Showing posts with label Data Centers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Data Centers. Show all posts

Thursday, June 20, 2019

STACK to double its data center capacity in Chicago

STACK INFRASTRUCTURE, a data center company with presence in six key U.S. markets, announced plans for a significant expansion of its Chicago data center campus. The company will build a new data center adjacent to its existing facility, which currently offers 13MW of critical power and 221,000 square feet of space. The new multi-story data center will offer at least 20MW of additional critical capacity with the possibility of additional growth, bringing STACK’s total capacity at its Chicago data center campus to at least 33MW.

“Chicago is one of a number of important and growing markets for our clients, and as a result, it is a key market for STACK. We’re committed to investing here so that we can continue to support our clients and stay ahead of their needs,” said Brian Cox, Chief Executive Officer of STACK. “In keeping with our core commitment to being a trusted partner, this project delivers on our promise to strategically evolve and align our offering with our clients’ growth trajectories.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

CyrusOne to deliver HPE GreenLake IT from its global data centers

CyrusOne confirmed that it has been selected by by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to extend HPE GreenLake consumption-based IT solutions at CyrusOne data center locations across the globe. The partnership will enable easy and fast access to public cloud providers through the CyrusOne interconnection platform in support of hybrid IT.

CyrusOne operates more than 45 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Our enterprise customers are all evaluating ways to modernize their IT infrastructure. Customers want the benefits of public cloud agility with the security and performance of on-premise (collocation),” said John Gould, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, CyrusOne. “We are thrilled to partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to help our clients achieve these goals while still providing them interconnection flexibility to the public cloud providers. Deploying HPE GreenLake at our data centers allows our clients the flexibility, peace of mind, and scalability to help enable their digital transformation.”

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

KPN to sell its six data centers in the Netherlands

Royal KPN will sell its data center subsidiary NLDC to a fund managed by DWS, a global infrastructure investment fund. NLDC operates a portfolio of six data centers of which three in the Amsterdam area and three regional hotspots in Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Groningen. Financial terms were not disclosed.

KPN said the sale is in line with its strategy to focus on its core ICT business services, such as security, workspace, cloud telephony, and hybrid-cloud solutions. The carrier plans to continue to deliver services from the divested data centers in the Netherlands. KPN will also use public clouds such AWS and Azure.

The proceeds of the transaction will be retained to increase operational and financial flexibility. The transaction is subject to regular closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Telefónica to sell 11 data centers for €550 million

Telefónica agreed to sell 11 of its data centers to Asterion Industrial Partners, a pan-European infrastructure fund manager, for EUR 550 million.

The data centers covered by the sale have installed service capacity of 29 MW and are located in 7 countries: Argentina (2), Brazil (2), Chile (1), Spain (2), Mexico (1), Peru (2) and United States (1).

Telefonica will continue to offer its portfolio of services from a network of 23 Data Centers, including the 11 of the sale. The deal does not include the sale of servers owned by Telefónica, or the management and access to customers hosted on them.

The sale also includes the signing of a housing services agreement under which Telefónica will continue to provide and manage the services it has been offering its customers from these centers and Telefónicawill maintain a direct relationship with these customers. In turn, this agreement will allow Asterion to leverage the sales network of the Telefónica Group's operations to market the remaining capacity of the Data Centers.

Telefónica expects to incur capital gains before taxes and controlling interests of around EUR 260 million.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CyrusOne sees strong start to year for colocation bookings

CyrusOne, a premier global data center REIT with 48 data centers worldwide, reported revenue of $225.0 million for the first quarter, compared to $196.6 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 14%. Net income was $89.4 million for the first quarter, compared to net income of $43.5 million in the same period in 2018. Net income for the first quarter included a $101.2 million unrealized gain on the Company’s equity investment in GDS, a leading data center provider in China, due to an increase in GDS’s share price during the quarter. Net income per diluted common share3 was $0.82 in the first quarter of 2019, compared to net income per diluted common share of $0.45 in the same period in 2018.

The company attributed the increase in revenue primarily to a 22% increase in occupied colocation square feet (CSF) from organic growth and its Zenium acquisition, as well as additional interconnection services.

