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Chayora’s Tianjin Academy Prepares to Facilitate China’s Technical Goals

Chayora Limited, an international infrastructure investor, developer and operator of hyperscale data centre campuses in China, recently announced the launch of their new Chayora Academy in Tianjin, China. The announcement took place during a well-attended lecture at the Tianjin Vocational Institute in China on September 14, 2018. The lecture, introduced by Professor Liu Bin, President of the Tianjin Vocational and delivered by Dean Nelson of Infrastructure Masons, was attended by an audience of over 500 members, including many representatives from the renowned university’s big data and telecommunications faculties.

Oliver Jones, Chief Executive of Chayora, announced this milestone for Chayora after Dean Nelson’s lecture discussing the parallels between Silicon Valley’s development and China’s upcoming explosion of computing power needs driven by the incorporation of advancements like artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, innovations such as driverless vehicles, facial recognition and intelligent robots are key AI developments in process for China as they work towards the goal of leading the world in artificial intelligence by 2025. China has set aside a fund of 30 billion yuan (US $4.5 billion) to accomplish integration of intelligent devices and upgrades in traditional industries. Tianjin alone has already announced investments of 100 billion yuan (US $15 billion) to support the artificial intelligence industry, alongside a separate commitment of 10 billion yuan (US $1.5 billion) to promote intelligent manufacturing. These commitments to widespread and large-scale AI deployment also have Chayora building its first 300MW hyperscale data centre campus with nine individual DC facilities to accommodate international standard DC requirements in the Beichen district of Tianjin.

“China is leading the world with its national commitment to artificial intelligence right across the supply chain,” says Oliver Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chayora. “With AI being embedded into more devices and IoT only in its infancy, we expect there to be a second explosion in big data processing, echoing the creation of Silicon Valley in the western United States in the 1980s and 1990s.  China and Chayora will be ready for this.  The Chayora Academy will be a focus for the international data centre community to foster the growth of top local talent for direct employment and will enable our customers to secure the same.”

The academy, which plans to have its base at the Tianjin Vocational Institute, will be working towards and facilitating China’s goal of an ultimately world-renowned reputation for technical innovation. The Institute, first established in 1978, began as the Chemical College of Tianjin University and by 1982 had transformed into Tianjin Vocational Institute, currently among 17 universities and colleges in China receiving World Bank funding. The campus covers over 766,000 square meters and has 27 advanced laboratories. With 17,000 students in total and over 2,000 enrolled in its telecommunications and data centre programme, it is one of the leading higher educational institutions in Tianjin, making it the ideal home for Chayora’s academy. Chayora will be ensuring that all operational personnel involved in delivering services at the Chayora Tianjin Campus in Beichen – whether directly employed by Chayora or customers, or employed through outsourced service partners – are fully inducted, trained and regularly retrained to achieve world-class service standards.

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Amping Up Critical Capacity in Virginia’s Dulles Technology Corridor

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Website Hosting Review Interview with Dan Ephraim, Vice President of Sales, Infomart

Dan Ephraim is Vice President of Sales at Infomart Data Centers, an industry leader in developing, owning, and operating reliable, efficient, customizable, and high-density data center solutions.  Website Hosting Review recently sat down with Dan to discuss how Infomart’s Ashburn data center is poised to provide critical capacity for an evolving digital landscape.

 

Website Hosting Review Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: I understand the building in which you built your Ashburn facility has a rich history; can you tell us about its genesis?

Infomart, Dan Ephraim (IM-DE) Answer: The newly refurbished facility, formerly the Dulles Technology Center, is the origin of what is today called Data Center Alley.  Data Center Alley has been called “The Silicon Valley of the East” because of the reliable power grid, robust tax incentives, quality of labor, and proximity to the rich enterprise and public cloud ecosystems, to name a few. It’s inspiring to be a part of that legacy as we look to reinvent the facility to service multi-tenant colocation needs.

