CAPRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for April 9

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for April 9, 2019:

  • Amazon Announces Three New Renewable Energy Projects: has announced three new renewable energy projects as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services global infrastructure with renewable energy. These projects – one in Ireland, one in Sweden, and one in the United States – will deliver wind-generated energy that will total over 229 megawatts of power, with expected generation of over 670,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually. The new projects are part of AWS’s long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. In 2018, AWS exceeded 50 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. Once complete, these projects, combined with AWS’s previous nine renewable energy projects, are expected to generate more than 2,700,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually – equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 262,000 US homes, which is approximately the size of the city of Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Stafford County, VA Proposes Tax Break to Attract Data Centers: The Board of Supervisors in Stafford County, VA has proposed a new tax classification to keep up with nearby Loudoun Coutny to attract data centers of their own. Nearby Fredericksburg County and Spotsylvania County reportedly plan to follow in the same footsteps.“We’re lowering our rates to match Prince William County’s and have adopted the same depreciation schedule as theirs,” said Scott Mayausky, Stafford County’s Commissioner to “We’re not giving away anything by lowering the tax rate, because at the current rate, data centers wouldn’t be coming to Stafford.”
  • AWS to Open Indonesian Cloud Region by 2022: Amazon Web Services will open an infrastructure region in Indonesia by the end of 2021 or early 2022. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch, and will be AWS’s ninth region in Asia Pacific, joining existing regions in Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and an upcoming region in Hong Kong SAR. Currently, AWS provides 61 Availability Zones across 20 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 12 Availability Zones across four AWS Regions in Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, and South Africa expected to come online by the first half of 2020.
  • McKesson to Move to Google Cloud: McKesson Corporation will undergo a technology collaboration with Google Cloud to advance the development of next-generation applications and products, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, as well as enhanced analytics in support of the company’s strategic growth initiative to transform care delivery and drive profit. Google Cloud will now become McKesson’s preferred cloud provider. McKesson plans to implement Google Cloud Platform across its enterprise as the foundation for its new infrastructure, platforms, applications and analytics workloads. In addition to driving greater efficiency across McKesson’s technology, the collaboration will also result in cost-savings.
  • NocBox Edge Computing Appliance Launches Kickstarter: NocBox, a private cloud appliance that relies on hyper-convergence to create a comprehensive solution for users everywhere, this week officially went live on Kickstarter for all interested advocates and backers wishing to invest in the product.  Combining security, network, storage, compute, and virtualization in one product, NocBox will effectively protect any network of devices, providing secured access anytime, anywhere.
  • Juniper’s Cloud-Based SD-WAN as a Service Hits Ground Running: Juniper Networks has announced a cloud-delivered version of its SD-WAN solution, the most scalable offering on the market today. Juniper’s Contrail Service Orchestration now gives enterprises a simple way to manage and secure not only the WAN infrastructure, but also branch LAN and Wi-Fi networks typically deployed alongside it. This offering provides customers a new delivery model for Juniper’s feature-rich WAN solution and includes a suite of new capabilities to support secure automation throughout the enterprise branch service deployment lifecycle.