The Death of ‘Fly-Over’ Data Hubs: How Data Center Capacity Pushes for New Horizons


As stories about AI, ML, HPC and the like continue to flood our news and social channels, this will come as a shock to no one: Data center absorption is up. Now, it seems like space and power is snapped up about as soon as it can be deployed thanks to the race to carve out space in the next era of intelligent tech.  In fact, CBRE’s 2024 Global Data Center Investor Intentions report notes that this rapid uptake is made even more complicated by power distribution constraints and supply chain delays for transformers, circuit breakers and other electrical components. Not to mention, long construction timelines are adding pressure too. [...]

The Death of ‘Fly-Over’ Data Hubs: How Data Center Capacity Pushes for New Horizons2024-06-13T09:27:17-05:00

Get the Inside Scoop on Interconnection and Capacity from Our President and CEO


Those that have been keeping up with our recent content know that we’re particularly interested in the industry dynamics and challenges around capacity. In an AI-dominated world with power-hungry applications and huge capacity demands, where and how are data centers sourcing these mission-critical resources? Furthermore, as businesses become more mobile and agile, and as footprints grow and new endpoints must be reached, the role of interconnection has become equally as critical. How can organizations find their rich connectivity hubs — and how can providers deliver ecosystems that unlock new value for peers? (To learn more about these two topics, don’t miss our recent blogs: New Peers, New Opportunities and Data [...]

Get the Inside Scoop on Interconnection and Capacity from Our President and CEO2024-05-23T10:58:02-05:00

AI, ML and More Are Losing Out in Capacity Shortages


There’s no denying that advanced applications like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and High-Performance Computing are having their heyday. Groundbreaking use cases from these intelligent platforms are enabling businesses and teams around the world to enhance resilience with predictive maintenance, personalize customer experience and a whole lot more. Within this single article alone, we see IBM outline a whole new world of opportunities for healthcare, education, manufacturing, energy and beyond — but there’s another side to this coin.  The ‘AI’s resource demands are huge’ discussion is nothing new. In fact, the staggering data, energy and space demands created by generative AI and these other innovative systems have become somewhat of a [...]

AI, ML and More Are Losing Out in Capacity Shortages2024-05-09T10:41:15-05:00

New Peers, New Opportunities: A Peek into the IX Ecosystem


Since the dawn of the internet’s astounding connection capabilities, the world has opened up in new and previously unimaginable ways, paving new inroads for innovation and collaboration. Yet, since the advent of this world wide web, it’s had its foibles too. Yes, the internet and the connectivity that creates it is full of eccentricities (and in worse cases, pitfalls) that seem to intensify as demands on connections grow. A perfect digital world is unattainable — but what is the closest you can get to having control in an unpredictable world? How close can an organization get to perfect interconnection?   We think it’s safe to say that for those ideal outcomes, [...]

New Peers, New Opportunities: A Peek into the IX Ecosystem2024-04-30T09:59:16-05:00

Data Center Gridlock: Power and Where to Source it


Around every corner of today’s data center market, statements about capacity shortages and a lack of available power abound. Those in the know have noted that, despite banner years of data center growth, a lack of space and power will likely constrain the future. At the same time, this challenge is only being exacerbated by new, compute-intensive applications from AI, which continues to grow at an astounding rate, gobbling up more capacity than ever before. In fact, the advent and adoption of generative AI is expected to catalyze a massive rise in global electricity consumption in the near future — estimates showed an increase of 60% just by 2023. The [...]

Data Center Gridlock: Power and Where to Source it2024-04-08T16:55:34-05:00

New Omaha IX Video Podcast Series Aims To Demystify Peering


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


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?


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


 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


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
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