CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for January 30

Jan 30, 2018
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for January 30, 2018:

  • Apstra Releases Powerful Intent-Based Tool for Data Center Operators: California-based Apstra released a new version of their AOS 2.1 software last week, which will boast fully automated intent-based analytics. These analytics will enable IT staffers and data center operators to specify how their network should operate with new precision, since the software will offer continuous validation of the operator’s intent, and provide alerts to notify operators of any abnormalities. Network administrators will enjoy a simple interface when configuring the system, and no longer need to worry about manually configuring new servers, since AOL 2.1 will automatically recognize them and incorporate it into their data pipeline.
  • Alabama to Get Another Edge Data Center: Atlanta-based DC BLOX will be build a $13 Million, 10-megawatt Edge data center on a five-acre campus near Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Phase one of the multi-tenant data center should come online within six months. “Huntsville is one of America’s fastest-growing tech cities, seeing year-over-year tech job growth,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle in a press release. “DC BLOX is an excellent addition to our city. We are known for innovation and having a data center that’s capable of keeping up with the demands of new technologies and trends puts us even further at the forefront.”
  • New Report Shines Light on Data Breaches and Identity Theft in 2017:  Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout have released a joint report finding that in 2017, data breaches reached a new high of 1,579, a 45% increase over the record set in 2016. Those breaches in total exposed just under 179 million personal records. Hacking was the largest reason for breaches, clocking in as the impetus for 60% of the failures.
  • Data Center Technician Program Coming to Wyoming: The Laramie County Community College in Wyoming has submitted a proposal to the state Board of Regents to offer a Data Center Certificate. The program comes at the urging of Microsoft, who has just completed the fifth expansion of a nearby data center campus — and also promises to hire 50 employees over the next half of a decade. The 16-week professional program will prepare students for a host of IT roles, such as “network and computer system administrators, computer systems analysts, database administrators, information security analysts, computer network support specialists and data warehousing specialists,” according to the proposal.
  • UBS Analyst Releases Cloud Forecast for Near Future: Eric Sheridan, an analyst for UBS, has released his cloud computing outlook through 2021 and predicts that the big three CSPs will continue their dominance across the market and likely ease up on any price-cutting at the same time.  According to Sheridan, Amazon Web is likely to to maintain its market share in the low-to-mid 30% range through 2021, while Microsoft should grow from its 6% share in 2016 to 18% in 2021. Finally, Google’s share will climb to to 12% from 4% in the same five-year period.
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