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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 13, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 13, 2019:

  • Host In Ireland Members Launch DCs for Bees: Host in Ireland has teamed up with the Native Woodland Trust and the Irish National Biodiversity Centre as part of a long-term initiative to help save Irish bees. The launch, which took place on Friday 25th October 2019, saw over 100 members and associates of Host In Ireland plant indigenous Irish trees in County Wicklow to help create safe habitat and food for bees.One-third of Ireland’s bee species are threatened with extinction. At the current rate of decline, 90% of our bumblebees in Ireland will be wiped out by 2050. Not only are bees an indicator of healthy biodiversity, but they are also crucial in the production of more than 70% of our food. This launch is the beginning of a broader initiative that will include a toolkit to enable Host In Ireland members, and the industry as a whole, to make an impact on their premises, in their community and within their global companies. It aims to support education, advocacy, awareness and meaningful action to improve bee populations. Host In Ireland hopes to influence other industries to get involved and reach a far greater audience than Native Woodland Trust or National Biodiversity Data Centre could do working with individual companies.
  • Squire Mining to Terminate Cloud Computing Share Purchase Agreement: Squire Mining will terminate the share purchase agreement dated August 29, 2019 among Squire, Mr. Calvin Ayre, Cunning Hams Limited, Tansley Equipment Limited, and Woodland Technolog. Since the execution of the Purchase Agreement, economic conditions in the blockchain and cloud computing industry have changed materially.  Due to these changes, among other things, the parties have entered into a termination agreement  pursuant to which Squire, Mr. Calvin Ayre and the Companies have agreed that the Purchase Agreement is terminated in its entirety and all of parties released from their obligations. The companies will work together in good faith to assess and if deemed advisable, each in their sole discretion, restructure the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement on terms and conditions which reflect current market conditions and a revised valuation.
  • Telecom Italia + City of Torino Launch First 5G Edge Cloud Live Network in Europe: TIM and the Municipality of Turin have strengthened their collaboration in technological innovation and set a new record, turning on Europe’s first 5G Edge Cloud live network with connected drones. By enabling the integrated processing of Big Data collected by IoT platforms and analyzed by Artificial Intelligence systems, 5G Edge Cloud is the keystone for the advancement and dissemination of the digital services for the Smart City: public safety and self-driving cars, environmental monitoring and Industry 4.0. The 5G Edge Cloud network guarantees very high bandwidth and low latency and allows an exceptionally large amount of data to be aggregated and processed, providing for safe digital services of an extremely high quality that respect customer privacy, as well as allowing greater agility and flexibility in the configuration of services and applications, under the typical Cloud logic. TIM hereby further boosts its “5G Digital Business Platform”, the innovative platform that works as a joint ecosystem between TIM, its technological partners, the world of developers, companies and the public administration to develop new digital services in a more agile, straight forward, scalable and rapid way.
  • Advania Data Centers Expands its Sustainable Data Centers to Sweden: Advania Data Centers and Stockholm Exergi have joined in partnership for the construction of a new data center in Stockholm, Sweden. ADC will lease land in Stockholm Data Parks to build the data center, and the heat generated by computing equipment in the data center will be used for local house-heating in Stockholm. This arrangement ensures a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of the data center, making it environmentally friendly, and will utilize heat that is traditionally wasted for the benefit of the local community. This is the first data center ADC plans to build outside of Iceland, where it already runs two first-class data centers.
  • Red Hat Releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8: Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1, the latest version of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform. The first minor release of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 enhances the manageability, security and performance of the operating system underpinning the open hybrid cloud while also adding new capabilities to drive developer innovation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the foundation of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud portfolio, providing the underlying engine that allows complex workloads to be developed and deployed across physical, virtual, private and public cloud environments with greater confidence and control. As the backbone of the hybrid cloud, the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform provides a consistent user experience across on premise deployments and all major public cloud infrastructures. At the same time, it supports key production workloads like Microsoft SQL Server and SAP HANA while also enabling new workloads like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML).

