hope for recovery, especially for those who
have inoperable or surgically complex tumors."

The new St. Luke's Radiation Therapy and CyberKnife is located at 2491 S.
Braeswood. For more information about CyberKnife((R)), visit

German's 2nd cyberknife will be installed later this year

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>German's 2nd cyberknife will be installed later this year

*** translated from German ***

"CyberKnife" comes
01 September 2009

Guestrow Güstrower movement before the hospital, the CyberKnife Center announces itself with the first visible steps: the site was measured in recent days, an uncultivated area testifies to the scale of the future facility.

In January, construction had to be (SVZ reported). "It takes everything but longer than we had originally planned it," confesses Viola Völzer coordinated in Guestrow to build one. But: "The funding is available, the planning application is submitted, the municipal utilities are charged with the development," says Völzer. The manager of the CyberKnife Center of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH looks forward to the installation of the equipment later this year.

CyberKnife is a radiosurgery technology for treatment of deferred cancer.

Neutral Co-location Data Centers Poised for Further Upside and Growth Potential

"Neutral Co-location Data Centers Poised for Further Upside and Growth Potential" According to Industry Expert

The Wall Street Transcript has just published its Data Hosting and Data Storage Services Report offering a timely review of the sector to serious investors and industry executives. This 37 page feature contains expert industry commentary through in-depth interviews with public company CEOs, Equity Analysts and Money Managers. The full issue is available by calling (212) 952-7433 or via The Wall Street Transcript Online.




Case Number:2:2009cv01194
Filed:September 2, 2009

Court:Pennsylvania Western District Court
Office:Pittsburgh Office [ Court Info ]
County:XX US, Outside State
Presiding Judge: William L. Standish

Nature of Suit:Torts - Property - Other Fraud
Cause:28:1332 Diversity-Fraud
Jury Demanded By:Plaintiff

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Providing Haptic Feedback To User-Operated Switch

United States Patent Application 20090207129
Kind Code A1
Ullrich; Christopher J. ; et al. August 20, 2009

Providing Haptic Feedback To User-Operated Switch


Systems and methods are disclosed herein for generating haptic feedback, tactile feedback, or force feedback to an electromechanical switch that is toggled by a user. In one specific example among many possible embodiments, a switch feedback system is disclosed. The switch feedback system comprises a user-operated switch, which is operable to toggle between one of an open state and a closed state. The switch feedback system also includes electrical circuitry in electrical communication with the user-operated switch, wherein the electrical circuitry is configured to react to a change of state of the user-operated switch. The system also includes a haptic feedback device in electrical communication with the user-operated switch and in physical communication with the user-operated switch. The haptic feedback device is configured to detect the change of state of the user-operated switch and provide a haptic feedback to the user-operated switch in response to the detected change of state.

Inventors: Ullrich; Christopher J.; (Ventura, CA) ; Kingsley-Jones; Stephen; (Santa Cruz, CA) ; Levin; Michael; (Los Altos, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
Assignee Name and Adress: Immersion Corporation
San Jose

Serial No.: 031984
Series Code: 12
Filed: February 15, 2008

Topology aware route control

United States Patent 7,584,298
Klinker , et al. September 1, 2009

Topology aware route control


The present invention uses proxy points for measuring different routes to a destination address space. Multiple paths to the desired destination address space are identified. Each path begins at a source and terminates at the destination address space. Proxy points are identified for each path and are associated with a point between the source and the destination address space. Measurements of the path performance from each source to the appropriate proxy point are compared to determine an optimum route.

Inventors: Klinker; Eric (Oakland, CA), Johnson; Jeremy T. (San Diego, CA), Grady; Brian Douglas (Mountain View, CA), Crabbe; Edward (Seattle, WA)
Assignee: Internap Network Services Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Appl. No.: 10/735,589
Filed: December 12, 2003

Monday, August 31, 2009

Internap's site map udated with recent Leadership Team changes

Equinix Asia Peering Forum in Bangkok, Thailand to Focus on Effective Peering in South East Asia

HONG KONG, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that it is hosting its annual Asia Peering Forum as part of the company's ongoing Peering Forum Series. Equinix's Asia Peering Forum brings together the peering community in a neutral environment to exchange insights and experiences on peering, particularly in the South East Asia region. The event will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok from Monday, 31 August until Wednesday, 2 September, 2009.

The growing popularity of broadband services and Internet content throughout South East Asia has made it increasingly important for network service providers and content providers to seek a high performance yet low cost interconnection strategy. With regulatory reforms and the introduction of new IT initiatives from local governments, peering participants are keen to know the latest market intelligence and best practices associated with establishing peering relationships in the region.

"As online and mobile content continues to grow, it is critical that content providers and Internet service providers build mutually beneficial peering relationships in network-neutral sites to improve the customer experience while reducing costs," said Raphael Ho, Director of Network Engineering and Operations, Equinix Asia-Pacific. "Over 300 networks have established a strategic presence at our 45 data centers globally, including our 7 data centers in the Asia-Pacific, we believe that these network-neutral sites provide an ideal meeting environment for the development of such relationships."

This year's Asia Peering Forum will be chaired by Raphael Ho and will feature a host of international speakers from Amsterdam, India, Singapore, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. The speakers at the event represent established industry stakeholders within the peering community, and will discuss peering dynamics, infrastructure, and policies as well as share their experience in South East Asia.

One of the key speakers at the event is Louis Lee, Chairman of the Address Council, The Address Supporting Organization, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN ASO), who will provide an update on the current global policy proposals that relate to IP addresses and AS numbers. Other peering experts speaking at the event include AMS-IX, Hurricane Electric, JasTel Network, Nucleus Connect, Saigon Postel and Sify Technologies.

In addition to the Asia Peering Forum on Tuesday, 1 September, 2009, Equinix will also facilitate "Meet-Your-Peers" sessions on Monday, 31 August 31, 2009, and Wednesday, 2 September, 2009. The sessions will provide a platform for potential peering partners to meet and exchange ideas, as well as to establish stronger peering relationships across the region.

Sunday, August 30, 2009