CapRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for November 29

Nov 29, 2017
by Josh Anderson

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for November 29, 2017:

  • Webair to Invest $20 Million in Long Island Data Center: High-touch, agile Cloud and fully managed infrastructure service provider Webair has unveiled plans to invest $20 million in upgrades to cloud and critical infrastructure assets at their NY1 Data Center facility in Long Island. This four-year investment, driven by Webair’s recent acceptance into New York State’s Empire State Development program (ESD), is expected to create a wealth of new jobs on Long Island. The program also owes thanks to the 1MW allocation of low-cost hydro power from New York Power Authority’s “ReCharge NY” program and a growing demand from customers for low latency compliance cloud and managed hybrid infrastructure. These upgrades will include installation of a third generator; additional UPS and HVAC capacity to support an additional 1 MW of critical IT load; installation of an additional 200 high-density cabinets and corresponding containment and DCIM systems; expansion of Webair’s carrier-neutral Meet-Me Room, including the physical presence of next-generation interconnection fabrics such as PacketFabric and MegaPort, as well as additional Tier 1 networks; and availability of its Disaster and Ransomware Recovery, as well as Off-site Backup platform delivered privately within the facility, securely replicating customer data to Webair’s global facilities or hyperscale clouds in real time.
  • NTT Expands into Africa: Internet Solutions of South Africa, the leading pan-African telecommunications services provider, which is a subsidiary of NTT Group’s Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TOKYO:9432) announced today that they have concluded a partnership, in order to deliver NTT Com’s Nexcenter™ data center service in the African continent. As a result,  enterprise customers in Asia, Europe and the United States expanding their business into South Africa will be able to utilize high quality data center services, and South African enterprise customers heading their business globally will be able to utilize NTT Com’s over 140 data centers delivered over 20 countries/regions worldwide.
  • Enemalta to Build Underground Data Center in Malta: The Times of Malta is reporting that Enemalta, a Maltese energy provider and fiber optic network operator will join forces with cloud provider Streamcast Technologies to build a €75m ($89.16m) underground data center in Marsa (a town notable for its location upon a network of ancient strategic tunnels. Development will break ground early in 2018. “Today’s agreement will not be the last collaboration of its kind by Enemalta. Our business development team is in talks with several other local and international companies to continue diversifying our portfolio, not only in the global data center market, but in other new sectors as well,” said Enemalta’s Chairman Frederick Azzopardi in a statement.
  • VMware to Expand Cloud Infrastructure to West Virginia: VMware customers will enjoy additional geographic availability and access to new services thanks to VMware’s expansion of its AWS cloud infrastructure to a new region in West Virginia. “The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware Mark Lohmeyer said in a statement. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”
  • HPE & ABB to Bring More Intelligence to Data Centers:  HPE is joining operational technology vendor ABB to bring ABB Ability — ABB’s portfolio of digital services including physical asset performance management and smart motor sensors — to hybrid platforms like HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack. Extending ABB Ability to hybrid platforms will allow customers to run applications either on Azure or on HPE infrastructure within data centers. “This alliance between two global leaders is unprecedented in terms of breadth and depth, and it will be ground-breaking for the progress of the Industrial Internet of Things,”  said Meg Whitman, HPE CEO, in a statement. “Together with ABB, we will shape a digital industrial future where everything computes, equipping machines with intelligence to collaborate, allowing plants to flexibly adapt to changing demands, and enabling global supply chains to instantaneously react to incidents. This partnership will create exciting business opportunities for our joint customers.”


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