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

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Microsoft to build its first datacenter region in Malaysia

Microsoft announced plans to build its data center region in Malaysia to deliver trusted cloud services locally, with world-class data security, privacy, and the ability to store data in-country.

Microsoft's “Bersama Malaysia” (Together with Malaysia) initiative represents "a significant commitment to empowering Malaysia’s inclusive digital economy and advancing the nation’s digital transformation across the private and public sectors." The company aims to deliver training to at least 1 million Malaysians by end of 2023 to help create economic opportunities for people and businesses in the digital era. Finally, Microsoft will help form the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policy recommendations.

YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia said, “As we cement the Microsoft partnership today, I hope this is just the first green shoots of a broader meadow of investments in Malaysia, for Microsoft and other data players. This significant investment from Microsoft further fortifies Malaysia’s position as a potential regional data hub and we stand ever ready to welcome more such partners as we work with our stakeholders to continually improve Malaysia’s value proposition in this big data space.”

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for Microsoft in the 28 years we have been operating in Malaysia. We share the Government’s commitment that digital transformation must be inclusive and responsible. As such, we pledge to empower 1 million Malaysians with digital skills, helping them to take advantage of the opportunities this new investment will bring. Building digital infrastructure is fundamental to advancing a nation’s digital economy. The upcoming datacenter region will be a game-changer for Malaysia, enabling the government and businesses to reimagine and transform their operations, to the benefit of all citizens,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.

https://news.microsoft.com/en-my/2021/04/19/microsoft-announces-plans-to-establish-its-first-datacenter-region-in-malaysia-as-part-of-bersama-malaysia-initiative-to-support-inclusive-economic-growth/

Thursday, April 15, 2021

IPI Partners raises $3.8 billion in second fund for data centers

IPI Partners (IPI), a global investment platform focused exclusively on data centers and other technology and connectivity-related real assets,  announced the final closing of IPI Partners II at $3.8 billion. IPI said its second fund attracted demand well in excess of its target, reflecting strong support from a global institutional investor base. 

IPI II acquires, develops, leases, and operates data centers and related assets that serve the digital capacity needs of large, high-quality technology companies globally. Over the last four and a half years, IPI has built one of the world’s largest privately held data center portfolios with 480 megawatts leased and capacity for more than 880 megawatts. IPI II began investing in 2020, and most recently closed on the acquisition of SUPERNAP Italia, a Milan-based data center platform.

“Fundraising for IPI II has been a resounding success, and we are extremely grateful that our recent achievements and established market presence have earned the trust and confidence of a wide range of high quality, sophisticated investors,” said Matt A’Hearn, Partner at IPI. “The fund’s close comes at a truly ideal time, aligning with the large and growing opportunity we see at the core of our investment strategy.”

http://www.ipipartners.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Google Cloud region opens in Warsaw

Google Cloud activated a new region in Warsaw, Poland.

The Google Cloud Warsaw region has three availability zones and offers a portfolio of key Google Cloud products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

Warsaw joins the existing 24 Google Cloud regions.

In 2019, Google announced a strategic partnership with Poland’s Domestic Cloud Provider (DCP), which was founded jointly by PKO Bank Polski and the Polish Development Fund.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/infrastructure/accelerating-cloud-adoption-in-poland-with-key-partnership-and-a-new-cloud-region

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

NTT opens 16-megawatt Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center

NTT Ltd. inaugurated its new 16MW Silicon Valley Data Center (SV1) – marking the company's sixth U.S. data center campus and third data center opening this year, following February’s grand opening of new campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Hillsboro, Oregon. 

The four-story data center features 64,000 sq. ft. of data floor space with customizable high-density vaults to support the demands of organizations of all sizes. Multiple Meet-Me-Rooms allow for network diversity and resiliency, and NTT’s dedicated on-site substation will help reduce potential downtime.

SV1 is designed with earthquake protection in mind. The data center construction utilizes NTT’s state-of-the-art base isolation system, which has been proven to reduce shocks from major earthquakes. The building incorporates a combination of triple-friction pendulum pedestals and viscous dampers that dissipate energy and reduce building displacement by allowing the structure and all connections to move up to 32 inches in any horizontal direction during an earthquake. With this system, the structure undergoes 60% less motion than a non-isolated, fixed building. SV1 is the first data center in the market to feature this earthquake-resistant design.