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 12, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 12, 2019:

  • HCL Technologies Launches Dedicated Google Cloud Business Unit to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Adoption: HCL Technologies and Google Cloud have launched HCL’s Google Cloud Business Unit to accelerate enterprise cloud adoption worldwide. This dedicated business group within HCL will be supported by engineering, solutions, and business teams from Google Cloud. HCL currently has more than 1,300 professionals trained on Google Cloud and plans to ramp this capacity to more than 5,000 specialists in the near future, providing expertise to enterprise customers in areas like containerization, hybrid and multi-cloud with Anthos, compute, data and analytics, AI and ML, collaboration with G Suite, and more. Together, the companies’ joint investments will focus on helping customers advance their digital transformations through solutions covering SAP workload and application migration to GCP; Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments with Google Cloud’s Anthos; Adoption of leading Google Cloud data, AI, and ML solutions in areas like e-commerce, supply chain, and marketing; application and data center modernization; workplace transformation and collaboration with G Suite; as well as DevSecOps and service orchestration.
  • Zayo’s Sandi Mays Honored as CIO of the Year in 2019 CTA APEX Awards: Zayo Group Holdings, Co-Founder, Chief Customer Experience and Information Officer Sandi Mays was presented with the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) APEX Award for CIO of the Year. The APEX Awards recognize Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, CTA has hosted this prestigious event to bring together the community and celebrate the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year. The APEX outstanding Chief Information Officer has demonstrated considerable ingenuity in leading an IT team and implementing technology projects that demonstrably improve the effectiveness of their organization. Mays, who was a member of Zayo’s founding team in 2007, leads customer success, business intelligence, digital innovation, technology solutions, IT architecture, IT operations, application development and support. She also oversees Tranzact, the company’s innovative ecommerce and sales enablement platform that enables customers to order and manage services in real time.
  • Siemens Gamesa will supply 62 turbines with a 4.1 MW rating for Google’s 254 MW Stavro Wind Farm: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has secured an order to supply the Stavro project, its largest ever onshore wind order in Sweden. The 62 turbines with a 4.1 MW rating built by SGRE will power Google’s data center with clean energy, as well as Holmen’s local paper and board business. Stavro is located in the northern part of Sweden, northwest of Umeå, and divided into two sub-sites: Blodrotberget, with 40 turbines, and Blackfjället, with 22 turbines, for a total installed capacity of 254 MW. Commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for the end of 2021 and the project will be covered by a 30-year service agreement also delivered by SGRE. The grid connection, comprised of engineering, civil works, installation and commissioning of the two 150/33 kV sub-sites, will be provided by Siemens Gas and Power. The project is realized by German Asset Manager Prime Capital AG on behalf of an international consortium comprising Korean institutional investors, German Pension Fund Nordrheinische Ärzteversorgung and Siemens Financial Services, whose financial expertise and proven wind investment experience was key to successfully making Stavro a reality.
  • Telecom Italia Signs Strategic Partnership with Google Cloud: Telecom Italia has broadcast the signing of a term sheet setting out the terms for a strategic partnership with Google Cloud. The partnership will enable TIM to become a key Italian player in the cloud and edge computing market, expanding its portfolio of innovative products and services offered on the Italian market through a unique offer of Public, Private and Hybrid cloud, and enabling the rapid growth of its Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) service revenues. The companies will work together on go-to-market initiatives to help accelerate the adoption of digital transformation technology at Italian businesses of all sizes. In order to support its own business growth, TIM will heavily invest in its innovation and talent. This investment includes building wholly owned, new state-of-the-art data centers, up to Tier IV level, and hiring or training more than 800 cloud engineers in the next few years.
  • Schneider Electric, Scale Computing Release Edge Computing Platform for Retailers: Schneider Electric and Scale Computing have jointly developed an Edge computing platform for retailers. The system essentially deploys Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge virtualization platform inside Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Micro Data Centers. Scale Computing’s technology provides a single platform for retailers to run applications across point of sale, building management, security applications, inventory management, and asset management. Meanwhile, the EcoStruxure Micro Data Centers provide certified interoperability, which is meant to reduce configuration and deployment times.  The companies said the system will help retailers increase the speed of their technology deployments, boost security, enhance standardization and lower costs. The infrastructure is being pitched to retailers with isolated store locations.  “Scale Computing HC3 Edge for retail was developed to meet the variety of challenges retailers face when updating their edge and remote infrastructures,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “With the Scale Computing HC3 Edge deployed within Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Micro Data Centers, retailers receive best-in-class capabilities to help them modernize their stores and enhance the customer experience.”

