CAPRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for April 30

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for April 30, 2019:

  • Cyxtera Continues Global Expansion with New Data Center Capacity in Europe: Cyxtera Technologies has announced the launch of a new data center in Frankfurt and an expanded presence in London to satisfy growing customer demand for the company’s secure colocation and infrastructure solutions. The latest deployments, along with a planned expansion in Amsterdam later this year, extends Cyxtera’s presence in key European markets while providing customers with the high-caliber expertise and security required in today’s changing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) landscape. The expansions increase Cyxtera’s regional footprint to just under 650,000 square feet and 34 megawatts of power. Cyxtera’s second Frankfurt data center will help global enterprises expanding into Germany. Meanwhile, the company’s expansion in London – the data center hub of the EMEA region – will see an additional 30,000 square feet commissioned in the company’s Slough data center campus. Both the new Frankfurt and expanded London data centers are expected to open in July 2019 with Amsterdam later in the year.
  • FedEx Signs 10-Year Data Center Infrastructure Agreement with Switch: FedEx has signed a 10-year deal with Switch to serve as FedEx’s western U.S. data center. Switch will deliver 2.5 MW of 100 percent green power in year one, and up to 8 MW by year ten, for colocation as well as multiple telecom network services. Switch and FedEx are aligned in their vision for sustainability. Switch’s commitment to running its data center campus locations with 100 percent clean energy enhances the FedEx global citizenship initiative to decrease the company’s environmental footprint and achieve its sustainability goals. FedEx will also leverage the business incentives of Switch’s Nevada data centers including low taxes, low cost of power, low cost of connectivity, low cost of living and low natural disaster risk.
  • Global Data Center Doubles Capacity of Israel Facility: Global Data Center has completed the doubling of its data center facility in Herzilya, Israel in an investment worth millions of dollars. Most of the expanded area in Global Data Center’s facility in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, has already been filled with IT infrastructures of both existing and new clients of the company. The expanded area provides all the standards, services and levels of service provided by the facility’s original area. The expansion of the data center’s area joins other measures that the company has taken recently, such as tripling the data center’s business continuity space, allowing the company’s clients to quickly move to work at the Herzliya facility in an emergency.
  • Vertiv and 451 Research Release New Report on 5G Preparedness and Technical Enablers: Vertiv and 451 Research have released a report on the state of 5G, “Telco Study Reveals Industry Hopes and Fears: From Energy Costs to Edge Computing Transformation.” The report captures the results of an in-depth survey of more than 100 global telecom decision makers with visibility into 5G and edge strategies and plans. The research covers 5G deployment plans, services supported by early deployments, and the most important technical enablers for 5G success. For the full report visit Vertiv.com/5Greport. Survey participants were overwhelmingly optimistic about the 5G business outlook and are moving forward aggressively with deployment plans. Twelve percent of operators expect to roll out 5G services in 2019, and an additional 86 percent expect to be delivering 5G services by 2021.
  • Consolidated Communications to Expand Fiber Network in Des Moines, IA Metro Area: Consolidated Communications, a leading broadband and business communications provider, will build out its fiber network in Des Moines, Iowa. Consolidated is building 17 inner-city fiber miles to connect businesses between northeast Des Moines and southern Ankeny giving companies a competitive edge in having the fastest, high-performance network and advanced, communication solutions. The first phase of the $1.7 Million USD fiber expansion project is due to be completed in summer of this year with new services being available in June. This fiber build extends Gigabit speeds to more than 1,200 local, businesses through custom-engineered, fiber builds and access to Consolidated’s expansive national fiber network, along with the company’s managed, hosted and cloud services.
  • A Cloud Guru Raises $33 Million USD, Led by Summit Partners: A Cloud Guru has closed a growth equity investment led by Summit Partners, alongside AirTree Ventures and existing investor Elephant. The company, a leader in online cloud computing training and talent development, will use the funding to accelerate hiring across the globe, expand its content library with specialized courses and labs taught by a growing roster of expert instructors and continue to build out features to help enterprises drive cloud adoption. Founded in 2015 by brothers Sam and Ryan Kroonenburg, ACG is driven by a straightforward mission—to teach the world to cloud. What began as a single cloud certification course has expanded into a rich content library and hands-on labs covering Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms.