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Linden Lab Taps Terremark for Critical IT Infrastructure of Virtual 3D Environment Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a leading global provider of managed IT infrastructure services, recently announced that Second Life developer Linden Lab has selected the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Capital Region to co-locate the critical IT infrastructure that brings to life the world’s leading 3D virtual world environment. Developed and launched by Linden Lab in 2003, Second Life has become one of the largest hubs for user-generated content in the world, boasting a robust “inworld” economy with more than $450 million in annual user-to-user transactions. When it opens later this month in Culpeper, VA, Terremark Worldwide, Inc’s NAP of the Capital Region will be the most secure and technologically sophisticated datacenter on the Eastern seaboard. From this advanced datacenter campus outside Washington, D.C., Terremark will provide Linden Lab industry-leading co-location services supported by fully redundant power systems that meet the needs of today’s high-density computing environments. The NAP of the Capital Region’s innovative design, featuring security elements that exceed federal government standards and power infrastructure backed by 100 percent service level agreements for the datacenter’s power and environmental systems, offered Linden Lab the ideal facility for the business-critical infrastructure that powers Second Life. “As Second Life continues to expand its infrastructure to meet current and future demands in user traffic and content generation, we felt Terremark’s full suite of world-class IT solutions provided a high level of flexibility for those future business and technology needs,” said Frank Ambrose, senior vice president of global technology for Linden Lab. “The NAP of the Capital Region’s sophisticated design affords us the opportunity to expand in multiple facilities within the same campus while partnering with a company that shares our commitment to limiting the environmental impact of activities by employing energy-efficient systems.” With continued strong demand for world-class IT infrastructure solutions from both federal government agencies and large enterprises, Terremark launched construction on the second datacenter facility on the NAP of the Capital Region’s 30-acre campus in January, and the project continues on-schedule, with completion expected in the early part of 2010. The datacenter campus, designed to accommodate up to five, 50,000-square-foot independent datacenters and one 72,000-square-foot office building, meets the needs of today’s power, space and bandwidth-intensive mission-critical applications and hot/warm sites for disaster recovery/COOP environments. “The fact that Linden Lab has selected to co-locate their critical infrastructure in Terremark’s datacenter outside Washington, D.C. is a powerful testament to our impressive combination of leading-edge solutions and world-class datacenters,” said Barry Field, […]
Quallion Lithium Battery Plant Boosts Green Jobs Quallion has announced plans to expand its lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in Sylmar, CA, creating hundreds of green jobs in Southern California. “Now, more than ever, America understands the need to invest in home-grown clean energy technologies for automobiles and heavy-duty trucks that reduce gasoline consumption and decrease CO2 emissions,” said Paul Beach, Quallion President. “Lithium ion batteries manufactured in Quallion’s new facility will deliver a real and immediate clean energy solution that will also greatly improve our country’s energy independence and deliver jobs when Americans need them most.” If its application for U.S. Department of Energy funding is accepted, the construction of Quallion’s facility will create more than 500 construction and manufacturing jobs, the company said. Once completed, the facility has the potential to create up to 2,350 long-term jobs in Southern California and across the country, supporting the production and installation of advanced lithium ion battery technology for heavy duty trucks. The facility, which will be fully operational by 2012, could produce more than 20,000 lithium ion batteries each year. DOE funding will allow Quallion to build on its experience manufacturing large-format lithium ion batteries for military vehicles and leverage the benefits of mass production by setting up a right-sized production facility, which will allow it to implement many of its proprietary technologies. Quallion’s Zero-Volt™ battery technology allows the charge in high-voltage batteries to be completely removed while they are handled by technicians. The initial focus for Quallion’s new facility will be the production of zero-emission advanced lithium ion batteries designed to replace engine idling as a power source for stationary trucks. With the DOE funds, Quallion says it will be able to deliver a “shovel ready” clean energy solution that enables the 1 million heavy trucks on U.S. roads to comply with the growing number of anti-idling laws. Quallion currently produces high volume medical and military batteries as well as custom-designed aerospace batteries.Quallion LLC was founded in 1998 by biotechnology and aerospace entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann and lithium ion battery specialist Dr. Hisashi Tsukamoto. The company also develops new battery chemistries for the military, aerospace, medical and automotive industries. $100-Million Bleach Plant To Open in Pittsburg, CA A $100-million bleach manufacturing plant will be built and operated by K2 Pure Solutions at Dow Chemical Co.’s Pittsburg, CA site. K2 will put up the plant on 15 acres leased from Dow on its 513-acre east Contra Costa County site. Dow will supply raw materials. The new plant, expected to be […]