VP of Construction and Design for the Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd., Brittany Miller said, “All providers in the Santa Clara region build data centers to withstand earthquakes, but our base isolation design goes a step further. Not only does it protect the physical four-story building, but it also protects the mission-critical IT equipment and infrastructure inside the building from strong earthquakes. This system has been proven to work in several buildings in Japan, which is known for having severe earthquakes, and we wanted to add that extra peace of mind for our clients in Silicon Valley.”

NTT noted that its Ashburn, Virginia campus continues to expand as well with VA5 opening this year.

Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division, Ryuichi Matsuo said, “The Silicon Valley Data Center reinforces our investment in the U.S. data center market and commitment to growth for our clients. With NTT’s flexible, scalable, secure infrastructure and full-stack services, SV1 will accommodate the needs of a variety of clients, helping them achieve their business objectives. Clients today are looking for a data center provider with a growing global portfolio, and this adds one more to NTT’s five other U.S campuses and the more than 160 data centers that we operate globally.”


Sunday, April 4, 2021

DC BLOX begins data center construction in South Carolina

 DC BLOX initiated construction of its Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina data center. The data center, designed to Uptime Institute’s Tier III standards, will be the first-of-its-kind multi-tenant data center in South Carolina. The facility will be capable of protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), providing enterprises and government entities throughout South Carolina access to a highly efficient, secure and interconnected data center.


DC BLOX’s Greenville data center is set upon an 8.5-acre campus in the Global Business Park off of Interstate 85. Upon full build-out, the facility will feature six distinct data halls with 54,000 square feet of data center space with a full critical load capable of supporting 18MW of power. The data center will also feature approximately 7,000 square feet of secure storage and shared and dedicated office space.

“With the first Tier III-designed data center now under construction in South Carolina, businesses adopting digital transformation strategies are set to have access to the most reliable and interconnected facility in the State,” comments Mark Masi, Chief Operating Officer of DC BLOX. “Whether it’s a prime location, cloud storage, disaster recovery, or an expanded data center footprint, we are proud to bring this state-of-the-art data center campus to South Carolina. Now, even more companies can leverage reliable and efficient data center services and private, high-speed, low latency network access to cloud providers and applications at scale.”

http://www.dcblox.com


Monday, March 29, 2021

DE-CIX brings its Internet Exchange to four QTS Mega Data Centers

DE-CIX has extended Internet Exchange platform by deploying core switches in QTS' mega-scale data centers in Chicago, Dallas/Irving, TX, Piscataway, NJ and Richmond, VA. 

The Dallas/Irving DE-CIX core switch enables QTS customers to peer with nearly 100 networks, while the New York DE-CIX core switch provides QTS' Piscataway customers access to more than 250 networks. 


All four DE-CIX IXs in North America, including DE-CIX Chicago and RVA-IX, are interconnected via a private network to DE-CIX New York and DE-CIX Dallas, creating a fully redundant, optimized low-latency route between each market. DE-CIX and QTS partnered with global consulting company InterGlobix on the new expansion across the four markets.

"QTS is clearly committed to providing access to an unrestricted Internet ecosystem as evidenced by their partnership with similar exchanges nationally," said Ivo Ivanov, CEO, DE-CIX International. "By expanding our US presence in QTS' mega scale, carrier neutral data centers and connectivity ecosystems, DE-CIX is able to provide even more customers the ability to reach the greatest number of low latency network choices, reducing risk and improving performance for their IT investments in each market."

"DE-CIX is the ideal partner to support our focus on creating optimized and resilient interconnection platforms, utilizing the most advanced technologies, and reinforcing our core values of interconnection neutrality and transparency," said Sean Baillie, Executive Vice President – Connectivity Strategy, QTS. "As technology increases in scale and complexity across multiple platforms and geographies, we are focused on building mega data centers with risk-adjusted access to a myriad of networks sought by enterprise and hyperscale organizations. This translates to a combination of mega scale infrastructure with access and connectivity to the world's largest cloud providers, the world's largest IP networks, Internet Exchanges, fiber providers, diverse transport paths and subsea cables."

http://www.qtsdatacenters.com

DC BLOX secures $187M for data centers in southeastern U.S.

