Check out the latest in deals, new development and innovative strategies in hyperscale, colocation, 5G, cloud migration, cloud services, edge compute, Hybrid IT, power, cooling and energy efficiency for February 10, 2020:
- Flexential Closes $250 Million Debt Offering in Support of Its Continued Strategic Growth: Flexential has announced that its parent, Flexential Intermediate Corporation, issued $250 million of Senior Secured Notes due 2024. Flexential (created in August 2017 following the merger of Peak 10 and ViaWest) operates 40 highly redundant and connectivity-rich data centers spanning 21 markets. Over the last two years, the company has experienced robust customer demand in its core markets and has added additional capacity in response. Flexential will utilize the net proceeds from the offering, after repaying the entire amount outstanding under its first lien revolving credit facility, to support continued expansion in its key markets as well as to fund additional investments in support of its hybrid IT solutions offering.
- Amazon Web Services to Double Down on Brazil: Reuters is reporting that Amazon Web Services will invest $236 million to expand its data center presence in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. This move will strengthen its cloud infrastructure in South America. According to a press release from São Paulo Governor João Doria, the developments will occur over two years. CRN got a quote from an AWS spokesperson, who said “Over the next two years, AWS will invest $1 billion BRL to expand the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region to support increased customer adoption of AWS,” an AWS spokesperson told CRN. AWS’s only other cloud region in Brazil was launched in 2011.
- NTT to Expand U.S. Data Center Footprint to Hillsboro, OR: NTT has announced that its Global Data Centers division in the Americas will build a new Pacific Northwest data center campus on a 47-acre property in Hillsboro, Oregon. This campus will be a key strategic addition to NTT Ltd.’s global data center portfolio, which operates the third-largest data center platform in the world, with over 160 data centers spanning more than 20 countries and regions. The Global Data Centers division in the Americas (formerly known as RagingWire Data Centers) is planning on offering a total of 144 megawatts of critical IT load on the new Hillsboro campus. There will be five buildings with a total of 1 million sq. ft. of space. The first six megawatts of critical IT load will be available in mid-2020.
- Oracle Builds on Cloud Momentum with Five New Regions Worldwide: Oracle has announced via a blogpost that they are expanding to five new cloud regions. “Oracle is excited to take the next step in our ambitious regional expansion plan, with five new cloud regions. We’ve added local regions in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam),” writes Andrew Reichman, Oracle’s Director of Product Development. “As of today, all of them are open for business and available in the Oracle Cloud Console. We’ve already opened 10 cloud regions in the last six months, and with these five new regions, we now have Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud available in 21 fully independent locations. We’re well on our way to having 36 cloud regions available by the end of 2020.”
- 365 Data Centers Acquires Commack, Long Island Data Center from mindSHIFT Technologies: 365 Data Centers has announced the acquisition of the data center facility at 500 Commack Road in Commack, Long Island from mindSHIFT Technologies (a Ricoh company). This transaction brings 365’s total number of data centers to 12, increases its carrier network PoPs to 156, and further expands its network-centric presence in the data-intensive Northeast. mindSHIFT will remain actively involved at the data center, continuing to offer its managed IT infrastructure and support services and technologies to its customers locally on Long Island and throughout the United States.