DCP-KX Q: What is the current landscape of the Ashburn data center capacity market?

IM-DE A: Northern Virginia is a hyper-competitive market and consistently ranks as the largest single-region data center market in the world. Leasing rates in 2017 were at a record high of 115 MW of data center space, and 2018 will far exceed that figure, making Virginia the absolute leader in market capacity and absorption.  Every provider in Ashburn is fortunate to have strong partners like Dominion Energy and Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development to continue to provide critical components and incentives to enable the continued success of this market.  For Infomart, having a location in Northern Virginia is an important locale as our prospects and clients are seeking to capture the value of the world’s largest multi-tenant data center marketplace.

DCP-KX Q: Hyperscaler deals are growing bigger, with real estate being quickly scooped up in Ashburn at higher-than-usual prices. How do you see this impacting Infomart’s Ashburn facility, if at all, and is this your target market for this data center?

IM-DE A: The Infomart Ashburn facility is hardened and fortified and well suited to meet the needs of any firm with above average physical security measures.  Despite being constructed in 1997 and completely retrofitted in 2018, Infomart Ashburn’s flexibility is seen in the design of the electrical and mechanical topologies to service the unique space and density needs of hyperscale, enterprise, federal, and IoT buyers.

Given the dynamic nature of our offering, our 10,000-square-foot data halls are designed to support 30kW+ per rack.  Also, our customer engagement model allows for clients to leverage our specific kill sets; this resulted in Infomart partnering with LinkedIn to design, install, and manage one of the largest rear-door heat exchanger deployments to date.

DCP-KX Q: Ashburn is among the most competitive data center markets in the world. What would make a customer choose Infomart?

IM-DE A: Aligning our business to that of our clients and prospects is what makes us successful.  Whether it be operational or commercial, Infomart’s focus on identifying the core needs of our clients is what allows us to deliver the value expected of a mission-critical partner.  As an example, Infomart proactively adjusted our operational processes to meet the high-density needs of a hyperscale client, which helped that client operate more efficiently.

Specific to Infomart Ashburn, physical security is a differentiating factor as the perimeter security far exceeds any market standards.  Having a hardened and fortified facility in the middle of Data Center Alley sets our business apart in a hyper-competitive marketplace.

DCP-KX Q: I understand Infomart decided to retrofit in the Ashburn market versus build new. Why?

IM-DE A: The underlying economics of purchasing the facility, versus a greenfield project, were more favorable to purchasing. Firstly, the acquisition price was highly attractive, and secondly, new cost-effective technologies have been introduced to enable the facility to push industry-leading efficiency metrics.  Committing to extending the life of the facility has allowed Infomart to be a highly differentiated player in the Northern Virginia marketplace.

DCP-KX Q: With the close proximity to D.C., are government clients potential prospects for your Ashburn facility? If so, what value-adds can you offer this vertical?

IM-DE A:  Systems integrators, multiple agencies, and enterprises in highly regulated markets traditionally seek a hardened and fortified facility, and our solution resonates with those relationships.  The physical security, combined with proximity to the in-region carrier hotel and large cloud ecosystems, are components that today’s systems integrators seek out.  Where the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) failed to trigger large-scale investments in colocation, recent budget re-alignment at the federal level is driving significant levels of sourcing, and Infomart stands at the ready to service those requirements.

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EdgeConneX’s® Second Atlanta Data Center Triples Local Edge Capacity

Atlanta, a city originally founded at the end of a railroad line and named “Terminus,” meaning “end of the line,” has a history of living on the edge. Today though, this sentiment means something entirely different to the city of Atlanta.

As Atlanta’s population and infrastructure have grown, the demands for modern day necessities like Internet connectivity and services like streaming have risen. Now, Atlanta is reinventing its reputation for being on the edge through more contemporary means.