DC BLOX, which operates Tier III-designed data centers located in Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Huntsville, secured $187 million in long-term financing led by Post Road Group and Bain Capital Credit. 

Proceeds will be used to refinance DC BLOX’s existing credit facilities, add liquidity to DC BLOX’s balance sheet, and provide additional capital to fund continued investments in existing and new data center capacity.


“This financing would have not been possible without the efforts of our team and represents a significant milestone for the company. The trust and partnership we have developed with the teams at Post Road Group and now with Bain Capital Credit are instrumental to our continued growth plans,” commented Jeff Uphues, CEO of DC BLOX. “This capital will be immediately deployed to support growth in our existing facilities and accelerate the expansion of our Tier III-designed interconnected data center platforms in other markets throughout the Southeastern United States,” said Kevin O’Donnell, Chief Financial Officer.

http://www.dcblox.com

Sunday, March 28, 2021

NTT builds Internet Exchange into its Bangkok2 data center

NTT Ltd., in partnership with Japan Network Access Point (JPNAP) and Bangkok Neutral Internet eXchange (BKNIX), is uplifting its the NTT Bangkok 2 Data Center to become an international network exchange. NTT has developed an “international link” with JPNAP’s data centers in Tokyo and with BKNIX Point of Presence (PoP), which was installed at NTT’s data center in Thailand.

NTT Thailand’s partnership with JPNAP, the leading Internet Exchange Point service provider in Asia, aims to create an Internet exchange linkage that will empower Internet Service Providers, Cloud Service Providers and educational institutions among others, with unlimited access to international-level content. NTT also collaborated with BKNIX, Thailand's first neutral IXP service provider, to install a new PoP at Bangkok 2 Data Center to serve as a hub for content and Internet traffic exchange.


Bangkok 2 Data Center can accommodate ultra-high-heat servers that consume 20kW or more power, such as Graphics Processing Unit servers. The center also adopted 2N Power System with Active-Active technology that guarantees a supply of electrical power, to enable a 100% service-level agreement. With these innovations, customers can easily access large-volume traffic exchange services on existing networks through Bangkok 2 Data Center.

Sutas Kongdumrongkiat, CEO for NTT Ltd. in Thailand, who is also responsible for its operations in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, said “We’re pleased to be a part of this initiative to help drive the efficiency of Internet connectivity on an international level. With connectivity being paramount to business success, we hope this will unlock greater value for partners and providers, as they capture emerging market demands in today’s digital economy.”

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Azure commits to Availability Zones architecture

Microsoft has committed to using Availability Zones architecture in all of its data enter regions worldwide in order to improve resiliency.

An Azure datacenter region is made up of multiple data center facilities with redundant power, cooling, and networking.

Azure Availability Zones (AZs), comprising of a minimum of three zones, allow customers to spread their infrastructure and applications across discrete and dispersed datacenters for added resiliency and high availability.


In a blog post, Pradeep Nair Vice President, Microsoft Azure, says that by the end of the 2021, every country in which the company operates a datacenter region will include at least one region with Azure Availability Zones architecture. Additionally, every new datacenter region that Microsoft launches going forward will have AZs. 

Over the last 12 months, Microsoft enabled Availability Zones in five datacenter regions, including most recently in Brazil South.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/our-commitment-to-expand-azure-availability-zones-to-more-regions/

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Google confirms U.S. data center expansions


Google plans to invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. this year while creating at least 10,000 new full-time Google jobs.

In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, says data center expansions are underway in Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Texas. The company will also open the first U.S. Google Operations Center in Southaven, Mississippi. 


https://blog.google/inside-google/company-announcements/investing-america-2021/

Digital Realty sells 11 European data centers for $680M

Digital Realty has sold a portfolio of 11 data centers in Europe (four in the UK, three in the Netherlands, three in France and one in Switzerland) to Ascendas Reit, a CapitaLand sponsored REIT.  The price for the four data centers in the UK was £250.25 million and the consideration for the seven data centers on the continent was €276.85 million, for a total of approximately $680 million.  The portfolio is expected to generate 2021 net operating income of approximately $43.5 million.  