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 11, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 11, 2019:

  • UPS Market to Hit $10 Billion USD by 2023: According to a new report from IHS Markit, the uninterruptible power supply hardware market is on track climb to more than $10 Billion USD by 2023. IHS Market cites the rise of edge computing, significant global data center investments, and the shift to lithium-ion batteries. “The worldwide UPS market reached $8.2 billion in 2018, up 6 percent compared with 2017, according to research and analysis firm IHS Markit. The market is expected to continue to grow over the next four years, surpassing $10 billion by 2023,” writes the report authors. “Single-phase UPS revenue grew 4 percent in 2018 year over year, while three-phase UPS sales rose by nearly 8 percent. The three top global UPS market leaders are APC by Schneider Electric, Eaton and Vertiv, which accounted for 46 percent of market revenue in 2018.”
  • EdgeMicro Launches Micro Data Centers In Austin, Raleigh And Tampa: EdgeMicro has taken a major step forward in its offering with the deployment of Micro Data Centers in Austin, Raleigh and Tampa. EdgeMicro has collaborated for months with the anchor tenants to understand and deliver on their edge computing requirements. The customers include large internet companies and content providers that are seeking to improve user experience in under-served markets. Austin and Tampa will be in production this month with Raleigh close behind. EdgeMicro is in the site selection and permitting phase for 20 additional cities in 2020.
  • Digi International To Acquire Opengear: Digi International has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Opengear, a provider of secure IT infrastructure products and software. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including antitrust regulatory clearance. Opengear delivers critical IT infrastructure, including failover-to-cellular and out-of-band management solutions, to a broad range of Fortune 100 and other customers. Opengear is expected to retain its existing office locations and future office consolidations, if any, will be designed to minimize disruption to employees and customers. Digi has agreed to acquire Opengear for upfront cash of approximately $140 Million USD with a potential for contingent consideration of up to an additional $15 Million USD based on revenue performance through 2020. To finance the purchase, Digi expects to use a combination of cash on hand and debt financing under a $150 million facility that BMO Harris Bank N.A. has committed to provide to Digi.
  • Microsoft and Nokia collaborate to accelerate digital transformation and Industry 4.0: Microsoft and Nokia have announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate transformation and innovation across industries with cloud, AI and IoT. By bringing together Microsoft cloud solutions and Nokia’s expertise in mission-critical networking, the companies are uniquely positioned to help enterprises and communications service providers transform their businesses. As Microsoft’s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and Machine Learning solutions combine with Nokia’s LTE/5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings, the companies will drive industrial digitalization and automation across enterprises, and enable CSPs to offer new services to enterprise customers. BT is the first global communications service provider to offer its enterprise customers a managed service that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions. BT customers can access this through a customer automated delegated rights service, which enables BT to manage both the customer Azure vWAN and the unique Agile Connect SD-WAN, based on Nokia’s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0.
  • Altran and Edgecore Launch Fully Interoperable Virtualized Broadband Access Solution: Altran and Edgecore Networks have launched an SDN-enabled virtualized access solution for use with open broadband access network systems. The suite of software frameworks will help customers achieve the benefits of virtualization while accelerating the path to open networking, an operator-led initiative supporting interoperability and cost-efficient service delivery. Altran SDvAS boasts enhanced open networking frameworks with robust quality assurance and full-service support. One element, the SDvAS Virtual OLT (vOLT) framework, provides a rich set of features built on the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) VOLTHA, the Broadband Forum (BBF) Open Broadband Access (OB-BAA) with standardized NETCONF/YANG models, and the Altran Intelligent Switch Solution (ISS) control plane.