EdgeConneX®, a company specializing in global data solutions at the edge of the network, announced on August 21, 2018, the creation of an Edge Data Center® (EDC) campus in Atlanta, Georgia, to meet the accelerated demand. This EDC, called ATL02, will bring 15MW of additional critical power to the Edge Campus, which will then total 21MW at full capacity.

EdgeConneX understands the issues facing today’s digital content providers and effectively utilizes edge network technology to provide targeted solutions, focusing on critical locations and moving the most valuable content closer to end users. Expectations of end users, even those who are distant from the Core, are nevertheless high when it comes to the speed and reliability of their service.

Unlike core networks, edge networks rely on proximity to end users and their points of access, driving the fastest physical delivery of content. This helps deliver optimal performance, availability, security, and economics for user’s services.

With diverse networking options available to customers, including private connectivity solutions to leading cloud service providers, the EdgeConneX data center campus in Atlanta is ideally suited to support requirements for both service providers and enterprises. Its expanded capacity and service provider ecosystem will allow local enterprises private network access to leading cloud solution providers. In tandem with a forthcoming deployment by Megaport, a leading Cloud on-ramp provider, enterprises will also have the network flexibility and choice to securely access all the leading cloud service providers in Atlanta.

EdgeConneX proves that the key to success is keeping ahead of the curve. With these technologies gaining momentum, the company continues to move the Internet to where it is most needed. With this most recent step of expanding their Edge facilities and developing them into regional data center campus environments in markets like Atlanta, EdgeConneX successfully demonstrates the rapid momentum of the Edge. These initiatives give customers the access they want at the speed they expect, helping providers and other enterprises breed loyalty and deliver customer experiences that fully monetize the massive increase in Internet traffic.

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It’s Time to Upgrade Data Center Safety

Originally posted to Data Center Frontier

By: Voices of the Industry

In this week’s Voices of the Industry, Phillip Sandino, Vice President of Data Center Operations at RagingWire Data Centers, examines how data center operators can better protect employees and clients from the hazards of electrical equipment and ensure data center safety.

For decades, data center technicians have worked on energized equipment, even though they put their lives and others around them at risk.

So why do they keep doing it?

To some extent the answer lies in human nature and the nature of data center operators. As humans, we are creatures of habit. As data center operators we like to follow established procedures.

However, those of us in the data center industry have learned a lot over the past two decades. We’ve changed our engineering, building designs, construction processes, etc. Now it’s time to take a hard look at our operational procedures so we can take steps forward to be a safer industry. It’s time to upgrade our data center safety.

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IX-Denver Boosts Regional Connectivity with Expansion to EdgeConneX Edge Data Center Campus

IX-Denver has expanded its Denver area neutral internet exchange to EdgeConneX’s Edge Data Center Campus, giving EdgeConneX its fourth site in the market and adding improved access, redundancy and resiliency for regional network operators.

EdgeConneX recently announced the expansion of its Edge Campus to 115,000 square feet, and the partnership improves content access and internet connectivity quality for the company’s customers with access to 10 Gig ports on IX-Denver’s protected switching fabric. The newly expanded Denver Edge Campus, which was built from the ground up in less than six months, also supports high-capacity deployments of up to 30kW per rack.

IX-Denver is a nonprofit interconnection platform operated by IX-West, with a mandate to foster community and member-driven interconnection. It launched in June 2015, and has quickly become Colorado’s largest carrier and facility-neutral interconnection platform, connecting more than 30 ASNs and networks. FORETHOUGHT.net, which provides independent cloud, internet, hosted PBX and phone service in both metro Denver and rural Colorado supported IX-Denver with the switch and direct connectivity between its Champa Street location and EdgeConneX’s Edge Data Center Campus, located in Denver technology center.

By bringing together the performance benefits of EdgeConneX’s Edge Data Center solutions, the variety of connectivity options provided by IX-Denver’s interconnection platform, and the local direct networking capabilities of FORETHOUGHT.net, the partnership significantly increases the range of network infrastructure solutions available to customers in the greater Denver market.

