Data center selling points
- By Natasha Haubold
- Apr 03, 2000
The growing number of companies trying to win government outsourcing dollars
are counting on three Bs to sell their data center services: bandwidth,
backup and bulletproof design.
Although no data center can protect against every unforeseen event,
Intel Corp. has incorporated seismic braces into its centers' walls to protect
against earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes.
Interestingly, behind the Intel facility's six-foot-thick walls lay
some servers built by rival Sun Microsystems Inc., in addition to the racks
of Intel-based servers one would expect. "We want to do whatever it takes
to serve the customer," explained Howard High, director of Intel's technology
Power at each Intel facility is drawn from two power substations, ensuring
a constant supply of power if one should black out. A pair of diesel generators
provides 25 minutes of backup power if necessary.
As demand increases, Intel plans to expand its OC-48 (2,488 megabytes
per second) fiber-optic network to the OC-192 level (9,953 megabytes per
second). Currently, employees monitoring a client's system can adjust bandwidth
based on system demand.
Qwest Communications offers its customers access to more than 18,815
miles of OC-192 Sonet. Space in the vendor's 126,000-square-foot facility
was sold out before construction was completed, according to Sandberg.
Qwest's facility is very similar to that of Intel's, but on a much larger
scale. Qwest has three diesel generators, built from train engines, that
can sustain services for more than 48 hours. The backup system kicks in
750 milliseconds after the main power supply is cut.
Qwest has also entered into partnership agreements with KMPG LLC, Hewlett-Packard
Co., Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp., SAP America Inc., PeopleSoft Inc. and
Siebel Systems to provide Internet-based application-hosting services.