"This transaction represents an important step towards our goal of self-funding our growth and diversifying our sources of equity capital while shrinking our asset base and setting the stage for accelerating growth as the proceeds are redeployed into accretive investment opportunities," said Digital Realty Chief Investment Officer Greg Wright.  "These 11 legacy assets are almost fully leased, and this portfolio sale enables us to harvest value from stabilized properties and reinvest the proceeds to fund the continued expansion of PlatformDIGITAL® in support of our customers' needs around the world." 

Digital Realty expects proceeds from the transaction will initially be used to pay down debt and will ultimately be used to fund future investment activity.  

https://investor.digitalrealty.com/news-and-events/news/press-release-details/2021/Digital-Realty-Completes-Sale-Of-11-Data-Centers-In-Europe-To-Ascendas-Reit-For-680-Million/default.aspx?_ga=2.27986554.756160553.1616107607-1582410986.1616107607

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Crehan: 100GbE shipments surpass 10GbE

Total shipments of 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) data center switch ports increased more than 20% during full-year 2020, according to a recent report from Crehan Research Inc. The robust increase, combined with a continuing decline in 10GbE shipments, resulted in 100GbE surpassing 10GbE to become the most widely deployed data center Ethernet switch connection speed.

Crehan’s data center Ethernet switch report further shows that this speed transition has occurred very rapidly, with 100GbE becoming a majority of shipments approximately just five years after initial 32*100GbE port (3.2Tbps) switch deployments. The hyperscale cloud service provider customer segment has been a key driver of the transition, accounting for the majority of cumulative 100GbE data center switch shipments to date.

“The data center Ethernet switch market’s transition to 100GbE as the most popular network connection speed is a reflection of the strong customer adoption of public data center networking: statistics analysis insights cloud services,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. “100GbE has been the de facto switch port speed in some of the largest hyperscale cloud service provider data center networks for over four years. Furthermore, this rapid migration to 100GbE has brought some significant market share shifts within the data center switch supplier ecosystem, and these shares are now in play again as the transition to 200GbE and 400GbE gains traction.”

Other noteworthy results from Crehan’s data center switch report include:

  • Arista accounted for close to 40% of cumulative 100GbE branded data center switch shipments.
  • Cisco accounted for over 40% of cumulative 100GbE branded data center switch revenue.
  • H3C, Huawei, and Juniper each shipped more than two million cumulative 100GbE data center switch ports since product introductions.
  • Nvidia’s 100GbE data center switch shipments more than doubled in 2020.
  • 25GbE data center switching also had very strong annual growth in 2020, with shipments increasing more than 30%.
  • Although data center Ethernet switch revenues declined slightly for the full year, there was a general progression of improvement from a steep year-over-year decrease in 1Q20 to moderate year-over-year growth by 4Q20.

"The robust 2020 growth for 100GbE shipments was impressive, given that two of the largest data center switch customers – Amazon and Google – have been ramping 400GbE deployments strongly," Crehan said.

https://www.crehanresearch.com/

AMD sees wide partner support for new EPYC server chips

AMD unveiled its EPYC 7003 Series CPUs, claiming the highest performance benchmark for a server processor with up to 19% more instructions per clock. 

The AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processors have up to 64 “Zen 3” cores per processor and introduce new levels of per-core cache memory, while continuing to offer the PCIe 4 connectivity and class-leading memory bandwidth. 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors also include modern security features through AMD Infinity Guard, supporting a new feature called Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP). SEV-SNP expands the existing SEV features on EPYC processors, adding strong memory integrity protection capabilities to help prevent malicious hypervisor-based attacks by creating an isolated execution environment. 

“With the launch of our 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, we are incredibly excited to deliver the fastest server CPU in the world. These processors extend our data center leadership and help customers solve today’s most complex IT challenges, while substantially growing our ecosystem,” said Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center and Embedded Solutions Business Group. “We not only double the performance over the competition in HPC, cloud and enterprise workloads with our newest server CPUs, but together with the AMD Instinct GPUs, we are breaking the exascale barrier in supercomputing and helping to tackle problems that have previously been beyond humanity’s reach.”