“We are off to a great start to the year, with strong operational and financial performance, and leasing contributions across the portfolio as our international expansion creates an increasingly balanced and diversified business with a presence in the most important markets in the world,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne.

Some highlights:

  • CyrusOne leased approximately 16 MW of power and 93,000 CSF in the first quarter, representing $2.3 million in monthly recurring rent, inclusive of the monthly impact of installation charges, or approximately $27.2 million in annualized GAAP revenue7, excluding estimates for pass-through power. 
  • The weighted average lease term of the new leases, based on square footage, is 56 months (4.7 years), and the weighted average remaining lease term of CyrusOne’s portfolio is 56 months (taking into account the impact of the backlog). 
  • Recurring rent churn for the first quarter was 2.1%, compared to 0.5% for the same period in 2018.
  • In the first quarter, the Company completed construction on 249,000 CSF and 48 MW of power capacity across five projects in Northern Virginia, the New York Metro area, and Raleigh-Durham. 
  • CSF leased as of the end of the first quarter was 90% for stabilized properties10 and 86% overall.

http://investor.cyrusone.com/events-and-presentations


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Equinix acquires Switch Datacenters' AMS1 data center

Equinix acquired Switch Datacenters' AMS1 data center business in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in an all-cash transaction for €30 million.

The facility, which will be renamed Equinix AM11 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, is in close proximity to Equinix's existing campus in southeast Amsterdam. AM11 becomes Equinix’s ninth IBX data center in Amsterdam. The data center is a leased asset and adds approximately 250 cabinets of sold capacity and a total capacity for approximately 700 additional cabinets once the facility is completely built out. The site can also support the potential to expand into an adjacent building to accommodate future growth and approximately 1,300 additional cabinets.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

NTT increases investment in data centers

NTT has increased its capital in NTT Global Data Centers Corporation (NTT GDC), a subsidiary company handling centralized global construction, management and equipment wholesales for NTT group data centers.

NTT GDC is capitalized at 1.25 billion JPY, of which 60% will be had share by NTT Com. And three other NTT Group companies newly acquired shares in NTT GDC, namely, NTT Urban Development Corporation (20%), NTT Corporation (10%) and NTT Finance Corporation (10%), all as of today.

NTT GDC oversees investment and asset-ownership functions for data center construction. Established last year, the company has increased the NTT group’s capacity to respond to rising demand for data centers and to further strengthen NTT Group’s data center businesses.

Tokyo-based NTT GDC is led by CEO Ryuichi Matsuo, concurrently the head of Data Center Services for NTT Com.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

CoreSite revenue rises 7.2% to $138.9 million

CoreSite reported operating revenues of $138.9 million for Q1 2019, an increase of 7.2% year over year, in line sequentially. Net income was $0.54 per common diluted share decreased $0.05 year over year, in line sequentially.

“We’re executing well on our 2019 imperatives to accelerate growth in 2020,” said Paul Szurek, CoreSite’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This includes substantial progress on our development pipeline, additional financing to fund new capacity, strong sales execution with the highest annualized GAAP rent for core retail colocation sales in 10 quarters, pre-leasing of two phases of our new SV8 purpose-built data center, and first quarter financial results consistent with where we are in the development cycle and our expectations, all of which we believe position us well for achieving higher revenue growth in 2020.”

The company highlighted the following:

  • Commenced 119 new and expansion leases for 24,040 net rentable square feet (“NRSF”), representing $5.8 million of annualized GAAP rent at an average GAAP rate of $242 per square foot
  • Signed 121 new and expansion leases for 31,975 NRSF, representing $6.6 million of annualized GAAP rent at an average GAAP rate of $207 per square foot
  • Renewed 264 existing leases for 68,605 NRSF, representing $11.9 million of annualized GAAP rent at an average GAAP rate of $173 per square foot, including churn of 2.7%, reflecting 3.2% cash rent growth and 5.9% GAAP rent growth
  • On April 12th, closed SV9 purchase, a property adjacent to CoreSite’s existing Santa Clara campus, which is held for development for a planned data center facility of approximately 200,000 NRSF
  • On April 15th, executed data center pre-leasing of Phases 1 and 2 at SV8, for approximately 108,000 NRSF, leading to the acceleration of the development of Phases 2 and 3
  • Financing –
  • On April 17th, closed the financing of senior notes totaling $400 million of principal, with $325 million issued, and $75 million expected to be issued prior to July 17, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