The metropolitan Denver area is the 19th largest market in the U.S., at 2.9 million as of 2017, and is growing rapidly. The expansion of IX-Denver to EdgeConneX’s Edge Campus provides greater interconnectivity options, and should ultimately improve internet service quality for companies throughout the region.

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Structure Research Publishes Japan Data Center Report

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Structure Research recently published its 160-page study on the Tokyo and Osaka colocation (or third party) data centre markets.

This report takes a deep dive into the Tokyo + Osaka data centre colocation markets and we believe you’ll find this report unique and very relevant in the way that it segments the market while also taking into account the large installed base of domestic Japanese system integrators that have historically made a study like this challenging.

To view a preview of this report or to purchase visit: http://structureresearch.net/product/japan-data-centre-supply-report-2018/

 

 

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Data Hosting Becomes Pillar Attraction for Irish Foreign Direct Investment

In recent years, a growing number of hyperscale organizations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been establishing presence in Ireland with significant investment of digital assets. Leveraging the power of the 5 Ps of digital assets hosting: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power, Ireland provides investors with the optimal hosting landscape for companies of all sizes across a wide range of industries, offering a secure, reliable, affordable, and effective digital assets hosting ecosystem. As a result, regional investment in the data industry continues to climb each year with steady growth quarter after quarter.

As part of its mission to generate awareness about the Irish data hosting industry, Host in Ireland recently released the report, “Ireland’s Data Hosting Industry 2018 Q2 Update,” providing information regarding recent financial investments as well as demonstrating the sustainability of the data center industry sector. Created in collaboration with Bitpower, the research study reports that more than more than €1 billion of new projects within the data industry have been announced throughout the course of the past three months – in spite of major setbacks.

Since Apple’s decision not to progress with an €850 million data center investment in Athenry, County Galway, Ireland, many industry stakeholders were concerned regarding the region’s ability to attract future investment. Fortunately, as demonstrated in the 2018 Q2 Update report, Ireland’s data hosting industry has continued to thrive. According to the report, 10 new data halls were announced between April and June 2018 and more than €1 billion will be spent in the construction and operation of the facilities, with an initial €500 million being spent over the next three years. In addition, findings show that data centers in Ireland have employed 5,700 people to full-time positions while simultaneously generating an astounding €1.6 billion in direct economic benefits since 2010.

“Ireland’s contribution to the global data center industry continues to grow with demand increasing for Irish companies, skills and expertise to lead projects across the U.S., Europe and Asia cementing our position as a global industry player,” explains Garry Connolly, Founder and CEO, Host in Ireland.  “As the Ireland Data Hosting 2018 Q2 report shows, Ireland remains attractive as a country at the forefront of an industry that is building modern digital infrastructure, and data hosting has evolved to become one of the pillars for attracting foreign direct investment into the country.”

For those interested in reading the full report, please click here to download a free copy.

To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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Infomart’s New CEO Brian Cox will lead brand relaunch set to take place in 2019

Originally published to TelecomNewsroom. 

Infomart Data Centers, a leading provider of wholesale data center solutions focused on the unique requirements of hyperscale and enterprise customers, recently appointed distinguished data center executive Brian Cox as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors. With over two decades of industry and operational experience, Cox will lead a leadership structure designed to drive accelerated organic and inorganic growth and a strategic brand relaunch to occur in early 2019.

“We are thrilled to have Brian join as the CEO to help drive the next chapter of the company’s growth story,” said Matt A’Hearn, Managing Director of IPI Partners. IPI Partners, an investor in data centers and other technology and connectivity-related real estate assets, acquired Infomart’s management company and data centers in San Jose, California; Hillsboro, Oregon; and Ashburn, Virginia earlier this year. “We believe the platform is well positioned for near-term growth. We expect Brian’s vision and ability to inspire and connect with the team, customers, and partners to be transformative to the business.”

