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 24, 2020:
- Etsy Completes Its Migration to Google Cloud in Record Time: Etsy, the global marketplace for unique and creative goods, has completed its two-year migration to Google Cloud. As a result, the company has been able to shift 15% of its engineering headcount from managing system infrastructure to focusing on the customer experience, increase its velocity to run IT experiments by 115% in 2019, and operate more sustainably as it works towards 100% renewable electricity by the end of this year. Etsy began its migration in 2018, and has since moved 5.5 petabytes of data, the equivalent of about 40 billion photos, from 2,000 on-premise servers to Google Cloud. Now, with its migration complete, Etsy is using Google Cloud’s compute power and machine-learning capabilities to move faster and more efficiently than ever before, while improving the customer experience overall.
- Dell Technologies Takes Innovation to the Edge: Dell has announced some new solutions to help customers adjust to the changing nature of data and help capture the time-sensitive value of the billions of devices at the edge, outside of a traditional data center. With a host of new offerings—including new edge server designs, smaller modular data centers, enhanced telemetry management and a streaming analytics engine—customers are better positioned to realize the value of their data wherever it resides. Designed to customers’ specific requirements, this new, smaller Dell EMC Modular Data Center Micro 415 (MDC Micro) offers pre-integrated, enterprise-level data center IT, power, cooling and remote management in a size shorter and narrower than a parking spot. This helps enable customers to deploy a complete data center to what would otherwise be considered non-data center locations, such as the base of a telecommunications cell tower. The MDC Micro provides enhanced physical protection for IT equipment at the edge with extreme temperature-resistant enclosures, key lock doors and option for smoke detection and fire suppression.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev, BMW Group, Bosch, Microsoft and ZF to Accelerate Manufacturing Innovation at Scale: The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) has expanded, with new steering committee members and new working groups established. OMP is an alliance founded in 2019 to help manufacturing companies accelerate innovation at scale through cross-industry collaboration, knowledge and data sharing as well as access to new technologies. The OMP was founded under the umbrella of the Joint Development Foundation, which is part of the Linux Foundation. Original members The BMW Group and Microsoft welcome Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bosch Group and ZF Friedrichshafen AG as steering committee members. The OMP steering committee has approved a number of working groups to focus on core areas important to the industry, including IoT Connectivity, semantic data models, Industrial IoT reference architecture, and core services for ATS (autonomous transport systems).
- Massive Data Center Coming to Estonia: Estonian World is reporting that the Tallinn suburb of Saue is to get a massive new data center that will be the largest in Estonia; the construction was launched on 20 February at the cost of €100 million. “MCF Group Estonia, the company behind the project, has launched the construction of the first phase of its data centre in the Saue municipality near the Estonian capital, Tallinn,” writes the local outlet. “Kert Evert, the CEO of MCF Estonia, said the main clients of the data centre will be companies using large volumes of data, coming from the IT, telecom and financial sectors. “The data centre is like a bank – people keep their money in banks, we keep their data in our centre,” he said in a statement.”
- Port of Northern Montana Confirms Significant Low Cost Renewable Electrical Power Availability at Shelby Data Center Development Park: The Port of Northern Montana has recently confirmed that it has a significant amount of low-cost renewable electrical power available at its Data Center Development Park in Shelby. In particular, as a result of a cooperative arrangement with NaturEner USA, there is approximately 10 megawatts (MW) of renewable electrical power currently available at the Shelby Data Center Development Park from the nearby Glacier Wind Farm at 4 to 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), and by the end of the year it is projected that about 30 MW will likely be available at the data center park at around 3.5 to 4 cents per kWh. With this confirmed low-cost renewable power along with State of Montana’s recently revised and improved data center tax incentive and abatement, Shelby, MT is well-positioned for data center and cloud computing development.