NTT Com opens first data center in the Netherlands

NTT Communications inaugurated its “Amsterdam 1 Data Center” (AMS1), its first in the Netherlands. The facility is managed trough e-shelter, a subsidiary of NTT Com and one of the leading data center providers in Europe.
Rupprecht Rittweger commented, “As a market leader in Europe we are continuously expanding our business with our market entry in Amsterdam and ongoing developments such as London and Madrid. Our customers are integral to our continued growth and we have successfully secured anchor customers for our AMS1 facility.”

AMS1 offers flexible and secure premium colocation services with scalable, carrier- neutral capacity of up to 16,000 sqm IT space and 40 MW IT load once fully developed.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Colt plans hyperscale data center in Osaka

Colt Data Centre Services (Colt DCS) has acquired a site in Osaka, Japan to house its first hyperscale data centre near the city. The expansion is driven by the surge in cloud service providers in Japan.

Construction of the 30MW hyperscale facility is expected to commence later this year.

The Osaka data centre will be Colt DCS' third hyperscale data centre in Japan, adding to the existing Inzai campus just east of Tokyo, which already houses two other hyperscale facilities.

"The acquisition of the site and our continued focus and investment in Japan is being driven by our hyperscale customers who are in need of large capacity requirements and require reliable and scalable solutions. We are confident that our track record of building and delivering hyperscale facilities will be able to support the influx of cloud service providers in the country as they continue to expand their operations. The Osaka site acquisition is yet another step forward for us in significantly strengthening our foothold in APAC as well as being testament that our land banking strategy remains solid."

http://www.coltdatacentres.net

AWS to Open New Region in Indonesia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will open an infrastructure region in Indonesia by the end of 2021 / early 2022, its ninth in Asia Pacific including Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and an upcoming region in Hong Kong SAR.

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch.

“The cloud has the power to transform businesses, educational institutions, and entire government agencies across Indonesia, and with another AWS infrastructure region coming to Asia Pacific, we look forward to helping accelerate this transformation,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services. “Opening an AWS Region in Indonesia will support the country’s fast-growing startup ecosystem, large Indonesian enterprises, and government agencies by helping drive more technology jobs and businesses, boosting the local economy, and enabling organizations across all verticals to lower costs, increase agility, and improve flexibility. We’re excited about AWS being a meaningful part of this journey.”

Currently, AWS provides 61 Availability Zones across 20 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 12 Availability Zones across four AWS Regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, and South Africa expected to come online by the first half of 2020.

https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure

Monday, March 25, 2019

Kingston intros 3.78 TB data center SSDs

Kingston Digital announced the shipment of its Data Center DC500M Enterprise SSD optimized for mixed-use workloads to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. DC500M is available in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB capacities.

This is the second drive in the DC500 series. Last week, the company began shipping its DC500R SSD optimized for read-centric applications.

“Eighty (80) percent of all enterprise SSDs deployed in data centers require less than one DWPD,” said Gregory Wong, president and principal analyst, Forward Insights. “As data centers seek the optimal balance between application-required endurance, capacity and cost, this trend is expected to continue.”

“Quality of Service in an enterprise SSD is essential for Cloud computing applications that require predictable storage performance levels and meet customer service level agreements. The new DC500 Series SSDs deliver excellent performance to intensive data center applications from the development stage of the application to the end-user customer experience downstream,” said Keith Schimmenti, enterprise SSD business manager, Kingston. “To ensure the security of user data, DC500 incorporates end-to-end data path protection and power-loss protection to safeguard data in-flight in the event of sudden power loss. This is the optimal data center storage solution when you combine its enterprise-class reliability and strict QoS requirements along with Kingston’s legendary pre- and post-sales support.”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

DataGryd upgrades its data center at 60 Hudson in NYC

DataGryd, which is a leading data center provider in New York City, has selected Clune Construction to build out its MegaSuite 6 facility at the 60 Hudson Street building in Manhattan. The companies said the facility will be transformed into New York City’s most modern and efficient high-density, high-performance data center.

