CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 8, 2019
Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 8, 2019:

  • Digital Realty Launches PlatformDIGITAL and Unveils Platform Roadmap to Underpin the Next Wave of Digital Transformation: Digital Realty has announced today PlatformDIGITAL, a first of its kind global data center platform designed to enable customers to scale digital business. With the digital economy set to reshape both private and public enterprises across all industries, organizations recognize the need to transform their IT infrastructure so that they can operate ubiquitously and on-demand, informed by real-time intelligence. PlatformDIGITAL provides a trusted foundation enabling customers to solve global coverage, capacity, and ecosystem connectivity needs with a single data center provider; tailor infrastructure deployments and controls matched to business needs irrespective of data center size, scale, location, configuration or ecosystem interconnections; operate deployments as a seamless extension of any global infrastructure with the consistent experience, security, and resiliency that business demands; and enable global distributed workflows at centers of data exchange to remove data gravity barriers and scale digital business.
  • Equinix to Open New Data Center in Warsaw: Equinix has announced the development of a new data center in Warsaw, opening in Q1 2020. Known as WA3, the new International Business Exchange (IBX) data center will offer state-of-the-art colocation, as well as a host of advanced interconnection services. By bringing this capacity to market, Equinix is helping Polish businesses to advance their business digitization and cloud transformation initiatives, as well as enabling global businesses to expand their digital operations in Poland. Today’s organizations are working hard to transform the way they create value in a digital world. Digital disruption is causing IP traffic to explode worldwide, accelerating the need for connectivity. Companies can extend network infrastructure to the edge and enhance workload performance by shortening the distance between digital services and users. By providing this increased capacity in Warsaw, Equinix will expand its role in advancing the digital economy, in which businesses are demanding increasing levels of interconnection to accelerate business performance.
  • Fastly Expands Serverless Capabilities With the Launch of Compute@Edge: Fastly, Inc. has announced the beta launch of Compute@Edge, a powerful new language-agnostic compute environment. The major milestone marks an evolution of Fastly’s edge computing capabilities and the company’s innovation in the serverless space. Fastly’s Compute@Edge is designed to empower developers to build far more advanced edge applications with greater security, more robust logic, and new levels of performance. Developers are being empowered to create new and improved digital experiences with their own technology choices around the cloud platforms, services, and programming languages needed. Rather than spend time on operational overhead, their goal is to continue to reinvent the way end users live, work, and play on the web. Fastly’s Compute@Edge gives developers the freedom to push complex logic closer to end users, and reduces the time to innovate by allowing developers to focus on strategy that drives their companies forward.
  • Microsoft Takes Major Step for Leesburg Development: BizJournal is first reporting that Microsoft has taken the first step in submitting its paperwork to begin buid data centers in Leesburg, VA. The development will cover 332 acres over the land tract that Mifrosoft acquired from the Peterson Cos. in 2018. “A pair of filings indicate the first phase will include two data centers, the first of which, Phase 1A, will be 250,000 square feet and involve a $200 million investment on Microsoft’s part. The data center is expected to create 40 jobs, according to the submission,” writes BizJournal, who noted that Microsoft officials were not immediately available for comment. “Loudoun is expected to fast track the applications, meaning construction will start almost immediately after Microsoft receives its approvals. The development team includes Microsoft design manager Gregory Deeney, professional services firms Dewberry and Arup, and Chicago-based Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects.”
  • Google Announces OpenTitan, Open Source Chip Design: Google has announced on its Security blog the arrival of OpenTitan – the first open source silicon root of trust (RoT) project. “OpenTitan will deliver a high-quality RoT design and integration guidelines for use in data center servers, storage, peripherals, and more. Open sourcing the silicon design makes it more transparent, trustworthy, and ultimately, secure,” writes Google. “Silicon RoT can help ensure that the hardware infrastructure and the software that runs on it remain in their intended, trustworthy state by verifying that the critical system components boot securely using authorized and verifiable code. The silicon RoT technology can be used in server motherboards, network cards, client devices (e.g., laptops, phones), consumer routers, IoT devices, and more. For example, Google has relied on a custom-made RoT chip, Titan, to help ensure that machines in Google’s data centers boot from a known trustworthy state with verified code; it is our system root of trust.”

CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 8, 2019

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