 

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LOGIX Expands Customized Services to Meet Growing Demands of New Business Growth

Website Hosting Review Interview with Richard Rosmarin, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, LOGIX Fiber Networks

By Contributing Editor, Kathy Xu 

 Richard Rosmarin is Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at LOGIX Fiber Networks, a leading provider of data center solutions and the largest independent fiber network provider in Texas. Having joined the company in 2017, Rosmarin brings over 25 years of experience in the cable, fiber and media industries to the LOGIX team. Prior to his work at LOGIX, Rosmarin has held senior executive positions at large enterprises, including Cablevision and Charter. Most recently Richard was managing director at inCode Consulting, a strategy consulting firm owned by Ericsson, where he also served as CMO and co-lead of their Cable and Private Equity Practices. Richard has worked with Astra Capital, LOGIX’s private equity partner, during the past three years on all of their merger and acquisitions (M&A) activities in the Cable/Fiber sector.

He has successfully managed and advised on numerous M&A transactions in the past three years resulting in more than $1 billion in acquisitions. Richard also led the development of strategic growth plans for several private-equity owned client companies. He also helped lead several corporate turnarounds, creating over $1 billion in enterprise value.

Website Hosting Review recently sat down to chat with Rosmarin about the demand for LOGIX’s high-performance fiber services and how the company keeps up to provision the future of the industry.

Website Hosting Review, Kathy Xu (DCP-KX) Question: Tell our readers about your company: What do you do and what problems are you trying to solve?

LOGIX Fiber Networks, Richard Rosmarin (LFN-RR) Answer: LOGIX Fiber Networks is the largest independent fiber network provider in Texas and a leading provider of data center solutions. LOGIX has more than 6,200 route miles of network spanning 225,000 miles, which serves more than 12,000 enterprise and carrier customers across Texas. LOGIX is committed to a Fiber First strategy with over 10,000 virtual on-net building locations in Texas. We operate six of our own data centers and connect to more than 100 data centers throughout Texas. Our primary business is providing high-performance fiber services, including voice, data, video and dedicated internet access, to enterprises and carriers wanting to do business in Texas. We also have a growing footprint in Oklahoma. Customers are attracted to LOGIX for our commitment to building customized solutions for our customers’ needs, for being easy to work with, quick to provision services, and importantly, having 100 percent of our customer support and services team based in Texas. The biggest problem we solve is giving customers enterprise-class, reliable and symmetrical bandwidth designed for them. We don’t force fit our clients into one of a handful of approaches. Customer service is another problem we solve – when LOGIX customers have a request or a problem, they pick up the phone and get a live person in one of our Texas offices. LOGIX doesn’t offshore customer care.

DCP-KX Q: What are you hoping to achieve at The 2018 INCOMPAS Show?

LFN-RR A: Demand for LOGIX’s high-performance fiber services has never been higher, and we’re focused on further strengthening all business relationships, whether that be via direct sales to enterprises, indirect sales, or by working with over 100 carriers with whom we already have excellent relationships. We’re excited to be exhibiting and speaking at The 2018 INCOMPAS Show, and we’re eager to have many face-to-face meetings while at the show this year. Nothing beats in-person meetings as the foundation for strengthening existing relationships and building new ones.

DCP-KX Q: How does your company keep up with the demands of the quickly growing and ever-changing telecommunications industry?

LFN-RR A: LOGIX is designed to be a highly flexible and fast-moving company. While some people consider broadband to be a commodity or table stake in telecommunications, it’s really neither. As enterprises continue to rely on mobility and the cloud, the way their broadband network is designed, delivered and protected via our data center solutions is of utmost importance. Being able to customize solutions and quickly deliver on-net services to over 10,000 locations keeps LOGIX at the forefront of quickly changing customer needs for both our enterprise and carrier businesses.

DCP-KX Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge in the wholesale telecom space?

LFN-RR A: Continued consolidation of the wholesale/carrier space is reducing the number of discrete opportunities while creating price pressure in dense and competitive market segments.