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

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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.”

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 7, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 7, 2019:

  • Hypertec Secures Two New Facilities in Quebec Region for Wholesale Colocation Services: Hypertec, an end-to-end global provider of wholesale colocation services, technology products and value-added services, announced it has secured two additional properties in Montreal and the Montreal-Quebec City corridor to further expand and support the rapid growth of its wholesale colocation business. This latest expansion advances Hypertec’s strategy by providing the necessary capacity and site diversity to support the growth of its existing customers in the cloud and communication service, media and entertainment and financial services industries as well as providing future customers with greater capacity and access to all four of Hypertec’s highly versatile, application-optimized, data hall build types. The two facilities were strategically chosen for their white space capacity, power availability and fiber diversity as well as their security. The first property, YUL02, is located near the existing Hypertec Montréal West Island campus and the second property, YUL03, is situated in the Montréal-Quebec City corridor. YUL02 and YUL03 will have critical load capacities of 26 MW and 32 MW, respectively, increasing Hypertec’s fully developed critical load capacity to a total of 103 MW for the region of Quebec.
  • Rackspace to Acquire Onica, a Cloud-Native Consulting and Managed Services Company: Rackspace has agreed to acquire Onica, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) Premier Consulting Partner and AWS Managed Service Provider. This acquisition brings Onica’s innovative professional services capabilities – including strategic advisory, architecture and engineering and application development – to the Rackspace portfolio, complementing its existing managed cloud services capabilities. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Onica has rapidly grown to more than 350 highly-skilled consultants across North America. The company holds nine AWS competencies across Data and Analytics, DevOps, Education, Healthcare, Industrial Software, IoT, Microsoft Workloads, Migration and Storage. Onica has been a regular on Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list and ranked fifth on the CRN Fast Growth 150 list. As a cloud-native services company, Onica helps customers build new revenue streams, increase efficiency and deliver incredible experiences by bringing the innovative capabilities of the cloud to some of the most complex technology projects in the world.
  • Shell Company for NE Hyperscale Data Center Makes Land Grab: The Lincoln Journal Star is first reporting that Agate, LLC, a shell-company likely serving as a placeholder for Google or a similar tech giant, has purchased a tract of land for more than $18 Million USD outside the capital of Nebraska. This is a major step following the announcement of the data center plans in July, which will eventually amount to over $600 Million USD in investment. “According to real estate transfers dated Oct. 30, Agate paid more than $18.6 million for about 600 acres of land to the north and west of the 56th Street exit on Interstate 80,” writes the Star. “According to a traffic study included with the application, construction could start next year, with the potential for 160 full-time employees to be working there by 2022, 480 by 2025 and 960 by full build-out in 2040. The data center could occupy as much as 2 million square feet, according to application documents. The City Council in September approved an annexation and zoning change to facilitate the development.”
  • New Rugged Supercomputing Servers Enable AI, HPC and Sensor Fusion Applications at the Edge: Mercury Systems has unveiled the EnterpriseSeries RES AI rugged rackmount server line, bringing High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities to aerospace, defense and other mission-critical applications at the Edge. Mercury’s rugged HPC servers leverage the latest data center processing and co-processing technologies to accelerate the most demanding workloads. Customer benefits include the ability to scale supercomputing applications from the cloud to the edge with rugged subsystems that adhere to open standards and integrate the latest commercial technologies; maximized throughput through contemporary NVIDIA graphics processing units, Intel server-class processors, field-programmable gate array, accelerators, and high-speed networking; optimized performance for almost any mission-critical platform with multiple form-factors that withstand a broad range of field environments; advanced security options that deliver trusted performance and safeguard critical data; as well as extended system longevity and product lifecycles to support the needs of aerospace, defense and other mission critical operations.
  • Apple alum Scott Noteboom Joins Submer Technologies as CTO: Silicon Valley luminary Scott Noteboom, who has spoken at CAPRE’s International Data Center Summit Series in Montréal, joins Submer Technologies as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to help build next generation data infrastructures. Scott Noteboom has been a fixture of leading technology companies for more than twenty years – including serving as Head of Infrastructure Strategy, Design, and Development for Apple and VP of Engineering & Operations at Yahoo!. He will bring his experience to help drive strategic innovation across Submer’s line of immersion cooling systems and autonomous infrastructure platform. Mr. Noteboom started his position on November 1st, 2019, and will operate from San José, California.

