Jan 01

Happy New Year!

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Image credit: Google.com

Dear Capital Internet Clients:

From all the company team here at Capital Internet we wish you and your families all the very best for the Holiday season and the New Year. 2015 has been a fantastic year for us and we wanted to send you notice that we appreciate you placing your trust in us this past year and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Warm Regards,

The Capital Internet Team

Dec 31

End of the Year Message to Our Clients


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Image credit: Google.com

Dear Capital Internet Clients:

As yet another year draws to a close, our team would like to once again thank you for choosing Capital Internet as your colocation and hosting specialists this year.

Capital Internet has expanded greatly since our entrance to the Atlanta-area colocation market over 15 years ago, and this past year alone we have continued to see our business develop and grow. But this does not mean that we will compromise on the quality of work and services we provide for our valued clients. In 2015, we will continue to give you the affordable colocation options and quality services that you have come to expect from Capital Internet.

Thank you again for choosing to work with Capital Internet, and we look forward to getting back to business on in the New Year!

Kindest Regards,

The Capital Internet Team

Dec 30

Cut Your Data Center’s Cooling Costs

Cooling is a massive energy hog for a data center, eating up a large share of the operations budget. But tweaks to your HVAC system and daily operations can dramatically reduce your cooling costs. How much can your facility save?

Click here to watch “Cut Your Data Center’s Cooling Costs,” from Buildings.com. The video is hosted by Charles Kensky, Executive Vice President at Bala Consulting Engineers.


Dec 30

Looking Ahead: 2015 Looks to be a Strategic Year for Data Centers


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Image credit: Forbes.com

This past year has been one of tremendous innovation. With the Internet of Things growing at an exponential rate, new data streams are constantly being created to unlock significant value for both the technology companies that must evolve to stay ahead of the curve – but also their customers whose lives and businesses benefit from these new products and services.

This trend shows no sign of slowing, and forward-thinking technologists are already looking ahead to build an infrastructure that’s able to support continued progress. At the core of all IT infrastructure lies the data center, which is effectively the central nervous system for any connected company with a mobile or cloud offering – and powers the flow of information that not only keeps apps and services functioning, but also allows developers to continue to refine and engineer new technologies.

In 2015, organizations will need to seriously evaluate their data center strategies to meet the increasingly taxing demands of emerging technologies, and also stay on pace with heightened expectations to deliver service in real-time, writes Matt Miszewski, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Digital Realty at TMCnet. Furthermore, with new emphasis on the governance and localization of data, strategic action and advance planning is required for organizations that seek to maintain an international presence.

Coming from the unique vantage point of an organization that sits on the pulse of data center activity, we’ve put together the following predictions on emerging strategies that you can bet to see more of in the coming year.

Influx of Micro Data Centers and the Emergence of the “Mothership”

As the Internet of Things localizes data streams down to the smallest wearable device, many organizations are growing increasingly concerned with latency and the emerging need to maintain data centers within physical proximity to their customers. As data requirements become increasingly complex, there will likely be an increase in very small data centers that exist solely to service customers in a specific market. Likewise, it’s probable that much larger data centers or “motherships” will be a piece of this strategy, and serve to house aging and less fluid data that must be retained.

Software Defined Networking

SDN is not a new concept by any means, but this is the year we’ll finally begin seeing broad adoption. A major hurdle for organizations to make this switch is the capital that sits in physical hardware, which is literally taking up space within data centers and office IT departments. With each passing year, more of this hardware will need to be replaced, which means that many will be considering redirecting this hardware budget towards SDN.

Seamless, Diversified Cloud Portfolios

Most companies already deploy a mix of dedicated physical data centers, private cloud deployments, and public cloud deployments; however, the relationship between the three is not always easy to maintain. With numerous industry partnerships that connect the data center to AWS and various cloud marketplaces, we’re approaching an era in which movement between different deployment options will be streamlined to just a few clicks.