DCP-KX Q: What new developments are on the horizon for your company?

LFN-RR A: LOGIX is adding employees and further strengthening the business and community relationships we already have in Texas, where we are aggressively building and expanding our fiber footprint. New developments include expanding hosted PBX to our Oklahoma markets and expanding our indirect sales program so that master agents can offer LOGIX fiber and data center services to their customers. Our fiber buildout is also empowering suburban areas to offer the very best in fiber-based voice and data services to companies that are looking to relocate outside the major metro hubs, or what we call the “DASH Markets” of Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. For example, the cities of Sugar Land and Stafford (both Houston suburbs) are rapidly growing and are very attractive to companies looking to relocate or open new offices. The amenities and relatively low cost of living in these areas is a big draw, but it’s hard to attract companies unless you have enterprise-class, fiber-based broadband and dedicated internet access, which they’re getting today through their relationship with LOGIX.

DCP-KX: Thank you for your time, Richard. To learn more about LOGIX, visit www.logix.com.

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Bluebird Network – Planning for the demands of data

Bluebird Network recognizes the growing need for Internet connectivity, the Internet of Things, social media demands and the constant collection of “big data” for advanced analytics has increased the pressure of change for data centers and how we meet this challenge. Without exception, we must continue to meet the data demand with a guaranteed level of service and cost control. Staying ahead of the data demand is key to staying successful. Forecasting this demand accurately while maintaining the optimal level of service is not easy, but a successful balance between these two necessities results in a high-quality data center.

Bluebird Network supports the Bluebird Underground Data Center, our underground data center. Bluebird Underground is currently preparing for its second expansion in less than four years, with the goal to increase customer space and fortify the electrical infrastructure to make the facility stronger, more reliable and prepared to meet the changing demands of a 24×7 networked world. Both new and existing customers will benefit from the expansion in three main areas: space, power and efficiency.

Space

This expansion is the second of three planned expansions since Bluebird Network acquired the data center in 2014. The first expansion, completed in 2016, added approximately 4,000 square-feet of customer space. The second expansion will add an additional 4,700 square-feet, bringing the total to 22,300 square-feet of customer space. The third expansion will add approximately 7,000 square-feet in the near future. This space is uniquely designed to meet customer expectations for functionality, operational efficiency and reliability.

Power

While increased customer space is the most obvious benefit of this next expansion, it must be supported by a highly reliable mechanical and electrical infrastructure for both the cooling and UPS sub-systems. Bluebird Underground is uniquely designed in that all of its critical infrastructure is underground, making full use of the inherent protection of the surrounding limestone mine. This expansion includes a third 2MW generator, a third utility service, a second completely independent Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) including flywheel technology and an oversized generator fuel tank, further enforcing the facility’s 100 percent uptime guarantee duration.

Efficiency

This expansion not only includes infrastructure improvements and customer space, but also advancements in the operational software control systems. In an above-ground data center, many critical path systems are necessary to deliver the optimal customer operating environment. Being below ground, Bluebird Underground experiences an average of 59.6 degrees year-round. However, the collective concentration of computing resources from customer operations create a tremendous amount of heat which must be efficiently removed. The ensemble of systems to accomplish this removal includes hot aisle/cold aisle room configurations, a 2.4 MW chilled water-cooling loop and five 5’ diameter fans to physically pull the cool mine air across the chillers and generators and then push it out an 18’ diameter exhaust shaft to the surface. With this expansion, Bluebird Underground will be able to extract additional cool air from the entire 5 million square foot mine via a second 8’ diameter exhaust shaft to increase our mechanical cooling capabilities.

People frequently mention “necessity is the mother of invention” to describe creative and alternative solutions. Applying this meaning to “digital necessities” mentioned at the beginning of this blog, describes the reason we continue our commitment to “match the pace” of data demand, while improving operations, quality and customer service.