CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for March 13

Mar 13, 2018
by Josh Anderson

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

  • Northstar Commercial Partners to Build Pair of Data Centers in Northern VA: Denver-based Northstar Commercial Partners today announced that its firm has been awarded a data center build-to-suit, which will be 100% pre-leased by a high profile Fortune 20 company that has not yet been announced. The initial development will cost approximately $100 million. The data center will be comprised of two buildings, roughly 400k SF in Northern VA. This project will create over 300 new construction jobs on site, and the buildings will also house new long term jobs and opportunities for the area. The first building is expected to be completed during 2018.
  • Ireland Accelerating Data Center Approval Process: The Irish government is introducing new legislation to accelerate the process for seeking approval for data centers. These changes will make it harder for objectors to stall data center projects. Data centers will henceforth be categorized as “strategic infrastructure developments.” This new categorization will allow applicants to bypass local authorities and submit zoning requests directly to the national planning approval board known as An Bord Pleanála.
  • Vivo Expanding São Paulo Data Center: Telefônica Brasil, also known as Vivo, has spent the equivalent of $38 Million USD on upgrades for its Tamboré 1 data center, based in in São Paulo, Brazil. This expansion effectively doubles the company’s available floor space, going from 2300 square feet to 4600 square meters. Vivo has ensured the potential for another 26,000 square meters expansion as well. In parternship with Huaqwei, Telefônica provides OpenStack technology known as Open Cloud and Cloud Server, which is based on Huawei’s cloud operating system FusionSphere.
  • Telecity Harbour Exchange Data Center in London Experiences Power Outage: After a significant power outage in London, Telecity’s major data center went offline today at 09:31 GMT. By 10:40 GMT, power was restored. Though an official reason for the outage has not yet been released, affected firms have included Midlands Network, PureComms, Daisy Group, Astec Computing, and Telia.
  • Google Testing Self-Driving Trucks with Atlanta Data Center Cargo: Google will use their subsidiary Waymo’s self-driving trucks to deliver cargo to Google’s data centers in Atlanta. This is the same city where Waymo expanded its test program of self-driving minivans (though their trucks have been tested in Arizona and California). This will be Waymo’s trucks’ first chance at operating in a real-life use-case. These trucks will be designated “Level 4” — meaning that drivers must remain in the cab during tests to  monitor systems.
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