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 March 4, 2020:
- Google to Spend $10 Billion on New US Offices + Data Centers in 2020: Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, has announced via a blogpost that Google will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States in 2020. “Google has a presence in 26 states across the country and our new investments will be focused in 11 of them: Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and California,” he wrote. “This effort builds on the momentum of the $13 billion investment in communities from South Carolina to Nevada we made in 2019. Combined with other R&D investments, Google’s parent company Alphabet was the largest investor in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Progressive Policy Institute.”
- U.S. Signal Opens New Data Center in Van Buren Township, MI: Detroit Business has reported that Grand Rapids’ US Signal, a data center services provider, has opened its new Tier III data center in Van Buren Township, MI as of March 1, 2020. “The center will help US Signal keep pace with the adoption of cloud-first, hybrid, and off-premises data center strategies, all of which require colocation space. US Signal’s most recent IT Resiliency Survey found that these strategies are critical to the survival of today’s organizations. The survey found that less than a quarter of IT professionals have preparations in place to deal with a disruptive event such as a malware attack or loss of power,” writes Detroit Business. “The new center and the seven existing facilities offer options for ensuring reliability and recoverability of systems. It also has security measures in place as well as storm and emergency response preparedness plans in place.”
- Kingston Technology Releases Enterprise-Grade Data Center NVMe SSD for Mixed-Use: Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced the availability of DC1000M, a new U.2 data center NVMe PCIe SSD. DC1000M is designed to support a wide range of data-intensive enterprise workloads, including Cloud computing, web hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), virtual infrastructures, artificial intelligence and deep learning applications. DC1000M joins the recently released DC1000B NVMe boot drive, the VMware Ready DC500 series SATA SSDs and DC450R to form the most complete range of superior enterprise-class data center storage solutions in the market.
- Linode Launches Free S3-Compatible Cloud Storage: Linode, the world’s largest independent cloud provider, is offering free S3-compatible object storage to new and existing customers from March 1, 2020, through May 31, 2020. The storage clusters are also available for the first time in the cloud provider’s Frankfurt data center. Traditional S3-compatible options seem affordable on the surface, but hide high transfer fees which can balloon cloud infrastructure bills. Linode’s object storage solution provides a smarter and more cost effective alternative by including generous amounts of free transfer, resulting in savings of 900% or more over hyperscale providers like AWS and Google. Linode’s S3-compatible object storage product is part of the growing commoditization of cloud computing services, leveling the playing field for alternative cloud providers like Linode, and giving developers and small- and medium-size enterprises infrastructure choice beyond the hyperscale cloud providers.
- Verizon + Wal-Mart May Super-Charge the Race to 5G: Healthcare IT News is reporting that Wal-Mart & Verizon are in talks to offer 5G at certain healthcare centers. “The expanded bandwidth would be a big boost to smartphone-based healthcare consultations, enabling doctors to remotely monitor a patient’s vitals and analyze the statistics in real time,” writes the digital outlet. “The development…would first be tested in two locations…the expanded bandwidth that 5G offers would also be a big help in boosting the security of smartphone-based healthcare consultations or other health services, or also allow doctors to remotely monitor a patient’s vitals and analyze the statistics in real time. In order to provide such services for its health clinics, which Walmart is hoping to bring to more locations across the country, the company would have to commit to a massive build out of infrastructure – and of course, consumers would need to have their own 5G-compatible handsets.”