Rise of the Mid-Market Data Center Ecosystem

Until now, it has been only large enterprises and internet companies that have integrated colocation into their data center strategies; however colo is becoming more prevalent within the broader business community as  data center providers deliver more accessible offerings. With increased access to colocation, it’s likely that significantly more mid-sized businesses will begin tapping this resource, and build adjacent products to take better advantage of colo.

Evolving Political Landscape

In the political sphere, expect more conversation and ultimately policy changes, which will mandate cases of data localization. As countries in the EU begin to float the idea, it is also likely that companies with the resources will take proactive efforts to stay ahead of this trend, and potentially divert data center activity to the specific geographic markets that they serve.

Attractive New Markets

Historically, organizations have gravitated towards technology and business hubs like Silicon Valley, New York, and London as the primary destination for data center activity. However, with the emergence of new “gray zones”- less popular, but still highly desirable markets –  which are often more cost-effective and less prone to natural disasters, there is an even stronger incentive for businesses to reconsider the physical location of their data centers.

While localization and latency requirements will always keep some level of data center activity in major metros, there is good reason for many organizations to divert their more storage-oriented, or “mothership” operations to “gray zones” like Arizona and Utah in order to take advantage of lower cost of operations, abundant real estate and tax incentives, which make these locales highly desirable.

Greater Focus on Sustainability

Data center providers and large organizations like Google have publicly taken the lead in reducing carbon emissions and data center energy consumption. However, with initiatives like the Better Buildings Challenge, and consortiums like the Green Grid calling for even more action, it’s likely that the focus on sustainability will become more pervasive and result in significant changes and further innovation.


This article originally appeared on www.tmc.net

Dec 25

Merry Christmas from Capital Internet!

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Image credit: Google.com

To Our Valued Customers:

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for our work with you. We wish you abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope.

Merry Christmas! We hope you have a holiday that fills your heart with joy!



The Capital Internet Team 

Dec 16

Last Minute Christmas Gift for the Data Center Professional

Image credit: Diane Alber

Image credit: Diane Alber

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the data center professional in your life? Then check out the only data center comic book available for purchase on Amazon, “What Happens in the Data Center…Featuring Kip and Gary.”

Author Diane Alber is a data center professional and created the comic to highlight some of the funnier aspects of life in the data center. The themes explored in the comic book include power, cooling, site selection, green initiatives, infrastructure and so much more!

To purchase “What Happens in the Data Center…Featuring Kip and Gary,” visit Amazon.com or check out the comic book’s official website here.


Dec 09

White Paper: Is Your Data Center Ready for Today’s DDoS Threats?

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Image credit: Google.com

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are some of the oldest Internet threats and continue to be the top risk to networks around the world. Fortinet has published a new whitepaper on the DDoS threats.

As protections have evolved, the technology used by hackers has adapted and has become much more sophisticated. New attack types now target applications and services, and many times they’re masked in bulk layer 3 and 4 DDoS events making it difficult to detect them.

Most organizations spend a lot of time and effort to choose a DDoS mitigation solution, however often they don’t provide the same level of diligence in testing their defenses. Relying on a vendor’s word and datasheets isn’t the best way to make sure you’re protected from a DDoS attack.

There are many ways to test your DDoS defenses ranging from free options to dedicated appliances that can simulate a broad range of basic and advanced DDoS types so you don’t have to wait for your first real attack to uncover the weak links in your mitigation solutions.

This white paper provides an overview of:

  • How DDoS attacks work;
  • Layer 3, 4 and 7 DDoS attack types and how they disable your network resources;
  • How to develop a DDoS mitigation testing plan and key things that need to be addressed.

To read more of the white paper please click here.


Source: Press release from Fortinet.

Nov 27

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Image credit: Google.com

To Our Loyal Customers,

During this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We value your business and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our customers is something for which we are especially grateful. On behalf of all of us at Capital Internet, we wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.



