CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for January 9

Jan 9, 2018
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for January 9, 2018:

  • TierPoint Completes Expansion of Hawthorne, NY Data Center: TierPoint has completed the $13 Million USD, 13,500 square foot expansion of its Hawthorne, New York data center. This marks the culmination of the first phase of an expected multi-phase expansion. The expanded facility, located outside New York City’s 12-mile blast zone and the 500-year flood zone, now includes over 65,000 sq. ft. of total raised floor data center space and more than 70,000 sq. ft. of customizable business continuity/private suite space, easily accessible for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey clients. Other facility features include dual factor, biometrical access control with around-the-clock onsite security; dual utility service feeds with onsite TierPoint controlled substations; independent AB power distribution; N+1 backup generators; 2N chilled water configuration with N+1 CRAH deployment; all designed for supporting up to 350 watts per square foot of raised floor. The site is carrier neutral with diverse fiber points of entry for redundancy.
  • Nvidia Updates Limitations of GPU by Data Centers to Allow Cryptocurrency Mining: Last week, Nvidia updated the company’s license agreement, with new stipulations limiting the tools that can work with the GeForce or Titan chips. Specifically, data centers will no longer be able to utilize the platforms, an announcement which ruffled many feathers in the tech world, since this means that, data centers must use Nvidia’s more expensive enterprise-level products, which can cost $9,000 more per unit. However, Nvidia has updated their terms as of this week — data centers can now use their GPU, but only for the purposes of “blockchain processing” tasks (also known as cryptocurrency mining).
  • GI Partners Acquires Ericsson ICT Data Center in Montreal: The Ericsson ICT Data Center located at 3500 Rue F.-X.-Tessier, in the suburb of Vaudreuil-Dorion outside Montreal, Quebec, has been purchased by GI Partners. Completed in December 2016, the data center comprises 215,000 square feet of market-ready turnkey data center and shell space to accommodate growth and expansion. GI Partners acquired the property directly from Ericsson, who will lease back a portion of the facility’s critical power and space on a short term basis for development of its cloud-based technologies. The property was built with flexible, robust infrastructure and is N+1 (or better) across critical systems. The facility currently has approximately 11 megawatts of critical, redundant power (turnkey) with space and power available for lease immediately. The property was designed to expand to more than 50 megawatts of primary power.
  • Evocative Adds Reston, VA Data Center Operation to Portfolio: Evocative, LLC, has acquired the operations of a Reston, VA, data center from Lincoln Rackhouse. They have also executed a long-term lease with an option to purchase the data center with Lincoln Rackhouse. The newly acquired Tier III edge data center, located at 1807 Michael Faraday Court, Reston, VA will be connected to the Equinix data center campus via dark fiber as well as to other Evocative data centers on the West Coast with multiple 40+ Gbps links. Earlier this year, Evocative purchased two data centers from 365 Data Centers in Silicon Valley and two data centers in downtown Los Angeles from ColoNet and this expansion is a strategic fit for its vision. This transaction adds an additional 25,000 square feet and 2.2 megawatts of capacity.
  • Blockchain Corp Buys First Data Center Facility in Montreal: Miami-based United Blockchain Corp has acquired its first data center facility in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec Canada. The facility will operate through a newly created mining division known as Blockchain Data Centers Inc. The leased facility, which has capacity for 50 mining rigs, is fully built out and will be ready to start hosting GPU-based mining servers within weeks. UnitedCorp recently completed experimental testing on its own custom designed and built, 13 GPU-based Ethereum mining rig, and successfully completed a full 30 day uninterrupted hashing rate of 400 Mega Hash per second (400 MHash/s) in precise over clock calibration.



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