AMD also cited broad industry support, including:

  • AWS – will add the AMD EPYC 7003 series processors to its core Amazon EC2 instance families later this year.
  • Cisco – introduced new Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) rack server models with AMD EPYC 7003 Series Processors designed to support modern hybrid cloud workloads.   
  • Dell Technologies – announced the all new PowerEdge XE8545 server with AMD EPYC 7003 series CPUs, and the company will support the new processors within its PowerEdge server portfolio.
  • Google Cloud – announced AMD EPYC 7003 series processors will power a new compute optimized VM, C2D, and an expansion of the existing general purpose N2D VM later this year. Google Cloud Confidential Computing will be available on both C2D and N2D.
  • HPE – announced it will double the lineup of AMD EPYC processor powered solutions, using the AMD EPYC 7003 series processors in new HPE ProLiant servers, HPE Apollo systems and HPE Cray EX supercomputers.
  • Lenovo – added ten Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers and ThinkAgile HCI solutions built on 3rd Gen EPYC processors, and achieved more than 25 new world records across a broad set of industry-standard benchmarks in workload areas.
  • Microsoft Azure  – announced multiple new virtual machine offerings powered by AMD EPYC 7003 series processors. Azure HBv3 virtual machines for HPC applications are generally available today, and Confidential Computing virtual machines that utilize the full security features of the new AMD EPYC 7003 series processors are in private preview.
  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – announced it is extending its flexible virtual machine and bare metal compute offerings with the new E4 platform based on 3rd Generation AMD EPYC Processors.
  • Supermicro – introduced the AMD EPYC 7003 series processor in its Supermicro A+ single and dual socket family of Ultra, Twin, SuperBlade, Storage and GPU Optimized Systems.
  • Tencent Cloud – announced the new Tencent Cloud SA3 server instance, powered by the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors.  
  • VMware – announced its latest release of VMware vSphere 7 which is optimized to take advantage of AMD EPYC processors virtualization performance, while supporting the processors’ advanced security features, including SEV-ES for both virtual machine based and containerized applications.


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Equinix xScale data center program for hyperscalers

Equinix provided details on its $3 billion xScale data center program, including projects currently under development in Brazil, France, Japan and other markets. 

Equinix xScale data centers serve the unique core workload deployment needs of a targeted group of hyperscale companies, including the world's largest cloud service providers. With xScale data centers, hyperscale companies can add core deployments to their existing access point footprints at Equinix, enabling their growth on a single platform that can immediately span 63 global metros and offer direct interconnection—within a vibrant set of ecosystems—to their customers and strategic business partners.


"Equinix xScale facilities offer hyperscale companies the unique value of Platform Equinix, including access to business ecosystems, interconnection services and local market knowledge around the world," said Krupal Raval, Managing Director, xScale, Equinix. "Our xScale data centers are engineered to meet the technical, operational, and pricing requirements of hyperscale companies that require large amounts of space and power to support massive scaling across thousands of servers for cloud, big data analytics or storage tasks, with 10, 20, or even 50 megawatts of power, all while meeting Equinix's sustainability commitments."

Regional Highlights/Key Facts:

Asia-Pacific

  • Opening of TY12x in Tokyo. On March 1, Equinix opened its first xScale data center in Tokyo, TY12x. Equinix has had early success with TY12x, securing an anchor tenant committed to the full phase one capacity and a significant portion of phase two capacity.  TY12x is Equinix's first xScale data center in Asia. It will provide more than 186,000 square feet (about 17,300 square meters) of colocation space and will support 54 megawatts of power to hyperscale customers all phases are complete. TY12x operates in close proximity to 11 International Business Exchange IBX data centers in Tokyo.
  • In addition to TY12x, the OS2x xScale data center in Osaka is currently under development and is expected to open in Q4 2021. Equinix also anticipates developing one additional xScale data center in Japan in the future. The three xScale data centers in Japan are expected to collectively deliver approximately 138 megawatts of power to hyperscale customers in Japan.
  • Equinix and GIC complete Joint Venture Agreement in Asia-Pacific. In Q4 2020, Equinix completed the formation of the greater than US$1.0 billion initial joint venture in the form of a limited liability partnership with GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, to develop and operate xScale data centers in Japan. TY12x, OS2x and a planned future xScale data center in Japan are included in this initial joint venture.

