CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for March 9

Mar 9, 2018
by Josh Anderson

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

  • Alibaba Launches European HPC Service: Alibaba has launched a bare metal high performance computing (HPC) service in one of its European availability zones, which will include a roll-out of a quantum computing service from China that is currently being developed in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Alibaba has previously said that they are very interested in creating a third zone in Europe, potentially in the United Kingdom or Sweden. Alibaba’s Super Computing Cluster features up to 96 Skylake CPU vCores, as high as 512GB of memory, and finally, as many as eight Nvidia GPU cards (P100 or V100) per machine.
  • Data Center Giants Facing Higher Taxes in Europe: The European Commission has determined that data centers aren’t paying their fair share of taxes, and now firms such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, who have taken advantage of the lower tax rates in countries like Ireland and Luxembourg, are bracing for changes to their tax bills. French Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire told Le Journal du Dimanche, that the Commission hopes to raise taxes on data center sales by between 2% and 6%.
  • Xactly Opens Data Center in Germany: To support a growing customer base for their enterprise-grade sales performance management (SPM) suite for sales and territory planning, quota management, incentive management, analytics and big data intelligence, the Cloud-based incentive solutions provider Xactly out of San Jose, CA has opened a new EU data center in Germany. The data center, which will service clients such as  LinkedIn, Twitter, Hyatt, Qlik, and Caresteam was announced in May.
  • VMware and AWS Move Forward with Hybrid Cloud Partnership: VMware is bringing their cloud platform to Europe along with AWS thanks to several new features that clients who require hybrid cloud solutions can utilize. VMware Cloud for AWS will enable VMware customers (most of whom are also clients of AWS) to keep their on-premises investments in virtualized apps while taking advantage of AWS cloud services AWS as necessary. Clients will also be able to extend the number of availability zones in which VMware Cloud for AWS can run within one availability region.
  • Dell EMC Overtakes HPE in Server Vendor Race: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ceded the top spot in the server vendor game to Dell EMC in Q4 2017. Dell EMC accounted for 18% of server revenue, worth $3.6 Billion USD. White Box also beat HPE, earning 2nd place with with 17.6% worth $3.54 Billion USD. HPE’s 17.1 percent totaled $3.45 Billion USD.
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