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The atom bomb is the mother of the Internet

Ross O. Storey | Aug. 11, 2009
The anniversaries of atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki come as the internet flows like water and electricity.

The toughest job

When it was founded in 1998, Equinix decided to take on the toughest job protecting and connecting mission-critical data with the highest levels of security and operational reliability. Their clients are the big guys, including large networks, global enterprises, internet content providers, financial services firms and commerce companies. More than 2,000 companies, the likes of AT &T, British Telecom, SingTel, IBM, Google, HP, Microsoft, Sony and Yahoo, trust their crown jewels to Equinix data centres, known as International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres which the firm proclaims to be the gold standard.

A very solid business

And its a very solid business. As Equinix President and CEO, Stephen M. Smith told me, the world industry demand for data centres is currently up to three times more than the available supply. But progress has been made. Not too many years ago, Smith said, that figure was six or seven times.

And no, Im not telling you precisely where this new Equinix data centre lives its too sensitive to be made public you could pass it by and not know what it was. The media tour only came about because it was yet to be filled with client servers.

Just as you log onto the internet without knowing how it works. Welcome to the 21st century.

Ross O. Storey, currently the Managing Editor of Fairfax Business Media Asia, is responsible for the editorial content and production of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia magazines.    


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