CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for December 4

Dec 4, 2017
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for December 4, 2017:

  • Apple Expanding North Carolina Data Center Campus: The Morganton New Herald is reporting that Apple is expanding their data center campus in Maiden, North Carolina. The Catawba County will welcome a 207,525-square-foot building valued at $22 million. Project Sycamore, as the building will be named, may also be soon joined by another structure titled Live Oak, yet no official paperwork has been created for that facility. By the end of the project Apple will have invested a combined $5 billion into Catawba County.
  • Altice Will Sell Swiss Data Center Operations to InfraVia: Altice has announced plans to sell its Swiss telecommunications solutions business and Data Center operations arms titled AG & Green Datacenter AG will become part of InfraVia Capital Partners. The assets, worth 214 million Swiss francs, will officially trade hands early in 2018. Industry observers are reporting that the deal is one part of a multi-step plan to reduce its 50 billion euro debt.
  • CollinStar Holdings Acquires BiWang Group (BWG) for $100 Million USD:  CollinStar Holdings has acquired BiWang Group (BWG) for $100 million USD. The deal includes BW.COM. BWG’s core business includes mining chip R&D, production of mining chips, and the operation of a massive-scale blockchain cloud data center with tens of thousands super-power cloud servers. Early investors of BWG include one of world’s largest blockchain mining leader Long Kuang Group (LKG). With a total revenue of more than 10 billion RMB, LKG serves customers globally and is a well-regarded as the blockchain technology pioneer. LKG also owns a cloud computing super center dubbed as the home of the super hash power – JUA.COM, and the world’s first digital asset-backed P2P lending platform 8R.COM.
  • ITPS Deploys First Microsoft Azure Stack Infrastructure in UK:  The UK channel partner ITPS has deployed Microsoft’s hybrid Azure Stack infrastructure in its data centre, the first firm to do so, reports MS Power User. “A large proportion of IT managers are still reluctant to move to public cloud due to confusion over the location of their data,” said Paul Anderson, Operations Director at ITPS. “With GDPR set to come in next year, this concern is growing. Azure Stack overcomes the problem by providing a consistent experience between public and private for a true hybrid experience. This allows us to offer a comprehensive cloud solution on a subscription basis to meet a substantial customer demand.”
  • Dell EMC Refreshes Hyperconverged VxRail, XC Series with PowerEdge: Dell EMC has refreshed its hyper-converged infrastructure lineup with its latest PowerEdge servers as well as more configurations, reports ZdNet. Dell said in a statement that its hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio will get the 14th generation PowerEdge servers. Dell EMC is also better optimizing its hyper-converged systems for software defined workloads via VMware. “PowerEdge servers have the latest Xeon processors from Intel and have 150 custom requirements for software defined storage. The systems also get better support for solid-state drives, improved cooling and a common management platform,” ZdNet reports. “The hyper converged lineup includes an updated VxRail appliances with faster response times (2x), more configurations for SSDs, network connectivity, GPUs, and processors and support for Isilon SD Edge and software defined storage.”



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