CAPRE’s Digital Infrastructure Round Up for February 11, 2020: Coresite, Vantage, Facebook, AWS + Snowflake

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 11, 2020:

  • CoreSite Announces Illinois Data Center Tax Incentive Opportunity: CoreSite Realty Corporation has announced that its application with the Illinois Data Centers Investment Program has been accepted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Company is pursuing a final incentive agreement related to its new ground-up data center development in downtown Chicago. CoreSite is building its new data center facility, known as “CH2”, in the heart of downtown Chicago. The Company’s CH2 data center is a purpose-built, ground-up development expected to be a 169,000 square foot facility at full completion. CH2 Phase 1, a 56,000 square foot project, is targeted for completion in the second quarter of 2020.

  • Vantage Embarks Upon $2 Billion  USD European Expansion with Acquisitions: Vantage Data Centers has  expanded into Europe through the acquisition of Etix Everywhere and greenfield developments in four additional European markets. Etix’s data center portfolio includes a 55MW hyperscale data center campus in Frankfurt, Germany, which is currently under construction. Separately, Vantage Europe has secured land and is planning to develop hyperscale data center campuses in Berlin, Milan, Warsaw and Zurich. Founded in 2012, Etix is a leading EMEA data center provider with more than 50MW of built data center capacity across its footprint, as well as its flagship 55MW hyperscale campus currently under development in Offenbach, Germany, just outside of Frankfurt. In conjunction with the Etix acquisition, Antoine Boniface, former CEO of Etix, has joined the Vantage executive team to serve as president, Europe. In addition, Josh Buis, who joined Vantage in 2019 as vice president, international business development, will take on an expanded role as senior vice president, sales and business development, for Europe.
  • Facebook Opens 15th Data Center in OH: Late last week saw the official inauguration of Facebook’s 15th data center, this one in New Albany, OH. Local Fox news outlet reported on the high-level headlines, including that the nearly 2.5 million square-foot campus will eventually be home to 5 buildings, and the facility will be supported by 100% renewable energy and that it has achieved LEED Gold certification. “Employed by Facebook at the site are around 50 people, including security. That number is expected to increase by an additional 100 employees with the expansion of two more buildings to the existing ones that have been constructed over the last two years,” writes Fox 8.

  • CAPRE’s Digital Infrastructure Round Up for February 11, 2020: Coresite, Vantage, Facebook, AWS + Snowflake 1Carrier Selects AWS as its Preferred Cloud Provider to Drive Digital Transformation: Carrier, a leader in heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, fire, security, and building automation technologies, has chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider. Carrier is moving up to 70 percent of its 4,000 servers and 996 applications away from legacy servers and databases to AWS, reducing IT infrastructure costs while also positioning the company to innovate and deliver more products and services to its customers around the world. In addition, Carrier will use AWS data warehouse, analytics, and machine learning (ML) services to identify efficiencies in its manufacturing processes and supply chains, and AWS Internet of Things (IoT) services to underpin a new line of intelligent, networked products and services for the home, workplace, and refrigerated logistics chain. Carrier, part of United Technologies (NYSE: UTX), expects to become a standalone public company in the first half of 2020 and plans to leverage AWS to drive its digital transformation and lead the next era of growth and expansion in the industry.

  • Snowflake Set To Be Worth $12.4 Billion After New Funding: Forbes is reporting that Snowflake is on track to become one of tech’s most valuable private companies in the world. “Snowflake is raising new funding at a valuation of $12.4 billion, multiple sources tell Forbes. The round, which is set to raise $479 million, is expected to be led by growth investor Dragoneer Investment Group with participation from Salesforce, according to a source with knowledge of the round,” writes Forbes. “The San Mateo, Calif.-based cloud company is expected to announce the funding on Monday. The new raise would more than triple Snowflake’s previous valuation of $3.95 billion. Snowflake would also gain a powerful ally in strategic investor Salesforce, the customer relationship management giant with a market capitalization of about $165 billion. Snowflake and Dragoneer declined to comment on the funding. Shortly after publication, a Salesforce spokesperson confirmed the company was participating as a co-lead in the funding round.”

  • Department of Veterans Affairs to Open 5g-Enabled Hospital in CA: “The Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, is soon to become one of the first 5G enabled health facilities in the world, with portions becoming operational this week, according to statements VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said at State of the VA speech Feb. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC,” according to Healthcare IT News. “Along with decreased wait times for appointments and better overall care, the secretary pointed to several other programs designed to provide better Veteran care, including a pilot program to develop exoskeletons that stimulate the spinal cord.”

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