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 12, 2020:
- Vertiv Lists on the New York Stock Exchange Following Business Combination with GS Acquisition Holdings Corp: Vertiv has announced the completion of the business combination of GS Acquisition Holdings Corp and Vertiv Holdings. The combination was approved by GS Acquisition Holdings Corp shareholders on February 6, 2020. GS Acquisition Holdings Corp has been renamed Vertiv Holdings Co and is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange beginning on Monday, February 10, 2020. Upon the closing of the transaction, Platinum Equity held approximately 38% of the outstanding common stock of Vertiv Holdings Co, the former GS Acquisition Holdings Corp stockholders held approximately 25% of the outstanding shares, and investors in the private placement held the remaining 37%. The transaction was effected pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger entered into by and among GS Acquisition Holdings Corp, Vertiv Holdings, LLC, VPE Holdings, and the other parties thereto.
- CyrusOne joins Dutch Data Center Association as it prepares to open its Amsterdam Colocation site: The Dutch Data Center Association (DDA) has announced that CyrusOne will be joining the trade association as one of its largest global members. This announcement comes as CyrusOne is preparing to open Amsterdam I, the company’s first data center campus in the Netherlands offering total power of 72 megawatts upon full buildout. CyrusOne Amsterdam I is a brand new purpose-built state-of-the-art data center campus offering cloud providers, systems integrators, and multinational corporations customized, secure, and resilient data center solutions within a key business hub. It is the largest purpose-built brand-new data center facility under construction in Amsterdam, and will ultimately deliver approximately 320,000sq ft of world-class technical space offering total power of 72 megawatts in two separate buildings, one of three storeys and one of two storeys.
- QTS Unveils QTS Innovation Lab (QIL): Responding to increasing demand for innovation in the delivery of data center services, QTS Realty Trust has announced the formal deployment of the QTS Innovation Lab (QIL) underpinning the company’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP) that helps organizations view, manage and optimize their data center environments with ease. The QIL is a dedicated organization within QTS supporting SDP and a major shift in how data center services are developed and delivered to customers. It features a team of data scientists, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data visualization experts dedicated to ideate, conceptualize and bring forth innovative, first-to-market solutions that dramatically improve the way customers interact with QTS’ data center infrastructure.
- Netrality Eyes Expansion, Sharpens Focus on Connected Carrier Hotels: Our friends at Data Center Frontier have published a feature story on Netrality, pointing out how they might have new owners, but remain focused on building out a national network of connectivity-rich carrier hotels in major metros — at an even larger scale. “The company, named for its focus on networks and neutrality, is creating advanced meet-me rooms in each property to enable customers to easily exchange network traffic. The existing management team continues, including Maes and CEO Gerald Marshall. Netrality recently announced the addition of Amber Caramella as Chief Revenue Officer,” writes DCF. “Prior to joining Netrality, Caramella served as Senior Vice President of Sales at Zayo, where she built the company’s global data center vertical team. She brings vast industry experience, previously holding a variety of sales and leadership roles at Level 3 Communications (now CenturyLink), XO Communications and Allegiance Telecom.”
- SIMBA Chain Awarded $9.5 Million Contract From U.S. Navy to Deploy Secure Messaging Solutions, a First for Blockchain: SIMBA Chain has announced it has been awarded a five-year Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract (N68335-20-F-0012) from the Naval Air Warfare Center in San Diego, Cal., to deploy a secure, blockchain-based messaging and transaction platform, a critical need of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The $9.5 million award is the first and one of the largest SBIR Phase III for blockchain. The sole-source, non-compete SBIR Phase III contract is categorized as a Basic Ordering Agreement with a Delivery Order. SIMBA Chain has completed Phases of an earlier SBIR award, during which they created a model decentralized messaging and transaction platform mapped to DoD constructs and tested a working prototype.
- Ntirety Creates New Opportunity for Ecteon Customers: Ecteon, the nation’s leading authority for contra life cycle management (CLM) software in complex contracting environments, has provided highly available and secured hosting services to customers for most of the last 10 years through their partner, Hostway Services (Hostway), from their Tampa, FL and Austin, TX data centers. In January 2019, Hostway completed a merger with HOSTING, combining to create one of the largest managed cloud services platforms in the world. The merger expanded Hostway’s U.S. and global estate of fully managed data centers, products and services. The new corporate entity has since been renamed Ntirety (www.ntirety.com), and boasts 14 world-class data centers in five countries across three continents, 6 of those in the domestic U.S. Ntirety offers numerous new and expanded managed hosted services now available to Ecteon’s customers.