- AWS to Open Data Centers in Spain: Amazon Web Services will open an infrastructure region in Spain. The new AWS Europe Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch, and will be their seventh region in Europe, joining existing regions in Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Stockholm, and the upcoming Milan region launching in early 2020. The Spain Region is expected to open late 2022 or early 2023. Currently, AWS provides 69 Availability Zones across 22 infrastructure regions worldwide. With this announcement, AWS now has announced plans for 13 more Availability Zones and four more Regions in Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and Spain. The addition of the AWS Spain region will enable local customers with data residency requirements to store their content in Spain, with the assurance that they retain complete control over the location of their data, while customers building applications that comply with the General Data Protection Regulation will have access to another secure AWS infrastructure region in the European Union that meets the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection.
- Datacenter.com Completes Expansion of Amsterdam Data Center: Datacenter.com has completed phase II of its Datacenter.com AMS1 data center. The expansion was necessary due to the strong demand from domestic and international enterprise and cloud computing customers looking to reduce IT infrastructure costs. The data center floor area of Datacenter.com AMS1 has been increased by 30% approximately 19.400 square feet. This has created room for an additional 250 cabinets. In additional, 1,5 megawatt of additional power supply has been realized. Phase II of this carrier-neutral data center facility is now available for existing and new customers. Datacenter.com AMS1 is strategically located in Amsterdam Southeast, on the prime fiber network routes from international carriers and backbones in Europe. Datacenter.com Amsterdam AMS1 is engineered to deliver redundant critical power and cooling, allowing for concurrent maintenance without interruption based on the Uptime Institute TIER III architecture.
- Turkcell Opens Turkey’s First Solar-Powered Data Center in Ankara: Turkcell today reached the largest area under data centers in Turkey with a total of 33,500 square meters white space with its Ankara-based data center’s launch With Ankara-based data center’s launch, Turkcell has reached the largest area under data centers in Turkey with a total of 33,500 square meters white space. Further strengthening Turkcell’s leadership position in data center and cloud services, the latest facility that offers 12,000 square meters white space will play a key role in digital transformation in Turkey. The center will offer cloud services to public institutions and organizations through Turkcell’s subsidiary, Turkcell Digital Business Solutions. The facility’s data center and cloud services will also help international firms store data in Turkey.
- Data Center Incentives Bill Progreses Through Michigan House: Michigan Advance is first reporting that the Michigan State House Commerce and Tourism Committee has advanced Senate Bill 455, legislation that would exempt Switch from certain taxes and assessments on their data center in southern Kent County. “Following a 6-4 vote with two Democrats and two Republicans each voting against the bill, the legislation will now move ahead to the second committee in the House process, Ways and Means, for further consideration. Sponsored by state Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), the legislation has already cleared the full state Senate,” writes The Advance. “Meanwhile, state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who chairs the Commerce and Tourism Committee, opted to hold off on votes to advance House Bills 5127 and 5128, sponsored by state Reps. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), respectively. As the Advance has previously reported, the bills would exempt large “enterprise” data centers — with at least $250 million of capital investment and at least 30 permanent jobs — from paying sales and use taxes.”
- Google Breaks Ground in New Albany: Google has began construction on its $600 Million USD New Albany, OH Data Center, which is only the first chunk of a planned $13 Billion USD investment by Google in Ohio. “Company officials celebrated at the New Albany’s International Business Park. The company also announced a “substantial” grant at the event,” writes the AP. “Ohio Republicans Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson were in attendance along with New Albany’s mayor and the head of the economic development organization One Columbus. Husted oversees technology development in the state. The project is the latest in what has been a string of data centers for Central Ohio.”
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