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 6, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 6, 2019:

  • QTS Announces Expansion of Atlanta-Metro Mega Data Center Campus: QTS Realty Trust has commenced an expansion of its Atlanta-Metro mega data center campus. The expansion will include the development of a new data center totaling more than 250,000 square feet of leasable capacity and 72 critical megawatts of incremental power capacity, adjacent to QTS’ existing mega data center. The Company expects to deliver the first phase of the new development in mid-2020. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter 2019, QTS was pleased to sign a 12 megawatt lease with an existing strategic hyperscale customer, that will anchor the new Atlanta site.  The initial tranche of this customer’s commitment will commence upon the official opening of the facility in mid-2020. The significant pre-leasing in the new development is consistent with QTS’ de-risked approach to development and capital allocation.
  • eStruxture Data Centers Welcomes VEERUM into Its Calgary Data Center: eStruxture Data Centers and VEERUM, a Calgary-headquartered SaaS provider, are now working together to shape the fut­­ure of asset visualization and management. The two companies are proud to announce that VEERUM has selected eStruxture’s Calgary data center for its colocation and network connectivity needs. eStruxture acquired the facility from Shaw Communications in August 2019. Approximately 90% of capital developments around the world, from new infrastructure projects to improvements on existing capital assets, go overbudget, wasting $1.6 Trillion USD every year. To mitigate this problem, VEERUM offers clients the ability to create virtual 3D models of their projects through its cloud-based Asset Visualization Platform. This enables companies to analyze project progress, verify quality standards and make data-driven decisions to mitigate issues as they arise. Now, as it expands its client base at home and abroad, VEERUM has turned to eStruxture to establish a forward-looking colocation and connectivity strategy in its home city of Calgary.
  • Digital Realty Closes $1 Billion Joint Venture Transaction With Mapletree: Digital Realty has closed the previously announced joint venture with Mapletree Investments and Mapletree Industrial Trust on three existing Turn-Key Flex data centers located in Ashburn, VA. The transaction values the three fully stabilized hyper-scale facilities at approximately $1.0 Billion USD. The three facilities are fully leased and are expected to generate 2020 cash net operating income of approximately $61 Million USD, representing a 6.0% cap rate. Digital Realty is retaining a 20% ownership interest in the joint venture, and Mapletree has closed on the acquisition of the remaining 80% stake for approximately $811 Million USD. Digital Realty will continue to operate and manage these facilities, and the joint venture transaction will be completely seamless from a customer perspective.
  • China Mobile Pauses Silicon Valley Data Center: Light Reading is reporting that China Mobile has “put on hold its plans to build a self-owned 243,000 square-foot data center in Silicon Valley — the first in the US by a Chinese telco.” The publication sites the U.S.-China trade war as the largest contributing factor. “Two years ago, China Mobile International (CMI), the telco’s global wholesale and enterprise arm, acquired a San Jose site for $11 million and applied for approval to build a data center and five-storey office block. It said it expected the new facility, at 6320-6340 San Ignacio Avenue, would be operational by December 2020 — approximately the same time that its trans-Pacific 16,000km BtoBE cable is due to come into service. But in an email to Light Reading, CMI now says the data center is “still in the planning stage.”
  • Microsoft Announces New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities with Azure Arc: Microsoft Azure has announced via a blogpost a new Hybrid Cloud offering names Azure Arc. Azure Arc is “a set of technologies that unlocks new hybrid scenarios for customers by bringing Azure services and management to any infrastructure…customers can now realize the benefits of cloud innovation, including always up-to-date data capabilities, deployment in seconds (rather than hours), and dynamic scalability on any infrastructure. Customers now have the flexibility to deploy Azure SQL Database and Azure Database for PostgreSQL Hyperscale where they need it, on any Kubernetes cluster. From the Azure portal, customers get a unified and consistent view of all their Azure data services running across on-premises and clouds and can apply consistent policy, security and governance of data across environments. Customers can get limitless scale by seamlessly spinning up additional Kubernetes clusters in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) if they run out of capacity on-premises.”

