SuperNAP: a crazy huge, modern datacenter in Vegas


I just saw this short video talking about how Sun's cloud computing platform lives at a fascinating datacenter called the SuperNAP in Las Vegas.

Maybe you've just read that sentence and asked yourself two questions:
  1. "fascinating" and "datacenter" in the same sentence?  Dude, you've pegged the nerd-meter at 100.  What happened to you?
  2. A datacenter in Vegas?  I thought datacenters try to keep machines cool, not toasty.
Well, the story about how Switch Communications keeps the SuperNAP cool is actually pretty interesting; here is their own video that talks about it.  And here's a story from The Register talking about the SuperNAP as well.

And Vegas had me scratching my head as well, but it turns out that many of the big Internet carriers have endpoints in Vegas.  So if you have a datacenter that sits where all those endpoints meet, you have the opportunity to offer huge bandwidth at great prices to your customers.  That's what the Switch people do.

Check it out; it's actually pretty interesting reading and watching.

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