Who Needs A Data Center...?
I was trying to make a point to a potential client the other day but couldn't quite put my finger on just the right sales pitch. His question was "who really needs a data center." The next day I was reading the Wall Street Journal (one of my favorite pastimes and, yes, the paper version...the version that still leaves a little black ink on the tips of my fingers every morning) and it hit me. I realized that virtually every page that I read contained an article that was either directly related to the internet or, at most had a single degree of separation from it.
I can't vouch for every day, but on June 9, 2010, all but a few pages had either an ad or an article that screamed data center (to me anyway). I read stories on Microsoft and advertisements for iShares; stories on new computer-driven trading companies and stories on high tech cars equipped with on board computers. There were articles on Apple and iPhone content management and on IBM's Open Research lab in Brazil.
Did you know that the Dish Network waived its extra fees for HD programming and that DirectTV will likely follow suit? Or that TiVo's patent claim over its "time-warp" digital video recorder technology was ruled invalid? You would have had your read the Journal that day.
France is making it easier to compete in the on-line gambling world and Hotmail is getting a facelift. iTunes and computer screens that translate short hand were discussed.
Sports franchises, casinos, oil companies, medical facilities, the auto and airline industries, media companies, banks, law firms...and the list goes on and on. They all require data center space...do you...???