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 17, 2020:
Digital Realty to Acquire Forty-Nine Percent Interest In the Westin Building Exchange in Seattle: Digital Realty has reached an agreement with Clise Properties to acquire a 49% ownership interest in the Westin Building Exchange in Seattle, Washington. The Westin Building Exchange serves as the primary interconnection hub for the Pacific Northwest, linking Canada, Alaska and Asia along the Pacific Rim. The building is the sixth most densely interconnected facility in North America, and is home to leading global cloud, content and interconnection providers, housing over 150 carriers and more than 10,000 cross-connects. The 34-story tower is adjacent to Amazon’s 4.1 million square foot urban campus and overlooks Elliott Bay as well as the downtown Seattle skyline. The Westin Building Exchange occupies a unique position in the communications infrastructure landscape, given customers’ growing propensity to deploy IT infrastructure at centers of data exchange around the world, bringing users, things, applications, clouds and networks to the data.
- Judge Halts JEDI Contract: Cloud Computing News first reported Friday night that in a win for Amazon, a U.S. judge has temporarily paused Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract. “Amazon has been ordered to pay a $42 million bond – petty cash considering Amazon Web Services (AWS) alone hit almost $10 billion in revenues for its most recent quarter – to cover costs should the court find the motion was filed wrongfully,” writes CCN. “The awarding of the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud computing contract to Microsoft by the Department of Defense (DoD) elicited surprise and even derision from industry watchers. AWS has been running the CIA’s cloud for the past five years with little complaint following a lengthy battle with IBM for the contract.
- Michigan Approves Tax Incentives to Lure Switch: Switch is on track to save up to $20.1 Million USD annually in property taxes under a bill signed by Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The amount of the incentive granted under Senate Bill 455 depends on how much the company invests in its Grand Rapids project. The company’s property tax savings could range from several hundred thousand dollars per year to more than $20 million if it follows through on plans to expand its $100 million site into a $5 billion operation,” reports Bloomberg Tax.
- Facebook May be Coming to Nashville: The Portland Sun is reporting that Facebook is may be building a hyperscale data center in Gallatin, TN. “The individuals, who spoke to the Portland Sun under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the project, said the potential development would be located on at least 500 acres of privately owned property in the area of Hartsville Pike and Brights Lane, directly east of the city’s existing industrial center,” writes the Sun.”Sources say that there could be as many as 200 jobs if the development moves forward.”
- Nvidia Corp Shocks Wall Street on Data Center Sales: Marketwatch is reporting that Nvidia Corp. shares rallied last week after the chip maker’s data-center sales and outlook topped Wall Street estimates while returning to revenue growth. Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang cited AI as the primary driver for growth. “Huang told analysts that AI is being driven by four areas: recommendation, which is a more personalized version of search; inference, where a system applies rules to a database to deduce new information; public cloud and vertical industries; and edge AI, or running AI processing on a device without a cloud connection,” writes MarketWatch.