Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for August 30, 2019:

  • Microsoft Announces 31 new Azure edge sites: Microsoft has announced plans for the development of 31 new edge sites across North America, Europe, the Arab Peninsula, Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. “Today, we’re announcing the addition of 31 new edge sites, bringing the total to over 150 across more than 50 countries. We’re also adding 14 new meet-me sites to Azure ExpressRoute to further enable and expand access to dedicated private connections between customers’ on-premises environments and Azure,” reads the blog post announcing the news. “More than two decades of building global network infrastructure have given us a keen awareness of globally distributed edge sites and their critical role in a business’ success. By utilizing the expanding network of edge sites, Microsoft provides more than 80 percent of global GDP with an experience of sub-30 milliseconds latency. We are adding new edges every week, and our ambition is to provide this level of performance to all of our global audience.
  • INAP Names Michael T. Sicoli President and CFO:  Michael T. Sicoli has been named President and Chief Financial Officer of INAP, effective October 1, 2019. Mr. Sicoli will lead all Finance and Accounting functions, Corporate Development, Investor Relations, Information Technology and Real Estate, and report directly to Peter D. Aquino, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors of INAP has also offered, and Mr. Aquino has accepted, an amendment to his three-year employment agreement ending September 19, 2019.  Mr. Aquino will serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer for an additional one-year term through September 19, 2020, as part of his new Evergreen agreement. In addition, the executive team reporting to Mr. Aquino will also remain in place, including:  Andrew Day, Chief Operating Officer, leading U.S. and International day to day operations; Richard P. Diegnan, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; and John D. Filipowicz, Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer.
  • National Security Concerns Threaten Undersea US-China Data Link Backed by Google, Facebook: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. officials are seeking to block an undersea cable running from Los Angeles to Hong Kong backed by Google, Facebook Inc. and a Chinese partner called Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co., in a national security review that could rewrite the rules of internet connectivity between the U.S. and China, according to people involved in the discussions. Construction work on the 8,000-mile Pacific Light Cable Network is mostly complete, but a temporary permit for its construction is set to expire in September.
  • MIT Finds that Data Center-specific AI Completes Tasks Twice as Fast: Experts at MIT say that data centers running artificial intelligence (AI) will be significantly more efficient than those operating with hand-edited algorithm schedules, citing their work developing an automated scheduler based on “reinforcement learning” that speeds cluster jobs by up to 20 or 30 percent, and even faster (2x) in peak period. “If you have a way of doing trial and error using machines, they can try different ways of scheduling jobs and automatically figure out which strategy is better than others,” says Hongzi Mao, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). “That can improve the system performance automatically. And any slight improvement in utilization, even 1 percent, can save millions of dollars and a lot of energy in data centers.”
  • DigitalOcean Adds MySQL and Redis to Managed Databases Offering: DigitalOcean, the cloud for developing modern apps, today announced it has introduced Managed Databases for MySQL and Redis, the most popular open-source relational and in-memory databases, respectively. These offerings eliminate the complexity involved in managing, scaling and securing database infrastructure, and instead allow developers to focus on building apps. Launched in February with PostgreSQL as its first offering, DigitalOcean’s Managed Databases service allows developers to create fully-managed database instances in the cloud. Leveraging DigitalOcean’s hallmark simplicity, Managed Databases provides features like worry-free setup and maintenance, free daily backups with point-in-time recovery, standby nodes with automated failovers, end-to-end security and scalable performance.

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