Saturday, April 24, 2010

Why distance matters -

HT to Telecom Ramblings:

>>Why distance matters

Challengers dominate the low-latency market — but for how long?


Near-instantaneous high-bandwidth connections have given rise to a new form of financial trading based on algorithms. These algorithmic trading systems seek to generate profits by quickly acting upon extremely small changes in the price of a security. In this environment, a few extra milliseconds of transmission time can mean the difference between a profitable trade and one that’s not worth doing because the price changed while the buy order was on its way.

Network operators supporting these automated high-speed trades have learned that in this particular environment, distance does matter. From a global perspective, New York and Chicago are not so far apart. But if a fiber network operator uses a route between the two cities that’s 50 miles longer than a competitor’s route, it can add critical milliseconds, pushing the round trip time above a level acceptable for high-speed trades.


Perhaps it’s not surprising that it’s nimble companies like these, rather than established service providers such as AT&T and Verizon, that are capitalizing on the demand for low-latency connectivity and pioneering new services to meet those demands. But I also can’t help wondering how long that situation will remain. It wouldn’t seem very difficult for the telco giants to gear up their own low-latency routes and leverage connections they already have with financial industry clients to capture a substantial chunk of this new market.

Friday, April 23, 2010

United States Department of Justice Closes Its Investigation Of Switch and Data's Merger with Equinix

Switch and Data, a leading provider of network-neutral data center and Internet exchange services, today announced that the United States Department of Justice notified Equinix, Inc. that it has closed its investigation with respect to Equinix's proposed acquisition of Switch and Data and also received notification from the Federal Trade Commission that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Radino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has been terminated. Switch and Data and Equinix expect the transaction to close on April 30, 2010, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other closing conditions set forth in the merger agreement.

You may read the full P/R here.



To be held June 10, 2010

Dear Stockholder:

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Equinix, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Equinix”). The meeting will be held at our headquarters located at 301 Velocity Way, Foster City, California, on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. for the purpose of considering and voting on:

1. Election of directors to the Board of Directors to serve until the next Annual Meeting or until their successors have been duly elected and qualified;

2. Ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2010; and

3. Such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.

The foregoing items of business are more fully described in the attached Proxy Statement.


Thanks to Equinix for putting a link to this smal blog.

The original article we quoted is available at this link.

Come, lovely bytes, flow to Slough!

from Thebigpicture:

>>Come, lovely bytes, flow to Slough!

Communications providers can quite easily lay more fibre and provide access to the data centres; Equinix’s LD4/5 campus has a total of 35 communication providers with a point-of-presence. But the power supply network presented a bigger challenge for Equinix. The UK’s National Grid draws much of the power required for the Slough Trading Estate from the nearby Slough Combined Heat and Power Station. However, such is the scale of LD5 that Equinix had to make a significant investment in upgrading its connection to the nearest grid super-node at Iver to the west of Slough. This was essential in case the local power station itself was to fail and all power had to be drawn from further afield. As the number of data centres in Slough continues to grow, their owners need to work with power suppliers and the National Grid to ensure this does not become a problem for all in the area.

Phyllis's Story - Acoustic Neuroma

Phyllis's Story - Acoustic Neuroma

Cypress touchscreens track hovering fingers, make devices even more 'magical' (video)

HT to cellodude on the IV MB, article from engadget:

>>If you're reading this from a Samsung i8910 or Palm Pre, you're already holding a Cypress-powered touchscreen, but chances are you've never given it a thought. That's going to change, because this week the company demoed a killer app: TrueTouch screens that can detect fingers hovering over glass, not merely on it, allowing compatible software to finally register mouseover input. In other words, you won't actually need to touch new touchscreens to zoom in on text or perform certain commands.

Korea's 8th CK installed in Busan

from the IV MB , by yyy60:

>>Korea's 8th CK installed in Busan

** Busan is a city located in southeast Korea. The new cancer hospital is scheduled to open offically in July.**

** translated from Korean **


Busan, Korea Institute southeastern ceremony

Radiation Medicine, specializes in research and treatment of cancer and radiation sickness caused to lead the southeastern institute of atomic energy official opening in July will come wangongdwae.

Education, Science and Technology and Korea Institute of Nuclear Power, 23 AM at the school in the southeastern Busan Gijang janganeup jwadongri anbyeongman gyogwabu Minister of Liggett School, Korea Atomic Energy Institute, Busan heonamsik market, with over 1,500 people including local residents, attended the ceremony held .

Opening reception July through rehearsal
As advanced cancer hospital

Started in October 2006 entered the last three years been only six months with a total project cost 177.5 billion yuan was spent. Research Center for Radiation Medicine in the East and the size byeongwondong (304 beds), and has geomjinsenteodong. Southeastern school of nuclear operations in the future 2-3 months after the rehearsal will be opened officially in July.

The existing medical center of southeastern institute of nuclear power to differentiate between a hospital clinical research and medical capabilities, designed to perform simultaneous bonwonin Korea Institute of Nuclear and Radiation Medicine, Research Hospital, as well as new models are expected to generate.


