Friday, November 12, 2010

Equinix Differentiated By Global Scale And Interconnections

from Benzinga:

>>The core message at Equinix, Inc.'s investors day was that the company is differentiated by global scale, interconnections and an ability to enable ecosystems, Benchmark reports.

“Equinix provides hubs and nodes at the edge of networks that should sustain premium value overtime, making it the enabler for digitization of the global economy,” Benchmark writes. “Equinix reiterated it will not go up the IT stack but remain a colocation and interconnection company. We maintain our Buy rating.”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Texas’s 9th CK at Christus Spohn Health in Corpus Christi

from the IV MB, by yyy60:


Christus Spohn unveils $10.3 million renovation to Cancer Center

With donations, hospital adds robotic equipment, healing garden

By Rhiannon Meyers
Corpus Christi Caller Times, Corpus Christi, TX
Nov 11, 2010

CORPUS CHRISTI — Two years after the project began, the Christus Spohn Health System on Wednesday unveiled a $10.3 million renovation to its cancer center, including the addition of two new robotic pieces and a healing garden.

First floor renovations, including the addition of a private patient registration and improved waiting areas, have yet to be finished.

Christus Spohn Health System CEO Bruce Holstien said the renewal project is a melding of the system’s mission to provide compassionate care and advanced technology not often found in communities the size of Corpus Christi.

The cancer renewal project started in 2008 and included four components, which were financed through donations and fundraising events.

The hospital system bought two new pieces of equipment: a robotic radiosurgery system, called the CYBERKNIFE, that delivers beams of radiation to tumors without invasive surgery, and a second system, called the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, in which surgeons use three-dimensional imaging and robotic arms to perform surgery through tiny incisions.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Boston Options Exchange


>>Q: BOX has updated its technology this year. Can you tell me about that?

A: We moved to the Equinix Data Center [located in Secaucus, N.J.] in May. As part of the move, we also upgraded our technology platform. Our performance is very good; I like to say we’re wickedly fast. These days, if you’re not under a millisecond in response time you’re considered slow. We typically run at about 300 microseconds for quotes.

Our philosophy with the Equinix move was that we wanted to move to an environment that provided a complete ecosystem for options trading firms. We wanted to have our participants located within the same data center as BOX, as well as having the rest of the ecosystem that our participants need to be successful – market data vendors, application vendors, and financial extranet providers (which our participants use for network connectivity) all within the same data center.

I like and endorse having our competition close by too. That way, we can appeal to current customers as well as potential customers who are working with the other exchanges. With a cross connect and FIX connection, you can try out BOX.

In addition to the move to Equinix, we’re continually improving our technology.

CyberKnife could transform cancer patients' lives


>>The CyberKnife, a state-of-the-art radiotherapy system which can treat cancers previously described as inoperable, has now arrived at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood. SIBA MATTI reports on how this revolutionary piece of equipment is transforming patients' lives for the better.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Accuray Incorporated Results In-Line With Guidance

from Benzinga:

>>Accuray Incorporated reported FQ1 results that were largely in line with guidance, though new order growth was below Piper Jaffray's estimate as timing delays ultimately shifted four systems from FQ1 to FQ2. The company's strong showing at ASTRO last week, stable SRS reimbursement in CY11, expanded regulatory approval in Japan and still improving capital spending trends leave us optimistic about the company's outlook. ARAY reaffirmed its FY11 revenue guidance and Piper Jaffray is tweaking its estimates slightly, but maintaining an Overweight rating and $8 PT.

Revenues of $38 MM were in line with company guidance of $35-$40 MM, but $1 MM shy of Piper and consensus estimates. Product margin of 62.0% was the highest in the company's history as a public entity, with favorable mix from CyberKnife VSI placements the driver of upside. FQ1 EPS of ($0.08) split our estimate of and consensus of ($0.06) and management reaffirmed its desire to achieve breakeven status in FY11, with positive operating contribution heavily weighted toward the back half of the year.

J.P. Morgan Reiterates Neutral Rating on Accuray


>>J.P. Morgan is out with a research report this morning, where it reiterates its Neutral rating on Accuray (NASDAQ: ARAY); it has a $6.00 price target on the stock.

The J.P. Morgan analysts cited the company's recently reported earnings report, which was in-line with the expectations.

With revenues down, low visibility, an improving but still-cautious hospital capex market, and increased competition, the analysts do not see a near-term catalyst for either multiple expansion or an inflection toward profitability and as the stock is most likely to remain range-bound in the near-term.