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 5, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 5, 2019:

  • Aligned Energy Breaks Ground on Second Salt Lake Metro Data Center: Aligned Energy has announced the expansion of its Salt Lake Metro data center campus, breaking ground on a second facility in West Jordan, UT.  The expansion is driven by the addition of a new anchor customer as well as demand for adaptable, scalable data center infrastructure in the Western technology hub. Building on Aligned’s existing 34 megawatts, 300,000 square foot West Jordan data center, the adjacent new 240,000 square foot facility will add 48 megawatts of capacity. At full build, the master-planned Aligned SLC campus will offer 780,000 square feet of space and 130 megawatts of capacity in the Silicon Slopes.
  • Cologix Adds 2.5 Megawatts To Downtown Montréal Data Center: Cologix has  announced the expansion of one of its data centers in downtown Montréal at 1155 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard. Known as MTL7, this expansion increases the total capacity at this facility to 3.1 megawatts within 26.000 square feet. In Montréal, Cologix offers 10 data centers and direct on-ramps to such cloud services as Amazon Web Services Direct Connect, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, IBM Cloud and Oracle FastConnect. In Montréal, Cologix offers access to more than 100 networks with low latency connectivity via high-count, diverse, scalable fiber and direct access to Montreal at Cologix’s MTL3 facility, located at 1250 Rene-Levesque West and 875 St-Antoine at the two Montréal carrier hotels.
  • Volterra Launches Distributed Cloud Platform for Deploying, Connecting and Securing Applications: Volterra​, an innovator in distributed cloud services, today announced the launch of a comprehensive SaaS-based platform that enables organizations to centrally deploy and manage applications distributed across multiple clouds and edge locations. This launch follows two years of stealth operations, when Volterra secured $50 Million USD in funding. Investors include top-tier venture capital firms Khosla Ventures, Mayfield and M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund) as well as a growing set of strategic investors/partners including Itochu Technology Ventures and Samsung NEXT. Volterra’s launch comes in a period of rapid expansion for the company, during which it has grown to employ more than 100 engineers and serve over 30 customers.
  • Veeam Unveils New Backup Solutions for Microsoft Cloud Platforms: Veeam Software, the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management, today announced the public beta release of the NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4 at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, FL. Additionally, the company will be offering Microsoft Ignite attendees a sneak peek of a NEW cloud-native data protection solution for Microsoft Azure workloads, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure. These new solutions support the company’s cloud strategy and provide Microsoft users with additional data protection, scalability, and enhanced control of their cloud-based data.
  • Cyxtera Named A Strong Performer in Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers Report by Independent Research Firm: Cyxtera Technologies, the secure infrastructure company, today announced that Forrester Research, a leading global research and advisory firm, has named Cyxtera as a Strong Performer in its report “The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem Platform Providers, Q4 2019.” In the report, Forrester states: “If your organization wants to better secure the data center and big infrastructure for the cloud, Cyxtera is a go-to vendor,” earlier stating, “[Cyxtera] demonstrates a sound understanding of cloud infrastructure. This understanding, combined with leadership and service offerings that are strategically focused on big cloud and providing security provision for major federal agencies, speaks to the veracity of Cyxtera’s approach in this space.” Cyxtera received the highest possible scores in the network security, workload security, ZTX advocacy and market approach criteria. 

