CAPRE’s Data Center Industry Round Up for Aug 6, 2019

Check out the latest in deals, development and disruptive technology in the data center space for Aug 6, 2019:

  • Flexential Announces Wide-Ranging Third-Party Compliance Certifications Awarded to its People and Data Centers: Flexential has renewed multiple security and compliance certifications and assessments from independent third-party auditors. These certifications and assessments include ISO 27001, HITRUST, PCI DSS, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, FISMA Moderate, and ITAR which demonstrates Flexential’s continuing dedication and industry leadership in maintaining customer compliance with national and international data security regulations. These certifications cover all 40 data centers operated by Flexential, as well as, all cloud operations.
  • Capital Dynamics Acquires Switch-backed Townsite Solar Project: Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, has announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business has acquired the Townsite Solar Project, a 180MWac / 231MWdc solar project located in Boulder City, Nevada, through the acquisition of Skylar Townsite LLC. The Townsite project will also feature a 90MWac / 360MWh energy storage facility which will be one of the largest in the world. The transaction has closed and financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Three long-term PPAs to service two municipalities and a cooperative have been secured. The Townsite solar project is expected to be fully constructed by the end of 2021. The project is expected to create 300 jobs with a peak demand of 400 jobs during a 12-month construction period. The plant is expected to have 10 full time onsite and offsite employees.
  • First Solar to Power Microsoft’s Green AZ Data Centers: First Solar’s Sun Streams 2 photovoltaic (PV) solar plant will power Microsoft’s new energy-efficient data centers in Goodyear and El Mirage, Arizona. The 150-megawatt (MW)AC facility, is being developed and constructed by First Solar in Maricopa County and will power the data centers under a 20-year agreement. The power plant will use First Solar’s proprietary Series 6 module technology which has a carbon footprint that is up to six times lower than conventionally-manufactured crystalline silicon PV panels, giving it a superior environmental profile and allowing Sun Streams 2 to deliver cleaner solar electricity.
  • IBM and Chainyard to Simplify Supply Chain Management Using a New Blockchain Network: IBM and Chainyard have unveiled Trust Your Supplier (TYS), a new blockchain network designed to improve supplier qualification, validation, onboarding and life cycle information management. Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Vodafone are founding participants alongside IBM in the network and share a common goal of solving challenges related to supplier information management. IBM’s industry expertise and Chainyard’s product capabilities building on IBM Blockchain Platform have brought this solution to market.
  • Intel + Love to Collaborate on Converging HPC & AI: Intel and Lenovo have announced a multiyear collaboration focused on the rapidly growing opportunity in the convergence of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) to help accelerate solutions for the world’s most challenging problems. Building on the companies’ long-standing partnership in the data center, the multiyear global collaboration will speed the convergence of HPC and AI, creating solutions for organizations of all sizes.

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