Especially with the Busan region's first CyberKnife (Cyber-Knife) to install, and six-dimensional high-precision radiotherapy linear accelerator (360 degrees while tracking the target radiation to treat cancer cells, a linear accelerator), and introducing cutting-edge medical equipment, the best country amjeonmun with the level of facilities and equipment that the hospital plans to take on the role as.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Citi Maintains a 'Hold' on Equinix (EQIX)


>>Citi Maintains a 'Hold' on Equinix (EQIX); Shares Range Bound - Prefer Q & CCOI

Enterprise storage service provider Zetta - equinix data center


>>Enterprise storage service provider Zetta announced the opening of a new data service facility on the East Coast. The new service facility is located in the greater New York City area. This will be the first East Coast data center for Zetta, which also operates two facilities on the West Coast. Zetta has continued its partnership with Equinix as a collocation provider for this new facility.

To reinforce Zetta's outreach to its East-Coast audience, Chris Schin, the company's VP of products, presented a session on "Cloud Storage Use Cases - What Is Working, What Is Not" at the 5th Cloud Expo, which took place on April 19-21, 2010 in New York City. Zetta also demonstrated Enterprise Storage On-demand solutions at Cloud Expo.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Radiation for prostate cancer lacks data -U.S. panel


>>* Medicare advisers say more trials, data needed

* Panel seeks patient registries, centralized trials

* CMS will weigh recommendation, payment not on table

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - There is not enough evidence to sort out the effect of various radiation treatments for prostate cancer patients, especially newer, so-called focused radiation, an advisory panel told the U.S. Medicare agency on Wednesday.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) panel of outside experts said large gaps in available data make it hard to weigh the impact particular radiation options may have on patients, including possible death or side effects. But it was divided over just how to collect much-needed information.

There is "insufficient evidence across the board," said panel chairman Clifford Goodman, a senior vice president at the Lewin Group.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A tour round Equinix's new LD5 datacentre

Equinix invited to be the first to check out its new datacentre in Slough

The facility's being empty means you can fully gauge the immense size of the building and the sheer amount of space the racks require, as the growth of data on the internet soars. The complete building will be able to hold 5,600 cabinets.

Upstairs in Phase One, work is already underway to prepare for the installation of 1,400 cabinets, and a few are already online. Deployments always start on the top floors so that there is no risk of heavy plant vehicles working over a live datacentre.

"We have co-habited areas and dedicated areas being installed at present, and have several firms waiting to move their equipment in," said Equinix sales director Wynn McCabe, pointing to the stacks of racks wrapped in cardboard out side the clean room.

"We've also set up two separate connections between LD4 and LD5, which are 300m apart, using 1,000 fibres in each to make it possible for firms, particularly carriers, to connect racks between the two premises quickly and efficiently," he said.


"Cloud computing in particular is an area that is growing rapidly, and many firms now use our centres to host their data. has a presence in every one of our datacentres worldwide. This gives them geographical resilience and helps reduce latency.


"By 2013 we'll have completed the deployment of all the phases in LD5, and then it'll probably be time to start work on LD6," said McCabe.

We will be posting up a photo story from our Equinix datacentre tour soon, so please check back on the site later.

Texas's 9th CK will be installed in Corpus Christi

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>Texas's 9th CK will be installed in Corpus Christi

South Texas Brain and Spine Center
Written by: Rebecca Esparza
Issue: April 2010 | NSIDE Medical

Dr. Mathew Alexander knew from an early age he was born to save lives.

As a child growing up in Louisville, Ky., he watched intently as his father made an impact on people’s lives as a general surgeon. His father’s medical influence had an impact on his siblings, too. His sister is a Houston-based neurologist and his brother is a cardiologist in Corpus Christi.


His work is meticulous and thorough because as he explains, “One move a millimeter in the wrong direction could cost a person’s life, alter their ability to walk or a host of other debilitating complications. Precision counts in this field.”

Advances in technology make the work he and his fellow physicians undertake at the South Texas Brain and Spine Center even more miraculous. CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline recently invested $4 million in a device called a cyber knife, which allows for less complicated surgeries and radiation treatments to get rid of metastatic lesions on the brain, thereby avoiding invasive surgery.

Monday, April 19, 2010

China purchases seven CK ??

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>China purchases seven CK ??

<< ARAY reported 18 new orders (2 from Japan) for Q2. I wonder if this seven CK is part of it. So far I can confirm only one new CK in China; People's Liberation Army 150 Hospital in Henan Province. The company is hiring staff for the new CK Center.
CK sales in US is flat. International is going to be the key area of growth until ARAY resolves the reimbursement issue. >>,0.html

** translated from Chinese **

Time Warner Hong Beijing Medical Equipment Leasing Co. Ltd.

Company Industry: Medical equipment / device

Company Size: 50-150 people

Beijing Time Warner Health Medical Equipment Rental Co. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing Capital Group Trading Co. Ltd, which is fully owned by Beijing Capital Group.

Beijing Capital Group Co., Ltd. (Capital Group) is a large state-owned enterprise. ....
Capital Group total assets of 75 billion, for many years ranked among 500 companies.

Time Warner Hong Beijing Medical Equipment specializes in medical equipment leasing, medical project investment and financing leasing....The company aims to introduce the world's most leading medical equipment and medical technology to China, to assist and promote the medical and health care development and improve the technical level.

Since its inception in radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging more than 400 million yuan RMB investment in the country, established a number of radiation treatment centers, diagnostic imaging centers, has invested in CyberKnife stereotactic surgery platform (the CyberKnife) 7 sets and import linear accelerator, PET-CT, CT, MRI contour cutting-edge medical equipment.