Several items today in the world of datacenters worth a comment or two:
Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) launched a ‘Risk Free’ initiative, offering to guarantee their datacenter projects will be on-time. They’ve been building so many facilities I guess they feel they’ve got it down to a science, whereas companies choosing to build it themselves or via the competition are less experienced and more prone to unexpected problems and delays. Of course, ‘Risk Free’ doesn’t mean you can’t slip on a banana peel on the steps leading to the grand opening, the risk here is more corporate – all about time and money.
Over in France, Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) announced a contract with the major French travel agency Go Voyages. Go Voyages sells most of its tickets online, but had been rolling their own infrastructure until rapid growth made them rethink that. Now, their equipment is being hosted at Equinix’s PA-3 IBX – actually since January (that PR took a while to write apparently).
And out in California, Hurricane Electric is accelerating its colocation expansion plans. They will be adding another 24K square feet to their Fremont 2 facility earlier than they had originally planned. They opened a similar expansion in November of 2009, but expect that to be sold out by the end of this year. More growth is a good thing, but the capex treadmill of late sure has been running hot across the sector.
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