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New Omaha IX Video Podcast Series Aims To Demystify Peering

2023-10-05T15:27:45-05:00

We’re not shy when it comes to shouting out 1623 Farnam’s biggest assets. Being centrally located in Omaha, Nebraska, in the middle of the U.S. (and at the confluence of major fiber lines) automatically gives our carrier-neutral, 80,000-square-foot data center distinct connectivity advantages — but we don’t stop there. At our interconnection facility, we know the power of connectivity, which is why we’ve built a robust ecosystem that includes 60 carriers — and a whole lot more. A major part of that ecosystem is Omaha IX, our privately owned and managed on-site Internet Exchange. Many of our partners, including ISPs, carriers and content providers, have leveraged peering at the Omaha [...]

New Omaha IX Video Podcast Series Aims To Demystify Peering2023-10-05T15:27:45-05:00

Meet in the Middle 2023: A Recap

2023-10-05T15:14:22-05:00

If we had to pick, we’d say that the term ‘ecosystem’ is probably one of the most-used words in our vocabulary — followed closely by partners, customers and peers. So, with more than 100 participants representing 61 companies, we knew the Meet in the Middle event would add value to all. There’s a reason we focus so much on the web of connections and collaborations we’ve built here in Omaha, and it’s because of the value they continue to drive for our entire roster of innovative organizations. From our data center halls to our IX ports, our ecosystem is what we’re most proud of — which is why we look [...]

Meet in the Middle 2023: A Recap2023-10-05T15:14:22-05:00

Is Edge Computing Still Cool?

2023-09-07T11:05:25-05:00

Where has the edge gone? It seems like only yesterday we were being told by everyone that was anyone in technology and telecommunications that the edge was everywhere — not just in our communities, schools or hospitals, but even in our own pocket. The edge was the word of choice when it came to describing the future of connectivity, bringing with it promises of next-generation use cases and applications. Where is that discussion now?  In truth, the importance of edge computing (and the hype surrounding it) hasn’t gone away. In reality, it’s the opposite. It’s become a solution and connectivity paradigm that is so baked into our current technology maps [...]

Is Edge Computing Still Cool?2023-09-07T11:05:25-05:00

From NAPs to IXPs: A History of Peering

2023-08-01T15:31:05-05:00

 Did you know that, as part of our next-level cloud, colocation and connectivity ecosystem here at 1623 Farnam, we also have an on-site IX: Omaha IX? Let us introduce you to why exchanges like this are key for digital transformation. Let’s set the stage: It’s 1991. The World Wide Web just sprang to life, Terminator 2 is in theaters — obviously, the world is changing. In the early 90s, life looked a lot different, and so did connectivity. As the world sought to be more interconnected, it became clear that a new kind of infrastructure would be needed to empower the new kind of ‘online’ traffic that was being generated. [...]

From NAPs to IXPs: A History of Peering2023-08-01T15:31:05-05:00

How NaaS Is Changing The Retail Landscape

2023-06-30T11:39:20-05:00

What’s in store for the future of retail? For many companies, it’s modernizing their IT department, optimizing inventory management and better serving their customers’ incredibly diverse preferences. Of course, connectivity is at the core of all of that. Maybe you (like many organizations across nearly all verticals) have already sought to give your connectivity  foundations a boost with peering. Direct interconnection is a great start — but what about optimizing further? Here’s where access Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) models come in particularly handy. What’s Up With Retail? The future of brick-and-mortar stores has been thought to be bleak — sometimes devastatingly so — over the past 15 or so years. A Great [...]

How NaaS Is Changing The Retail Landscape2023-06-30T11:39:20-05:00

AR on the Rise: Apple, the Future of Digital Reality — and How to Get There

2023-06-12T13:29:44-05:00

Augmented and virtual reality are no longer a new concept. Iterations of this technology began as early as the 1960s with the Sword of Damocles headset, but today, they’re reaching new (and more commercially available) heights. In fact, Apple created newfound buzz around the idea of extended realities with the much-discussed release of their Vision Pro product. Of course, this latest version from Apple — which uses 12 cameras, six microphones and five sensors to achieve its functionality  — is far from the first or only wearable of its type. Other hyperscalers like Google and Microsoft are in on this potential cash cow with their own headsets, called the Project [...]

AR on the Rise: Apple, the Future of Digital Reality — and How to Get There2023-06-12T13:29:44-05:00

5 Ways the Cloud Builds Business Resilience

2023-05-22T12:25:56-05:00

It’s a tense time in the business world right now. Layoffs in Big Tech and bank failures have people spooked. It’s like a scene in a horror movie where everyone is looking around anxiously waiting to see where danger will come from next. Still, cutting through the fear and seeing these phases of uncertainty as opportunities is key to remaining protected from the chaos. After all, it’s in this kind of environment that businesses should turn attention inward to see what vulnerabilities they may have and how they can shore themselves up for whatever lies ahead.  The answer for many is in the cloud. It’s an exciting space right now, [...]

5 Ways the Cloud Builds Business Resilience2023-05-22T12:25:56-05:00

Why ‘Out With the Old, In With the New’ Damages Data Center Sustainability

2023-05-12T13:39:11-05:00

Aside from the case of museums or high-value historical artifacts and locations, humanity has seemingly always put a high premium on newness. As our world has evolved and become fixated on progress, the ideal, progress-oriented mindset became expected — and that means always casting aside ‘legacy’ ideals, strategies or objects in favor of brand new, shiny and state-of-the-art assets and perspectives.  With that in mind, a controversial statement: New doesn’t always mean innovative, and it doesn’t even necessarily mean better. Yes, we stand by that claim even when it comes to the high-tech world of data centers and IT.  The Catch-22 of ‘Purpose-Built’ Over time, as the language of data [...]

Why ‘Out With the Old, In With the New’ Damages Data Center Sustainability2023-05-12T13:39:11-05:00

Three Industries Where the Cloud Made Operations More Agile

2023-04-10T19:51:44-05:00

We’ve all heard of the proverbial Jack being nimble and quick – and if Jack were one of today’s IT decision-makers, it’s clear that his tool of choice to jump over the candlestick (achieve digital transformation goals) would be the cloud.  In today’s business climate, agility means being able to rise above challenges, meet the needs of your customers, and easily pivot when the time comes. Remember when the global pandemic shut the world down in March 2020? Many businesses survived because they were able to shift with the sudden dramatic change in how people did business. Restaurants opened up dining areas on makeshift patios and closed roads. Grocery stores [...]

Three Industries Where the Cloud Made Operations More Agile2023-04-10T19:51:44-05:00

3 Ways NaaS Enhances Business Operations

2023-04-07T14:46:48-05:00

Staples debuted its iconic Easy Button in 2005 as part of an ad campaign, but the fictitious product generated so much buzz that the office supplies retailer began selling them. People, it seemed, liked the idea of having an object to solve problems simply in the workplace (or even just to make you feel like the solutions came easily), absurdity notwithstanding.  The unfortunate truth is the Easy Button is a gimmick, albeit a wildly successful one. Doing business is complicated, and silver bullets are about as real as the werewolves they could purportedly kill. While you can’t make problems go away with the push of a button, there are solutions [...]

3 Ways NaaS Enhances Business Operations2023-04-07T14:46:48-05:00
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