DataGryd’s MegaSuite 6 is expected to be ready for occupancy by the third quarter of 2019.

“DataGryd’s selection of Clune Construction as our general contractor for the build out of MegaSuite 6 is a testament to their outstanding track record for successfully delivering superior projects on time,” says Tom Brown, President and CEO of DataGryd. “As a result, we are committed to providing our customers near limitless scalability in the heart of New York City’s most concentrated hub of global data networking solutions.”

Upon completion of MegaSuite 6, DataGryd’s customers will benefit from cost-effective megawatt configurations, supported by 5,000 kilowatts (kW) of utility power generators and towers. Located within 60 Hudson Street, a globally renowned world-class carrier hotel, DataGryd’s customers will be able to directly connect to over 300 carriers, network providers, exchanges and more than six fully operational subsea systems anchored within the building without incurring monthly cross-connect fees.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Kinetic Edge Alliance targets major U.S. metros

Vapor IO, a start-up developing an infrastructure edge computing platform, is leading a new Kinetic Edge Alliance (KEA) to bring together the technology, assets and deployment partners to bring edge capabilities to major U.S. metro markets.

The key idea is to leverage Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge, an infrastructure architecture that uses software and high-speed connectivity to combine three or more micro data centers that ring a metro area into a single logical data center.

The plan calls for tower-connected infrastructure for edge computing reaching nearly 50% of the nation’s population by the end of 2020. The Alliance will focus on the first six Kinetic Edge markets: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle. Chicago, the first Kinetic Edge city, has two Kinetic Edge sites online today with a third coming online later in Q1.

KEA includes Deployment Partners — Federated Wireless, Linode, MobiledgeX, Packet and StackPath — and Technical Partners — Alef Mobitech, Detecon International, Hitachi Vantara, New Continuum Data Centers, Pluribus Networks, and Seagate Technology.



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Google commits $13 billion to U.S. data centers and offices in '19

Google plans to invest $13 billion throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states. This follows $9 billion invested in 2018 in data centers and office facilities.

For 2019, the investments will include data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states.

In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai notes that Google is:

  • expanding its presence in Chicago.
  • developing new data centers in Ohio and Nebraska
  • expanding its Wisconsin office
  • doubling its workforce in Virginia
  • opening a new office in Georgia
  • expanding data centers in Oklahoma and South Carolina
  • developing a new office and data center in Texas
  • building a new office o=in Massachusetts
  • building its new Google Hudson Square campus in NYC
  • opening a new data center in Nevada
  • expanding its office in Washington
  • developing new offices in Los Angeles including the Westside Pavillion, and the Spruce Goose Hangar.


https://www.blog.google/inside-google/company-announcements/investing-13-billion-2019/


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lenovo offers data center hardware on a subscription basis

Lenovo is introducing a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for data center hardware and services – on-premise or at a customer-preferred location – without having to purchase the equipment.

Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services is a new take on procuring IT resources via a consumption-based, subscription model. The company says these customers do not need to take capital ownership of the hardware or other IT assets. They can simply pay for what they use each month as part of their operating expenses. Lenovo’s ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile product portfolios are available through this offering, which includes hardware installation, deployment, management, maintenance and removal.

“Lenovo is accelerating our customers’ Intelligent Transformation and digital journey by providing them with a new way of securing and deploying infrastructure. By eliminating the capital expense of purchasing IT equipment and replacing with a subscription model, customers can now focus on supporting their business growth, knowing that they’ll have the right flexibility across their environment,” said Roderick Lappin, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Lenovo Data Center Group. “Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services combines the economic flexibility of cloud with the security of on-premise data, giving customers more agility, efficiency and simplicity in how they operate.”

http://www.truscale.com

Monday, February 11, 2019

STACK issues $850 million in bonds for its data center ambitions

STACK Infrastructure, the new data center company that combines facilities from Infomart Data Centers and IPI Partners,  announced the issuance of $850 million of securitized notes (rated investment grade at A- by Standard & Poor’s).

