CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for March 7

Mar 7, 2018
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for March 7, 2018:

  • Iceland Sees Largest Organized Theft in History with “Big BitCoin Heist”: Over 600 servers used for bitcoin mining were stolen from a group of data centers in Iceland in the past few months, resulting in the biggest series of thefts in Icelandic history. 11 people (including a data center security guard) have been arrested in connection with what has been dubbed the “Big Bitcoin Heist” — and two of them still remain in custody — but the powerful computers, worth $2 Million USD, have not been found. Three of the four data centers were robbed in December while the fourth was burgled in January. However,  Icelandic authorities chose not to make the news public until this week in the hope of tracking down more thieves. Authorities are now monitoring power consumption across the island nation in hopes of tracking down the servers.
  • Microsoft Releases Azure for Students: Microsoft’s Azure for Students is a service that provides verified student users access to over two dozen free Azure products and a $100 credit toward Microsoft’s products. Students can use the new Azure student offerings to build web and mobile applications, manage big data and learn about cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence.
  • Pentagon Slashes Deal for Amazon Partner: Facing bad optics over how a contract was awarded to Rean Cloud, a partner of Amazon, for migrating computer systems to the cloud, the Pentagon slashed the $1 billion significantly — to only $65 million. The scope of work has also been dramatically cut back, though cloud migration still remains a top priority for the Pentagon.
  • Buddy Rizer Among 50 Most Influential Virginians: Executive director for Economic Development at Loudoun County and frequent panelist at CapRE Data Center Summits in Northern Virginia has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Virginians by Virginia Business, who called him “the architect behind Loudoun County’s rise to the pinnacle of America’s data-center market.”
  • Khazna Data Centers to Build 290 Kilowatt Solar Array in UAE: The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (also known as “Masdar”), will install a 290kW solar photovoltaic system for Khazna’s Masdar City data center in the UAE. The array will be placed on the roof of a parking structure, and Masdar hopes that this will be the first of many renewable energy projects.
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