EMEA

  • Opening of PA9x in Paris. In February 2021, Equinix opened its second xScale data center in Paris named PA9x, which is currently fully leased by a single hyperscale tenant. PA9x is Equinix's second xScale data center in Paris and will provide more than 29,600 square feet (about 2,750 square meters) of colocation space and support 10 megawatts of power to hyperscale customers when complete. PA9x operates as part of a campus with PA2 and PA3 in Saint-Denis, France.

Additional xScale Data Centers in Europe

  • Six xScale facilities are currently operating or are under development in Europe. Collectively, these sites will have the capacity to deliver approximately 106 megawatts of power to hyperscale customers in Europe once all are operational. These sites include:
  • Paris:  PA8x which opened in Q1 2019 and PA9x which opened in February 2021
  • London:  LD11x which opened in February 2021, and LD13x which opened in Q4 2019
  • Frankfurt: FR9x which is expected to open in Q4 2021, and FR11x which is expected to open in Q2 2022
  • Equinix and GIC Joint Venture Agreement in Europe
  • In Q4 2019, Equinix completed the formation of the greater than US$1.0 billion initial joint venture in the form of a limited liability partnership with GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, to develop and operate xScale data centers in Europe. 

Latin America

  • SP5x in São Paulo
  • In Q3 2021, Equinix plans to open its first xScale data center in Latin America. SP5x is located in São Paulo, Brazil, and is in close proximity to the Equinix SP4 IBX data center. It will be connected by optical fiber to the existing four Equinix São Paulo IBX data centers and will support five megawatts of power to hyperscale customers in its first phase.

Cyxtera expands its bare metal service to additional data centers

Cyxtera, which operates a footprint of 61 data centers in 29 markets around the world, expanded its Enterprise Bare Metal service to customers in its data center facilities in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Cyxtera Enterprise Bare Metal offers dedicated colocation infrastructure in an on-demand, subscription-based model. In total, Enterprise Bare Metal is now available from 12 markets – Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London in Europe, as well as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey Metro, Northern Virginia, Phoenix, and Silicon Valley in North America.

“Our Enterprise Bare Metal offering delivers access to digital infrastructure that meets stringent compliance and security requirements in a dynamic fashion to allow our enterprise customers to deploy the capacity they need as their business needs change,” said Randy Rowland, Chief Operating Officer of Cyxtera. “We’re excited to bring this capability to our world-class facilities in Amsterdam and Frankfurt.”

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Equinix plans data center in Bordeaux, France

 Equinix announced plans for its first data center in Bordeaux, France, in Q3 2021. 

The new BX1 facility, which will have direct fiber links to Equinix's International Business Exchange sites in Paris, will provide a landing hub for the new submarine cable, AMITIE, due to link France to the United States and Great Britain. BX1 will be the first carrier-neutral data center in Bordeaux. The site is due to provide colocation space of approximately 32,000 square feet (3,000 square meters). It is being built in line with global environmental standards and will contribute to a portfolio of some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. Indeed, BX1 is due to utilize 100% renewable energy, with the decoupled energy platform supporting multiple power sources while providing greener energy storage and greater resilience. 

 

Strategically located in the southwest of France, near the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux is establishing itself as a new hub on the map of global connectivity. 


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

NTT opens data center campuses in Oregon and Illinois

NTT Ltd. inaugurated two new 36 megawatt (MW) data centers in Chicago, IL, and Hillsboro, OR. 

The 36MW Chicago data center sits on a 19-acre campus just 25 minutes from the O’Hare International Airport. When finished, the campus will feature two data centers providing 72MW of critical IT load. For national enterprises, hyperscale cloud, and IT services firms seeking to add centralized data center capacity to power recent, latency-sensitive workloads, Chicago is a prime location for their demanding requirements.

The 36 MW Hillsboro data center is situated on a 47-acre campus at the heart of the Pacific Northwest technology hub and offers organizations the ability to meet sustainability goals with optional carbon-neutral IT and 100% renewable energy options. When the entire campus build is completed, it will deliver 126MW of capacity with more than one million square feet of data center space. Check out the full build plan here.