The Capital Internet Team

Nov 18

New Report Highlights Expected Growth in the U.S. Data Center Market for 2014 – 2018


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A new report released by Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store, said that the U.S. data center market is expected to grow by more than 10 percent from 2013 – 2018.


About the Data Center

A data center is a centralized computing facility for data computing, processing, and storage. The facility includes high-performance servers, storage devices, and networking solutions, which support enterprise computing needs. Along with the data center equipment, there are many powering and cooling solutions, which help in optimizing the performance of networking components. Data center facilities are established by either large-scale enterprises or data center service providers that deliver services to enterprises and end-users on demand. The evolution of cloud computing and cloud-based services has led to impressive growth of the Data Center market

The analysts forecast the Global Data Center market to grow at a CAGR of 10.60 percent over the period 2013-2018, Research and Markets said in a press release on the Global Data Center Market 2014 – 2018 report.

Covered in this Report

This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Data Center market for the period 2013-2018. There are four major segments in the Data Center industry—Data Center Servers, Data Center Storage, Data Center Powering and Cooling, and Data Center Networking Equipment. The report considers data center spending on servers, storage, network equipment, and powering and cooling solutions.

The report, the Global Data Center Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Data Center market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key Regions
– Americas

Key Vendors
– Avaya
– Cisco Systems
– Dell
– Emerson Network Power
– Hewlett Packard
– Juniper Networks
– NetApp
– Rittal
– Schneider Electric

Market Drivers
– Increased Adoption of Virtualized Computing Infrastructure
– For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market Challenges
– Decline in Prices of Data Center Equipment
– For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market Trends
– Increased Adoption of Modular Data Center Equipment
– For a full, detailed list, view our report

Key Questions Answered in this Report
– What will the market size be in 2018 and what will the growth rate be?
– What are the Key Market Trends?
– What is driving this market?
– What are the challenges to market growth?
– Who are the key vendors in this market space?
– What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
– What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

To read more please click here.

Nov 13

Atlanta is One of the Cheapest Places in the Country to Get Data Center Services, New Report Says

Atlanta is one of the cheapest places to collocate, according to s report that was just released from commercial real estate firm CBRE. Image credit: CBRE

Atlanta is one of the cheapest places to collocate, according to s report that was just released from commercial real estate firm CBRE.
Image credit: CBRE

In a recent report, commercial real estate firm CBRE analyzed total cost of leasing 1 megawatt of data center capacity for seven years in 23 U.S. markets and found that Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Northern Virginia, Portland, and Seattle are the most cost-effective places to do colocate.

The most expensive places in the U.S. to lease data center services included Boston, Des Moines, Kansas City, Northern Florida, and Omaha, according to an article on the report by Yevgeniv Sverdlik on DataCenterKnowledge.com.

The average cost for a 1 megawatt lease over a seven-year term across the 23 markets is $45.9 million, according to the report:

  • $158 per kW per month, or $1.9 million – average first-year rent
  • $0.076 per kWh, or $798,000 per year – average cost of power
  • $1.9 million – average total tax payment over the life of the project

Tax Breaks in Immature Markets are Shown to be Weak

Many states use tax breaks to attract data center construction to areas where they want to boost the economy, Sverdlik writes. Some states offer tax incentives not only to data center providers but also to companies who lease to nudge their data center site selection decisions in their direction.

Tax incentives in areas that don’t already have active data center markets, however, do not necessarily make it advantageous for somebody to lease there, CBRE found. Markets with little competition tend to have higher prices for tenants.

A less mature and competitive market like Des Moines will have higher lease rates than a first-tier market like Silicon Valley, according to the CBRE analysts. So, even though places like Kansas City, Des Moines, and Omaha offer good incentive packages, they cannot offset rates in those markets which are 120 percent to 140 percent higher than the average.

Government incentives usually shave off about 10 percent of the total cost of a long-term lease, according to CBRE.

Of the 23 markets the report analyzed, nine did not offer incentives for leased data centers.

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