As for valuation, the analysts noted, “We value ARAY on an EV/CY11E sales basis, and apply a 0.9x multiple (discount to the peer group) to our CY11 sales estimate to arrive at our Dec 2011 price target of $6.”

Advantage Futures Brings Liffe to Frankfurt

Press Release:

>>Advantage Futures provides faster market access to NYSE Liffe for Equinix - Frankfurt customers

CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Advantage Futures is proud to offer cross-connect access to NYSE Liffe from our Equinix Frankfurt (FR2) data center. Equinix, a provider of global data center services, was chosen by NYSE Liffe to offer cross-connect access in Frankfurt. NYSE Liffe traders can now utilize the Advantage Futures cross-connect for lower latency access to the Liffe global derivatives trading platform. Prior to the launch of Liffe cross-connect market access from Equinix Frankfurt (FR2), traders used traditional long-haul infrastructures to connect to London. This new deal enables Advantage Futures clients within the Equinix Frankfurt (FR2) data center to directly link in to the Liffe low latency network, thus giving them optimal execution speed and stability. Advantage Futures is committed to providing its clients fast, reliable routes to as many markets as possible.

About Advantage Futures

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Gravitas expands co-location services

Press Release:

>>Gravitas, a leading provider of business consulting and technology solutions to the alternative investment and financial services industries, announced an expansion of its colocation facilities for alternative asset managers in New York and Chicago.

Gravitas has increased its colocation capacity at the Equinix facility in New Jersey nearly 400 percent in two years, and now hosts several dozen asset management clients.

Gravitas also announced the opening of a colocation facility near the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which allows the firm to host both client production and disaster recovery infrastructure within its data centers, in addition to providing proximity services for exchange access.

Companies are now able to utilize Gravitas for end-to-end infrastructure services. One of the initial clients at the Chicago colocation facility, GTIS Partners, works with Gravitas at both of its data centers. Gravitas hosts the firm's production infrastructure in one data center, and its disaster recovery site in the other. "We've trusted Gravitas' expertise to build, maintain, and host our primary and backup infrastructures in their world-class data centers," said Steven Gorey, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of GTIS.

Gravitas CEO Jayesh Punater said GTIS is part of a new generation of asset managers that are paying increasing attention to how their business is operating, and outsourcing more functions to third-party providers. "We are relieving funds of the need to worry about the safety of their infrastructure, data, and business applications," Punater said. "Gravitas is proud to be able to offer world-class data center facilities to its clients, paralleling our superior, high-touch service."

Samsung hits 3 mln Galaxy S U.S. shipments

from Reuters:

>>Samsung Electronics said on Monday that three million out of its seven million global Galaxy S smartphones shipments were made to the United States since it launched the phone here in July.

Sales were brisk at all four of the top U.S. operators who sell the phones, Chief Marketing Officer Paul Golden said. The phones are based on Google Inc' Android software.

"We're in a situation where we wish we had more supply," Golden told Reuters at the sidelines of an event where the phonemaker unveiled a new Galaxy S phone.

Expereo completes third phase of EANTC test


>>Expereo, a provider of hybrid network services, has completed the third phase of an interoperability test by the European Advanced Networking Test Center, or EANTC, at the Ancotel facilities in Frankfurt and Equinix in New Jersey.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cyberknife radiotherapy machine to boost cancer care

from BBC:

>>A robot radiotherapy machine to treat cancer is to be available for the first time in the UK for NHS patients.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

U of Pennsylvania School of Medicine acq a CK

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>** Besides U of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center is also working to install a CK. They will be Pennsylvania’s 5th & 6th CK.

Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA)

Construction Underway this Weekend in Widener Basement

The Widener Basement corridor will be shut down this weekend from Friday evening through Monday morning as the contractor constructs a temporary wall down the corridor from the S-1 and W-1 elevators around to the locker rooms. Access to the Widener Basement from these two elevators will be unavailable from Friday evening through Monday morning. Once complete, all construction activity will be contained by these barriers.

The construction will be ongoing until completion of the CyberKnife project in July 2011.

Labor's $8m cancer promise


>>Health Minister Daniel Andrews revealed the Government will spend $8 million installing a new CyberKnife system at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre if it is returned to power on November 27.

Mr Andrews said the Australian-first technology would be up and running by the end of next year and would be used to treat about 200 patients in its first year.

The system administers radiotherapy with pinpoint accuracy, allowing doctors to target cancers in complex locations with big doses of radiation.

"We are committed to providing Victorians with world-class health services and the best treatment that will lead to increased cancer survival rates," Mr Andrews said.