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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 4, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 4, 2019:

  • 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.
  • Completes Expansion of Amsterdam Data Center: has completed phase II of its 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 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. AMS1 is strategically located in Amsterdam Southeast, on the prime fiber network routes from international carriers and backbones in Europe. 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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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for November 1, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for November 1, 2019:

  • QTS Unveils Updated API-driven Service Delivery Platform (SDP) Dashboard for Improved Customer Experience: Responding to increasing demand for real-time data center optimization, QTS Realty Trust has released its new web and mobile interface for QTS’ Service Delivery Platform that helps organizations view, manage and optimize their data center environments with ease. Comprised of a suite of real-time applications and RESTful APIs, QTS’ second generation SDP aggregates and simplifies complex data sets from multiple sources into easy-to-understand data visuals that allow customers to easily and effectively manage their data center infrastructure. Available to every QTS customer, SDP provides unprecedented data transparency, real-time access to critical colocation metrics, the ability to order new services in minutes, and on-demand oversight and control of deployments from a single mobile-optimized platform.
  • Archeo Futurus Announces Extension of the Seattle Internet Exchange to H5 Data Centers: Archeo Futurus and H5 Data Centers have announced that the Seattle Internet Exchange (“SIX”) is now directly available at 1000 Denny Way, H5 Data Centers’ downtown Seattle data center. The SIX is a non-profit, neutral Internet exchange that provides access to more than 300 Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). As one of the world’s leading Internet exchanges, the SIX currently supports more than 1.2 terabits of peak traffic with a connected capacity of more than 7 terabits. H5 Data Centers, a leading national wholesale data center owner and operator, owns the 293,000 square-foot facility in Seattle where it completed a significant data center expansion last year. Archeo Futurus is an H5 Data Centers customer who will manage and support the SIX extension.
  • AM Property Holding Secures Financing for 200,000 Sq. Ft. Long Island Technology Center: AM Property Holding Corp. announced the successful completion of a $21 million credit facility for 1025OCR, its 200,000 square-foot Technology Center located at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury, New York. The transaction was led by Metropolitan Bank and Steel Harbor as part of a recapitalization and strategic financing program to drive accelerated growth at 1025OCR and 1025Connect, the premier carrier-neutral interconnection facility with direct access to submarine cable systems and terrestrial fiber networks located at 1025OCR. 1025OCR will use the new capital to improve its facility and the operations of the Technology Center. The company plans to construct a new building entrance with direct and controlled access to 1025Connect inside the building with a new main office; add capacity and improve resiliency of its power and cooling infrastructure; and enhance the security access control system and protocols to support industry required certifications.
  • Maxihost Deploys at CoreSite’s Los Angeles Data Center: Maxihost has deployed its advanced Bare Metal cloud platform and high performance, DDoS protected network at CoreSite’s One Wilshire campus in Los Angeles. “When we started evaluating a data center in Los Angeles, the obvious decision was CoreSite. We selected CoreSite due to its reputation and for being the most well connected data center on the West Coast, and for its competitive, flexible colocation and connectivity options for Maxihost. Our focus is serving our customers, which includes enterprises with gaming, streaming, VPNs and CDNs, all of which require a large amount of bandwidth with very low latencies,” said Guilherme Soubihe Alberto, CEO of Maxihost. “We are pleased Maxihost selected CoreSite to meet their growing needs and we are glad to serve them in our interconnection-rich, edge market in Los Angeles,” said Gerry Fassig, CoreSite’s Vice President of Sales. “Maxihost’s business solutions enrich our ecosystem as they help enterprise organizations and content providers with their connection needs.”
  • CyArk and Iron Mountain Digitally Preserve Philippines’ San Sebastian Basilica: Iron Mountain Incorporate, the global leader in storage and information management, and CyArk, a heritage preservation non-profit, today announced a new project to 3D map and model the San Sebastian Basilica in Manila, Philippines, the world’s first all-steel basilica. This project, the latest through Iron Mountain and CyArk’s ongoing partnership, continues their shared mission to digitally capture, archive and share the world’s cultural and historical heritage. The San Sebastian Basilica, located in Manila, Philippines, was first constructed in 1621. Over the course of a week, CyArk will use 3D mapping technology, including laser scanners and digital imaging from the ground and air via drones to create an accurate and precise 3D model of the site as it exists today. Following the capture process, CyArk will deliver architectural drawings and maps of the Basilica to be used in ongoing conservation efforts and that can be used as an accurate point in time record to monitor change over time.
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CAPRE’s Data Center Round Up for October 31, 2019

