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CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for April 13

Apr 13, 2018
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for April 13, 2018:

  • H5 Data Centers Completes High Performance Compute Zone: H5 Data Centers, a national colocation and wholesale data center provider, announced the completion of its “H5DC 2020 Zone,” a raised floor area designed to support high-performance compute (HPC) applications at its 300,000 square-foot data center campus in Denver, Colorado. Partnering with OptiCool and Siemon, H5 is able to meet high-density compute requirements of the next generation of technology supporting artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. The H5DC 2020 Zone allows for the quick turn-up of deployments in its ultra-secure private suite data center infrastructure environment.
  • Smart Shanghai to be Led by Big Data Center Launch: Shanghai, China launched a new data center, called the Shanghai Municipal Big Data Center, to improve management of the city and the business environment. This new data center will unify all kinds of service data, including those of the government departments and other organizations, for connection, sharing and application, Zhou Bo, Shanghai’s executive vice mayor, described at a press conference. The data center launch is expected to promote integration of technology, business and data, and help build a data-sharing system of the city by formulating technical standards and management methods for the collection, management, sharing, opening, application and security of data resources. Zhou said that setting up the center is “an important move aiming to achieve cross-level, cross-department, cross-system and cross-service data sharing and exchange for government, industry and social data.”
  • data center summit$1 Billion New Britain Fuel-Cell Powered Data Center Pitched by Developers: Developers proposing to build a fuel-cell powered data center on New Britain manufacturing properties owned by Stanley Black & Decker are hoping the second time’s the charm. The developers, Energy & Innovation Park LLC (EIP), submitted a $1 billion USD proposal to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to build a 20-megawatt fuel-cell park and high-tech data center on the manufacturer’s historic campus. Stanley Black and Decker is in support of the project. In addition, Mayor Erin Stewart also submitted a letter of support in the bid. The project would expect to create a total of 3,000 jobs over the next decade, generate $8 million in tax revenues for New Britain over 20 years and $45 million when the development is completed, according to EIP.
  • Coal Power Plant to Be Repurposed for Blockchain in Australia: An Australian coal-fired power plant in Hunter Valley, New South Wales will be reoutfitted to provide cheap electricity to blockchain companies in the region. Also known as the IOT Blockchain Application Centre (BAC), firm IOT Group in partnership with renewable energy-focused utility company Hunter Energy will maintain the coal power plant. They aim to restart operations next year. IOT Group executive director, Sean Neylon, said, “The reasons why blockchain specialists are not in Australia is because power costs are too high, it’s not efficient. Power at wholesale cost would make blockchain-related operations attractive in Australia.”
  • NetActuate Expands into Fourth Dallas Data Center Facility with Carrier-1 Data Centers: NetActuate completed an expansion into its fourth datacenter facility in Dallas, Texas, in partnership with Carrier-1 Data Centers. President of NetActuate, Mark Price, said, “To provide more and better options for our clients, we have continued our investment in the Dallas market. With its central location, access to amazing tech talent and companies, and robust connectivity, Dallas is a key part of our growth strategy in the United States.” This Dallas expansion enables clients to quickly and easily deploy demanding workloads across NetActuate’s growing portfolio of hybrid cloud services. Clients can maximize their IT investment with flexible, reliable solutions at this new Dallas location.
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