5 times more fiber per data center for AI | SEO questions and tools | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: 5 times more fiber per data center for AI | SEO questions and tools | News from around the hosting industry
Date: August 23rd 2023

August 23rd 2023

5 times more fiber per data center for AI

A Corning executive recently predicted that data centers will need more fiber-rich interconnects for AI. It is estimated that at least five times more optical connections are going to be required in a data center as a result of artificial intelligence demand. Their data center solutions are trying to solve density issues by looking at thinner fibers to allow it to cram 24 fibers in half the amount of space currently required, and also exploring products that will help data center operators slash installation time by removing the need for field splicing. Another recent thread reports data center leasing hits records thanks to AI demand with data center leasing at record levels as cloud providers seek capacity for AI workloads. Power, cooling, increased CPU power, interconnects and bandwidth are all being affected by the arrival of AI. What other effects are we likely to see? Can datacenters keep pace with the demands of AI?

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SEO questions and tools

WHTer iRexta has a few questions regarding SEO. He'd like to know what SEO tools you use, if you hire a separate team for SEO in your business, how much is the buying power of new visitors, and do the world's leading web hosting companies use their own proprietary SEO methodology? With the vast number of web hosting companies across the planet, each competing for a slice of the market, and with search engines making it increasingly more difficult to improve rankings than it used to be, what are today's SEO specialists doing to improve inbound traffic to web sites. Is SEO as important as it used to be, or are there other strategies that are more effective these days?

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially The Lounge. Here we we highlight just some of the interesting news items from around the forum:

  • Fastly acquires Domainr, expands domains API and TLS capabilities - Domainr is an ICANN-accredited real-time domain availability API provider. Fastly also announced general availability of Certainly, their publicly-trusted TLS Certification Authority (CA). These developments significantly advance Fastly's edge cloud platform as well as its mission to foster a global web infrastructure that is more accessible, trusted and secure.
  • Stack launches first Aussie data center - The 36MW facility is located on a scalable 72MW campus in Melbourne, Australia, spans 3.6 hectares, and is powered by a 105MW dedicated onsite substation. The campus features two 36MW facilities with separate access points and diverse fiber entry points. Stacks plans to expand with more APAC data centers in Japan and South Korea. It has also planned a five-building data center campus in Phoenix, Arizona, and a 200MW campus in Portland, Oregon.
  • Cogent seizes colocation opportunities from Sprint wireline network purchase - With Sprint's wireline assets Cogent can enhance its reach in the optical wavelength and colocation service segments. By acquiring Sprint's wireline network facilities, Cogent added 18,905 route miles of owned intercity fiber and 1,257 route miles of owned metropolitan fiber. Cogent has 777 U.S. carrier-neutral data centers, and will have more than 800 by year-end. It plans to add 100 carrier-neutral data centers per year to its footprint over the next several years and plans to convert another 44 Sprint facilities into Cogent data centers.
  • DataBank completes seven data center expansions - The colocation and managed services provider has announced its completion of seven U.S. data center expansions in Dallas, Las Vegas, San Diego, Irvine, and Kansas City, along with two more in Atlanta. These facilities have added 15+ megawatts of power and 114,000 raised square feet of floor space during the past year. DataBank has 74 data centers fewer than 50 miles from 70% of the U.S. population, offering 2.79 million square feet of raised floor space and 378 megawatts of power for critical IT loads.

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