12 thoughts on “The Great Internet Buildout Continues”

  1. Great post, Om. Although the Internet is growing so rapidly, web companies need to be aware of the impact of their ventures on the environment. Perhaps (and hopefully) we will be seeing more eco-friendly data centers in the not-too-distant future.

    1. Nothing about data centers is Eco-Friendly. They use tons of energy, and thats really the gist of it.
      You can make them more efficient, but that just means you can cram twice as many servers in the same space, and save some money.

      The solution to data center’s using energy is to clean up the production of energy with a source that is reliable 24/7 and can meet the uptime needs of a data center (Nuclear).

      Nothing else is going to reduce their indirect negative influence on air pollutants.

    2. That’s exactly what is happening in Iceland where we have 100% clean and renewable energy powered data centers like Verne Global, ThorDC, Midgard etc.

      My company Greenqloud is the world’s first truly green public compute cloud (Infrastructure as a service) that will run on these data centers.

      We will be presenting at GigaOm’s LaunchPad at Structure 2010 in SF where we have been selected as one of the top 10 startups in cloud computing.

      GigaOm’s article on Greenqloud:

      We will open in Q4 2010 and are collecting beta registration at our website:

      Eirikur, CEO Greenqloud

  2. It’s not just consumers and social media that are driving this build-out either – the demand for hosted SaaS business applications and other cloud computing services isn’t slowing down. In fact, from our perspective, the recession has only heightened this need, with hosted services being looked to as cheaper, more efficient and, to a certain extent, more secure and stable than building out an in-house network. Just imagine what the traffic figures will look like when a majority of small businesses in America switch to hosted e-mail, cloud-based business suites and hosted unified communications. This will place greater pressure on a more efficient and secure approach to the Internet.

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