Thursday, April 29, 2010

Opening the Door to the New Era

As we move into a new world of computing, one that's very mobile and cloud-centered, there's a lot of adjustment to do in our minds and a lot of thinking about how to develop and support this environment. Data centers are one piece of that puzzle along with new thinking.
There's a great article today on Fortune's website by Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. It talks about this new environment and includes this interesting thought:

"The employees we are hiring right out of school are appalled by the technology we use to run our companies. They are more productive at home than they are in the office."

Cities like Plattsburgh with its remarkably cheap power can contribute mightily in the infrastructure support that data centers can provide for the cloud and the environment that is evolving. And, with its quality of life features (including a walkable downtown with a variety of caffeine- and wifi-equipped venues), it can provide support for the people who are developing and using the new environment.

The article is called "The end of Microsoft. A door opens to a new cloud." It's an interesting take on the future.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Green Data Centers

Plattsburgh's cheap and renewable electricity provides a route to environmentally friendly data centers. There's an article here about new international standards for data centers promulgated by the EU Code of Conduct, the US's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, along with the Green Grid — a datacentre industry consortium that includes heavyweights like HP, Dell, Intel and Microsoft.

Greenpeace on Data Centers and the Environment

Greenpeace has released a white paper on cloud computing and climate change. Cloud computing is this concept of Internet- and datacenter-based computing and storage that we've been talking about from time to time (the evolution of the datacenter from back-office data store to component of software such as Google Docs and most of the rest of Google, apps, social networking, and so forth).

Our clean and cheap electricity is right in this area.

Evolution of Data Centers

This article describes a very important evolution in thinking about data centers. Kevin Timmons is General Manager of Datacenter Services for Microsoft (he was hired last summer from Yahoo! where he had a similar role). Follow the link to the brief video (you may have to play it twice to get all the components downloaded--don't worry, it's about 3 minutes long).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Plattsburgh Data Center Development Committee

Welcome to the Plattsburgh Data Center Development Committee blog page.

We are here to host your data! Plattsburgh has it all:

  • Among the lowest electric rates in the nation 
  • Hydro-power - clean, safe and renewable
  • Municipal Lighting Department provides superior service
  • Mild climate year-round
  • Good access to fiber optic networks
  • Available sites of various size, low land costs
  • Reasonable taxes
  • A safe, clean community with vast recreational opportunities
Talk with us! Call Plattsburgh Community Development Office at (518) 563-7642
or email us at hartmannm@cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov