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

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

  • Vertiv May Be Acquired By Former Honeywell CEO: Reuters is reporting that the Goldman Sachs-backed GS Acquisition Holdings Corp., which is led by David Cote, the former Honeywell International CEO has considering acquiring Vertiv. “Cote’s firm, GS Acquisition Holdings Corp, is a so-called special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), which raised $690 Million USD in an initial public offering last year to buy a company without telling investors in advance what that would be,” writes Reuters. “GS Acquisition could use the money it raised in the IPO, in addition to debt financing, to acquire Vertiv from private equity firm Platinum Equity. The negotiations are ongoing, and there is no certainty a deal will be reached, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. Vertiv has also drawn interest from other potential bidders, one of the sources added.”

  • NetActuate Completes Major Upgrade to Los Angeles Data Center: In response to growing demand for network and infrastructure services serving the US West Coast market, NetActuate has completed a major upgrade in their Los Angeles data center. Significant additional capacity is now available for bare metal, virtual machines, and colocation services. Upgrades also included the addition of new connectivity partners, reducing latency and improving resiliency for network services. Purpose-built to support high-density, high-scalability requirements, NetActuate’s Los Angeles location provides access to over 780 customers, including nearly 500 network, cloud and IT service providers, as well as a variety of ISPs, enterprises and digital content providers. Customers in this location enjoy a multitude of options for interconnection and benefit from native access to AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Cloud Direct Link. This location is tethered via dark fiber to Coresite’s One Wilshire, is one of the most densely interconnected data centers in the world. Multiple subsea cables terminate at One Wilshire, offering industry-leading connectivity from the West Coast to Asia-Pacific to help global businesses reach their end users quickly and reliably.

  • Microsoft Patents High-Pressure Data Center: Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a hermetically sealed data center full of high pressure gas. “Some data centers employ heat sinks and electric fans (which can consume a substantial amount of energy),” reads the patent filing. “In cases of higher power levels liquid cooling circuits and liquid immersion baths (which can be expensive and error-prone), more expensive heat sink solutions, etc. are required…what is needed is a system to efficiently improve data center cooling without needing expensive additional hardware.” Microsoft indicated that in such an environment, gas would be pressurized at least substantially 2 times standard pressure to substantially 5 times standard pressure.

  • Colt Data Centre Services Appoints Niclas Sanfridsson as New CEO: Colt Data Centre Services has named Niclas Sanfridsson as its new Chief Executive Officer. The move comes as Colt DCS’s current CEO, Detlef Spang, plans to retire at the end of this year after leading the business since its inception as an operationally independent business from the Colt network business in 2015. During his tenure, Spang drove the data centre business and accelerated growth of its Hyperscale footprint enabling Colt DCS to come to realise its vision of becoming the most trusted and customer-centric data centre operator. As CEO, Sanfridsson will continue to drive the hyperscale footprint of the business as the organisation continues to expand in both new and existing markets. He has a wealth of industry experience, most recent of which was with Pulsant where he spent two years as the company CEO. His previous roles include Managing Director of Equinix in the Nordic region where he was focused on integrating the organisational alignment of Telecity into the Equinix portfolio following the acquisition of the Telecity Group.

  • Rostelecom Launches Core regional Data Center in Ekaterinburg: Rostelecom has commercially launched its core regional datacentre in Ekaterinburg. The launch reflects the Company’s strategy to develop a geographically diversified nationwide network of data centres, and supports the “Information Infrastructure” federal project as part of the “Russia Digital Economy” programme. By 2024 core datacentres are expected to be launched across all federal districts of Russia. The construction of the Ekaterinburg data centre commenced in December 2018 through the installation of key technological equipment completed in April 2019. The installed capacity of the first section amounts to 2 Mwatt and 216 racks. Electricity provision is organized through two independent sources which reserves 100% generation capacity. The second section is expected to be launched in 2020. The total capacity of both sections will stand at 432 racks.

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