The Hillsboro campus also earned a Level 3 certification from the Cleaner Air Oregon program, the highest level of certification for a data center in the area. The facility is built for superior reliability from N+1 electrical and mechanical redundancy. A variety of cables deliver low-latency connections between the U.S. and high-growth Asian markets, giving organizations the low latency they need to serve market expansion initiatives as well as the latest services that need next-level responsiveness.

NTT plans to open two more data centers in North America this year: a completely new Silicon Valley campus and a planned expansion in Ashburn, VA.

https://hello.global.ntt/ja-jp/newsroom/ntt-opens-two-new-data-centers-in-illinois-and-oregon


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

CyrusOne posts revenue of $268 million, gains from hyperscalers

CyrusOne reported Q4 2020 revenue of $268.4 million for the fourth quarter, compared to $253.9 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of 6%. The increase in revenue was driven primarily by a 10% increase in occupied CSF and additional interconnection services, partially offset by the Company’s receipt of $4.7 million in lease termination fees in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“The fourth quarter bookings included a significant contribution from our hyperscale customers and more than $30 million in annualized revenue signed across our U.S. markets, closing out a record leasing year for the company with nearly $160 million in annualized revenue signed,” said Bruce W. Duncan, president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne. “The $101 million revenue backlog positions us well for continued growth, and we have a strong balance sheet with more than $1.7 billion in available liquidity, including nearly $500 million in available forward equity, to support this growth. We are also excited to expand into France with a fully pre-leased data center, extending our footprint into another key European market and further enhancing our offering for our customers.”


Highlights

  • Leased 31 megawatts (“MW”) and 162,000 colocation square feet (“CSF”) in the fourth quarter, totaling $49.3 million in annualized GAAP revenue
  • – For full year 2020, signed leases totaling 101 MW and 616,000 CSF, representing $156.8 million in annualized GAAP revenue(1), the highest annual leasing total in the Company’s history
  • Backlog of approximately $101 million in annualized GAAP revenue as of the end of the fourth quarter representing approximately $830 million in total contract value
  • Expansion into Paris, France, one of the leading data center markets in Europe, with a 25-year lease on a 13-acre site and development of the first phase of a fully pre-leased 


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sabey Data Center Properties attracts $150M in new investment

Sabey Data Center Properties LLC (SDCP) closed a $150 million investment by Manulife Investment Management, which was funded from the John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) balance sheet as well as third party managed accounts.

SDCP is one of the largest and greenest privately held data center owner/developer/operators in the United States, as well as the sole data center ABS master trust platform with an S&P A+ credit rating.  

The company said the funds from this closing will be used to capitalize on robust tenant demand for data center space by growing its portfolio.

“The Sabey partnership with National Real Estate Advisors has been key to our success in expanding our nationwide data center footprint and we are pleased to welcome Manulife Investment Management as a new strategic partner,” said Dave Sabey, Chairman & President, Sabey Corporation. “Demand for digital capacity will continue to increase, and Sabey Data Center Properties is dedicated to meeting that demand.”


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Digital Realty expands its Santa Clara data center campus

 Digital Realty announced a significant expansion of its Santa Clara connected campus in the heart of Silicon Valley.  

The 430,000 square foot, four-story project will support the digital business strategies of enterprises and service providers within a highly connected and growing Bay Area community of over 360 enterprises, network, content and cloud providers, including direct access to AWS and IBM Clouds.  

A planned new dark fiber ring will directly extend metro connectivity to key centers of data exchange on Digital Realty's Santa Clara, Oakland and San Francisco connected campuses, including the highly connected carrier-neutral hub at 200 Paul Avenue in San Francisco.  

The project, which is being developed in partnership with Pelio & Associates,  will be built with the use of sustainable materials, including recycled concrete and steel.  The data center is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

"We are committed to providing our Bay Area customers and partners a future growth path that will overcome data gravity barriers and support their digital ambitions," said Tony Bishop, Digital Realty Senior Vice President, Platform, Growth & Marketing.  "Today's announcement marks another milestone on the roadmap for extending the global reach of PlatformDIGITAL® and will spur continued opportunities for innovation at the heart of the vibrant tech community in Silicon Valley."  

http://www.digitalrealty.com