Shell Building Property as Data Centers: When to Just Walk Away

Many firms have gone looking for core/shell property with the intent of renovating these structures for use as a data center.  These projects are very capital intensive, and in many cases the benefits of having the existing structure are almost nil when viewed in the context of the broader project plan and budget.  However, many firms continue the search through available property in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough that can be resurrected as a great data center.

Through our experience in helping clients with these searches, one has to sort through dozens of duds before finding a real candidate data center property.¬† While many problems can be overcome with freely flowing capital, there is a short list of show stoppers that in spite of all else, there is no way to make the property fit the intended purpose.¬† By properly arming your commercial realtor, one can save a lot of time by weeding out the candidate properties according to the most common road blocks.¬† We’ll discuss those here.

GoDaddy Adding Business Incorporation Services

Internet domain hoster and registrar, GoDaddy, has recently added business incorporation services to its palette of value added services. It’s reasonable to assume that individuals shopping for low cost domain hosting are launching small businesses. If you’ve shopped for a domain name lately, you know how difficult it is to find a domain close to what you had in mind for your business. In that regard, the idea of registering your business at the same time the domain name is locked in is a pretty cool thing.

We’re told that the incorporation services are being provided by a partner, The Company Corporation. Because business incorporation is not a recurring activity, the use of a partner makes even better sense for this service. While we are not deeply familiar with The Company Corporation, a walk through their web site reflects that they’re probably a very good fit for the type of user who will find quick, online registration of their business attractive. This is also well aligned with GoDaddy’s standing in this same context.

Smart Grid Jolting IPv6?

The Smart Grid concept is getting a boost from the Obama administration in the form of (with matching of private sector funds) approximately $8B capital investment over the next three years.  The United States Department of Energy is making a number of Smart Grid publications widely available, and the funding attracted by Smart Grid is energizing a number of technology firms positioned to sell into this area.

Among the goals of the Smart Grid concept are the following features of a modernized public electric utility system:

  • Self-healing from power disturbance events
  • Enabling active participation by consumers in demand response
  • Operating resiliently against physical and cyber attack
  • Providing power quality for 21st century needs
  • Accommodating all generation and storage options
  • Enabling new products, services, and markets
  • Optimizing assets and operating efficiently

So what does this have to do with networks and IPv6?  Well, the implications of the capabilities and services outlined above will depend on monitoring and control of both delivered and consumed power at very intricate levels.