Why IT Co-location Centers Will See a Boom in 2009 Despite the Macroeconomy

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-29 Print this article Print

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An example of a next-generation hosting site is ThePlanet.com Internet Services, based in Plano, Texas. This is a privately held, dedicated Web hosting company that provides an option of services, space rental or both. It is now building its seventh co-location center.

The Planet already hosts IT services for about 22,000 SMBs and houses about 6.7 million Web sites. The company recently announced installation of its first Green Chilled Water Energy System, which is  included in the environmentally friendly new 86,000-square-foot data center addition being built at its headquarters facility.

The facility will use new modular cooling technology from Turbine Air Systems and will accommodate a major expansion of its co-location services, its private racks and its Planet Northstar Managed Hosting services. The addition to the center will bring the total data center raised-floor footprint to 214,500 square feet.

VC money is now being channeled to co-location companies. In addition to the $56 million announced by i/o Data Centers, for example, DuPont Fabros ponied up a cool $22 million to purchase a 17-acre site in Santa Clara, Calif., in December 2007. The plans called for a pair of 300,000-square-foot data center buildings with a power capacity of 72.8 megawatts.

To put that into perspective, 365 Main's huge two-story, city-block-sized location in downtown San Francisco-built at the base of the Bay Bridge on solid bedrock-has a ceiling power draw of about 34 megawatts.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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