Friday, November 27, 2009
Teachers TV has been broadcasting on the digital trial platform in the Sydney metro area for over 12 months. The signal is currently being broadcast on channel 45 from the ABC tower in Gore Hill for Sydney viewers, and streamed live on their website for viewing around the nation. The stories are also available “click & pull” from the website www.teacherstv.com.au for on demand play.
The channel won an International Webby Award in 2008, for the cutting-edge technology used in the creation of the website www.skillsone.com.au for The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence.
“We have been working closely with our technical partners – Pipe Networks, Broadcast Australia, Cisco Sytems, IVision, Soul Communications, Equinix and ASEIT Networks to develop new ways of doing things to drive down the cost of television production and distribution”.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Technology Offers New Option for Cancer Patients
The technology is the world's first and only robotic radiosurgery system and it is designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body with sub-millimeter accuracy. Within
"The addition of the CyberKnife to Ontario is great news for cancer patients," said
Unlike a traditional radiation treatment machine which delivers radiation in a linear way, the CyberKnife system has a robotic arm which can move around the patient to deliver radiation. It has a sophisticated tracking system which uses x-rays to ensure that the radiation beam is directed precisely where the patient requires treatment. In addition, this image-guided approach continually corrects for any movement, such as breathing, helping to make sure that the beam is optimally positioned during the whole treatment.
"The Juravinski Cancer Centre is renowned for our expertise in clinical trials and evaluating shorter, more effective radiation treatments for cancer patients," said
The Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation raised approximately
"We are grateful and thrilled with the generous support we've received from Mischa Weisz, SC
A selection process was held by Cancer Care Ontario to determine the location of host centres for this technology. After evaluating applications, an expert panel selected Juravinski Cancer Centre to be one of two sites in Ontario, with the
Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government's cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer, and make sure that patients receive better care every step of the way.
The Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation supports and enhances patient care, research and education at the Juravinski Cancer Centre through developing, managing and distributing charitable resources.
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services for the counties of Brant,
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Baron iOpportunity fund invests not just in technology stocks but companies that benefit from technology, says portfolio manager Michael Lippert. Among his holdings are wireless tower companies. The fund has ranked in the top 2 percent of its category for total returns over the past year, according to Morningstar.
Q: Your biggest holding, Equinix, has roughly doubled in the past year. What got you interested in it?
A: That's a company we have owned for a long time. I could build a data center right next to (one owned by) Equinix and charge half the price. No one would go there because you want to be in an Equinix building because that's where all the networks are. Equinix, though, could build their own building next door and tether it to their first building with fiber.
>>Can High Frequency Colo Support Many Players?
As NYSE Euronext pushes deeper into data center services, many industry-watchers are gauging the impact upon the market for low-latency colocation in Northern New Jersey. Colocation providers say the larger role for the NYSE and other exchanges will bring further segmentation to a fast-growing market, and predict that traders will continue to seek require colocation partners beyond the NYSE.
“According to our industry checks, the new NYSE Euronext data center is increasing competition in the financial services markets,” said a recent research report from Mark Kelleher and Aron Honig at Brigantine Advisors. “Customers are researching the new product and it appears to be causing hesitation within the customer base.
“While speed is a factor, our checks are indicating that the NYSE is charging 3-7x what Savvis would charge for proximity hosting,” the report added. “Are the microseconds of speed worth the cost? Probably for the larger high speed trading firms, but it will not be for less active traders.”
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
>>OVUM research indicates data center customers increasingly rely on these facilities to deliver low-latency resources that support the products and services they deliver to their own customers. Data center vendors can lower their wholesale customers’ transaction times by building or acquiring facilities close to the ultimate end users.
Much more than just data storage
Equinix’s announced acquisition of Switch and Data highlights the importance of data center locations. In response to customer demand for resources in close proximity to their end users, Equinix agreed to acquire Switch and Data for approximately $689 million in cash and stock. The combination extends Equinix’s global data centre services into 16 new markets across North America.
Equinix acknowledges that the rapid growth in demand for online information requires its existing and potential customers to store and distribute larger volumes of latency-sensitive digital assets and applications at the network edge, near local population centers and the eyes of professional and recreational users. Ovum expects mergers and acquisitions to be a constant presence in this market as companies deploy their facilities to meet wholesale customers’ requirements.
>>Equinix might not be the first service provider that would immediately come to mind as a global Ethernet player.
All that changed with the debut of its Equinix's Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform, which it offers on its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. Now, Equinix is right in mix of the Ethernet-Network to Network (E-NNI) ecosystem.
Equinix did not have to really look that far to develop its platform to enable global E-NNI arrangements. Taking a leverage and extend approach, Equinix found inspiration right in the data system program it provides for Internet peering and other applications.
NXT plc, a provider of unique sound solutions, best known for its flat panel loudspeaker technology, said it has licensed TouchSense haptics technology from Immersion Corporation.
The agreement enables NXT and its licensees to additionally benefit from Immersion's touch feedback intellectual property for touch screen and touch panel applications.
Leveraging their understanding of bending wave physics, NXT scientists have developed a novel way of creating haptic feedback from touch screens and touch panels by differentiating the audio signal normally deployed in NXT's distributed mode loudspeakers.
The audio signal is optimised to deliver tactile vibrations so that touch screens can be either tuned to simultaneously function as a loudspeaker or operate almost silently but with haptic feedback, depending on applications and customer requirements.
>>Thursday, I was fortunate enough to get to walk around Equinix’s DC-4 datacenter in Ashburn, VA.
Equinix’s infrastructure is fed by numerous high voltage cables to Dominion Power, but in case of an outage, they have rooms full of batteries, 2MWatt generators, and 500,000 gallons of fuel ready to go. I heard that during a storm a few years ago, Dominion Power was having a hard time getting the full workload up – which led to them asking Equinix to run off of fuel generators all week. Equinix was capable of managing their load and maintaining operations the entire time.
Monday, November 23, 2009
>>Three years ago, Equinix would have never seriously considered buying Switch and Data. Switch facilities were of a smaller scale, lower power density and more broadly distributed. All of these points were the converse of Equinix' stated strategic tenets at the time.
So did Switch reinvent itself or Equinix radically alter its strategy? In truth a little of both happened, but even more this is an indicator in a significant shift in market direction influenced by a number of factors.
>>Report: New Colocation Space Fills Quickly
New colocation space is filling quickly when brought online, according to new data from the telecom research firm TeleGeography. Global colocation service providers surveyed by TeleGeography have added 1.66 million square feet (154,016 square meters) of new space since the beginning of 2008, many of which were more than 50 percent full by mid-year 2009.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It was a busy news week with major announcements from companies participating in Streaming Media West and the Online Video Platform Summit.
Over 30 companies in the online video platform category participated in the show as either speakers, event sponsors or exhibitors, and many others came to see what was going on. The OVP space has evolved over a short time and has moved up the stack as a SaaS (software as a service) offering eclipsing CDNs which just a few months ago saw their own summit at Streaming Media West. Ben Homer, who I was glad to finally to meet at the show, pointed this out in his post, SMW Closing Thoughts | Online Video Watch,
"CDNs were noticeably missing from the event floor. There were a few, Internap was there, but Neither Akamai or Limelight had a booth this year. Several years ago CDNs were everywhere you looked at Streaming Media shows. Now it’s platforms."