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Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center industry for October 31, 2019:

  • Digital Realty To Acquire Interxion in Largest DC Acquisition Ever: Digital Realty and Interxion will combine their businesses to create a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. Interxion shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7067 Digital Realty shares per Interxion share. The transaction values Interxion at approximately $93.48 USD per ordinary share or approximately $8.4 Billion USD of total enterprise value, including assumed net debt. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by shareholders of Interxion and shareholders of Digital Realty. Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein will serve as CEO of the combined company.  Interxion Chief Executive Officer David Ruberg will serve as the Chief Executive of the combined company’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business, which will be branded “Interxion, a Digital Realty company” at the close of the transaction.
  • Aligned Energy Breaks Ground on Second Salt Lake Metro Data Center: Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces the expansion of its Salt Lake Metro data center campus, breaking ground on a second facility in West Jordan, Utah.  The expansion is driven by the addition of a new anchor customer as well as demand for adaptable, scalable data center infrastructure in the Western technology hub. Aligned’s SLC data center campus will feature the Company’s patented Delta Cube (Delta) cooling technology, which allows customers to scale up to 50 kW per rack without having to reconfigure existing infrastructure, disperse equipment, or require large-scale CapEx investments — all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and utilizing up to 80% less energy and 85% less water. Combined with Aligned’s patented CACTUS unit, this cooling solution delivers efficiency at any load, in any climate, regardless of location to support customers’ sustainability goals.
  • Maincubes Expands Network in Germany with a New CO2-Neutral Data Center: maincubes is expanding its network of highly available data centers: In addition to the data centers in Amsterdam and Frankfurt, the data center operator is planning a further data center in the Rhine-Main area, which will focus on sustainability in particular. Approximately 8,500 square meters of white space are to be built on five floors – with CO2-neutral operation and specific offers providing customers with a secure and climate-friendly home for their infrastructure. More and more companies are opting for colocation and are thus looking for a strategically central region such as the Rhine-Main area. Here, they benefit from direct access to the world’s largest internet hub, DE-CIX. With FRA02, maincubes continues its expansion course and at the same time sets an example for sustainable customer orientation.
  • Zayo Announces Largest Capacity Wavelengths Deal: Zayo Group Holdings has signed a deal for the largest amount of capacity sold on any route in a single deal in the company’s history. The deal will provide the customer with approximately 5 terabits (Tb) of capacity to connect key data centers. “Our customers are no longer talking gigabits — they’re talking terabits on multiple diverse routes,” said Julia Robin, senior vice president of Transport at Zayo. “Zayo’s owned infrastructure, scalable capacity on unique routes and ability to turn up services quickly positions us to be the provider of choice for high-capacity infrastructure.”

  • Bitmain Selects DMG to Manage North American Facility: DMG Blockchain Solutions has entered into a preliminary agreement with Bitmain Technologies to provide hosting and management services for Bitmain’s Texas facility. 50 MW of power are currently available, with the potential to expand to 300 MW, making it one of, if not the largest bitcoin mining facilities in the world. Bitmain and DMG will work together to expand the capacity and to ensure efficient operations of Bitmain’s newest technology ASIC miners. DMG’s CEO, Dan Reitzik commented, “Being chosen by the world’s leading bitcoin mining company is a great testament to the capabilities of DMG’s mining team. Over the past several months, Bitmain visited many large facilities throughout North America including DMG’s flagship facility in British Columbia, Canada. We look forward to working together to build and manage North America’s largest and most efficient mining facility, running the world’s most advanced crypto mining technologies.”

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