CAPRE’s Ashburn Insider for October 11, 2019: From Virginia’s Data Center Alley to the World
Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for October 11, 2019:

  • Cologix Adds Third Data Center in Dallas: Cologix is adding a third data center in the renowned INFOMART Dallas building, the region’s preeminent carrier hotel. The new, state-of-the-art 13,200 SQF DAL3 data center will utilize Cologix’s existing Meet-Me-Room (MMR) and offer diverse fiber paths from customer cabinet/cage space to the MMR. DAL3 offers connections to Amazon Web Services Direct Connect, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, IBM Cloud and Oracle FastConnect. Designed for 3kW/cabinet with higher-density configurations available up to 15 kW/cabinet, DAL3 will offer 2.25 MW of power. Located at 1950 North Stemmons Freeway, DAL3 will come on line Q1 2020 and joins the 35K SQF of the currently operational DAL1 and DAL2 facilities, bringing about 50K SQF of data center space to Dallas upon completion. Cologix’s MMR is highly connected to a diverse and unique group of more than 50 networks and direct on-ramps to all major hyperscale cloud providers.
  • CyrusOne Receives Second Investment Grade Credit Rating and Becomes Investment Grade Index Eligible: CyrusOne has announced that Fitch Ratings has assigned investment grade credit ratings to CyrusOne, initiating with first-time long-term issuer default and senior unsecured ratings of ‘BBB-’. S&P Global Ratings had previously upgraded its issue-level credit ratings to investment grade (‘BBB-’) in September 2018, and with the second investment grade rating CyrusOne is now investment grade index eligible, improving the Company’s access to capital at attractive interest rates. Fitch assigned a stable outlook to the ratings. 
  • Recent Survey Highlights Flaws in Data Center Capacity Planning: Future Facilities, provider of the digital twin for design and operations of data centers, today announced the results of its study on capacity planning for critical facilities. This study highlights some of the key challenges with capacity planning and points to the digital twin as a solution. Future Facilities finds that IT and facilities are struggling with capacity planning – 90% compromise capacity planning at least some of the time because they do not receive quality data about IT equipment or system performance. Over 2 in 5 feel they could make better decisions if they receive quality data in time (41%) or that upgrading infrastructure would have a better impact on operations (43%). With 85% of the organizations in the survey reporting outages or downtime in the last twelve months with the average (mean) downtime costing £122,054 ($150,619), the problem is real.
  • SHI Opens Ridge Integration Center to Expand Capacity for Data Center Solutions: SHI International, one of North America’s top 10 largest IT solutions providers, will officially open its new 400,000-square foot Ridge Integration Facility in Piscataway, New Jersey at the end of October. The facility, staffed by a team of 120, will expand SHI’s ability to support advanced data center solutions, including integration services that combine components from multiple manufacturers into ready-to-deploy rack systems. With the Ridge Integration Facility joining SHI’s existing 300,000-square foot Integration Center, SHI now operates the two largest IT integration facilities east of Chicago. The new facility expands SHI’s capacity to power more than 150 racks simultaneously, along with an increased capacity to build and automate integration workflows to increase the efficiency and accuracy of work. Multi-vendor solutions are racked, cabled, burned in, configured, and fully tested prior to delivery.
  • Global Data Center Construction Market to Grow at Almost 9% CAGR fr0m 2020-2023: has announces the release of the report “Data Center Construction Market by Type, Construction Type, Tier Level, and Geography – Forecast and Analysis 2019-2023.” Their analysis considers the sales of data center construction in APAC, Europe, North America, South America, and MEA. Report Linker finds that in 2018, the enterprise segment had a significant market share, and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Factors such as the increase in business data traffic will play a significant role in the enterprise segment to maintain its market position. Also, our global data center construction market report looks at factors such as increase in adoption of colocation and managed hosting services, increasing investments in data centers, and high demand for cloud-based services. However, focus on data center consolidation, regulatory challenges, and high-power consumption in data centers may hamper the growth of the data center construction industry over the forecast period. The rise in investments in data centers by CSPs will lead to the expansion of the global data center construction market at a CAGR of almost 9% during the forecast period.

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