STACK said it is committed to being the data center industry leader in building and delivering flexible critical infrastructure solutions that meet and support the complex requirements of enterprise and hyperscale deployments.

“This financing immediately positions STACK with the long-term capital structure to support the scaled critical infrastructure demands of our growing clients,” said Brian Cox, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased that the offering was well received by investors and believe their confidence highlights the strength of our team and the quality of the platform we’ve assembled. This is just the most recent success of many since STACK launched and there is much more to come."

http://www.stackinfra.com

STACK Infrastructure outlines U.S. data center strategy

STACK Infrastructure, the new data center company that combines facilities from Infomart Data Centers and IPI Partners, unveiled its newly established platform and strategy for rapidly scaling enterprises and hyperscale companies.

STACK, which is underwritten by IPI Partners, combines existing operating data centers in six U.S. markets with significant expansion and development capacity. The company’s offering includes hyperscale campuses and build-to-suit data centers, immediately available wholesale colocation and private data suites, and powered shell options.

The existing STACK operating assets, totaling over 100 megawatts of capacity and approximately 1.5 million square feet in aggregate, include:

Assets previously marketed under the Infomart Data Centers brand:

  • Ashburn, Virginia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Silicon Valley, California

Other assets already owned by IPI Partners:
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (2)
STACK also owns development parcels in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Silicon Valley available for additional future development, including data center campuses and build-to-suits. In addition, the Company will continue to expand in existing and new markets in the future to meet the growing demands of clients.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

CBRE acquires Romonet for data center analytics

CBRE Group, the global data center real estate firm, has acquired the assets of Romonet, which develops analytics software for data center operators.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Romonet's software helps increase capacity at data centers. The company was founded in 2008 by data center technology pioneers Zahl Limbuwala and Liam Newcombe. Romonet is based in the UK and serves clients across the globe. Romonet and its team of professionals will be integrated into CBRE’s global Data Center Solutions offering.

John Dunstan, president, Data Center Solutions at CBRE, said: “Romonet adds complementary market-leading solutions to our existing platform and will help us to deliver highly differentiated outcomes for our clients across the globe.”

Mr. Limbuwala, co-founder of Romonet, said: “The data center market continues to rapidly evolve and scale, and automation is increasingly critical. Joining CBRE’s leading global data centers team will allow us to provide worldwide support and capability for our clients.”

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Digital Realty and Facebook sign renewable energy deal

Digital Realty announced a virtual power purchase agreement on behalf of Facebook, a client at some of its data centers.

Specifically, Digital Realty has executed a long-term renewable power purchase contract with SunEnergy to secure approximately 80 megawatts of solar power capacity for Facebook. The solar project will be located within Virginia Electric and Power Company territory in North Carolina.  All renewable energy certificates and environmental claims will be delivered to Facebook.

"Our scale and position as a leader in data center sustainability enabled us to execute this first of its kind agreement in support of Facebook's sustainability goals," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "Many of our customers have specific renewable energy requirements, and we work diligently to provide cost-competitive solutions tailored to their needs.  We were able to take Facebook's quality standards and timeline into consideration and deliver this solution in a competitive marketplace and at a competitive price.  We are very pleased to be part of the solution enabling Facebook to achieve its renewable energy goals." 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Digital Realty brings Internet Exchange to Chicago and Ashburn, Virginia

Digital Realty is expanding its Internet Exchange service to Chicago and Ashburn, Virginia.

The Digital Realty Internet Exchange Platform, or “DRIX,” is currently available at the company's data centers in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, connecting a variety of facilities within each of these metros to the peering platform. The service is a neutral, privately-owned Internet exchange that provides performance peering platform across a broad cross-section of carriers, cloud service providers and digital media companies.

“The explosion of IP traffic has created the need for a highly scalable, reliable and cost-efficient internet exchange solution,” said Digital Realty Chief Technology Officer Chris Sharp.  “Our track record as a stable, trusted business partner has enabled us to reduce the complexities of interconnection for our customers, deliver innovative ways to simplify provisioning and improve their network performance for a better end-user experience.”

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